Whether you live in a mountain cabin or a city loft, plant spirits present themselves to us everywhere. Since its first printing in 1995,Plant Spirit Medicinehas passed hand-to-hand among countless readers drawn to indigenous spirituality and all things alive and green. In this updated edition, Eliot Cowan invites us to discover the healing power of plants--not merely their physical medicinal properties, but the deeper wisdom and gifts that they offer.
Enriched by many new insights, this guide unfolds as a series of chapters on how plant spirit medicine helped Cowan resolve specific challenges in his own healing journey and in his work with others. In the telling, we learn how plant spirits can directly communicate with and aid all of us, including:
Plant spirit medicine's five-element view of healing - Ways to assess our own states of health and balance - Receiving guidance from plants, including those found within herbal preparations - New passages on community and sacred plants such as peyote, marijuana, and tobacco - Additional interviews with plant shamans across diverse traditions, and more
Bee shamanism may be the most ancient and enigmatic branch of shamanism, and it is found throughout the world wherever the honeybee exists. In this authoritative ethnography and spiritual memoir, Simon Buxton--an elder of the Path of Pollen-- reveals the secret wisdom of this age-old tradition, until now known only to initiates.
- Examines the healing and ceremonial powers of the honeybee and the hive
- Reveals bee shamanism's system of acupuncture, which predates the Chinese systems
- Imparts teachings from the female tradition and explores the transformative powers of the magico-sexual elixirs they produce
Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the world's most popular tarot deck.The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarotdetails the ten most important symbols on each and every card in the deck complete with hundreds of illustrations for easy use. In addition to an explanation of the symbols, each card is given a brief interpretation by topic:
- Primary meaning - Prognosis or tendency - Spiritual meaning - Love and relationship meaning - Daily meaning - Success and happiness meaning
Writing in a convenient format designed for quick reference, European tarot authorities Johannes Fiebig and Evelin Burger also provide tips, hints, facts, and lore to improve your reading right away. Within these pages, you will find the top ten most important:
- Ways of using a single card - Tips and rules for interpretation - Facts about the tarot - Interpretations for each suit - Spread layout techniques
This book reveals how to learn the techniques for reading signs and omens in nature so one can be opened to higher perceptions, even prophecy. Includes a dictionary of animal, bird, insect, and reptile symbolism.
A tenth-anniversary edition of Donna Eden's and David Feinstein's definitive guide to energy medicine. In this updated and expanded edition of her alternative health classic Energy Medicine, Donna Eden shows readers how they can understand their body's energy systems to promote healing. A highly interactive guide to working with energy to alleviate physical pain, decrease stress, and improve memory and learning skills.
Wizard of the Four Winds: A Shaman's Story is the text that introduced the outside world to shamanic healing in northern Peru. The story of don Eduardo Calder n (who was elevated to almost legendary status as a result of Sharon's research), this book inspired a generation of academics and shamanic seekers alike. Back, finally and by popular demand, this long-awaited and completely revised second edition presents a detailed discussion of Sharon's own experiences as the curandero's apprentice as well as summaries of more than 40 years of scholarship (including Sharon's own extensive work) into the lives and healing arts of other Peruvian shamanic practitioners.
Shamanism is the oldest living path of spirituality and healing, dating back tens of thousands of years, yet many people don't know what it is or are confused about the practice. In The Hollow Bone, shaman, teacher, and author Colleen Deatsman unveils the mysterious world of Shamanism as it is still practiced today all around the world. Deatsman explains that shamanism is not a religion with a doctrine, dogma, or holy book. Rather, it is a spirituality rooted in the idea that all matter has consciousness and that accessing the spirit in all things is part of what keeps the world in balance and individuals healed and whole. The Hollow Bone examines shamanism's history, its core beliefs, and how it is practiced all around the world. It includes a glossary of terms, resources for finding and working with shamanic teachers, and over two dozen rare photographs and illustrations showing the magnificent range of shamanic tools, rituals, practitioners, and traditions.
This comprehensive introduction answers many frequently asked questions such as:
* What is shamanism?
* Where is it practiced?
* What are the beliefs and understandings inherent to shamanism?
A concise guide to the history, theory, and practice of alchemy (the "great work") - the art of working with the energies of nature for spiritual development, healing, and transformation.
Alchemy is a means of understanding and working in concert with the energies of nature for spiritual development, healing, and transformation. In this book, Brian Cotnoir offers a step-by-step introduction that explores alchemy's mysteries while illustrating its use as a modern spiritual system of attainment.
He provides an overview of the history of alchemy, from the first meldings of Egyptian technology to the Middle Ages--the golden age of alchemy--to contemporary techniques. He demystifies the relationship between alchemy and chemistry, and provides evidence that alchemy is much more than a medieval form of psychotherapy. The guide also includes practical laboratory experiments that safely and intelligently lead readers to an understanding of this ancient art and spiritual practice.
Provides step-by-step instruction for beginning a practice in alchemy
Explains the theory underlying the art and science of alchemy and how it works
Demystifies the relationship between alchemy and chemistry, while going well beyond the "psychological interpretation" advanced by nonscientists
Introduces the practice of alchemy to students of the Western magical arts
This book was previously published as The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy. This new edition includes a foreword by Robert Allen Bartlett, author of Real Alchemy.
"The Akashic Records contain everything that every soul has ever thought, said, and done over the course of its existence--as well as all its future possibilities. This valuable information can help you with any aspect of your life journey. And because the Records are also a dimension of consciousness, they are available anytime and everywhere."--Linda Howe
The universe is alive--and it has a memory just like you. Known as the Akashic Records, this energetic archive of soul information stands ready to lovingly guide you. Once accessible to rare spiritual masters, now the Records are available to anyone--anytime, anywhere.
