Would you describe your shamanic work, candle work and what practices you suggest to people? Also, any sources (books etc) you recommend? Looking for details, thanks.
That's a lot to put in a single post, but I'll cover a couple highlights and you can go from there.
Now, I know that there are others on this forum who can claim a long bloodline shamanic lineage, which I cannot, so I do not speak for anyone other than myself in any of what follows. It is my truth. I speak for no one else.
For a good intro to core shamanic work, I would suggest starting with Sandra Ingerman's Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide
. From that book, you can get a good basic foundation of how to journey and figure out whether you like journeying. You also won't go far wrong with any of Ted Andrews's books.
If you are being called to do shamanic work for others, Spirit will tell you, often via a dream, which is what happened to me. At that point, if you feel you wish to do more intensive work, such as soul retrievals, space clearing, etc., I strongly
recommend formal training with a teacher, because if you start to do this work without proper guidance and preparation, you could find yourself in some unpleasant, even hazardous circumstances .
I got into candle work by reading Miss Catherine Yronwode's free online book, "Hoodoo in Theory and Practice," and then by taking her correspondence course. If you are interested in that path, here's the link to the online book:
I would say, just go and read the parts that interest you, order a few items, look at the forums, and see if any of it speaks to you. As I say, I took the entire course, and it was great fun, but afterwards I knew that I was not going to be doing a great deal of this, for myself or clients. The only thing I really loved and stuck with was the candle work, which was enough for me since it works.
Also, Miss Cat's radio show is a fount of information on hoodoo and she and her guest hosts do wonderful divinations for callers:
Miss Cat is a controversial figure and some do not like her. I like her.
Other than these suggestions, I would just say to go ahead and study anything that interests you, and if one part interests you and the rest doesn't, keep what you like and get rid of the rest. Even the most concretized path started somewhere with people just deciding for themselves what worked for them and what didn't. Don't let anyone dictate to you what your path should be, and who or what should be on it.