Slaying the Mouse: A True Story of Healing in the Spiritual Realms (Second Edition)

by Wendy S. Halley

When 19-year-old Jason mysteriously slips into a deep coma, family members and doctors are baffled. Seeking answers, the family contacts author and shamanic healer Wendy Halley. Using the ancient practice of Shamanic Trance, Wendy begins a 9-month odyssey into the ‘dreamtime’ world, where she and Jason will connect in a healing journey that transcends geography, distance, and the conscious world.

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“Suppose we could enter the mind of a patient who cannot communicate by ordinary means. This might open up many roads to healing. We could dialogue with the patient, discover what he or she truly wants, and encourage that person to participate in their own healing, or move gracefully towards the journey beyond death. We might even be able to recruit spiritual allies to help out.

Wendy Halley, a gifted dreamer and therapist, expands our sense of what may be possible in these realms in her visionary narrative Slaying the Mouse. Her book is a fascinating account of a nine months’ odyssey through the mind of a coma patient, a young man suffering from a mysterious brain disease. Slaying the Mouse reads like a fast-paced novel, alternately comic and moving and fantastic, that reminds us that the mind is never confined to the body (except by our illusions) and that in dreaming, we can visit other people and help them to heal.”

Robert Moss

Author, Conscious Dreaming and Dreamways of the Iroquois

“Phenomenal story about shamanism, the spirit world, and the influence of reality. Subtle lesson you will need a second reading to fully appreciate.”

Coalition of Visionary Resources Awards Judge

“…I’m glad I got the chance to read this…The writing itself is excellent. Halley has a wonderful style, and her words flow smoothly from one chapter to the next. She’s good at conveying dialogue, and mixes it well with descriptions of action. I did not find this at all to be a boring read. The story is punctuated by what are presented as actual verbatim emails from the patient’s family, conveying his improvement during the healing process. And, like most of the first person narratives in this style, the ideas surrounding her techniques are described, though not in as much detail as in some books…It’s a lovely narrative of neoshamanic mind/body/spirit practices applied to a serious illness (without suggesting that the patient be removed from traditional medical care). It will probably appeal more towards the New Age end of my readership, but anyone who enjoys the style of a lot of neoshamanic texts will enjoy this well-written, intriguing work.”



Author of "Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic," "A Field Guide to Otherkin," and "Kink Magic: Sex Magic Beyond Vanilla" (with Taylor Ellwood, Nov. '07

A Journey Seldom Seen . . .
“Wendy’s explanation of difficult to describe experiences allows all to see the inner workings of her shamanic healing work. Her ability to paint the world of non-ordinary reality brings images to the mind of the compassion and caring nature of a shamanic healing not only for the subject of the work but also the family. A book well worth reading!”

Mark A. Perkins

Amazon Review

“Slaying the Mouse: A true story of healing in the spiritual realms is a fascinating story of Wendy Halley’s 9-month shamanic relationship with a young man in a coma. This account of healing in the spiritual realm provides food for thought about our relationships with this dimension and will stimulate important discussion for patients and practitioners alike.”

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.

Author, Coyote Medicine

“Let me start by saying that I LOVED this book..when I picked it up I was really in the mood for something different, and that’s definitely what I got. The night I started it I had to force myself to put it down and go to sleep..and I finished it shortly after waking up the next morning..its a quick and easy read, but one that will stay with you long after you finish it.

The author, Wendy Stofan Halley, is contacted by the family of a young man who mysteriously slips into a coma. The doctors in charge of his treatment are pretty much at a loss as to what is going on with him, and tell his family that they aren’t hopeful about his recovery. Halley is a shamanic healer, and his family contacts her in hopes that she can help. What follows is the story, told strictly from Halley’s point of view, of their nine months of treatment sessions.

The full title of the book is “Slaying the Mouse; A true story of healing in the spiritual realms,” and that’s what the story is about. Readers learn about the ancient art of shamanic healing, and about how Wendy and the spirit helpers help Jason recover from his coma. Some people will find the book a little too “out there,” for their liking, but if you have any spiritual beliefs at all, you’ll adore this book the way I did.

It’s written clearly and in a way that you are sucked into the journey along with Jason and Wendy. You’re there as Jason struggles to come to terms with not only the spiritual aspects of it all, but with himself and his fears and limitations as well. It’s a beautiful story, and I can’t say enough good things about it without ruining the whole thing for potential readers..

Go get a copy..read it..you’ll love it.”

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Relax Your Mind
“This book should be included on American medical school reading lists under the category Things I Won’t Learn about in Medical School. Where mind, body & spirit meet, the door to another way of thinking opens. Slaying the Mouse gives us a glimpse into a world both long forgotten and yet to be fully explored.”

Kathleen H. Martin

Amazon Review