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Book of Ceremony

Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641490
In stock now: 11

Ceremony is a central part of human life and spiritual practice, yet in today’s world, many of our ceremonies have become rote or superficial. That’s why shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman has created The Book of Ceremony—to help us recover the sense of deeper meaning and sacred connection that makes ceremony a powerful tool for transformation and healing.

Ceremonies have always been used to create transformation. Performing ceremonies creates a bridge between the material world we live in and the world of the unseen, the divine, the power of the universe.

In this practical guidebook, Ingerman shares essential instruction for ceremonies that combine the power of your intention, the support of family and community, and the aid of the spirit world. Join her for this invaluable guide for adapting traditional wisdom to create ceremonies for modern practitioners—including rites of adulthood, sacred marriages, the Prayer Tree ceremony for blessing communities, and many more.

I reflect on the ceremonies I’ve performed in the past. I often think joyfully of being in community, drumming, rattling, singing, dancing, and entering an ecstatic state of consciousness in communion with the helping spirits, nature, and others who are like-minded, all focusing on the intention of supporting each other during our healing and transitions. These experiences are tied to the most marvelous, most precious, and happiest memories I have about my life…
 

Storms on all levels of life impact us as they are part of nature’s cycles. Performing ceremonies helps us navigate the turbulent waves and builds up the spiritual strength to ride the challenging waves of any crisis. And when we gather together in community during times of crisis, we have a community “Spirit Boat” to help carry us through any challenge.

This work offers road-tested savvy on:

  • Envisioning, Preparing, and Performing Ceremony
  • Turning Points & Rites of Passage
  • Releasing Blocking Energies
  • Working in the Unseen Realms
  • Blessing and Healing Ceremonies for People and for Places
  • Joining Together to Bless our Community

In addition to her many books, among them Soul Retrieval and Awakening to the Spirit World, Sandra Ingerman has created The Transmutation App “to keep you focused on integrating sacred ceremony into your daily life.” [get on iTunes, etc.]

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Book of Beasties

Your A-to-Z Guide to the Illuminating Wisdom of Spirit Animals
$25.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: July, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640493
In stock now: 19

Beastie [bee-stee]: The overarching spirit of any species of insect, reptile, bird, mammal, or mythical creature that exists or has ever existed, from salmon and dragonflies to woolly mammoths and unicorns.

As more and more people seek help with the challenges of modern life, many of us are looking to the wisdom of nature for guidance—especially when it comes in the form of spirit animals. In a quirky and delightful style, Sarah Seidelmann’s The Book of Beasties introduces us to the power of animal totems, or beasties, inviting us to explore why certain animals show up in our lives and what teachings they may be trying to share.

Is there a zoo in you? Some shamanic cultural traditions believe that people have just a single core beastie, but others believe you can work with dozens—even one hundred…
 

If you’re just beginning to work with beasties, I invite you to build a relationship with a single core beastie. Working on this path steadily for nearly a decade, I have developed a close working relationship with a half-dozen animal spirits (and many more in plant and human form)… More is not necessarily better. What’s important is the quality of the relationship.

“A message brought by a beastie may be about beauty or family or work,” teaches Sarah “It might offer you guidance on a prickly problem. Or it might make you smile just when you need it.” Perfect for seekers and shamans alike, created for people who live in the countryside or the big city, here is a book that decodes nature mysticism and invites you to explore the world of spirit animals.

From Alligator to Zebra… This book and its large collection of “Beastie Portraits” will shed light on their fantastic attributes and provide you with delightful provisions to fortify you on your unique voyage.

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Plants That Speak, Souls That Sing

Transform Your Life with the Spirit of Plants
$18.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Findhorn Press
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781844097517
In stock now: 3

As our lives become more absorbed in screen time rather than the great outdoors, it feels essential to open up our senses again to the riches of nature, reestablishing our connection with the heartbeat of the Earth. In this book, Fay Johnstone provides a road map for bridging the gap between plants and people, allowing our sacred relationship with the Green Kingdom to be restored.

Fay shows how to confidently meet, explore, and build relationships with key plant allies. Sharing her passion for the plant world, she provides a practical guide to rekindling your connection with nature, opening up to plant consciousness as a way to enrich your path and weave the enchantment of nature back into your own life. She includes practical exercises and meditations to guide you on a heart-centered journey of transformation and commune with the environment, the seasons, the cycles of the moon, and the Earth Heart. Addressing plants as conscious beings we meet their spirit, while at the same time aligning with our own true nature and sense of purpose as a creature of this Earth.

