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Allione, Tsultrim. Feeding your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict. Little, Brown & Company, 2008. [shamanism practice] This book is an excellent little tome which describes a simple five-step process created by Lama Tsultrim Allione to present the essence of Chöd, the Tibetan practice of feeding the demons to achieve liberation from them. The practice itself is simple, yet as all things related to our Shadow, there is much to be known as well. I especially liked knowing more about Machig Lapdrön from whom the Chöd pracitce comes, and knowing more about the many different kinds of 'demon' that she described in her writings almost a thousand years ago. Machig Lapdrön said that 'a demon is anything which stands in the way of our liberation", and in this book and in this practice, I am learning how to meet these demons, gods and god-demons, and am learning how to transform them into ally energies that help me rather than hinder me. The practice is simple. The results are astounding. If you are looking for inner work that is completely transformational, buy this and begin feeding your demons today.
Andrews, Ted. Animal-Speak: A useful compendium of totems and descriptions of power animals. Llewellyn Publications, 2002. [shamanism reference] A great introductory section on honoring your power animal through dance, tool-making, ceremony, and ritual. Despite this being a wonderful resource, I recommend as best practice to my students to observe the animals themselves for their behavior to determine whether Andrews' statements ring true for you. Your relationship with the spirits contains its own truth. Use what works for you. Discard the rest.
Andrews, Ted. The Healer's Manual: A Beginner's Guide to Energy Therapies. Llewellyn Publications, 2002. [shamanism healing] One of the first books that I bought soon after I had taken my first Reiki class and energy medicine class. This book has interesting and useful exercises on shielding, and on directing and modulating bioenergies. A lot of people don't like Andrews, fussing that he tends to give his opinions the force of fact. I find that if you read his works with the idea that his is one way of doing things, it works just fine.
Andrews, Ted. Nature-Speak: Signs, Omens and Messages in Nature. Dragonhawk Publishing, 2004. [shamanism reference] Another compendium, with entries about trees, land shapes, and non-animal descriptions.
Baldwin, Christina. Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture. Bantam, 1998 [circle technology] This is a lovely book about circle technology, how to create strong working circles and how to avoid pitfalls while doing so. Ms. Baldwin has been doing this work for several decades, and she shares her view of this ancient technology through stories and examples. I am particularly impressed by chapters 8 and 9, which detail what trouble might arise, and how the circle might go about dealing with it. There is a good conflict resolution protocol, and excellent templates for how to go about conceiving of a circle, putting it together, calling it, and keeping it running. There are even tidbits about circle energetics, which is very, very interesting to me.
Baldwin, Christina. The Circle Way: A Leader In Every Chair. Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (March 12, 2010). [circle technology] Ms. Baldwin's newest book about circle technology.
Berggren, Karen. Circle of Shaman; Healing Through Ecstasy, Rhythm, and Myth. Destiny Books, 1998. [shamanism healing] This is an interesting little book and an easy read. In it, the author describes her fascinating journey to her unique shamanic practice, catapulted there by spontaneous journeys while drumming and dancing. She frequently references Gabrielle Roth and that author's works with similar practices and roads to the Otherworld. This book is sweet, inspiring, and quite unique in its approach and content. I can't help but recall dances to honor my own power animals, and dances taught me by shamanic teachers to take me to other places. This book certainly has its place on my shamanic book shelf.
Berney, Charlotte. Fundamentals of Hawaiian Mysticism. Crossing Press, 2000. [shamanism huna] An amazingly pithy little book. Drawing on much of the work of Max Freedom Long, this book outlines his discoveries of what he termed huna, and which he codified into a system of spiritual and mystical knowledge. Long did not claim to have found hidden 'secrets', though some of his titles use that word, but rather truths which he said could be experimented with and either proved by practice or discarded. This little book distills much of his work into hard little gems of practice with added commentary and suggestion. It is all about fundamentals, the bedrock of what Max Freedom Long said that Huna is all about. Easily grasped; may take a lifetime to master. Highly Recommended.
Blacker, Carmen. The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan. Routledge 2004. [shamanism reference depossession] A classic anthropological work by Dr. Blacker. There are some fascinating aspects of shamanism here that are not mentioned in any other work nor seen in any other culture.
Bloom, William. Feeling Safe: How to be Strong and Positive in a Changing World. Piatkus, 2002. [shamanism protection practice] Another great little book by Dr. Bloom. Along with "Psychic Protection", this book gives good strategies for being and feeling safe in our daily environment, and for understanding the energies which impinge on us and which make us feel un-safe.
Bloom, William. Psychic Protection: Creating Positive Energies For People and Places. Fireside, 1996. [shamanism protection practice] A very good little book. Dr. Bloom presents excellent methods of psychic and energetic protection from the inside-out; many methods I use myself. His suggestions for grounding and anchoring self geographically are excellent. In this one small book be puts together quite a lot of ideas, and it is one that I refer to again and again. For anyone who wants to have a better understanding of Middle World energies and energetics short of a course with a master, this book will take you a long, long way. Recommended.
Bloom, William. Working with Angels, Fairies & Nature Spirits. Piatkus, 1998. [shamanism cosmology] A great little book. Dr. Bloom presents excellent insights and explanation of the Devic spirits, how to sense them, and how to interact with them. Very practical and with many exercises. This is the most down-to-earth explanation of these beings I have come across so far. Pairing this with David Spangler's book "Subtle Worlds" gives a tremendous amount of information to the reader. Recommended.
Bolin, Inge. Rituals of Respect: The Secret of Survival in the High Peruvian Andes. University of Texas Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (November 1, 1998). [shamanism andean personal ]
Bolin, Inge. Growing Up in a Culture of Respect: Child Rearing in Highland Peru. University of Texas Press (March 1, 2006). [shamanism andean cosmology]
Bopp, Judie, Michael Bopp, Lee Brown and Phil Lane. The Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality. Lotus Light Publications, 1984. [shamanism cosmology] A slim volume that covers energies and essences of the four directions. Short and sweet and filled with Great Stuff.
Boring, Francesca Mason, Kenneth Edwin Sloan and John Cheney. Returning to Membership in Earth Community: Systemic Constellations With Nature. Stream of Experience, 2013. [constellations nature] THE book on Nature Constellations. This book is a collection of writings from several constellations facilitators who have been exploring Nature constellations in their own practices. Beautiful work here.
Boring, Francesca Mason. Connecting to Our Ancestral Past; Healing Through Family Constellations, Ceremony, and Ritual; A Native American Perspective. North Atlantic Books, 2012. [constellations ancestors family] This book by Ms. Boring contains several lovely aspects of constellations and ideas and rituals for working with groups. In my own groups I regularly use the "These Are the People I Come From" ritual, a simple and effective method of circle weaving which involves having each member of the circle speak their ancestors into the circle in a good way.
