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Leopard Warrior

A Journey into the African Teachings of Ancestry, Instinct, and Dreams
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781622039036
In stock now: 8

In 1990, during the beginning of the end of apartheid, a young white medic in the South African army named John Lockley had a powerful dream. This dream, which he describes as a calling, began his extraordinary odyssey beyond the barriers of race, culture, and belief into the world of the shaman.

Leopard Warrior shares the remarkable story of how John Lockley navigated the deep racial and cultural divide to follow his calling, to become one of the first modern white men in recent history to become a fully initiated sangoma—traditional priest and healer—in the Xhosa lineage of South Africa, the tribe of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

In this teaching memoir, John introduces readers to the way of the leopard, a shamanic path for awakening our intuition and connection to the spirit of the world. As he explores Xhosa wisdom on dreams, ceremony, spirit guides, and ancestors, this remarkable teacher takes us on a joyous and life-affirming journey to the center of our power and purpose in this world, to our intrinsic humanity (ubuntu).

Ubunto emphasizes the sanctity of ancestral honoring—a unique practice in Africa that is a gift to mankind… Leopard Warrior is an account of the wealth of ancestral wisdom entrusted to John by his saintly teacher over more than a decade. It reads like a piece of literature, carefully unveiling the hidden mysteries of Africa. This timely piece is a gift to the world that adds African wisdom to the great concert of indigenous wisdom the West so sorely need. —Malidoma Somé, from the foreword

Along the way, John endures incredible illness and suffering, meet and studies with experienced spiritual teachers from a variety of lineages, and breaks cultural boundaries to awaken into the world of the shaman.

John Lockley spent 10 years in apprenticeship with MaMngwevu, a medicine woman from the Xhosa tribe. She named him Cingolweendaba, meaning the messenger or connector between people and cultures.

A key theme throughout this book is reconnecting with your ancestors and the forces of nature. As you do this in a mindful way, you naturally open your senses and increase your ability to dream and make sense of your life purpose.

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Lost Art of Heart Navigation

A Modern Shaman's Field Manual
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781591432852
In stock now: 5

Each of us has a vision for our lives, our soul’s purpose awaiting release in our hearts. Our most important task is to learn what that purpose is and then bring it into the world. In our world of busy and hurry sickness, many people are experiencing soul loss as they live out dreams of endless motion, empty tasks, anxiety, and negative thoughts. But you can change your world.

Blending earth-honoring shamanic practices and modern depth psychology, Jeff Nixa explains how to practice the lost art of heart navigation to help you find your life purpose and spiritual identity, conquer the fear, doubt and criticism that stand in the way of that vision, and become a shamanic shapeshifter of your life.

Providing heart-opening exercises to slow your mental racing and detect your heart’s navigational guidance system, he shows how to awaken your wild and free heart, access your spiritual core directly, deactivate trauma-based emotional patterns, retrieve vital energy, work with your dreams, and become an artist of the soul. You will learn how to meet your power animals and consult with spirit guides, embark on shamanic journeys in the spirit world for help and information, slay your inner dragons of self-sabotage, find your personal spirit song, and create the joyful life that your heart is attuned to seek out.

Offering case studies and troubleshooting help for common pitfalls and obstacles on the heart-centered path, this shamanic manual provides hands-on practices and ceremonies as well as wisdom from the author’s own journey and the powerful teachers he has worked with, including Sandra Ingerman, Mikkal, spiritual elders of the Oglala Lakota people, and plant-spirit medicine shamans of the Amazon jungle. Allowing you to understand the precise contours of your authentic self and your visionary heart, this book offers a map to a vibrant new life aligned with your soul and deepest calling.

“In this time of great change, our modern culture needs tools for finding a way back into balance with nature, soul, and spirit. Nixa leads readers along the Path of the Heart: a three-pronged approach to personal way-finding, healing, and transformation that weaves together traditional shamanism, modern soul psychology, and nature-based mindfulness practices… a brilliant book that is truly innovative.” Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval

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Womb Awakening

Initiatory Wisdom from the Creatrix of All Life
$37.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781591432791
In stock now: 6

The Ancients lived by a feminine cosmology of creation, where everything was birthed and dissolved through a sacred universal Womb. Within each of us, whether female or male, lies a holographic blueprint of this Womb of Creation, connecting us to the Web of Life. By awakening your spiritual Womb, the holy of holies within the temple of your body, you can reconnect to the transformative energy of Womb Consciousness and reclaim your sacred powers of creation.

Drawing on many mythical and spiritual traditions, Dr. Azra and Seren Bertrand reconstruct the moon-based feminine mystery teachings of a lost global Womb religion, tracing the tradition all the way back to the Neanderthals and beyond. They explore how these teachings were encoded in the symbolism of folk and fairy tales; the legends of the Holy Grail; the traditions of Mary Magdalene and Sophia; the maiden, queen, and crone archetypes; and the teachings of alchemy and the chakras.

