My thoughts on @LlewellynBooks’ The Shamanic Soul by Daniel Moler

Earlier this month, Llewellyn dropped a terrific primer for those interested in the shamanic tradition with the aptly titled The Shamanic Soul: A Guidebook for Self-Exploration, Healing, and Mysticism by Daniel Moler. Let’s take a look at the publisher’s blurb before I add my thoughts —

A One-Stop Training Course in the Shamanic Arts

Written by an authentic practitioner of Peruvian shamanism, this beginner-friendly book shows you how the shamanic arts can completely change your life. Daniel Moler teaches you through non-appropriative methods, such as healing exercises, spellwork, and divination techniques. Using his stories and experiences, Daniel helps you discover your soul path and write your own destiny.

This book introduces you to many aspects of shamanism, including the seen and unseen realms, spiritual tools such as mesas and campos, and the three pachas (worlds) of the shamanic cosmos. You’ll explore vision quests, limpias, rituals, and other techniques that help unlock your spiritual potential. Through hands-on activities and meaningful insights into shamanic theory and teachings, The Shamanic Soul helps you awaken your True Self.

My personal leanings are toward the shamanism of Northern Europe, so you may be surprised to find me endorsing Daniel Moler’s The Shamanic Soul. Fact is, this is exactly the sort of book I’m always looking for. While you will find it extremely instructive, The Shamanic Soul is not a dry treatise on the subject. Instead, it comes across as very personal, with Moler unfolding his journey from Christianity into the Peruvian Shamanism throughout. Moler is careful here to step outside of cultural bounds to try and present the divine root at the center of the spiritual journey of individualized connection to the universe. And with abounding pop culture references, Moler’s narrative voice and personal anecdotes make this voyage very comfortable.

The book was a joy to read, and evocative of others I’ve had the pleasure to experience, works by the likes of Terence McKenna, Graham Hancock, Ram Dass, Dennis McKenna, Michael Harner, and Tom Cowan, to name a few.

I was pleased to find the book heavily illustrated, and filled with practical exercises that addresses fully the person beginning their journey. There is plenty here for more seasoned practitioners, but The Shamanic Soul has become my number one recommendation to folks who ask me where to start on the shaman path.

I think what makes this book so special is the “storyteller” aspect of Moler’s narrative. This is how one teaches. Not by a laundry list of practices, but by weaving the instruction into a yarn, and by connecting with the student in an intimate way. Moler does a terrific job at this and feel like he is on the right path toward evolving his practice, finding that elusive synthesis of spiritual awakening by way of creative and imaginative raconteuring.

The book also sports a nice foreword by author Jason Mankey. An odd choice, as he has little connection to shamanic practices, but Mankey is forthright in this and mirrors my own thoughts on the book.

There is wisdom to be found in these pages, wisdom that can be integrated into your personal practice, and that is at the very heart of shamanism, the building of a personal relationship with the universe.

Reading Daniel Moler’s The Shamanic Soul will serve you well, whatever flavor of spirituality you are navigating. You can find the book wherever such are sold. Here’s a link to the somewhat apropos Amazon.

PERSONAL NOTE: I will be somewhat scarce Saturday, June 25, as I will be visiting friends at the Pride event in Matter Park (Marion, Indiana) during the afternoon (come by and see us at the Willow Products booth) and I have a residential investigation that evening. A reminder, we are a week away from the launch of my Occult Detective patreon. Keep an eye out for more book reviews next week, pre-launch.

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