The book also introduces the shamanic practice of plant spirit healing, emphasizing that ceremony begins at home with our local plants, rather than with the famous plant healers of the Amazon.

You may already have an inkling, a sense that there is much more to the plants that grow around you than you have been led to believe; this book will help you follow your senses, develop an understanding and feel your way with your heart. The book’s exercises will expand your consciousness to help you experience plants in a new way while at the same time providing you with support for your journey of plant discovery and permission to play.

Whether you explore your back garden, office plants, or just your morning cup of tea…  Reaching out to interact with nature is a step forward not only on your personal journey to wholeness but also toward healing our Earth.

This book provides over 40 exercises, including shamanic journeys, as well as links to digital downloads for a shamanic drumming track and guided meditations.

shaman's heart meditation training program

Shaman's Heart Meditation Training Program

Tools and Practices for Discovering Your Authentic Power, Purpose, and Presence
$79.00 CAD
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640981
In stock now: 3

The heart is the center point of all human experience. Though our modern culture focuses on the brain, current neuroscience is confirming what shamans have always known: that the heart is the gateway to healing, maturity, and fully engaged living. With The Shaman’s Heart Meditation Training Program, shamanic teacher and transpersonal psychologist Byron Metcalf combines progressive meditation training with cutting-edge sound technology to help you explore and expand the four essential aspects of your heart:

The Clear and Intelligent Heart: Unlock your visionary gifts for clarity, intuition, and spiritual perception

The Full and Compassionate Heart: Discover your healing potential as you expand your capacity for love, empathy, and generosity

The Open and Trusting Heart: Follow your heart’s guidance for releasing unhealthy attachments and trusting in the unfolding of reality

The Strong and Powerful Heart: Awaken your warrior nature as you tap new resources for strength, courage, and confidence.

Using his proprietary Field Effect Audio Technology (FEAT) to help you easily and safely access expanded states of consciousness, this renowned teacher presents a program created to help you eliminate outdated behaviors and beliefs; explore your ancestral imprints; journey to the shamanic realms of power; accelerate your evolution at the personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal levels; and much more.

Also available from Byron Metcalf are two extraordinary music CDs (excellent for journeying): Inner Rhythm Meditations (gentle) and Shamanic Trance Dance (strong).

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Three Questions

How to Discover and Master the Power Within You
$31.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9780062391094
In stock now: 6

Don Miguel Ruiz builds on the message of his enduring bestseller The Four Agreements with this guide that takes us deeper into the tradition of Toltec wisdom, helping us find and use the hidden power within us to achieve our fullest lives.

In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz introduced seekers on the path to enlightenment to the tenets of Mesoamerican spiritual culture—the ancient Toltec. Now, he takes us deeper into Native American practice, and asks us to consider essential questions that drive our lives and govern our spiritual power. Three key questions can help us into our power and help us use it judiciously:

Who am I?
What is real?
How do I express love?

At each stage in our lives, we must ask these simple yet profound questions. Finding the answers will open the door to the next stage in our development, and eventually lead us to our complete, truest selves. But as Don Miguel Ruiz makes clear, we suffer if we do not ask these questions—or if we fail to pay attention to their answers—because we either never act on our power or use it destructively. Only when power is anchored in our identity and in reality will it be able to be in synch with the universe—and be of true benefit to ourselves and to others.

At any time, we can wake up and see the totality of what we are. We can see life as it is and accept everything we see. We can show how truth walks and talks in the world without attempting to govern others. We can offer our presence—not our rules—to demonstrate the best of what a human can be.

The three questions provide a practical framework that allows readers to engage with Ruiz’s transformative message and act as a vehicle for overcoming fear and anxiety and discovering peace of mind. A guide for all travelers pursuing soul understanding and acceptance, The Three Questions is the next step in our unique spiritual metamorphosis.

“Expansive… insightful… thought provoking, the book [takes] readers on a journey to self-knowledge, transformation, and truth. . . . Ruiz’s [many fans] will not be disappointed.” — Booklist

spirit clans

Spirit Clans

Native Wisdom for Power and Guidance
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hampton Roads
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781571748409
In stock now: 1

Written by David Carson (Choktaw), co-creator of the very popular Medicine Cards oracle deck, this book is an introduction to spirit clans, our most ancient spiritual roots. A spirit clan is your spirit mother and father—your original blessing that you carry inside you. A clan can be guided by an animal, a plant, a stone, an object, such as an arrow, or even a phenomenon, like fire. Knowing and understanding your clan will empower you, help carry you through life, and see you through difficult times.

