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    Author Bio for Howard G Charing

<b>Howard G. Charing, is an accomplished international workshop leader on shamanism. He has worked some of the most respected and extraordinary shamans & healers in the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Philippines. He organises specialist retreats to the Amazon Rainforest  He is the author of the best selling book, Plant Spirit Shamanism (Destiny Books USA), and has published numerous articles about plant medicines. Website http://www.shamanism.co.uk </b>

 Soul Retrieval - Traditional Ways to Restore our Life Force - Category: Health - Alternative 7/1/2007
Summary: The soul can be seen as the essence or vital nature of a person, and soul loss is when we lose a part of this vital nature. The act or practise of finding and returning those lost fragments and reuniting them with the person is called Soul Retrieval. Soul Retrieval is an ancient healing method, which is very appropriate in our contemporary society. This article is written by one of Europe's leading practitioner in this body of work. . . . more

 Soul Loss - How Shamanic Healing Can Restore your Life Force - Category: Self Improvement - Happiness 7/1/2007
Summary: In the shamanic worldview, power and maintaining health go hand in hand, if the body is power-full, there is no room for illness or disease. The soul can be seen as the essence or vital nature of a person, and soul loss is when we lose a part of this vital nature. This article explores how by 'holding' on to other people's energy can lead to loss of our own. . . . more

 Drumming for the Shamanic Journey - Category: Self Improvement - Inspirational 7/1/2007
Summary: Shamanism is the oldest way in which humanity has sought connection with Creation. The origins of shamanism go back at least 40,000 - 50,000 years to Stone age times. All of us have evolved from shamanic cultures, it is our roots wherever we live. . . . more

 Death as an Ally - How Shamans Perceive Death - Category: Society - Death 7/1/2007
Summary: In our society and culture, death is something dark, mysterious, and fearful. Ancient cultures did not regard death as an enemy, but dared to make it an ally. It is ultimately about daring to live fearlessly from the centre of one’s truth, to challenge and defeat the tendency to inertia, fear of life and premature old age. To quote one of the great teachers, the Peruvian shaman Don Eduardo Calderon: ‘a shaman is someone who is already dead and thus has no fear of death or life’. . . . more

 Coca and the Sacred Plants of the Incas - the Timeless World of the Andes - Category: Regional - South America 7/1/2007
Summary: The Incas regarded coca as ‘the divine plant’ mainly because of its property of imparting endurance, nevertheless its use was entwined with every aspect of life; the art, mythology, culture and economy of the Inca Empire. . . . more

 Guidelines and Preparation for the Ayahuasca Experience - Category: Self Improvement - Spirituality 7/1/2007
Summary: There has been a huge surge of interest in Ayahuasca recently. There is a growing belief that it is a kind of ‘medicine for our times’, giving hope to people with ‘incurable’ diseases like cancer and HIV, drug addictions and inspiring answers to the big ecological problems of modern civilization. . . . more