First published in 1970, this extraordinary book changed the way people thought about the original inhabitants of America. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos in 1860, and ending 30 years later with the massacre of Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, it tells how the American Indians lost their land and lives to a dynamically expanding white society. During these 3 decades, America’s population doubled from 31 million to 62 million. Again and again, promises made to the Indians fell victim to the ruthlessness and greed of settlers pushing westward to make new lives, at the expense of others lives. The Indians were herded off their ancestral lands into ever-shrinking reservations, and were starved and killed if they resisted. It is a true that “history is written by the victors”. For the first time, this book described the opening of the West from the Indians’ viewpoint. Accustomed to stereotypes of Indians as red savages and heathens, many white people were shocked to read the reasoned eloquence of Indian leaders and learn of the bravery with which they and their peoples endured suffering. With meticulous research and in measured language overlaying brutal narrative, Dee Brown focused attention on what is still, and forever will be, a national disgrace.
Posted By Ina Woolcott
Inner Paths to Outer Space is a book written by the following authors:
* Rick Strassman, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and the author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule.
* Slawek Wojtowicz, M.D., medical oncologist working for Daiichi-Sankyo in Edison, New Jersey, a science-fiction illustrator, and the author of Daydreaming.
* Luis Eduardo Luna, Ph.D., co-author (with Pablo Amaringo) of Ayahuasca Visions and director of Wasiwaska: Research Center for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art and Consciousness in Florianópolis, Brazil.
* Ede Frecska, M.D., is chief of psychiatry at the National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Budapest, Hungary. Also a contributing author to Psychedelic Medicine.
* Artwork is done by: Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann, Slawek Wojtowicz, Pablo Amaringo and Karl Kofoed.
For thousands of years, voyagers of inner space, spiritual seekers, shamans, and psychoactive drug users, have come back from their inner imaginal travels reporting encounters with alien intelligences. Inner Paths to Outer Space presents an innovative examination of how we can reach these dimensions of existence and contact otherworldly beings. Based on their 60plus years of combined research into the function of the brain, the authors reveal how psychoactive substances such as DMT allow the brain to bypass our 5 basic senses to unlock a multidimensional realm of existence where otherworldly communication occurs. They contend that the century old search for alien life forms has been misdirected and that the alien worlds reflected in visionary science fiction actually mirror the inner space world of our minds. The authors show that these “alien” worlds encountered through altered states of human awareness, either through the use of psychedelics or other methods, possess a sense of reality as great or greater than, those of the ordinary awareness perceived by our 5 senses.
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Submitted by Howard G. Charing
Pablo Amaringo is one of the world’s greatest visionary artists, and is renowned for his highly complex, colourful and intricate paintings of his visions from drinking the Ayahuasca brew. Pablo is interviewed at his gallery in Pucallpa, Peru, by Howard G Charing and Peter Cloudsley.
Pablo Amaringo trained as a curandero in the Amazon, healing himself and others from the age of ten, but gave this up in 1977 to become a full-time painter and art teacher at his Usko-Ayar school. His book, Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, co-authored with Luis Eduardo Luna, brought his work and the rich mythology of the Amazon to a wide audience in the West.
Pablo Amaringo was born Puerto Libertad, in the Peruvian Amazon. He was ten years old when he first took Ayahuasca—a visionary brew used in shamanism, to help him overcome a severe heart disease. The magical cure of this ailment via the healing plants led Pablo toward the life of a vegetalismo in which he worked for many years.
Howard and Peter met with Pablo at the school which he founded (Usko-Ayar school of painting) in Pucullpa where he lives and paints, and interviewed Pablo about his life as a shaman and artist.
What drew you to being a shaman?
It was a spiritual matter for me. I had thought that shamans deceived and lied to people, so I didn’t believe in them. I thought that Ayahuasca healed people because it was medicine, I didn’t believe in magic and spirits. No! Then in 1967 I saw a curandera miraculously heal my sister who had been in mortal agony with hepatitis, and could not either eat or speak, but with this single healing from the plants, she was cured in just two hours. That motivated me to start learning the science of vegetalismo.
She was given Ayahuasca?
No, the Senora used the knowledge of Ayahuasca and chanted. That was during the day. That same night I drank and received the powers, but I didn’t know what I was being given. I saw many things. I sat like a king and watched! After that I dieted for five days, staying at home, without seeing many people.
