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Forest of Visions : Ayahuasca, Amazonian Spirituality, and the Santo Daime Tradition

089281716X


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Book Review
Part biography, part document of spiritual wisdom, Forest of Visions is a fascinating story that satisfies on many levels. Author Alex Polari de Alverga spent years as a political prisoner during military rule in Brazil. Here he recounts his spiritual transformation after release under the tutelage of Padrinho Sebastião Mota de Mela, one of the founders of the Santo Daime religion. Forest of Visions is also a study of the inner workings of the Santo Daime utopian community of 500 in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. The Santo Daime is a Christian-indigenous syncretic religion that centers around the drinking of a sacramental psychedelic tea called Ayahuasca as a shortcut to spiritual revelation and growth. After years of study, the Brazilian government decided that Ayahuasca positively benefited society and...


Teachings of Don Juan
Carlos Castaneda
0671600419
Mar 1985
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Original publisher University of California Press here offers a 30th-anniversary edition of Castenada's Teachings. Along with the original text, this sports a new introduction by the author, who, it was revealed recently, died earlier this year. Though this is reasonably priced for a hardcover, libraries needing multiples copies may opt for the paperback.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Roger Jellinek, The New York Times
"We are incredibly fortunate to have Carlos Castaneda's books. . . . One can't exaggerate the significance of what he has done." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Shamans and Shamanism
John Lee Maddox
0486427072
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Incomparable in its fullness and breadth of perspective, this survey compares the development of the shaman, or medicine man, among tribal societies. A go-between for man and the spirit world, the shaman helps explain and resolve issues surrounding misfortunes, calamities, bodily ailments, and death. In drawing from tribal societies around the world--from Australian Aborigines to Zulus--the author discusses causes (ill winds, evils spirits, taboo infringements) and cures (exorcism, charms, enchanted drinks). Also examined: the social position and functions of the shaman, methodology, and the perils of failure and rewards of success. A classic of the genre, this study will appeal to students of tribal societies, New Age advocates and anyone interested in the practics of shamanism as an alternative spiritual path.


Astrotheology and Shamanism: Unveiling the Law of Duality in Christianity and Other Religions
Jan Irvin
1585091073
January 2006
Paperback
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Power of Silence
Carlos Castaneda
067173248X
June 1991
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In this new work, Don Juanabsent from Castaneda's preceding three worksonce again appears prominently. To convey the advanced spirituality of the Yaqui shaman, Castaneda relates stories told by Don Juan and his own experiences with the don. Such mysterious concepts as "stalking" and "intent," the "knocking" and trickery of the spirit, are all discussed. The vivid depictions of Don Juan's powers and personality will reawaken readers' fascination with earlier volumes, and since only one of three sets of six stories supposedly related by Don Juan appears here, doubtless more books are to come. Recommended for public libraries. C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, Ind.Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Way of the Shaman
Michael Harner
0062503731
October 12, 1990
Paperback
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Nevill Drury, author of The Elements of Shamanism
"Harner has impeccable credentials, both as an academic and as a practicing shaman. Without doubt (since the recent death of Mircea Eliade) the world's leading authority on shamanism."

Stanislav Grof, author of The Adventure of Self-Discovery
"An intimate and practical guide to the art of shamanic healing and the technology of the sacred. Michael Harner is not just an anthropologist who has studied shamanism; he is an authentic white shaman."

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Temple of Shamanic Witchc
Penczak
0738707678
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Is shamanism all that different from modern witchcraft? According to Christopher Penczak, Wicca's roots go back 20,000 years to the Stone Age shamanic traditions of tribal cultures worldwide. A fascinating exploration of the Craft's shamanic origins, The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft offers year-and-a-day training in shamanic witchcraft. Penczak's third volume of witchcraft teachings corresponds to the water element - guiding the reader into this realm of emotion, reflection, and healing. The twelve formal lessons cover shamanic cosmologies, journeying, dreamwork, animal/plant/stone medicine, totems, soul retrieval, and psychic surgery. Each lesson includes exercises (using modern techniques and materials), assignments, and helpful tips. The training ends with a ritual for self-initiation into the art of the shamanic...


