Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life

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Buckminster Fuller reminds us, ?You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.? This book provides just that model, as well as concrete practices for living it. The model is derived from ancient wisdom traditions, modeled on the pulses, cycles, and seasons of our beloved Earth Mother. It deeply grounds the reader in a ?this world? spirituality that blends indigenous cosmologies, earth-honoring ritual, and time-tested models for ...

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Overview

Buckminster Fuller reminds us, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” This book provides just that model, as well as concrete practices for living it. The model is derived from ancient wisdom traditions, modeled on the pulses, cycles, and seasons of our beloved Earth Mother. It deeply grounds the reader in a “this world” spirituality that blends indigenous cosmologies, earth-honoring ritual, and time-tested models for living with modern sensibilities.

The proposed text presents the biography of an extraordinary man, who has awakened to his own purpose in life as a servant to conscious evolution for all humanity. His life story, full of adventure, cosmic “interventions,” and synchronicity is on par with that of the luminaries documented in these biographies and the time has come for his story to be told. don Oscar’s story is also the story of each one of us. The only reason his story has not been told until now is that he was first charged with creating opportunities for others to awaken to their higher purpose through his teachings as part of an oral tradition. Now, after completing his “compacto” (sacred contract) with his Andean teachers and mentors, he has been released from service to tell his story in writing. And it is an extraordinary story, dealing with nothing less than individual, spiritual, and planetary transformation.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
With Glass-Coffin, an anthropologist as well as his apprentice, Miro-Qesada introduces his Pachakuti Mesa tradition, which he describes as "an open-ended field of creative possibility that brings grace and beauty and healing into the world" through an integration of many practices and sources. This "tradition" arose from personal visions, shamanic training in his native Peru, recovery from trauma and substance abuse, and psychological studies in the United States, where he now lives, and he uses his tumultuous life story to illustrate the book's step-by-step instruction in this spiritual practice. Miro-Qesada focuses on meditative techniques centered around the creation of an elaborate altar (the "mesa") honoring and invoking spirits of the four directions. His influences are wide-ranging, including Western mystery schools, '60s guru Maharaj-ji, and a Peruvian extraterrestrial-contact group. As presented here, the unique qualities of the Pachakuti Mesa tradition may be hard to discern. But its rituals and methods are described with ample clarity and detail for readers to try them out and, if interested, pursue them further. (Nov.)
Library Journal
02/01/2014
Shamanism is an ancient, earth-centered spiritual practice for physical healing, divination, and enlightenment, observed by various indigenous peoples as well as some modern pagans worldwide. Miro-Quesada, trained in two distinctly different shamanistic traditions in Peru and educated in the United States as a clinical psychologist, teaches an accessible form of Peruvian shamanism called the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Glass-Coffin (anthropology, Utah State Univ.), described as his apprentice, uses examples from Miro-Quesada's decidedly interesting life to demonstrate what he believes are the central tenets of shamanism: trusting soul, honoring spirit, opening heart, transforming mind, and healing body. The book is not simply a how-to manual but a biography/autobiography of Miro-Quesada. When you live your principles with compassion, he asserts, they form the basis of Ayni or sacred reciprocity, the magical give and take between the earth mother, Pachamama, and her denizens. Each chapter explores one of the concepts and ends with explicit instructions for a shamanic ritual, including creating a Peruvian-style altar. VERDICT Miro-Quesada's emotional struggles, paranormal experiences, and moments of enlightenment make for dramatic reading. Neo-pagans and readers of Native American and New Age spirituality will find this title absorbing, affirming, and informative.—Janet Tapper, Univ. of Western States Lib., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937907181
  • Publisher: Rainbow Ridge Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 277,254
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized professor of anthropology at Utah State University. She has studied with Peruvian curanderos since 1982 and is author of The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru as well as numerous scholarly and popular articles on the topics of shamanism and transformation. She began apprenticing with don Oscar in 2005, experiencing the transformative power of these wisdom teachings and integrating these deeply into her life. This deep apprenticeship has enabled her to take a leading role in presenting don OscarOMQ’s life-work to a wide audience. She is an endorsed teacher of the Pachakuti Mesa and an avid practitioner of earth-honoring traditions in her home community of Logan, Utah.

Oscar Miro-Quesada originated the Pachakuti Mesa tradition of cross-cultural shamanism, and is the visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer (THOTH) Foundation. He is a respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru and has been guiding cross-cultural ethno-spiritual apprenticeship expeditions to sacred sites of the world since 1986, with special emphasis on Peru and Bolivia. He has been a popular faculty member at numerous U.S. educational centers. His work and programs have been featured on CNN, Univision, A&E, and the Discovery Channel.

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