After one month I began to feel what everybody else was feeling, it was a very strange thing! And I discovered I could sing the chants without even learning them. They came out beautifully and I wondered how it was possible that I knew them. I realised I had powers in me and I began to be a curandero when I cured a young man with a terrible headache, firstly I felt it and then he was better.
Is it an important part of the cure, to feel what the patient feels?
That was how the powers were given to me, but others say that when they take the Ayahuasca, they can see what the problem is with their patient. I didn’t even have to drink, I felt exactly where their pains were, and their emotions, everything.
What plant did you take on your diet?
Just Ayahuasca, but afterwards I took other plants at the same time as Ayahuasca, to learn more things.
Then you practiced as a curandero in Pucullpa?
Yes, and for many years I travelled to Madre de Dios, Cusco, Lima, Huanuco, Tingo Maria and Alto Ucayali. Wherever I went I cured people.
At that time Pucullpa was much smaller.
Yes, the houses were mostly wooden, with cultivation behind them, there were no high buildings. None of the streets had tarmac, they were of red mud, except for the one central Plaza. The road to Lima was terrible and it took a month or more to get there.
How do you communicate with plant spirits after you take them into you?
When you take any plant other than Ayahuasca, you connect through your dreams. Ajo sacha, Chric Sanango, Bobinsana etc. you learn while you are asleep. But with Ayahuasca no, you are conscious and awake. That is why it is the planta maestra – the eye through which you see the world, the universe. It is miraculous and sacred and you can learn from your studies far more with Ayahuasca than with other plants, but you must obey the ‘statutes’ of this plant, i.e. the rules. If you obey, no knowledge will be withheld from you.
My visions helped me understand the value of human beings, animals, the plants themselves, and many other things. The plants taught me the function they play in life, and the holistic meaning of all life. We all should give special attention and deference to Mother Nature. She deserves our love. And we should also show a healthy respect for her power!
How did you discover your gift of painting?
I used to make portraits and landscapes when I was 20 years old, but mostly using charcoal. But this didn’t earn me any money so I dedicated myself to other things, agriculture, raising animals and hairdressing, all kinds of things. I was working as secretary to the chief of customs here in the port of Pucullpa. One day my boss told me to paint two armchairs, and as I had never painted, I just slapped on the paint any old how, and it looked awful with lumps everywhere. But the boss didn’t reprimand me; he said how come you are good at everything except painting? I was a little hurt because he was always so impressed by everything I did. This made me think that if I was going to learn to paint, I would learn to do it well.
After three years working there I had a heart problem and returned to doing portraits in pencil beginning with my own portrait.
How did you begin painting visions?
Years passed and I used to say to my mother, when I am older I will paint several pictures of myself so that after I am dead people will know there has been a painter in the family! One day I was asked to accompany a foreign gentleman because I spoke a little English but I did not know that he was the biologist Denis McKenna. After some years he recommended me for a job in Sepagua but I was not able to take it up because my mother fell ill. So when he came back in 1985 I asked him if he would show my pictures in an exhibition he was organizing in Switzerland. They were small pictures, but later he returned with Luis Eduardo Luna who said how beautifully you paint Pablo. I can promote your work; do you want to be a world class painter? I said no, I don’t want any of those things. I don’t know what a ‘world class’ painter is. I just want you to help me sell my pictures to make a little money. I was portraying the daily realities of people in the Amazon, how they sow and harvest, how they fish and celebrate their fiestas and so on. Luna said how is it I haven’t met you before now? Every year I have been coming for the last eight years, travelling up the Amazon through Brazil and Peru to Panama!
I asked him why he came. What was he looking for? We are interested in the magical plants of Peru from the coast, Sierra and Selva . I know what you are after, I said. I used to be a shaman ten years ago, what a shame you didn’t know me before, but now I have put all that behind me. I could have told you so much about what I had seen, I said. Then I started to think that I could paint for him all the things I had seen in my visions and all the things that were explained to me. But I had to do it in secret because even when people saw photos of what I painted, they said I had gone mad, that I was bedevilled and painting things of the demon!
They worried me with these remarks. I could never have had an exhibition here in Pucullpa. So Luna said paint for me then! And I made two pictures of visions for his next visit, and when he saw those pictures – one of which is in the Museum of Washington DC and the other in the University of Stockholm – they took hundreds of pictures of them. But I said he could take them away. And that’s what they did, wrapped up in a huge box. They sold them and sent me the money. After that they said we don’t want any more landscapes, only visions!
