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Review
Ethnographic reports on shamanism portray a varied and specified practice, describing each shaman as identifying with a specific type of medicine power, such as the ability to find lost objects, change weather, or manage stomach trouble. However, contemporary nonnative practitioners seem to have borrowed the term in a very generic sense. Samuels, the author of numerous books on conventional medicine and creative imagery and visualization (Seeing with the Mind's Eye), and Lane, a registered nurse, author and director of the Arts in Medicine program at the University of Florida, introduce practices that readers can use to become a visionary healer. The authors focus on guided imagery to strengthen intention and commitment, invoke guardian or animal spirits, and "restory" reality. They also provide instruction on making a medicine wheel, moving energy, and creating sacred spaces through prayer and ritual. Undoubtedly, Samuels and Lane are accomplished healers. But while they do remind readers that the shaman's path is a lifelong endeavor, their book gives the impression hat a few exercises can create an at-home, do-it-yourself shaman, without the rigors or the years of apprenticeship under qualified teachers that traditional shamanism often demands. Recommended for larger alternative healing and New Age collections. — Andy Wickens, King Cty, Lib. Syst., WA (Library Journal, May 1, 2003)


Praise for Michael Samuels and Mary Rockwood Lane
"Filled with the truth about how spirit can heal us. I was very moved by this powerful book."
–Christiane Northrup, M.D. (on Spirit Body Healing)
"Dr. Michael Samuels provides us with new tools and ways of thinking about our capacity to heal. He has been a wonderful teacher for me and can be for you. . . . His work is inspiring."
–Bernie Siegel, M.D.
"Healing is a creative process. These heartfelt stories and beautiful visualizations inspire the reader to see all life as a healing journey."
–David Simon, M.D. (on Spirit Body Healing)
"Dr. Michael Samuels is one of the leading pioneers in exploring creativity as an important part of every person’s healing journey."
–Dean Ornish, M.D.
Ancient spiritual wisdom–practical results
Long before there were medical doctors, surgical procedures, and prescription drugs, shaman healers learned to combat illness and restore physical health using the tools and skills of the body, mind, and spirit. Shaman Wisdom, Shaman Healing shows you how to harness the power of these ancient shamanic traditions to expand your ability as a healer.
This practical, prescriptive guide offers a step-by-step program that shows you how to focus the power of your mind, open yourself to your visionary life, and allow the healing spirit to flow through you. You’ll learn how to heal yourself and others using proven techniques drawn from both Native American and Asian traditions, including:
  • Heeding the call
  • Creating a sacred space
  • Inviting spirit through prayer
  • Using guided imagery and moving healing energy
  • Invoking spirit animals and the spirits of ancient ones
  • Using a medicine wheel and cultivating visions