This is a book written for practicing therapists, scholars, clergy, students, and those with a general interest in non-traditional healing and helping practices. It tells the story of Bradford Keeney, the first non-African to be inducted as a shaman in both the Kung Bushman and Zulu cultures. It offers lessons on the essence of making a difference in others' lives, not through the familiar, well-worn paths of traditional psychotherapy but through the work of spiritual healers and "doctors" of the oldest cultures on this planet. It is an integration of psychological, spiritual, kinesthetic, and anthropological methods into a biography of one of the most charismatic, creative clinicians working today, not just in traditional mental health settings but in the jungles of the Amazon, the deserts of Namibia and Botswana, and the most remote islands in the South Pacific.
The authors present applications of indigenous shamanistic concepts to the practice of helping and healing. The book centers on a series of 9 chapters that examine specific principles of shamanism and apply them to the practices and desires of counselors, therapists, and educators, including a wide range of examples from Keeney's own personal experiences as well as those of other shamans he has come to know. This is a book that challenges the foundation of everything we think we know and understand about helping and healing.
"A fascinating account of Keeney's journey into shamanism and healing practices, as well as an absorbing and expansive view enriching any reader. Every step is rooted in the familiar and then grows into intriguing possibilities, probabilities, and acceptances. We're given a seamless and beautiful blending of cross-cultural healing practices and Western psychotherapeutic techniques. This flawless merging, charming in its story, gives us all courage to step outside our own thinking and develop in ways we'd not considered before."
-Betty Alice Erickson, M.S., L.P.C., (in) private practice, Dallas, Texas
"In telling the story of Keeney, the American Shaman, Kottler and Carlson have again struck gold by unearthing indigenous healing practices that have great potential for the work we do in our own culture. I was thoroughly entertained, even spellbound, by the stories in this book."
-William Glasser, MD, Author of Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to your Health
"Truly a contemporary odyssey- Kottler, Carlson and Keeney discuss the evolution of modern psychology in the backdrop of traditional culture and medicine, taking the reader on a once-in-a-lifetime journey from disillusionment to enlightenment
-John Gray, Ph.D., Author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
"Brad Keeney emerges as a fascinating and charismatic healer, one who brings to modern life the powerful wisdom of a traditional shaman. American Shaman must be read by anyone wanting to understand the full spectrum of paths to heal the heart, mind, body and spirit."
-Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., Author of Emotional Intelligence
"Brad Keeney's Work is a living example of what we need in our field at thisstage of evolution: a synthesis of traditional and modern, east and west, body and soul. Jon Carlson and Jeffrey Kottler do a masterful job of bringing out the essence of the work through their insight and flair for story-telling. A book for both professional development and stay-up-late adventure reading."
-Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado; Co-Author of Conscious Loving and Lasting Love
|About the Authors||p. vii|
|Some Conceptual Foundations|
|The Zulu Conflict||p. 3|
|Dancing under the Stars||p. 17|
|What It Means to Be a Shaman||p. 41|
|The Psychiatrist Wanted to Be a Priest, the Psychologist Wanted to Be a Shaman||p. 61|
|Healing through Touch||p. 75|
|The Circles of Life: Some Conceptual Foundations||p. 93|
|Shamanic Concepts Applied to Helping and Healing|
|Who Is Not in the Room?||p. 115|
|The Value of Play||p. 127|
|Evoking the Sacred||p. 143|
|Multiple Modalities||p. 159|
|Therapeutic Tasks and Ordeals||p. 193|
|Paradox and Duality||p. 205|
|Love over Power||p. 225|
|Shamanic Principles Applied to Everyday Life||p. 239|
|Books by Bradford Keeney||p. 259|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 27th February 2004
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.462