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Shamanic Breathwork will give you insight into the world of the shaman and help you connect with your own healing wisdom.” (Lee Lipsenthal, M.D., ABIHM, founder of Finding Balance in a Medical Life)

“Linda Star Wolf brings great integrity, love, experience, wisdom, and, yes, even magic to her life’s work. Her Shamanic Breathwork process brings you into right relationship with yourself and the world around you, shifting you into a new dimension of emotional, spiritual, and physical centeredness. I wholeheartedly recommend Shamanic Breathwork to anyone looking for lasting health and vitality in their life.” (Molly M. Roberts, M.D., coauthor of Blackwell Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

"During each step of the process, the author includes her own experiences as well as accounts from a wide variety of workshop participants. Their accounts indicate the benefits of the program for the general reader or participant as well as for those who have been in dependency relationships, or who are involved in recovery programs." (Richard D. Wright, New Age Retailer, Feb 2010)

“There is tremendous power in Linda Star Wolf’s words like there is power in the breathwork she practices and teaches. The stories, insights, and information found here touch the heart, soul, body, and brain. Shamanic Breathwork is a must read for anyone ready for a major shift in consciousness.” (John Lee, author of The Flying Boy and The Anger Solution)

“In the Shamanic Breathwork journey, Star Wolf weaves her own healing experience into a powerful, compassionate process of deep inner work for others.” (Jacquelyn Small, author of Awakening in Time and The Sacred Purpose of Being Human)

Shamanic Breathwork provides readers with a powerful process that heals us both individually and collectively as citizens of Planet Earth. Linda Star Wolf is one of those rare transformers whose visions and words weave their way into the depths of our psyches and bring us out the other side empowered and deeply connected to our inner guidance and soul’s path.” (Judith Corvin-Blackburn, author of Journey to Wholeness and Empowering the Spirit)

“Linda Star Wolf has written a landmark book describing her incredible healing and transformational process.Shamanic Breathwork is a must for transpersonal therapists who truly desire to help people move through the middle toward higher consciousness, peace, and a healthy planet.” (Wendyne Limber, author of Imagine Recovery and creator of the Imagination Process)

Shamanic Breathwork will help you use the power of the breath to access ‘the shaman within’ and activate your soul’s purpose. I highly recommend this practical guide for turning the ideal into the real deal.” (Steve Bhaerman, author of Driving Your Own Karma and coauthor of Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive)

“The Shamanic Breathwork practice is the perfect way to journey beyond the limits of the self. I am very happy to see a book about breathwork from the shamanic perspective.” (Leonard D. Orr, author of Breaking the Death Habit: The Science of Everlasting Life and founder of R)

“Shamanic Breathwork is a Living Way to personal truth and freedom. We are not the ‘self,’ we are the one experiencing the ‘self,’ and Shamanic Breathwork brings that experience to the forefront of our consciousness. With love, light, and creativity, Linda Star Wolf offers others the power and grace of the Shamanic Breathwork practices.” (Lee R. McCormick, author of The Spirit Recovery Meditation Journal)

“The Shamanic Breathwork process of personal and planetary transformation is Linda Star Wolf ’s gift to the generations to come. She honors the ancestors as she shares a new form of wholeness and healing with all who take this breath of life into their hearts." (Rev. Charla J. Hermann, author of The Blue Star Portal of Transformation)

“In Shamanic Breathwork, Linda Star Wolf shares the process that has helped so many to find the healing they were desperately seeking.  I know from personal experience that the breathwork process is indeed life changing, and I endorse both the process and this wonderful book." (Cindy Henson, LCDC, ADCII, former co-owner and program director of Shades of Hope Treatment Center)

“In these times of fast-moving change, Linda Star Wolf teaches us how to connect with our internal guidance and inborn ability to heal, spiritually and psychologically. She brings traditional shamanic consciousness into the 21st century in a form accessible to anyone with the courage to explore self-awareness.” (Karen Craft, author of The Cosmic Purr: Inspiration for Animal Lovers)

Shamanic Breathwork reclaims and activates the Emotional Body, which is important because it is the seat of our power, the engine of manifestation." (Baba Dez Nichols, author of Sacred Sexual Healing: The Shaman Method of Sex Magic)

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SHAMANISM / SELF-TRANSFORMATION

“There is tremendous power in Linda Star Wolf’s words like there is power in the breathwork she practices and teaches. The stories, insights, and information found here touch the heart, soul, body, and brain. Shamanic Breathwork is a must read for anyone ready for a major shift in consciousness.”
--John Lee, author of The Flying Boy and The Anger Solution

“In the Shamanic Breathwork journey, Star Wolf weaves her own healing experience into a powerful, compassionate process of deep inner work for others.”
--Jacquelyn Small, author of Awakening in Time and The Sacred Purpose of Being Human

Incorporating psychospiritual tools with her Shamanic Breathwork practice, Linda Star Wolf shows how to spiritually journey in the same way shamans entrain to the rhythms of drums, rattles, or music by using the breath. Much like traveling to sacred places or ingesting entheogens, this practice can be used to enter altered states of consciousness, connect to cosmic consciousness, increase paranormal abilities, and awaken the shaman within. Breathwork can also be used to resolve traumas and shapeshift unproductive modes of thinking in order to move beyond them.

