Hey gurl and super hawt Leo intern,
Occasionally on your site you do book recs, which I ALWAYS buy for myself or the library where I work. I’ve had some interesting experiences out of nowhere (Or were they? I mean, they happened exactly as Saturn was going direct this week.) with shamanism and was wondering if you could recommend some books on the subj. And yes, I know- all we do is shamanism- the yoga, the meditation, the food we put into our bodies, the emotions we allow ourselves to feel, even this e-mail- all magic. Buuuut if you know of a particularly great read, I’d love to know of it. There are just so many choices online and I have no way to know what’s solid.
Sheila of Shanghai, now on a six-week meditation retreat in Colorado and then Thailand
Hey Sheila Of Shanghai,
I can’t recommend a particularly good book on Shamanism, as such, although the Wolves book is always an epic classic choice for this sort of thing, right? In fact, i.m.o. the best way to do anything shamanic or similar is to read NO guide book; just observe the omens around you, dream messages and work on enhancing your intuition. Six weeks meditation should do it. Be your own Shaman! The knowledge is WITHIN.
Having said that, I’m sure the genius peeps here have some good reccies.
“Just outside Harvard Square, at 29 Oxford Street, lies the Cruft Lab. Part of the physics department at Harvard, this is where George Washington Pierce invented the crystal oscillator about a hundred years ago. Without his invention, radio stations would never have been commercially feasible.
But Cruft Hall is even more important for giving its name to a vitally important concept. “Cruft” is the engineering term for the leftover detritus, useless computer code, broken devices, empty boxes and junk that we have to maneuver around as technology advances.
Over the decades, abandoned radar components, obsolete circuit boards and outdated vacuum tubes began to pile up in the lab. The windows were stacked full of cruft, things that used to be important but were now simply in the way.
Revolutions eliminate the perfect and enable the impossible. They also over-whelm us with cruft.
The art of moving forward lies in understanding what to leave behind.
The simplest plan is to keep it all, to embrace what worked before, and to hide, mostly to hide, from the open vistas of the new post-revolutionary world. It’s so easy to do and if the world moves slowly enough, you can even do it successfully for a while.
No longer. The industrial age, the one that established our schooling, out workday, our economy, and our expectations, is dying. It’s dying faster than most of us expected and it’s causing plenty pain, indecision and fear as it goes.
We’re surrounded by the cruft of the industrial age, by the expectations, beliefs and standards of an era that’s now over.
What an opportunity. To be among the first to clean it out, to ignore it, to move to a different building altogether. A life without cruft slowing you down, a career with a focus on what you can create instead of what you must replicate.”
Is not the whole way Godin (who is Cancerian) references the “cruft” concept just genius? It’s not that it never mattered or was ever a mistake – it’s just not part of the Now. My Horoscopes are insanely Zap Zone, i admit it’s why they can seem a bit weird at times AND Life Edited (which i have mentioned before) is also v.Zap Zone.
Another concept: What if your ruling planet (the planet that rules the sign you have on your Ascendant) was your Shaman? Then what?