This is a page about books, CDs, and other stuff we've found to be useful for those interested in shamanic things. This list is not authoritative, and there are many good resources out there we either don't know about, or are not sufficiently familiar with to recommend at this time. And there is much we haven't listed because there is just too much! But these are books and resources we are familar with, and will provide you with a solid foundation for your own further explorations.
Most of these items are available on Amazon, and we have provided links for you, but we strongly encourage you to "shop locally" and patronize your independent bookstores and music stores, just because...
|Way of the Shaman, by Michael Harner: This is a classic text on shamanism - both personal, and to a great extent a "how to" manual. Some of Harner's methods have evolved and changed since this was written, but it remains at the top of our list of recommended readings.||
Journeying Solo and Double Drumming,
by Michael Harner: This is the drumming CD we both recommend and use
are many shamanic drumming CDs and MP3 downloads out there, but this is
one of the best, and one of the originals. (At some point we hope to
record our own journey drumming, but until then we recommend this!)
Contains two 30-minute tracks, and two 15-minute tracks, each with
We have found that these drums (they come in many sizes) are great
beginner drums, are durable, immune to weather, and have fabulous tone.
If you want a drum, you could do a lot worse than start with one of
these. Stuart has taken his 16" Remo on countless airline flights (in
checked luggage!), into all sorts of climates, and it has
performedbeautifully. Usually we recommend replacing the beater with
something better, such as Vic Firth's American Classic Tympani Mallet T3
|Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide, by Sandra Ingerman: A modern and practial "how to" on the shamanic journey - even includes a CD of journey drumming. A great beginning book. (Ingerman is a very prolific writer, and we highly recommend all of her books, especially these three below.)||
|Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, by Sandra Ingerman: This is Ingerman's best known book. She describes how she developed soul retrieval as a healing method, and how it is done. We have worked with her extensively, and highly recommend this book, and the following book, for a thorough background in soul retrieval.||
|Welcome Home: Life after Healing, by Sandra Ingerman: This is the follow-on book to Soul Retrieval, and covers what to do after this kind of healing. Since a soul retrieval is so profound, so life-changing, this has become an indispensable guide.||
|Medicine for the Earth, by Sandra Ingerman: Practical spiritual techniques for reversing environmental pollution and degradation. She has deeply researched the ancient methods and secrets, and done a great deal of personal experimentation to come up with this gem.||
Archaic Techniques of Ecstacy, by Mircea Eliade:
This is the original and classic text on shamanism. It is very
scholarly - there are over 1000 pages. It was originally written in
French in the 1950s, and translated into English in the 1960s, when
Eliade was the chairman of the Religious Studies Department and the
University of Chicago. If you discover you have an on-going interest in
shamanism, you will eventually get this book - more as a reference than
by Joan Halifax: This is a great collection of first-person accounts of
shamanic initiations, some historical, some modern. If you feel like
you are going through a shamanic initiation experience, these accounts
may give you comfort and perspective.
|Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life, by Tom Cowan: A very readable, practical guide, based more on Celtic (European) shamanism. Also highly recommended. (We know Tom Cowan – a wonderful guy, a powerful shaman, and a careful scholar. His other books are also highly recommended if Celtic spirituality attracts you.)||
by Serge Kahili King: This is a practical approach to Hawaiian (Huna)
shamanism, along with some African shamanism. The title is misleading -
there is little "urban" in this book, perhaps more "moderm" than urban?
|Mabel McKay - Weaving the Dream,
by Greg Sarris: This is an extraordinary biography of a modern
indigenous Native American shaman. It's a beautiful little book - I
have read many times, and something new comes each time. It reads like
a novel. McKay lived in our area - Sonoma and Lake Counties in northern
If you are interested in Native American spirituality, this is a "must read" (along with several other books) - you get a rich picture of how a shaman fits into her native society as well as into the dominant "Anglo" world.
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