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book of beasties

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: 1

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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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: 0

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: 3

 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: 2

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.

lost art of heart navigation

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: 3

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: 4

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.