They show how sages and shamans across the globe all secretly spoke of the Cosmic Womb and the sacred creative powers of Moon Blood. The authors look at the power of the Moon and its connection to sacred Womb Consciousness, offering meditations and practices to help awaken your spiritual Womb and activate its sacred magic of creation and manifestation. They explain how to activate the energetic gateways of the Womb and merge the heart and Womb to make sexual union the highest sacrament of love.

Revealing how we must reconnect with the Divine Feminine to rebirth the Divine Masculine and restore balance to our world, they show how, as we reawaken the powerful ancient path of the Womb Mysteries, we help return our world to harmony with the wild, untamed creative flows and cyclical rhythms of the cosmos.

Within you is a womb shaman who holds the sacred blueprints of creation. Your hidden feminine essence transmits the untamed spirals of the primordial life force, Shakti, initiating others into the mystery of life. She is emerging from a long slumber. Can you feel her energy pulsing inside? She has been sleeping on primeval forest floors, steeped in fertile soils, flowing in crystal-clear rivers.


The Womb is calling us back onto the path of love, traveling a starlit walkway back into primordial innocence, dancing into the central Womb of Creation… and the Earth Mother and web of life with which she is intimately interwoven. Women and men alike were created as being with a deep feminine feeling nature; our feminine heart, the womb and hara, holds this knowing and leads us back home to the sacred union of love…


The feminine path is full of passion, desire, and longing; our heart’s desires birth through the womb. Our deepest feelings are dimensions doorways, full of rich fertility. Let us activate our sacred desire and dream-birth a new earth into being, incandescent with love, honouring all of life.

Audio tracks of 3 guided Womb Awakening journeys are available to download at



Transformation in the Belly of the Goddess
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9781591432074
In stock now: 2

With glowing forewords by Normandi Ellis and Hank Wesselman, this book offers a shamanic ritual with the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet to bring about alchemical transformation at the deepest levels of your being.

Sekhmet is the lioness goddess of the Egyptian Pantheon, a fierce protector of truth, balance, and the Cosmic order of Ma’at. Known and feared as the goddess of war and destruction, she also represents the transformative power of kundalini energy, or sekhem, and is the main goddess to harness this power for healing. As She Who Comes in Times of Chaos, she takes offerings of fear, rage, and weakness and transforms them into alchemical gold, the universal medicine for physical, emotional, and soul healing.

In this book you are guided through a shamanic ritual of alchemical transformation and initiation with Sekhmet, working with this powerful goddess to release your most deeply rooted negative behavior patterns and be reborn into a more purified state of consciousness.

Using intensive self-examination exercises to help you prepare to meet the goddess, the author leads you through a guided visualization, illustrated with photographs, to an ancient statue of Sekhmet in her chapel at the Temple of Karnak. There, you will be shamanistically devoured by the goddess, directly experiencing the alchemical process of transformation in the belly of Sekhmet until you are rebirthed as a fully realized adult child of the goddess.

You will experience how your offering of pain, fear, rage, and self-sabotage is digested, absorbed, and assimilated by Sekhmet. The initiations, rites of passage, and transmissions from Sekhmet included in the journey restructure the most important aspects of your body, mind, spirit, and soul.

This journey of shamanic death, illumination, and rebirth in the belly of Sekhmet provides an opportunity to heal on all levels and allows you to release your rage, anger, and fear as you transform the energies that maintained them into creative and constructive solutions that benefit yourself, your community, and the planet.

Nicki Scully has been a healer and teacher of shamanism and the Egyptian mysteries since 1983. Among her books are Alchemical Healing and The Anubis Oracle. Through Shamanic Journeys Ltd., she leads spiritual tours to sacred sites in Egypt.

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Spirit of the Earth

Indian Voices on Nature
$18.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: World Wisdom Books
Publication Date: May, 2017
ISBN: 9781936597543
In stock now: 3

Often spoken at the end of a prayer, a well-known Sioux phrase affirms that we are all related. Similarly, the Sioux medicine man, Brave Buffalo, came to realize when he was still a boy that the maker of all was Wakan Tanka (the Great Spirit), and… “in order to honor him I must honor his works in nature.”

Our Father, Creator Sun, is the only Creator of all life, one maker… There is no one like our Creator Sun. He alone gave us a commandment that was to be used by all, especially the human beings. The commandment was just a plain “Be honest to life and to all life.” This one commandment covered everything: be honest.

