Shamanic Alchemy: The Great Work of Inner Transformation (Paperback)
A hands-on guide to advanced spiritual transformation through the combined sacred arts of alchemy and shamanism
• Recasts the 7 stages of the alchemical “Great Work” as a transformative shamanic journey and initiatic experience
• Provides step-by-step instructions for 18 shamanic alchemy practices for inner transformation, including vibrational energy work, consciousness-altering techniques, the creation of mirrors of the mind, and sacred ceremonies tied to the four elements
• Explores the alchemical plant-medicine techniques of spagyrics, as well as recipes for basic tinctures and “plant-stones”
Offering a unique, hands-on guide to advanced self-transformation, James Endredy shows how traditional shamanic techniques offer a doorway into the sacred art of alchemy, the inner transformation of the soul.
Revealing the practical and intuitive connections between shamanism and alchemy, including not only Western alchemy but also alchemical practices from the East, Endredy recasts the 7 stages of the alchemical “Great Work” as a transformative shamanic journey and initiatic experience. He provides step-by-step instructions for 18 shamanic alchemy practices for inner transformation, including vibrational energy work, consciousness-altering techniques, the creation of mirrors of the mind, shamanic viewing, and sacred ceremonies tied to the four elements. Exploring the healing art of spagyrics, the author shows how this alchemical plant-medicine practice is receptive to the energetic work of traditional shamanic techniques. He details formulations for distilling shamanic spagyric remedies, as well as recipes for basic tinctures and “plant-stones.” He also discusses the creation of sacred space, altars, and shamanic distillation lodges.
Comparing shamanic and alchemical cosmologies, the author explains how both shamanism and alchemy employ direct experience of the numinous and invisible worlds, also known as gnosis, to impart wisdom, invoke peace of mind, and increase creativity and vitality. Showing how the practical vibrational science of alchemy and the consciousness-transforming techniques of shamanism directly enhance and expand upon each other, Endredy also reveals how they have the same ultimate goals: to allow the practitioner to transmute spiritual lead into gold and to penetrate the deep secrets of life and of nature.
About the Author
James Endredy is a practicing shaman of Hungarian descent who learned his craft from formal initiations with the peyote shamans of Mexico and through 30 years of living with and learning from shamanic cultures in North and South America. He is actively involved in preserving historic alchemy texts as well as the world’s indigenous cultures and sacred sites. The award-winning author of several books, including Advanced Shamanism, Teachings of the Peyote Shamans, Ecoshamanism, and Earthwalks for Body and Spirit, he lives in California.
“With competence and authority James Endredy has written a powerful book with clear and precise instructions on advanced shamanic techniques learned directly from indigenous shamans. [Advanced Shamanism] is a wonderful contribution to shamanic literature. By bridging quantum physics with ancient shamanic practices, he immeasurably expands our access to the strange and wonderful world of the age-old shamanic path. This is the real deal.”
— José Luis Stevens, Ph.D., author of Awaken the Inner Shaman and Encounters with Power
“James Endredy continues to tap into the primordial ways of healing. Advanced Autogenic Training and Primal Awareness is a marriage of his power of storytelling and his vast personal history with the practice. It is not often in this lifetime that one meets a true spiritual master, but this generation has James, and this book is a must-have for those desirous of deepening their connection with the I AM.”
— Shawn Tassone, M.D., Ph.D., coauthor of Spiritual Pregnancy: Develop, Nurture & Embrace the Journey
“For indigenous people everywhere, walking is spiritual as well as physical--an ecstatic journey into our oneness with nature. In these magical pages, Jim Endredy opens the door to that journey. Earthwalks for Body and Spirit is a beautiful invitation for you to shapeshift your life.”
— John Perkins, author of Shapeshifting and Spirit of the Shuar
“I recommend [Teachings of the Peyote Shamans] as a smooth ride into the world of the indigenous Huichol people of Mexico. The author gives rare insight into the everyday life of these people, their art, and religion.”
— New Dawn Magazine, Jennifer Hoskins
"Shamanic Alchemy is a wonderfully detailed and informative book in which James Endredy brings the practical and intuitive connections between shamanism and alchemy to life. The reader is offered a unique insight into how traditional shamanic techniques offer access into the scared art of alchemy as the author shares his insights into shamanic and alchemical cosmologies and initiations."
— Badrunnisa Patel, Indie Shaman magazine