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A bit of a subjective ramble....
on 21 July 2013
This is not a "how to" book, and doesn't pretend to be. It's basically a series of encounters by the author with...well... spirits, if you care to believe that, helped by her Teacher (named simply Teacher).
According to the blurb Shutt visits the "spine-tingling Land of the Dead" and "other mysterious layers of existence" and reveals how shamans "use incredible yet effective techniques such as power retrieval" and that we all have our own "spirit guide and totem animals." Whether you accept these accounts as "amazing true stories" or not depends on how you want to see reality. Whether this is shamanistic practice or not depends on your definition of shamanism.
To me it all sounds far too new-agey and not much different from the kind of thing psychics have been doing a long time before westerners became enamoured with (their definition of) shamanism : blocking and unblocking energy, healing people, persuading lost and bewildered or just plain awkward spirits to get a move on into the next world, all perfomed with with the help of a Guide -- often an Ameri-Indian, a wise old Yogi or some entity from Outer Space.
Using a new vobabulary -- Upper and Lower worlds, soul retrival, power animals, etc. -- and rattling and drumming doesn't really alter things than much. I don't doubt the author's sincerity, but I do doubt if this kind of thing really deserves the description of shamanism. Whether you enjoy the book or not will depend on your definition too.