‘Soulfulness : The Marriage of Shamanic and Contemporary Psychology‘ by David England (Forthcoming Publication from Karnac) brings the wisdom of the ancient healing practice of shamanism together with the insights of present day psychology to provide a joint approach to treating of trauma symptoms.
Roots of Shamanism
‘Soulfulness’ has two historic shamanic roots:
Mayan and Native American psychology. This psychology of Self is expressed in the many aspects of the Medicine Wheel, the wheel of health and wholeness.
The Shamanic Journey and Soul Retrieval, as practiced in tribal societies throughout the world, notably the Tungus tribes of Siberia.
Summary – Wisdom of Shamanism and Psychology
The ancient wisdom of the theory and practice of shamanism is presented in the book in a form which is fit for use within the main stream of twenty-first century therapy. This includes:
A detailed explanation of Shamanic Psychology.
A practical description of the ceremonies of the Shamanic Journey and Soul Retrieval.
The book reflects on key aspects of present day psychological thinking. These include: Infant and adult attachment patterns. Childhood trauma. The survival personality. Imagination and dreams. The spiritual aspect of therapy and counselling. The book relates these subjects, in extended discussion, to: The maps and models of the psychology of shamanism. The practice of Shamanic Journey and Soul Retrieval ceremonies. The psychotherapeutic application of both.
Everything is brought together in the book by offering a practical approach to bringing together therapy practice with a present day form of shamanic practice, when working with clients’ childhood traumas. ‘Soulfulness’ is the resulting marriage of shamanic and present day psychology and practice.
A reflection on a Russian folktale ‘The Bold Knight, the Apples of Youth, and the Water of Life’ is a counterpoint to the main text. This folktale both implicitly reflects the shamanic landscape and has a powerful psychological resonance.
Please, click here for David England’s Biography.