 —Percy Bullchild, Blackfoot

The interconnectedness of all things, and the respect all things are due, are among the most prominent—and most welcome—themes in this collection of Indian voices on nature. Within the book are carefully authenticated quotations from men and women of nearly fifty North American tribes. The gorgeous illustrations include historical photographs of American Indians, as well as a wide selection of contemporary photographs showing the diversity of the North American natural world. Together, these quotations and photographs beautifully form a natural prayer book.

Civilized people depend too much on man-made printed pages. I turn to the Great Spirit’s book, which is the whole of His creation. You can read a big part of that book if your study nature…. The Great Spirit has provided you and me with an opportunity for study in nature’s university: the forests, the rivers, the mountains, and the animals, which include us. —Walking Buffalo, Stoney

“The quotations are so well chosen, so well paired with the images, and so beautifully centered on our appreciation, understanding, and lasting reliance on the natural world, they do what our traditional stories have always done—engage and teach.” —Joseph Bruchac, author of Keepers of the Earth

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Spirit Drumming

A Guide to the Healing Power of Rhythm
$16.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sterling Ethos
Publication Date: May, 2017
ISBN: 9781454921509
In stock now: 3

A heartfelt examination of the spiritual power of Native American drumming, including authentic stories, chants, and rituals.

The first time our heartbeat pounds in rhythm with the ancient beat of the drum, we will once again be fused with the heart of the Great Mother of all being in the world, the Earth Mother, and reconnected in consciousness to the Original Source of All Things, the Great Holy Mystery.

Perhaps the first conscious beating of the drum sound occurred as we grew in the wombs of our mothers. Beat after beat, we grew within the sea of our births, and then we were born into the air of the world—when did we begin to separate from that beat? How long will it be before we hear the beating again?

Gabriel Horn, White Deer of Autumn,  shows how drumming can take us back to our true selves and connect us to each other and the earth. Spirit Drumming follows his journey to the drums, including a history of drumming in Native American communities, an investigation of drums as living beings, and an authoritative reckoning on vibration as a conduit for healing.

This heartfelt book explores the spiritual side of Native American drumming, Stories and anecdotes about his journey, as well as contributions from other writers, are shared along with tribal songs and rituals. He covers From Past to Present, the Drumming; Birth and Rebirth; The Origin: The practice of Conscious Thought; Drum Teachings; Transformation and Drumming; and more.

No matter what their shape, a circular energy seems to emanate from traditional drums. Each beat I imagine as rings of vibrations going out into the world, into the Mystery, going deeper into self.

He also provides information on how to integrate other sacred elements in your drumming (such as feathers, cedar, sweetgrass, and tobacco), transcripts of chants you can use in your own practice, and ceremonies for thanksgiving, birth, the harvest, children, and more.

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Reason You Walk

A Memoir
By: Wab Kinew
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Publication Date: May, 2017
ISBN: 9780143193555
In stock now: 3

A moving father-son reconciliation told by a charismatic First Nations broadcaster, musician and activist.

When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Winnipeg broadcaster and musician Wab Kinew decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant aboriginal man who’d raised him. The Reason You Walk spans the year 2012, chronicling painful moments in the past and celebrating renewed hopes and dreams for the future. As Kinew revisits his own childhood in Winnipeg and on a reserve in Northern Ontario, he learns more about his father's traumatic childhood at residential school.

An intriguing doubleness marks The Reason You Walk, a reference to an Anishinaabe ceremonial song. Born to an Anishinaabe father and a non-native mother, he has a foot in both cultures. He is a Sundancer, an academic, a former rapper, a hereditary chief, and an urban activist. His father, Tobasonakwut, was both a beloved traditional chief and a respected elected leader who engaged directly with Ottawa. Internally divided, his father embraced both traditional native religion and Catholicism, the religion that was inculcated into him at the residential school where he was physically and sexually abused. In a grand gesture of reconciliation, Kinew’s father invited the Roman Catholic bishop of Winnipeg to a Sundance ceremony in which he adopted him as his brother.

Kinew writes affectingly of his own struggles in his twenties to find the right path, eventually giving up a self-destructive lifestyle to passionately pursue music and martial arts. From his unique vantage point, he offers an inside view of what it means to be an educated aboriginal living in a country that is just beginning to wake up to its aboriginal history and living presence.

Invoking hope, healing and forgiveness, The Reason You Walk gives us an inspiring vision for family and cross-cultural reconciliation, and a wider conversation about the future of aboriginal peoples.

He taught us that during our time on earth we ought to love one another, and that when our hearts are broken, we ought to work hard to make them whole again.

This is at the centre of sacred ceremonies practiced by Indigenous people. This is what so many of us seek, no matter where we begin life.

This is the reason you walk.

