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Toltec Path of Recapitulation: Healing Your Past to Free Your Soul [Paperback]

Victor Sanchez
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31 Aug 2001
A ten-step technique, based on the teachings of the Toltecs, that allows the reader to heal from traumatic life events and emerge with new energy and direction. * Introduces the practice of Recapitulation, a method used by the indigenous people of Mexico to restore balance to the psyche. * Ideal for people suffering the effects of childhood trauma, broken relationships, abuse, depression, anxiety, and other psychological stresses. * Written by Victor Sanchez, author of The Teachings of Don Carlos.

What if it were possible to revisit the traumatic or difficult events of our past and emerge renewed, re-energized, and healed from the damage left within us by these events? The practice of Recapitulation can do just this through a series of energetic exercises that can ultimately free us from the repetitive emotional conflicts and persistent negative patterns that often result from trauma.

Victor Sanchez shares with the reader both the philosophy and practical applications of this ancient Toltec technique. Anyone who has lived through a long, difficult experience--perhaps a serious illness, broken relationship, sexual abuse, or a childhood spent in a divisive family environment--can benefit from this process. Recapitulation makes it possible to actually relive and resolve the events that have caused emotional distress. In this clear and straightforward workbook, the author guides readers through the ten steps of Recapitulation and invites them to experience the powerful and positive new energy that results from healing the wounds of the past. The Toltec Path of Recapitulation offers an ancient ritual of renewal for the contemporary world.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (31 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879181606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879181601
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 14.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the bold 20 Oct 2003
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I read this book after I read "the Teachings of Don Carlos" and expected it not to contain any new information. I was wrong, in fact there was still a lot to learn about this practice of recapitulation. For those not already in the know: if you have problems with traumas or other experiences from the past that you would like to be free of, then this is a book for you. You could also do therapy, but some things are so intimate or embarassing you'd rather not talk about them with total strangers. This then is a tried and tested technique which was developed by mexican shamans and perfected over the centuries, where you do the hard work yourself. Thanks to Castaneda and Sanchez, it is now available to us. It helps if you live in an area with a lot of space and natural surroundings, because you need to build a wooden recapitulation-box to sit in at night. However, you can find your own solutions if you're creative enough. The book will tell you all the do's and don'ts, and also recounts some experiences that participants of Victor Sanchez' workshops had. Very interesting and challenging!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 2 July 2013
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It helps and is written with humour. May need to read the earlier book for background though not totally neccesary
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 8 Aug 2014
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Good stuff if you like Castenada works
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recapitulation works 7 Oct 2003
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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Right up front, let me say that recapitulation is, by conventional standards, a pretty weird way to heal yourself from your past. It is breathwork in a box. That's right, a wooden box that you build and do all of your recapitulation in.
In its essence, though, recapitulation is about going through all of the significant events in your life to (1) reclaim lost energy, or to (2) release unwanted energy, and ultimately to heal from it.
The idea is that the most people's energy body (or emotional self) is like a stressball that has lost some of its ability to regain its original shape. Most often, we act based not on the demands on the moment, but on traumas that occurred in the past. All of our relationships and interactions therefore have some kind of transference or projection (to borrow some Freudian terms).
The process of recapitulation involves remembering an event as intensely as you can, then making an active decision to heal from it, and using specific breathing techniques to help you achieve that.
Sanchez advocates doing a hard-core recapitulation, in which you list significant events in your entire life, build a box, and then recapitulate each event while in your box.
It probably sounds like a pretty different way to go about your self-healing. It certainly did to me at first, though the practicality of Sanchez's earlier work, The Teachings of Don Carlos, made me take a closer look. I'm glad I did.
Going mostly by the instructions in this book, I came up with a list and built a box and did a good deal of recapitulation. I've gotten a lot of personal insight and healing from this technique, and a lot of self-acceptance and forgiveness as well.
Let me make clear that if you don't have the time or energy to do the whole box thing (which for me was a big deal and a good bit of sweat), then you can still do recapitulation for specific events. In fact, I've gotten tons of mileage out of doing just that, without the box or anything. Doing that alone can result in a great deal of healing.
