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Nice book but too rigid
on 9 May 2014
There is quite a lot of interesting historical information/deductions made about shamanism in the Celtic legends, and the book gives various useful techniques which could be described as shamanic. I liked the different visualisation meditations, but these were described as the 'only' way of meditating, which is not very useful for beginners (I think when learning meditation its important to learn simple breathing methods as a foundation).
The main downside was the way the wording of the book seemed to suggest that the instructions she gave were the 'right' way of doing things or the 'only' way of doing things. Thats what I mean by being too rigid.
This wouldn't be a good book for someone who has never read about or practiced shamanism, meditation or magick, because the reader would not get a very balanced view of the topics. However, for someone more experienced or well read, who can understand that the view she puts forward is not something that must be rigidly followed to the letter as she describes it, it could be a useful source of inspiration, and another way of viewing shamanism which could be added to previous knowledge already gained.
Reading other books on shamanism alongside this is important to get a balanced view. I'd recommend 'The Way of The Shaman' by Michael Harner, and for the wiccans, 'The Shamanic Witch' by Gail Wood, or for a more academic perspective, the works of Mircea Eliade are very useful.