The Shaman's Secret: The Lost Resurrection Teachings Of The Ancient Mayaby Douglas Gillette
Now available in paperback, The Shaman's Secret is the most comprehensive documentation yet of the extraordinary spiritual forces that governed life for the ancient Maya. Shattering the misconceptions of the Maya as violent, barbaric people, Gillette puts the distasteful acts of bloodletting and human sacrifice into proper context and demonstrates the more important aspects of Maya culture. As Gillette deciphers sacred artwork, hieroglyphics, myths, and artifacts, he shows how entire cities mysteriously disappeared into enveloping jungles, taking with them a vast, untapped treasure of the human spirit. Utilizing his training in depth psychology and comparative religion, and drawing on his rich experiences in Mexico and Central America, Gillette enables us to share in the ancient Maya experience of "fire in the blood" and to hear for ourselves the once lost, now recovered sacred resurrection message of the ancient shamans. For anyone seeking a renewed sense of the relevance of spiritual truths to his or her daily life, The Shaman's Secret offers a vivid, passionate, and courageous way to complete life's journey.
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My first reaction, on seeing the B&N review page, was puzzlement at the absence of lay reviewers. My negative side whispers that, of those lay readers who started this book, few finished; its intensity requires motivation. The serious reader, the one who makes an effort that the Mayan shamans would admire, will undoubtedly benefit immensely not simply from an expanded understanding of the Mayan culture, but from the ineffable satisfaction of sliding yet another major piece into the emerging mosaic of classical human wisdom. As a true Buddhist would say, 'You don't convert to Buddhism; you discover that you are Buddhist', so Gillette helps us, as Mankind in all its times and places, to discover of ourselves what has been hidden and forbidden since the rise of 'the world's great religions'. Reading, and completing this book will not engender a sense of completion - another check mark in our scrapbook of the world tour, it will empower and potentiate a driving quest for more, a search for, to borrow a concept from physics, a GUT or Grand Unifying Theory.