Plant Spirit Shamanism
Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul
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|Format:||Paperback, 280 pages|
|Other Information: ||8pp colour insert|
|Published In: ||United States, 21 June 2006|
In "Plant Spirit Shamanism", Ross Heaven and Howard G. Charing explore the use of one of the major allies of shamans for healing, seeing, dreaming and empowerment - plant spirits. After observing great similarities in the use of plants among shamans throughout the world, they discovered the reason behind these similarities: Rather than dealing with the "medical properties" of the plants or specific healing techniques, shamans commune with the spirits of the plants themselves; shows how shamans heal using their knowledge of plant spirits as well as the plant's "medical properties" and includes extensive field interviews with master shamans of all traditions; and explores the core methods of plant shamanism - soul retrieval, spirit extraction and sin eating - and includes techniques for connecting with plant spirits. From their years of in-depth shamanic work in the Amazon, Haiti and Europe, including extensive field interviews with master shamans, Heaven and Charing present the core methods of plant shamanism used in healing rituals the world over: soul retrieval, spirit extraction, sin eating and the Amazonian tradition of pusanga (love medicine). They explain the techniques shamans use to establish connections to plant spirits and provide practical exercises as well as a directory of traditional Amazonian and Caribbean healing plants and their common North American equivalents so readers can explore the world of plant spirits and make allies of their own.
About the Author
Ross Heaven is a therapist and workshop leader specializing in personal development, healing, and shamanism whose books include The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja, Darkness Visible, and Vodou Shaman. Howard G. Charing is a director of the Eagle Wing's Centre for Contemporary Shamanism and has taught at Dr. Michael Harner's Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He leads many workshops, including co-facilitated events with Ross Heaven and Leo Rutherford. Both authors live in England.
"Ross Heaven and Howard Charing create a cross-cultural distillation of plant shamanism to reveal the essential core of the techniques and the basis of the healing process."--Alec Franklor, Edge Life, No. 187
|Publisher: ||Destiny Books,U.S.|
|Dimensions: ||22.0 x 15.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.50 kg)|