I've never been in therapy so I can't compare the results of this with any psychotherapeutic modalities. I have done some holotropic breathwork and dabbled in other healing methods.
All in all, I can say that I prefer recapitulation for its effectiveness and its simplicity -- yes, its simplicity. When it comes right down to it, recapitulation makes you take a hard look at what you're doing, and gives you the space to make decisions, and harnesses the breath and your intent to help you make that decision. Ultimately that's all you need to let go of pain.
If this method seems intense, that's because it is also very complete; but at its core it is very simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toltec Path of Recapitulation 20 Aug 2001
By Jimmy I Tanner - Published on Amazon.com
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Victor Sanchez's The Toltec Path of Recapitulation is a powerful addition to Castaneda's Journey to Ixtan and other works and his own The Teachings of Don Carlos. In fact, he has broadened the most compelling parts of Don Carlos, the recapitulation, with 10 years of experience in both the Old and New World.
Readers will not find the prose in the first half of The Toltec Path of Recapitulation as smooth as Sanchez's earlier work, The Teachings of Don Carlos, translated with Robert Nelson. But the second half of the book, the true meat, leaves an easy trail.
Castaneda wrote that man's greatest endeavor is to polish his spirit. Recapitulation is a tool that Sanchez has taken, redesigned and tested for a somewhat coarser but basic task. It is for the man that realizes that he may need a technique that can chip away at the encrustations, bridge over the gaps, strengthen the cords, and close the holes of an etheric spiritual vessel.
This book is not for the man that wants to read. It is not for the man that wants to describe. It is for the man that wants to do.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent for those ready to change! 26 Mar 2012
By Albert J. - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book, because is practical, direct and deals with real life issues. It is about how we carry old stuff from the past and how we keep repeating old patterns and attitudes from early periods of our life. It is about how to get rid of that through a clearly articulated process. I think even though is connected with some parts of the books of Carlos Castaneda, the real value of this book is not to what extent is faithful to Castaneda or Don Juan, but to what extent is connected with real problems of life, and offers real solutions for them. I think in this department this book is great. A lot of people are trapped in old patterns and feelings and they keep hooked to those until they realize that enough is enough and then want to change their attitudes towards the problems of their past. But often times they just don't know how to make that type of change. The recapitulation technique, as developed by Sanchez is a great tool to do just that. I read some of the critics to this book here in Amazon and I am amazed that the people with harsher criticism do not seem to have practiced or even tried to relate to the situation of those dealing with the kind of problems that recapitulation may help to heal. It seems to me that that some of them have a personal agenda against Sanchez approach and just want to bring down the rating of the book. Then their complaints against the books not being for "warriors" and specially the absurd concern in one of the reviews with Sanchez not being able to "see" as the characters in the books of Castaneda supposedly "see" makes me think than rather to find something useful to do, some of those negative reviewers are "true believers" of the most bizarre and not sense statements of Castaneda. I don't get why those CC true believers really hate when someone is serious enough to bring something into practice and bring forth their own independent point of view, instead of blindly believe literally every line that Castaneda ever wrote. Don't take me wrong, I like a lot from the books of Castaneda but, I don't believe everything he says. Often times he writes bizarre stories that discerning readers would not take seriously. Some other times he talks about powerful stuff but he is not clear about how to do certain things. Here is where I think the books by Sanchez are great to fill the blanks and offer closer-to-real-life approach. Finally, this book may not be for everybody. If you are a Castaneda super-fan who believes in ghosts, allies and other bizarre stuff, this book may not be for you, but if you are interested in your own growth by practicing instead of just taking or thinking, I bet you will find this book very useful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is called a path because you have to walk it 25 Mar 2014
By Don Savage - Published on Amazon.com
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Victor Sanchez has lived and breathed what he's speaking about in this book. I see a disproportionate amount of negative reviews for this book. I think often in this society, with an imbalance of the mind, books can become an intellectual gratification exercise.

We may see what needs to be done but are afraid to face the unknown or our past. This negative fear response can trigger the mind come up with excuses to not go through with the work and begin the process of transformation.

We have to be warriors to do the work of reclaiming energy from past traumatic experiences. Victor is sharing powerful tools, but the challenge to every reader is to apply them.

That is why it's called a path - Victor can show you the way, but you have to walk it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, probing and expanding material. Will spend ... 29 Jun 2014
By Jon R. Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting, probing and expanding material. