A Shaman's Reading List: 3 Must-Have Books

A Shaman's Reading List: 3 Must-Have Books

by Sarah Petruno, Shamana

As a beginner energy healer, shaman, spiritual healer, or intuitive of any kind, deciding on which books you need to get to propel you on your journey can be daunting.

Luckily, you have the benefit of being able to ask your Guides, Angels, and Loved Ones to point you in the right direction. To have someone recommend a book to you, to have one fall in your path at the thrift store, or to have one show up as an advertisement in your Facebook newsfeed. Sending you books is one of the many tasks those in Spirit will do to help you.

What you “need” to be reading somehow will always find you, if you allow it.

As for me, my favorite and most recommended books found me. Over the years, many have fallen in the path. Most, I only read for a few pages or chapters, learn what I need to learn, and then I pass them on to their new owner.

These are my Healer Must-Haves. The ones I would, and have, recommended to friends, clients and students.


A Shaman's Reading List: 3 Must-Have Books

3 Must-Have Books for Healers

1. Shamanic Healing: Working with Tree Spirits, Peter Karim Aziz

This one is my first true love. Gifted to me when I was first starting out, a baby in shamanic training, and it taught me everything I needed to know about working with Tree Spirits - knowledge which I eventually transferred over to working with others in the Spirit World. How to start, how to interact with them, the importance of connecting with Tree Spirits, the steps, the realms, and so much more.

I often recommend that new healers start their energetic and spiritual practices by working with Trees, before they start moving on to working with other beings.

Ever-permanent and huge in physical, spiritual, and energetic size, they make it easy for a newbie. They can teach us so much, and they are so willing to work with us. This book teaches you how to do it in a loving, respectful, and compassionate way. I love this book so much, that when it was time for me to pass it on, I mourned over my loss of it and I still think of it fondly.

2. Spirit Releasement Therapy: A Technique Manual, William J. Baldwin

When I got this book and started reading, it was like a light bulb switched on for me. Written by a fellow psychologist, this book is like the Bible for dealing with Attachment Spirits - a core component of any shamanic work. It explains everything in a logical, well informed, and educated way, the author even did his doctoral thesis on removing attachment spirits in patients with mental illness. Doctoral Thesis! On Attachments! When I realized that an academic someone, just like me,  had written their thesis on it, I knew it was real. I knew it could be real for me too.

The author, William J. Baldwin, explains who Attachment Spirits are, how it works, what types of problems they can cause, and how to release them in this detailed textbook of a book.

This is the most comprehensive writing on Attachment Spirits that I have ever seen, and if you’re going to be a Shaman or Spiritual Healer that works to help release the living from Attachment Spirits, you need this book.

3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed

I haven’t read a book cover to cover in years. I have a tendency to get bored before I finish, or I realize that I’ve learned what I was meant to learn, and then I give them away.

Not this one.

What happens inside these pages, is the unfolding of a complete personal healing journey, written by the Author, Cheryl Strayed, about her own life. After a series of traumatic events, she decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. As the story unfolds, she’s met with challenge after challenge, obstacle after obstacle, and criticism after criticism, and she always presses on and overcomes. All the while, she works through her unhealed inner pain. She heals herself alone on the trail.

While this is not a traditional book for learning healing techniques, there is so much to learn for healers. It’s not often that you get to witness a personal healing journey. We are with clients for such a short amount of time in the grand scheme of things, and this book really gives you a window into the entire process. If you’ve had your own healing journey, if yours is yet unfolding, or if you’d had the honor to witness others, you see commonalities in a journey that is not at all spurred by shamanic healing. This book allows you to see the golden thread that links anyone who has ever healed themselves, regardless of how it’s done.  Across all healing paths, you see that healing journeys seem to happen alone, and that while healing occurs, there’s a huge release of painful emotions - anger, sadness, and resentment, to name a few. Healing isn’t a pretty process, but it is beautiful.

Within the pages of this book, you get to bear witness. Highly recommend.


These are my top 3 books for healers and those on a healing journey.

Happy Healing Reading!

A Shaman's Reading List: 3 Must-Have Books

A Shaman's Reading List: 3 Must-Have Books


LAST UPDATED: February 12, 2015

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