Dreamways of the Iroquois
Robert Moss
1594770344
Dec 2004
Paperback
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Review
Bobbye Middendorf, ForeWord, Mar-Apr 2005 : "Timely and significant, this is a powerful and richly satisfying combination of myth, history, dream-tellings, stories, poems, and practical tools for 'reaching for the sky.' It provides answers for improving the everyday discipline of dreaming in a culture that has all but lost its soul by forgetting to dream."
Branches of Light, Spring-Summer-Fall 2005 : "Dreamways of the Iroquois is at once a spiritual odyssey, ...a guide to healing our lives through dreamwork,...and an invitation to soul recovery." 
The Midwest Book Review, June 2005 : "...reveals the connections between dreams, spirit, wishes, and healing."
The Midwest Book Review, June 2005 : "...an insightful discussion...


Shamanism
Piers Vitebsky
0806133287
March 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
The shaman occupies a key role as a healer mediating between the world of the living and the world of spirits and is a potent figure in alternative medicine. Shamanism, a richly illustrated guide, looks at both historic and present-day manifestations, from the snowscapes of Siberia to the jungles of the Amazon. The book discusses visions, initiation rites, shamanic chants, shamanism and mental health, the shamanic use of plants, and the political and social background to the shaman's work. Also covered are the links between the shaman's sense of unity in nature and the recent growth of ecological consciousness in Western societies. *Includes more than 250 color illustrations that present a unique pictorial record of shamanism in practice and as represented in art and artifacts *Includes a detailed...


Shaman, Healer, Sage : How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas
Alberto Phd Villoldo
0609605445
December 19, 2000
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Anthropologist Villoldo has studied shamanic healing techniques with the descendants of the Incas for more than 25 years. Perhaps more than any westerner, he has mastered the ancient art of "seeing," which gives more direct insight into the true causes of disease than can be revealed through all the technological advances of Western medicine. He has written ten previous books chronicling his adventures on the path to becoming a master shaman, and teaches energy medicine to thousands every year. Now he reveals the concept of working with the "luminous energy field" that surrounds our physical bodies in a practical, easy-to-understand format. Although shamanism is often shrouded in riddle and mystery, Villoldo has managed to present the basic principles in a step-by-step program, beginning with a series of simple exercises...


Seeing the Dead, Talking with Spirits
Alexandra Leclere
1594770832
Sept 2005
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Review
Robert Moss, author of The Dreamer’s Book of the Dead and Dreamways of the Iroquois : “An exciting personal account of an apprenticeship with the spirits. Alexandra Leclere is wonderfully candid about how to avoid teachers who take our power away, to practice discernment in dealing with psychic energies, and to walk between the worlds in balance and with humor.”

Eva Yaa Asantewaa : "Leclere’s experiences in the paranormal probably won’t raise the hairs on your arm, but her relationships with men--an annoying husband and a hulking, manipulative, self-declared shamanic healer from the Adirondacks--definitely will. It’s a cautionary tale with a happy ending because Leclere got smart. Her difficult experiences led her to profound growth, self-regard, and joy in...


Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self Through Shamanic Practice
Sandra Ingerman
0062504061
September 27, 1991
Paperback
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-Ralph Metzner, author of Opening to Inner Light
"Wise and wonderful.... [A] deeply moving and life-affirming work."

-Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., psychologist and author of The Inward Arc and Awakening Intuition
"Fascinating and illuminating. An excellent introduction to the mysterious power of shamanic healing by an authentic, experienced practitioner."

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Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism
Daniel Pinchbeck
0767907434
August 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Open City editor Pinchbeck's book debut is a polemic that picks up the threads that Huxley's The Doors of Perception, Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and counterculture idealism left in the culture. Charting his gradual transformation from a cynical New York litterateur to psychedelic acolyte, Pinchbeck uses elements of travelogue, memoir, "entheobotany" ("the study of god-containing plants") and historical research to ask why these "doorways of the mind" have been unceremoniously sealed, sharing Walter Benjamin's melancholy about the exasperating nature of consumerism: "We live in a culture where everything tastes good but nothing satisfies." Pinchbeck travels the earth in search of spiritual awakening through tripping, from Gabon to the Nevada desert. At happenings like the Burning Man festival or a plant...


Shamanism
Shirley Nicholson
0835606171
January 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Jargon-free information about shamanism, ESP, dreams, and magical healing.


