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by Nicki Scully and Mark Hallert (Today’s PRIZE GIVEAWAY is a Copy of Planetary Healing. Leave a COMMENT to enter. See details below)


Andrew Cort’s Mini-Review:

In Planetary Healing, Nicki Scully and Mark Hallert show us how to get beyond the feeling of being overwhelmed and helpless in the face of so many massive modern-day crises. They show us how we can make a positive difference in the world by healing ourselves, each other, and the planet, and they show us how we can participate practically and usefully in the inexorable movement toward a coming Golden Age.

Filled with passion, effective strategies, as well as wonderful story-telling, their book gives us a Shamanic view of Chernobyl, 9-11, the BP oil spill, and other natural and man-made disasters, and then goes on to show us how we can use the tools of Shamanism to heal ourselves and the environment by transforming consciousness at the deepest levels – the only real path to genuine change. As Joan Borysenko has said, “In this unprecedented time of global chaos and change, Planetary Healing taps in to a whole new level of mind. The brilliant shamanic journeys in these pages connect the reader with the courage, compassion, and creativity so needed to birth a new world that works for us all.”

The Excerpt below is from the book’s Preface.



We are living on a planet in crisis. Never before in recorded history have so many people walked the surface of Earth, and never before has the human species achieved the power to destroy life on such a scale as we have reached today. As more and more people awaken to the cocreative power we share with one another and with Spirit, the potential to become active participants in determining the future of our world grows with the overall population. The potency of our thoughts, intentions, and actions exponentially increases as people in growing numbers consciously combine forces—we can now redirect and reinvent our evolutionary trajectory.

Tools, practices, and processes in this book are designed to foster new ideas and increase creativity in solving problems. Our intention for our readers is nothing less than transformation at the deepest levels. The urgency we feel has motivated us to seek immediate and efficient solutions; and the primary arenas of our research include alchemy and shamanism. Both require deep commitment and presence and a willingness to step outside the comfort zone of more traditional doctrines such as science and religion.

Shamans have been crossing the veils between worlds for millennia. From their travels in altered states they bring back information, wisdom, and power for their communities. Their path is difficult, and rarely one that is intentionally sought. Rather, it is one to which a person is called, often after traumatic illness, visions, and dreams, struck by lightening, or having been recognized by the elders of their tribe or community. Their training is rigorous, and despite the fact that no religion or specific doctrine is associated with shamanism, true shamans live a life of service, almost always accompanied by a more ordinary way of making a living.

Most shamanic traditions that we have investigated include the use of sacraments, psychoactive plants used both as medicines and for communion with Spirit, or God. Many countries worldwide, in their attempt to solve a very real problem of drug abuse and dependency, have lumped all uses of mind-altering substances together, labeled them dangerous, and made them illegal. Consequently, most Western cultures have been generally dismissive of shamanism, and there has been little support for people who have spontaneous shamanic experiences or initiations with no appropriate guidance or interpretations available.

This book is not meant to be confused as a primer for shamans. We offer techniques that are shamanic in nature, requiring practitioners to travel and explore other dimensions during their ongoing quest for solutions. Readers are responsible for their own experience. Although we are experienced in, and have been inspired by our psychedelic explorations, it has always been our intention to bring to the world shamanic methods that do not require the use of mind-altering substances of any kind.

We are striving for a quantum leap in consciousness that allows access to information and wisdom from a higher source of intelligence than the collective stream that has brought us to this brink. Perhaps the invocation of a new “smart gene” is in order. It is our hope and desire that you will find inspiration in these pages. Life on planet Earth is a collaborative painting, ever a work in process. We are all artists who continue to contribute with our thoughts, our insights, and our love.

May your journeys bring you wisdom and joy, and may your efforts bring healing, peace, and harmony to our world.



Nicki Scully has been a healer and teacher of shamanism and the Egyptian mysteries since 1978. She lectures worldwide and specializes in spiritual tours to sacred sites in Egypt, Peru, and other countries. Nicki lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she maintains a comprehensive healing and shamanic consulting practice.

Mark Hallert is a visionary and cofounder, with Nicki Scully, of Shamanic Journeys, Ltd., which specializes in spiritual tours to sacred sites in Egypt and other countries. He lives
in Eugene, Oregon, with Nicki.

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Steve is offering a Free Copy of PLANETARY HEALINGto today’s lucky winner.
Today’s Prize Giveaway has the same rules as the other giveaways:

1.To enter to win, simply COMMENT ON THIS BLOG, leaving an email address so we can contact you if you win. All names of commenters go into the ‘hat’.

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3. Only one entry per giveaway. (But you can enter as many different Daily Giveaway Contests as you want!)

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Andrew Cort says:

(Ryan, if you win the free copy of the book, how will I get in touch with you?!?)

Ryan says:

Love and light to all! Thank you for your beautiful work!