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Recent Reads...

David Kowalewski           Death Walkers     

Orion Foxwood                    The Candle and the Crossroads

Sharon Paice MacLeod       Celtic Myth and Religion

Sandra Ingerman                 How to Heal Toxic Thoughts

Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.           The Five Levels of Attachment

Joan Parisi Wilcox               Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge: The Mystical World of the Q'ero

David Kowalewski               Destiny Retrieval: Shamanic Mentoring in the Age of Whatever


Even Newer Titles...


David Abram       Spell of the Sensuous


Freya Aswynn     Northern Mysteries & Magick   


Christian F. Brunner    Mountain Magic: Celtic Shamanism in the Austrian Alps


Steven Farmer       Earth Magic: Ancient Shamanic Wisdom for Healing...


Bernd Heinrich     Mind of the Raven


Helen Macdonald    H is for Hawk


Ralph Metzner     The Well of Remembrance


Sy Montgomery    The Soul of an Octopus


Ruiz & Ruiz    The Fifth Agreement/The Four Agreements/The Five Levels of Attachment


Laura Silvana      Plant Spirit Journey


Peter Wohlleben    The Hidden Life of Trees


New Titles...


Charles Foster     Being the Beast


Thomas Thwaites   GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday From Being Human


Sharyn Davies     Challenging Gender Norms: Five Genders Among Bugis in Indonesia


Kevin Turner       Sky Shamans of Mongolia: Meetings with Remarkable Healers


Dick Russell      My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism


Emma Wilby    Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic


Sandra Harner            Ema's Odyssey


William S. Lyon          Spirit Talkers


Rogan P. Taylor         The Death and Resurrection Show


Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjare Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation

                        Ngangkari Work - Anangu Way


Robin Wright    Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans of the Northwest Amazon


Caroline Humphrey    Shamans and Elders

The Way of the Shaman: Basic Workshop

Harner, Michael           The Way of the Shaman / Hallucinogens and Shamanism /                                               The Jivaro/Cave and Cosmos

Castaneda, Carlos           A Separate Reality   

Cloutier, David                Spirit, Spirit Shaman Song

Cowan, Tom         Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life /Fire in the Head /                                  Pocket Guide to Shamanism   

Cowan, Eliot                  Plant Spirit Medicine   

Eliade, Mircea                    Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy   


Farmer, Steven                Earth Magic

Greene, Brian                   The Elegant Universe   


Halifax, Joan                  Shaman, The Wounded Healer/ Shamanic Voices 


King, Serge Kahili              Kahuna Healing / Urban Shaman  


Lamb, F. Bruce                  Wizard of the Upper Amazon   


Matthews, John                The Celtic Shaman   

Mason, Bernard                How to Make Drums, Tom-toms and Rattles   

Mehl-Madrona, Lewis          Coyote Medicine   


Narby, Jeremy, & Francis Huxley, Ed.    Shamans Through Time/The Cosmic Serpent


Perkins, John                    Shape Shifting


Plotkin, Mark J.                 Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice


Prechtel, Martin                Secrets of the Talking Jaguar 

Sarangerel                       Chosen by the Spirits/Riding Windhorses


Some, Malidoma Patrice     Of Water and the Spirit/The Healing Wisdom of Africa


Speck, Frank G.                Naskapi: The Savage Hunters of the Labrador Peninsula

Various Animal Interpretive Systems


NOTE: These are included only as a place to begin understanding the nature of helping animal spirits. Journey to your helpers, study their relations in ordinary reality, support conservation efforts on their behalf in ordinary reality. Do not rely on the "take" of others to the exclusion of your own experience.

Andrews, Ted                Animal Speak / Animal Wise 

Carr-Gomm, Philip & Stephanie                The Druid Animal Oracle

Gray, Miranda                Beasts of Albion

Hartman, Lew                Wolf Song Cards

Sams, Jamie                  Medicine Cards

Saunders, Nicholas         Animal Spirits

Steiger, Brad                 Totems, The Transformative Power of Your Personal Animal                                                Totem


Sandra Harner, Shamanism and Creativity, Shamanism, Fall/Winter 1999, Vol. 12, No. 2,  

David Bohm         On Creativity, Routledge 1998 

Nancy Slonim Aronie         Writing from the Heart, Hyperion 1998  

E. J. Barber                       Women's Work, The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth,                                                    and Society in Early Times, Norton 1994 

Ray Bradbury                      Zen in the Art of Writing, Essays on Creativity, Capra Press,                                                 1990 