Boring, Francesca Mason. Feather Medicine: Walking in Shoshone Dreamtime: A Family System Constellation. Aeon, 2004. [constellations family] A really beautiful read. This book chronicles Ms. Boring's journey to constellations through her Native Heritage.
Boyd, Doug. Mad Bear: Spirit, Healing and the Sacred in the Life of a Native American Medicine Man. Touchstone, 1994. [shamanism healing] I enjoyed these accounts of Mr. Boyd's travels and his observations of healings with Mad Bear. They have made me more aware of the complete world around me, and not just what I'm seeing with my physical eyes.
Boyd, Doug. Rolling Thunder. Bantam Doubleday, 1982. [shamanism healing] Another good read by Mr. Boyd about his travels with Medicine People. Rolling Thunder deals a lot with "medicine", what it is, what it is not, and how one dances with it in one's relationship with Spirit.
Brown, Tom, jr. Awakening Spirits: A Native American Path to Inner Peace, Healing and Spiritual Growth. Berkeley Trade, 1994. [shamanism practice] The book that primed me for shamanism. His "sacred silence" meditations are actually shamanic journeys. I just didn't know it at the time :-)
Camateros, Amalia. Spirit of the Stones; A Retrieval of Earth Wisdom. Earthspeak Publications, 2006. [shamanism] Good stuff here - the flowery and overblown language was a bit much for me at times, but there is a good message here. I love her web site and the youtube clips of her talking about her process. The book gets a rather glowing review on the cover from Hank Wesselman, a noted shamanic practitioner with many titles to his name. AND she gets a great endorsement from Rabbi Gershon Winkler, whose book I list here and which I also love. Not about shamanism per se, but a very, very shamanic approach to and use of earth energies. She can be found on the web at http://www.earthspiritwisdom.com/www.earthspiritwisdom.com
Cloutier, David. Spirit, Spirit: Shaman Songs. Copper Beech Press, 1980. [shamanism practice] A wonderful slim volume of shaman power songs, healing songs, and transformational songs collected from indigenous peoples. Some of these can take your breath away.
Cohen, Dan Booth. I Carry Your Heart In My Heart: Family Constellations in Prison. Carl-Auer, 2009. [constellations family] This book by Dan Booth Cohen documents his many constellations done over a five-year period with men in prison for violent crimes.
Cowan, Tom and Sandra Ingerman. Yearning for the Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul. New World Library, 2003. [shamanism] A beautifully written book. Tom's lyrical view of this magical world is utterly infectious. Not exactly a shamanic technique primer, but a study in different ways of seeing, nevertheless.
Cowan, Tom. Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit. HarperOne, 1993. [shamanism] A much more scholarly work by Mr. Cowan. A bit over my head at times, I'll admit.
Cowan, Tom. Pocket Guide to Shamanism. Crossing Press, 1997. [shamanism reference] A concise little book by one of my favorite shamanic authors containing an amazing amount of very good information. Also has good ideas for journeys. This little book is *packed* with references to other very important shamanic teachers and authors. As always, Mr. Cowan gives beautifully crafted, succinct discussion on a very wide variety of discussions about shamanism and on the many faces of shamanic practice. Recommended.
Cowan, Tom. Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life. Genealogical Services, Crossing Press, 1996 [shamanism practice journey] One of my favorite books on shamanism. Tom gives amazing insight and ideas about incorporating shamanism into everyday life. Lots of ideas for journeying and mental fodder for creating "shamanic courses of study" for oneself to pursue. Thought-provoking.
Crabtree, Adam. Multiple Man: Explorations in Possession and Multiple Personality. Somerville House, 1997. [shamanism possession depossession] This is a totally fascinating read, and has excellent case studies. Mr. Crabtree explores these subjects with an open mind, and always with the question, "what am I seeing here?" Many of his case studies really opened up my perceptions so that I could recognize some of these things in my own practice. Highly recommended if you can find it at a reasonable price.
Crockett, Tom. Stone Age Wisdom: The Healing Principles of Shamanism. Fair Winds Press, 2003. [shamanism cosmology practice] A profoundly simple distillation of shamanic principles. One of the most important shamanic books on my shelves. Highly Recommended.
Crockett, Tom. Turtle Island Dreaming. Grand Central Publishing, 2000. [shamanism fiction] A fictional tale using and illustrating shamanic principles and ideas.
Day, Kenn. Dance of Stones; A Shamanic Road Trip. Dhyanna Press, 2008. [shamanism] This is a gem of a book, and now one of my favorites. Writing of a real road trip with a German friend through sacred sites in France, and in the UK, Mr. Day ends each chapter with a discussion, a Deepening section that is one of the reasons I love this book. The Deepenings talk about the real work of the modern shaman, and in a way that I've not seen or heard from any other modern practitioner. Dance of Stones obliquely talks about the Medicine Body, our energetic body, and about an enhanced method of doing journey work using what Mr. Day refers to as the 'shamans body'. This book most closely paralleled my own experiences in the many years leading up to my shamanic awakening. Highly Recommended.
Day, Laura. Practital Intuition: How to Harness the Power of Your Instinct and Make it Work for You. Broadway Books, 1996. [shamanism middle-world] This is an excellent book with useful exercises that help you understand and hone your own innate intuitive skills. You are intuitive. This is a built-in "early warning system" that all human beings have, and have access to. Read this, do the exercises, and learn to harness your own built-in intuition that is already at work within you.
Eaton, Evelyn. I send a voice: A First Person Account of the Consciousness-Expanding, Transforming Rites of an Amerindian Sweat Lodge. Quest Books, 1995. [shamanism practice cosmology] Required reading for the two-week shamanic healing intensive I attended in 2008.
Eliade, Mircea. Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004. [shamanism reference] The classic survey bible of shamanism and shamanic practices. Eliade was a religious historian working in the mid 1900s. This classic work is a survey of literally thousands of sources about shamanism and its manifestations all over the world. A scholarly tome. Lots and LOTS of footnotes. Originally published in French. An indispensable reference book for the serious practitioner.
Eshowsky, Myron. Peace with Cancer; Shamanism as a Spiritual Approach to Healing. Shoshanna Publications, 2009. [shamanism healing] From his author blurb: "Mr. Eschowsky is an author and consultant. His work has primarily focused on the question of how to bring healing to severely traumatized populations. He was the first shamanic practitioner in the United States to be covered by a health insurance plan specifically to provide shamanic healing." A wonderful approach to working with cancer patients and other traumatic illnesses and events. Replete with stories and case studies from his healing career, and with many, many exercises for the healer and for those wishing to be healed. His approach is full of heart and beauty. This is a small, self-published book. Also available is a PDF e-book version from his web site (see below). If you are a healer working with people with severe illness, get this book! It has an amazing array of journey ideas, case studies and personal anecdotes that I've not found elsewhere. See also links to Mr. Eshowsky's web sites below.
