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Post-Tribal Shamanism: A New Look at the Old Ways [Kindle Edition]

Kenn Day
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Modern life is lived cut off from our souls, our ancestors, the earth and other elements of what once made life worth living. Our souls still yearn for these missing pieces, causing what the author calls the Invisible Wound. This wound is responsible for much of the grief of modern life – through soul hungers displaced onto addictions and self-destructive behavior. Post-Tribal Shamanism offers a means of reclaiming many of these pieces, not by a return to the past, but by moving forward into a deeper understanding of our place in the universe.


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Yvonne Ryves - In Post-Tribal Shamanism Kenn Day generously shares with us the teachings of his grandfather, and in doing so shows us a way to work shamanically within modern-day society and a Westernized culture. The techniques that Kenn shares are those that he has used both himself and with his students over the past 30 years, so are ones that have been tried and tested. He is though, very clear that these techniques do not in themselves, make you a shaman, but can provide 'life-enhancing experiences and realisation'. Set within the context of the role of a 'post-tribal shaman', which is explained here as being to be 'in service to and necessarily more focused on the process of individual transformation, integration and awakening the soul - both in themselves and their clients', there is much that will be familiar. However, there is also much, such as Kenn's method of entering a shamanic journey, that will be new. For anyone new to shamanism working through the content of the book which follows Kenn's own workshops, will provide a solid introduction. For anyone already working shamanically it will challenge and present new ideas. I found it both refreshing and thought provoking to read the teaching of someone, who like myself, has not been trained by tribal shaman and does not work with either core shamanism nor within a specific cultural context, but who has been taught by his own ancestral guide. I highly recommend Post-Tribal Shamanism to anyone walking or drawn to walk a shamanic path as well as to anyone who wants to understand how and why shamanism has a vital role to play in today's society and learn what that role might be.

About the Author

Kenn Day is a working shaman, with a full-time practice since 1989. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his beloved wife and daughter and offers workshops covering the teachings used in his practice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2073 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Books (31 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEU1RJ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and enlightening 31 Jan. 2014
Format:Paperback
"no book or workshop can make you into a shaman...becoming a post tribal shaman requires the talent, the call and the training from which the necessary skills may be developed"

That line alone got me hooked...

Explaining in depth the role and purpose of a shaman in today's modern society whilst still retaining the essence of the original shaman. More importantly, for me anyway, Kenn draws on his own experiences and practices in the art of shamanism including sharing a lot of his techniques for the reader to work with.

A fascinating and enlightening book, a definite 'must read from cover to cover in one sitting' kind of book but one that you will definitely go back to time and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Post-Tribal Shamanism: A new look at the old ways is based on the author, Kenn Day’s experiences and the teachings he passes on from Grandfather,his spirit ally, friend and mentor, as well as from his 30 years of practice passing on these teachings in person through workshops.

First going into the background of shamanism and the role of a shaman the author explains that ‘It is difficult to find words to describe clearly the unseen worlds of the shaman and the work the shaman does’. However Kenn Day seems to have managed this task admirably and this book contains a vast wealth of information including a wide range of useful practical exercises. The book continues with further definitions and topics including social evolution and post-tribal ethics, also exploring the differences and similarities between the work of the traditional shaman that the author has met and his path as a contemporary post-tribal shaman.

The practical information and exercises include such essentials as: connection with our ancestors; journeying techniques; working with a wide range of spirits; soul retrieval and healing the invisible wound. However it also further includes exercises in lucid dreaming and ceremony and ritual, going right through to preparing for death. Another added value to this book is that Kenn Day uses and includes alternative methods to altering your consciousness other than the usual drumming. While drumming is an excellent method, as he states, it is written about extensively in many other places and isn’t necessarily the best choice for every person or every situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Day here shares his own cosmology and shamanic methodology which appears to be some of the content teaches in his workshops around the US. Interestingly, his approach seems to avoid the accusation of "cultural theft of traditional cultures" aimed at many modern forms of shamanism by explaining that his techniques have been taught him by his own spirit guides and this book certainly contains some methods which are not the usual "core" shamanic techniques used by many shamanic practitioners in the West. I also detected some elements of the Western Mystery Schools in his spiritual approach and it is none the worse for that. Day gives practical details of various shamanic journeys and techniques throughout the book which some people may wish to try and others could find distracting. Overall I found this book quite refreshing and stimulating and I think it could be enjoyable to a "newcomer" to Western forms of shamanism, as well as to someone who has been practising various shamanic techniques for some years.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but . . . . 10 Mar. 2014
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The Author brings up many, many valid points about shamanic practice in contemporary western society. Indeed, the first half of the book is informative, interesting and lays some good foundations. However, when we move into the 2nd half of the book where instructions are given, it becomes clear that the journey place which the author calls 'The Lodge' is his own personal experience. This in itself, if offered as such is acceptable and I have no doubt that beginners may well find it possible to be taken on what is essentially a guided meditation but I wonder how long it will be before conflicts arise within those following this very specific journey method as their practice evolves? Although the author does mention that everyone will perceive The Lodge in their own way, still the instructions of how to act within The Lodge are very specific such as feeling the wall (what if where I journey to has no wall?) or finding the door in that wall.

