Ethnographic reports on shamanism portray a varied and specified practice, describing each shaman as identifying with a specific type of medicine power, such as the ability to find lost objects, change weather, or manage stomach trouble. However, contemporary nonnative practitioners seem to have borrowed the term in a very generic sense. Samuels, the author of numerous books on conventional medicine and creative imagery and visualization (Seeing with the Mind's Eye), and Lane, a registered nurse, author and director of the Arts in Medicine program at the University of Florida, introduce practices that readers can use to become a visionary healer. The authors focus on guided imagery to strengthen intention and commitment, invoke guardian or animal spirits, and ""restory"" reality. They also provide instruction on making a medicine wheel, moving energy, and creating sacred spaces through prayer and ritual. Undoubtedly, Samuels and Lane are accomplished healers. But while they do remind readers that the shaman's path is a lifelong endeavor, their book gives the impression hat a few exercises can create an at-home, do-it-yourself shaman, without the rigors or the years of apprenticeship under qualified teachers that traditional shamanism often demands. Recommended for larger alternative healing and New Age collections. -- Andy Wickens, King Cty, Lib. Syst., WA (""Library Journal"", May 1, 2003)
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Perhaps you can sense itthe power to heal yourself and others, deep within, waiting to be reclaimed. And you can reclaim it by gathering the spiritual and visionary tools of the shaman and mastering the skills you need to use them wisely and well. Shaman Wisdom, Shaman Healing shows you how.
In this practical guide, one of the worlds leading experts on healing through guided imagery joins together with a recognized authority on creativity and healing to help you harness the power of ancient shamanic traditions. Drawing on Native American and Asian mind-body-spirit practices, Dr. Michael Samuels and Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane provide a complete, step-by-step program that shows you how to use creative imagery to focus the healing power of your mind and spirit while achieving real results.
You will learn how to answer the call to healing and create sacred space using shamanic prayer. Next, youll discover how to heal yourself, experience transcendence, and transform your body into a healing tool. As you move through the practices, you will learn the secrets of shamanic love, find your way to sacred commitment, and discover the visions of the shaman. Youll master the art of invoking spirit animals and the spirits of ancient ones, and youll use guided imagery to see through their eyes. You will also learn how to use medicine wheels to bring visions and manifest change.
Filled with inspiring and beautifully written stories of people who have helped others recover from illness, trauma, and loss, Shaman Wisdom, Shaman Healing gives you the keys to unlock your visionary life and allow spirit to flow through you. This illuminating, practical guide will help you maximize your healing powers by adding a dimension of deep spiritual healing to your life.