The Journal of Shamanic Practice was published twice a year from Fall 2008 to Spring 2015 and drew on a wide variety of shamanic experience. We aimed to be inclusive of the many disparate ways people practice shamanism today and in the past honoring all traditions of shamanism.
All members can access past journals in electronic Flip Book format as a benefit of their presence in the SSP community. Additionally, members receive current online issues monthly, which are archived in their members section of this site.
Over the last seven years of publication some of our authors have included:
Ed Tick, Robert Moss, Barbara Tedlock, Paula Deham, Stephan Beyer, Jose Luis Stevens, Sandra Ingerman, Hank Wesselman, Tom Cowan, Sharon MacLeod, Jaime Meyers, Christina Pratt, Itzhak Beery, Evelyn Rysdyk, Stanley Krippner, Richard Whiteley, Jeanne Achterberg, Mary Courtis, Mary Pat Lynch, Nita Renfrew, Jonathan Horwitz, Lewis Mehl-Madrone, and many others.
A new way of sharing knowledge, inspiration and guidance:
To better serve the SSP community, the decision was made to shift how the content of the Journals is delivered to our membership. Now that the Journal is not being published in hard copy, members receive a frequent flow of articles, stories, testimonials, book reviews, art, interviews and more through our dynamic website. The aim is to consistently provide support to our member community and to engage participation in the dialogue and action of living a shamanic life.
SSP’s Editorial board will continue to solicit articles from well-known experts in the field of shamanism as well as from anyone doing something unique, interesting, and valuable with his or her shamanic practice and shamanic life. We welcome articles and stories from people who use shamanism professionally, often in a healing capacity, and those who use it as a spiritual practice for daily life. The members’ section of this site contains an expanding medley of articles covering theoretical essays, useful guidelines for personal shamanic practice, and descriptions and accounts of readers’ personal experiences in the exciting world of shamanism.
We welcome article submissions. Below are the submission Guidelines for A Journal of Shamanic Practice:
A Journal of Shamanic Practice is a forum for articles about the practice of shamanism: what shamans and shamanic practitioners do and why they do it. It includes diverse perspectives on shamanism and explores both traditional practices of shamanic people around the world as well as all types of contemporary shamanism. The journal pays particular attention to the underlying principles of shamanic practice and showcases the many ways that shamanism is re-emerging and integrating itself into personal lives as well as contemporary societies. Each publication is meant to celebrate shamanism and inspire readers by offering direction and thoughtful facilitation for using shamanism as a personal spiritual practice, as a mission for small groups and larger communities, or as a healing modality.
The views expressed in the journal are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of the members or officers of the Society for Shamanic Practice.
SSP is a diverse global community of shamanic practitioners at all experience levels, and we welcome unsolicited articles. Please read the guidelines below before submitting your work. If you feel your work is appropriate to the Journal, submit it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequency and Publication Dates
A Journal of Shamanic Practice publishes a new original article approximately once per month on the web site of the Society for Shamanic Practice (SSP). Articles are available to the public, regardless of whether or not they are SSP members. Articles are also posted and promoted on the SSP Facebook page.
Length of Articles
Articles should be between 700 and 1500 words. Occasionally longer articles are accepted. When appropriate, manuscript submissions should include original art or photographs, or those that are in the public domain, or those for which the author has received permission to publish.
Types of Articles
Essays: speculative pieces on a subject about or related to shamanism. Essays should explore new ground and challenge readers to think in different ways.
Practice: articles that explore a certain aspect of shamanic practice. These are teaching pieces and should offer practical, how-to advice as well as new insights for using shamanism as a spiritual practice or as a healing modality. Ideally, these should be about the author’s personal experience.
Interviews: in-depth interviews with respected teachers or practitioners.
Editorials: opinion pieces on important topics in shamanism (by invitation only).
Poetry: original poetry that relates to shamanic or spiritual realms.
Reports: stories that relate a current trend in modern shamanic practice by featuring the work of one or more practitioners. The report should cover both theory and practice.
Book/Video/Film Reviews: Readers are encouraged to send in or suggest candidates for reviews which will be written by one of the editors.
Rarely does the journal publish personal healing stories. These stories are better incorporated into a report or an essay that frames the personal story in a larger context, or posted directly on the SSP Facebook page and/or our blog.
Start references on a separate page following the text. Number each reference consecutively in the text by order of appearance. In the text, designate reference numbers either as a superscript or on the line in parentheses. (Do not use the footnote function in WordPerfect.) Cite complete journal name. List all authors unless the number exceeds six. In these cases, give the first three names followed by “et. al.”
Krippner S. The epistemology and technologies of shamanic states of consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (2000): 93-118.
Eliade, Mircea. Shamanism and cosmology. In Nicholson S, ed. Shamanism. Wheaton, IL: A Quest Book; 1987, 17-46.
Ryan RE, Ph.D. The strong eye of shamanism. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions; 1999.
Van Binsbergen W. Sangoman in The Netherlands: On integrity in intercultural mediation. <www.shikanda.net/general/gen3/index_page/cursus_1999-2000>. Accessed 9/09/2006.
Number and title each table consecutively in the order mentioned in the text. Each column within a table should have a heading. Explain abbreviations in the legend.
All submissions to the journal are read and reviewed by a team of editors who are shamanic practitioners. Decisions to accept or reject a manuscript are based on this editorial/peer review. When suggestions for improvement are made, authors are asked to revise their manuscripts in accordance with the reviewers’ comments.
If any material in the manuscript is from a copyrighted publication, a letter of permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material should be included. If a photo, illustration, or figure does not belong to the author or is not in the public domain, it must be accompanied by a permission letter to reproduce it from the copyright holder.
If you are submitting the same article to other journals, notify us at the time of submission. If the article is accepted for publication elsewhere, we expect you to let us know. We will not publish the same, or substantially the same, piece.
Book Excerpts and Updates
If your submission is updating a previous article (published by SSP or elsewhere) it should be made clear in the text of the new article. We publish articles excerpted or adapted from your recently published, or soon to be published, book, and this also must be made clear in the text of your article.
Please send your written work to email@example.com and include a brief bio and photo and/or images to be published online along with your article.
We look forward to reading your work.