Shamanism Made Easy: Awaken and Develop the Shamanic Force Within - Christa Mackinnon 2018

Shamanism Made Easy: Awaken and Develop the Shamanic Force Within - Christa Mackinnon 2018


Introduction: Travelling back home

The World of Shamanism

What is shamanism?

Traditional shamanism: a worldwide phenomenon

Contemporary shamanism: a living practice

Why shamanism now?

The shamanic consciousness and world-view

Altering our perception: a question of brain activity

What we access when we alter our state

The shamanic view of the world

Shamanic territories

The axis mundi

The three cosmic worlds

The four levels of human perception

Awakening The Shamanic Force Within

Bringing the shamanic dimension into your daily life

Bringing the shamanic dimension into your daily life

Working with spirit: calling the spirit forces

A sense of the sacred: create an altar and clear your space

Find a daily ritual to connect with spirit

Embodying energy in matter: power objects

The shamanic journey

Establish your place of power

Connect with your spirit allies: power animals of the lower world

Connect with your spirit allies: upper-world teachers and guides

Psycho-spiritual work between the worlds

Transformative journeys: retrieving, releasing, healing, developing

How to integrate your journeys

The power and beauty of ceremony and ritual

Traditional ceremonies and rituals

How ceremony works its magic

How to create your own ceremonies

Dancing with spirit

Traditional trance dance

Contemporary adaptations: dance yourself awake and free

The medicine wheel

The powers of the four directions

The human aspects of the wheel

The circle and the diagonals

Spirit, soul and the sacred in nature

An Earth-based traditional cosmology

The starving of our sacred Earth souls

Contemporary shamanic nature work and tools

Reconnect with the sacred in nature and your own nature

The Wider Web of Life

Creation stories: the power of formation myths

Expand your sense of self: find your own creation myth

Widen your circle: connect with ancestors and descendants

Death as part of life: the gifts we receive when facing death

Working with death in shamanism

Sacred medicine plants

Traditional plant ceremonies

The sacred plants: ibogaine, San Pedro, peyote, mushrooms and ayahuasca

A word of caution and encouragement

Shamanic work in the dreamworld

Normal dreaming and sharing

Intentional dreams and lucid dreams


The dreamer and the dream

References and notes

Further reading

About The Author