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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon; Original edition (15 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848190816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848190818
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christa Mackinnon
Christa is a psychologist, family counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist. She is the director of Kamdaris Psychological Consultancy and has been working as a highly acclaimed international therapist, trainer and lecturer for over 25 years. She holds a Honorary Fellowship at Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, and, until recently, she functioned as a course director for a large Hypnotherapy training institute. Her lifelong fascination with altered states of perception, eastern philosophies and indigenous approaches has led her to train with and apprentice to various spiritual teachers and mentors worldwide. Besides of her work as a trainer and lecturer in psychology she offers training courses, seminars and workshops for professionals combining western therapeutic approaches with indigenous spiritual teachings. www.christamackinnon.com


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'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

'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 --Avy Joseph, Principal, The College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, author of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

'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

About the Author

Christa Mackinnon is the Founder and Director of Kamdaris Psychological Consultancy and Training and is an Honorary Fellow and Associated Lecturer at Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth where she teaches special study units on trauma as well as clinical hypnosis. She is a Social Psychologist, Family Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist and group facilitator with over 25 years of professional experience. Christa has spent time as an apprentice to shamans in South America and has received various trainings from spiritual and shamanic teachers in the UK, Asia and the USA. She lives in Devon, UK.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on 19 July 2012
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This book is incredibly well written, both for the lay-person and the professional. Full of insight, wisdom and compassion, many of the case studies moved me to tears, such was the depth of healing received. I particularly loved the clear directional markers for further research on the specific areas of Shamanic practice covered, and was impressed by the authors depth of knowledge and understanding of the subject. In fact the entire book is written to be understood and used, without any of the obscurity or highly ritualistic elements so common to Shamanic texts. I have to say that if you are looking for books that will broaden your understanding of Shamanism or provide clear instructions for how to incorporate Shamanism into your current practices or daily life, this book will definitely hit the spot.Highly recommended!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gilly B on 1 Aug. 2012
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One of the best Therapist books I've read in a long time. I've already used several techniques mentioned with great results. For example after reading the chapter about "story writing" I used it the next day. My client wrote a very moving story, the following week she reported being about to move on from a difficult relationship, for the first time in 5 years.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick on 18 July 2012
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Christa Mackinnon has achieved something remarkable. Respecting the claims of both the everyday and the magical, she has produced a synthesis which bridges the gap. Her range of knowledge and experience is impressive. Her writing is clear and lively. Her message is just what a better future requires. Something many people consider strange and possibly deluded might just be entering the mainstream. Good thing too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo-Seraphina on 9 Oct. 2012
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I have found this book an absolute joy to read. Not only is it informative in a way that appeals to my academic side, it has also given 'food for thought' to a part of my life which is beyond academia and science and yet is integral to my existence. Christa Mackinnon has achieved a definite balance in providing all aspects of knowledge through the written word of research and theory and her own personal experiences, all of which enhance this very erudite book. In it I found the answers to questions that came up for me as I read it. It is beautifully thought out, thus enabling this process to naturally occur. The referencing gives clear direction to greater information if desired. Reading the book feels like going through a process in which the outcome leaves one feeling richer and more fulfilled in knowledge, understanding and introspection, with a greater sense of purpose.
The subject matter is immense and consequently there could have been a tendency to incorporate too much information as to become disparate and unconnected, however, Christa Mackinnon has managed to hold the boundaries, thus enabling the reader to absorb the written word without feeling overloaded. Her writing is open and not dictatorial; it offers perspectives rather than being confined, which gives the reader the opportunity to add it to their own life view rather than reject it or adopt it as absolute.
In conclusion, here is a book that is all encompassing: it is knowledgable, informative, concise and easy to read and is an absolute must for anyone working in any form of therapeutic practice or with an interest in Shamanism or spirituality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger M on 17 July 2012
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An excellent book. It draws together and integrates shamanism and contemporary therapy, whilst putting it all into the wider context of human development. It is one of the best books I have read about the subject. I agree with John Perkins who called it an "enlightened contribution". If you ever buy a book on the subject matter, this is the one to buy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on 7 Mar. 2013
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This is a top class book written by an author who is an expert in her field. A therapist herself with years of experience, Christa has harnessed her knowledge and complementary experience of Shamanism into a book that reminds us of an element of life that we have perhaps overlooked over recent years. The research that underpins the message renders it an authoritative work. This is no new age fluff, but a book with a solid academic approach in a readable style.

Though mainly targeting therapists in practice, the book will also benefit a wider readership. The message is strong and important enough to go beyond the therapy room.

It is a timely work for our modern age, a reminder that there is more to life than meets the eye.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Lyttle on 5 Nov. 2012
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This book is a must read for both Shamanic Practitioners and Psychotherapists. It has to be the clearest and most helpful book on this subject I have ever read. Things I know but have struggled for years to put into words are all here, clear and meaningful in an accessible and down to earth style that anyone with an interest would be able to read. It teaches but more than that it speaks to what we already know....a brilliant book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Jackson on 14 Jun. 2013
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Shamanism is a subject I had little knowledge of before reading this book so I was delighted to find this was a highly readable introduction and not the technical tome most such books usually turn out to be. Christa is a first-rate therapist and researcher and this shines through in the book, as does her passion for what she does. I'm a clinical hypnotherapist and have also found several of the techniques she describes really useful, particularly where you take your client on a journey to find their Power Animal. These techniques may not suit the belief systems of everyone, but used judiciously can help clients to gain wonderful insight into the challenges they're facing. Christa has obviously lived this book and her first-hand accounts of her journeys in the spirit realm are fascinating.
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