"The spirit blows where it will, and lately it wills to blow everywhere, carrying us into a spiritual multiculturalism that seems to have its own agenda," Jean Houston has written. Shamanism is a precursor to the world's religions, and it is still cropping up all over the place. Today many men and women are entering into this vocation with tutelage from the spirit world.

Writer, musician, and performer Karen Berggren describes her initiation into shamanistic realms, her experience of altered states of consciousness, and her encounters in dreamtime. She spells out the process of ecstasy induced by the power of the drum and the dance. Berggren sees herself as a spiritual midwife using knowledge and power to bring healing and help to those she serves. This paperback provides an interesting peephole into the evolution of shamanism in our time.