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Plant Spirit Shamanism


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Pablo Amaringo

Preface Sins, Souls, and Sun Flowers: Discovering the Power of the Plants by Ross Heaven

Preface The Call of the Plants by Howard G. Charing

Introduction The Way of the Plant Shaman

1 Nothing is Hidden: How Plants Heal
Exercise: A Journey to the Plants
Divining with Coca: An Interview with
an Andean Curandera
Exercise: Making an Offering
Exercise: Making Mojo
Exercise: The Effects of Loving Intent

2 The Shaman's Diet: Listening to the Plants
Exercise: How to Diet

3 Plants of Vision: Sacred Hallucinogens
An Interview with a San Pedro Maestro
Exercise: Dreaming the Great Spirit
Exercise: Discovering Your Ally's Song
Exercise: Creating a Seguro
Exercise: Maintaining the Sacred Communion:
Eating for a Healthy Neural Base
Exercise: Art and Action

4 Healing the Soul
Exercise: Removing Intrusions in the Body
Exercise: Returning Soul Energy
Exercise: Releasing the Soul Parts of Others
Exercise: The Quest for Vision

5 Pusangas and Perfumes: Aromas for
Love and Wholeness
Pusanga, the Fragrance of Love: An Interview
with Two Perfumeros
Exercise: Why Can't I Have What I Want?
Exercise: Making Pusanga

6 Floral Baths: Bathing in Nature's Riches
Baths in the Amazon: An Interview with a Shaman
Baths in Haiti: An Interview with a Leaf Doctor
Exercise: Love Bath (Haitian)
Exercise: Power Bath (Haitian)
Exercise: Soothing Bath (Peruvian)
Exercise: The Language of Flowers (American)

7 The Scream of the Mandrake
Exercise: Prescribing Plant Cures

Appendix 1 A Caribbean Herbal

Appendix 2 A Peruvian Herbal

Appendix 3 Hoodoo Oils




About the Author

Ross Heaven is a therapist and workshop leader specializing in personal development, healing, and shamanism whose books include The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja, Darkness Visible, and Vodou Shaman. Howard G. Charing is a director of the Eagle Wing's Centre for Contemporary Shamanism and has taught at Dr. Michael Harner's Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He leads many workshops, including co-facilitated events with Ross Heaven and Leo Rutherford. Both authors live in England.


"Plant Spirit Shamanism 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 *
"This is an incredible book, a book with depth that speaks to the soul. . . . The knowledge in this book could very easily be put to good use in everyday life, which makes it a 'keeper; for any healer's library." * Bonnie Cehovet, Angelfire, Sept 2006 *
"Plant Spirit Shamanism explores not the usual medicinal qualities of plants, but shamanic communications with the spirits of the plants themselves. . . . Healers will find this essential to understanding plant processes." * Diane C. Donovon, California Bookwatch, Nov 2006 *
"A practical and useful guide for healing on a deeper level, using Mother Nature's power." * Vicky Thompson, New Connexion, Nov-Dec 2006 *
"Healers will find this essential to understanding plant processes." * California Bookwatch, Nov 2006 *
"The book is not simply a dry academic discussion of these topics, although that alone would be intrinsically interesting. Instead, it provides cross-cultural perspectives on all aspects of plant-spirit based healing. . . . Whether you want to learn to practice plant-spirit medicine--or simply want to gain a better understanding of it--this book will be a useful addition to your botanical library." * Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., HerbalGram, Journal of American Botanical Council, No. 78, May/July 2008 *
"Ross Heaven and Howard Charing create a cross-cultural distillation of plant shamanism to reveal the essential core of the techniques and the basis of the healing process." * Alec Franklor, Edge Life, No. 187 *
"[Ross Heaven and Howard Charing] explain the methods 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, through various dieting techniques. Books like these are pretty difficult to come across. This one outlines the practical instructions one can apply in a ritual context to that which you seek to attract into or repel from your life." * Odyssey Magazine, October 2013 *

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