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Drumming for the Shamanic Journey CD: Downloadable MP3

Drumming for the Shamanic Journey: With Leo Rutherford & Howard G. Charing. It is a CD specifically made for shamanic journeying. It comprises; two 20 minutes solo and 40 minutes double drumming on CD. The drumming on this CD by the use of primary rhythms with rich overtone patterns induces a trance state perfect for shamanic journeys or meditation.  Now available in high quality MP3 (320 kbs) for download.

The Shamanic Journey is a technique which facilitates a visionary experience into expanded awareness. This activates our imagination and creativity, and allows us to bypass linear, familiar and rational thinking. In this state of expanded awareness we can find new insights, perspectives, and ways to resolve problems.

It is a CD specifically made for shamanic journeying, and to do this, the drums maintain a consistent beat between 205 to 210 beats per minute. At this specific rhythm, the brain is stimulated to synthesise natural beta-endorphins which facilitate a person to move into an expanded awareness. This state of consciousness facilitates the shamanic journey or deep meditation.

The drumming was recorded live directly onto digital tape at Sync City recording studio in London. The drumming was played in the ‘live-sound’ studio and no sound modification process was used. Both drums were single headed frame drums. For the double drumming track, both drums were held facing each other in a position to optimise the natural reverberation. The recording engineer was Wan Hewitt, himself a professional drummer. He has been dubbed the ‘drummers darling’ due to the great live sound he gets.

“The First stroke on the drum is the first sound that brings all beings into existence. It is the Big Bang that brings the universe into manifestation. It is human consciousness coming into physical manifestation. The sound of the frame drum with its rich overtones represents the first sound we ever heard, the sound of our mother’s blood pulsing through her arteries. This is why the drum is so magnetising and trance inducing – it actually entrains our consciousness on the most primordial level of memory.”

Layne Redmond: When the Drummers were Women.

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Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul – Book Extract


Plant Spirit Shamanism with a foreword by Pablo Amaringo  takes readers into realms that defy rational logic and scientific theory, showing graphically that we humans are not the only intelligent life on this planet. From their extensive travels to indigenous cultures that understand life very differently from those in the ‘developed’ world, the authors reveal a wealth of plant knowledge that has been lost to Western civilization. This book is both a fascinating read and a considerable challenge to the orthodox mind.”–(Leo Rutherford, author of “The Way of Shamanism”  and “Your Shamanic Path”)

In Plant Spirit Shamanism, the authors 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 are communing with the spirits of the plants themselves.  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 explore the world of plant spirits and make them allies of their own.

Pablo Amaringo with Howard G Charing, presenting the book 'Plant Spirit Shamanism'.





Pablo Amaringo with Howard G Charing presenting the book ‘Plant Spirit Shamanism’. Pablo contributed an inspirational foreword to the book.





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Soul Companions – Video

Karen Sawyer the author of;

Conversations with Contemporary Wisdom Keepers - A Collection of Worldwide Spirit Encounters (Paperback) - by Karen SawyerSoul Companions, Conversations with Contemporary Wisdom Keepers – A collection of Encounters with Spirit

Has posted a very nice video on YouTube, here it is;

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The View Through the Medicine Wheel – by Leo Rutherford

The View Through the Medicine Wheel - by Leo RutherfordThe View Through the Medicine Wheel – by Leo Rutherford Publication Date: July 2008

CONTENT: The View Through the Medicine Wheel is a magnificent reflection how to live creatively with health and happiness. We are all on a great journey – how different would your life be if you had a good map? Native American wisdom teachings of the Medicine Wheel explain how the Cosmos works and our place in it. Our ancestors saw the world in terms of circles and life cycles. The Star Maiden’s Circle reflects life through the eight directions. This book of life maps shows you how to avoid pitfalls and master your own self. It presents the circle of the Egoic self – how we create a life of problems and dramas – and the circle of the Authentic self which teaches how to develop away from old habits and addictions. The Medicine Wheel culminates in the Twenty Count which is the Cosmos revealed in all its beauty and complexity. Shamanism is spiritual, ecological and psychological. No other book does full justice to the fabulous medicine wheel teachings.

AUTHOR: Leo Rutherford took an MA in Holistic Psychology in California, and has been a Shamanic practitioner and workshop leader for 25 years. He now lives in Sussex, England.

COVER PAINTING: Howard G. Charing

Visit our website: www.shamanism.co.uk

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Soul Companions: Conversations with Contemporary Wisdom Keepers – A Collection of Worldwide Spirit Encounters (Paperback)

Conversations with Contemporary Wisdom Keepers - A Collection of Worldwide Spirit Encounters (Paperback) - by Karen SawyerSoul Companions: Conversations with Contemporary Wisdom Keepers – A Collection of Worldwide Spirit Encounters (Paperback) – by Karen Sawyer

As our world rapidly moves towards ever greater spiritual, environmental and political challenges there is an urgent need for us to listen to the voices of respected healers, seers, visionaries and shamans whose wisdom, insights and leadership will inspire and guide us to make our planet a healthier, more peaceful and equitable place to live. For over two years, the author met and entered into profound dialogue with such remarkable people.

