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Plant Spirit Shamanism

Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul

by Ross Heaven Author · Howard G. Charing Author

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An in-depth look at the role of plant spirits in shamanic rituals from around the world
• Shows how shamans heal using their knowledge of plant spirits as well as the plant's "medical properties"
• Explores the core methods of plant shamanism—soul retrieval, spirit extraction, and sin eating—and includes techniques for connecting with plant spirits
• Includes extensive field interviews with master shamans of all traditions
In Plant Spirit Shamanism, Ross Heaven and Howard G. Charing explore the use of one of the major allies of shamans for healing, seeing, dreaming, and empowerment—plant spirits. After observing great similarities in the use of plants among shamans throughout the world, they discovered the reason behind these similarities: Rather than dealing with the "medical properties" of the plants or specific healing techniques, shamans commune with the spirits of the plants themselves.
From their years of in-depth shamanic work in the Amazon, Haiti, and Europe, including extensive field interviews with master shamans, Heaven and Charing present the core methods of plant shamanism used in healing rituals the world over: soul retrieval, spirit extraction, sin eating, and the Amazonian tradition of pusanga (love medicine). They explain the techniques shamans use to establish connections to plant spirits and provide practical exercises as well as a directory of traditional Amazonian and Caribbean healing plants and their common North American equivalents so readers can ex-plore the world of plant spirits and make allies of their own.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Imprint:
Destiny Books
Publication Date:
2006
Available in:
United States

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Pablo Amaringo (Author of introduction, etc.)

Pablo Amaringo (1938-2009) trained as a curandero in the Amazon, healing himself and others from the age of ten, but retired in 1977 to become a full-time painter and art teacher at his Usko-Ayar school in Pucullpa, Peru. The author of Ayahuasca V...

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Howard G. Charing (Author)

Howard G. Charing is a director of the Eagle Wing's Centre for Contemporary Shamanism and has taught at Dr. Michael Harner's Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He holds workshops internationally and in addition runs Plant Medicine Retreats in the Pe...

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Ross Heaven (Author)

Ross Heaven is a therapist and workshop leader in personal development and healing whose books include Vodou Shaman, Darkness Visible, Spirit in the City, and The Journey to You. He teaches Darkness Visible workshops internationally and lives in E...

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