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Excellent guide to shamanic practice for beginner and experienced alike
on 8 April 2008
This book is one of the most accessible, practical, and easy to read approaches to Shamanism, or any other branch of magic, that I have read. (I have been reading such books for the past 30 years). Like another reviewer I also can't understand why this book seems to have been overlooked. Perhaps it is because earlier editions (Avon Books edition 1988) were extraordinarily cheap, in a budget format and therefore undervalued.
I feel I must mention a poor earlier review which says they would have prefered a 'hands on approach rather than a how I did it approach'. This totally misrepresents this book as it is exactly the opposite of what they say. I can only think they had another title in mind.
It is very enjoyable, and very clearly written and presented. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting an informed and practical workbook to get them started in Shamanism. It has a graduated series of a very large number of practical exercises and rituals. It has a clear account of the shamanic world view and is also liberally sprinkled with illustrative teaching stories which really help to bring to life the practical applications of the techniques.
It may also be interesting to know that one of the the authors, Jose, is a very well established psychotherapist and that the other, Lena, works in the world of business. They have each written other excellent books with applications in these fields.