Ewing, Jim Pathfinder. Clearing: Liberating Energies trapped in Buildings and Lands. Findhorn Press, Findhorn, Scotland, 2006. [shamanism clearing] An interesting book about working with the energetic spirits of Buildings, land, both small and large tracts. Putting these concepts together with Reiki and with shamanic energy techniques makes for a very powerful combination.
Ewing, Jim Pathfinder. Finding Sanctuary in Nature: Simple Ceremonies in The Native American Tradition for Healing Yourself and Others. Findhorn Press, Findhorn, Scotland, 2007. [shamanism healing] The Amazon comments for this book compliment the author on giving information on ceremony without betraying any tribal wisdom or secrets. The book says a lot about what ceremony is, how to prepare for it, and how to create it in an organic and authentic way.
Ewing, Jim Pathfinder. Reiki Shamanism: A Guide to Out-of- Body Healing. Findhorn Press, Findhorn Scotland, 2008. [shamanism healing reiki]
Faust, Jamy and Peter. The Constellation Approach: Finding Peace Through Your Family Lineage. Regent Press, 2015. [constellations ancestors healing family] An absolutely wonderful book as a first book about constellations. The authors introduce the subject matter beautifully, leading the reader through many exercises and recitations of family history. In the last section of t he book are constellations that the reader can do him/herself using objects or figurines to get an experience of how the work proceeds. If I had to recommend only one book about constellations to someone who knows nothing, this would be it.
Fiore, Edith. The Unquiet Dead; A Psychologist Treats Spirit Possession. Ballantine, 1987. [shamanism possession depossession] This is a handy little book that very efficiently sums up the possession dynamic and one of its treatments. Dr. Fiore's method is strikingly similar to the shamanic method of depossession that I was trained in. If you would like to understand more about possession and depossession, I would recommend this book. The book contains important information and self-protection exercises on how to prevent spirit possession as well, though these are lacking in detail and also lack some important safety information. My only caveat is that Dr. Fiore is working as a psychotherapist and omits a couple of important details in her method which I consider to be essential. I would not recommend that you use her method as outlined here without some additional training; she does not explain adequately about self-protection, nor does her method ensure that the possessing being won't return. Though using a very compassionate approach, her method is incomplete.
Franke, Ursula. In My Mind's Eye; Family Constellations in Individual Therapy and Counselling. Carl-Auer Systeme Verlag, 2003. [constellations individual family] THE book on working one-on-one with constellations.
Garfield, Charles, Cindy Spring and Sedonia Cahill. Wisdom Circles: A Guide to Self-Discovery And Community Building In Small Groups. New York, The Charles Garfield Group and the Great Round, 1998. (Hyperion) [circle technology] Another great book about the ins and outs of circle technology, its strengths and pitfalls.
Gordon, Oakley E. The Andean Cosmovision: A Path for Exploring Profound Aspects of Ourselves, Nature, and the Cosmos. Oakley Gordon; 1 edition (July 17, 2014). [shamanism andean cosmology meditation] This is a wonderful little book that is mostly taken from Mr. Gordon's blog pages. It is chock-full of meditations and authentic Andean practices, plus lots and lots of heart and Light and stories of his travels in the Andes. This is a great introduction into the mysteries and practices of the Andean Cosmology.
Halifax, Joan. Shamanic Voices: A Survey of Visionary Narratives. Penguin, 1991. [shamanism reference cosmology] I really loved this book. It's a survey of interviews with shamans from all over. The tales they tell and the ideas they present are pretty fascinating.
Harner, Michael. The Way of the Shaman. HarperOne, 1990. [shamanism practice cosmology] The granddaddy text for the modern, western shaman. Michael Harner re-introduced shamanism to the western world after doing field work with Central American shamans. Creator of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, the non-profit educational foundation in the US dedicated to presenting and preserving "core shamanic" techniques, shamanic techniques stripped of its cultural content. This book is slim, a mere 150 pages including the appendices, but it is absolutely packed with information, both in precise shamanic formulae for journeying, shamanic healing and extraction techniques, and also with a wonderful bibliography at the end. The techniques for the Salish Spirit Canoe, a powerful group healing method, are outlined in fine detail, as are techniques for extraction healing and for journeying in general. I personally balk a little at Harner's prescriptions for drumming speed, but other than that, a most excellent reference to have.
Hausner, Stephan. Even it if Costs Me My Life: Systemic Constellations and Serious Illness. Gestalt Press, 2011. [constellations healing family] This is a fascinating book chock-full of case studies from Mr. Hausner's practice on using constellations for seeing into the hidden dynamics of physical illness.
Hellinger, Bert, Gabriele Ten Hovel, Colleen Beaumont (Trans.) Acknowledging What Is: Conversations With Bert Hellinger. Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., 1999. [constellations family] This was one of the first books I picked up on the subject of systemic constellations. It is a fascinating view into the work from the original creator's point of view.
Hellinger, Bert, Hunter Beaumont and Gunthard Weber. Love's Hidden Symmetry: What Makes Love Work in Relationships. Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, 1998. [constellations family]
Hellinger, Bert. Looking Into the Souls of Children: The Hellinger Pedagogy in Action. Hellinger Publications, 2014. [constellations family]
Hellinger, Bert. No Waves Without the Ocean; Experiences and Thoughts. Carl-Auer Systeme Verlag, 2006. [constellations family] Essential for understanding the inner workings of constellations from the facilitator's viewpoint. This book is a series of chapters on different aspects of constellations by Bert Hellinger. I found this book to be invaluable to my own understanding and to my confidence as a facilitator.
Hellinger, Bert. Supporting Love: How Love Works in Couple Relationships. Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, 2001. [constellations family] This is a fascinating look into actual constellations as facilitated by Bert Hellinger; the book is a transcript of a 3-day constellations workshop led by Mr. Hellinger. Essential reading for the serious facilitator.
Hunt, Norman Bancroft. Shamanism in North America. Firefly Books, 2003. [shamanism reference] A beautiful compendium of shamanic peoples, pictures of shamanic tools, maps. Gorgeous book.
Ingerman, Sandra. Medicine for the Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins. Three Rivers Press, 2001. [shamanism healing] Sandra Ingerman's wonderful book on transmutation of personal and environmental situations, toxins. Excellent exercises and lots to take home from this book.
Ingerman, Sandra. Miracles for the Earth: A 7-Step Guide to Healing Yourself and Your Environment. Sounds True, 2004. [shamanism healing] This, for me, is a more accessible version of Ms. Ingerman's work on Medicine for the Earth. Audio, 2-CD set is replete with stories about her work in this area, and the second CD contains exercises for the listener which help heal toxic thoughts, and which encourage the states in which miracles can occur. Ms. Ingerman also explains her 7-ingredient formula in a better way than I was able to grasp in her book, Medicine for the Earth. Recommended.
