Spirit Knife, Soul Bone



With the passing of Crow in 2018, most of our publication has ceased. 

to Seventh Direction Publishing
our newest way of sharing our experiences with you... in book form! These titles reflect our decades of experience in shamanism. Look for new additions as we write, edit, illustrate and publish our journeys in paper and ebook formats.


The following articles are available in .pdf format for your personal use; they are copyrighted and may not be duplicated in any medium without permission.  We welcome your feedback--let us know whether you found them useful and (we hope) interesting.  Email us with your comments at

Grounding, Centering & Shielding by Crow Swimsaway, PhD (.pdf file)

Soul Mates or Soul Exchange? by Bekki Shining Bearheart, LMT (.pdf file)

One Experience of Drumming in the Temple by Crow Swimsaway, PhD (.pdf file)

Bear Walks, Crow Talks

by Bekki Shining Bearheart, LMT & Crow Swimsaway, PhD

This book is a valuable addition to every library of contemporary shamanism. It is a well illustrated compilation of work from fifteen years of shamanic teaching and healing by Bekki and Crow, teachers and practitioners totally involved with their work.

Rooted in the Heart, Seeded in the Soul: Contemporary shamans working with plant spirits (2nd edition)

by Crow Swimsaway, PhD & Bekki Shining Bearheart, LMT
with added journeys by Jan Mittleman, LMT
and a new article by Ramon Lopez, PhD

This work has grown from Bekki and Crow's workshop on working with plant spirits, a powerful and popular workshop taught at the Chicago College of Healing Arts, Dragon Waters, Healing Heart Herbals, United Plant Savers Annual Conferences and the West Virginia Herb Association Annual Fall Conference.

Fundamentals of Shamanism: A Collection for Students of Shamanism from The Church of Earth Healing

This collection includes ten articles used with students studying with Bekki and Crow, plus a current list of Shamanic Workshops offered by the Church of Earth Healing and a list of recommended books. These articles are also useful to anyone pursuing shamanic studies. All of the articles in this monograph appear, in somewhat differently edited form, in Bear Walks, Crow Talks.

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Spirit Knife, Soul Bone: The Ancient Shamanic Art of Extracting Negative Energies

by Crow Swimsaway, PhD

This is the first contemporary book about the ancient and powerful shamanic healing technique known as extraction. Composed by an internationally noted shamanic practitioner, teacher and author, Spirit Knife describes extraction techniques in current use.  Stories of extractions from several centuries and many peoples around the world provide important background for modern practices. While reading of powerful healings gained by removing toxic crystals, piercing bones, cutting blades, and--perhaps--malevolent spirits, you can judge whether extraction might aid your own healing.

In Spirit Knife, Soul Bone, sources of destructive intrusions are examined at length. The chapter "Awareness is Half of Prevention" offers detailed guidelines for avoiding intrusions. Like all the major shamanic healing techniques, extraction is not and has never been self-applied. Still, understanding how extraction works and how necessary it may be, set against the complete portrayal of shamanic healing provided by Spirit Knife, makes the choices for your own healing safer and more effective.

A Circle of the Ancestors

by Crow Swimsaway

This book is a deeply personal exploration of how shamanic connections to our ancestors can help us. It draws on lively journals of ancestor journeys (containing over 100 journeys) performed by Crow as he developed his connections with a powerful herbalist in ancient Etruria, a young woman shaman who lived 2000 years ago in Northern England, and several mysterious Gypsies who dispensed healing from their caravans in Eastern Europe.

A Circle of Ancestors explores tribal ancestor practices, but more exciting are the examples of verified knowledge of lost ancestral connections. Our students often find they can trace unknown or uncertain aspects of their heritage though shamanic ancestor work.

The significance of the ancestors as major shamanic spiritual connections deserves more recognition. In any tribal cultures, the ancestors are more powerful helpers than allies, teachers or guides; complimenting, supplementing and sometimes supplanting these other connections in the healing and divinatory work of the shaman.

In 1995, Bekki Shining Bearheart LMT was guided by her ancestors to create and teach Circle of the Ancestors. This is one of the most powerful and popular workshops offered by the Church of Earth Healing; it is often taken by CEH students soon after the Fundamentals of Shamanism (Introductory) weekend because it is such an important step in their development. This book is a direct product of a decade of ancestor journeying and teaching.

EXCERPT from A Circle of the Ancestors

She [my Etruscan ancestress] was a little exasperated with me but did share a wonderful Full Moon Ritual which she often uses. I asked if she did this every full moon and she laughed a bit at the idea. My feeling is that she does it when she is in the appropriate mind. I do not yet know what places my Ancestress in any given mental state but she seems to live very much in the moment and the feelings of the moment.

Her Full Moon Ritual is an all day ritual. It begins when the sun rises and she is up and outside to greet the actual moment the sphere breaks over the hill behind her house. She usually starts the ritual standing on the terrace at the south end of the hut, looking up the hill. As soon as the upper edge of the sun comes into her sight she begins to dance. This is a very sinuous, swaying dance, of medium tempo. Her whole body moves from side to side in gentle curves and her eyes never leave the sun. She hums quietly to herself as she moves.

A smoldering herbal smudge, at least partly mugwort, in a ceramic bowl, is important for this ritual as are spherical fruits. The smudge is lit when she first goes outside and it is kept going slowly all day, being fed from a basket of the herbs. It smolders continuously, at least until the full moon rises in the evening. She carries a basket of fruit outside with her before the dawn. She let me know that she can get some sort of spherical fruit almost any time of year and always includes them in the ritual. The more spherical the better. Today she is using very rounded, dark purple plums. Properly shaped fruit is very important as an offering to the sun and to the moon.

As she dances she seems to become more and more in trance with her eyes closing partly and her movements slowing a little. As the sun continues to rise, she picks up the bowl of smoldering herbs and dances with it for some time, raising and lowering it and holding it high toward the sun. Next she does the same thing with the whole basket full of fruit. Then she places the basket at her feet and takes a plum in each hand and dances that way for a while. This part of the dance ends when she sinks slowly to the stones of the terrace and, still looking very much like she is in trance, eats the two plums she is holding, one after the other.

It is fascinating--so entrancing that I feel myself moving into her state of mind--to watch the dance which goes on until the whole disc of the sun is well over the hill behind the house. She does not move for some time but relaxes where she has settled and sits calmly with her legs curved to one side. When she does rise and take the fruit and smudge inside, she remains in the trance state, which I will call her full moon mind. She stays in this condition throughout the day.

In the evening she greets the rising full moon in almost exactly the same way that she greeted the sun. The dance is longer and more elaborate in movements with more variation in tempo, but the general format, including her orientation on the lunar body and the way the smudge and the fruit are used, is much the same. The dance to the moon ends as the morning one did, with her resting on the floor of the terrace. After resting a while, she enters her house, still apparently in full moon mind trance. I have the impression that there is nothing more to the ritual but she does not invite me inside and I leave her and make the return journey at this point.