Shapeshifting with Our Animal Companions: Connecting with the Spiritual Awareness of All Life

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By Dawn Baumann Brunke

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Dawn Baumann Brunke

Dawn Baumann Brunke
Dawn Baumann Brunke is the author of Animal Voices: Telepathic Communication in the Web of Life and Shapeshifting with Our Animal Companions, as well as numerous articles, reviews, and short stories for children and adults. A massage therapist and editor of Alaska Wellness Magazine, she sp More...



Journeys with animals for personal transformation and enlightenment

• Reveals how shapeshifting with the animal kingdom allows us to experience different forms of consciousness and expand our perception of the world

• Examines the three phases of transforming consciousness: letting go, opening to experience, and integrating awareness

• Explores how shapeshifting provides an understanding of death as a transformation rather than an ending

In Shapeshifting with Our Animal Companions, Dawn Baumann Brunke moves beyond the “how” and “why” of animal communication presented in her earlier books to a profound journey of shared spiritual awareness. Through conversations, dreams, and merged consciousness with a variety of animals and spirit beings, she reveals the vast treasure of wisdom and experiences offered to us as we open ourselves to the consciousness of others, confront and release our fears of death, and expand our sensory perception to include other modes of existence.

Brunke reveals how by shapeshifting--moving in and out of shared awareness with others and particularly animals--we may better understand and embrace the diversity of consciousness in our world as we learn to awaken our true selves. Through encounters with shapeshifting animal teachers, she explores the three stages of transforming consciousness: letting go of old ideas and habitual modes of perception, experiencing different forms of consciousness through the eyes of others, and integrating these experiences into a greater awareness of our own being--thus discovering the deeper nature of who we all really are.
“Communicating with animal companions and accepting them as guides along the shapeshifting trail is an honored tradition among indigenous people around the world. Dawn Brunke brings this powerful transformational process into our culture and then takes it to new levels. An uplifting, powerful, inspirational book!”
John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, and Psychonavigation

“A cutting-edge guide to a more profound way of being. Dawn Baumann Brunke offers us an essential volume of insights so perfectly presented I could not put it down or read fast enough.”
Rita M. Reynolds, author of Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach Us About Death, Dying, and Beyond

“Dawn Brunke takes us on a magical mystery tour of the infinite shapes of consciousness. Shapeshifting with Our Animal Companions gives fascinating, fresh outlooks exploring the vastness of life and death through the viewpoints of many animals and the author’s refined spirituality and clear expression. Prepare to swim in an ocean of multidimensional possibilities.”
Penelope Smith, author of Animal Talk, When Animals Speak, and Animals in Spirit

“This insightful, wise, and visionary book contains a rich tapestry of practical advice for those of us who yearn to deepen our knowing that the animal kingdom is a place of ardent tutors and mentors who can offer us keys to the greater human journeys. A compelling, world-class treasure.”
Simon Buxton, author of The Shamanic Way of the Bee

“From the first pages of this book the author takes us into that place in human consciousness where we share a language with all beings, offering a renewal of inter-species wisdom that indigenous peoples have known for tens of thousands of years. This is essential reading for anyone who recognizes the common spiritual bond of all beings on our planet.”
Hal Zina Bennett, author of Spirit Animals and the Wheel of Life: Earth-Centered Practices for Daily Living

“This book will stretch your vision of what is possible and who you are. The animals reach through the pages to teach us all, offering wisdom and guidance as they gently lead us through our fears and into a heightened awareness of who we really are and how we are all connected at the core of our beings.”
Tera Thomas, author of Opening My Wings to Fly: What Animals Have Taught Me

"This is not only a beautiful nature narrative (much of the book takes place in Alaska), but will shift the way you relate to all non-human life forms. The lessons in this book will help readers to connect with animals, and all life forms, on a deeper and more profound level."
Jessica Teel, reviewer, Aug 2008

"Shapeshifting becomes a means of experiencing life beyond illusions and projections of reality, so that she and her teachers become true companions sharing one great reality. . . . shapeshifting is about opening to the oneness of all existence."
Richard D. Wright, New Age Retailer, March 2009