Seeing in the Dark

Claim your own Shamanic Power Now and in the Coming Age

Colleen Deatsman and Paul Bowersox
Red Wheel Weiser 2009


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In Praise of Seeing in the Dark

“Shamanism is many things to many people—at its core it is an ancient spiritual tradition dedicated to becoming fully human. Through partnership with the compassionate spirits, shamanic practitioners bring blessings of balance and healing to our world. In Seeing in the Dark, Colleen and Paul offer us their inspired, multi-faceted perspective, helping to make this powerful tradition more readily available at a time when our need for it has never been greater.” —Nan Moss and David Corbin, authors of Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements

“A shaman is never truly alone. Instead, there is an unwavering belief that loving companions are always traveling with us. Feeling this fills us with boundless joy and deep gratitude for our life and our beautiful planet. Seeing in the Dark is both a step-by-step guide to developing powerful kinships with the spirits who surround us and to nurturing a clearer understanding of our place in the Universe.” —Evelyn C. Rysdyk, Shamanic teacher and healer, author of Modern Shamanic Living, and on the editorial board of The Journal of Shamanic Practice

“Colleen Deatsman and Paul Bowersox draw on their diverse spiritual training and personal experience to craft a book that gives readers tools with which to traverse the turmoils of everyday life, economic downturns, and personal struggles. This is the sort of "engaged shamanism" that can light up the dark.” —Larry G. Peters Ph.D., anthropologist, licensed psychotherapist, and author (leads groups to Nepal to study Tibetan shamanism)

"Seeing in the Dark is the kind of book that offers newcomers to shamanism a safe and sensible program and also reminds experienced practitioners why they fell in love with shamanism in the first place. The authors carefully guide readers through the many aspects of the shamanic life and offer practical suggestions for journeys, ceremonies, and personal healing. This book will become a comforting and reliable companion for those on the shaman's path." —Tom Cowan, author of Shamanism: A Spiritual Practice for Daily Life and Fire in the Head

“Seeing in the Dark is a wonderful gateway to shamanic practice. Packed with wonderful exercises and journey suggestions, Deatsman and Bowersox gently guide readers to find insight and healing through spirit connections and energy work.” —Kristin Madden, author of Magick, Mystery, and Medicine, The Book of Shamanic Healing, and Shamanic Guide to Death and Dying

"Seeing in the Dark reveals shamanic ritual in terms of its practical application to the process of unfolding individual and collective consciousness, making it a ground-breaking work of startling authenticity. This book is a necessity for those who wish to understand how personal reality can be shaped by one's beliefs and how the fate of individuals and nations can be shifted by the focused intent of inwardly directed individuals. Seeing in the Dark is ideal for those seeking a practical application of material garnered from readings in comparative religious studies, folklore, and mythology but were left looking for the next step—here it is. Take it if you dare." —Mark Stavish, Director of Studies, Institute for Hermetic Studies and author of Between the Gates: Lucid Dreaming, Astral Projection and the Body of Light in Western Esotericism

“Seeing in the Dark unveils the mysteries of shamanism in a clear, well-written book. It teaches and demystifies the journeys of the shaman and gives many suggestions for continued success. Deatsman and Bowersox tell you that you can do this and then show you how! An essential guide for learning to practice shamanism and the experienced practitioner will find more wonders to explore. Shamanism explores the world of the soul in trance, guided by the drum, the rattle, and our own power. The world of the soul often seems too mystical for us to travel, and yet we know the mysteries are there, hidden just beyond our view. Colleen Deatsman and Paul Bowersox dispel those myths in Seeing in the Dark, a book that shines a light to guide us into the pathways of wonder, the world of the soul. This well-written book teaches the student how to begin and then guides the experienced practitioner on ways to continue. Every reader will deepen their understanding of their own soul and the spiritual worlds of mystery.” —Gail Wood, co-author of Shamanic Witch and author of Sisters of the Dark Moon

"As a shamanic practitioner, with over two years of intensive training, I bought Colleen and Paul's book with the expectation that it would be a good review of knowledge already acquired. I was more than pleasantly surprised, however, as Seeing In The Dark proved to be of considerable depth, and not at all a beginner's manual, though it would also be excellent for beginners. The first thing that impressed me was the profound sense of purpose and mission presented in the book. The authors are clearly dedicated to bringing blessing and improvement, and a higher consciousness, to the world. I also found the contents to be incredibly rich in understanding, knowledge and skill. The material will provide a seeker with many weeks, and probably many months, of intensive experiences in the form of the suggested journeys and other assignments. I also discovered it to be truly challenging to me as a person, encouraging me to strive for the utmost in integrity and deep spiritual practice. After I finished a read-through, I placed it at my bedside, to be consulted regularly for wisdom, and so that I can work through the many exercises. I highly recommend it to all who are interested in deepening their spiritual experience." – Marjorie Tursak

