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Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism, by S. Kelley Harrell

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Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism, by S Kelley HarrellTeen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism, by S Kelley HarrellTeen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism: A Beginner's Map Charting an Ancient Path, by S. Kelley Harrell Soul Rocks Books, 1782794336, 148 pp. (incl. resources and references), 2014S. Kelley Harrell, a veteran shamanic teacher and practitioner, has written a fine book on shamanism – but not necessarily for teens. I was excited to come across this title for review, because, to my knowledge, no other book on shamanism exists aimed specifically at teens. Although Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism contains much useful information I feel it lacks the “grab” factor needed to draw today’s teenager in.I believe the problem may simply be one of organization and voice. “Our Wise Young,” the first chapter, describes Harrell’s early years and how she came to shamanism, along with a discussion of animism. The first chapter of part one is a rather pedantic discussion of its  history – a necessary topic at some point, but not one that teens might be dying to read first if they don’t have a clue what shamanism is. I love Harrell’s voice in her preface, where she speaks directly and simply to the reader, without jargon or academic-sounding prose. I sincerely wish she had kept it up throughout the book. Read More

Gift of the Dreamtime, by S Kelley Harrell

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Gift of the Dreamtime, by S. Kelley HarrellGift of the Dreamtime: Awakening ot the Divinity of Trauma, by S. Kelley Harrell Spilled Candy Books, 9781892718501, 146 pp., 2004Gift of the Dreamtime is author S. Kelly Harrell's account of her personal visionary experiences. Or at least we assume it is: we're not given any context; there are no disclaimers or introductions. Harrell drops us right into the thick of it, beginning with her first visionary experiences, initiated by the drumming of a shaman (one whom we are never actually introduced to). After the initial exploration of her lower and upper dreamworld and an introduction to both animal and spirit guides, the shaman recedes from view; presumably Harrell undertakes the remaining journeys by herself.This is an unusual book. It's not a theoretical book. It's not a how-to manual. It's not a biography either. It's a diary more than anything else. Harrell opens up to the reader; if she holds anything back it's not obvious. This is the story of her pathway, the road she took to disentangle the complex ball of emotions generated by her incestuous childhood sexual abuse. Read More