Many people feel a growing disenchantment with modern life; that something fundamental is missing or ‘wrong’. Our increased material wealth is making us less happy, not more. Mental health issues are on the rise, and we face an environmental crisis. Somehow, we have lost our way. People long for a deeper sense of connection, a greater purpose, and a more sustainable and natural way of living. Yet people are often unsure as to what they can do to find this.
If you are ready, the practice of shamanism holds the answers. As the oldest healing and spiritual practice known to humankind, it can help us to retrieve that which feels lost. In shamanism, we find a journey that can lead us to true fulfilment and purpose, and to a right way of living and being in the world.
In The Shamanic Journey, shamanic practitioner, teacher and psychotherapist, Paul Francis, offers a shamanic apprenticeship for our times. By building upon the work of Michael Harner, author of 1980’s classic ‘The Way of the Shaman’, Francis has created a practical, ethical and experiential guide. It includes: a clear description of shamanism; an introduction to the shamanic realms; an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide for doing your first shamanic ‘journey’; guidance on how to nurture a life-long relationship with your Power Animal; instruction on how to offer basic shamanic healings; practical know-how for interpreting the symbolism contained within shamanic journeys, and much more.
More than just an introduction to shamanism however, the book shows how we can place the ancient art of shamanism at the very centre of our modern lives. When we turned our back on shamanism, we fell. To recover, we need the ancient wisdom of shamanism back again. However, we are no longer the kind of people our ancestors were, and we face many new and different challenges. So, The Shamanic Journey offers a shamanic practice that is up-to-date, and relevant to the times we now live in.
To help with your journeying, contained within this book is a password that gives you access to free shamanic drumming audios from the author’s own website.
The Shamanic Journey is the first in a series of around 30 guides covering the full spectrum of Therapeutic Shamanism, including: The Medicine Wheel; Soul Loss and Soul Retrieval; Healing the Mother and Father Wounds; Healing Ancestral and Family Wounds; The Inner Totem Pole; Plant-Spirit Shamanism; Shamanic Counselling and Psychotherapy.