Techniques of Modern Shamanism is a collection of practical exercises, the aim of which is to enhance awareness of the world around us. The first part of this e-book deals with basic sensory exercises, while the second half deals with trance states, and some of the basic group dynamics involved in helping other people into them. These works require that we learn to extend our perceptions from the ordinary, to see the extra-ordinary which lies within it. Many of the techniques require group exploration since it is impossible to grow in total isolation from others. The books cover a range of subjects from the shaman’s tools to discussions of concepts such as ‘Urban Shamanism’. From the book:
The term “shaman” is derived from the Siberian Tungusic root “saman”. The word Shaman usually refers to a male practitioner, whilst the word shamanka refers to a female. As a loose generalization, it is possible to draw a composite picture of the worldview of the shaman. The universe is multi-layered, with both a celestial overworld and a chthonic underworld, with appropriate spirit rulers and other denizens. there are also rulers of the principle directions or quarters. The levels of the universe are connected by a central axis, the axis mundi which appears as a sky ladder or worldtree. It is via this central axis that the shaman gains entry to all the levels of the universe.
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