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on 12 September 2003
This book had and still has a really strong effect, as read in it a level of depth and understanding that all of us think isn't understood by other people ... this author really lives it, has vast experience, and relates the shamanic and sometimes very isolated path to a real sense of purpose and relevance in a whole new way here and now. He encourages a deeper tuning in to the body, and I found that I would read a section of the book until something resonated strongly (he provides exercises to do too) and then integrate that - in other words there was so much good learning and realisations happening as journeyed along with it, that had to not read it all at once .... which was hard to do! Very shamanic and organic. I'd recommend this to anyone; not often that you find a book that REALLY has something to say, and relates to those things you think can't be related to. Written very engagingly and a very fascinating read/manual to keep and reread.
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on 19 October 2009
I have just withdrawn from a course in cross cultural shamanism that was blatantly uncaring towards the participants and really quite disturbing due to the lack of the "teacher's" ability to take any form of responsibility. Mindell does not pretend that this type of knowledge is easy to travel towards and is honest about the personal development that is required rather extolling just a set of commercially viable healing techniques. I would seriously recommend this book to anyone with an interest in psychology or shamanism, and actually wants more than synthetic commercial techniques to work with to gain a deeper understanding of the mystery of being human and of earth.

Don't be put off by the frequent references to Castaneda (whom some consider somewhat discredited), there is true wisdom and understanding in this book.

Arnold, thank you for reassuring me that what I am learning about is so, so very much more... and giving me comfort and tools to move forward with at a difficult time.
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on 25 November 2010
A very deep read indeed, opening the mind to, and affirming, landscapes just over the horizon of consciousness - ones you can sometimes sense but of which you doubt the validity. Well written and easy to read - although its sheer depth does require a pause or two in order to assimilate the ideas.
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on 17 June 2014
I have a few of the Mindell's books and practices their form of person centres psychotheraphy for years with a group of people.
It was both transformative and wacky, the wacky bits were just its unconventional use of Jungian psychology and the willingness to go further than most to see, witness, embody and move on the darker bits of ourselves with no judgement. I have to say group work with this concept of the Shaman's body and his other work "The Dreambody" provide illuimnating tools and ideas. If you ever wondered how to make yourself seen and understand the more tricky bits of yourself and others you need not look further - worth a read at least.
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on 29 August 2016
This is a wonderful book, very inspiring and means so much to me, affirming my own shamanic path and a deeper understanding as to what it means to be within a shamans body in this modern day. A must read for any dancer!
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on 14 August 2016
Nothing deep in here. Quoting Castaneda all the time. But book arrived quickly and in good quality.
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on 23 January 2016
Great book! I cannot wait to get his other books.
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on 18 July 2014
Fast posting and as described
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