Shamanic Healing: Traditional Medicine for the Modern World (Paperback)
A story-based guide to the techniques of shamanic healing
• Details indigenous medicine tools and soul healing techniques, including diagnosis and energy cleansing with plants, stones, fire, flower essences, and sound
• Offers protection and self-defense techniques for confronting negative energies such as spirit attachment and possession
• Shares healing stories that each address a specific condition, such as panic attacks, PTSD, depression, cancer, chronic pain, grief, and relationship problems
Shamanic healing is making an astonishing comeback all over the modern technology-driven and consumerist world. Millions of people have felt called to integrate both ancient and modern healing systems into a new model of healthcare. But what makes shamanic healing so powerful? Why have indigenous healers kept it alive for thousands of years?
Revealing his personal journey and stories from his more than 20 years as a shamanic healer, Itzhak Beery explains who a shaman is and how he or she works, demystifying and destigmatizing the shamanic healing worldview. He shares shamanic wisdom from two of his teachers: a Yachak from Ecuador and a well-known Brazilian Pagé. He details indigenous medicine tools and soul healing techniques that you can practice with your own clients or in your own personal healing, including diagnosis and energy cleansing with plants, stones, fire, rum, eggs, flower essences, and sound. He shares protection and self-defense techniques for confronting negative energies, such as spirit attachment and possession. Sharing healing stories that each address a specific condition, such as panic attacks, PTSD, depression, cancer, chronic pain, grief, and relationship problems, Beery explains how a shaman is not responsible for curing everyone and will consult with the patient’s soul to determine its needs, which sometimes includes learning from the illness experience.
By sharing these healing methods, Beery reveals the importance of shamanic practices in resolving our 21st-century emotional and physical problems and their importance to the future of humanity and the planet.
About the Author
Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized shamanic healer and teacher. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pagè. He has also trained intensively with other elders from South and North America. The founder of ShamanPortal.org and cofounder of the New York Shamanic Circle, he is on the faculty of New York Open Center. His work has been featured in the New York Times, films, TV, and webinars. An accomplished visual artist and owner of an award-winning advertising agency, he grew up on Kibbutz Beit Alfa in Israel and lives in New York.
Villoldo was born in Cuba, where he was exposed to Afro-Indian healing traditions at an early age. While pursuing his doctoral studies in psychology and medical anthoropology, he traveled throughout the South West, the Amazon, and the Andes researching Native America healing methods. He later directed the Biological Self-Regualtion Labortory at San Francisco State University, where he investigated mind-body medicine and the neuro-physiology of healing. He founded and directs the Energy Medicine School at The Four Winds Society, and teaches energy medicine to thousands of nurses, physicians, psychotherapists and lay persons every year. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of alternative medicine and shamanic studies.
“Itzhak Beery beautifully describes an extraordinary personal journey that upends our conventional understanding of medicine and healing. Like a scientist on a deep quest he presents the shamanic model for healing and how effectively it has worked over the ages. This brilliant book expands our possibilities for health and healing. A must-read to be prescribed to all seeking healing as well as for their health professionals.”
— Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D., cofounder of the Omega Institute and creator and director of Blue Spir
“This intriguing book is a call to action and a challenge to integrate shamanic knowledge about health care with modern science. Itzhak’s latest contribution to this body of wisdom guides us along that path. I highly recommend it.”
— John Perkins, author of the New York Times Bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
“Shamanic Healing is an important book for the times we live in, as so many people in the Western world are searching for alternative ways of healing. This book provides a wealth of shamanic healing methods from indigenous cultures that can be integrated into anyone’s life and/or their work with clients. Itzhak Beery did a brilliant job bringing this work to us.”
— Sandra Ingerman, M.A., author of Soul Retrieval and Speaking with Nature
“Belief structures tend to put a fence around our consciousness, as Itzhak Beery shows in his new book on shamanic healing. He creates a bridge between ideals that no longer serve us and the ancient, yet current, practices of ancient shamanism up until today. Beery’s book offers a new model to transform our sick care into holistic health care.”
— Lynn V. Andrews, author of Coming Full Circle
“In Shamanic Healing, Itzhak Beery has created an extraordinary book that records generous teachings brought to life through his accounts of adventures and healing stories from which readers may extract techniques and insights that may enrich their lives. Itzhak is a medicine man, and he has created very good medicine indeed. ”
— Hank Wesselman, Ph.D., author of the Spiritwalker trilogy
“Shamanic Healing supports the ongoing revolution in health, as the modern world discovers alternative methods can be effective for many types of maladies--physical, psychological, and even spiritual. Itzhak Beery’s book provides a clear, coherent introduction and overview of these ancient practices, which are evermore popular.”
— Daniel Pinchbeck, author of How Soon Is Now?
“Through crisp narrative and excellent storytelling, Itzhak Beery takes on the timely and powerful subject of shamanic healing and its relevance in our modern world. In a world where we find our medical model bankrupt and too often causing illness and death instead of healing, people are seeking alternatives, including the ancient, effective ways of shamanism. Here you will find an excellent and comprehensive introduction to the world of shamanic healing based on South American traditions. His book is a real contribution to shamanic literature.”
— José Luis Stevens, Ph.D., author of Encounters with Power
“Izhak Beery’s passionate love of shamanism gives us a glimpse at how rich and fulfilling shamanic work can be in one’s life. He writes with an urgency to embed shamanic healing practices into our Western world, so we may align all our senses harmoniously with the supportive energies of the Earth and assure the survival of our species. An excellent book for all who seek to deepen their understanding of shamanic healing practices.”
— Tom Cowan, author of Fire in the Head
“Itzhak Beery has written a spectacular book. This honest, nonlinear journey into the very heart and soul of shamanism rekindled my heart’s flame and strengthened my commitment to the shamanic path that we share.”
— Linda Star Wolf, Ph.D., coauthor of Soul Whispering
“Itzhak Beery’s heart and compassion encompass all of his teachings, and his fierce commitment to the integrity of this work is an inspiration to all who come in contact with him. His brilliant writing will open you to the beauty and elegance of walking the shamanic path.”
— Michael Stone, teacher, activist, writer, and radio host