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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and enlightening
"no book or workshop can make you into a shaman...becoming a post tribal shaman requires the talent, the call and the training from which the necessary skills may be developed"

That line alone got me hooked...

Explaining in depth the role and purpose of a shaman in today's modern society whilst still retaining the essence of the original...
Published 5 months ago by Rachel 'Tansy' Patterson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but . . . .
The Author brings up many, many valid points about shamanic practice in contemporary western society. Indeed, the first half of the book is informative, interesting and lays some good foundations. However, when we move into the 2nd half of the book where instructions are given, it becomes clear that the journey place which the author calls 'The Lodge' is his own...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and enlightening, 31 Jan 2014
"no book or workshop can make you into a shaman...becoming a post tribal shaman requires the talent, the call and the training from which the necessary skills may be developed"

That line alone got me hooked...

Explaining in depth the role and purpose of a shaman in today's modern society whilst still retaining the essence of the original shaman. More importantly, for me anyway, Kenn draws on his own experiences and practices in the art of shamanism including sharing a lot of his techniques for the reader to work with.

A fascinating and enlightening book, a definite 'must read from cover to cover in one sitting' kind of book but one that you will definitely go back to time and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in shamanism, 13 Mar 2014
Post-Tribal Shamanism: A new look at the old ways is based on the author, Kenn Day’s experiences and the teachings he passes on from Grandfather,his spirit ally, friend and mentor, as well as from his 30 years of practice passing on these teachings in person through workshops.

First going into the background of shamanism and the role of a shaman the author explains that ‘It is difficult to find words to describe clearly the unseen worlds of the shaman and the work the shaman does’. However Kenn Day seems to have managed this task admirably and this book contains a vast wealth of information including a wide range of useful practical exercises. The book continues with further definitions and topics including social evolution and post-tribal ethics, also exploring the differences and similarities between the work of the traditional shaman that the author has met and his path as a contemporary post-tribal shaman.

The practical information and exercises include such essentials as: connection with our ancestors; journeying techniques; working with a wide range of spirits; soul retrieval and healing the invisible wound. However it also further includes exercises in lucid dreaming and ceremony and ritual, going right through to preparing for death. Another added value to this book is that Kenn Day uses and includes alternative methods to altering your consciousness other than the usual drumming. While drumming is an excellent method, as he states, it is written about extensively in many other places and isn’t necessarily the best choice for every person or every situation.

In Post-Tribal Shamanism: A new look at the old ways Kenn Day explains that no book or workshop can make you into a shaman but the tools of the post-tribal shaman can benefit and enrich anyone’s life. In this book he has provided a multitude of excellent tools for the reader to explore plus a wide range of information about shamanism and the work of a post-tribal practitioner. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in shamanism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable book about Days' development of modern shamanism., 27 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Post-Tribal Shamanism: A New Look at the Old Ways (Kindle Edition)
Day here shares his own cosmology and shamanic methodology which appears to be some of the content teaches in his workshops around the US. Interestingly, his approach seems to avoid the accusation of "cultural theft of traditional cultures" aimed at many modern forms of shamanism by explaining that his techniques have been taught him by his own spirit guides and this book certainly contains some methods which are not the usual "core" shamanic techniques used by many shamanic practitioners in the West. I also detected some elements of the Western Mystery Schools in his spiritual approach and it is none the worse for that. Day gives practical details of various shamanic journeys and techniques throughout the book which some people may wish to try and others could find distracting. Overall I found this book quite refreshing and stimulating and I think it could be enjoyable to a "newcomer" to Western forms of shamanism, as well as to someone who has been practising various shamanic techniques for some years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but . . . ., 10 Mar 2014
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The Author brings up many, many valid points about shamanic practice in contemporary western society. Indeed, the first half of the book is informative, interesting and lays some good foundations. However, when we move into the 2nd half of the book where instructions are given, it becomes clear that the journey place which the author calls 'The Lodge' is his own personal experience. This in itself, if offered as such is acceptable and I have no doubt that beginners may well find it possible to be taken on what is essentially a guided meditation but I wonder how long it will be before conflicts arise within those following this very specific journey method as their practice evolves? Although the author does mention that everyone will perceive The Lodge in their own way, still the instructions of how to act within The Lodge are very specific such as feeling the wall (what if where I journey to has no wall?) or finding the door in that wall.

It may also be problematic to define the length of time taken to journey since different people will find their own pace and timing depending on their Spirits, their heritage and what they are journeying for. In several cultures a shaman can journey for hours not just minutes and so again, being too specific about time may well work at first but could hamper people as their practice deepens.

Don't let my concerns put you off reading this book, it has a lot to recommend it and is clearly written from a place of personal authenticity and honesty of the author. Simply be aware that nobody can tell you 'how it is', they can only give you the tools to find out for yourself so if a tool starts to hold you back, make a new one.
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