Utilizing the healing power of breath along with chakra-attuned music, Linda Star Wolf explores the five cycles of change--the alchemical map of Shamanic consciousness--and how these cycles affect you as you move through major shifts in your life. Filled with personal stories and case histories, the book also includes a 70-minute CD of shamanic trance rhythms and a guided meditation to awaken the chakras during practice.

LINDA STAR WOLF,  founder  of  Venus  Rising  Institute  for Shamanic Healing Arts and  the Shamanic Breathwork process, has led transformational workshops worldwide since 1984. The coauthor with Nicki Scully of Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt and The Anubis Oracle, she lives and works at her Isis Cove Retreat Center in North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; 1 Pap/Com edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591431069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591431060
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. D. King on June 16, 2010
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When one purchases a book entitled "Shamanic Breathwork," especially when it comes with a CD, it might be concluded that you will be taught the basics of breathwork. Not so with this book. You discover how this process came about, how it helped many people, the visions experienced by people doing it, and the use of artwork and journaling afterward. The only instruction you get for breathing is "breathe with the music." An incredible disappointment... The only reason this book deserves a star at all, is that the music by SoulFood on the included CD is very good.
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This is a primer on shamanic breathwork, written by the woman who created it. A thorough and comprehensive explanation how breathwork works as a modality for therapeutic healing; The book explains very clearly what breathwork is, what it does, why it is a successful approach to working with and helping people work through all the various emotional issues that we deal with brought on by external and internal forces: depression, ptsd, physical and emotional abuse, addiction, etc. It talks about why shamanic breathwork is successful where other forms of therapy have failed. This book explains how Ms. Wolf developed this process and gives precise accounts from people who have been able to turn their lives around for the better to become productive healthy and joyful adults in the world community. It teaches how all humans have the capacity to reach their full potential and in doing so, affect change in their world. I highly recommend this book.
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The first half of the CD is a nice compilation of various "trancy" tracks.The second half is instructional talking....not good. The book itself is mostly "lightweight"... personal experiences described, generalities, non-specific wanderings about the subject. But "Journying Beyond the Limits of the Self" way overstates the possibilities of breathwork...at least, for the vast majority of people. Breathwork might work for a very tiny minority, but a book like this misleads people towards a way which is very unlikely to be a productive consciousness expansion technique. My advice....combine breathwork with other techniques, simultaineously, or sequentially (first chant, then meditate while doing breathwork, then do yoga...which have been very effective for me in my own experience. And doing all of the above with a small group of like-minded friends and aquaintences is a really necessary part of this. ( And also, the sweatbath is a good addition, when combined with these other activities)
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Linda Star Wolf has written a wonderful book to explain the Shamanic Breathwork Process. Though I've been participating in this type of Breathwork for more than 15 years, reading this book has given me a whole new insight into the process.
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This work focuses on old and new techniques for expanding consciousness safely and consistently. Linda Star Wolf is the master of Shamanic Breathwork and has produced a book that explains the process as well as how she is bringing this discipline to the world through her work with her husband, Brad Collins. I liked it especially as it explains a difficult concept (and one that may be dismissed by some as too "far out") in simple terms and logical sequence. It opens a new method for self discovery that is absolutely astounding in its simplicity and power. Great book.
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I was really hoping I'd like this book. I mistakenly believed the book was meant to instruct the reader on how to practice shamanic breathwork. Instead the majority of the book was a mini biography of the author and testimonials of people who attended shamanic breathwork workshops. There was also a bit of history on the subject and the kind things those who practice it can expect. However, actual instruction is limited to a few paragraphs in one of the later chapters. Truthfully i could hsve recieved more instruction by doing a google search and saved a bit of money. Very disappointing
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Wow!!! Ia almost all I can say!! This book gives you very detailed instructions and explanations of the exercises. And they really work!!! If a person wanted the experience of "journeying" to be helpful and meaningful, then this is the book they need.
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I really appreciate Star Wolf's work -- for example, the wonderful Anubis Oracle which she did with Nikki Scully. This book is deeply felt and written with great love. It provides much-needed support and information for people struggling with spiritual and substance abuse/addiction issues. More general books on shamanic practice don't have the space or focus that this complex combination needs. Star Wolf describes her own journey, the techniques used at her healing center, focused ways to practice, and recorded meditations/journeys. She also includes many other people's stories and examples of their healing art work. It's a wonderful resource!

I feel the title does not serve the book well, as this book is focused on a specific area of need and practice, rather than shamanic breathwork generally. Properly titled, this is very definitely a 5-star book. I'm also feeling that the publisher could have provided much better reproduction of photographs; in their current form it is hard to see in them what Start Wolf is discussing. I know top-notch photographic reproduction is expensive -- I would rather have had far fewer photographs with clearer, richer details.

This book has so much to offer that I'm hoping for a second edition that really does it justice!
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