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By Jeffrey A. Kottler

Written for therapists, students, clergy, scholars, and people with an curiosity in non-traditional therapeutic practices, this publication tells the tale of Bradford Keeney, the 1st non-African to be inducted as a shaman within the Kung Bushman and Zulu cultures

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They were going to a dance expecting a stranger, not to mention a White man and a non-African, to deeply participate in their secret ways, which had been passed on from one generation to the next, since the first humans were born. Heating and Cooling the Nails The first thing that Keeney noticed later, when they settled around the fire, is that there were not a lot of rules or piety, such as one would expect in a sacred and religious ceremony. pgsI 26 1/22/04 11:40 AM Page 26 American Shaman seemed jubilant and playful, almost as if they were hanging out at the pub.

He said it was just a door to another life. I believe that you and I will always be connected, no matter which worlds we live in. This is our destiny. I believe I will be in touch with you whenever either one of us crosses over. The spirits make that possible. I love your people and I believe you have the most to teach the rest of the world about how to live. If we don’t listen to you, we will all die. I am giving much of my life to encouraging people to support and learn from your people. You were the first people of the world, the first to learn how to heal, how to love, and how to live together.

They both waited for a moment and then the rumbling began, gentle at first, then undulating. It was the dance again. The two of them held on to one another as if they were being jerked around by a tornado, which in a sense they were. At this point, Keeney had no idea what was going on, but, eventually, the chaotic energy settled into a rhythm. Now it felt like they were under this waterfall of energy, a pulsating curtain of water. It was totally exhilarating and euphoric, and when the two of them broke away, Mantag grinned and walked away.

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