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Toltec Art of Life and Death

Living Your Life as a Work of Art
$19.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April, 2017
ISBN: 9780062390936
In stock now: 3

From the author of The Four Agreements comes a new spiritual journey, The Toltec Art of Life and Death. In 2002, Don Miguel Ruiz suffered a near-fatal heart attack that left him in a coma on the verge of death for nine weeks. His journey while suspended between this world and the next forms the heart of this autobiographical novel, a profound and mystical tale of spiritual struggle. As his body lies unconscious, Ruiz travels in his dreams and encounters the people, ideas, and events that have shaped him, illuminating the eternal struggle between life—unending energy and truth—and death—matter and subjective knowledge—in which we are all called to engage.

This book recounts the events of my life. Unlike my previous writings, it merges the power of imagination with the teachings of Toltec wisdom

Our waking lives, like our sleeping dreams, are works of art. This book is an artistic piece of storytelling about very real interaction between me and my mother, dona Sarita, a well-respected healer in San Diego and my teacher and guide through much of my life. From the moment of my heart attack on February 28, 2002, she did everything she could to keep my body from dying. Using all the power of her faith, she gathered her children and apprentices to perform a series of ceremonies on my behalf.

 In this culmination of a lifetime's learning, ten years in the making, Ruiz shares with readers the innermost workings of his singular heart and mind.

 Those excursions into my dream state are the basis for this book. When my mother confronts me there, I send her to talk to the main character of my story, which is my own knowledge. In this fantasy, knowledge is depicted as a mysterious creature called Lala. You could say she is the embodiment of everything I believe and everything that gives shape to my story—just as your knowledge helps you create the story of your life.

“In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom, expressing with clarity and impeccability what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world. “ —Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior

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Ho'oponopono and Family Constellations

A traditional Hawaiian healing method for relationships, forgiveness and love
$24.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Findhorn Press
Publication Date: March, 2017
ISBN: 9781844097173
In stock now: 7

Take a moment to think hard about your relationships. The first one to come to mind may be with your partner or parents but there are many others in your life: relationships with your colleagues at work, your body, your past and future, your finances, even with the clutter still left in your closets. Many problems are relationship-related, and the good news is that you can heal all your relationship issues!

With his best-selling title Ho'oponopono, Ulrich Dupree revealed a healing method for solving problems and conflicts by using the Hawaiian reconciliation ritual to forgive both ourselves and others. This is given even greater power when combined with the family constellations method. A constellation allows underlying conflicts to be aired and resolved. It helps us to experience love and inner peace through the feeling, deep in our hearts, that we are all interconnected.

The very terms ‘family constellations’ and ‘family conference’ offer a clue to the way both approaches view a person and the challenges that face them—not in isolation, but within the context of their circumstances. At the same time, you will be using practical exercises to learn how you can combine these two approaches—for your own benefit and for the good of the world you live in… So let’s get practical!

Beautiful photographs, very practical exercises (such as “An exercise in acknowledging your parents and thereby attaining your own strength”), and illuminating case studies fill this book. And the book ends with appendices on “The Hawaiian family conference in detail” and two useful lists: “Feelings and emotions with negative connotations” and “Feelings and emotions with positive connotations.”

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Ecstatic Soul Retrieval

Shamanism and Psychotherapy
$20.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: March, 2017
ISBN: 9781591432616
In stock now: 3

Sharing the wisdom of shamanic healing, Nicholas Brink creates an accessible link between psychotherapy and the ritualized use of ecstatic trance postures. He explains how ecstatic trance triggers the imagery that allows us to override negative beliefs and retrieve the lost innocence of the soul. He shows us how to broaden healing beyond the resolution of individual emotional and behavioral issues to create harmony in family, community, society, and the world around us.

Integrating cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and dream analysis, the author provides a unique model for tapping into the universal mind in a way that feels familiar and safe. He illustrates five ecstatic postures for emotional and spiritual growth, moving from finding a place of relaxation in which to strengthen your sense of self to the soul retrieval experience, which leads to the death of dysfunctional beliefs and restoration of your original innocence. The author shows how spirit guides can support us as we achieve the spiritual consciousness of the shaman and recognize the interdependence of all cultures and all living things on the planet.

He draws from the research of anthropologist Felicitas Goodman, who discovered the power of body postures in the trance experience, postures she believed were used by the tribal shamans of different cultures throughout time. Though the use of shamanic body postures and drumming may seem quite unusual and unexpected in psychotherapy, Brink offers an effective and meaningful transition for bringing these tools to the therapeutic setting. —Stanley Krippner, from the foreword

Using three in-depth case studies, Brink shows how these practices can be used to resolve common psychological issues such as agoraphobia, panic attacks, irrational anger, mood swings, obsessive behaviors, and control issues. Ecstatic soul retrieval allows you to find your inner shaman—your ability to heal yourself and, in turn, to contribute to the healing of all life on our planet.

Other titles by Nicholas Brink are The Power of Ecstatic Trance and Trance Journeys of the Hunter-Gatherers.