They studied them and said they found language and biology in the pictures so later I began to make explanations of them. But I could never show them to people here. That’s how it all started.
Are people still prejudiced here?
Yes, many are still. Once some religious people came and said that if the name of Jesus was spoken the paintings would explode. And they asked me to say Jesus. I said I can’t say that word, what for? They said to each other, he has got the devil in him, if he says Jesus, he will explode!
You have many amazing paintings here in your studio; can you tell us something about them?
The pictures are a means by which people can cross spiritual boundaries. Some people say they can only believe what they see, but there are thing which exist which cannot be seen. The pictures are for reminding people what we are and where we come from and where we are going. They are for people of any culture in the world although there is much that is taken from indigenous Amazonian culture.
Would you like to add anything more about the importance of plants?
For me personally, though, they mean even more than this. Plants—in the great living book of nature—have shown me how to study life as an artist and shaman. They can help all of us to know the art of healing and to discover our own creativity, because the beauty of nature moves people to show reverence, fascination, and respect for the extent to which the forests give shelter to our souls.
The consciousness of plants is a constant source of information for medicine, alimentation, and art, and an example of the intelligence and creative imagination of nature. Much of my education I owe to the intelligence of these great teachers. Thus I consider myself to be the “representative” of plants, and for this reason I assert that if they cut down the trees and burn what’s left of the rainforests, it is the same as burning a whole library of books without ever having read them.
People who are not so dedicated to the study and experience of plants may not think this knowledge is so important to their lives—but even they should be conscious of the nutritional, medicinal, and scientific value of the plants they rely on for life.
My most sublime desire, though, is that every human being should begin to put as much attention as he or she can into the knowledge of plants, because they are the greatest healers of all. And all human beings should also put effort into the preservation and conservation of the rainforest, and care for it and the ecosystem, because damage to these not only prejudices the flora and fauna but humanity itself.
Even in the Amazon these days, many see plants as only a resource for building houses and to finance large families. People who have farms and raise animals also clear the forest to produce foodstuffs. Mestizos and native Indians log the largest trees to sell to industrial sawmills for subsistence. They have never heard of the word ecology!
For the full interview with some of Pablo’s paintings and his descriptions, visit the website listed below.
Howard G. Charing is a partner in Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism. His initiation into the world of Shamanism was sudden, which was caused by a serious accident, which resulted in severe injuries and a near-death experience. After many months of physical pain and disability, he had a transformational experience, which started him on a path to healing. If you like to know more about his work, Howard conducts “Plant Spirit Medicine” journeys to the Amazon Rainforest.
By Ina Woolcott
‘Carlos Castaneda is one the most profound and influential thinkers of his century. His insights are paving the way for the future evolution of human consciousness. We should all be deeply indebted to him’. ~ DEEPAK CHOPRA
Carlos Castaneda became the student of a Yaqui Shaman, Don Juan, from 1961 till the Autumn of 1965 in Mexico, inspiring him to write 12 books and several academic articles, plus three videos, that portrayed his active participation and experiences, knowledge and skills gained whilst under the tuition of the Yaqui Shamans, primarily Don Juan. Yaqui shamans are indigenous to central parts of Mexico. He was trained in traditional Mesoamerican Shamanism. Castaneda sometimes called this sorcery. Sorcery can be described as having the power to influence events, objects, people, and physical reality. Castaneda to start with used various amounts and types of hallucinogenic herbs and medicinal plants including Jimson Weed, Peyote and Datura to enlarge his vision of reality. Once he understood how to access parallel realities he no longer required hallucinogens. They were to kick start him in the right direction and to open his mind. In his early books he describes how he received the position of nagual from Don Juan. Nagual meaning leader, shape shifter or witch/sorcerer. He went on to lead a party of 3 female seers. Castaneda states that some of his daily perception was focused in a realm accessible, but not easily reachable, by ‘ordinary’ men/women and hinted that he was a connection to this realm, which he named nonordinary reality, for his party of seers. This suggests this reality was real, but completely different to the reality experienced by the masses.
CC claimed to have been born on the 25th December 1931 and supposedly died on April 27th 1998 of liver cancer. Immigration records show that he was born in 1925. Having read his first 5 books so far (I have all 12) I personally think that if he DID say he was born in 1925, this was to erase his personal history. Erasing personal history is described in his 3rd book: Journey to Ixtlan, The Lessons of Don Juan. This is a method that Don Juan taught him. I highly recommend that you read his books, they are awe inspiring and captivating. Ones begun it is hard to put them down!
