It was a good book and very interesting and easy to read but it is not something that is easy on a kindle. I would have liked to go back more easily having a real book. There is a lot of reference and exercises that need to be looked at more than once.
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It takes some work to get into King's language and apply it to an everyday working woman's reality. You have to suspend your belief in documented results to take some of her ideas seriously but on the other hand there are some practical tactics that are worth a try.
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I am a fan of Deborah King I always enjoy the books she puts out, and this one will not disappoint her fans. Useful information. I would also recommend Setting the Captive Free (2010) by Jane Simington which is full of guidance and wisdom.
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108 of 120 people found the following review helpful
Nothing new, appetizer for King's coursesJuly 21 2011
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I was curious about this book because a friend mentioned someone who had taken and was teaching the 21st Century Energy Medicine technique. If you have never heard of energy healing techniques this book may serve as a basic introduction, but beyond that there is little to be gained. If you want an introductory book on energy work, you might want to take a look at Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body's Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, andVitalityUpdated and Expanded. I found Ms. King's book disappointing Deborah King doesn't offer any details of her Template of Perfection technique. There are quite a few different healing techniques discussed in a simplistic way. This can be a blessing if you are just looking for a little tidbits or tastes of a variety of techniques and want to try simple uncomplicated exercises and techniques, but be aware this book appears to be an appetizer for readers to take King's workshops and seminars. The book, which is around 170 pages, is mostly Deborah King's story of childhood abuse and her path to and in healing with some exercises and information interwoven within. From a look at her website it appears her courses can be taken online so it makes me wonder about the quality of her "initiations" and how effective they are since the initiations are supposed to be consciousness expanding. And ultimately how effective her certified healers/teachers are.
The inner flap reads "you will learn both Eastern and Western concepts and techniques--from the earliest recorded healing practices some 5,000 years ago, to King's own powerful cutting-edge approach." What this means is King borrowed from everyone. And if there was something cutting edge about King's technique she fails to show this. In one of King's YouTube videos she states she believes her technique named the template of perfection is a "rediscovered" ancient technique and she knew it was going to be more powerful than Reiki. It raises a flag in me when someone makes this kind of claim as she offers nothing to support it. If King's technique is more powerful than Reiki why wouldn't she let her technique speak for itself and explain to demo it? And if it's a rediscovered ancient technique in what way is it cutting-edge? In fact all the techniques in her book are ancient or existing techniques and combined techniques. For example, in a forgiveness exercise she names Hawaiian ho pi'no pi'no she uses the Microcosmic Orbit which if I remember correctly is Chinese. All the various techniques she mentions in the book, color healing, toning (sound healing), recapitulation, the chakras, etc. are nothing new. It makes me suspect King's template of perfection is probably also a combination of or similar to existing techniques.
Referring to her template of perfection on YouTube video King says our life experiences can take us farther and farther away from the template of perfection we had when we came into the world. The farther we are from our template of perfection the more issues we have and when we get far enough out we can develop illness. By re-impressing the template of perfection we can return to our original perfected state and heal. In the book King doesn't go into any details such as what exactly one does to determine the template of perfection for each individual or how it is re-impressed as, of course, this is learned in her classes. It also means her technique can't be properly evaluated from the book.
Readers should be aware that King takes the position the healer is there to bring about a cure. King discuses healing versus cure. One school of thought is that healers are not there to impose their personal will on the healing since they don't know what the highest good is for that person. The healer is not there to play God and the client may or may not receive a cure as part of the healing. Another thought is the healer is there to affect a cure as in the faith healing of Kathryn Kuhlman. King takes the view the responsibility for a cure is on the healer and states, "Invariably, in the world of healing there are many individuals who are not physically cured even though they might be emotionally and spiritually healed, and I am constantly humbled by these failures. Fortunately, thanks to those who have successfully walked across the coals ahead of me...I'm reminded that miraculous healings are indeed possible. This brings me back again and again to focus on my responsibility to forge a stronger and more reliable connection with Divine power." I am not sure why King assumes that it's an either or proposition. Every healer brings healing in his or her own way and should choose the path that speaks to his or her spirit.
