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In the Shadow of the Shaman: Connecting with Self, Nature & Spirit Paperback – Sep 8 2002
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About the Author
Amber Wolfe is a master-level educator and psychotherapist in private practice. She follows an American Shamanic path, using the wisdoms found in the Celtic forms of Craft, Church, and myth that are her heritage. She also honors the sacred teachings of Native American medicine elders who have shared their knowledge of the nature of this land.
Amber Wolfe calls herself a Ban Drui, a term that has several meanings. Among them are Wise Woman, Druidess, White Oak Woman, and (as described by William Butler Yeats) a "Faerie Doctor." These titles represent her style as a writer, teacher, and therapist, whose work emphasizes the magick qualities of self-transformation and personal evolution.
Top Customer Reviews
As long as I live, I will never forget the passage about how she reduced herself to tears trying to convince "her Native American family" that, since "nine million" of "her people" were killed during the "Burning Times," European pagans have suffered just as much as Native Americans. "I could not make them understand," she concluded, perhaps pausing to shed a tear for the ignorant savages.
Nowhere in the text did I see word one about some of the profits from this tome going back to the people who shared so generously with Ms. Wolfe and taught her so much. She seems to be a cultural pirate as well as a "religion-hopper" who's a Witch one minute, a Shaman the next, and authoress of her own full-blown Wiccan tradition the third.
Pass this one by!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I recommend this book because the basics are solid and Amber has explained a few things in a straight forward manner that I have no seen elsewhere. She cleared up some disconnects so that the information could come together for me in a more enlightened way. Her anticdotes are interesting because they give some insight into the author and her perspective, plus I identified with some of them in a way that reinforced my own experiences. Now for the negative reviewers and purists ...
I follow a Nature Path, but I have not had the opportunity to receive much useful or well-intended instruction from anyone - I have a blending of Celtic and Native American Blood, but no tribal family nor Scottish Clan to call upon. My Native Blood calls to me and that actually means absolutely nothing without the opportunity to participate in the oral tradition. I am a "blending" of cultures and traditions by my very nature, existance, and upbringing in America. I have no choice but to learn whatever I can from whatever sources are available to me and to follow a nature path from my own wit, wisdom, faith, and trust. This is what Amber is supporting.
A nature path is about what we all have in common ... can't we leave the dogma fighting to the organized religions of the world? I had a nice Christian woman ring my doorbell this very morning wanting to save my soul ... how nice for her. I believe the native culture is safe ... yes, it has been scavaged, but it has survived and will survive. Amber is writing a book to help those of us stuck in the melding pot. I have no idea what she does with her money, who she supports or not, but I know this book can't make up for the atrocities that have happened to the Native American tribes, nor is it meant to. To the negative reviewers that don't like her Native American references I will pose these questions ... "I am Celtic blood (caucasion) and I am Native Blood ... which side of me am I supposed to hate? Which side of me am I supposed to ignore?" At this point, no one can make up for the attempted genocide of the Native Americans, but we can respect and support the revival of the cultures.
Truth is truth regardless of what tradition it comes from. Joseph Campbell said something to the effect that ... the mind of all humans are similar and it is no wonder that disparate tribal groups came to the same understanding of the creator ... that the myths are all so similar.
But, I am here to tell you ... that unless you were born to be a Shaman you will not become one regardless of what you do. Plastic Shamans abound and it's sad. This does not mean, however, that we can't find and use some of the techniques for personal growth and healing. This book is about a nature path for those of us who do not believe in the personification of Spirit, the need to access Spirit through someone else, or that anyone needs to be saved to be accepted and loved by Spirit. As humans we have a need to express ourselves, to be creative, and to connect to Spirit and to one another, and Amber has provided a well organized set of tools to assist us in that purpose. She should be applauded for doing such a good job of organizing and relating such complex material.
(BTW, some of my comments here are directed at the reviewer who commented "Thoroughly Repulsive" and "Garbage")
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