In this podcast from Sounds True, Sandra Ingerman talks about her Sounds True program, The Beginner’s Guide to Shamanic Journeying. Ingerman is the author of several books, including Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide, and Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation.
Ingerman combines Western psychotherapy with traditional (sort of) shamanic practices to offer a more integrated model of healing the psyche. She is a long-time student of Michael Harner, one of the trailblazers in bringing shamanic ideas into Western spirituality (not always for the best, in my opinion, but that's another issue).
The popularity of shamanism has increased dramatically over the last few decades, but there is still much confusion about just what shamanism is and how it might be relevant to those in the modern world. Sandra Ingerman has emerged as a teacher with a special gift for demystifying shamanism and helping us experience the world of the shaman directly. As Sounds True producer Matt Licata says, “Sandra helps us understand that we all have the ability to enter non-ordinary reality to receive guidance and healing for ourselves or others.” In this excerpt from The Beginner’s Guide to Shamanic Journeying, Sandra illuminates the central technique of shamanic practice—the shamanic journey—and its usefulness for those seeking inner transformation and healing.