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The Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol: Medicine Teachings for Modern Times

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The Huichol tribes of the Sierra Madre in Mexico have thoroughly retained their ancient way of life. Their shamanic spiritual practices focus on living life in harmony with all things and offer a path path to healing both on a personal and a planetary level. Brief Description: The Huichol tribes...

The Huichol tribes of the Sierra Madre in Mexico have thoroughly retained their ancient way of life. Their shamanic spiritual practices focus on living life in harmony with all things and offer a path path to healing both on a personal and a planetary level.
Brief Description:
The Huichol tribes of the Sierra Madre in Mexico have thoroughly retained their ancient way of life. Their shamanic spiritual practices focus on living life in harmony with all things and offer a path to healing both on a personal and a planetary level.

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SHAMANISM / INDIGENOUS CULTURES "Pinkson is one of those rare individuals who walks his talk, whose life is built on helping others, loving and forgiving, and a determination to trust and listen to the inner voice within him." --Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear "The Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol is a good read and a powerful memoir. Pinkson's many adventures serve as a catalyst to get on with one's own spiritual awakenings." --Stephen Kiesling, editor in chief, Spirituality & Health Never conquered by Europeans, the Huichol--known for their use of peyote in spiritual ceremonies--have thoroughly retained their ancient way of life. Growing from a deeply rooted respect and reverence for the natural world, the Huichol's shamanic spiritual practices focus on living life in harmony with all living things and offer a path to a truly sustainable future. The Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol is the autobiographical account of Pinkson's decade-long immersion in the shamanic traditions of the Huichol tribes of the Sierra Madre in Mexico. From his first Huichol pilgrimage to Wiricuta (their sacred homeland) in 1981 to searching the desert for the heart medicine of peyote, Pinkson's account of his initiation into the medicine teachings of the Huichol brings new life to this ancient eco-centric tradition. Providing a guiding light for those who seek to become part of the solution to our planet's ecological challenges, Pinkson empowers readers to choose their own path toward healing both on a personal and a planetary level. TOM SOLOWAY PINKSON, Ph.D., is a psychologist, ceremonial retreat and vision-fast leader, sacred storyteller, and shaman. For 32 years he worked with terminally ill children at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in California, successfully integrating the wisdom teachings of the Huichol and other medicine teachers into the world of the practicing psychologist. His most recent work includes training in the Hardiness Factor (training for emotional resilience) and A New Vision of Aging (working consciously with the challenges and opportunities of the elder years). The founder of Wakan, a nonprofit organization committed to restoring the sacred in daily life, he lives in northern California.

Review Quotes:
"I found Pinkson's account of his experience very fascinating. I felt I was right there with him going through his trials and tribulations as well as his awakenings and transitions. The writing is deep, poignant and encouraging. "The Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol" gives the reader courage to delve into their own inner source for direction toward self healing. . ."

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." . . it ["Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol"] slowly grows into a part of one's inner life, the way a daily walk in a new-found meadow can become familiar because of its timeless beauty and tranquility."

Review Quotes:
""The Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol" is a good read and a powerful memoir. Pinkson's many adventures serve as a catalyst to get on with one's own spiritual awakenings."

Review Quotes:
"I am happy to learn that your work with entheogens continues. It is and will be an important contribution to the aims to convince the health authorities to loosen the ban that inhibits the legal use of entheogens. Entheogens must become available legally for meaningful use in psychiatry and for healing."

Review Quotes:
"In this absorbing account of his initiations with the Huichol, Tom Pinkson helps us to reconnect with the teachings of our indigenous American ancestors. This is healing Earth-wisdom for our fractured civilization, and inspiration to honor the creative forces inherent in the land, the plants, the animals, and the people."

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"Indigenous wisdoms offer ways we can learn from both the seen and unseen worlds. Thomas Pinkson shares more than 20 years of experience and wisdom he has garnered from the Huichol Indians of Central America. This book is very relevant to fostering interdependence and re-visioning healing possibilities for restoring environment, communities, and humanity."

Review Quotes:
"Pinkson is one of those rare individuals who walks his talk, whose life is built on helping others, loving and forgiving, and a determination to trust and listen to the inner voice within him."

