Books: See Them, Hear Them, Touch Them

Because modern existence has each of us born and raised in varying circumstances, one sometimes feels stuck in these circumstances.  For many years now, people have been able to transform themselves to other places by the tried and true method of reading books.  What used to be a paper and ink experience, can now be accessed through downloads of paper and ink to audio readings of books.  This access allows us to visit more places, times, beliefs, etc.  It seems one can time travel the world even more rapidly than ever, with current technology, and experience the things that appeal to us most.

There are a great number of books with information related to Shamanism and Metaphysics that have been written for education and pleasure.  Seems a new one is being released regularly.  We embarked on this spiritual journey with the mindset that ancient spiritual beliefs served indigenous tribes and people just fine for thousands of years.  Only the arrogance of modern folks, could ever make one believe that these could be improved.  To that end, most of the books listed below have great historical research and content.  Below is a small listing of just some that we have read and thoroughly enjoyed at Blue Bass Drum.   We may or may not have been touched by any of these in a way that changed our outlook or behavior.  Some are used as reference readings in our Shamanism courses, and we would simply like to pass on some helpful references.  These are listed in no particular order:

  • Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)
  • Holy Science (Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri)
  • Shamanism: Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Mastery of Spiritual Healing (Merete Demant Jakobsen)
  • The World of Shamanism: New Views of an Ancient Tradition (Roger Walsh)
  • Sacred Drums of Siberia: The Soul of the Shaman (Nicholas Breeze Wood)
  • My Mysterious Son: A Life-Changing Passage Between Schizophrenia and Shamanism (Dick Russell)
  • Instant Healing (Serge Kahili King)
  • Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau (Jewell Parker Rhodes)
  • Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization (Graham Hancock)
  • How to Become a Spell Binder: Understanding Shamanism and Spell Casting (Sarah Nelson)
  • Healing Light: An Apprenticeship in Peruvian Shamanism (don Oscar Miro-Quesada)
  • Living the Lakota Way: Learning from the Land, the Spirits, and Our Ancestors (Joseph M. Marshall, III)
  • The Soul of the Indian (Charles Alexander Eastman)
  • The Spirit of Healing: Stories, Wisdom, and Practices from Native America (Luis Mehl Medrona)
  • Shadows in the Twilight: Conversations with a Shaman (Lujan Matus, W.L. Ham)
  • Of Water and Spirit: Ritual Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman (Malidoma Patrice Some’)
  • Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life (Tom Cowan)
  • The Way of the Shaman (Michael Harner)
  • Voodoo At Cafe Puce’ (Rev. Severina Singh, Rev. Louis Matinie’)
  • Shadows in the Twilight: Conversations with a Shaman (Sandra Ingerman)
  • Keys to the Spirit World: An Easy to Use Handbook for Contacting Your Spirit Guides (Jennifer O’Neill)
  • The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook (Kenaz Filan)
  • VOODOO: A Beginners Guide to Voodoo (Issendai Bechau)
  • Blackhawk: Working with His Spirit (Mama Starr Casas)
  • Crossroads Mamas’ 333 Conjure Tips and Tricks (Denise Alvarado)
  • The Teachings of Don Juan – and any of the next 16 books in the series (Carlos Casteneda)
  • Devotions to the Saints (Anna Riva)
  • Care of the Soul (Thomas Moore)
  • The Incorruptibles (Joan Carroll Cruz)

There are many more books that have been published on spiritual topics, so we suggest you read the descriptions to narrow down the writings that appeal to you personally.  Furthermore, there are other authors that we’ve read that may be more mainstream that we’d be happy to refer.  Contact us a [email protected] Happy reading!

Mark Glynn, CSP

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Wow, after months of intensive studying, remembering, researching and writing, we finally got to the end of the Blue Shamanic Apprenticeship courses.  This has been an honor for me to take this journey again.  When practicing Shamanism, it always gives me a humbling feeling to participate in traditional rituals that our ancestors practiced.  When writing, I literally had to address all of the issues that I experienced in my own apprenticeship.  That was really nice and another of those mind-blowing experiences. Despite the fact that our website may seem a little disjointed at times, there was a specific purpose and audience for writing the course.  My background is in corporate America from a career standpoint.  After years of observing and practicing, I noticed that there were a lot of folks interested in mysticism and spiritual healing, but maybe never found the right entry point into Shamanism or some other belief system.   I was specifically trying to communicate with those souls first.  As an outgrowth of that target audience, I began to notice that the 20 something age group also liked the style in which we wrote the course. I also wanted to touch as many as possible who may have been raised in a similar background as myself.  It just felt like there was a big wide Houston, Tx sized highway running between the environment where I started this journey, and where I needed to be to enter the path slowly.  This is an attempt to lovingly and compassionately become the bridge between these two places.  We also have written the course in a way that welcomes those who have busy lives working and raising a family, etc. There are 3 courses, but the first one is FREE and is the 1st 3 chapters from part 1 of the Blue Shamanic Apprenticeship, so there are really only two full courses. Blue Shamanic Apprenticeship, Part 1 & 2.   At the completion of both of those courses, a student would be certified by Blue Bass Drum. I am really proud of how these courses have taken shape, and although they may go through future changes, my hope is that they are right for right now.  If you are at all interest in this type of work, there is much more information, including a curriculum in the description of each course.  Try the first one on us.  Blue collar Shamanism is a 3 Unit FREE course and sets the tone for the kind of work we do. Mark Glynn, CSP

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