Review published on May 14, 2017.
I have always had an interest in the spiritual practices of different cultures, but a wariness of cultural appropriation and some New Age approaches to spirituality, so I approached Chris Luttichau’s book on shamanism with a healthy degree of scepticism.
An exploration of the place of shamanism in the modern world, he adopts an approach that references anthropology, neuroscience, quantum theory, spirituality and personal experience. Earth Wisdom is a principle tenet uniting many cultures across time and continents, and it is as relevant today as it ever has been. Anyone with an interest in Earth Wisdom will find this book invaluable.
Combining historical context with practical meditations, Luttichau has produced a handbook that allows readers to participate in shamanic rituals whilst never pretending to be a do-it-yourself guide to being a shaman. Just as you don’t have to be a Tibetan monk to benefit from meditation, so you do not have to be a practising shaman to benefit from the contents of this book and the exercises it contains. Western society doesn’t value stillness and silence, but the ability to still the mind is integral to shamanic practice and can benefit all of us, regardless of our beliefs.
This book is not for everyone, but if you have an open mind and an interest in Earth Wisdom and shamanism, I would thoroughly recommend this inspirational and thought-provoking volume, which I know I shall be returning to again and again.
Clare Donaldson 5/-
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