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Traveling between the Worlds: Conversations with Contemporary Shamans Paperback – August 1, 2004
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"From this diversity of modern shamanic teachers, a truth emerges; we need to connect with the sacredness of everyday life in order to learn how to deal with the problems of today. Traveling between the Worlds shows us how." --Arnold Mindell, author of The Shaman's Body and The Quantum Mind and Healing
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I was pleasantly surprised that the neoshamans not raised in a shamanic culture or lineage not only pointed out that fact themselves, but distinguished that while they feel connected to a specific culture they do not call themselves discrete shamans of those cultures--others do. Having read the words of these noted modern shamans, such as Geo Trevarthen, Tom Cowan, Rabbi Gershon Winkler, Christina Pratt, and Sandra Ingerman to name a few, I feel affirmed in the modern shamanic movement, specifically that while we do not have a uniting culture of shamanic awareness, we share the roots of timeless responsibility to our ancient and indigenous soul travelers.
Webb, herself, does not give direct commentary on the issues facing modern shamans, though through the course of talking with these dynamic speakers concerns emerge. In these introspective and educational interviews, Webb carries us far forward of the limiting, archaic views of shamanism thrust into the western consciousness by Eliade and even Harner, addressing issues such as where allopathic fits into shamanic work, the role of women in modern shamanism, and how many contemporary soul travelers face balancing the need for income with devotion to spiritual work. Wildly inspiring and deeply profound, this book is a great resource for anyone wanting to understand the path of a modern shaman, and to gain insight into the many ways that path can manifest.
There was something worthwhile in each chapter. I learned more about human nature and certainly learned more about what is thought of as Westerm shamanism in this interview overview. Hillary Webb does a fair job with her questions and allows some of the best hearts in the country to express their wisdom to the reader. I would unhesitantly recommend to an interested party they buy this book.