This inspirational book blends elements of shamanism with inherited traditions and contemporary religious commitments. Drawing on shamanic practices from the world over, SHAMANISM AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE FOR DAILY LIFE addresses the needs of contemporary people who yearn to deepen their own innate mystical sensibilities. This inspirational book shows how to develop a personal spiritual practice by blending elements of shamanism with inherited traditions and current religious commitments. Contents include: The central role of power animals and spirit teachers.Visionary techniques for exploring the extraordinary in everyday life.Elements of childhood spirituality including songs, secret hiding places, power spots, and imaginary power figures.A journey to an ancestral shaman to recover lost knowledge.
About the Author
Dr. Tom Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston Price, and a fellow volunteer explained the arcane principles of Rudolf Steiner s biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree. Cowan graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in family practice at Johnson City Hospital (Johnson City, NY), he established an anthroposophic medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He writes the Ask the Doctor column in "Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, " the foundation s quarterly magazine, and has lectured throughout the U.S. and Canada. He practices medicine in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife Lynda Smith Cowan.