Shamanic Transformations

Shamanic Transformations : True Stories of the Moment of Awakening

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How does one receive the "call" to enter onto the shamanic path? What causes some people to change their safe, uneventful, and ordinary lives and start on a spiritual search? For many it is a singular instant, a flash when the mystical reveals itself and the person is drawn into the world of shamanic power. For a few, it is a more gradual awakening, filled with numinous events that build upon one another until the calling of the shamanic path can no longer be ignored.

In this book of remarkable stories, we learn firsthand about the many different forms of the "aha" moment of shamanic awakening, whether they arise from ceremony, near-death experiences, dream messages, or entheogenic substances. We travel alongside Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, John Perkins, Alberto Villoldo, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Tom Cowan, Lynn Andrews, Linda Star Wolf, and other well-known shamanic practitioners as they begin their transformations into the prominent shamans we know them as. We experience the real-life shamanic epiphanies of those with unique shamanic paths--teachers, mothers, social workers, academics, healers, and even rappers who have all experienced a moment in time in which they were awakened and the shamanic path showed itself to them.

As each of these unique and beautiful stories of unexpected realization, insight, and inspiration unfolds, we see how these single moments--usually entirely unexpected--are able to transform the individual's life, clearing their vision and allowing a new consciousness to emerge. As a whole, this collection paints a breathtaking portrait of the intricacies of the shamanic path and the paradigm shift of which we all are part.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23mm | 513g
  • Destiny Books,U.S.
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • 1620554755
  • 9781620554753
  • 736,252

Table of contents


Introduction: The Relevance of Shamanism
By Itzhak Beery

1 The Three Stages of Spiritual Unfolding
By Hank Wesselman

2 Shamanic Impact: From Child to Crone
By Dana Jefferson

3 Urban Shamanism: Treating Depression Using Shamanic Healing Practices
By Ellie Zarrabian

4 Shamanic Ecstasy
By Alberto Villoldo

5 The Call to Service
By Sandra Ingerman

6 Raptor Medicine: A Portal to Shamanic Beginnings
By Thomas J. Mock

7 A Mountain's Light
By Ginny Anderson

8 Journey about Love Doctoring
By Katharine Weiser

9 A Most Extraordinary Vision on the Power Path
By Jose Luis Stevens

10 Into the Red Path
By Julian Katari

11 Mount Everest
By Jan Engels-Smith

12 Rappers Don't Go on Meditation Retreats
By Bezi

13 Moon Struck
By Mama Donna Henes

14 A Lifetime of Awakenings
By Tom Cowan

15 Encounters with an Ally Plant
By Carol L. Parker

16 Call of the Ancestors
By Phillip Scott

17 There's Been a Whole Lot of Grace
By Reverend C. Ayla Joyce

18 An Experiential Journey toward Trust
By Julie Dollman

19 Of Mountains and Men
By Rebekah Brandon

20 Shamanism in the Amazon
By Deborah Goleman Wolf

21 A Visit from Apo Lakay
By Lane Wilcken

22 The Non-Dualism of Shamanic Psychotherapy
By Joseph E. Doherty

23 Baby, I Was Born This Way
By Linda Star Wolf

24 Shapeshifting: From Dying to Apprenticing
By John Perkins

25 A Doorway Called Africa
By Misha Hoo

26 Sacred Journey of a Lifetime
By Holly Gray Schuck

27 A Pathway to Transformation
By Raymond Nobriga

28 Shamanic Awakening
By Nadiya Nottingham

29 A Luminous Re-Membering
By don Oscar Manuel Miro-Quesada

30 My Shamanic Initiation: The Fire of Transformation
By Mona Rain (Smith)

31 The Power Animal Experience
By Debra Fentress

32 Pandora's Box
By Wendy Whiteman

33 Sacred Place
By Peter Brown

34 The Awakening of a Medicine Woman
By Katherine Gomez

35 Warrior Wisdom
By Colleen Deatsman

36 Spirit Chases Me
By Randall Sexton

37 Shamanic Impact
By Niramisa Weiss

38 Pine Spirit Medicine
By Rita Baruss

39 Communal Song and the Art of Healing
By Elizabeth Cosmos

40 Temples of the Earth
By Zacciah Blackburn

41 Direct Dialogue with Mother Earth
By Michele Gieselman

42 The Calling
By Michael Drake

43 The Gifts of Shamanism
By Pamela Albee

44 The Story of a Bear
By Leon Sproule

45 The Soul Union Community
By Johanna Lor Rain Parry

46 The Slow Build of a Shamanic Path
By Lewis Mehl-Madrona

47 Northern Lights
By Lynn Andrews

Epilogue: Back Where It All Began
By Itzhak Beery
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Review quote

"In Shamanic Transformations: True Stories of the Moment of Awakening, Itzhak Beery, a shamanic healer, teacher and founder of, has gathered almost 50 accounts of "moments of awakening," called initiation in shamanic practice. Indeed, several times in my head I've called this book Shamanic Initiations. Yet that would be a misnomer, because initiation and transformation are two distinct experiences; the contributors not only recount their initiation, but how it took root and changed them irrevocably" * Spiral Nature, Susan Starr, March 2016 * "A wonderfully inspirational `feel good' book containing self-told tales from many well-known shamanic practitioners on their moment of shamanic awakening... Recommended purely as an enjoyable read for anyone interested in or practicing shamanism." * Indie Shaman, January 2016 * "This is a great book to have on your bedside table or to read while waiting somewhere or just stealing a few moments on a lunch break. Either as a gateway into your own personal journey or simply for a good overview of modern day shamanism, Shamanic Transformations is a great read. Highly recommended." * Facing North, Larissa Carlson Viana, December 2015 *
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About Itzhak Beery

Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic healer and teacher. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Page. He has also trained intensively with other elders from South and North America. The founder of and cofounder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on the faculty of New York Open Center. The author of The Gift of Shamanism, he lives in New York.
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