Beautiful book to understand what it means to be a Shaman I love Mindell s work He brings scientific perspective to the mystical. A wonderful exposition of shamanic Concepts blended with quantum physics and psychology Written in a very poetic way and highly recommended, especially if you enjoyed the themes written by Carlos Castaneda that are updated to the process oriented psychology motif. Good This book really resonated with me Especially around children becoming adults Our society has forgotten how to raise people to know themselves If you are a person who has struggled with noticing things many people around you don t because they don t understand and sense you intuitively know things sometimes that you can t explain this book might help see how to live with ease This book was recommended to me by a Shaman I know. An earlier study by Mindell before the Quantum period beginning in 2000 of the use of shamanic procedures and methods in Process Work Mindell makes some brillant insights by following shamanic practice For the interested reader. Shaman s Body, Arnold MindellArnold Mindell studied at the Jung Institute in the 70 s He s got a great story in this book, about how he came to be there almost by chance except, of course, not so at all Mindell s topic is the altogether shamanic one of occurrences, processes, events in our lives, be they bodily feelings, diseases, encounters with people or animals or weather the whole range of events which we may naively take to be random, except that they are united in the fact that they all happen to me That is, they are not just events, they are my events Shamans indigenous healers, sages, and wild eyed mystics live in this expanded range of the self Mindell, the psychologist, has written a sort of extended guidebook to the shaman in you Unlike so many books that use the word, his does not tell us how to make a drum or what words to utter His guidebook stops at the entry gate But he shows us where those gates are He hints at what to watch for in our own living Bits of dreams, fleeting images imaginations , vague feelings in the body And then starting places How to pursue these clues, how to pay attention to experiences we ve been ignoring so well for so long that we may be inclined to think, oh, I don t have those If your interest is in the currently fascinating world of shamanism, well and good This will put it on the ground where you stand, and you can begin to seriously step in, if that s your way The fact that Mindell is a psychologist rather than an anthropologist gives him much in common with true shamans And if your interest is really in self development, in becoming the greater being you have long been suspecting, but which has felt elusive, so much the better Shaman , the Siberian term, means the one who journeys That one journeys alone He or she journeys into realms beyond the ordinary But does it with the same DNA that you have Shaman s Body doesn t map that territory, but it shows you where the entry points are. Drawing on his shamanic experiences in Africa, Japan and India, the author of this book takes readers on a death walk in which our worst fears and most profound emotions are confronted in order to awaken the shaman warrior within Through this method, one s own internal sorcery is unleashed and used as a guide in everyday life Mindell shows us how to walk the shamanic path and avoid the phantoms of unrealistic hopes and desires that limit and control our lives If you re the least little bit attracted to shamanism, this is a great book to help you understand the call. Simply put, this book can open your mind to powerful ideas and practices that would have not otherwise been considered On my third time through reading it, first was 20 years ago New things come forth every time. Well worth the read Deep, but a simple read I have thought about reading it again and have recommended to several friends.
- Shaman's Body, The: A New Shaminism for Transforming Health, Relationships and the Community (New Shamanism for Transforming Health, Relationships and the)
- Arnold Mindell
- 01 January 2019 Arnold Mindell