Written in the fine tradition of storytelling, The Gift of Shamanism is a book of stories: the tale of author Itzhak Beery’s transformation from a declared “sceptic, cynic and atheist” New York advertising executive to a respected shamanic practitioner and teacher. And within that, the stories he encounters along the way from his own experience and practice.
The Gift of Shamanism opens with an interesting foreword by John Perkins, who has known Itzhak Beery since 1996 when he participated in one of Perkin’s workshops and subsequently joined him on trips to the shamans of the Amazon and High Andes. Itzhak Beery was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Page.
With chapters including: Dreaming; Past-Life Experiences; Soul Retrieval; Plant Medicine; Shapeshifting; ‘Seeing’; Shamanic Journeying; Candle Reading; Psychonavigation; Holographic Experiences; House Clearing; Healing Ceremonies and Aztec Seeing; the author shares a wide variety of personal stories and information.
The Gift of Shamanism tells the reader that each of us has shamanic abilities which we are taught to dismiss as ‘only a dream’, ‘just my imagination’ or ‘just a coincidence’. As Beery states “for the longest time I did not allow myself to believe in the mounting evidence of the existence of unseen worlds … But despite my doubts I was slowly forced to admit their existence and relevance; I found that I just did not have any other choice. ”
In sharing his stories Beery gives a gift of inspiration and trust, empowering the reader to trust their own experiences of the world of spirit – and all in an eminently readable and enjoyable format.
The Gift of Shamanism was reviewed by June Kent, Editor of Indie Shaman Magazine
Itzhak Beery. The Gift of Shamanism. Destiny Books,U.S. (9 April 2015). ISBN-10: 1620553724. ISBN-13: 978-1620553725.