Receiving his education at the University of California Los Angeles he went on to gain B.A. 1962, and a Ph.D. in 1970. His first 3 books were written whilst an anthropology student and were written as a research log of the time he was an apprentice of Don Juan. He was awarded his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees for these books.
Like with most great people there are those that doubt his work, there are critics who try to debunk his work, saying that his books are fictitious, that he wrote in the traditional way of storytellers, known as ethnopoetics, found among many Native Indian Cultures. Some have tried to assure the certainty and validity of his work with his personal history and that of his apprentices, his party of seers Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar and Carol Tiggs. I believe wholeheartedly that he was not just storyteller and what he countered was true, others may not. It was his truth that he uncovered and decided to share with us, a profound one at that. We all have our own truths to uncover. Even IF not true, does it matter? If his writings have helped to enrich and transform peoples lives for the better, like mine, this is all that matters. These books are a definite must read for anyone interested in shamanism, the old ways and the Native Indian Cultures. They offer insights, knowledge and lessons that will hopefully ring true to you, like they did me.
Submitted by Ayahuasca Healing
January 8, 2006 From THE SUNDAY TIMES
Hallucinogens and healing? Indigenous tribes have used shamanic rituals and plants for centuries. Victoria Gill heads to Brazil and discovers the trip of a lifetime.
Blame it on a difficult childhood, on overindulgence, or call it the outcome of a disastrous love affair six months previously — I’d lost myself of late. The lights were on, but my fire had been extinguished. At 27, I was uneasy with the person I had become.
Ayahuasca Healing isn’t about recreational drug use. It’s a holistic process and a daunting undertaking that promises to change you. Without exception, everyone in my group wanted to improve. Ayahuasca Healing was established by Silvia Polivoy, a clinical psychologist and registered shamanic healer, in 1997. At the time, just eight companies offered courses of this nature. Over the past two years, that number has soared, with an estimated 30 to 40 running throughout the Amazon.
According to Dr Rick Strassman, professor of psychiatry at the New Mexico School of Medicine, there are no known cases of psychological or physical fallout, although anyone on SSRI antidepressants is advised not to take ayahuasca, and those with high blood pressure should consult their GP first. Strassman also says that numerous tests have shown ayahuasca’s toxicology levels to humans to be zero. Most commonly prepared by boiling (or soaking), then straining and blessing the stems of the Banisteriopsis caapi plant with the leaves of the DMT-rich Psychotria viridis, ayahuasca has been used for centuries by the indigenous tribes of the rainforest for healing under the guidance of shamans.
With considerable interest in ayahuasca among those in the psychological and neurological fields, it is legal in Brazil when used for spiritual healing, and the course I was about to start comes fully sanctioned by the government.
The journey to the idyllic tropical garden took 23 hours from London. My bedroom was a spacious, polished wooden bungalow on stilts, complete with hammock and veranda. The first two days were spent sussing out the lipstick hippies from the boardroom bohemians between sunbathing sessions, deep tissue massage, swimming in the warm sea, canopy-walking in the jungle and transcendental workshops. The daily Buddhist meditation sessions were focused and balancing, the past-life regression seminars bonding and enlightening. As Dr Mike Isaac, a psychiatrist at Maudsley Hospital confirms, “you need to be supervised by people who know what they are doing”, and we definitely were. By day four, my chakras were wide open and my mind was fully primed.
Ayahuasca is both the most beautiful drug I have experienced and the most putrid-tasting potion I’ve ever imbibed. Blue and gloopy in texture, it’s a flirtatious entity in many ways, inducing profound feelings of love for your contemporaries. For this reason, sex is banned, and I welcomed an environment that allowed me to be intimate with strangers without fear of exploitation.
It’s not kind to everyone: those with a controlling character or a particularly ordered, logical mind may run into difficulties. Vengeful monsters, venomous snakes and constricting boxes weren’t uncommon visitors for my fellow participants. However, the outcome for them (discovering the pleasures of a more carefree existence) was worth it. I am young, playful, creative, open-minded and quite sexual. Experienced users confirm that these are perhaps ideal prerequisites for compatibility with the plant.
Experts have equated a single trip — lasting between four and eight hours — with five years of psychotherapy or 20 years of meditation. The sessions took place on evenings three, five and seven of the seminar, opening with a ritual in which intentions were stated and cups of ayahuasca downed before we took to makeshift beds that lined the beach house. Twenty minutes later, my vision distorted and I became oblivious to all save the living dream inside my mind.