Julia Cameron                 The Writer's Life, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2001                                                              The Artist's Way, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1992   

Betty Edwards                   Drawing on the Artist Within, Simon & Schuster, 1986  

Steven Lonsdale                  Animals and the Origins of Dance, Thames & Hudson, 1981  

Sark                                 A Creative Companion, How to free your creative spirit,                                                      Celestial Arts, 1991  

Brenda Ueland                     If You Want to Write, Greywolf Press, 1987 


Joseph McMoneagle   Remote Viewing Secrets (pp. 184 - 191 pendulum and scrying)


Eugene Maury             Exorcism (for his use of the pendulum and charts)  


Raymon Grace            Techniques That Work for Me (for his use of the pendulum)  


Christopher Bird         The Divining Hand   Enid Hoffman     


Huna: A Beginner's Guide (Chapter 5, pp. 209 - 212, pendulum) 

Dreamwork Workshop


The Dreaming Universe                Fred Alan Wolf

Healing Dreams                          Marc Ian Barasch

Dreamkeepers                            Harvey Arden

Aboriginal Men of High Degree       A. P. Elkin

The World is as You Dream It        John Perkins


"Senoi Dream Theory: Myth, Scientific Method, and the Dreamwork Movement"

          G. William Domhoff, 


Healing Sounds from the Malaysian Rainforest    Marina Roseman


Performing Dreams     Laura R. Graham


Shamanism, Dying & Beyond


“Death is our eternal companion …. It is always to our left, an arm’s length behind us… Death is the only wise adviser that we have…Whenever you feel…that everything is going wrong and you’re about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you are wrong, that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.’” – Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan, pgs. 33-34


“You are not locked in that body of yours…remember you are the ethereal heavens…”   From the Ethereal Heavens, Stephen K. Hayes, The Cold Moon: Wisdom from the Ninja Village


“…our death is ever present…a loving messenger who reminds us of the priceless potential of all our days…” Cutting the Air, Stephen K. Hayes, The Cold Moon


Death Walkers           David Kowalewski  iUniverse, 2015

Forever Ours              Janis Amatuzio     Midwest Forensic Pathology, 2002

How Can I Help?         Ram Dass & Paul Gorman    Knofp, 1985

Who Dies?                  Stephen Levine     Anchor Books, 1982

Journey of the Heart    Andrew Todd     Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1995

Journey of Souls         Michael Newton  Llewellyn, 2002

Life Before Life            Jim Tucker, MD  1997

Heaven and Hell          Emanuel Swedenborg 

Graceful Exits             Sushila Blackman 1997


The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying   Sogyal Rinpoche  1992 (pp. 173 - 186)


Inner River   Kyriacos Markides  2012   (pp. 123 - 171)


Shades, 2000 (This is a mini-series. With Dervla Kirwan, Sally Hurst, Hannah Bridges, Stephen Tompkinson. Meeting as "shades" after their unexpected deaths, Mark and Maeve team up to try influencing the world they can't seem to leave.)


"Midwifing Death: An Alternative Method of Working with Death and Dying," Shaman's Drum, Mid-Fall, 1988, pp. 17 - 22. Nanci Shandera, Ph.D. 


"The Darkness of God: A Personal Report on Consciousness Transformation Encounter with Death,"Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring 1988, pp. 105 - 122. John Wren-Lewis (This is an excellent training film for professionals dealing with the near death experience. Copy and paste in your browser.)


(also see the Depossession reading list below)


Extraction Healing


Shaman Healer - Pomo Shaman (1963) Anthropology Documentary - YouTube


Soul Retrieval/Soul Restoration

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, Mircea Eliade:

pg. 60 Australia
pg. 217 Buryat
pg. 219 Tatars/Chuckchee
pg. 219 Kazak-Kirgaz
pg. 220 Tremyugans
pg. 221 Ostyak-Vasyugan
pg. 223 Yenisei-Ostyak
pg. 224 Lapps
pg. 227 Samoyed
pg. 228 Yakut & Dolgan
pg. 238 Tungus
pg. 289 Eskimo
pg. 300 N. America
pg. 327 S. America
pg. 348 Sumatra
pg. 350 Dyak, Sea Dyak
pg. 414 India
pg. 433 Tibet
pg. 442 Burma, China 

Introduction to Shamanism, Stutley
pg. 84 - 87 C. & N. Asia, Buryat, Tatar, Mongolia, Chulum Turks, Duar

