Thanks guys i have been questioning whether i am in the right place and studying the right things, however knoing it isnt unusual to mix different paths makes me more comfortable. I still have a lot of research to do but everything i read points me to a shamanic path.
Thanks Khara would love to read any material you know of. Also a question, is one born a shaman or can you train yourself to follow that path. Even though i am attracted to all things shamanic, how do i know i am meant for it?.. The only true sign i have had is that i am a natural lucid dreamer if that means anything?
it's hard to explain E_S, it's one of those things that you are strongly drawn too and you may have already had vision journeys before now. For myself, shamanism was something I was not as much drawn too and thrust into kicking and screaming. It didn't settle well with me for a good number of years and I fought it like the plague. These days, I'm a lot more comfortable with my abilities and have a lot more control over my visions and such.
Here are a few books I've found...
Rainbow Medicine: A Visionary Guide to Native American Shamanism by Wolf Moondance, Jim Sharpe and Sky Starhawk
Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies by Robert Lake-Thom - he actually has a few books out there on this subject, however, this is th eonly one I have read.
Then we have this one;
Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small by Ted Andrews
While Andrews is not NA, he has covered the subject very well. I have a number of his books that I have been happy with.
Then you get into the celtic shamanism.
By Oak, Ash, & Thorn: Modern Celtic Shamanism (Llewellyn's Celtic Wisdom) by D.J. Conway - I like DJ even if she is a bit fluffy. She still researches her subjects amazingly well.
The Mist-Filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers, and Seekers by Frank MacEowen and Tom Cowan - this is just one of many these guys have written both together and individually. I have not read all of them, but I have been very pleased with what I have read.