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Shamanic Journeying
by Sandra Ingerman
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Sounds True, 2006 (2004)
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* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

The word shaman conjures up images of ancient men and women steeped in mysterious powers. Based on a Siberian word for a spiritual healer, shamanism dates back tens of thousands of years and has been practiced around the world. Shamans have acted as healers, priests, therapists, and storytellers. Shamanism teaches that we are joined with the earth through a field of spiritual energy.

Sandra Ingerman, a practicing psychologist, first discovered shamanic journeying in 1980. Her latest book, Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide, provides a fascinating glimpse of shamanism. The book serves as a basic how-to guide to shamanic journeying, complete with interesting do's and don'ts, and a CD of rhythmic drumming to aid your journeys. Ingerman's writing is fresh and peppered with real life accounts.

For most adults, the idea of journeying to Other Worlds and communing with power animals and spiritual teachers is tough to swallow at best. And Ingerman frankly admits this. She provides answers to frequently asked questions and step by step instructions on how to make your first leap into exploring the spiritual world. Although I admit to being skeptical, Ingerman's open writing style has convinced me that this is something to try. I'm off to close my eyes, block out that mind chatter, and attempt a journey to the Lower World.

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