After a lifelong search for truth, master teacher and healer Linda Howe has developed an infallible method for accessing this reservoir of information: the Pathway Prayer Process. By lifting you to a divine level of consciousness, this sacred prayer opens the doors of the Records, where your "soul blueprint"--everything you need to know about your soul's destiny--awaits you. There you will work with your Masters, Teachers, and Loved Ones to cultivate a rich relationship with the Records, and ultimately learn to unleash your highest potential.
Grounded with the success stories of dozens of people whose lives have been touched by the Records, this comprehensive guidebook will help you confidently read the Records for yourself--or another--and find inspiration for your own spiritual path.
"Accessing the Akashic Records provides an opportunity to align with your soul and develop your own spiritual authority," teaches Linda Howe. Now with How to Read the Akashic Records,you can learn to connect with this divine source for infinite joy, inner peace, and fulfillment.
Linda Howe is the founder and director of The Center for Akashic Studies, an organization dedicated to promoting the study of Akashic Records and other applicable spiritual wisdom. Active in the healing arts for more than 20 years, Linda was moved and inspired by the power of the Records within herself and her clients. She began teaching this practice to students in 1996, and since then she has successfully taught thousands of students to accurately read the Akashic Records.
Uncover the facts, myth, history, and mystery of thespiritual art of Tarot-reading. Whether you want tolearn to read the cardsor deepen yourTarot interpretation skills,The Ultimate Guide to Tarothonors the deep heritage of Tarot, while guiding you throughpractical techniques.
Tarot expert Liz Dean offers an overview to all of the important elements of each card fromsymbols, tolinks with astrology,kabbalaandnumerology.The Ultimate Guide to Tarotalsoincludes all the classic tarot spreads- Celtic Cross, Horseshoe, Star and Astrological Year Ahead - plus, a mini-layout to try for each of the 22 major cards.
Learn how to combine thethree essential ingredientsof a great tarot reading: knowing the meaning of the cards, how to lay them out, and trusting the intuitive messages the images often spark within us during a reading. This synthesis isthe true magic of tarot. With the authority and confidence this book offers,The Ultimate Guide to Tarotis themust-have companion for beginner readersand tarot aficionados alike.
Inspiring accounts from renowned contemporary working shamans about their first moments of spiritual epiphany.
• With contributions by Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, John Perkins, Alberto Villoldo, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Tom Cowan, Lynn Andrews, Linda Star Wolf, and others
• Also includes shamanic awakening experiences from those with unique shamanic paths--teachers, mothers, social workers, academics, and even rappers.
How does one receive the "call" to enter onto the shamanic path? What causes some people to change their safe, uneventful, and ordinary lives and start on a spiritual search? For many it is a singular instant, a flash when the mystical reveals itself and the person is drawn into the world of shamanic power. For a few, it is a more gradual awakening, filled with numinous events that build upon one another until the calling of the shamanic path can no longer be ignored.
In this book of remarkable stories, we learn firsthand about the many different forms of the "aha" moment of shamanic awakening, whether they arise from ceremony, near-death experiences, dream messages, or entheogenic substances. We travel alongside Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, John Perkins, Alberto Villoldo, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Tom Cowan, Lynn Andrews, Linda Star Wolf, and other well-known shamanic practitioners as they begin their transformations into the prominent shamans we know them as. We experience the real-life shamanic epiphanies of those with unique shamanic paths--teachers, mothers, social workers, academics, healers, and even rappers who have all experienced a moment in time in which they were awakened and the shamanic path showed itself to them.
As each of these unique and beautiful stories of unexpected realization, insight, and inspiration unfolds, we see how these single moments--usually entirely unexpected--are able to transform the individual's life, clearing their vision and allowing a new consciousness to emerge. As a whole, this collection paints a breathtaking portrait of the intricacies of the shamanic path and the paradigm shift of which we all are part.
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 enlightenment, and personal fulfillment and completely change the way you live your life.
After the publication of his best-selling book "Power Animals," many people inquired about the meaning of spirit animals that were not contained in that work. In "Animal Spirit Guides, " Dr. Farmer provides concise, relevant details about the significance of more than 200 animals that may come to you in physical or symbolic form as guides and teachers. With each animal listed, you'll find general meanings of the visitation; practical ways that they can help you as spirit guides; and how, as your power animal, they reflect characteristics that you possess. You'll also find a "whom-to-call-on" section that will tell you which animal spirit guide to call on for any specific purpose.
A clinical psychiatrist explores the effects of DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known.
From 1990 to 1995 Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. Government-approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected sixty volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew, ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain. In Strassman's volunteers, it consistently produced near-death and mystical experiences. Many reported convincing encounters with intelligent nonhuman presences, aliens, angels, and spirits. Nearly all felt that the sessions were among the most profound experiences of their lives.
Strassman's research connects DMT with the pineal gland, considered by Hindus to be the site of the seventh chakra and by Rene Descartes to be the seat of the soul. DMT: The Spirit Molecule makes the bold case that DMT, naturally released by the pineal gland, facilitates the soul's movement in and out of the body and is an integral part of the birth and death experiences, as well as the highest states of meditation and even sexual transcendence. Strassman also believes that "alien abduction experiences" are brought on by accidental releases of DMT. If used wisely, DMT could trigger a period of remarkable progress in the scientific exploration of the most mystical regions of the human mind and soul.
This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. It is the foremost resource and reference on shamanism. Now, with a new introduction and a guide to current resources, anthropologist Michael Harner provides the definitive handbook on practical shamanism – what it is, where it came from, how you can participate.