It may also be problematic to define the length of time taken to journey since different people will find their own pace and timing depending on their Spirits, their heritage and what they are journeying for. In several cultures a shaman can journey for hours not just minutes and so again, being too specific about time may well work at first but could hamper people as their practice deepens.

Don't let my concerns put you off reading this book, it has a lot to recommend it and is clearly written from a place of personal authenticity and honesty of the author. Simply be aware that nobody can tell you 'how it is', they can only give you the tools to find out for yourself so if a tool starts to hold you back, make a new one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars slim but not thin 26 Jan. 2014
By Ann Groa Sheffield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This concise book presents the author's "post-tribal" vision of shamanism. His approach involves a thoughtful application of concepts and techniques from indigenous cultures to the problems of modern Westerners. His naming of the "invisible wound" of separation and alienation that afflicts most of us is especially insightful. Avoiding both cultural appropriation and romantic idealization, Mr. Day offers a path that is practical, compassionate, and demanding.

The first half of the book deals with theory, including cosmology, concepts of the soul, the definition and role of the post-tribal shaman, and (importantly) ethics. The second half focuses on practical techniques. Each chapter is short yet rich - Mr. Day has distilled years of experience to yield the essence of each teaching, and his words call for careful reading and thoughtful reflection. The practices he offers in a few short pages are enough for a lifetime of exploration and deepening understanding. My one caveat is that some of the practices are both complex and advanced and so are probably best learned directly from a teacher (with a book like this as welcome support). The basic ideas, however, should prove valuable to anyone seeking a more connected and rooted place in the world(s).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing and thought provoking read 21 Jan. 2014
By Yvonne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In Post-Tribal Shamanism Kenn Day generously shares with us the teachings of his grandfather, and in doing so shows us a way to work shamanically within modern-day society and a Westernised culture.
The techniques that Kenn shares are those that he has used both himself and with his students over the past 30 years, so are ones that have been tried and tested. He is though, very clear that these techniques do not in themselves, make you a shaman, but can provide 'life-enhancing experiences and realisation'.
Set within the context of the role of a 'post-tribal shaman', which is explained here as being to be 'in service to and necessarily more focused on the process of individual transformation, integration and awakening the soul - both in themselves and their clients', there is much that will be familiar. However, there is also much, such as Kenn's method of entering a shamanic journey, that will be new.
For anyone new to shamanism working through the content of the book which follows Kenn's own workshops, will provide a solid introduction. For anyone already working shamanically it will challenge and present new ideas.
I found it both refreshing and thought provoking to read the teaching of someone, who like myself, has not been trained by tribal shaman and does not work with either core shamanism nor within a specific cultural context, but who has been taught by his own ancestral guide.
I highly recommend Post-Tribal Shamanism to anyone walking or drawn to walk a shamanic path as well as to anyone who wants to understand how and why shamanism has a vital role to play in today's society and learn what that role might be.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, compliment to the practice 25 Aug. 2014
By Michelle Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book as a comprehensive go-to that covers much of what Kenn has taught in his workshop series. I haven't read much on shamanism, but I have very much enjoyed the way that Kenn can, in person and in writing, make a seemingly esoteric subject seem very accessible. That said, in my experience, this form of post tribal self work and practitioner work is very accessible. Kenn and his books are rare gems that point one towards him or herself in an unchallenging manner. I highly recommend this book for anyone curious about shamanism or healing modalities connecting one to themselves and beyond.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it to any person who has an interest in ... 24 Oct. 2014
By Coco - Published on Amazon.com
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Post-Tribal Shamanism: A New Look at the Old Ways by Kenn Day is a real must read. Once you open it it will grab you and you will not put it down until you finish reading it. When you finish you will end up reading it again and again. Kenn shares the teaching of his grandfather as he shows how to incorporate shamanism with modern day society and Western culture. The techniques he teaches he has used for over thirty years for both himself and his students. These techniques have been tried and tested. Just by reading this book will not make you a shaman .... this quote says it all:
"No book or workshop can make you into a shaman ... becoming a post tribal shaman requires the talent, the call and the training from which the necessary skill may be developed". I gave this book 5 stars but it deserves more. I highly recommend it to any person who has an interest in shamanism or would like to learn about it. I look forward to more from Kenn Day.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Nourishing! 6 Jun. 2014
By Lauren H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just as he does in his professional shamanic practice, Kenn pragmatically conveys the tangible meat of an intangible subject with clarity and precision. His unique relationship with the shamanic path allows him to take the reader on a deep dive right into the depths of a vastly misunderstood and poorly presented area of shared human experience, all while keeping them on an even keel.

An enjoyable read accessible to anyone, this book does not demand we execute our inner skeptics. Instead our autonomy and intelligence are deeply honored and engaged as co-adventurers in this realm that we are all already so familiar with on a soul level. Kenn then provides all the tools to integrate these parts of ourselves into our daily lives with immense practical value. Highly beneficial in the everyday insanity of modern life and deeply fulfilling to the often ignored aspects that are the true substance of who we are.
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