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“His groundbreaking book takes you to deserts and jungles, mountains and oceans, medical research centers and corporate board rooms to learn the step-by-step methods of this practice that integrates ancient and modern techniques to bring about profound healing.”
"Shapeshifting is an engaging saga of one individual's transformation from global businessman to on-the-ground conservationist and healer."
"John Perkins eloquently portrays how changing our dream can propel us into shapeshifting not only ourselves but also the reality of the world around us. Perkins is a bridge."
"John's wonderful storytelling creates a journey so captivating it shifted me beyond time and space—a compelling book for anyone."
Part 1: The View From Above
1 The Mayan View
2 A Corporate Executive in the Amazon
3 The Matter of Energy
4 Desert Bedouin and the Shifting Sands
5 Institutional Versus Personal Shapeshifting
6 Shapeshifting with Bugimen
7 The Nature of Ecstasy, and Dreams Versus Fantasies
8 Lessons from a Headhunter and an Andean Healer
9 Shifting the Utility Industry
Part 2: The View From Without
11 An Amazon Shaman Disappears
12 Being the "Other"
13 Shapeshifting a Deadly Virus
14 Globes of Energy
15 Indigenous Elders Speak Out
16 Shapeshifting Through Time and Space
Note on Dream Change Coalition
Posted March 1, 2001
SHAPESHIFTING is a real gem! Author John Perkins takes us with him on an amazing journey to comprehend the methods used by shamen around the world to vanish and reappear, transform into plants and animals, heal seemingly inoperable medical conditions, and travel through space and time. He tells fascinating stories of how he overcame his initial skepticism and doubt to became one with a chair, transform herbs into a newspaper, and travel through time and space as a blue ball of light. Perkins describes a method for discerning between creating something of lasting value (dream), and creating something of transitory relevance (fantasy). SHAPESHIFTING also details a powerful technique for taking a dream that you wish to manifest, focusing on it with your mind and heart, energizing it, and releasing it. Perkins explains that with energy, belief, and intent... anything is possible.
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Posted January 12, 2011
This has been one of the most negative books I've read in the Spiritual/Mystical subjects. Incredibly negative, focused on the past and not the 'now', blame oriented, just not something I expected from a "spiritual" book.
This is a very difficult book for me to finish. Not because of how it's written, but the content itself. Rather then a book on Shamans or Shapeshifting, it's really book against the West. If you are thinking of this book as an actual book on the subject of Shapeshifting (either physical, emotional, financial shapeshifting, etc.) there aren't but 20 pages dedicated to that.
Throughout the book is this whole idea that it's "wrong" to change an environment... such as transforming a desert into a mecca. Which, now after finishing the book, I realize is actually contrary to the whole point of shapeshifting. Why not transform a desert into a garden of eden? After all, isn't that what shapeshifting is about? there are so many places where deserts (if transformed) would lead to less disease, more food, better life expentancy. Yet he's against it, evidently... again his political baggage just gets in the way of what should be a good read.
As I got deeper, into chapter 7, the author then proceeds to explain the sources of all sexual misconduct in western societies - that our psychiatrists and therapists are not allowed to grope their patients. Absurdity. He goes on to give counsel that the older societies that had partner swaps were far superior to our idea of monogamous relationships.
Then of course we have the complaint of Missionaries: His complaint was once the tribes learn to read, they can give up oral tradition. This isn't really a complaining about missionaries, so much as education. Oral teachings always drop off, after reading and writing is paramount. This isn't the result of Missionaries, but the result of the natural change due to education. So really he's against education
In Chapter 15, the author's translator is almost killed by the tribesmen he visits. He doesn't blame them, but rather... America. The author doesn't hold the tribesmen to the same expectations he holds America. No, he instead blames America for tribe politics and bad behavior. In other words, Americans should abide by Ethics but Tribesmen aren't supposed to take personal responsibility for their actions.
A double standard.
The last chapter is again holding the West/Gringo's responsible for all ills that affect the world.
The stories outside the blame blanket (2nd half of the book) were interesting and very cool.
The stories of healings, weight loss, adiction control through the Ecuador shamans, is amazing - yet again, he removes all detail. He gives some interesting stories, points to some referenced and scientifically proved data on healings. I wish the entire book was this!
Posted May 17, 2010
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