|Sub Title||A Curanderismo Guide to Shapeshifting, Journeying, and Connecting with Animal Allies|
A guide to connecting with animals and their spiritual wisdom through ancient shamanic practices - Includes an alphabetical guide to 75 animals, explaining each animal's spiritual gifts, shapeshifting medicine, the realm they are associated with, and their symbolic meaning when they appear in a dream or vision - Details the trance journeying techniques and shapeshifting practices of ancient Mesoamerican shamanic traditions and modern-day curanderismo - Explores how to strengthen our connections with our spirit animal guides In this guide, Erika Buenaflor explores the animal mythologies, spirit journeying techniques, and shapeshifting practices of ancient shamanic traditions and modern-day curanderismo. She examines how indigenous Mesoamerican peoples used animals in their ceremonial healing and divination rites and explains the innate gifts and powers that different animals embody. She explores why certain animals are associated with and provide access to the non-ordinary realms: the Underworld, Middleworld, and Upperworld, wherein deities, ancestors, supernatural beings, and medicine could be connected with or obtained. She details how to enter into a trance journey to go into these nonordinary realms, be guided by or shapeshift into an animal associated with that realm, and access the sacred gifts and spiritual medicine they offer. The author explores shapeshifting practices in detail, and the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits we can gain by engaging in shapeshifting practices. She also explores how to strengthen our connections with our spirit animal guides.