In this 10 year anniversary edition of Ted Andrews' best selling and award winning book on animals, Ted expands and revises the entire work. In 1999 it was chosen Best Spirituality Book, Best Non-Fiction Book, Best General Interest Book and BOOK OF THE YEAR. It now contains nearly 200 animals not found in his modern classic ANIMAL-SPEAK.
The Art of Navigation examines how the author's association with Carlos Castaneda transformed his life from a
first encounter in 1980 up to the present, more
than a decade after Castaneda's death. The story
follows the journey of a modern-day shaman's
apprentice over thirty years and across the globe,
from hedonistic beginnings towards surrender
and awakening, from a focus on magic and
power to the emergence of love and compassion. The central theme of this memoir is the
art of navigation, which entails living life in the spirit of a magical treasure hunt-playful,
intuitive, fluid and fully aware in the Now.
Within you is a greater, wiser self that is not bound by your fears, worries, or perceived limitations. Dr. Jos Luis Stevens calls this the Inner Shaman--the part of you that connects directly to the true source of the universe. The shamans of every tradition know that the physical world we can see and touch is a mere shadow of the true spirit world, writes Dr. Stevens. With Awaken the Inner Shaman, he presents a direct and practical guide for opening our eyes to the greater wisdom and knowing within--and stepping into the power and responsibility we possess to shape and serve our world. In this rousing and provocative book, he invites readers to discover:What is the Inner Shaman? How an understanding of our deeper spiritual potential shows up in every mystical and scientific tradition.
- Seeing through the heart--why the heart offers us the most immediate path for accessing the Inner Shaman
- Illuminating the Inner Shaman through spirituality, quantum physics, medical science, and experiential knowing
- The Inner Shaman in action--how to stop living from the egoic mind and put your true essence in charge
- Eight tools to strengthen your connection to the Inner Shaman, and much more
Humanity has become enthralled by the Siren's song of technological progress, which has lured us away from the spiritual source that truly sustains us. In Awaken the Inner Shaman, Dr. Jos Stevens challenges us to reclaim our lost power to heal, see truly, and fulfill our purpose in life. As Dr. Stevens writes: The Inner Shaman, suppressed and ignored for centuries, can be discovered in the most obvious place possible--within your own heart.
Your Inner Fire is the vital energy within you, the unseen force that gives life to your being. Perhaps because this energy can't be measured in a lab, many people live without any idea of its existence, or the importance of tending to it.
In this groundbreaking book, best-selling author HeatherAsh Amara introduces you to the fundamentals of your Inner Fire, and explains how the four major aspects of your being--the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical--all interact with this powerful energy.
Amara teaches that when you view these four aspects through the lens of your Inner Fire, you can radically change how you think, feel, and live in the world. In these pages, you'll find practices, meditations, and explorations to put the concepts to work in your life.
By tending to your Inner Fire, you will learn how to:
- Find your true work in the world, regardless of any job you do or role you play.
- Use your Inner Fire as your own personal North Star, allowing it to guide you when making important decisions.
- Move beyond busyness, stress, and overwhelm and live in joyous creation
- Implement a new daily practice to live in balance no matter what life brings.
Learning how to tend your Inner Fire in a world that is constantly trying to hook your attention is a challenge--but this book invites you to take new perspective on who you are and how you relate to the world.
Today, practicing shamanism doesn't mean you have to live in a rain forest or a desert. Thanks to a modern renaissance of shamanic spirituality, practitioners from all walks of life now use powerful indigenous techniques for healing, insight, and spiritual growth.With Awakening to the Spirit World, teachers Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman bring together a circle of renowned Western shamanic elders--Tom Cowan, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar, Jos Stevens, and Alberto Villoldo--to present a comprehensive manual for making these practices accessible and available in our daily lives, including:How the original practice of shamanism shaped the world's spiritual traditions and why it is still relevant today
- The art of the shamanic journey--a time-tested meditative method for experiencing important spiritual lessons and truths
- Guidance for avoiding common pitfalls of shamanic practice
- Instruction for working with your dreams, connecting to your spirit guides, healing yourself and your environment
- Drumming tracks to facilitate your shamanic journeys
An authoritative treatise on the use, history, culture, and art of the sacred plant medicine Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is the strongest shamanic plant medicine. Brewed from the combination of the Amazonian vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, and leaves from the plant, Psychotria viridis, Ayahuasca creates sweeping visual and mentally startling effects. For many of the indigenous cultures of the Amazonian basin, Ayahuasca is central to their culture, revealing to mankind its role in the universe and the true nature of reality. Used properly, Ayahuasca provides healing and integration with nature and community and stimulates the creative process. The authors are recognized experts in the field of ethnology, anthropology and pharmacology and demonstrate the use of Ayahuasca in shamanic rituals. They dive deep into shamanic visionary worlds, explore the plants and their souls, and share their authentic encounters with Amazonian cultures and their artistic works.
More and more people from all walks of life and spiritual and religious backgrounds feel drawn to Ayahuasca in often surprising ways. In this revised and expanded edition of Ayahuasca: Soul Medicine of the Amazon Jungle, author Javier Regueiro offers a guide for those new to the use of this powerful medicine that originates in the Amazon rainforest.