Ingerman, Sandra. Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self. HarperOne, 2006. [shamanism soul-retrieval] Sandra Ingerman is credited with bringing the technique of Soul Retrieval back into mainstream Western shamanic practice. Her books are an amazing tour of the technique and its effects on the lives of her clients. I loved reading the case studies.
Ingerman, Sandra. Welcome Home: Following Your Soul's Journey Home. HarperOne, 1994. [shamanism soul-retrieval] More case studies, and furthering the techniques of Soul Retrieval. A great read, and on my shelf prominently.
Iverson, L., Dans, N (Ed.), Lipe, M.A. (Illus.) Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America’s Soul. Bellingham, Washington: Family Constellations West Publishing, 2009. [constellations ancestors] This is a very interesting book about constellations and about what we don't talk about in our own history, namely, slavery, war, the Indian Removals (Trail of Tears among them), and the sheer brutality on which this country was founded and which remains part of our common shared racial memory.
Kaldera, Raven. Wyrdwalking: Techniques of Northern-Tradition Shamanism. Northern-Tradition ShamanismBook III. Asphodel Press, 2006. [shamanism norse cosmology] This amazing, not-so-little tome is extraordinary. It contains a wealth of information that is not even hinted at in any other source that I've been able to find. Much of it is spirit taught and comes from the author's direct experiences through his travels in the Nine Worlds and with interactions with the inhabitants he finds there. If you suspect that you have this tradition in your ancestral line and are called to working with Norse deities, I would strongly recommend this book and all of its companions. Available in PDF and printed form from Lulu.com, the printed volume I bought was quite lovely and well-made. The content is nonpareil.
King, Serge Kahili, Ph.D. Dangerous Journeys: A Teaching Story by Serge Kahili King. Hunaworks, 2002. [shamanism fiction] Actually a pretty fun read. A detective/adventure story set in places I'd just returned from when I bought this and read it. It describes many ways to use shamanic tools in ordinary and in non-ordinary reality. The story may be fiction, but many of the techniques are most definitely not. I've expanded my non-ordinary reality repertoire of techniques by things I've found in this book.
King, Serge Kahili, Ph.D. Huna: Ancient Hawaiian Secrets for Modern Living. Atria Books, 2008. [shamanism huna] I've loved both of King's other books that I've read and the many small pamphlets from huna.org, his institute. Can't wait to finish this one also.
King, Serge Kahili, Ph.D. Kahuna Healing. Quest, 1983. [shamanism fiction huna] A fictional tale illustrating the use of Hawaiian shamanic principles and techniques in everyday life. Interesting. The story itself was engaging, if a little dark, but the illustration of how techniques can be combined and used was quite illuminating.
King, Serge Kahili, Ph.D. Urban Shaman. Fireside, 1990. [shamanism practice huna] A unique look at using shamanic techniques while still in ordinary states of consciousness. This was the first book of his that I bought, and it is heavily underlined, dog-eared and much referred to.
Kingston, Karen. Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui: Learn the Art of Space Clearing and Bring New Energy into Your Life. Broadway Books, 1997. [shamanism clearing energy] I absolutely adore this little book! I bought it before shamanism was even a glimmer in my little eye. I had gotten into Feng Shui in a minor sort of way, but this book went much, much farther than anything I'd seen before. The author lived in Bali for a while, and much of this book is based on many of the daily practices she fell in love with while living there. It's sweet, lovely, and makes spaces that veritably sizzle with great energy. The book is more about energetic clearing rather than Feng Shui per se, but there's plenty of good commonsense advice about space creation and space re-creation and the energetic clearing thereof. In hindsight, it is a very shamanic approach and has lots of great ideas that can be applied to Extraction healing as well - after all, extraction is also energetic space-clearing of the body's energetic field, right? I really love her use of sound to clear out stagnant energies.
Lewis, Allan P. Clearing Your Lifepath Through Kahuna Wisdom. Homana, 1983. [shamanism huna healing] Fabulous little book. Similar concepts as found in Charlotte Berney's book. No nonsense, and extraordinarily powerful. This book distills Hawaiian kahuna work and gives a set of exercises in each chapter, from mana breathing to the Ha Rite (prayer), to clearing grudges, fixations, complexes, cutting cords; it's all here. Highly Recommended. out of print, difficult to find.
Lewis, I.M. Ecstatic Religion: A Study of Shamanism and Spirit Possession, 2nd ed. Routledge, 1989. [shamanism possession depossession] An anthropological treasure-trove of citations about possession case studies and possession beliefs from cultures around the world. Lacking in information about Dybbuks. For that, see Gershon Winkler.
Linn, Denise. Sacred Space: Enhancing the Energy of Your Home and Office. Random House, 2005. [shamanism clearing energy] If there's any book on space clearing and creating sacred space that I like better than Karen Kingston's, it's this one. Denise Lynn has written the definitive book on how to clear a space of dense and unusable energies, and has done it with clarity and detail. This is a very practical guide to space clearing, and contains exercises and methods that everyone can do. I find this a little easier to work with that Ms. Kingston's book, but I love them both. Highly Recommended.
Lipton, Bruce H., Ph.D. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles. Hay House, 2008. [shamanism cosmology] I enjoyed this book very much. Dr. Lipton goes into some depth explaining cells, their DNA and RNA, and especially the cell wall, the magic membrane. I was particularly intrigued with his discussion of epigenetics and of cell behaviors from cells that have had their nuclei removed. It is clear from these descriptions that DNA is not the 'prime mover' of a cell's behavior, nor that of the organism comprised of these cells. Recommended.
MacEowen, Frank. The Mist-Filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers and Seekers. New World Library, 2002. [shamanism cosmology] A beautiful book of Celtic, shamanic techniques.
MacEowen, Frank. The Spiral of Memory and Belonging: A Celtic Path of Soul and Kinship. New World Library, 2004. [shamanism cosmology] Another beautiful, semi-/quasi-shamanic text by this amazing author. I admit that I absolutely adore this man's writings. I look forward to taking a workshop with him sometime in the future.
Madden, Kristin. The Book of Shamanic Healing. Llewellen Publications, 2002. [shamanism healing] some good stuff.
Madden, Kristin. Shamanic Guide to Death and Dying. Spilled Candy Publications, 2005. [shamanism healing psychopomp] Again, good info here.
Mails, Thomas E. Fools Crow; Wisdom and Power. Council Oak Books, 2001. (originally published 1979) [shamanism healing cosmology] Interviews and eye-witness accounts of Fools Crow, a Lakota medicine man. Powerful, eye-opening, and inspiring.
