Our upcoming Sunday service on March 22 will discuss “Right Relations through the Lens of Shamanism.”  Here are some suggested reading materials for those interested.

Books About Shamanism

  • The Shaman Within by Claude Poncelet, PhD
    Claude Poncelet, PhD is a physicist specializing in nuclear physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.
  • Follow the Shaman’s Call by Mike Williams, PhD. – An Ancient path for Modern Lives
  • Illumination by Aberto Villodo, PhD. – The Shaman’s Way to Healing.
  • Awaking to the Spirit World by Sandra Ingerman & Hank Wesselman, Ph.D – The Shaman Path of Direct Revelation.
  • Bowel of Light by Hank Wesselman PhD The story of the teachings of an Hawaiian Shaman Kahuna Hale Makua and his relationship with Dr. Wesselman; also a shaman in the Hawaiian tradition.
  • The Carlos Castaneda and the story of his shaman journey.


Links and other book suggestions related to  the shamanism service

  • Institute for Noetic Science (IONS)   http://noetic.org
    Founded by Edgar Mitchell . Research on the nature of consciousness with top quality university and scientific partners (such as Stanford, Oxford, The Max Planck Institute, etc.)
  • Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS)     www.shamanism.org
    Founded by Michael Harner. Web site contains general information, research, and some videos of Dr. Harner in various academic presentations and discussions. FSS is dedicated to supporting indigenous efforts as well as to teaching shamanism students internationally.
  • Society for Shamanic Practitioners http://www.shamansociety.org


Many of the authors listed below have several other wonderful titles; personal favorites were  selected.

  • Tom Cowan       Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life; Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit
    Tom Cowan is arguably the best known, most respected teacher of Celtic shamanism in the US today.
  • Michael Harner, PhD   Way of the Shaman
    With the publication of Way of the Shaman, Michael Harner kicked off the revival of western shamanism. A very readable account of his initiation by the Quero Indians.
  • Serge Kahili King, PhD Urban Shaman, Huna: Ancient Hawaiian Secrets for Modern Living; Mastering Your Hidden Self: A Guide to the Huna Way
    Simple but not simplistic, insights into Hawaiian practices, which are quite different than most others.
  • Frank MacEowen  The Celtic Way of Seeing
  • Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD Coyote Medicine; Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry
    An emergency room physician, psychiatrist and practicing shaman provides a deeper perspective on the current chasm between standard clinical medical practice, and medicine with a shamanic touch.
  • Martin Prechtel Secrets of the Talking Jaguar; Long Life Honey in the Heart
    Shamanic experiences and initiation in Guatemala among the Mayan people. Captures a strong view of daily life in a now-destroyed culture.
  • Malidoma Patrice Some, PhD  Of Water and the Spirit; The Healing Wisdom of Africa
    Some is an initiated shaman of the Dagara tribe in Burkina Faso, East Africa, and a scholar. He holds 3 masters’ degrees and 2 doctorates (Sorbonne and Brandeis). He presents remarkable insights on the cultural practices that lead to very different levels of mental health in his native tribe, and in the west where he now makes his home (Oakland, CA)
  • Edward Tick, PhD  War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries into Modern Medicine
    Ed Tick, a recognized expert in PTSD, blends shamanic healing practices with his 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist to achieve remarkable healing results.

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