Javier Regueiro not only provides general information about Ayahuasca, but he bridges the cultural gap between the native and the current use of Ayahuasca by Westerners. This guide offers background about the plant medicine, its history, and how to engage with and learn through its use. It includes stories of Javier's personal experience of transformation, as well as stories from those he's guided in ceremonies.
Addressed to the ever-increasing number of people who approach this medicine for their own personal healing and development, this guidebook provides clear and practical advice on how to use this therapeutic modality in a fashion that is meaningful to modern people for a maximum of benefit.
A comprehensive autobiographical account of the transforming experiences possible with ayahuasca- Reveals the protocols of a traditional ayahuasca retreat and the importance of its ritual diet, isolation, and sacred songs - Relates an extensive personal account of the traditional indigenous use of ayahuasca for healing and revelation Ayahuasca: The Visionary and Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul is an autobiographical account of the author's work with ayahuasca, a potent and sacred plant brew of the Amazon region that is known for its extraordinary visionary and healing powers. As she learned from her experience, with the help of ayahuasca we are able to grasp our paradoxical nature, the first step to acceptance of ourselves in both our glorious and dark aspects. Ayahuasca teaches us how to release the illusions we hold about ourselves and makes it possible to integrate our many diverse aspects to acquire our true power. This book reveals the ritual protocols that must be followed prior to partaking of ayahuasca, including the traditional preparatory "diet"--which requires enduring austere conditions, isolation, and only small amounts of bland food before receiving the powers of the plant spirit from an ayahuasquero, a healing master--and the sacred songs, icaros, that are sung when imbibing the substance. Although the use of ayahuasca is growing among "underground" spiritual seekers and through the burgeoning ayahuasca tourism trade in South America, few of its seekers understand how it is used traditionally and the importance of the rituals the indigenous people follow. With this book, the author hopes to restore the importance of these indigenous practices so that we may truly understand all the gifts of ayahuasca.
An exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca- Details the scientific discovery of ayahuasca's sophisticated psychoactive delivery system in the brain and body and its potential applications in medicine and psychology - Includes contributions from Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., J. C. Callaway, Ph.D., and Charles S. Grob, M.D., on the ethnopharmacology, psychology, phytochemistry, and neuropharmacology of ayahuasca - Provides 24 firsthand accounts of ayahuasca experiences and resulting life changes Widely recognized by anthropologists as the most powerful and widespread shamanic hallucinogen, ayahuasca has been used by native Indian and mestizo shamans in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador for healing and divination for thousands of years. Made from the Amazonian vine Banisteriopsis caapi and the DMT-laden leaf of Psychotria viridis, ayahuasca is regarded as the embodiment of intelligent plant beings who can offer spiritual teachings and healing knowledge to those who respectfully engage with them. Many Western-trained physicians and psychologists now acknowledge that ayahuasca allows access to spiritual dimensions of consciousness, otherworldly realms and beings, and visionary experiences indistinguishable from classic religious mysticism. With contributions from leading psychoactive scholars Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., Charles S. Grob, M.D., and J. C. Calloway, Ph.D., on the ethnopharmacology, psychology, phytochemistry, and neuropharmacology of ayahuasca, Ralph Metzner provides a comprehensive exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of this Amazonian hallucinogen. He includes more than 20 firsthand accounts from people who have participated in ayahuasca rituals and experienced major life changes as a result. He details the scientific discovery of ayahuasca's sophisticated psychoactive delivery system in the brain and body as well as the deep psychological impact of this potent entheogen. He concludes with his own findings on ayahuasca, including its applications in medicine and psychology, and compares the worldview revealed by ayahuasca visions to that of modern cultures.
An insider's account of the journey to become an ayahuasquero, a shaman who heals with the visionary vine ayahuasca- Details the author's training and life as a curandero using ayahuasca medicine, San Pedro cactus, tobacco purges, psychedelic mushrooms, and other visionary plants - Offers first-hand accounts of miraculous healing where ayahuasca revealed the cause of the illness, including how the author healed his mother from liver cancer - Shows how "ayahuasca tourism" symbolizes the Western world's reawakening need to connect with the universal life force For more than 20 years American-born Alan Shoemaker has apprenticed and worked with shamans in Ecuador and Peru, learning the traditional methods of ayahuasca preparation, the ceremonial rituals for its use, and how to commune with the healing spirit of this sacred plant as well as the spirit of the San Pedro cactus and other sacred plant allies. Now a recognized and practicing ayahuasquero, or ayahuasca shaman, in Peru, he offers an insider's account of the ayahuasca tradition and of its use for expanding consciousness and achieving healing through access to other dimensions of being. Shoemaker details his training and his own curandero practice using ayahuasca medicine, tobacco purges, psychedelic mushrooms, and other visionary plants. He discusses the different traditions of his two foremost teachers and mentors, Don Juan in the Peruvian Amazon, an ayahuasquero, and Valentin in Ecuador, a San Pedro shaman. He reveals the indispensable role played by icaros, the healing songs of the plant shaman, and offers firsthand accounts of miraculous healing resulting from ayahuasca's ability to reveal the cause of an illness, including how he healed his mother from liver cancer. The author also addresses the rising popularity of Northerners traveling to the Amazon to seek healing and mind expansion through ayahuasca and shows how this fascination is triggered by humanity's reawakening need to connect to the universal life force.