The Shaman's Secret: The Lost Resurrection Teachings Of The Ancient Maya

The Shaman's Secret: The Lost Resurrection Teachings Of The Ancient Maya

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by Douglas Gillette
     
 

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gillette performs a great service in reviewing the original scholarship that revealed the Mayan religious belief system and in synthesizing it into a readable exposition of Mayan religious practice. Gillette explores Mayan fertility rituals, and he emphasizes that Mayan religion integrates the quest for spiritual knowledge with the divination of the cosmos. The author also discusses the importance to the Mayan religion of the ritual use of hallucinogens, sensory deprivation and states of pain to create altered states of consciousness believed to provoke direct encounters with divinities. Gillette's book is noteworthy for its effort to compare Mayan religion with Western and Asian religious systems, demonstrating the ways in which the Mayan traditions often are rooted in ideas familiar to Buddhists and Christians. For example, Gillette observes that the Mayan belief that the Soul is in essence all things has a parallel in Buddhist tradition. In addition, the Maya iconography of the First Father is virtually like that of Sakyamuni Buddha. (June)
Library Journal
A resurgence in alternative spiritual practices has led to the proliferation of writings; these two examples share a common link to Jungian psychology. Gillette (The Magician Within, Morrow, 1993) explains the ancient Maya view of the world and afterlife. In relating the art and writings of the Maya shamans, Gillette invites readers to use their imagination to journey back to the Maya world and explore Maya practices to affirm life and achieve immortality. Using Jungian tools of interpretation to understand Maya myths, Gillette decodes the Maya belief in finding the divine center of the soul where God and human beings are one. Noel (Paths to the Power of Myth, Crossroad, 1990) refers to the writing of Carlos Castaneda, relating it to Merlin and underscoring it with the Jungian psychology of imagination. Noel provides a model for renewed shamanic seeking. Through dreams and imaginings can come the spirituality of imaginal healing, and the loss of imagination equates to the loss of the soul. He draws from two decades of work with shamanic imagining, relating in anecdotal fashion psychological assumptions of renewed shamanic seeking. Both books are best suited to academic libraries.L. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L., Ia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553377798
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Joy L. Parker
Beautifully crafted and written...poetic and accessible.
— Co-author of Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path

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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.