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Seeing in the Dark is a definitive source for personal shamanism and not only provides the tools and techniques of the shaman, but presents the wisdom tradition, awareness paradigm, and shamanic way of life. The powerful shamanic path has weathered the cataclysmic changes of over 50,000 years of human history and is even more vital and relevant today. In times when stress, tension, and the fast pace of life overwhelm us, this path shows us how to slow down, reconnect to the sacred, and harness our personal power-skills that will be needed for the uncertain days ahead.
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By Alex Fontaine on 09-29-14
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Im very scientific minded, so this was pretty hard to take seriously at times. Its important to remember that the authors didnt just make this shit up, these are ideas that have been around for thousands of years. Sort of. I recognized a mixture of vedic, buddhist, and native american ideas. I would recommend listening to "The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience" as well as having a basic understanding of Jung first. That said, once you get past the fairies and unicorns there is some value here. There are some useful meditation techniques relying heavily on visualization and sound, something not learned so much with transcendental meditation. Remember that its been proven that by using meditation humans can change not only the way that they feel about themselves, but the actual chemical and physical structure of the brain. This coupled with documentation on the placebo effect and psychosomatic illness begs the question of wether our minds are being used to their full healing potential.
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By Esther on 01-17-17
Ever experience a Dark Night of the Soul?
If you could sum up Seeing in the Dark in three words, what would they be?
Have you ever experienced a “dark night of the soul”? Colleen Deatsman is a teacher and a healer who knows from personal experience what it is like to be devastatingly ill. She felt utterly fatigued, depressed, frustrated, disconnected, and lost. For ten years, Colleen was one of the hopeless who suffered from a chronic illness. Traditional medicine could not effectively treat her symptoms. Prescription drugs were more risk than benefit. Side-effects were worse than the “disease.” Determined to live life fully again, she embarked on a journey of self-healing and spiritual awakening that led to her complete recovery.
I can relate to all of the above and that is why I bought this audiobook.
Her book details non-traditional do-it-yourself techniques. Through detailed descriptions, her own convincing story, and an easy to follow step-by-step format for the reader to grasp, Colleen moved from agonized disability to full recovery and spiritual illumination. Her journey to wellness is clearly outlined in this book. She convinced me that if she, an ordinary woman could heal herself with her techniques, so could I. I’m just as ordinary as anyone!
The word “shaman” means “one who sees in the dark.” Shamans consciously choose to live in two different worlds at the same time. They have one foot here in the everyday world of work and responsibility and one foot in the world of the spirits. The fact is, we all live in these two different worlds, but are commonly not aware of the other, less visible one. Interestingly, this world exists right beside us, perhaps just outside of our usual perceptions.
Seeing in the Dark presents the wisdom tradition and shamanic way of life which is in complete harmony with the natural world. The only things that are unnatural is that our current governments and religious leaders have conditioned humanity in an entirely different way — in a truly unnatural direction. Nevertheless, the shamanic path has weathered the cataclysmic changes of eons of human history and is even more vital and relevant today than it was in ancient times. In times when stress, tension, and the fast pace of life overwhelm us, this path shows us how to slow down, reconnect to the sacred, and harness our personal power — skills that will be needed for the uncertain days ahead.
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