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A shamanic journey of self-discovery, healing and empowerment through your relationships with yourself, others, your community, the imaginal world and the Great Spirit.

Ya'Acov Darling Khan, best-selling author of Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart, has travelled the world for over three decades to study with indigenous shamans. He has dedicated his life to cultivating a blend of shamanic practices that is both practical and poetic, both mystical and of the moment.

In this audiobook, he invites us to rediscover our inner shaman. Throughout all of human history, shamans have been healers, spiritual teachers and guardians of the delicate balance between the world we create and the transformative world of dreams. Shaman offers us an opportunity to reconnect with this spiritual path, and answers the question: What is shamanism's relevance to the challenges and opportunities we face in the 21st century?

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©2020 Ya'Acov Darling Khan (P)2020 Hay House

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Ugh, I couldn't get past the very beginning.

The author is the kind of person who tries to come off as a humble ally of the indigenous people while simultaneously dumping on any non-indigenous shamanic practitioner.

First, he declares that the use of the word shaman is problematic since it's borrowed. It's been in the English language for about 300 years, maybe we should stop using all borrowed words. He says he's allowed to use the word shaman to refer to himself because shaman pals in Ecuador told him to. Indigenous people in Ecuador don't use the word shaman.

He then decries "pop shamanism" in the form of weekend workshops, yet he is fully willing to teach some new flavor of "inner shamanism" through a book. A book he titled "Shaman" because his editor at Hay House said that nobody had written one yet with that title.

So Ya'Acov Darling Khan has set himself up as a special person who is allowed to use the word shaman for strictly marketing purposes, and teach pop shamanism through a book, and call himself a shaman. He can do so because he received special permission from people who do not have the word shaman in their language.

Further, anybody who does what he does is guilty of cultural appropriation and spiritual colonization. He's not because he's the specially chosen one who alone can do such things. And he wraps everything up with flowery ecological language about the connection to all things. We're all connected, but don't you dare use my special healing techniques because they're just mine and not yours.

Hubris and spirituality are a dangerous mix. And, while I'm sure this guy thinks his heart is in the right place, his attempt to set himself up as the sole authority on what is OK to teach or label shamanism is frightening.

Shamanism has been around since before any currently existing culture. Perhaps hundreds of thousands of years. It has existed everywhere on this planet where there have been people and in all cultures. It belongs to everyone. The word shaman does come from the Tungus people, but it also exists in Semitic languages, Chinese, Sanskrit, and Pali. Nobody owns the word, its origin is with a long-dead mother language. If this guy was an expert in shamanism a cursory read of the academic literature would have left him better informed.

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Absolutely wonderful

This is my second book by the author and I am so moved!
I even signed up for the movement medicine classes online!
A must: truly will change your heart ❤️

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Poetic! Much information to absorb, you will press repeat many times because of it's poetic delivery of informative, practical knowledge. I always questioned my sexual drive, and this book helped me better understand that it is not mental but spiritual that I learn to manulipulate my creative energy. Khan is genuine and sincere about sharing his gift of the universe's gift. Open your palms now to receive that gift; to receive is to give.

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Who Are You and WhatbDo You Want?

Holding life sacred, taking responsibility for all that occurs including relationships.. Embracing Beneficial Death.. death of beliefs, self, relationships..

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Shaman ... wonderful book!

Excellent insight and practices! I would recommend this book highly to anyone wanting to learn about shamanism and explore more deeply the ways to embrace deeper awareness.

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Great book.

A wealth of information. I had to speed up the reading but that is just how my brain works. There is wonderful insight into the world of Shamanism.

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  • Ms. C. I. Jones
  • 04-03-20

Absolutely brilliant

Loved everything about this book. Informative, practically useful, sensitive, and well narrated. Finished in two days.

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  • Claire
  • 01-16-21

Inspirational

This book is like a strong breath or breeze running through you. Greatly respect the open hearted honestly in it, the way it is read is clear and the narration is great.
Definitely inspiring and brings some wonderful techniques and knowledge.
I've read a few books of Shamanic ways, this us the very first one that I have not been able to put down and thoroughly enjoyed deep inside.
True Shamanic is in this book to feel it deep within I believe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

Neo-Marxist does Shamanism

Couldn't get into it. the introduction sounded promising until I got the sense that he was using neo-Paganism as a way to peddle political idologies of the left. I don't know about anyone else but mentions of 'white privilege', 'people of colour' (white people or Europeans are literally the most colourful people of all with red, blonde or dark hair and features etc) and just other tenth-rate neo-Marxist buzz-terms and general drivel put me off right from the get-go. I'm not alone when it comes to expressing polite aversion and avoidance of anything smacking of self-righteous virtue signalling. As harsh as I can be about this I think I speak for many when I say to leave the politics out of polytheism. New age ideology is far from sacred and sadly I'm not surprised in today's political climate that we have brainwashed authors hijacking ancient wisdom and worldviews in order to push their agendas. If you want an authentic take on Shamanism I would suggest searching elsewhere. It's as simple as that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-21

Great book about Shamanism.

The book was very well produced.

I found the information in the book to be very interesting. While I thought the author did very little to hide his biases, it took nothing away from the production.