Author(s): Jeff D. Nixa
Discover your soul's purpose by following the shamanic path of the heart. Each of us has a vision for our lives, our soul's purpose awaiting release in our hearts. The most important task we have is to learn what that purpose is and then bring it into the world. In our world of endless busyness and "hurry sickness," many people are experiencing soul loss as they live out dreams of endless motion, empty tasks, anxiety, and negative thoughts. But you can change your world and discover the shamanic heart path that activates your wildness, your power, and your soul's purpose. Blending earth-honoring shamanic practices and modern depth psychology, Jeff Nixa explains how to practice the lost art of heart navigation to help you find your life purpose and spiritual identity, conquer the fear, doubt and criticism that stand in the way of that vision, and become a shamanic shapeshifter of your life. Providing heart-opening exercises to slow your mental racing and detect your heart's navigational guidance system, he shows how to awaken your wild and free heart, access your spiritual core directly, deactivate trauma-based emotional patterns, retrieve vital energy, work with your dreams, and become an artist of the soul. You will learn how to meet your power animals and consult with spirit guides, embark on shamanic journeys in the spirit world for help and information, slay your inner dragons of self-sabotage, find your personal spirit song, and create the joyful life that your heart is attuned to seek out. Offering case studies and troubleshooting help for common pitfalls and obstacles on the heart-centered path, this shamanic manual provides hands-on practices and ceremonies as well as wisdom from the author's own journey and the powerful teachers he has worked with, including Sandra Ingerman, Mikkal, spiritual elders of the Oglala Lakota people, and plant-spirit medicine shamans of the Amazon jungle. Allowing you to understand the precise contours of your authentic self and your visionary heart, this book offers a map to a vibrant new life aligned with your soul and deepest calling.
Jeff Nixa, J.D., M.Div., is a shamanic practitioner, teacher, and writer. In 2010 he founded Great Plains Shamanic Programs, an array of counseling, healing, and education services, including one-on-one fire talks, seminars, university classes, outdoor retreats, and wilderness trips. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.
Foreword by C. Michael Smith Introduction Calling Down the Song for Your Life PART I Leaving Home 1 Searching for Heart in a World of Reason 2 The Heart Path as a Hero's Journey 3 The Shaman as Guide to the Spirit World 4 Gathering around the Sacred Fire PART II The Descent 5 Getting Clear on Your Cargo 6 Facing Your Dragons 7 A Hard Look at Your Own Mind PART III Shapeshifting 8 Power from the Body and Earth 9 Power from the Eagle Mind 10 Power from the Condor Heart PART IV The Shamanic Journey and Return 11 The Guided Shamanic Journey 12 The Unguided Shamanic Journey 13 Bringing Your Song into the World Appendix 1 A Full Scan of Your Spiritual Heart Appendix 2 Mindfulness in Daily Living How to Use the Audio Tracks That Accompany This Book Notes Index About the Author