The Ecstatic Experience: Healing Postures for Spirit Journeys
Trance-inducing postures for shamanic journeying, initiation, healing, divination, and transformation of the soul
• From Mayan, Egyptian, African, Native American, Sumerian, and other ancient and indigenous traditions
• Shows how these practices can detoxify the energy body
• Includes 60-minute CD of trance rhythms to accompany the shamanic journeying exercises
“Like opening a medicine bundle that has been hidden for thousands of years, reading The Ecstatic Experience gives you direct access to powerful ancient consciousness codes."
Coyote Healing: Miracles in Native Medicine
Dr. Mehl-Madrona's magnificent first book, COYOTE MEDICINE, was seen through wide-eyes: a young doctor discovering his own roots and shedding illusions about the omnipotence of science. By contrast, COYOTE HEALING reveals a sure sense of purpose and conviction in his approach. This book should be required reading for all cancer patients and survivors, for anyone suffering from chronic physical or emotional disease, and for therapists in all disciplines.
The World Is As You Dream It: Teachings from the Amazon and Andes
This book is a fascinating account of how John Perkins and others, through contacts with cultures such as that of the Otavalans, Salasacans, and Shuar, concluded "that in order for life to continue as we know it, we must all change our dream from the one of materialism and domination...to a more spiritual, cooperative, and Earth-honoring one." John recounts shamanic journeys to encourage the reader's self-empowerment, so that knowledge long buried by Western culture may be rediscovered.
Black Smoke: A Woman's Journey of Healing, Wild Love, and Transformation in the Amazon
When composer and Bard College music professor Margaret De Wys learned she had breast cancer, the diagnosis shattered her comfortable life. The illness propelled her away from her family and deep into the Amazon to work with Carlos, a charismatic Shuar master of medicina milenaria, an ancient mystical tradition with a highly sophisticated and precise technology of healing. In Black Smoke, De Wys writes of her amazing encounter with Carlos as he guided her into a world of potent visionary plants, harrowing initiations, and ritual purification. It was, as Carlos called it, “the path of the warrior.”
At once an adventure story, a romance, and a rich exploration of a little-known culture, Black Smoke is destined to become a classic.
Hear interview with Margaret, click:Interview
Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul
An in-depth look at the role of plant spirits in shamanic rituals from around the world
The book shows how shamans heal using their knowledge of plant spirits as well as the plant’s “medical properties”
It also explores the core methods of plant shamanism--soul retrieval, spirit extraction, and sin eating--and includes techniques for connecting with plant spirits
Read extensive field interviews with master shamans of all traditions
From their years of in-depth shamanic work in the Amazon, Haiti, and Europe, including extensive field interviews with master shamans, Heaven and Charing present the core methods of plant shamanism used in healing rituals the world over: soul retrieval, spirit extraction, sin eating, and the Amazonian tradition of pusanga (love medicine). They explain the techniques shamans use to establish connections to plant spirits and provide practical exercises as well as a directory of traditional Amazonian and Caribbean healing plants and their common North American equivalents so readers can explore the world of plant spirits and make allies of their own.