In 2008, the author of The Andean Codex, Dr. J. E. Williams, returned to Peru to give us an unforgettable account of the sacred way of the Q'ero. He takes the reader on a journey to the highest mountain and deep into the labyrinth of the heartland of the gods themselves. There, he learns from his mentor, Sebastian, a traditional Q'ero shaman, a beautiful, inexorable value system that dates to a time before the Incas. Beyond the physical journey of high altitude trekking, Sebastian prepares him to meet the spirit deity of the most powerful of all Andean mountains, Apu Ausangate. In his intense initiation process, Williams ascends to the roof of the world where he unravels a dilemma of planetary consequences, and comes back to share the teachings of the Apus, the true secret of the Andes, and to give us a golden compass for our times. His personal spiritual pilgrimage is an authentic journey of the heart, and an extraordinary adventure of discovery and transformation.
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About the Author
Dr. J. E. Williams is the author of The Andean Codex, numerous works on integrative medicine, and one book of poetry, Winter Rain. He has written about Earth-based wisdom and sustainable medicine in Shaman's Drum, Sacred Hoop, Herbal Gram, Body and Soul, and other new thought and integrative medicine journals. Since 1967, he has lived with and worked among indigenous tribes from the Arctic to the Amazon and Andes. His mission is to protect and preserve indigenous wisdom, culture, environment, and the intellectual rights of first peoples. He is the founder of AyniGLOBAL, a non-profit organization in Washington D.C. dedicated to principle-guided living, and personal and planetary change. He divides his time between the Gulf of Mexico, Washington D.C., and Peru.