“In Up a Tree, shamanic teacher and healer, Jane Burns creatively imagines how a recently widowed mother of two teenagers confronts major crises in her family’s life and within herself by using shamanic knowledge and skills. Readers familiar with shamanic living will recognize and be re-inspired by Burns’ treatment of traditional shamanic methods for healing and for finding meaning in a world that seems to be falling apart. Readers new to shamanism will discover how the shaman’s relationship with spirit allies can ease suffering, heal those in pain, and support difficult decisions. Both a novel and handbook, Up a Tree is based on the experience and wisdom Burns has acquired from many years of studying, practicing, and teaching shamanism. Here is a story that explains shamanism in clear and understandable terms and places it in the center of a woman’s life as she handles her own failings and the struggles of those she loves.”
—Tom Cowan, PhD, Author of “Fire in the Head” and “Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life.”
“Up A Tree is an engaging and beautiful story of love and healing. Jane Burns does a brilliant job of demonstrating how challenges in life can be healed and supported by helping spirits in the non-ordinary realms. As readers, you are gifted with a great story as well as the tools needed to access spiritual guidance and healing from the invisible realms.”
—Sandra Ingerman, MA, Author of “Soul Retrieval” and “Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide”
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best stories I’ve ever read! July 20, 2014
This book truly touched my heart and soul on a very deep level. It takes great skill to develop characters that one can bond with so easily and to match those characters with a captivating and adventurous story that keeps the reader glued to the pages and wanting more and more. To feel excitement over what could possibly happen next and then to be blown away when what happens next isn’t necessarily happily ever after or perfection but teaches us that perfection is overrated. Teaches us that in the long run, reality, although often painful, fulfills us in a way that is so much more satisfying on a soul level.
Jane expertly weaves her story, transporting the reader into an amazing world where Spirits naturally and lovingly imbue wisdom and healing.
As Clare-the main character-experiences loss and pain and wrestles with her own self, I too, looked deep within myself. As she found healing with the aid of helping Spirits, I also found healing as well. I loved this book for the lessons that I learned within such an engaging and beautiful story. A must read!
5.0 out of 5 stars If you’re looking for a great read, this is it July 19, 2014
If you’re looking for a great read, this is it; I can’t remember the last time I stayed up until I finished a book !
Ms. Burns’ writing reminds me of Hemingway; clear, concise without all the “extra” filler that so many authors think is necessary, but only gets in the way of a terrific story. Who among us hasn’t found themselves up against odds we never dreamed would happen to us? “Up A Tree” offers one woman’s reactions and solutions that satisfy on so many levels. Whether or not you’re a
“Harry Potter” fan, I highly recommend reading this magical story to learn about Shamans and how they can help solve life’s problems.
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn’t want it to end. July 21, 2014
By Elaine Hough
A beautifully written novel which allows us to realize the truth of our own individual “connectivity” to our inner guides. I found it to be a sweet novel about real life issues and a supportive guide to begin journeying. I encourage anyone who struggles with the thought that only a few are blessed with the ability to journey to read this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Climb Up A Tree and Enjoy the View July 12, 2014
You can read this book on many levels — and enjoy each of them. Ms Burns offers the reader a great story of a woman moving through the challenges of life that we all face with partner, children, parents, and most of with ourselves. For those who are interested in Shamanic journeying, Burns gives a simple and clear introduction, through the story, of what journeying is for both the practitioner and the client. In addition to the great story — Burns also gives a number of journey exercises for those who are interesting in walking down this path. Her writing is clear, simple, and engaging — I highly recommend this book.