Manne, Joy, Ph.D. and Bert Hellinger. Family Constellations: A Practical Guide to Uncovering the Origins of Family Conflict. North Atlantic Books, 2009. [constellations family] An excellent introductory book on constellations and some of the dynamics that are likely to be encountered therein.
McPhail, David. Water Boy. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007. [shamanism fiction healing] A totally charming, very shamanic children's fable about a boy and his relationship to the spirit of water. Beautiful watercolor illustrations, and a lovely tale. I totally adore children's books and have a stack of them that I keep around to read and re-read. This one is now one of my new absolute favorites.
Moss, Nan and David Corbin. Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements. Bear & Company, 2008. [shamanism weather] A look at the complex and intriguing subject of working with the spirits of weather by developing right relationship with them. This subject is lovingly approached by the authors and is supported with numerous case studies and excerpts from personal journeys and journeys from workshop attendees.
Moss, Robert. Sidewalk Oracles: Playing with Signs, Symbols and Synchronicity in Everyday Life. New World Library, 2015. [shamanism, divination, middle-world] This is a beautiful little book that is totally fun to work with. The games and practices that Moss outlines help us understand just how maleable and responsive the Middle World really is.
Moss, Robert. Active Dreaming: Journeying Beyond Self-Limitation to a Life of Wild Freedom. New World LIbrary, 2011. [shamanism dreams] This is Moss' latest book, which distills and crystallizes all of his previous teachings. His best. If you get only one book about shamanic dream work, get this one.
Moss, Robert. The Dreamer's Book of the Dead: A Soul Traveler's Guide to Death, Dying, and the Other Side. Destiny Books, 2005. [shamanism dreams] This book is helpful for people who might be in the process of dying, or who are caring for a loved one while they are dying. Many explanations about death and dying, and practices to prepare your spirit for its great and beautiful crossing.
Moss, Robert. Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death. Three Rivers Press, 1998. [shamanism, dreams, ] This is a fascinating book containing a lot of information and journey ideas that I have not seen before.
Myss, Caroline, Ph.D. Why People Don't Heal and How They Can. Three Rivers Press, 1997. [shamanism healing] A very good look at what Myss calls "woundology", or why people identify with their illness and how one can help untie that knot and instead begin to identify with one's universal health. Myss' book is very much in line with shamanic/Toltec thinking, that is, how we think about ourselves and the world affects our experience of the world. It may not change the world or even change us, but it does affect our viewpoint of reality.
O'Sullivan, Terry and Natalia. Soul Rescuers: A 21st Century Guide to the Spirit World. Thorsons, 2001. [shamanism possession depossession] While not a how-to textbook, this book contains numerous case studies, stories and anecdotes about the O'Sullivans' experiences as soul rescuers, psychopomps and depossession practitioners. This book was mentioned by Betsy Bergstrom in her course on Compassionate Depossession, and I find it an excellent companion to her lectures and demonstrations, even though there are some fundamental differences in approach and philosophy between Ms. Bergstrom and the O'Sullivans. An excellent book and quite an intriguing read. I'd recommend it if you're interested in hauntings and possessions, both of land, places and people. Despite not being a how-to, there are good clues as to how the O'Sullivans do what they do, how they prepare and how they protect themselves and their clients. Written from a deep Spiritualist background, not so much from a shamanic one.
Oesterreich, T.K. Possession: Demoniacal and Other. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., LTD. London, 1930 [Kessinger Legacy Reprints] [shamanism possession] A totally amazing trove of case studies and eyewitness accounts of possession from 500 B.C.E to the present day.
Owen, Harrison. Open Space Technology: A User's Guide. Third Ed. San Francisco. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2008. [circle technology] This is an excellent book describing the process of Open Space Technology, a modern-day application of circle technology. Mr. Owen worked with indigenous peoples to glean information about how circle councils work, and has written a how-to manual for applying this technology to small, medium, and large-scale gatherings to get things accomplished efficiently.
Paxson, Diana. Taking up the Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic. Weiser Books, 2005. [shamanism seidr norse runes divination] I really love this book. It is taken from Ms. Paxson's notes from her own teaching, and is intended to be used as a study guide for a year's worth of study
Paxson, Diana. The Way of the Oracle: Recovering the Practices of the Past to Find Answers for Today. Weiser Books, 2012. [shamanism mediumship divination] Another hit from Ms. Paxson! This book describes many of the processes and experiences of mediumship and of one who sits in the chair of the oracle.
Payne, John L. The Healing of Individuals, Families & Nations: Trans-Generational Healing & Family Constellations. Findhorn Press, 2005. [constellations healing family] John Payne, also known as Shavasti, presents constellations in clear and concise wording that is easy to read, heartfelt, and beautiful. This book contains many case studies which are easily followed and well-documented. There are chapters on working with race and with other larger issues which affect us here in the US, and in other countries. Mr. Payne's viewpoint is a multicultural one, having been born British, lived in Australia and Gibraltar, and who now resides and works in South Africa. He is an international constellations facilitator and teacher.
Payne, John L. The Language of the Soul: Healing With Words of Truth. Findhorn Press, 2006. [constellations family] Another beautiful book by Mr. Payne, written with love and economy. This book centers on healing language of constellation work, the pure distilled truths that help loosen entanglements. Full of well-documented, understandable case studies, it is an easy joy to read and a valuable resource for the student of constellations.
Perkins, John and Shakaim Mariano Shakai Ijisam Chumpi. The Spirit of the Shuar: Wisdom from the Last Unconquered Peoples of the Amazon. Destiny, 2001. [shamanism indigenous] A good look at the pervasive shamanic everyday actions of an indigenous people in the Amazon basin.
Perkins, John. Psychonavigation: Techniques for Navigation Beyond Time. Destiny Books, 1999. [shamanism journey cosmology] Perkins' book on the shamanic journey and from his eyes, what it can do for you. This was one of his first book written while coming out of the shamanic closet. Good information and some good ideas for how journey work can be used and some innovative ways to apply it to modern problems.
Perkins, John. Shapeshifting: Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation. Destiny, 1997. [shamanism journey cosmology] A very, very interesting look at shapeshifting, one of the basic shamanic tools. I'm still not quite sure what I think of this! Though I will admit to having had some experience with the techniques he talks about here.
Perkins, John. The World Is As You Dream It: Teachings From the Amazon and Andes. Destiny, 1994. [shamanism cosmology practice] An interesting book by an urban shaman of several decades' experience.
Pratchett, Terry. Wyrd Sisters. HarperTorch, 2001. [shamanism fiction] Knowingly or un, Terry Pratchett has some of the most amazingly shamanic fiction around. And it's hilarious! This is the first book of his that I ever read in his Discworld series, and though it is outrageous fiction, somehow he puts his finger right on top of describing the non-ordinary. And did I say it's hilarious?
