Aboriginal Men of High Degree
Initiation and Sorcery in the World's Oldest Tradition
Paperback ISBN: 0892814217
One of Australia's most eminent anthropologists details the secret and sacred practices of Australian Aboriginal shamans, documenting a rapidly vanishing indigenous culture.
The Accidental Shaman
Journeys With Plant Teachers and Other Spirit Allies
Paperback ISBN: 162055609x
A story of awakening to remarkable shamanic powers • Describes the author’s work with plant spirits, entheogens such as ayahuasca, and indigenous shamans during his 20 years of fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon • Explores the practice of soul retrieval and shamanic work with stones and with sound • Includes techniques for exploring non-ordinary reality, exercises for expanding sensory perception, and practices to open your creative artistic visionary potential After surviving a serious elevator crash in London, Howard G. Charing found he had developed healing touch as well as the ability to hear voices and experience visions--just as a healer in Italy had predicted only a week before the accident. He began using his abilities to heal but felt he needed more guidance and training. He first connected with a national spiritual healing organization, only to be told he was doing everything wrong. Then, through a friend, he discovered shamanism. Sharing profound teachings and extraordinary experiences from his more than 30 years of shamanic healing work, Charing explains how he accidentally became a shaman and completely changed the course of his life. He describes his work with plant spirits, entheogens such as ayahuasca, and indigenous shamans during his 20 years of fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon, including his studies with the late visionary artist Pablo Amaringo. Investigating altered states of perception, he provides visionary techniques for exploring non-ordinary reality, exercises for expanding sensory perception, and practices to open your creative artistic visionary potential. Detailing the practice of soul retrieval, the author discusses why it is one of the most effective and profound spiritual healing practices and shares emotionally charged stories of successful shamanic healings he has attended. He also includes shamanic wisdom on working with stones and sound and compares current research in physics with the vast body of experiential knowledge from indigenous spiritual traditions. From the accident that started his journey to the many remarkable spiritwork encounters that have happened since, Charing’s story will empower readers to begin exploring the realms of consciousness and energy that surround us and welcome the dissolution of the boundary between the physical and the spiritual.
The Acid Diaries
A Psychonaut's Guide to the History and Use of LSD
Paperback ISBN: 1594773831
An exploration of the personal and spiritual truths revealed through LSD • Reveals that LSD visions weave an ongoing story from trip to trip • Shows that trips progress through three stages: personal issues and pre-birth consciousness, ego-loss, and on to the sacred • Explores psychedelic use throughout history, including the mass hallucinations common in the Middle Ages and the early therapeutic use of LSD Toward the end of his fifties, Christopher Gray took, for the first time in years, a 100-microgram acid trip. So extraordinary, and to his surprise so enjoyable, were the effects that he began to take the same dose in the same way--quietly and on his own--once every two to three weeks. In The Acid Diaries, Gray details his experimentation with LSD over a period of three years and shares the startling realization that his visions were weaving an ongoing story from trip to trip, revealing an underlying reality of personal and spiritual truths. Following the theories of Stanislav Grof and offering quotes from others’ experiences that parallel his own--including those of Aldous Huxley, Albert Hofmann, and Gordon Wasson--he shows that trips progress through three stages: the first dealing with personal issues and pre-birth consciousness; the second with ego-loss, often with supernatural overtones; and the third with sacred, spiritual, and even apocalyptic themes. Pairing his experiences with an exploration of psychedelic use throughout history, including the ergot-spawned mass hallucinations that were common through the Middle Ages and the early use of LSD for therapeutic purposes, Gray offers readers a greater understanding and appreciation for the potential value of LSD not merely for transpersonal growth but also for spiritual development.
The Andean Codex
Adventures and Initiations Among the Peruvian Shamans
Paperback ISBN: 1571743049
"A doctor recounts his travels with the shamans of the Peruvian Q'ero tribe, including visits to the holy sites of Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Moray"--Provided by publisher.
The Spiritual and Symbolic Language of the Australian Animals
Paperback ISBN: 0738742414
Featuring an in-depth exploration of the Dreamtime and of Australia's seasonal wheel of the year, as well as a guide to finding your own Australian animal totem, Animal Dreaming explores the spiritual and symbolic interpretations of over 200 native, domesticated and introduced animals, birds, reptiles, and fish in Australia. Renowned author and acclaimed Animal Psychic Scott Alexander King presents these animals to his readers as totems, teachers, healers, and spiritual allies, offering a wealth of ancient knowledge and spiritual insight into the ways of the animals. An invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in the animal kingdom, sacred Earth Wisdom, and Shamanic Lore.
The Art of Recognizing & Working With Familiars
Paperback ISBN: 1567181686
Receive direction, inspiration, and healing when you take the collar off a favorite animal’s natural powers! Animal Magick is the first book to present familiars from a European Pagan viewpoint. It shows you how to access the unique power of familiars—real or imagined animals—for magickal assistance and spiritual growth. You don’t need a pet or companion animal to have a familiar. Whether you collect glass animals, dream about snakes, or “talk” with an animal already, you can further develop this connection for extraordinary magickal results. Animal Magick presents practical meditations, rituals, and power chants for enticing, befriending, understanding, and collaborating with familiars. You’ll learn ways to attract a familiar, explore various types of familiars and discover which one works best for you, and learn how to recognize messages and guidance from your magickal companion.