AWAKENING TO THE SPIRIT WORLD The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman is truly a “Revelation” . I have been carrying my copy around for months now as I have tried to find a concise way to review this work. Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesseleman have created a book of depth and complexity that deserves to be read, reviewed, discussed and most importantly, fully experienced.
In the pages of this book and on the accompanying audio CD are gathered a circle of Western Shamanic Elders. Each contributor has walked their path for a significant part of their lifetimes. The joy I find in reading this “manual on the oldest and most reliable human technology for accessing the realms of the spirit” comes from a realization that, finally, at last, we have graduated to a new level of maturity as Western Shamanic Practitioners.
Most all of the contributors’ early works fall into a category of “Discovery” of a hidden spiritual world. Works of exploration. Stories of a “Hunter / Gatherer” nature. Meetings with indigenous shamanic societies and slowly awakening to the truth, beauty and potency of the traditional shamanic world. Whether Hank Wesselman’s Spiritwalker series or Sandra Ingerman’s Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self; Alberto Villoldo’s, Tom Cowan’s and Jose Steven’s early books; or Dr. Michael Harner’s The Way of The Shaman. Each in their own way found a piece of a world that we as a society had forgotten and through their own experiences of flashes of direct revelation, were able to bring pieces of a mosaic back into our western consciousness. Thank you all…
Awakening to the Spirit World steps beyond these early works of discovery and presents us with a comprehensive guide to shamanic practice firmly rooted in the experiences of direct engagement with the spirit world gained from a lifetime of practice. Each one has made this their own practice through communication with their own Spiritual Allies. Whether from a “Core” or Universal non culturally specific way of working: or by following a traditional indigenous path. Each has found a potent way to spirit that works in a modern Western world. This is their gift. Their example as Elders.
Alberto Villoldo speaks of a Q’ero prophecy that tells of the new Shamans coming from the West. A stone has been cast into the pond of our world. From the initial rediscovery and honoring of so many diverse traditions., the wave of awakening ripples out and manifests in a myriad of forms. Awakening manifests in a full spectrum; from the keepers of tradition to the creators of evolutionary change. The circle of elders gathered in this book surely are the leading edge of this prophecy being fulfilled.
I will explore the the depth of Awakening To the Spirit World over the next several Posts. I find this to be the only way to fully do justice to the range and scope of this book.
Yours in Light,
Center for Shamanic Healing
AWAKENING TO THE SPIRIT WORLD The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation
by Sandra Ingerman & Hank Wesselman
published by SOUNDS TRUE
PO Box 8010
Boulder, CO 80306-8010