Pratchett, Terry. et. al. [shamanism fiction] The rest of his stuff is really good, too.
Quinn, Daniel. Providence; The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest. Bantam, 1996. [shamanism healing] The world isn't what we think it is. Shamans know this, deal with this every day. This book and it's predecessor, Ishmael, help explain more about this and about how we, as people, buy into the story, the narrative we have concocted about our lives and the lives of our planet and our fellow beings. Read this. Read Ishmael.
Redddy, Michael. Health, Happiness & Family Constellations: How Ancestors, Family Systems And Hidden Loyalties Shape Your LIfe -- And What YOU Can Do About It. ReddyWorks Press, 2012. [family constellations, self constellations] This is a succinct book about systemic constellations and family constellations. Mr. Reddy explains constellations and entanglements with great clarity -- he had been a systems analyst before moving into facilitating constellations. The unique thing about this book is that he teaches us how to do home altar constellations, small groupings of personally hand-picked objects which hold the energies of the situation and of the systemic field. These "slow" constellations unfold over a few days to a few weeks on their own altars and in their own spaces. I would recommend this one highly
Regardie, Israel. The Art of True Healing: The Unlimited Power of Prayer and Visualization. New World Library, 2013. [shamanism practice meditation] This is a tiny book about the Middle Pillar meditation. It is a meditation using Light and your body's energy centers. Many of my teachers have used variations of this classic meditation. Regardie created this meditation for the Order of the Golden Dawn.
Roberts, Llyn and Robert Levy. Shamanic Reiki: Expanded Ways of Working with Universal Energy. O Books, 2008. [shamanism reiki healing] Wonderful ways for blending shamanism and Reiki. If you are a Reiki practitioner who also does shamanic practice, this book can open the ways for some amazing healing methods.
Rosenthal, Sheri A. D.P.M. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Toltec Wisdom. Alpha, 2005. [shamanism toltec practice healing] Written by a student of Don Miguel Ruiz, this book (despite its irritating title) is an excellent first look at Toltec principles. Though not specifically shamanic in content, the principles laid out here are excellent tools for any shamanic practitioner and any healer in general. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Toltec Wisdom is all about learning how to free ourselves from the world of Dreams that we live in and how to operate in a more authentic and unattached way to outcomes and expectations, and instead interact with the world one actually observes rather than interacting with the story we have in our heads about the world. Extraordinarily powerful. I highly recommend this book and the many books by the Toltec wisdom carrier Don Miguel Ruiz.
Sarangarel. Chosen by the Spirits: Following Your Shamanic Calling. Destiny, 2001. [shamanism indigenous mongolian cosmology] The second in the series, although the more simple of the two books by this shamanic practitioner following her shamanic and ancestral roots.
Sarangerel. Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism. Destiny, 2000. [shamanism indigenous mongolian cosmology] A very interesting look at Mongolian shamanic practices. My personal communications with Shaman Chonbataar, the President of the Mongolian Shaman Society indicates that, unless you yourself are Mongolian, it is wise NOT to indulge in the exercise of shamanic practices that are not your own: Mongolian shamans take GREAT exception to those who journey and work with deities not from their own ancestral lines and traditions.
Schneider, Jakob Robert. Family Constellations: Basic Principles and Procedures. Carl Auer International, 2007. [constellations family] A really pithy, wonderful little book about constellations that is to the point. This has become one of my favorite books about constellations: it tells so much in such a compact space. Full of case studies and very clear language about how constellations unfold.
Schutzenberger, Anne Ancelin. The Ancestor Syndrome: Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden Links in the Family Tree. Routledge, 1998. [constellations ancestors family] A totally fascinating look into genographs and into transgenerational family soul memory as it pertains to injury, illness, and other family phenomena. Although not a constellations book per se, this is a fascinating look into what the family soul remembers from generation to generation.
Scott, Gini Graham. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shamanism. Alpha, 2002. [shamanism reference] Despite how much I absolutely loathe the titles of this series, this is a surprisingly good book. Interesting information, accurate sources, and cogent discussions of much of what shamanism is about and how it achieves what it achieves. Not a substitute for one-on-one instruction, however.
Somé, Malidoma Patrice. Ritual: Power, Healing and Community. Penguin Books, 1997. [ceremony] This is an amazing book about the energetics of ceremony by Malidoma Patrice Somé, Dagara shaman from Burkina Faso, Africa. Dr. Somé reveals much about life in his village, and a tremendous amount about his cosmology surrounding ceremony and ritual.
Spangler, David. Everyday Miracles; The Inner Art of Manifestation. Lorian Press, 2008. [shamanism manifestating] This is probably the best little book on manifestation that I have found to date. It contains a wonderful explanation of how manifestation works in the real world, and gives a series of easy and amazing exercises which clarify and crystallize any manifestation. I really love Spangler's work and have read several of his books, including "Subtle Worlds". I highly recommend this book as a way of becoming clear about what it is that you wish to manifest in the world. Spangler's exercises and meditations help alter the energy fields in your experience to help bring into being that which you wish to express through you and into the world. HIGHLY recommended.
Spangler, David. Subtle Worlds; An Explorer's Field Notes. Lorian Press, 2010. [shamanism cosmology] Another fantastic book by David Spangler! His chapter, "Here Be Dragons" is the most succinct explanation of how the Middle World works that I've ever seen written down. Spangler is a walker in many worlds, not just in a shamanic sense, but using many other traditions as well. His words on how protection really works, on energy fields, possessions and other energetic phenomena are right on, in my personal experience. His words also parallel those of Betsy Bergstrom, one of America's finest Middle World shamanic practitioners. VERY HIGHLY recommended.
Sparrer, Insa. Miracle, Solution and System: Solution-focused Systemic Structural Constellations For Therapy And Organisational Change. Solutions Books, 2007. [constellations organizational] This is THE book on organizational constellation work. Dense and at times strangely translated, it nevertheless contains solid gold about working with the systems of organizations via constellations.
Speck, Frank G. The Naskapi: Savage Hunters of the Labrador Peninsula. University of Oklahoma Press, 1978. [shamanism divination] A good book about the Naskapi peoples living on the very edge of survivability in the midst of a difficult and hostile ecosystem and their reliance on divinatory methods for finding food and for staying alive. It outlines and discusses several methods of divination used successfully for finding herds, lost hunters, etc., and for answering other questions.
St. Pierre, Mark and Tilda Long Soldier. Walking in the Sacred Manner; Healers, Dreamers, and Pipe Carriers - Medicine Women of the Plains Indians. Touchstone, 1995. Earlier edition 1950. [shamanism healing] This is a wonderful little book and answers a lot of my questions. Dated, to be sure, and full of information I've not found elsewhere. Chapters on specific subjects with interviews and excerpts by 'wise women', Medicine Women of the Plains Indians. Beautiful chapters on Ritual, How Ritual Develops, The Calling, and on Dreams. Additionally, there are some black and white pictures that are helpful. An excellent resource for information about Plains customs and on hard to find information on Medicine Women.
