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on 5 April 2010
A very easy to follow set of instructions for those just starting on the Shamanic path and needing to know which way to progress - this is a straightforward and no-nonsense book (although around 84 pages in length) which will give a good grounding from which to move forward and progress.
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on 29 July 2015
"Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide" (2008) (paperback with CD) by Sandra Ingerman

This 88-page practical guide contains the most important information beginners will need to start experiencing the basics of shamanic journeying from the comfort of their own home. This publication is intended as a practical guide rather than an in-depth academic/anthropological book on the subject. As such, Ingerman skims over the massive subject of shamanism in a way that enables the reader to engage practically with undertaking a shamanic journey, with the aid of the accompanying drumming CD.

Despite the guide's brevity, Ingerman does cover the expected basics of what shamanism is and what shaman do, the role of power animals and spiritual teachers, the differences between the three worlds in nonordinary reality (the Lower World, the Middle World and the Upper World), the role of the drum in journeying and, most crucially, how to prepare for (and return from) a shamanic journey.

The two most interesting chapters in the guide [for me at any rate!] were Chapter Five: `Common Questions about Shamanic Journeying' and Chapter Eight: `Additional Journeys'. In the former chapter, Ingerman briefly addresses the following questions:

`Will I experience my journeys with all of my senses?'
`How do our helping spirits communicate with us?'
`How should I language the questions that I ask my helping spirits?'
`How do I interpret my journeys?'
`Am I making up my journeys?'
`What challenges might I encounter in my journey practice?'
`When should I journey?'
`How do I know when I should go to the Lower World or the Upper World?'

Chapter Eight lists several additional journeys to inspire the reader to undertake further shamanic journeys.

The highlight of the whole book is in the accompanying drumming CD. Ingerman asks that you do not listen to this CD whilst driving... and I can see why! There are three tracks on the CD as follows (track durations in brackets):

1. 12-Minute Drumming Track with Whistles and Rattles (12'03")
2. 20-Minute Double-Drumming Track (19'31")
3. 30-Minute Single-Drumming Track (30'54")

The three tracks have been well recorded and also well mastered; you will be entering nonordinary reality before you know it! The 20-Minute Double-Drumming Track (track 2) is absolutely wonderful with the emphatic low-register overtones sounding clearly in the mix. As such, I use track 2 more often than tracks 1 and 3 for journeying. I would highly recommend using headphones when listening to the CD to enable the overtones ring out clearly in your ears and to block out any distracting external sounds. You will likely find that listening to the drumming with small computer speakers proves to be somewhat ineffective as they lack the quality of an immersive listening experience. The total CD playing time is 62'26".

Ingerman's guide is a great starting point for a novice wishing to engage with shamanism on a practical level. The reader quickly learns that shamanic journeying is a process about one's firsthand experiences with nonordinary reality. I recommend this publication, alongside the following books, for practical guides on shamanic journeying and techniques: Tom Cowan's "Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life" (1996) and "The Secrets of Shamanism: Tapping the Spirit Power within You" (1988) by Jose Stevens, Ph.D. and Lena S. Stevens.

If you are looking for more in-depth scholarly writing on shamanism, I highly recommend Michael Harner's "The Way of the Shaman" (1992, third edition) and "Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality" (2013). I also highly recommend Mircea Eliade's classic academic book, "Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (Bollingen Series (General))" (2004 edition).
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on 30 October 2010
Sandra Inghams book on Shamanic Journeying is excellent for everyone new to Shamanic Journeying and also sheds a deeper insight, with many different possibilities for the seasoned shamanic healer.

Definately one to keep on your bookshelf
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on 8 December 2009
Sandra covers all you really need to know to journey safely in the other worlds, and emphasises that you choose when, where and for whom you journey, not linking in all the time as it is tempting to do.....that leads as she rightly says to psychosis. Feet on the ground and head in the clouds is an excellent motto to have in this work and Sandra teaches that very clearly. Highly recommended.
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on 31 May 2010
I've been practicing 'Shamanic Journey work' for approx fifteen years, a friend recently showed me her "Shamanic Journeying: A beginner's Guide" by Sandra Ingerman. I found it to be a wonderfully informative, easy to understand guide book. I recommend it to all upon their journey.
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on 1 June 2014
The book was great and I used the advise in the book on how to journey and it was very effective. The disappointment is that the physical book comes with a CD which led me to believe that a sound file would be included with the kindle version, but it wasn't. I feel a bit cheated as I was basically only sold half the product.
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on 27 May 2011
The CD that goes with this book is a wonderful tool for medatation ( not sure I have spelt that right) The book is very useful also a good buy.
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on 19 September 2011
This book is very helpful to any body wanting to learn about shamanic journeying.It is so easy to understand very good
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on 3 March 2016
A simple guide but perhaps too simple? I've been taught that middle world journeying is very different to upper and lower world journeys, needing special protections and understandings. What I do particularly like is the list of ideas of questions to ask your guide. Also the included drumming tape is a valuable extra to the one I usually use, especially the short journey with initial whistles and rattles sounds. By comparison, Sandra's 'Soul Retrieval' book is outstanding, though not really a shamanic beginner's book.
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on 11 March 2012
If it wasn't for the inclusion of the audio CD of drumming I would have knocked off another one to two stars,but it's not a bad introduction to the subject.
It will whet the appetite for more information on the subject,but this small book (88 pages) won't be a satisfying meal by itself.This is the first book that I have read on the subject,apart form a couple of Robert Moss books
(which are more about dreams anyway),so I can only give my thoughts as a beginner entering this field for the first time.
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