"Self-empowerment at its finest. Seeing in the Dark is a long awaited read by Shamanic practitioners Colleen Deatsman and Paul Bowersox. Whether you are new to Shamanism or have been studying it for years, this book will provide a refreshing look at an ancient healing practice. Seeing In the Dark is packed full of information and exercises that will assist the reader in realizing their own Shamanic power and making true connections with themselves and others." – Barb Barton Singer/Songwriter

"Hi Colleen, I am reading your book and like your thoughtful and sensitive way of going into this complex subject. In the past I have recommended Tom Cowan's book (Shamanism as a Daily Spiritual Practice) to new students, but now I think I would recommend Seeing in the Dark instead, as a text. Also liked what you said in the front a lot, thanks! Keep up the good work. Its a boost to know you are out there in today's world and on the network for planet healing. Love and LIGHT!" Judith Reynolds

"Whether you are a long time practitioner of metaphysics or beginning to look for information, this book will prove to be a valuable read. It is practical, informative, effective and interesting. I will continue to use it as a resource for myself, family, and friends. I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed." - Marisa McGlue, High School Science Teacher

"It might be helpful for you to know that I am a practical man. I like things simple, down to earth, and real. I am not into spiritual matters, or any matters, that are "out there". If they don't apply in useable ways, forget it. I am a psychologist and Coordinator of case-management at Community Mental Health. I look for things that help me help people in substantive ways. Every now and then I come across a book that I just know from the moment I open it and read the Introduction that there will be information throughout the book that will inspire, challenge and motivate me to make important changes in my self and life. Seeing in the Dark is one of those few books. From the first chapter to the last, Colleen and Paul take you through step by step explanations of tools and methodologies, unique and enlightening wisdom about consciousness and being a soul, and offer over a hundred journeys from their solid foundation of years of personal and professional experience. If you are seeking knowledge, profound self healing and deep peaceful comfort, you will want to absorb this book from cover to cover. With each chapter I found thorough discussion of the information and was taken by the authors into the heart, soul and dynamics of the content and journeys with ease and understanding. Those who are drawn to work with the depth and power of their own soul, the guidance and support of spirit, and the energies of nature, whether beginner or experienced, will receive great benefits in absorbing this gem of a how-to book." - Patrick Kelley MA, LLP

"If you are feeling unfulfilled or incomplete in some way, if you cannot quite figure out why your life isn't working the way you expect, or if you are just searching for something more, then you have found the right book. I've recently read Eckhart Tolle's New Earth and began to put it into practice, that is, to some extent. There was still something not quite right. I was having difficulty staying clear. After reading Seeing in the Dark, I discovered that it was my "programs" or things I learned as a child that became self limiting behavioral patterns that blocked my progress. This book shines a light on that and follows through with a direction. Where Eckhart lays the groundwork for new thought patterns, Seeing in the Dark drives it home with insight, knowledge, and airy meditations. Seeing in the Dark is clearly THE FORERUNNER to ALL shaman books. If you are ready to clear the fog of your self deluding behaviors, this IS THE PRIMER!!!" - Marla Brzostowski

"Seeing in the Dark takes on and succeeds at the herculean task of reintroducing shamanism with language we are familiar with in the 21st Century. This book is a bridge between the flights of fancy of what was, and the concrete pragmatism of what will be, indeed must be, in the years to come as we pull away from the wish-fulfillment thinking which has plagued the New Age. What worked for the ancients will not work for us in the same way. Post-modern man is unfamiliar with the spirit of the buffalo. It is meaningless to him and therefore empty. But, the structure of the human thinking machinery, the understanding that soul is the prime mover in the genesis of human thought, is something we can employ to our benefit and make work as citizens of the new millennium. Deatsman and Bowersox weave the old throughout the new, never stripping shamanism of its mysticism, but unrelentingly championing the retooling of the shamanic worldview towards practical application. If you want to see where shamanism has been, and still catch a ride on where it is going, buy this book. You will be glad you did." - Mark Stavish, Director of Studies, Institute for Hermetic Studies and author of Between the Gates: Lucid Dreaming, Astral Projection and the Body of Light in Western Esotericism