Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman have gathered a circle of western Shamanic elders to offer a wide range of shamanic experience and view points. Thank you all for this landmark book. Here is a little background information on each of the circle.
Tom Cowan is a shamanic practitioner specializing in Celtic visionary and healing techniques. He combines universal core shamanism with traditional European spirit lore to create spiritual practices that can heal and enrich one’s own life and the lives of others. He is an internationally respected teacher, author, lecturer, and tour leader. He has taught training programs in England, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy; and most recently he was the first American shaman to teach in Slovakia.
Tom is the author of Yearning For The Wind, Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit, Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life, The Pocket Guide to Shamanism, The Book of Seance, The Way of the Saints: Prayers, Practices, and Meditations and Wending Your Way: A New Version of the Old English Rune Poem.
Tom grew up in Missouri, and received a doctorate in history from St. Louis University. He taught history and humanities in Memphis during the 1970s, and moved to New York City in 1980 to pursue a career as a freelance writer.
In 1983 Tom met Michael Harner from whom he learned core shamanism which continues to be Tom’s primary spiritual practice. His lifelong interest in mystical traditions led him to develop ways to practice shamanism in the context of Celtic spirituality and other European-based spiritual disciplines.
Tom continues to study with Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies and other teachers of shamanism and spirituality. From 1996-1998 Tom taught Celtic Shamanism for the Foundation. Periodically he leads tours to Ireland or Scotland to practice shamanism at sacred sites and work with the spirits of the land.
Tom is a minister in the Circle of the Sacred Earth, a church of animism dedicated to shamanic principles and practices. Today he lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley where he offers training workshops, spiritual retreats, and healing sessions for groups and individuals. His website is riverdrum.com
Carol Proudfoot-Edgar has taught shamanism since 1982. In addition, her specialties include Bear Medicine, Spirits of Place, and developing women’s circles and Teachers. For Twelve years she has led a group of women physicians in intergreating shamanism into both their personal and professional lives. She has been a teacher for the Department of Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition, she considers one of her primary roles to be that of ceremonialist.
Carol is an explorer who perceives her work to be that of assisting individuals to probe beyond the known realities and to venture outside the parameters for contextualizing and manifesting the future. Carol says that through such explorations. “Spirit can meet us, and together we can construct a web of compassion and joy” that can hold and support the divine nature of every being and Element on this great Earth planet.
Since 1995, Carol has been involved in developing nonprofit organizations that will coordinate the efforts of individuals seeking to bringing change that is grounded in shamanic consciousness. She is especially interested in using technology to further coordinate work around the globe. Her websites contain a broad range of her shamanic material and listing of Circles working together. shamaniccircles.org shamanicvisions.com
José Luis Stevens Ph.D
José Luis Stevens Ph.D. is the president and co-founder (with wife Lena Stevens) of Power Path Seminars, an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and indigenous wisdom to business and everyday life. José completed a ten year apprenticeship with a Huichol Maracame (shaman) in the Sierras of Central Mexico. In addition he is studying intensively with Shipibo (shamans) in the Peruvian Amazon and with Pacos, (shamans) in the Andes in Peru
In 1983 he completed His doctoral dissertation at the California Institute of Integral Studies focusing on the interface between shamanism and western psychological counseling. Since then he has studied cross cultural shamanism around the world to distill the core elements of shamanic healing and practice. As an international lecturer and consultant he has worked with a huge range of individuals and businesses to help them discover their most effective path of service and success. He has had the good fortune to work with individuals at the highest levels of government and professional life to support their understanding of their own potential and that of their associates.
As an integral part of this work Jose has helped to develop systems for understanding people that are unparalleled in the field of psychology and business.
Jose is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Life coach, and master teacher with more than thirty five years of experience. In addition he is the author of ten books and numerous articles including “The Power Path”, “Secrets of Shamanism”, “Transforming Your Dragons”, and “Praying with Power”. Learn more at thepowerpath.com
Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D
Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D is a medical anthropologist and psychologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than twenty-five years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease.
Founder of the Four Winds Society, he instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy mnedicine. Alberto has written numerous bestselling books, including Shaman, Healer, Sage; The Four Insights: Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers; Mending the Past and Healing the Future with Soul Retrieval; Courageous Dreaming. For more information please visit his site: thefourwinds.com
Center for Shamanic Healing
Awakening to the Spirit World:
The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation
by Sandra Ingerman, MA, and Hank Wesselman, PhD
Also with insights and practices from renowned shamanic teachers Tom Cowan, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar, José Stevens, and Alberto Villoldo
Includes a CD of drumming to facilitate your shamanic journeys.
March 1, 2010
Paperback + CD / BK01412D/ 6? x 9? / 348 pages