With each trip, I entered a different universe: the first one bright and primary-coloured; the second a dark and carnal underground, flecked with jewels; the third a 30th-century heaven, gleaming white with neon features. Some users report the drug appearing to them as a female spirit. This was how ayahuasca introduced itself to me — as an invisible femme fatale who showed me which habits to discard and how I could improve. Divine clarity via epiphanic beauty: my creative life was thrown into context, my place in the world revealed and my history explained.
My internal baggage manifested as leeches on my skin that I flicked away with ease. I discovered a black, insect-infested chancre that had been growing in my chest for the 20 years since my father left, and spent three hours cleaning it until it was replaced, fertile and green. When I danced, my body became possessed with a raw synchronicity that I have only ever dreamt of attaining, a part of which has stayed with me to this day. I told the drug that I wanted to suffer, that this all seemed too easy, and it said that I had suffered enough, then turned me into an angel and suffused me with sparkling white light. It put blocks in my spine for power, wisdom and stability, and I felt so grateful that I had to keep feeling my lips to check that I was smiling.
On the morning after each trip, each member of the group recounts the experiences of the night before. The mood is one of complete acceptance: by day seven, the men are crying, the make-up is off and we embrace upon greeting.
Due to its global presence, ayahuasca’s case has been argued in courts the world over, but whether it is legal in other countries remains a grey area. In the United States, the battle has been taken to the Supreme Court, after prosecutors found it hard to assert that it is detrimental, with no proven benefits to human health (the requirements for scheduling a class A) drug. Here in the UK, it remains unclassified.
Ayahuasca has none of the after-effects of the recreational drugs used on the party circuit. There is no mental or physical discomfort; instead, the elation, energy and purification continue. My friends noticed the difference in me. Everyone did.
I no longer feel damaged. I’m comfortable in my own skin. I take such pleasure in life and partying that people who don’t know me imagine I’m high, but I’m near teetotal now. And at last I’m happily single. I’ve relinquished outdated friendships and had conversations I’d been putting off for years. I’m in emotional remission. You can’t put a price on a balanced mind, but you can pay to balance it.
This is an ancient healing practice based on the belief that every malady has a spiritual dimension. Rituals such as deep meditation and the ingestion of hallucinogenic plants aim to aid contact with the spirits of ancestors in order to undo past ills. Shamanism is prevalent among the world’s indigenous tribes, and there has been huge Western interest in recent years. There were elements of shamanism in the rave scene; and, these days, you can go on shamanic courses anywhere from Wales to Hawaii, and have shamanic therapy at luxury spas such as Post Ranch Inn, in Big Sur, California. Modern healers often combine clinical and shamanic psychology. Essentially, though, it’s all about reconnecting with nature.
Ayahuasca Healing www.Ayahuasca-Healing.net offers an all-inclusive 7 or 11-day seminar.
I have 3 of James Redfields book, and have seen the movie version of The Celestine Prophecy , ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!
The Celestine Prophecy contains secrets currently changing our world. Drawing on the ancient wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, it tells you how to make connections between the events happening in your own life right now and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the future.
This diamond of a book is a work that has come to light at a time when the world deeply needs to read its words. The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life, and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.
What 1 reader on Amazon said:
I first read this book about 3 years ago when I was 16. At that time I was depressed, ill and thought nothing could make that go away. I read this book in just 3 days, I just couldn’t put it down. I can only describe it as a ray of light that shattered that darkness and changed my life. I have read the other reviews posted here and resent those people who try to make those of us who enjoyed this book look naive. I am an English honours degree student at one of the top universities in the country and yes, I recognise the weaknesses in the books written style, but I feel we should overlook this. James Redfield is not trying to present us with a piece of great literature, he trying to give us something enlightening, something to make us think and give some hope for our future, something many of us desperately need. The Celestine Prophecy remains one of my favourite books, I remain grateful to James Redfield for writing it and mostly I would hope to unreservedly reccommend this book to everyone who feels there is something missing in their life.
