I do believe in Soul Retrieval or rather perhaps the concept. At seven,
I was so traumatized that I retreated behind a wall that remained until
my mid thirties. A part of me was there and needed to be reconnected
with before I could procede further on my path. It's a concept that
needs better words to describe but since healing involves visualization
as a tool if an image works, use it.
As to a good read, Eliade was a professor and his works gives a good
description of what a shaman is but does not teach one how to be one.
In fact he makes the point that it is not something any adult can
chose. It is a path started in childhood with teachers in physical
and/or spiritual form.
A good book is "Chosen by Spirits" because it is written by an
authentic Shaman and does indeed describe the process. Not necessarily
the only one but an accurate one none the less. Beyond that, any book
that leads to an epiphany is a good book and I have found kernels of
wisdom and enlightenment in Science fiction as well as self awareness
Being on a Shamanic path does not make someone more than human. It might
make them better at being human and understanding the human condition
but it's all a matter of perception.
Stormrider Walking Spirit Paths
The truth as I see it,
Is right but only for me!
On 30/04/2011 11:29 AM, Rich Magyar wrote:
> 3rd As for Harner - he was a fraud? So that in your opinion would
> probably go for the same thing in Sandra Ingerman - the soul retrevial
> lady. I had no idea?!
> Castaneda i could understand - he even admitted as such in later years
> about his initial stuff.
> 4th That leads me to a kind of dopey question. Who is a good/legitmate
> read in your opinions?? Though i understand shamanism is individual
> and best learned by doing and going on your own journey. The heart of
> every practice is daily practice and work - nothing can be spoon fed.
> I'm looking for frame of reference/structure(s) to get started on
> rather than idolly picking up something with a pretty cover, wasting
> prescious time for nothing/next to nothing years down the road.
> 5th I had just heard of the concept of Wyrd about 8-10 months ago. I
> loved it!!! I had always been attracted to the myth of Grandmother
> Spider and webs and how things connect. I studied briefly during these
> 4 years Paganism.
> Of course i am taking everything here with a grain of salt. I
> appreciate the guidance and the individual insights from everyone! Rich
> "I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at
> death." author unknown