Encounters with Power: Adventures and Misadventures on the Shamanic Path of Healing

Encounters with Power: Adventures and Misadventures on the Shamanic Path of Healing

by José Luis Stevens Ph.D.


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A Shamanic Odyssey of Discovery

When you leave the beaten path of civilization, you enter the world of primal and mysterious forces—and encounter wonders you never thought possible. This is the territory of the shaman. To learn the secrets of shamanism, José Luis Stevens has traveled to the remote and wild places where the oldest human spiritual practice still exists in its purest form. With Encounters with Power, this respected teacher invites you to experience his journeys to meet shamans around the globe—and share in the wisdom he received. Join this master storyteller as he recounts his meetings with Spirit in its many guises, including:

• India and the Life-Changing Reading—at a turning point in his life, Jose receives a startlingly accurate prophecy

• Lost in Mexico—a humbling education in the difference between "power" and "control"

• The Guatemala Test and Initiation—the power of being frugal with judgment and generous with forgiveness

• Encounters with the Power of Aborigines and Songlines Down Under—sometimes the teacher appears when the student is not ready

• Journeys for Power with Medicine—visions with the plant spirit of ayahuasca

• A Magical Andes Wedding—an unforgettable ceremony attended by people, spirits, and the forces of nature

• The Dolphin Brujos—nature’s tricksters teach a sharp lesson in responsibility and humility

• Encounters with the Dark Shaman—a perilous jungle journey reveals the ferocity of nature and the dangerous side of shamanic practice

• Nevado Aconcagua: Pilgrimage to a Sacred Mountain—how a holy place can be both a dangerous trial and a source of limitless support

Power is everywhere—encounters with power can happen any time. "In my travels to meet these extraordinary healers," writes José, "I’ve had terrifying, enlightening, and at times hugely entertaining adventures. Power can destroy us or it can raise us up by teaching us and nourishing us. I may not be a master, but I have learned a few things that you may find helpful on your own quest."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622037933
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 859,405
Product dimensions: 5.41(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

José Luis Stevens

José Luis Stevens, PhD, is an international lecturer, teacher, consultant, and trainer. A psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, and author of eighteen books and e-books, as well as numerous articles, he is also on the board of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners. He is the cofounder of the Power Path School of Shamanism and the Center for Shamanic Education and Exchange. He completed a ten-year apprenticeship with a Huichol marakame and has studied extensively with the Shipibos of the Amazon and the Q’ero of the Andes for the last twenty years.

He has a doctorate in integral counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies, an MSW from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in sociology from the University of Santa Clara, California.

He lives in Santa Fe with his wife and companion, Lena. See thepowerpath.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I Expression-Storyteller-Artist

1 The Power of Prophecy: India and the Life-Changing Reading 3

2 The Right Way to Die 25

3 Lost in Mexico 43

4 The Guatemala Test and Initiation 51

5 Encounters with the Power of Aborigines and Songlines Down Under: Or "When the Student Is Not Ready" 65

Part II Inspiration-Ceremonialist-Healer

6 Q'eros: Encountering the Power of the Land and Its People 83

7 Journeys for Power with Medicine: Visions with Ayahuasca 99

8 The Power of Dieting in the Jungle: Plant Teachings 111

9 The Power of Communion: A Magical Andes Wedding 133

10 An Encounter with Power Through a Healing Crisis: The Natural Traveling Pharmacy 141

Part III Action-Chief-Warrior

11 An Encounter with Power: Completing a Huichol Apprenticeship with Sacred Peyote 157

12 A Second Pilgrimage to Regalia: Encounters with the Dark Shaman 175

13 An Encounter with the Dolphin Brujos 201

14 Nevado Aconcagua: Pilgrimage to a Sacred Mountain for Power 209

15 Traversing the Andes and Other Powerful Passages 229

In Closing 239

Acknowledgments 241

About the Author 243

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