- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Singing Dragon; 1 edition (June 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848190816
- ISBN-13: 978-1848190818
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice: An Introduction 1st Edition
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An important and relevant book for the times we live in. It is a must read for therapeutic professionals who look for enlightening insights and innovative methods of psycho-spiritual practice that cater for the whole human psyche. --Ursula James, Visiting Teaching Fellow, Oxford University Medical School, author of The Source: A Manual of Everyday Magic
A seminal book that sheds light on the importance and practicality of integrating shamanic and spiritual practices into modern psychotherapy . . .an enlightened contribution to a world where individual and collective purpose must interweave if we hope to create a tapestry of survival. --John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author
A truly compelling, well researched, yet accessible book for therapeutic professionals conveying a wealth of knowledge, insights and practical applications. --John Hempstead, Chair, British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Mackinnon proves to be a skilled guide. Therapists of all orientations will find inspiration and food for thought in this fascinating book. (Therapy Today)
a highly effective repertoire of insights, psycho-spiritual approaches and therapeutic tools... Compelling reading for therapists, looking for profound insights and innovative methods of practice reaching beyond contemporary Western mind and body approaches. (Embody Magazine)
A seminal book that sheds light on the importance and practicality of integrating shamanic and spiritual practices into modern psychotherapy . . .an enlightened contribution to a world where individual and collective purpose must interweave if we hope to create a tapestry of survival. (John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author)
Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice is incredibly well written, balancing being both highly valid academically while maintaining a style written to be understood and used by all... Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice is a remarkable book: filled with a wealth of facts, theories, insights, wisdom and practice; highly knowledgeable and informative; well researched, well balanced and very accessible.
An outstanding book which is highly recommended.'
Therapeutic Practice - Indie Shaman Magazine
'I won't keep you in suspense: this is a great book. If you're interested in taking a more holistic, spiritual approach to your coaching and/or therapeutic practice, I think you'll get a lot from it and find yourself referring back to it often... This is an excellent book which you should be able to quickly and easily apply in your integrative practice. Recommended!(AICTP)
A truly compelling, well researched, yet accessible book for therapeutic professionals conveying a wealth of knowledge, insights and practical applications. (John Hempstead, Chair, British Society of Clinical Hypnosis)
An important and relevant book for the times we live in. It is a "must read" for therapeutic professionals who look for enlightening insights and innovative methods of psycho-spiritual practice that cater for the whole human psyche. (Ursula James, Visiting Teaching Fellow, Oxford University Medical School, author of The Source: A Manual of Everyday Magic)
A very interesting book, thorough and clear, for therapists who work with esoteric and spiritual concepts and for those who are curious about the subject. Christa Mackinnon is an accomplished therapist and academic, who writes with conviction about a subject she is passionate about. (Avy Joseph, Principal, The College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, author of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
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The process can take hours, days, or months (years even). So how on earth could a therapist do the same in a 50 minute counseling session?
The very thought of such an undertaking goes against what I was taught in school:
If you are working harder than your client then you are doing it wrong.
The answer to my question became abundantly clear within the first few pages. Mackinnon is not proposing a traditional shamanic healing but rather uses the shaman's cosmology or maps of consciousness in areas of guided meditations, between session work assignments (also called homework), and in broadening the worldview of her clients.
I had two competing impressions of this book. The first was, "This isn't shamanism!" (stated with a tone of righteous indignation). My second thought was, "I can actually see some of these ideas working." As much as the purist in me (okay, there's a little purist in me) wanted to hate this book, I just couldn't. I found myself actually liking what Mackinnon was selling.
Mackinnon opens the book with an argument on why spirituality is important in any setting but particularly in a therapeutic setting. She then gives a brief overview of what shamanism basically is without going into too much detail. A good call in my opinion as a thorough review of what shamanism is and what it has become would put this book well over 1000 pages.
In the third part Mackinnon offers ways of incorporating certain elements of shamanism into a therapeutic practice. Several aspects of shamanism are left out such as soul retrieval and guiding souls, which makes total sense because I could not fathom how either of these would be applicable to a therapeutic session.
Some of the content gets a little hokey, in my opinion. For instance, Mackinnon refers to building a medicine wheel with a client in session and having the client reflect on each direction while sitting in the middle. She also speaks of doing certain rituals with the client such as writing down habits wished to be broken on a piece of paper and ceremonially burning them during a session. My thoughts on these aspects are, "Where are you conducting these sessions?" My mind is screaming "Fire hazard!" Smoke and the smell of burning paper are probably not welcomed in a community counseling agency either. Also, how large is the consultation room? It would have to be large enough to construct a stone circle in which a client can sit in the middle of. These thoughts are all in addition to the misunderstanding of what these rituals were originally intended for (but that's another story for another day).
I know that not every book is going to resonate 100% with me so I can overlook quite a bit. Fortunately there was enough good stuff in this little book to compensate for some of the more egregious areas that simply rubbed me the wrong way.
All in all, I'm glad I read it. There are areas of this book I may find myself referring back to from time to time.
And what a contribution this book makes to removing the artificial barrier between the psychological and the spiritual — in therapeutic practice and in everyday life. She smoothly and elegantly bridges the gap between the healing methods of the ancient indigenous world and modern day psychotherapy. From my own experience and others I have worked with, the traumatized, distraught psyche is a spiritually wounded psyche, crying out for a spiritual healing. Christa makes a compelling case for the importance of bringing spirituality into the consulting room to accomplish the healing of this otherwise intractable pain. Her work offers therapists trained to dismiss the world of spirit a much-needed rationale and means to do the same. An important book for anyone interested in healing the wounded psyche.