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Sacred Instructions

Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change
$23.95 CAD
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Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781623171957
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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
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Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781591432838
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 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
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Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781622039036
In stock now: 4

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: 4

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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Out of Concealment

Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii
$29.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Heritage House Publishing
Publication Date: August, 2017
ISBN: 9781772031607
In stock now: 2

Out of Concealment presents the origin stories of the Haida Nation through the vibrant depiction of its female supernatural beings. Passed on from generation to generation through oral tradition, these stories are important historical narratives that illustrate Haida values, customs, rituals, and relationships with the earthly and metaphysical realms. It is said that in Haida Gwaii, people recognize these supernatural beings all around them.

This book features over thirty full-colour surreal photo collages by Haida artist, performer, and activist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson. The collages also integrate traditional Haida form-line art by Robert Davidson. Each image is accompanied by insightful, reflective text describing the being’s place in Haida mythology. Among the 33 beings are Foam Woman, Cloud Woman, Cedar Sister, Fern Woman, Moss Woman, Fine Weather Woman, Land Otter Woman, Low Tide Woman, Oil Spill Woman, and Octopus Woman.

In his foreword to this magically beautiful book, Wade Davis writes:

Ultimately the purpose of this work is to bring back from obscurity narratives that once informed and guided all of Haida existence. It is to allow the young to re-imagine the invisible, to bear witness to the essence of the feminine made manifest in this chorus of Supernatural Beings, dancing Dakinis, as the Buddhist would say, of all the earthly, ocean, and celestial realms. Terri-Lynn’s goal is to allow the viewer to enter what the Irish call the “thin places,” those moments, for they exist in time as much as in space, where the distance between heaven and earth collapses to reveal glimpses of the divine. That liminal space is the very domain of transformation.

Out of Concealment encourages readers—both within the Haida Nation and the general public—to see the feminine and the powerful land and seascapes of Haida Gwaii through a worldview where the environment is worthy of respect, not to be dominated or exploited. The book was released to coincide with a larger exhibition of Williams-Davidson’s work at the Haida Gwaii Museum in June 2017.

Artist, activist, musician, and formidable lawyer, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson is a passionate advocate of Haida authority and autonomy. As the legal voice of the Haida Nation since 1995, she has represented her people in the highest courts of Canada.

Having worked with the Supernatural Beings intimately for this book, I believe that if they could speak they would express hope that humanity will recognize the supernatural core of its existence, and the inextricable and fragile interdependencies between humans and the land and sea.

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Womb Awakening

Initiatory Wisdom from the Creatrix of All Life
$37.50 CAD
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Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781591432791
In stock now: 1

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 audio.innertraditions.com/womawa.

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Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart

The Real-life Initiation of an Everyday Shaman
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9781781808221
In stock now: 5

Here’s an incredible account of Ya'Acov Darling-Khan's 30-year journey into the heart of shamanic traditions, containing wisdom from the world’s oldest indigenous peoples and guidance on bringing shamanism back into the modern world for personal and global healing.

“Shaman,” which means “intermediary between spirit and the natural world,” is a much over-used word. It is not a title one can give oneself; it is a vocation and a student is traditionally given this “job title” by their elders and teachers at a certain point in their journey.

This powerful, candid spiritual memoir is the story of Ya'Acov Darling Khan's  healing journey that has has taken him to the depths of the Amazon, dance studios in New York, the caves of South Wales, to the far North of the Arctic Circle, and beyond. In this fascinating, personal book, Ya'Acov shares how he has had to understand and work through the shadows and pitfalls of this ancient practice and find its contemporary expression in a culture that did its best to destroy it. Ya'Acov shares his experiences of studying with an extraordinary range of Native American and South American teachers, and Gabrielle Roth, and working alongside the Achuar and Sappara peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon. For thousands of years, shamans have helped their communities to remain in balance with themselves, each other, the natural world, and the spirit world.  This beautifully written book is not only a powerful memoir, but a guide book to all those wishing to return to their indigenous roots, and especially “to the many people around the world who are looking to bring in a new dream and a new world.”

As we drummed, I entered the realms of the chaos we are living through as a species. I witnessed the turmoil of clashing ideologies and the horrible suffering of innocent peoples, animals and landscapes. Our voices and the rhythms of the drums made a path for me to follow. I saw shamans all around the world doing the same thing. An people, spiritual and practical and political and musical and young and old, and black and white  and red and yellow, all in their own ways, their own traditions, carving pathways through the chaos, dreaming and weaving, being and doing what was needed to find a way through…

 

The rituals of everyday shamanism help me to remember the bigger picture of my life and to connect to the bigger powers that shape it.

 

This book is dedicated to the medicine generation and to all those who wish to bring heaven to Earth and aren’t afraid to do the work of facing themselves in order to find themselves. The harvest of that work is being who we are and giving what we’ve got. There is only one difference, I’ve discovered, between those who keep their dreams in the sky and those who attempt to bring them to Earth. And, as old school as it may sound, that difference is work.

Info: schoolofmovementmedicine.com

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Sekhmet

Transformation in the Belly of the Goddess
$22.50 CAD
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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: 2

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
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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.