Boiling Energy, Richard Katz (1982), pg. 86

Burmese Supernaturalism, Melford Spiro (1967)

The Jivaro, Michael Harner (1972), Chapter IV

Hallucinogens and Shamanism, Michael Harner, Ed. (1973), Chapter 7

Soul Retrieval/Welcome Home, Sandra Ingerman (1991, 1993)

Soul Recovery and Extraction, Ai Gvhdi Waya (1992)

Remarkable Healings, Shakuntala Modi, MD (1997) Introduction, Chapter VI



Shamanism and the Spirits of Nature


Your relationships with all things are personal. So while there are texts that others have compiled suggesting uses, meanings and interactions, life is ever changing. Learn the Ordinary Reality aspects of beings and the compositional benefits and banes. Respect your own experiences of the Non-ordinary avoiding discounting your experiences. Always perform due diligence in working with ordinary reality plant ingestion. Wisdom comes with discernment. 


Peterson: Field Guid to Medicinal Plants and Herbs    Steven Foster & James A. Duke


Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs     Scott Cunningham


Flower Essences and Vibrational Healing    Gurudas


The New Age Herbalist   Richard Mabey


Last Chance to See     Douglas Adams

Nature-Speak/Enchantment of the Faerie Realms     Ted Andrews

The Secret Teachings of Plants     Stephen Buhner

Plant Spirit Shamanism     Howard Charing & Ross Heaven

The Songlines     Bruce Chatwin

Plant Spirit Medicine     Eliot Cowan

Places of Power     Paul Devereux

The Faery Teachings/The Tree of Enchantment     Orion Foxwood

Green Was the Earth on the Seventh Day     Thor Heyerdahl


Wizard of the Upper Amazon      F. Bruce Lamb

Mother Earth Spirituality/Native Wisdom     Ed "Eagleman" McGaa

Journey of the Pink Dolphin     Sy Montgomery

Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings     Marko Pogacnik

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice/Medicine Quest     Mark Plotkin

Pale Blue Dot     Carl Sagan

Kamongo or, The Lungfish and the Padre     Homer Smith


The Hidden Life of Trees       Peter Wohllenben

Aroma: The cultural history of smell   Constance Classen, David Howes and Anthony Synnott

Reading the Rocks   Bjornerud



Spirit Mate

Shamanism & the Spirit Mate    Robinson & Robinson


Dreams and Reverie: Images of Otherworld Mates among the Baule, West Africa Philip L. Ravenhill, 1996


Shamans of the Foye Tree   Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, 2007


In Search of Woman's Passionate Soul   Caitlin Matthews, 1997


The Gospel of Philip  Jean-Yves Leloup, 2004


Sky Dancer: The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyel  Keith Dowman, 1996


Films:  Down to Earth

         Portrait of Jennie

         The Ghost & Mrs. Muir



Depossession/Spirit Releasement

Healing Lost Souls       William J. Baldwin, Ph.D. 
Hampton Roads (2003)

The Unquiet Dead                  Dr. Edith Fiore
Ballantine Books (1987)


The Bright Light of Death     Annabel Chaplin
 DeVross & Company (1977)

Remarkable Healings                 Shakuntala Modi, MD       
Hampton Roads (1997)
Entity Possession            Samuel Sagin
Destiny Books (1997)                

The Spirits’ Book         Allan Kardec
Brotherhood of Life, Inc.  (1989)

Thirty Years Among the Dead          Carl A. Wickland, MD
Spiritualist Press (1968)


Psychic Shield: The Personal Handbook fo Psychic Protection

Caitlin Matthews   Ulysses Press (2006)

Burmese Supernaturalism   Melford Spiro
Prentice-Hall (1967) Chapters 10 & 11


Phantoms Afoot; Journeys into the Night      Mary Summer Rain
Whitford Press (1989)


Ecstatic Religion: A Study of Shamanism and Spirit Possession   I.M. Lewis     (3rd Edition)  Routlege Press (2003)


The Magus of Strovolos (1985), Homage to the Sun (1987)  Kyriacos C. Markides  Arkana 


People of the Lie  M. Scott Peck  Touchstone Books (1983)


Diabolical Possession and Exorcism   Rev. John J. Nicola  Tan Books and Publishing (1974)


Encounters   Edith Fiore, Ph.D.  Doubleday (1989)  Chapters 12 and 13


Psychic Self-Defense    Dion Fortune 



       Black Orpheus

       Macumba, Trance and Spirit Healing   Dir. Madeline Richeport  1984



Rites of Rebirth


Labyrinths: Ancient Myths & Modern Uses           Sig Lonegren
Gothic Image (1991)

