This book reveals-through a compelling mix of scholarly research, global mythology and lucid story-telling-the spiritual roots of Western culture: shamanism. Shamanism is the most ancient and persistent experience of human spirituality. All European mythology and paganism until the time of the witchcraft trials is based on shamanism. Through an exhaustive study of the trial records and the testimony of the witches themselves, Kenneth Johnson proves that the European peasants accused of witchcraft died, in fact, for the sake of the world's oldest spiritual path. Shamanism is our universal link. It survives, in one form or another, because the ability to communicate with the Otherworld is integral to the human condition; it is as natural and necessary as sleeping or dreaming. That is why shamanic practice slips through the net of structured theologies, why it survived the Christianization of Europe, and why it's necessary that our culture restore a living contact with the vibrant force of the Otherworld. Witchcraft and the Shamanic Journey also includes exercises that give you a feeling of the kinds of techniques used by European shamans.