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Kristin Madden was raised by a deathwalker in a shamanic home of spiritual explorers. As a result, she has had ongoing experience with both Eastern and Western mystic paths since 1972. She is an author, teacher, homeschooling mom, and wildlife rehabilitator. She is the Dean of Ardantane's School of Shamanic Studies, an Avatar Master, a Druid and tutor in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, and a member of the Druid College of Healing.
Kristin has been a metaphysical and environmental educator for nearly two decades. In addition to her books, Kristin's work has appeared throughout North America and Europe in the form of articles and interviews. She has been a guest on radio and television shows throughout North America and is a popular speaker at metaphysical and pagan events.
A former environmental chemist and raptor biologist, Kristin is dedicated to education and conservation of wilderness areas. It is her goal to help others find connection, solace, and wholeness through an exploration of their own inner selves, their spirit allies, and the natural world. In her abundant spare time, she is a wildlife rehab clinic director, rehabilitates hundreds of wild birds each year, and trains education raptors.
on Feb. 19, 2012 :
Magick, Mystery, and Medicine: Advanced Shamanic Healing by Kristin Madden © 2008 WillowTree Press eBook $6.99 (U.S.)
Of all the various aspects of healing used in the Pagan world, this is the one with which I am least familiar in practice. It is also the one in which theoretical knowledge is the least important. Those two facts make me, in my opinion, the ideal individual to review this book. If Kristin can make things clear to me, anyone should be able to understand and use the information.
As with any book concerned with such an intensely personal topic as shamanism, and especially advanced shamanic healing, there are personal anecdotes scattered throughout the book. There are also exercises/experiences to be undertaken and some suggestions for what to look for.
Since this work is subtitled “Advanced Shamanic Healing” I would not recommend to anyone not having (at the bare minimum) some background in shamanic healing, or at least some experience with out-of-body or astral work.
There are some appendices in the back devoted to animal and plant lore. Although not all-inclusive they are extensive enough to provide a leg up for those looking to expand their knowledge, although if you are already working in the field of shamanic healing, you will undoubtedly have encountered/developed a great deal of this information on your own.
This is an informative, well-written book which I highly recommend.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)