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Shamanism, Where to start?
04-21-2017, 12:10 PM
Post: #1
Greetings.

I'm currently studying a new topic of my interest, Shamanism. However, I am not sure which books to buy. Any suggestions are appreciated.





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04-21-2017, 06:58 PM
Post: #2
Michael Harner
Sandra Ingerman
Felicitas Goodman
Mircea Eliade
Robert Moss
etc.
and of course our house-own shaman Travsha Tounge

...i am also practising shamanism so you can ask me if you want Angel

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04-21-2017, 09:18 PM (This post was last modified: 04-22-2017 12:27 AM by OldSaint.)
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The term Shamanism from a historical and literal perspective implies that you are a spiritual practitioner whom is serving as a mediating body between the spirit realm and the earthly realm on behalf of a community. It's a social designation as much as a magickal one......as a result i've always had difficulty using the term....Spirit Walker is a term i picked up from another book that i find less difficult. Cheers. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BIU...UTF8&psc=1

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04-22-2017, 11:14 AM (This post was last modified: 04-22-2017 11:19 AM by travsha.)
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I personally cant stand the core shamanism stuff like Harner, Ingerman or Villoldo.... Just imitation in my experience, not like real shamanism. It can be okay for beginners who only want to get their toes wet, but I dont consider it real shamanism.

I made a reading list here that begins with a number of books on shamanism:
http://www.soulremedy.org/reading-list/4588024485

From the list I would especially recommend The Hummingbirds Journey to God (written about my teacher Lesley/La Gringa), Singing to the Plants, Masters of the Living Energy and Chosen By The Spirits. They are all very different but focused on traditional shamanism from around the world.

I also wrote two books on shamanism and I know I am partial because they are mine, but they are damn good books:
https://www.amazon.com/Plant-Remedy-Spir...508637326/

https://www.amazon.com/How-Earth-Saved-M...540630137/

I wrote those two books with the idea that someone on their own could create a totally real practice of their own just from the info in those two books, starting with a foundation of traditional practices and ideas but letting your spirit guides teach you your own improvisations from that foundation.

By the way - my website has tons of info on shamanism in the blog that you might enjoy! http://www.soulremedy.org

I also recommend these two videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMFRn2IKXnM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5RIaFVaGeM&t=1s


Both will give you a really realistic view of traditional shamanic ceremonies.

If you ever want to stay with tribal shamans in Peru and do legit ceremonies with elders - let me know. I host a yearly retreat at Temple of the Moon where we do ceremony with multiple shamans from different lineages. Getting ready to go back down in July actually....

In fact, another video filmed with my teacher where we host the retreats:
https://vimeo.com/108842285
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04-22-2017, 05:50 PM
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Travsha if I may ask what culture are your books based on
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04-23-2017, 02:03 AM
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(04-22-2017 05:50 PM)deos Wrote:  Travsha if I may ask what culture are your books based on

I would say the books are based on my personal practice more then a specific culture, but my personal practice is heavily influenced by years studying in the Andes and the Amazon. I especially learned a lot from the Shipibo and Q'ero tribes and from the Andean San Pedro tradition. I have also personalized some of what I learned..... The Plant Remedy is closer to traditional Amazonian/Andean plant based healing traditions, but How the Earth Saved My Soul is more eclectic and has a wider range of influences as it follows my personal story and practice.

Since I only studied with these cultures and am not from them I prefer to write from my personal experience rather then claim I am teaching their traditions. At the same time I have learned a ton from these traditions and I want to give them credit for how much they have taught me and there is certainly a lot of my material coming from them.

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04-23-2017, 05:32 PM
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Thank you I've been looking for a good starting point in sprit walking I've got your books in my cart
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04-24-2017, 03:17 AM
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(04-23-2017 05:32 PM)deos Wrote:  Thank you I've been looking for a good starting point in sprit walking I've got your books in my cart

I hope you enjoy them!

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