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WHEN I LIVED IN SAN FRANCISCO IN 1980, I was introduced to shamanic journeying. I loved this practice, which taught me how to receive my own spiritual guidance by traveling outside of time and space to meet with helping and compassionate spirits.

Using the ancient power of ceremony, shamans move beyond ordinary thinking into unseen realms, which are filled with great beauty and spiritual healing energies that can empower our lives. In these realms, shamans can see disharmonious energy patterns that need to be rebalanced in order to improve the health of people and the planet. And it is also through ceremony that shamans receive guidance on how to restore harmonious energies—from the natural world, helping spirits, and their

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