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Earth Medicine
Revealing Hidden Teachings of the North American Medicine Wheel
by Kenneth Meadows
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to Earth Medicine introduces a system of self discovery based on "hidden" teachings of the Medicine Wheel used by many tribes of native North Americans. Meadows finds a link between the knowledge of native Americans, eastern Taoist teachings, and the shamanic wisdom of ancient Europeans.

Through the Medicine Wheel, you can discover who you are and what your purpose is. You can learn how to release your creative energies and increase your self-confidence. You can recognize and use subtle earth energies to strengthen your sense of connection with all things. You can begin to learn about your own psychic senses. You can obtain guidance from your higher self. This is a well thought out and practical system that makes sense to me. I recommend this book highly.

Urban Shaman
A Handbook for Personal and Planetary Transformation Based on the Hawaiian Way of the Adventurer
by Serge Kahili King, Ph.D.
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to This book came along at a time when I was just beginning to question the value of many things in my life. Up until this time I had pretty much accepted that what happened in much of my life was out of my control. This book outlined for me a way to regain control and to find new meaning in what I had previously taken for granted.

Urban Shaman is a down to earth guide to the practice of modern shamanism as well as an introduction to the philosophy amd lifestyle of the native Hawaiian people. One aspect of this book that impressed me was the emphasis on re-connecting as a means of regaining one's personal power. This book offers people in western urban societies a way of re-connecting to and relating with the natural world and the universe. The reader is given tools to bridge ancient traditions with modern life. This allows us to assign deeper understanding and appreciation to the people, places, and events in our everyday lives. It is an excellent introduction to what Dr. King calls the path of the 'adventurer' shaman.

Shamanic Healing Within the Medicine Wheel
by Marie-Lu Lorler
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to You have to be careful when you read this book. The author cleverly creates a quiet appreciation for and a connection to the natural world, while keeping the reader's focus on learning a system of outward symbols and rituals. In this sense she is playing the role of a master shaman, and she succeeds wonderfully. This is a book that deserves to be read on many different levels. I discover something new every time I read it.

Marie-Lu Lorler tells the story of shamanism using a humanistic rather than a scientific approach. She touches the essence of the Native American way of life and in so doing she give to the reader a very understanding and engaging insight into the nature of shamanism and shamanistic practices. Both the casual reader and the serious student of shamanism will find many valuable nuggets of information in this book.

The Way of the Shaman
by Michael Harner
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to There are many books on shamanism available to choose from today, but I am including this one because it helped to pioneer a form of modern shamanism that has become popular with many seekers in western society. Similar to the book 'Urban Shaman', it introduces a system for rediscovering and reclaiming one's personal power. This book however, does not place as much emphasis on the importance of reconnecting as it does on the importance of reclaiming and protecting one's power. For this reason, I consider this book to be an introduction to what I call the path of the 'warrior' shaman. It is up to each individual seeker whether this path or the path of the 'adventurer' shaman makes the most sense.

Based on one of the courses taught by Michael Harner and his associates at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, this book includes detailed descriptions of shamanic techniques for entering shamanic states of consciousness, using power animals to regain and protect personal power, using shamanic journeys to reclaim lost power, and extracting harmful power intrusions. This is a book that students and practitioners of shamanism should be familiar with.

The Magic of Shapeshifting
by Rosalyn Greene
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to Amazon.comShapeshifters are people with animal medicine, people who can connect with and use their animal powers. Those with access to this magical power can shift mentally, astrally, or even physically into their power animal or totem. Rosalyn Greene's ability to to shift, both mentallt and astrally, combined with her extensive study of secret shapeshifting folklore has resulted in this fascinating examination of all aspects and forms of shifting.

This unique book helps to realize your full potential through the process of shapeshifting. Detailed explanations are given about how the various forms of shapeshifting occur. Powerful visions, anxiety attacks, and imagination are compared to authentic shapeshifting. According to Greene, there can be risks and perils on both the physical and psychic levels when you pursue the path of a shifter. Potential dangers associated with various shifting practices are carefully outlined.

Shapeshifting is a spiritual journey; a demanding but rewarding one. It links us with both the fundamental power of animals (nature) and with the higher self. It has a purpose and a reality far beyond simply using shifter abilities for earthly benefits. It can lead us through the unseen veil that separates our egos from our true selves.

Dreaming the Council Ways
True Native Teachings from the Red Lodge
by Ohky Simine Forest
Review by Walter Parrish

Go to Amazon.comIn Dreaming the Council Ways, Ohky Simine Forest integrates diverse matriarchal native teachings - from Mohawk, Iroquois, and other Canadian Indian traditions, as well as Mongolian and Mayan shamanic ways - to create a modern healing synthesis of the spiritual practices common to these disparate cultures. With profound insight and clarity, Ohky helps us rediscover the soil of the sacred Earth, where all races live together, and emerge with a way of life that respects the planet. She leads us on an inner journey into the red Lodge, which has been long misunderstood by the Western world. She initiates us into the underworld of power animal teachings. dreaming practices, native healing ways, and the shaman's tree of life, so we can learn the difference between real shamanism and the practices so often taught today. She explains the matriarchal path, and speaks of men and women coming together again, to live in harmony as they did in the past, with respect and care for each other. Dreaming the Council Way is a deep call to hear the Earth awakening in each of us, as foretold by ancient prophesies. These prophesies speak of the Medicine Wheel Way as an important alternative way to recreate our world and to learn respect for the Great Earth.


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