This unique and important work brings together over 40 of the conversations that took place, revealing that there are many dimensions of existence overlapping and permeating the world as we know it. Every one of us has spirit helpers that can guide, heal and inspire us on our journey through life.

This outstanding and intimate collection includes conversations with renowned teachers Sandra Ingerman, The Barefoot Doctor, R.J Stewart, Robert Moss, Simon Buxton, Denise Linn, Leo Rutherford, Howard G Charing, William Bloom, Philip Carr-Gomm and Llyn Roberts.

Join Karen Sawyer as she also talks with Elena Avilla, the ‘Curandera’ or curer from Mexico – Uncle Angaangaq, an Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder from Greenland – Icelandic Druid Jörmundur Ingi – Sami shaman Ailo Gaup from Norway – Rabbi Gershon Winkler, Aboriginal Jewish shaman – Tiokasin Ghosthorse, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota – Egyptian Sufi, Master Ali Rafea – Andras Corban Arthen, ‘Cunningman’ of the Glenshire witches in Scotland and many, many more.

This treasure trove of spiritual wisdom will inspire you in your own quest for spirit guide contact with practical ‘how to’ advice. Learn how to recognise the signs and talk with the spirit beings guiding your life.

John Matthews: author of `Walkers Between Worlds
Soul Companions is a stunning book. It assembles an amazing collection of interviews with some of the finest and most unusual people from the worlds of alternative thinking and teaching. For anyone interested in the future of human growth
and development this is an absolute `must read’.”

John Perkins: New York Times bestselling author of `Confessions of an Economic Hit Man‘ and `The Secret History of the American Empire‘.
Soul Companions is an amazing and enlightening anthology of profound experiences shared between some of the world’s most revered wisdom keepers and their spirit guides. Inspiring and empowering, it lights a path for all of us to follow.”

For a full list of contributors and more about this book visit the Soul Companions Website

Visit Eagle’s Wing website for details about Leo Rutherford and Howard G Charing

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The Shamanic Path Workbook by Leo Rutherford

The Shamanic Path Workbook by Leo Rutherford Shamanic Path Workbook by Leo Rutherford – Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World

A reader review posted on Amazon re Leo’s Book;

By Karen S. Blair-imrie (Scotland) – See all my reviews
Shamanic Path Workbook by Leo Rutherford.
Publishers: Arima Books.
Pages: 249.

I’ve looked forward to this book ever since reading Principles of Shamanism by the same author (now renamed The Way of Shamanism). Leo Rutherford founded Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism in 1987 after training with such respected teachers as Hyemeyohsts Storm, Harley Swiftdeer, Prem Das, Gabrielle Roth, and Joan Halifax. More recently he has trained with Don Eduardo Calderon, an Inca shaman in Peru. His teachings are rooted in Native American (North, Central, and South) traditions, with particular emphasis on the medicine wheel of the ancient Mayans.

Although there is much ancient wisdom here, Leo believes that, to act effectively and with integrity (as a shaman must), a person must first heal the wounds suffered in the past “so the present and future can be free of ancestral burdens, shame, guilt,” etc.. To this end, his teaching begins with the self. “How we see ourselves is the root of how we experience our world.” Much of this book is about uncovering and putting into perspective key events in life’s great journey – “chaos, catastrophe, magic moments, love and loss, successes and surprises”. Traditional methods such as the vision quest, sweat lodge, trance dance, and of course the shamanic journey are employed to help the student reach inner truth and harmony, and, by so doing, “contact the timeless reality that exists parallel to and just out of sight of the world we so mistakenly call the `real world’. It is here in the everyday that we experience the reflections of who we are, of our actions, our deepest beliefs, our `dreams’, but it is in the non-manifest world of the spirit that the hidden causal interactions take place. Hidden, that is, until we begin to open the doors and `see’. That is the ultimate purpose of the path of shamanism.”

Leo describes the non-ordinary realities of the shaman, the upper, lower (or under) and middle worlds to which he/she journeys. He gives examples of how shamans heal. The use of illusion, ceremony and ritual, how to journey, the similarity of the medicine wheel to stone circles and how to work with one are also covered. Each chapter has exercises that anyone can do, although I can tell you from my own experience with these exercises that you get out of them what you put in! In fact, that is one of the most important messages in the book. To grow and change, to understand and face the truths about ourselves, takes tremendous courage. We have to want it, for otherwise nothing happens.

But this isn’t a dry DIY manual for trainee shamans, although it holds a wealth of information. Leo Rutherford writes from the heart. His own personal struggle to reach these truths has given him the knowledge to guide others. This is not just a book about what shamans do, or how they do it. It is a book about how to open ourselves, and, by so doing, to open to the universe – to other people and other realities -, to the magical child within us all. And, as Leo says, “The magical child can only use power for the good of all, and would not know a manipulation if it fell over one.” What a recipe for life.

COVER PAINTING: Howard G. Charing

Visit Eagle’s Wing Website www.shamanism.co.uk

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