The practice of shamanism, revisioned and applied to the modern practitioner.
Modern life is lived cut off from our souls, our ancestors, the earth and other elements of what once made life worth living. Our souls still yearn for these missing pieces, causing what the author calls the Invisible Wound. This wound is responsible for much of the grief of modern life – through soul hungers displaced onto addictions and self-destructive behavior. Post-Tribal Shamanism offers a means of reclaiming many of these pieces, not by a return to the past, but by moving forward into a deeper understanding of our place in the universe.
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Indie Shaman Magazine Book Review Kenn Day. Post-Tribal Shamanism: A new look at the old ways Post-Tribal Shamanism: A new look at the old ways is based on the author, Kenn Day’s experiences and the teachings he passes on from Grandfather, his spirit ally, friend and mentor, as well as from his 30 years of practice passing on these teachings in person through workshops. First going into the background of shamanism and the role of a shaman the author explains that ‘It is difficult to find words to describe clearly the unseen worlds of the shaman and the work the shaman does’. However Kenn Day seems to have managed this task admirably and this book contains a vast wealth of information including a wide range of useful practical exercises. The book continues with further definitions and topics including social evolution and post-tribal ethics, also exploring the differences and similarities between the work of the traditional shaman that the author has met and his path as a contemporary post-tribal shaman. The practical information and exercises include such essentials as: connection with our ancestors; journeying techniques; working with a wide range of spirits; soul retrieval and healing the invisible wound. However it also further including exercises in lucid dreaming and ceremony and ritual, going right through to preparing for death. Another added value to this book is that Kenn Day uses and includes alternative methods to altering your consciousness other than the usual drumming. While drumming is an excellent method, as he states, it is written about extensively in many other places and isn’t necessarily the best choice for every person or every situation. In Post-Tribal Shamanism: A new look at the old ways Kenn Day explains that no book or workshop can make you into a shaman but the tools of the post-tribal shaman can benefit and enrich anyone’s life. In this book he has provided a multitude of excellent tools for the reader to explore plus a wide range of information about shamanism and the work of a post-tribal practitioner. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in shamanism. June Kent, Editor, Indie Shaman Magazine ~ Indie Shaman Magazine, June Kent, Editor
In Post-Tribal Shamanism Kenn Day generously shares with us the teachings of his grandfather, and in doing so shows us a way to work shamanically within modern-day society and a Westernised culture. The techniques that Kenn shares are those that he has used both himself and with his students over the past 30 years, so are ones that have been tried and tested. He is though, very clear that these techniques do not in themselves, make you a shaman, but can provide 'life-enhancing experiences and realisation'. Set within the context of the role of a 'post-tribal shaman', which is explained here as being to be 'in service to and necessarily more focused on the process of individual transformation, integration and awakening the soul - both in themselves and their clients', there is much that will be familiar. However, there is also much, such as Kenn's method of entering a shamanic journey, that will be new. For anyone new to shamanism working through the content of the book which follows Kenn's own workshops, will provide a solid introduction. For anyone already working shamanically it will challenge and present new ideas. I found it both refreshing and thought provoking to read the teaching of someone, who like myself, has not been trained by tribal shaman and does not work with either core shamanism nor within a specific cultural context, but who has been taught by his own ancestral guide. I highly recommend Post-Tribal Shamanism to anyone walking or drawn to walk a shamanic path as well as to anyone who wants to understand how and why shamanism has a vital role to play in today's society and learn what that role might be. ~ Yvonne Ryves