King doesn't state what level of initiation/conscious expansion she is at on the scale partially provided in the book (for the upper initiation levels you have to go to her website where I am sure the courses will be advertised). Some think that a guru or yogi who has not achieved the full permanent awakening of Kundalini is unlikely to bring any shaktipat (initiation of kundalini awakening) he or she may pass to an initiate to permanent awakening. I have to wonder if King's level of consciousness is sufficient to take her students permanently to the highest level of consciousness she dangles in front of them.
May 2012: Value for the reader. In light of the posts, I lowered the rating on this book to 1 star and readers may see why by reading the posts if it interests them. I have nothing against earning a living, but as the daughter of an accountant I like to see people get value for their money and this book didn't do that for me. I'm not a paid reviewer, I do not receive free promotional items, I don't teach any method of healing nor am I a card carrying member of any healiing modality. I do energy work for free at local hospitals and at a local hospice. My interest is totally as someone who has an interest in energy work.
Amazon limits me to 10 links in a review so I have to limit the links I can add. I'm not saying these are perfect materials on healing, but here are some of the things I have read so far that I felt I got something out of. Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field, You Hands Can Heal You: Pranic Healing Energy Remedies to Boost Vitality and Speed Recovery from Common Health Problems, Hands-on Healing: A Practical Guide to Channeling Your Healing Energies (Russian Research Center Studies), Your Hands Can Heal: Learn to Channel Healing Energy, The Way of the Shaman (basic book about shamanism, some discussion about shamanic methods of healing), Quantum-Touch: The Power to Heal (Third Edition), The Joy of Reflexology: Healing Techniques for the Hands and Feet to Reduce Stress and Reclaim Life (for hands and feet only), The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch (not an instructional book about healing per se, but discusses healing with a mind more toward the spiritual aspects by the founders of Therapeutic Touch, Kunz & Kreiger). A book on Reiki is a bit harder to recommend as Reiki attunes practioners to Reiki symbols. If you want general info Reiki for Dummies will suffice for general info. There are books/materials/free YouTube videos showing how to do self attunements if readers want to go that route. Steve Murray's books/DVDs appear to be fairly popular for that purpose, Reiki The Ultimate Guide Learn Sacred Symbols & Attunements plus Reiki Secrets You Should Know.
46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Deep Self-ExplorationMarch 23 2011
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Be Your Own Shaman
I read this book cover to cover very quickly. This was a one-of-a-kind journey into the esoteric realm of healing and shamanism.
The author, Deborah King, encourages the reader to explore his or her own inner world as part of the path to being a healer. I found Deborah's questions and areas of exploration to be thorough and thought provoking. I found myself exploring areas of my own life that I had not gone into in a while. Although I believe that I've done a lot of self-exploration, I found that there is plenty more room to grow in this area. This book took me on a deep exploration of the self with plenty of tips and tools for what to do with that information once I uncovered it. They seem easy to use with the possibility of providing powerful results.
I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the healing of the self as well as to those seeking to heal others.
Thank you to Hay House Publishing for sending me this book at no charge, so that I could explore and begin to understand the gifts that I already have but had not yet fully discovered within myself.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Wow ... great read. Your Shamanic Journey Awaits!March 25 2011
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Be Your Own Shaman is a great read and is a journey into yourself! Normally I catch myself reading a book to be whisked away to another world, but in this book ... you get whisked into that other world by taking a shamanic healing journey through your inner self! This is the one to buy if you are looking for a concise guidebook that will give you the information to step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. My personal favorite part of the book was the chapter on expanding your consciousness but don't want to say too much and give away all of the good stuff. Great book!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
insightful look into healing from a spiritual perspectiveApril 28 2011
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At first I wasn't sure what to make of Deborah King's new book "Be Your Own Shaman". Coming from a fundamentalist Christian upbringing a word like "Shaman" made me wonder "is this some strange occult book?" And while I now have a much more liberal spiritual orientation my first impression was that King's book could be on the fringe side.
My impressions changed in the first few pages. "So what does it mean to be a shaman today?" King writes in the introduction. "Is it someone who wears a feathered headdress, shakes a rattle, and dances around a fire to the beating of drums as he communes with an invisible world of spirits? It could be. But did you know that the sweet little old church lady with blue hair and clothes from the 1950's could be a shaman, too?"
