Gift of the Dreamtime - Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma

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With a foreward by shaman Christina Pratt, in the second edition of this fantastical memoir, Harrell chronicles a modern shamanic journey from pain, to healing and accepting a calling to work as a soul healer of others.

Groundbreaking at the time of its first publication in 2004, still no other modern shamanic work shares an experience of soul healing told from within the shamanic narrative. More

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About S. Kelley Harrell

Kelley is a author and modern shaman in North Carolina. She has been on a shamanic path since 1988, and since 2000 has served her local community and an international client base. Her bestselling memoir, "Gift of the Dreamtime: Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma," chronicles her pivotal step into the role of modern shaman. To support her shamanic work, she draws on energy work, hypnotherapy, and flower essences. A modern Druid, Kelley is an ordained interfaith minister. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Masters in Religious Studies.

Kelley has written for publications such as the Global Goddess Oracle, SageWoman, Indie Shaman Magazine, and The Huffington Post, and many other journals and anthologies. Her shamanic practice is Soul Intent Arts, and a major focus of her work is helping modern intuitives assimilate spiritual emergence through community and mentorship in The Tribe of the Modern Mystic.

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With a foreward by modern shaman and founder of The Last Mask Center, Christina Pratt, this fantastical memoir chronicles a modern shamanic journey from pain, to healing and accepting a calling to work as a soul healer of others. Groundbreaking at the time of its first publication in 2004, no other modern shamanic work shares an experience of soul healing told from within the shamanic narrative.

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Review by: Sarah Paul on Aug. 24, 2012 :
This is an enlightening book about a little known topic in western culture. As a person who does not relate to animal totems and has little knowledge of shamanism, I found this book very informative. Consciousness is big and we know little about it, really. In western culture, we do not recognize the validity of trance experiences, but all people of any spiritual faith know that spiritual experience can take MANY forms. Certainly some people have such experience more easily than others, and there are many different paths, as they say, to God.

Kelley's terrible childhood sexual abuse that drove her to seek healing as an adult is a topic to itself. We humans still live in a culture where pain, suffering, violence, and child abuse is accepted and is still a daily occurrence. To our horror and shame, it is even a large part of the entertainment industry. We as humans have a long way to go before we can call ourselves "civilized."

Kelley's detailed account of her trance experiences into the shamanic world are amazing but to me believable, especially after reading her Readers's Companion, which is a separate publication. She had shamanistic experiences even as a child, and clearly was born with this potential. The fact that she could use it to heal herself is wonderful, and that she is using it to help heal others is also wonderful.

To meet and relate to a spirit owl, to be trampled (but not harmed) by a herd of running horses, to enter a cave of self-discovery, is nothing less than Luke Skywalker did in STAR WARS. Darth Vader and Obe Wan Kenobe called it "the old religion." It is, indeed! We have access to all consciousness, to all the old religions, and if it benefits us to use them, then by all means, let us do so and shout it from the rooftops, as Kelley has done, that this is something we can do! And if it heals us, by all means, let us do it!

God bless you in your work, Kelley.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Paul on Aug. 24, 2012 :
This is an enlightening book about a little known topic in western culture. As a person who does not relate to animal totems and has little knowledge of shamanism, I found this book very informative. Consciousness is big and we know little about it, really. In western culture, we do not recognize the validity of trance experiences, but all people of any spiritual faith know that spiritual experience can take MANY forms. Certainly some people have such experience more easily than others, and there are many different paths, as they say, to God.

Kelley's terrible childhood sexual abuse that drove her to seek healing as an adult is a topic to itself. We humans still live in a culture where pain, suffering, violence, and child abuse is accepted and is still a daily occurrence. To our horror and shame, it is even a large part of the entertainment industry. We as humans have a long way to go before we can call ourselves "civilized."

Kelley's detailed account of her trance experiences into the shamanic world are amazing but to me believable, especially after reading her Readers's Companion, which is a separate publication. She tells us how she had shamanistic experiences even as a child, and clearly was born with this potential. The fact that she could use it to heal herself is wonderful, and that she is using it to help heal others is also wonderful.

To meet and relate to a spirit owl, to be trampled (but not harmed) by a herd of running horses, to enter a cave of self-discovery, is nothing less than Luke Skywalker did in STAR WARS. Darth Vader and Obe Wan Kenobe called it "the old religion." It is, indeed! We have access to all consciousness, to all the old religions, and if it benefits us to use them, then by all means, let us do so and shout it from the rooftops, as Kelley has done, that this is something we can do! And if it heals us, by all means, let us do it! God bless you in your work, Kelley and thank you for two very honest, informative, well-written books to enlarge our ever-expanding global culture. It is wise for us to include the past as well as the future.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lynda Skeen on July 23, 2012 :
I liked this book so much that I gave it real estate on my blog (http://lyndaskeen.wordpress.com/). Here is the post:


A great book about the journeying experience
July 22, 2012 by Lynda Skeen
I want to recommend Kelley Harrell’s Gift of the Dreamtime, a brave, compassionate, and wonderfully written book about Kelley’s experience of wrestling with childhood sexual abuse. It takes place over the course of several years, and totally in dreamtime (also known as nonordinary reality or shamanic journeys). She lets the reader in on her gritty process of working with her helping spirits to unravel her childhood wounding and to move forward in a positive way in her life. She doesn’t sugarcoat the process, which is one of the gifts of her gutsiness in letting the reader in on her process. She lets us see her learning process, lets us see her question her helping spirits, lets us see her pain and her healing. It’s really beautiful, and is a great example of ways to work with your helping spirits.

Her journeys are very visual – not just visual, but engaging all the senses – which isn’t everyone’s experience of Dreamtime. If you feel a bit of jealousy as you read Gift of the Dreamtime, please don’t let it deter you from continuing to read. Everyone journeys in their own way; some people don’t “see” anything at all.

Kelley, I know I’ve already said this to you, but thank you so much for your gift of Gift of the Dreamtime! I heartily recommend it.

Kelley Harrell, a writer and shamanic healer, lives in North Carolina and can be found in cycberspace at http://kelleyharrell.com.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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