What 1 person said about the DVD version of the book:
This is a very uplifting and inspiring movie version of the amazing book The Celestine Prophecy. James Redfield the author produced this himself in order to retain his creative control over how this was made and it shows. If you have ever read any of the Celestine Prophecy books you will really enjoy this movie and it follows the story line of his first book completely. I was truly moved and inspired by the message, and I will give this DVD out as gifts for all my friends. There will always be people who will not understand this kind of Spiritual film and give it a bad review but that’s ok, as more and more people are looking for inspiring films to see and own and I believe that this one is definitely one worth adding to your library. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
By Ina Woolcott
“For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvellous world, in this marvellous desert, in this marvellous time. I wanted to convince you that you must make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while; in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it” Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda, Journeys to Ixtlan
Carlos Castaneda’s 12 books are sorted into 3 sets of 3, in harmony with the Toltec mastery, which is as follows: The Mastery of Awareness, The Mastery of Transformation, and The Mastery of Intent. Included in each Mastery is also a 4th book, with complete summary and cross reference detailing the most important teachings from the overall work in each set. These extra books were published after the authors death. So the books aren’t necessarily in chronological order. The chronological order would be as follows:
1 – The Teachings of Don Juan, A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
2 – A Separate Reality
3 – Journey to Ixtlan
4 – Tales of Power
5 – The Second Ring of Power
6 – The Eagle’s Gift
7 – The Fire From Within
8 – The Power of Silence
9 – The Art of Dreaming
10 – Magical Passes
11 – The Active Side of Infinity
12 – The Wheel of Time
What follows here are the 3 sets the books are placed in including a brief description of each book
Set 1 – The Mastery of Awareness
This set of work stresses the importance of awareness from the world of everyday material things to the world of the Nagual (spirit). Over the course of this stage of the warrior-travellers development, he/she makes a purposeful, conscientious effort to depreciate self-importance. It is with utmost importance that the student is encouraged to take action and accept responsibility for their lives.
The Books and a short description of each
* The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968) contained in this amazing book are detailed descriptions of plant allies, special exercises and the journey in the direction of knowledge. Plant allies used are Mescalito(or Peyote), Mushrooms, Jimson Weed and Datura.
* A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan (1971) this book in great detail examines the idea of will, controlled folly and seeing (as opposed to the act of just looking) as tools a utilised by the warrior-traveller to become a man/woman of knowledge. There are also more funny and moving conversations with don Juan, beautiful yet at times frightening journeys undertaken together with plant allies. Castaneda attempts to see beyond the surface realities of life meaning he must try and lay aside all preconceptions, a supreme effort of will and great courage.
* Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan (1972) Lessons in reaffirmations from the world around us, erasing personal history, losing self-importance, death as an advisor, assuming responsibility, becoming a hunter, being inaccessible, disrupting the routines of life, the last battle on earth (about death), becoming accessible to power, the mood of a warrior, a warriors last stand, the gait of power, not-doing and dreaming
* Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico (compilation) (1998) contents contain descriptions and photos of sorcery based physical movements designed to boost well-being, a system which became known as Tensegrity. Before dying, he wished to pass on all he had learnt in a lifetime of deep immersion in non-ordinary reality. The magical passes, as suggested by Castaneda, are probably the most valuable part of his legacy, even more so than all the other extraordinary books detailing his apprenticeship with Don Juan and his development as a nagual in his own right.
For Book Set 2 follow link:
Carlos Castaneda‘s Books Set 2 – The Mastery of Transformation
Keepers of the Children, Native American Wisdom and Parenting uses little known Native American secrets to teach parents how to raise children who know their nature and use their strengths to create lives of meaning and contribution. By bringing up children to unfold the uniqueness in their hearts, parents touch the depths of their own. By teaching children the secrets of genuine fulfilment, they grow up to lead purposeful lives and cherish their parents for this gift.
I personally have this book in my collection, and it is a truly amazing book. It is easy to read, and makes sense – you read it and think how obvious, why didn’t I think of that? If only all children were raised this way. (Minus the going to public school bit!) I love the Native American wisdom and simple yet effect adnd correct approach to life, how they treat each other and themselves.
Andean Shaman and Healing Guide
All of my life has been a spiritual journey.
I’ve been all around the world on this journey and when it finally led me to Machu Picchu, Peru, I knew I had found my spiritual home. And now it seems natural that I personally guide others who also want to explore the mystical powers and gifts of this ancient sacred site.
I have always had psychic abilities and been drawn to nature. Yet the practical side of me pursued two degrees in Education and Educational Management. In 1983, I left Canada for a two year job in Nigeria. This turned into 20 years of wandering around the globe working in international schools in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
During these years exploring different cultures and places I developed more compassion and understanding for all the people on Earth, a greater trust in my intuition and the many synchronicities that flowed in my life, as well as a deep respect and love for Mother Earth. So it was a natural step for me to become interested in shamanism which holds that we are connected to all people, plants, animals, rocks and earth on this planet as well as all things in the universe.