Each of us is profoundly related to a particular expression of Spirit, whether animal, plant, or other earth element… He also describes how our relationship with this aspect extends through many lifetimes, stretching back to our earliest ancestors who had developed an intimate affiliation with a specific plant, animal, or other naturally occurring life form. This is your Spirit Clan. The life form that is at the center is the thread that can provide greater understanding of your lineage and characteristics, and offer a detailed road map of your spiritual journey

 

Read this book slowly and try some of the methods that I’m sure will be helpful in identifying your clan. Meditate, journey, contemplate that connection once you discover it and you’ll find a greater understanding and satisfaction with your purpose in this lifetime. —Steven Farmer, from the foreword

An introduction to spirit clans is presented along with an overview of shamanism and ways to discover your clan through dreams, visions, and meditation. Thorough explanations of the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of 75 clans are included, and stories, traditions, and descriptions of modern day clan manifestations lift the teachings off the page and into life.

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Sacred Instructions

Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781623171957
In stock now: 2

Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu’ Kwasset—She Who Brings the Light) draws from Indigenous knowledge and ancestral wisdom, as well as her experience as a lawyer and activist, to address some of the most crucial issues we face today—including indigenous land rights, environmental justice, and our collective human survival. Sharing the gifts she has received from the elders of her tribe, the Penobscot Nation, she asks us to look deeply into the illusions we have labeled as truth and which separate us from our higher mind and from one another.

As we move through these challenging times, we can draw strength from knowing that we are tied to the entire lineage of life. We are loved and supported by generations of ancestors who carried these messages forward to guide us during these times. Their sacred instructions have left us with a map that can lead us back to the humanity and sacred connections that we have lost along the way. Our responsibility during this time is to seek that path and reconnect with the heart-based wisdom that binds us to one another and the rest of creation, all the way back to the beginning of time. If we honor the gift that has been left for us, we will preserve our path forward and heal the wounds of our collective past.

Sacred Instructions explains how our traditional stories set the framework for our belief systems, and urges us to decolonize our language and our stories. It reveals how the removal of women from our stories has impacted our thinking and disrupted the natural balance within our communities. For all those who seek to create change, this book lays out an ancient world view and set of cultural values that provide a way of life that is balanced and humane, that can heal Mother Earth, and that will preserve our communities for future generations.

We are not placeholders in time but guardians of the future. As such, we have the responsibility for dreaming the next seven generations into being. This dreaming is the work of our lives. It is what we were born to do. In order to complete this task, we must join our hearts and minds in a unified prayer. Then, we must breathe life into a collective vision of peace, harmony, and balance, breathing into our hopes and dreams until that vision begins to take form and our future generations are able to walk into it as flesh and blood.

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Advanced Shamanism

The Practice of Conscious Transformation
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781591432838
In stock now: 2

 In this step-by-step guide to more than three dozen advanced shamanic practices, James Endredy shares the wisdom and techniques he has learned through 30 years of working with shamanic teachers from all over the globe, including Huichol kawiteros, Tibetan lamas, Incan, Mayan, and Tukano shamans, Indian siddhas, the Kanaka Maoli of Hawaii, and elders from many Native American tribes, such as the Seneca, Lenni Lenape, Arapaho, Sioux, Tuscarora, Yurok, Navajo, and Hopi.

Endredy offers hands-on instructions for sacred Fire ceremonies, direct shamanic viewing, experiencing shamanic death and rebirth, working with and acquiring healing stones, shamanic lucid dreaming, shamanic healing, and advanced methods for acquiring an animal spirit guide, including how to properly retain its spirit in a sacred bundle or altar and how to use its power responsibly for healing. He provides a meticulous step-by-step approach to working with the five points of attention, a Huichol teaching on sacred awareness and shamanic levels of attention. He also examines the many ways that Psi phenomena and shamanism are linked and their relationship to the scientific concept of quantum entanglement.

Showing how quantum physics is the scientific expression of shamanism, the author also explores the biological foundations of spiritual experiences, including the roles of serotonin, dopamine, and opioid transmitters, and the connections between altered consciousness and shamanic states. Integrating modern research with ancient knowledge to provide an enlightened view of shamanism that marries science and spirit, this guide offers authentic shamanic wisdom and techniques to help the solitary practitioner move forward on their shamanic path.

An appendix on “Ethics and Shamanic Practitioners” is right on.

All of these practices, even the fundamentals, are absolutely required for my own advanced shamanic students, and my hope is that you will use these exercises and complete all of them to really feel what it is to be a deeply rooted shamanic healer.

Among Endredy’s other books are Lightning in My Blood and Teachings of the Peyote Shamans.

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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: 9

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.