King goes on to define a shaman to mean "a healer - someone who expands his or her consciousness and conducts healing energy to help others resolve whatever is ailing them on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual planes ... a person who acts as an intermediary between the human world and spirit worlds - between the natural and supernatural."
By that definition I've encountered many "shamans" in my life - the minister in the church down the street, the therapist, the inspirational author, and others. Far from being an exotic practice, shamanism is another term for something very commonplace. I now take the term "shaman" to mean a healer who brings spirituality into his or her work.
"Real healing power is inside you," King writes, "it just needs to be awakened, nurtured, and practiced. You can be your own shaman, and this book will start you on your way." She goes on to describe the many healing practices she has experienced in her life. Her background is varied; she spent time with both Christian and New Age healers. I never thought I'd see charismatic faith healer Kathryn Kuhlman and Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy mentioned in the same sentence. King describes how she studied both women extensively and saw similarities.
While I found the theological insights interesting, "Be Your Own Shaman" is primarily a practical book. King shares various healing techniques with readers. One forgiveness approach she describes, the Hawaiian ho pi'no pi'no, I tried myself. An internal process where you think of a person who has wronged you in the past and apply this method, I felt lighter and freer after practicing it a few times. It worked!
The author's words about meditation also spoke to me. Last month I started a daily meditation practice. King gave me more encouragement. She writes "the surest way to heightened consciousness is meditation" describing it as "the single greatest thing I've ever done for myself. Meditation puts us in the present, completely relaxes the body and mind, and takes away stress."
Other techniques King describes I wasn't as open to - such as observing the movement of a pendulum as you hold it over the different chakra points of your body. But she writes "You will always know when something does or doesn't feel right for you, as healing is simply a natural extension of being in right relationship with yourself and the natural world." The reader can pick and choose from the many spiritual practices King described in the book based on his or her own intuition.
In the concluding pages King writes "The path of the healer is not clear-cut; there are no memos to tell you what to do and no course laid out in stone to follow. There are simply hints and glimmers of what lies ahead, whispers in the night, a voice in the wind as it calls your name."
"Be Your Own Shaman" gives us some "hints and glimpses" into the ways of the Spirit. The book opened my awareness to many new approaches; some felt strange but others resonated with me immediately. King does excellent job in making an esoteric topic understandable to the reader. It's a book worth reading for spiritual seekers looking for new ways to heal themselves and others.
I reviewed this book in my partnership with Hay House. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Let the healing begin...or continueMay 5 2011
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From the beginning of this book Deborah King challenges the reader's boundaries and understandings of what it means to be a shaman and how to be a shaman. "So what does it mean to be a shaman today? Is it someone who wears a feathered headdress, shakes a rattle, and dances around a fire to the beating of drums as he communes with an invisible world of spirits? It could be. But did you know that the sweet little old church lady with blue hair and clothes from the 1950s could be a shaman to?" In Deborah King's context she uses the word "shaman" to mean "a healer." In her words, " someone who expands his or her consciousness and conducts healing energy to help others resolve whatever is ailing them on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual planes."
Her book is the starting point and a guide for understanding this type of healing. We must start with ourselves first. She writes from the belief that "everyone one of us is a natural born self-healer--those abilities are there within us, even if they've been dormant. Our task, then, is to learn how to access and use them." And that is the basis for this book: to provide an understanding and practice in how to access and use energy medicine to heal ourselves. Learning about the chakras, of which most of us are familiar at least with the word, is only the beginning of what she covers in this book. Deborah King takes the reader much deeper into energy medicine and provides exercises to start or continue the reader's personal healing journey. Along with all of this, Deborah King intersperses her own story which makes all the information much more accessible.
One of my favorite parts of this book is her chapter on "Healing Through the Ages." I love history but it was both surprising and fascinating to learn the roots of energy healing. Deborah King has also included an index which I find invaluable.
I have started a second reading of this book because there was so much material that I found fascinating. This book is a "keeper." I zoomed through the first reading of this book because of the way Deborah King writes. It is personal, accessible and informative: an unusual combination. This book would be a good read for those in the beginning stages of understanding energy medicine but I believe it would also be useful for people who have already delved deeply into energy medicine.
Thank you to Hay House Publishing for sending me this book at no charge. It is another great tool on my journey.