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4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to change, then do something different
Very inspiring, this book re-in forces in me that there is a power in this universe and I can tap in to it.
This book has given me food for thought
Published on 24 May 2013 by Brian farrier

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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much more...
Having held an amateur's interest in the topic of ritual and yogic breathing for some time, I was interested to receive this title. The combination of intense breathwork and shamanic journeying could be involved and beneficial, both personally and as part of a healing practice.

And it probably could... except the author has somehow only included the absolute...
Published on 21 Aug. 2011 by Greycat


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much more..., 21 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Shamanic Breathwork: Journeying Beyond the Limits of the Self (Paperback)
Having held an amateur's interest in the topic of ritual and yogic breathing for some time, I was interested to receive this title. The combination of intense breathwork and shamanic journeying could be involved and beneficial, both personally and as part of a healing practice.

And it probably could... except the author has somehow only included the absolute minimum of information on what shamanic breathwork actually IS. To find out more, you have to attend one of her workshops and/or courses.

This is not a small book, and as such, it contains a lot that is inspirational - many stories from those who have successfully turned their lives around using shamanic breathing techniques, as well as the author and her colleagues telling the history of both the techniques and how they hope to utilise these with teaching to assist others. Lovely stuff, and a pleasure to read.

However, it was rather frustrating to read chapter after chapter on the background to a technique that is never really detailed. There is (finally!) a chapter that looks as solo work, using the CD provided. Very nice... but that's all there is.

From a pagan perspective, this does contain some interesting perspectives on the use of elemental energy as a 'rebirthing' process. While (again) this seems to be only practically taught in person, I'm sure many of those reading can apply and use such ideas for themselves without too much difficulty.

The book wears its New Age credentials on its sleeve, with a clear parallel drawn between the psychedelia of '60s and '70s America and Native American-as-Shaman stories. While this is no bad thing, it tended to grate on this British reader after a while. Those Native Americans I've met (and those in the book, it seems!) focus more on 'getting on and doing' than just talking about something so very based in real, practical life-work.

This could have been so much more if the author had included more exercises or specific details on the breathwork practice, instead of leaving me with the feeling that I'd just read an extended brochure for her workshops.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to change, then do something different, 24 May 2013
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Very inspiring, this book re-in forces in me that there is a power in this universe and I can tap in to it.
This book has given me food for thought
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