Stam, Jan Jacob. Fields of Connection: The Practice of Organisational Constellations. Het Norderlicht, 2006. [constellations organizational] An excellent little book on organizational constellations.
Starhawk. Dreaming the Dark : Magic, Sex, and Politic. Beacon Press, 1997. [circle technology, ceremony] I bought this book for its sections on circle technology and the care and feeding of circles. There are some beautiful insights here about people and how they work -- or don't -- together, and how to resolve conflict. There is also a beautiful and humorous little section outlining the archetypes of folks who come to circles. Much appreciated.
Stevens, Jose and Lena S. Stevens. Secrets of Shamanism: Tapping the Power of Shamanism Within You. Avon, 2004. [shamanism journey practice] Not secrets so much as great ideas for journeys and exploring the shamanic cosmology. Other people have derided this book (see some Amazon reviews), but I've found some good stuff here. True, I don't swallow any other practitioner's findings without trying it myself. But, this book, like many, many books that purport to be on shamanism, has its good information that can be of use to anyone pursuing a shamanic practice.
Swimsaway, Crow, Ph.D. Circle of the Ancestors. Capall Bann Publishing, 2009. [shamanism ancestors journey practice] A wonderful look at wonderful work. Swimsaway writes about his experiences with work that his wife, Bekki, created to contact ancestors in her family. Though I have taken their Ancestors workshop three times, by reading and following this book you will have an excellent description of the process and the many journeys that this work entails. I have found my own personal ancestor work to be invaluable in my life and in my shamanic studies. This body of work is extremely important to anyone who wishes to be connected to their family, and ultimately, to their real source of power. Available from the publisher.
Swimsaway, Crow, Ph.D. Spirit Knife Soul Bone. Seventh Direction Press, 2007. [shamanism healing extraction] A modern shaman's tome about shamanic extraction healing techniques. Self-published and currently not available from on-line booksellers, you may have to get this from the author himself. Containing numerous case studies and anecdotes, it is not a how-to manual, but does contain pointers and hints to valuable techniques.
Talbot, Michael. The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality. Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011). [cosmology shamanism ] This book totally blew me away. It helped me begin thinking in a whole new way about the Middle World and about other shamanic worlds.
Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa. A Complete Guide to Acupressure: Jin Shin Do. Japan Publications; Revised edition (September 6, 2002). [bodywork energy] This is a wonderful and extensive book for the acupressure or acupuncture practitioner. Beautiful chapters on the extraordinary meridians -- info I have not seen elsewhere.
Thorsson, Edred. Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic. Weiser, 2012. [shamanism runes divination] This is an excellent book for studying the Elder Futhark. In addition to Diana Paxson's book, Taking up the Runes, I used this as one of the texts for the two-year Rune study group that I ran between 2012 and 2014.
Tucker, Suzi. Gather Enough Fireflies. Julius Books, 2014. [family constellations] This is a book of koan-like observations about life, constellations, and the unfolding healing process by internationally known constellations facilitator, Suzy Tucker.
van Kampenhout, Daan. Images of the Soul: The Workings of the Soul In Shamanic Rituals and Family Constellations. Carl Auer International, 2001. [shamanism constellations healing ancestors] A truly amazing, excellent book. I lucked out and found a copy for $5 -- clearly the person who listed it didn't know what they had in their hands! This book is by Dutch constellations facilitator and shamanic practitioner Daan van Kampenhout, and it contains information I've never seen in print anywhere else about the nature of the human soul, shamanic work, or constellations work. HIGHLY recommended if you can find it.
van Kampenhout, Daan. The Tears of the Ancestors; Victims and Perpetrators in the Tribal Soul. Zeig, Tucker & Thiesen, 2008. [shamanism constellations healing ancestors] A really beautiful book on Daan van Kampenhout's work with German and Jewish families in ritual and constellations around the Holocaust. Inspiring and revealing.
Villoldo, Alberto, Ph.D. Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being. Hay House, 2008. [shamanism dreaming cosmology healing andean] Shamans are the "people of the percept", meaning, when we change the way we perceive the world, the world we perceive changes. Courageous Dreaming is about detaching from the story, about recognizing that we deal with the illusion of the world, the story we tell ourselves about the world and its people, rather than with the world itself. It's a familiar Toltec teaching, but this book focuses on that exclusively. In it, Villoldo gives some excellent methods and ceremonies for working with releasing ourselves from the stories we carry about ourselves, and about what we believe the world to be. Only then can we dream a new and better world into being. Though not the central focus, Villoldo also gives more detail about ../shamanic-healing-services.html#Illumination the Illumination Process and about how imprints form in the various layers of the body's Luminous Energy Field and how Illumination can address those imprints.
Villoldo, Alberto, Ph.D. The Four Insights; Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers. Hay House, 2006. [shamanism andean cosmology healing] This book contains the pith of Andean cosmology teachings, and outlines methods for removing old wounds by seeing the world through four different levels of awareness. This book outlines many of the practices of his Four Winds School that teaches the practice of 'healing the Light Body'. These are powerful self-healing tools that I encourage everyone to pursue.
Villoldo, Alberto, Ph.D. Illumination; The shaman's Way of Healing. Hay House, 2010. [shamanism andean cosmology healing] This book disappointed me a bit just because of its misleading title. The book is NOT about the Process of Illumination that he teaches in his Four Winds school, but rather it is about Initiation and the ways in which we heal ourselves through these major rites of passage. A good book; just not about Illumination as he has so carefully defined it in his previous works. Somewhat poorly edited.
Villoldo, Alberto, Ph.D. Mending the Past and Healing the Future with Soul Retrieval. Hay House, 2006. [shamanism soul-retrieval andean cosmology healing] A very different take on the traditional healing practice of Soul Retrieval. In this book, Dr. Villoldo presents his personal techniques and exercises for mending the self with Soul Retrieval, something that other practitioners of the art say is neither possible, nor desirable. The exercises are good and very intriguing, though, and I think that this is a valuable and valid look at Soul Retrieval for self-healing.
Villoldo, Alberto, Ph.D. Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas. Harmony, 2000. [shamanism andean cosmology healing] This is a good read and as good an introduction into Peruvian Andean shamanism and the energetic healing systems therein that I have come across so far. I'll have to admit, though, that I read this before I had begun my Peruvian training, and it didn't make a heck of a lot of sense to me. Now that I at least have a rudimentary understanding of what he's talking about here, it's a much, much better road map, and I've learned a great deal from it.
