Activating the Imaginal Cells of the Human Energy Field
by Linda Star Wolf and Anne Dillon
|Publisher:||Bear & Company (2011)|
Reviewed by Frater U.I.F.
The first thing that struck me about Visionary Shamanism is that it suffers from an extreme schizophrenia. Having read many works on Shamanism I had certain expectations based on the title, genre and the general overview presented on the back cover. The subtitle Activating the Imaginal Cells of The Human Energy Field suggested that the book would generally describe the basic concepts of shamanism and present visualization techniques and guided journeys as well as other native shamanic practices in that light.
By contrast I found the book to consist of what seems to be a random collection of personal experiences, teachings from the author's lives, Egyptian mythic imagery, and even a chapter on sacred geometry. The writing style itself is unobtrusive and has an easily readable and natural flow. Unfortunately this progression is not supported by any overall structure and the material remains disorganized. The reader gets the feeling that the two authors simply decided to each write every other chapter without working to integrate the overall content in any rational way.
I could see this book being read as a new age "sampler" providing a buffet of light touches upon various ideas and systems for people who wish to find a shamanic philosophy in which to dabble.