Archive report of meeting

Thursday 21st July 2016

Past notice

Bridging the worlds:

A presentation by Christa Mackinnon

Critiquing the book 'Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice' one reviewer suggested: "The spirit of Carl Jung has evolved into the twenty-first century through the work of Christa Mackinnon."

The review then went on to say Christa had "brilliantly integrated ancient indigenous wisdom with western therapeutic practice, bridging spirituality with psychology in a shamanic manner that Dr. Jung would revel in."

Christa Mackinnon went even further, suggesting during her talk to the society on Thursday 21 July 2016 that in his own way Jung could be regarded as a shamanic therapist

It is some years since Christa last gave a talk to the society and during that time she has become established as one of the UK most widely known experts on shamanic techniques and practices across the world.

For she is now the author of two best-selling text books on the subject with a third on the way.

The first of those books – Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice, published in 2012, quickly established itself as ground breaking research.

In her book Christa successfully and engagingly demonstrated the therapeutic thread which runs from traditional and contemporary shamanism through to contemporaty developments in psychology, physics and neuro-science.

In a packed and informative presentation, she sought to provide an overview of traditional and contemporary shamanism while outling the psycho-spiritual teachings, approaches and tools which indigenous traditions offer.

Part of her talk also focused on the shamanic world-view of life as an interconnected, multi-layered energetic web and the view of the human within this web, consisting of a spirit essence potentiality, a specific soul and a manifested body/mind.

And she briefly outlined the shamanic concept of ‘health’ defined as ‘wholeness’, and its implications for psycho-spiritual therapeutic healing approaches and will outline some specific tools and approaches that can be applied within the field of contemporary therapy.

Christa Mackinnon
Christa Mackinnon
is a  psychologist,  family counsellor,  clinical hypnotherapist, shamanic teacher and acclaimed author with over 25 years of professional experience as a therapist, trainer, lecturer and group facilitator. A former course director for a large hypnotherapy training institute, she is the founder of Kamdaris Psychological Consultancy and Training and holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Exeter, Medical School, where she teaches special study units on trauma as well as clinical hypnosis. Christa apprenticed to shamans in South America and has trained with spiritual and shamanic teachers in Asia, the USA and the UK, which led her to design and run training courses for therapeutic professionals combining western approaches with indigenous spiritual teachings.
Her books include:
Shamanism and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practice (Jessica Kingsley, 2012)
Shamanism: Awaken and Develop the Shamanic Force Within (Hay House, 2016
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