This authoritative, accessible book explores ancient and contemporary shamanism, as well as modern therapeutic approaches, in the wider context of human development. The underlying concepts and world-views of indigenous and contemporary shamanism are compared, contrasted and tied in with current developments in psychology, physics and neuro-science. After clarifying altered states of perception, concepts of integrative wholeness of mind, body, soul and spirit and transformative shamanic healing approaches, the book discloses how indigenous traditions can be adjusted for contemporary practice. It offers practitioners a highly effective repertoire of insights, psycho-spiritual approaches and step-by-step therapeutic tools and techniques, illustrated with examples and case studies throughout. This inspirational book is essential reading for psychologists, therapists, counsellors and coaches looking for profound insights and innovative methods of practice that cater for the whole human psyche, reaching beyond contemporary Western mind and body approaches. It will also be an enlightening read for non-professionals interested in the subject.
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