Over the years my interest in shamanism led me to work with shamans in Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil and Peru. But it was in March, 2003 that this interest changed my life very drastically. While working with a shaman in Brazil I had a powerful vision that showed me very specifically that it was time to go to Peru and more specifically to Machu Picchu. I was shown that if I followed this path it would be necessary to step outside my comfortable world of international education with all of its perks and devote myself to the path of spiritual understanding. It was an enormous decision but I knew within that this was what I had to do. So in June, 2004 I found myself in Cusco with only my vision and trust in a higher force to guide me.
A short while after arriving in Peru I made my way to Machu Picchu. The moment I had my first view of the sanctuary of Machu Picchu I knew that after 20 years of wandering I had come home. With tears running freely down my cheeks the site spoke to my heart in a way that no other place on Earth had.
It was during this first visit that I met the Guardian shaman of Machu Picchu. From that first meeting we both felt like we had known each other all our lives and a strong connection was made. Since then, with the help of this man as well as a few others, I have learned to walk the path of the shaman and share my knowledge with those who come on my guided journeys.
Although I am considered a shaman, it is only a label, for everyone is a shaman waiting to be awakened and once the spirit is awake then the learning, growing and expanding continues as long as we walk on this Earth. The label is not important, rather it is the integrity with which one walks the path that is most important.
Andean shamanism is like shamanism the world-over in that it is nature based. The essence of Andean shamanism is a strong connection to Pachamama or Mother Earth, all the elements of nature and a respect for the divine creation. By connecting with all the elements of nature and the divine flow of the universe we also learn to flow and create. We literally become part of the oneness of all things.
Andean shamanism teaches us that all things have energy and properties beyond the material and physical and when we learn to work with them we discover their hidden powers as well as the great powers hidden within ourselves. When one uses the techniques of the Andean shamanism, one is able to connect and transcend the physical and enter the realm of the spirit world.
Since the Andeans believe that all the Earth is sacred the whole planet is considered a sacred place. But there are places that are considered special or sacred based on location, the combination of various elements of nature such as the relationship between earth, air, and water or those considered to have special powers or spirits.
Machu Picchu is considered one of those sacred places because of its location within concentric circles of mountains, the river circling the base of the mountain it stands upon, the great quantities of quartz crystal found there (which is why it is also called the Crystal City) and the fact that it was constructed in complete harmony with the physical and cyclical aspects of nature.
The most important spirit in the Andes is the Apus or the mountains. The Apus represent the Hanac Pacha or the upper sphere and act as antennae to other dimensions. There is an inner and outer ring of mountains which act as guardians and create a power circle with Machu Picchu at the centre. Each of these mountains has special properties and energies. To those who come with a clear and pure intent these ancient mountains will open up and share their energetic powers with you.
Machu Picchu sits at 2,450 metres above sea level and around its base flows the waters of the Wilkamayu River that eventually flows into the Amazon River. In the Andean shamanic tradition, water is a great purifying force.
We begin our journey in Lake Titicaca because by working with the water to wash and balance us we begin to clear away any heavy energy we are carrying around with us. It also helps to open us to the work we do with the other elements in the different locations.
Lake Titicaca is also considered sacred because it is from Lake Titicaca that Wiracocha, the creator, brought the sun, moon, stars and planets out of the lake to take their place in the sky thus providing light for a dark world. With time the sun and the moon had children who also arose from the lake and went on to populate the four corners of the world.
Another sacred place is the ‘Gate of the Gods’ or Amara Muru Doorway. This inter-dimensional portal, which faces Lake Titicaca, lies in a wonderland of strange natural rock formations that are in stark contrast to the surrounding area. Legend says that Amara Muru stepped through the portal leaving this three-dimensional world forever. There are many legends in the area telling of people who have gone through the portal never to return (although I do know one person who entered the portal and did return). The area within the triangle of Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu and the Amazon is considered a power vortex. The jungle of the Amazon basin is also considered sacred because of the great life force that lies within it. Within these three areas are strong energy lines that connect the various sites and the regions. In addition to these energy lines, each of the areas we visit on my guided tour connects us to the four main elements. Lake Titicaca represents the element of water that washes and balances us. Machu Picchu represents the element of air that purifies and enlightens us. The Amazon represents earth that cleans and transforms us. Above us, Tayta Inti (or Father Sun), shines on us representing the element of fire that transmutes and sanctifies us.
