Shamanic Encounters: Meetings with Dan Russell Paperback – 1 Dec. 2007
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Shamanic Encounters makes it's aim clear from the outset; not to provide a 'how to become a shaman in ten easy steps' but to inform those interested, of the reality of these seemingly mystical practices and their continued existence and relevance in the modern world. Dan Russell and his students achieve this modest aim as shamanic practice appears here through such topics as love, relations with others, stress, and personal empowerment; all as much facets of our contemporary lives as they were in more 'primitive' times.
I give the book the rating of four due to my own sense of dissatisfaction upon reading it. This is not however due to some typographical error or lack of structure. This sense of dissatisfaction stems from a feeling of incompleteness. We like to read a book with a conclusion so that we can put it down and tell ourselves that this episode is over and that we no longer need to be concerned about it. This book offers no such comfort as it's message cannot be truly imbibed simply through reading it. To really understand what the author wants to impart we should find teachers and take this journey for ourselves. A good book can point in the right direction (which this one no doubt does) but can never do the work for us. Alas, I fear this is the nature of language and this sense of incompleteness will hopefully spur on those interested to make the journey for themselves.