                 Optional Reading regarding Labyrinths

Walking a Sacred Path                     Lauren Artress
Riverhead Books (1995)

The Way of the Labyrinth               Helen Curry
Penguin Books (2000)

Mazes & Labyrinths: Their History & Development                      W. H. Matthews
Dover (1970)

               Optional Reading regarding Rites of Passage and Ritual

The Rites of Passage                        Arnold van Gennep
University of Chicago Press (1960)

Rites and Symbols of Initiation      Mircea Eliade
Spring Publications (1958)

The Healing Wisdom of Africa   Malidoma Patrice Some
(Chapter 7)

                      Web sites re: Labyrinths







Cowan, Tom                             Shamanism: As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life
                                               (Chapter 8)

Doumbia, Adama & Naomi            The Way of the Elders

Foxwood, Orion                         The Faery Teachings (Chapter 7)

MacEowen, Frank                      The Spiral of Memory and Belonging (Chapter 12)

Metzner, Ralph                          The Well of Remembrance


Kowalewski, David                   Dances with Ancestors


(see also Some in Basic list)


The Ghost Dance

Mooney, James                     The Ghost-Dance Religion and Wounded Knee

Kalweit, Holger                      Dreamtime & Inner Space (pgs. 36 - 38)

Eaton, Evelyn                        I Send A Voice (pgs. 149 - 154)

Howells, William                      The Heathens (pgs. 259 - 272)

Laubin, Reginald & Gladys         Indian Dances of North America (pgs. 52 - 71)

Spencer, Robert F. and
Jesse Jennings, ed.                 The Native Americans (pgs. 509 - 511)
Mary Crow Dog and
Richard Erdoes                        Lakota Woman (pgs. 144 - 153)

Magneson, James                    Ghost Dancing

Miller, David                            Ghost Dance 


The Way of the Spiral

The mystic spiral                   Jill Purce
Thames and Hudson (1974)


Journeys to the Impossible

Francis, Anne             Voices from Home: An Inner Journey 
Braden, Gregg            The Spontaneous Healing of Belief

Boyd, Doug                 Rolling Thunder

Castaneda, Carlos        A Separate Reality

Michael, Todd             The Twelve Conditions of a Miracle: The Miracle                                          Worker's Handbook 

Perkins, John              Shape Shifting: Shamanic Techniques for Global and Personal                                          Transformation 

The Healing Wisdom of Africa   Malidoma Patrice Some (Chapter 1) 


Lyons, William            Spirit Talkers 




We'd  like to begin with confirmation that some shamans use crystals. Michael Harner in The Way of the Shaman even talks about how crystals are often included in medicine bundles. At the end of his chapter on Power Practice, he talks about methods for cleaning a crystal and waking up its power. Boas in his discussion of Kwakiutl shamans recounts how crystals were thrown into a man to make him a shaman. And, one group of Australian aborigines believe that a shaman’s insides are made of crystal.


A book we'd like to recommend for learning how to commune with crystals is that of Laura Silvana called Plant Spirit Journey. While Silvana focuses on plants, the same technique can be used with crystals. The chapter called Preparing for the Journey has several steps useful in making the connection. Of course, you may always journey to find the spirits of the crystals or perhaps a spirit expert in crystals.


Steps on the Stone Path: Working with Crystals and Minerals as a Spiritual Practice

Robert Sardello


A Course in Crystals

Rose Morningstar


The Language of Crystals

Roger Calverley


Crystal Personalities: A Quick Reference to Special Forms of Quartz

Patricia Troyer


Gemisphere Luminary

Michael Katz


Gem Elixirs and Vibrational Healing, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2



Gem Stones: The Visual Guide to more than 130 gemstone varieties (a gemologist’s handbook)

Cally Hall


Normally, we include only books we have personally read on our list. In the case of crystals, we are adding a few titles from students who have worked with crystals for many years. These are below. 


Books by Katrina Raphell

Crystal Enlightenment, The Crystalline Transmission, Crystal Healing


Books by Judy Hall

101 Power Crystals, The Crystal Bible 1, 2, & 3, Earth Blessings


The Complete Illustrated Guide to Crystal Healing

Simon Lilly 


Crystal Decoder

Sue Lilly 


Crystal Wisdom



Teach Yourself Crystal Healing

Roger C. Croxson


Laying on of Stones

D.J. Conway



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