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"Seeing beyond the constrictions of our present ways is critical for our survival. Tom Pinkson's story sheds light on the potential in each one of us to change the current channels of our perceptions in order to live a more expansive, sacred, and compassionate life. His encouragement for us to walk our path with ceremonial gratitude grew from his apprenticeship with Huichol shamans and is medicine for our times."

Review Quotes:
"Tom's book is well written, like creating a finely woven basket, the kind our ancestors in northern California tribes used to receive the gifts of Nature. Thus it is that Tom has provided modern people in search of a soul with a basket full of ancient flowers. I really enjoyed reading the book; it is, indeed, a good teaching and gift to the people."

Biographical Note:
Tom Soloway Pinkson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, ceremonial retreat and vision-fast leader, sacred storyteller, and shaman. For 32 years he worked with terminally ill children at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in California, successfully integrating the wisdom teachings of the Huichol and other medicine teachers into the world of the practicing psychologist. His most recent work includes training in the Hardiness Factor (training for emotional resilience) and A New Vision of Aging (working consciously with the challenges and opportunities of the elder years). The founder of Wakan, a nonprofit organization committed to restoring the sacred in daily life, he lives in northern California.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.
Preface to the New Edition
Note to the Reader
Introduction
1 Moving Backward into the Future
2 Identity and Purpose
3 Becoming Powerful
4 Healing the Sacred Circle
5 Befriending the Darkness
6 Responsible Ecstasy
7 Shamanic Pathways to Healing and Fulfillment
8 Resanctifying Daily Life
9 Today's Hunter: The Spiritual Warrior
10 The Sacred Marriage
11 Coyote Teachings: The Universe as Trickster
12 Blossoming the Flowers

Acknowledgments
Appendix 1. Medicine Wheel of the Four Niericas
Appendix 2. Resanctifying Daily Life through Ritual and Ceremony
Appendix 3. Wakan Community Philosophy
About the Author

Review Quotes:
"The Huichol tradition teaches how to reweave our connections with the web of life inspiring us to move from alienation to cooperative partnerships. These teachings are essential for creating harmony in the world. Tom Pinkson not only studied the spiritual practices of the Huichol--he lives them and their beauty. He is a living example of how we can sculpt a new world through the power of love. His story is brilliant and engaging, deep, and filled with rich wisdom, love, and inspiration. This is such an important book for our times."
True account of a decade-long apprenticeship with Huichol shamans in the Mexican Sierra Madre
- Contains an insider's view of the Huichol's shamanic spiritual practices, including their ritual use of peyote
- Offers the Huichol path to sustainable healing for individuals and our planet
Never conquered by Europeans, the Huichol--known for their use of peyote in spiritual ceremonies--have thoroughly retained their ancient way of life. Growing from a deeply rooted respect and reverence for the natural world, the Huichol's shamanic spiritual practices focus on living life in harmony with all living things and offer a path to a truly sustainable future.
"The Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol" is the autobiographical account of Pinkson's decade-long immersion in the shamanic traditions of the Huichol tribes of the Sierra Madre in Mexico. From his first Huichol pilgrimage to Wiricuta (their sacred homeland) in 1981 to searching the desert for the heart medicine of peyote, Pinkson's account of his initiation into the medicine teachings of the Huichol brings new life to this ancient eco-centric tradition. Providing a guiding light for those who seek to become part of the solution to our planet's ecological challenges, Pinkson empowers readers to choose their own path toward healing both on a personal and a planetary level.

Contributor Bio: Pinkson, Tom Soloway
Tom Soloway Pinkson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, ceremonial retreat and vision-fast leader, sacred storyteller, and shaman. For 32 years he worked with terminally ill children at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in California, successfully integrating the wisdom teachings of the Huichol and other medicine teachers into the world of the practicing psychologist. His most recent work includes training in the Hardiness Factor (training for emotional resilience) and A New Vision of Aging (working consciously with the challenges and opportunities of the elder years). The founder of Wakan, a nonprofit organization committed to restoring the sacred in daily life, he lives in northern California.
Review Quotes:
"Tom Pinkson's fascinating journey into Huichol shamanism and how he applies this ancient tradition to healing others as well as the crises that our modern world now faces is a must read for anyone searching to raise consciousness for the betterment of both humanity and our Mother Earth."

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