Twilight Language of the Nagual
Merilyn Tunneshende
1591430410
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Review
Jose Stevens, Ph.D., author of Secrets of Shamanism and The Power Path : “In the best of the shamanic tradition--through dramatic storytelling of her own life experience--Merilyn Tunneshende imparts the essence of the timeless art of Dreaming, the powerful healing modality of the future. As an added bonus she supplies us with specific exercises to assist us in our own discovery of this powerful path to healing.”


Book Description
Reveals how the Nagual shamans move between this world and the dream realms


• Shows how the Twilight Language of Dreaming is an avenue for understanding the energetic gateways of human existence


• Presents detailed exercises for practical experiences in extra-lucid dreaming


Twilight Language of the...



Quantum Mind : The Edge Between Physics and Psychology
Arnold Mindell
1887078649
March 31, 2000
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Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., author of "The New Alchemy," "The Spiritual Universe," "The Dreaming Universe," and the national book award winning "Taking the Quantum Leap."
What Mindell accomplishes is breathtaking in its scope, and in its ability to communicate difficult ideas easily in a friendly teaching manner. Using his notes from the course taught for years to students of psychology, his experience as a therapist and physicist, and his clear writing ability makes this book a must-read for students and lay persons interested in the ever-growing field of depth psychology. Mindell sprinkles psychological exercises throughout the text providing the reader with imagined experiences of entering a black hole, appearing in parallel universes, taking the mind boggling quantum leap, and many, many others. It is at once a physics text, psychology...


Complete Illustrated Guide to Runes: How to Interpret the Ancient Wisdom of the Runes
Nigel Pennick
076071536X
July 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Over-sized hard cover pictorial edition by Barnes and Noble, 1999. Filled with color photos, illustrations. 192 pages


The Quest for the Shaman
Miranda Aldhouse-Green
0500051348
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
An informative and entertaining exploration of shamanism and ritual behavior in ancient Europe. As this book so ably demonstrates, archaeological remains—from cave paintings to bog bodies to Bronze-Age vessels—show that shamanism was endemic among ancient European peoples from the Stone Age to the early post-Roman era. Most shamans occupied a marginal, dual position in their communities and functioned as liaisons with the spirit world through the medium of trance. The authors draw on the most recent archaeological research and support their conclusions with rich evidence, including the 30,000-year-old lion-human ivory figurines found in southwestern Germany that may represent monsters seen by shamans in altered states of consciousness; the spectacular Nebra sky-disc, also from Germany, which depicts the...


Mending The Past And Healing The Future with Soul Retrieval
Alberto Villoldo
1401906257
June 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This fascinating book by psychologist and medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., explains the practices for healing outside of ordinary time and space. It shows how to enter the timeless now to heal events that occurred in the past, and to correct the course of destiny. Dr. Villoldo discusses ways in which you can heal yourself and your loved ones by employing intention through practices used by shamans of the Americas—which, until now, have been inaccessible to most of the world. The shamans of old called this journeying. In this book, you’ll discover that you have a four-chambered heart in the same way you have a four-chambered soul. In the first chamber, you store away the memory of a wound that derailed your destiny. In the second, you keep the limiting beliefs and soul contracts that you...


Black Elk
Wallace Black Elk
0062500740
Mar 1991
Paperback
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The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life
Miguel Ruiz
1878424483
October 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
In The Four Agreements, Mexican shaman Miquel Ruiz built his teachings around four agreements: be impeccable with your word; don't take anything personally; don't make assumptions; always do your best. Now Ruiz offers readers a companion guide, making practical mysticism out of the ancient Toltec tradition. On the one hand this is an eloquent introduction to Toltec teachings, offering a fascinating discussion of how one's life is a dream (and a dream that's often dictated by others) and how "domestication" is the root of human suffering. On the other hand don Miquel has also written a Toltec self-help book, offering specific tools, exercises, and suggestions to help readers live their own dreams, become more attentive, and make conscious agreements with themselves. For readers who feel aligned with the Toltec...


