~ shamanic journeying: a beginner’s guide

a book review

Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide by Sandra Ingerman
genre ~ nonfiction, religion & spirituality
read and reviewed by Leah Spence

the big idea

the big idea

Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide by Sandra Ingerman is one of the four books included in my literature review on the same theme. From an alternate perspective, this book include the topics and themes under the personal healing, self-knowledge and heightened awareness umbrella. It explores healing, energy flow through visualizations, grounding energy, and meditation. Further, it offer unique perspectives on integrating and balancing chakra energy through body, mind and soul.

Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide

author: Sandra Ingerman

Shamanism teaches us
that everything that exists
is alive and has a spirit,
and that we are joined
with the earth and all of life
via our spiritual connectedness.

Sandra Ingerman

good to know

Shamanism is a path of direct revelation and one of the earliest spiritual practice known to humankind
Fields of energy: as quantum physics describes connect all of life. Shamans also speak of a web of life that connects everything.
The three worlds: Lower (dark), Middle (transition, foggy, cloudy, Upper (light
What is a shaman? Since the times of the hunter and gatherer tribes, shamans have been ‘consultants’; identifying food sources. They also acted as healers for members of the community

As we are a part of nature,
we have a deep need
to reconnect with nature’s
cycles and rhythms.
We can restore balance and harmony
into our lives by reconnecting
with nature’s cycle and by living
in unity with the natural world.

Sandra Ingerman

three common causes of illness in the shaman’s view:

  1. a person may have lost his or her power, causing depression, chronic illness, or a series of misfortunes
  2. a person may have lost part of his or her soul or essence, causing soul loss. This sometimes occurs during an emotional or physical trauma. This might involve accidents, surgery, abuse, the trauma of war, or other traumatic circumstances. This soul loss result in dissociation, PTSD. depression, illness, immune deficiency problems, addictions., and so on…
  3. any spiritual blockage or negative energy (chakras) that a person has taken on due to the loss of his power or soul

Hemingway editor graded reading passage: grade 10 and up

According to the shamanic view, there is an invisible reality beyond the physical world that is accessible through shamanic journeying. In Celtic shamanism, this unseen reality is known as the “Other World.” In the Australian aboriginal tradition, the unseen world is known as the “Dreamtime.” Many shamanic traditions believe that unseen reality is divided into three separate worlds: the Lower World, the Upper World, and the Middle world. Each world has distinct qualities, including particular gateways or entryways and a recognizable landscape.

Sandra Ingerman


4.5 stars: Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide by Sandra Ingerman

I highly recommend this book. It brings Shamanic Journeying to us as the theme without the additional kundalini concepts I shared in my review of about in Brendan King’s book..

Ingerman’s book focuses on the shamanic elements as a foundational and highly informative resource.

~ namasté, Leah J. 🕊

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