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The Sin Eater's Last Confessions
The Sin Eater's Last Confessions
Lost Traditions of Celtic Shamanism

By: Ross Heaven
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738713564
English  |  288 pages | 5 x 7 x 1 IN
Pub Date: July 2008
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What Is a "Sin Eater?"

In ancient Celtic lore, a sin eater was a shamanic healer. As a sin eater, his or her duty was to remove the spirit of illness-the "sin"-from a member of the community, as well as to make the gods available to both the living and the dead. This was done through the process of transformation and transmutation, changing the physical world through alchemical actions while bringing peace and balance to the soul of the afflicted.

It has been believed that the healing practice of sin eating died out half a century or more ago. But that's just not true. It survives, and it's currently practiced by well-known psychologist, healer, author, and teacher Ross Heaven. Ross has written more than ten books on topics including shamanism, plant medicines, healing, love, and relationships. He has been called "the Joseph Campbell of our times."

Now, in his new book, The Sin Eater's Last Confessions, he shares his knowledge of being a sin eater. How did he gain this knowledge? He spent years as the apprentice of Adam Dilwyn Vaughn, a sin eater for an English village. Rather than make this book yet another dry text, Ross presents it in a novel-like style, a powerful and moving spiritual memoir that has been described as "Carlos Castañeda in Celtic Britain."

As with all great teachers, as you follow the story you will also learn some amazing truths about the world and about yourself:

• Working with the subtle energies for healing
• Learning Celtic tree and herbal wisdom
• Removing negative energy from sufferers
• Reading omens in nature
• Discovering your soul purpose
• Releasing the blocks to achieving your goals
• Gathering genuine folk medicine recipes
• Dreaming a nature ally

In The Sin Eater's Last Confessions, you'll also learn about Ross' mentor, Vaughn, who was an outcast and considered a madman in his village. And yet he willingly helped those who had shunned him but now needed his healing abilities. Within this book you'll share Ross' experiences as he meets fairy folk, goes on a vision quest in a sacred cave, discovers his soul purpose through dreaming, and participates in a sin eating ritual.

This book is the most unique presentation of the sin eating tradition in ancient Britain, along with its beliefs, practices, and how it has survived to this day. But if after reading what a sin eater can accomplish you want to do more, this book includes a sin eater's workbook featuring the same shamanic exercises and techniques practiced by Dilwyn Vaughn. Now you can learn them, too!

Shamanism has existed all over the world, but little has been recorded about shamanism in England that has survived into contemporary times. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into what the practices were—and are. It shows you how you can put them to use today improving your life and the lives of those around you. It is a completely unique look at the Pagan healing system of the Celts and will fascinate those who approach this from a historical perspective or, like Ross himself, wish to incorporate the wisdom and techniques into their lives.

There is quite literally no other book like The Sin Eater's Last Confessions. It is both an exciting and revelatory story of a healer's apprenticeship and a practical manual on how you can learn these methods and techniques. Either way, this is a book that changes lives. You owe it to yourself to experience Ross Heaven's amazing work.

I have always been fascinated with the concept of magic. Fairy tales and science fiction have always filled my bookshelves, and I have favored stories that emphasize characters that have ordinary lives, but have extra-ordinary abilities. As a child, I would read and re-read these tales, convinced that there was something more, something hidden... read this article
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