I had a very powerful experience working with the earth element. We do a ceremony where we ask Pachamama to take or absorb something in our life that we no longer want to carry around. In this instance, I wanted to be rid of a fear I was carrying. In this ceremony each person runs around a circle stating the thing that that they wish the earth to rid of them of. Then after some time we lay on the ground in the exact middle of the circle with our belly buttons pressed into the earth and feel what ever it is we are getting rid of the flow into the earth. As I lay there feeling the earth take my fear I began to feel my self enter the ground and Mother Earth wrap her arms around me like a mother would do for a child. As my fears left I felt the intense love that Mother Earth has for each us. This experience made me realize the earth is a living breathing soul.
I had one client who was carrying around great amounts of anger and frustration. After leaving the lake and proceeding along to Machu Picchu and then the Amazon, the source of the anger and frustration began to reveal itself and she was able to acknowledge and clear them. Upon returning to her home and work, her friends and family thought that a new person had arrived home. Since then she has made changes in her life to incorporate what she learned on this trip.
I had another client who, after the tour, left a job that he disliked and found the courage to pursue a career more in line with what he really wanted to do.
The tour is designed specifically so that awareness opens gradually so that there is some time for reflection and integration. Each place and each step leads to the next level. This is more than a tour it is an experience!
As published in Mosaic Mind, Body and Spirit Magazine. May 2007 edition.
By Ina Woolcott
“You must push yourself beyond your limits, all the time. The only possible course that a warrior has is to act consistently and without reservations. You know enough of the warrior’s way to act accordingly, but your old habits and routines stand in your way.” Tales of Power
Here the warrior-traveller goes on the journey to purify and regain energy. He also hones (to sharpen and focus ones attention) his only link to All That Is, intuition. By constantly testing this connection for verification and gradually getting rid of all doubts, he/she becomes impeccable at this. Their fate is accepted by them and they commit to following a path with heart.
The Books and a short description of each
* Tales of Power (1975) up until now don Juan has performed his acts of power in his world. Now, in a sudden and unexpected encounter he will enter Castaneda’s urban world, at ease in a well tailored suit. He carries out his lessons in crowded and busy streets. accounts on the points of perception in the body or luminous cocoon and Dreaming Double. Also writings about the Tonal, or 1st attention, which is ‘ordinary’ waking reality and the right brain awareness or possibly even the left brained. There is too information about the Nagual, which is the 2nd attention, the unknown realities to most people and the left brain awareness.
For more info on the luminous cocoons which surround us according to Castaneda, please readCarlos Castaneda, What is a Nagual
* The Second Ring of Power (1977) herein events are described that take place preceding Don Juan’s departure, experiences with the women warriors of the original Nagual’s party, the 2nd attention or the second ring of power, losing “human form”, human mould, dreaming and gazing. Dona Soledad is introduced to the reader in this book by Castaneda. He is subjected to a series of terrifying tricks by Soledad. Thus, Castaneda is initiated into experiences so intense and absolutely terrifying that every reason and opinion of life that was Don Juan’s legacy to his student is assaulted.
* The Eagle’s Gift (1981) in this haunting and deeply personal book, the reader is taken into the very heart of sorcery. Imagination and reason are challenged. The foundations in what we believe is ‘natural’ and ‘logical’ are shaken, bringing us a world full of terrors, mysterious forces and dazzling insights. Also: the power that creates, destroys and rules the universe (or at least the 48 bands of earth), description about the eagles command to man, the Nagual’s rule, the various levels of petty tyrants, the way toward freedom, self-stalking, power spots and the intricacies of dreaming, seeing together, crossing the boundaries of affection, losing the human form, the right and the left side awareness, the fixation of the second attention,
* The Active Side of Infinity (compilation) (1999) – recapitulation (reviewing ones life), making a log of significant life events (as seen by the spirit). This book was written by anthropologist and shaman Castaneda immediately before his death. Don Juan his teacher considered that collecting the memorable events in their lives, was for shamans, the preparation for life after death, the entry into what they called, the active side of infinity. This is Castaneda’s most autobiographical and intimately revealing work ever, the fruit of a lifetime of experience and perhaps the most moving in his life work.
For Book Set 3 go to Link:
Carlos Castaneda‘s Books Set 3 – The Mastery of Intent