The Way Beyond the Shaman: Birthing a New Earth Consciousness Paperback – 31 Jul 2008
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The Way Beyond The Shaman is a call for sanity in a world unhinged, and a template for regaining a sacred regard for our only home. Cottrell's focus is on shamanism -- but, unlike many, he does not advocate returning to some primitive state, but transcending and evolving beyond this way of knowing, retaining its essence in a modern world. There is a compelling reason to take this brilliant synthesis seriously: Our survival may depend on it. This is a superb work, an inspired vision by a master artist and wordsmith . --Larry Dossey, MD, Author: The Extraordinary Healing Power Of Ordinary Things and Healing Words
We are beginning to remember who we are and to regain a sense of belonging to the Earth. In this pioneering book, Barry Cottrell guides the reader through the history of shamanism, expresses its profound relevance to our time of remembering and reawakening, pointing the way to a new sense of freedom that also aligns us to the rhythmns of the Earth. --David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, author of Radical Prince: the Practical Vision of the Prince of Wales and Science, Consciousness, & Ultimate Reality.
Western culture has bestowed many benefits upon individuals, families, and cultures. But at some point, it took a wrong turn resulting in environmental degradation and existential malaise. In this remarkable book, Barry Cottrell evokes the spirit of shamanism to get civilization back on track. History does not go backwards but The Way Beyond the Shaman brilliantly illustrates how this Earth awareness can insure and improve the future of humankind. --Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., Professor of psychology at Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco and Co-editor, Healing Tales: The Narrative Arts in Spiritual Traditions
About the Author
Artist and writer Barry Cottrell is a graduate of Oxford University where he studied psychology and philosophy. An experienced channel, he has explored dream states and made extensive use of the shamanic journey for guidance and as a research tool. An international artist and master-engraver, The Way Beyond The Shaman is his first full-length book. He lives near Oxford.
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Beyond The Shaman is written in three parts and shines a light on Shamanism of the past, the present and also the future.
The first part of the book describes the origins of Shamanism during the last ice age; I personally found his perspective on the Neanderthal quite fascinating. The second elaborates on what a Shaman is and what he actually does. These first two parts of the book are intellectually researched and seem to be largely based on scientific evidence. Part Three however is obviously more intuitive. It offers a vision of both human consciousness and Shamanism undergoing a profound transformation as they evolve into the future. While its focus is on Shamanism, it does not advocate returning to the traditional way of the Shaman; rather, it is about embracing the spirit of Shamanism, in order to succeed in the modern world; certainly food for thought.
If you want to hear the author talk about his book you can listen to my interview with him on Feed Your Mind Change Your Life on my spirit radio dot com - June-Elleni Laine
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It begins with a historical overview of our species origins & ambient earth events that continue to effect our collective psyche.
Compelling, previously hidden and misunderstood nuggets of information are strung out into a beautiful jewel of a book that fed the heart & soul of this reader.
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