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The Hollow Bone: A Field Guide to Shamanism
Author: Colleen Deatsman
Category: Shamanism Level: All
Shamanism is the oldest living path of spirituality and healing, dating back tens of thousands of years, yet many people don’t know what it is or are confused about the practice. In The Hollow Bone, shaman, teacher, and author Colleen Deatsman unveils the mysterious world of Shamanism as it is still practiced today all around the world.
Deatsman explains that shamanism is not a religion with a doctrine, dogma, or holy book. Rather, it is a spirituality rooted in the idea that all matter has consciousness and that accessing the spirit in all things is part of what keeps the world in balance and individuals healed and whole.
The Hollow Bone examines shamanism’s history, its core beliefs, and how it is practiced all around the world. It includes a glossary of terms, resources for finding and working with shamanic teachers, and over two dozen rare photographs and illustrations showing the magnificent range of shamanic tools, rituals, practitioners, and traditions.
Advance Praise for The Hollow Bone:
“This guide to spiritual knowledge and wisdom empowers the reader to find their spiritual path and the connection of all life – animate and inanimate, visible and invisible. Colleen shines a light on ancient ways while helping you to integrate tools and spirituality into daily life to elicit powerful personal and global transformation. A must read for a beginner on the path!”
–Margaret Ann Lembo, author of Chakra Awakening: Transform Your Reality Using Crystals, Color, Aromatherapy and the Power of Positive Thought
“A fascinating look at a worldview that is both ancient and timeless. Like any shamanic practice worth its salt, reading The Hollow Bone will challenge cherished beliefs and stretch readers way beyond comfort. Open it, read it, and apply it – only if you dare.”
–Mark Stavish, author of Between the Gates: Lucid Dreaming, Astral Projection, and the Body of Light in Western Esotericism
“..Colleen Deatsman reveals how the ancient ways of the shaman offer you time-tested pathways to the heart and soul of living in deep wholeness. Stepping back into relationship with the spirit of yourself, nature and the cosmos can provide you with a profound joy that is both lasting and profound!”
–Evelyn C. Rysdyk, author of Modern Shamanic Living: New Explorations of an Ancient Path and founder of Spirit Passages
“The Hollow Bone is a magnificent and beautiful guide to this world of power that combines magic with the true science of nature and offers the hope of a better world for future generations.”
–John Perkins, author of Shapeshifting and the New York Times bestselling Confessions of an Economic Hitman
“Colleen Deatsman is one of the successful pathfinders in the world of shamanism and speaks with a trustworthy voice. The Hollow Bone—an inspiring and practical guide—will take you, heart and soul, into the amazing world of the shaman.”
–Tom Cowan, author of Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit
“A comprehensive and scholarly book on shamanism that will further serve to bring this ancient and powerful spiritual practice into the contemporary world at a time when it is most needed.”
—Dr. Steven Farmer, author of Earth Magic and Animal Spirit Guides
“A must read for anyone interested in shamanic life and practice. This book delivers the vital message that shamanism is both heart centered and earth honoring and that shamanic healers are "hollow bones" of the Spirit. I am putting it on top of the book list for my students.”
–C. Michael Smith (Mikkal) , author of Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue
“Colleen has done a masterful job in showing how shamanism fits into our world today, why it is important, and how to find your own way in making this world a better place for all. Read this book as soon as you can – and ‘see the soul of the world in every rock, stream, bird, and cloud.’”
—Nan Moss and David Corbin, authors of Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements
Author's Notes: Colleen Deatsman is a counselor, social worker, Usui Reiki master, clinical hypnotherapist, and shamanic practitioner. She is the author of three previous books, including seeing in the Dark. She lives in Mason, MI.
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