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The Secrets of Shamanism: Tapping the Spirit Power within You
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 1998
This is one of the best guides on practical shamanism I've ever read. It must also be a well-kept secret, for I have never seen it referenced. It is well organized, with more exercises outlined than I could count at the moment. Just a wonderful resource for anyone interested in applied shamanism.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 1998
This is one of my all-time favorite books on Western shamanism. It's unique among countless books on the subject. I appreciate the respectful way the authors treat indigenous peoples. As an initiate of a traditional shaman, I highly recommend _Secrets of Shamanism_ for those wishing to pursue an independent study course that is safe and effective.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2010
This is a very good book on Shamanism which will explain to those who have no knowledge what Shamanism is about, and useful to those in the know for practising meditations and to expand their experience of Shamanism. It's easy to read, the practise exercises are useful and can be performed by anybody, or are easily adapted .
I would recommend it for a beginner in the subject.
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on 8 September 2013
I loved this interesting book,a fascinating insight into the ways of the Shaman. The exercises are easily followed . I would recommend reading it .
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on 20 September 2014
This book presents shamanism in an easy to understand way and helps with my thirst and quench for knowledge. Thanks.
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on 1 August 2015
I like it because it as got a lot of exercises that you can practice.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2001
Particularly excited to get my hands on this book, I was thoroughly disappointed in both its outward appearance and the way it is presented.
I would have preferred a hands-on approach rather than a detailed 'how-I-did-it' which is how the author(s) chose to arrange it. One of them is a PhD, however this is probably why it comes across as more of a headache to read than a book to enjoy.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2014
There are many better books out there regarding shamanism. This is nothing more than pop-culture. The authors have jumped on a bandwagon. You can follow a set of instructions written out by the authors but they've been stripped of any real meaning. Shamanism is part of an ancient culture and it deserves much better than this. I suggest works by Alberto Villoldo or Ross Heaven who are both genuine practitioners of Shamanism and can both write in an engaging and informative way with a real knowledge and passion for this subject.
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on 7 July 2014
Great
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