Animal-Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small
Ted Andrews
0875420281
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Want to learn how to speak the language of critters, large and small? Easy-to-read and understand, Ted Andrews's bestselling Animal Speak shows readers how to identify his or her animal totem and learn how to invoke its energy and use it for personal growth and inner discovery. Nature lovers will love this insightful compendium, chock-full of touching stories about animals, natural history, and animal folklore. Readers will also learn magical animal rites and how to read omens. Animal Speak includes a dictionary of bird, animal, reptile, and insect totems, which describe each creature's meaning. For example, if a person's totem is dragonfly, he or she was most likely excessively emotional and passionate in early years, learning with age to balance it with mental clarity and control. If a dragonfly suddenly shows up in your...


The Reindeer People : Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia
Piers Vitebsky
0618211888
December 8, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In northeast Siberia, temperatures can drop to 96 degrees below zero. Boiling water flung from a teacup will freeze before reaching the ground. In these unimaginable conditions, the Eveny nomads have lived and thrived for thousands of years. Vitebsky, who teaches anthropology and Russian studies at Cambridge University, has spent much of the last 20 years among these people and their herds of reindeer. No dry anthropological study, his story teems with strong personalities, perilous adventures and time-honored folkways. Wearing thick reindeer coats and boots, Vitebsky accompanies the tribesmen across Siberia seeking small animals to trap and sell. He meets hunters who live alone for a year at a time, Russian bureaucrats whose only concern is making quotas set by their comrades in Moscow, and...


Secrets of Shamanism
Jose Stevens
0380756072
Aug 1988
Paperback
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Book Description

For untold centuries, the shaman was the tribe's most revered and respected member, possessing the unique ability to tap into the universal source of wisdom by journeying deep within the self -- seeking, and finding, answers to pressing questions, achieving profound understanding by avoiding the stumbling blocks of the outer material world.

Developing techniques for communicating with the innermost world of the spirit can be a valuable boon in these modern times with their contemporary problems and concerns. Through a series of easy-to-follow exercises, lessons, and rituals, psychologist Jose Stevens and wife, Lena, can show you how to identify your inner spiritual guides -- and how, through a unique and powerful communication with them, you can achieve undreamed-of professional success, psychological...



The Cosmic Serpent
Jeremy Narby
0874779642
April 5, 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Anthropologist Narby's very personal account of his encounters with Amazonian shamanism and his passionately researched syntheses of anthropological, biochemical, neurological and mythological scholarship fascinate but do not convince. His defense of the rights of indigenous peoples against usurpation by capitalist, technological countries is admirable; his methodology is not. Throughout, Narby appears to mistake enthusiasm for evidence and he takes similarities of form (e.g., any helical pattern, hexagon or snakelike figure) to be proof of identity or of casual connection: that the serpent of shamanic lore is DNA. Of his assertion that the Amazonians' specific knowledge of pharmacology derives from hallucinogenic trance (and not from some other more diffuse source), he undertakes no experimental test, offering...


The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Miguel Ruiz
1878424319
January 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. It's the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering. --P. Randall Cohan

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Shaman Wisdom, Shaman Healing
Michael Samuels
047141820X
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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Review
Ethnographic reports on shamanism portray a varied and specified practice, describing each shaman as identifying with a specific type of medicine power, such as the ability to find lost objects, change weather, or manage stomach trouble. However, contemporary nonnative practitioners seem to have borrowed the term in a very generic sense. Samuels, the author of numerous books on conventional medicine and creative imagery and visualization (Seeing with the Mind's Eye), and Lane, a registered nurse, author and director of the Arts in Medicine program at the University of Florida, introduce practices that readers can use to become a visionary healer. The authors focus on guided imagery to strengthen intention and commitment, invoke guardian or animal spirits, and "restory" reality. They also provide instruction on making a medicine...


Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide
Sandra Ingerman
1591791510
March 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Shamanic journeying is the inner art of traveling to the "invisible worlds" beyond ordinary reality to retrieve information for change in every area of our lives—from spirituality and health to work and relationships. With Shamanic Journeying, readers join world-renowned teacher Sandra Ingerman to learn the core teachings of this ancient practice and apply these skills in their own journey. CD includes three authentic shamanic drumming sessions.

From the Publisher
Sandra Ingerman is one of the principle trainers in the Harner Method of shamanistic technique, taught by bestselling author and leading world authority on shamanism, Michael Harner (The Way of the Shaman). She holds more than 40 workshops a year.

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