Villoldo, Alberto, Ph.D. and Eric Jendresen. Dance of the Four Winds; Secrets of the Inca Medicine Wheel. Destiny Books, 1994. [shamanism andean cosmology healing] This is one of his early works and chronicles his first shamanic experiences: meeting his first teacher, Don Antonio Morales; his initiations with other teachers; his balancing act between shamanism and a university position; and finally, the ultimate revelatory experiences at Machu Pichu and the formation of the shape of his life's work. This book sheds lots of insight into that process, and contains clues to simple, powerful transformative ritual and ceremony, and into shamanic ways of seeing and being in the world. Having said that, like Shaman, Healer, Sage, this book may be a little opaque to those who are not currently engaged in shamanism, and slightly less opaque to those who have not studied Andean shamanism as kept by the Quechua masters. For me personally, I find it an invaluable companion for my current journey.
Villoldo, Alberto, Ph.D. and Erik Jendresen. Island of the Sun; Mastering the Inca Medicine Wheel. Destiny Books, 1995. [shamanism andean cosmology healing] Another really good read about Villoldo's travels in the jungles and mountains of Peru, and his concomitant travels in the mind and shamanic consciousness.
Vitebsky, Piers. The Shaman: Voyages of the Soul - Trance, Ecstasy and Healing from Siberia to the Amazon. Duncan Baird Publishers, 2001. [shamanism reference] An interesting survey of shamans and shamanic techniques all over the world. One of the classic texts. And with pictures!
Weatherup, Katie. Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds. Hands Over Heart Publishing, 2006. [shamanism practice journey] This one I have not finished yet, but what I have read is level-headed and seems sound.
Webb, Hillary S. Traveling Between the Worlds: Conversations with Contemporary Shamans. Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2004. [shamanism reference cosmology] Some amazing interviews with powerful modern shamanic practitioners. From this book I found out about so many other practitioners, and also about their works.
Wesselman, Hank. The Bowl of Light; Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman. Sounds True, 2011. [shamanism huna] A lovely read with some insight into Hawaiian mysticism from Dr. Wesselman's friend and teacher, Makua.
Wesselman, Hank. The Journey to the Sacred Garden; A Guide to Traveling in the Spiritual Realms. Hay House, 2003. [shamanism journey practice]
Wesselman, Hank. Spiritwalker; Messages from the Future. Bantam, 1995. [shamanism] A wonderful and fascinating account of Wesselman's spontaneous initiation into the shamanic experience. In this book, Dr. Wesselman describes twelve spontaneous spirit journeys he undergoes to meet and dialog with his future descendant, Nainoa.
Wessleman, Hank and Jill Kuykendall, RPT. Spirit Medicine; Healing in the Sacred Realms. Hay House, 2004. [shamanism healing huna practice] Simple and beautiful. I love Dr. Wesselman's work.
Wickland, Dr. Carl A, M.D. Thirty Years Among The Dead: Complete and Unabridged -- Obsessions And "Curses" Removed Through The Work Of The Medium Mrs. Wickland. Inner Light - Global Communications (October 16, 2014). [shamanism possession mediumship curses] A totally fascinating read about Dr. Wickland and his wife, the medium, as they work with trapped spirits.
Wilcox, Joan Parisi. Masters of the Living Energy; The Mystical World of the Q'ero of Peru. Inner Traditions, 2004. [shamanism andean cosmology reference] This updated edition was first published under the title, "Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge" by Ms. Wilcox. This edition contains additional material about the Mesa and its use taken from direct transcriptions of lectures by Q'ero medicine paqos. It's inspiring and has a great energy; Ms. Wilcox traveled to Peru in the early 1990's with a small group of people expressly as pilgrims to be introduced into the energies of Peruvian shamanism. There she met the teachers and practices about whom she writes in this book. If you are at all interested in Peruvian shamanism, I recommend this book.
Winkler, Gershon. Dybbuk: A Glimpse of the Supernatural in Jewish Tradition, 2nd ed. Judaica Press, 1982. [shamanism possession depossession] Another excellent book by Rabbi Gershon Winkler. If you want to know more about possession and transmigration of souls from a Jewish perspective, this is the author for you. Dr. Winkler brings in many sections of the Torah and Talmud here, and examines this phenomenon thoroughly.
Winkler, Gershon. Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism. North Atlantic Books, 2003. [shamanism possession depossession] A totally fascinating book by Rabbi Winkler. He explores the shamanic content of the Torah and the Judaic scriptures. I absolutely loved this book! It really got me excited.
Winkler, Gershon. The Soul of the Matter: A Jewish-Kabbalistic Perspective on the Human Soul Before, During, and After 'Life'. Judaica Press, 1981. [shamanism possession depossession psychopomp] Some of Rabbi Winkler's earlier works surrounding the dispensation of the soul and what can happen to it during its journey here. Some interesting info about Dybbuks here, although some of it is slightly contrary to my own experiences.
Wolyn, Mark. It Didn't Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle. Viking Press, 2016. [family constellations] Thought the word 'constellation' does not appear at all in this book -- only on the dust jacket flap -- this is a most excellent introduction to systemic and family constellations by Mark Wolynn, the director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco. If you only read one book on inherited trauma, read this one.
Wood, Jan Morgan. Easy-To-Use-Shamanism: Unlock the Power of Earth Magic to Transform Your Life. Vega, 2002. [shamanism art practice journey] Another amazing book with simple explanations, great ideas for journeys, and amazing shamanic artwork by the author. Her web site: http://soulgardens.co.uk/ contains many, many paintings, drawings and etchings inspired by her shamanic healing journeys. One of my favorites. AND she has a free giveaway program for her images! Get one of her beautiful works today! I have several of her shamanic images gracing my home and my office. NOTE: She has changed her name to Faith Nolton. Here is her blog: http://faithnolton.weebly.com/about.html
Yronwode, cat. The Black Folder: Personal Communications on the Mastery of Hoodoo. Missionary Independent Spiritual Church, 2013. [Magic, ceremony] This book is a workably complete introduction into the indigenous magic of North America: Hoodoo. Hoodoo is a transformed fusion of African magical tradition with many others. It us uniquely American, and may comprise the indigenous shamanic culture of the US. Though seemingly related, Hoodoo is not Voodoo, and it is not Gris-Gris, which is unique to New Orleans. I bought this to better understand how the curses used in this tradition are put together, when I have worked to unravel them when I have encountered them connected to my clients. The hallmarks of Hoodoo and its spells and curses are: focus, focus, focus -- and -- repetition, repetition, repetition. This is gritty magic, created by ordinary people, using whatever is at hand.
Zimmerman, Jack and Virginia Coyle. The Way of Council. Bramble Books, 2009. [circle technology] Yet another beautiful book about circle technology. This book delves a bit into the energies of circle, of why things fall apart and how to keep them alive and well. This is an excellent tool in the toolbox for anyone working in council circles and with this ancient energy archetype.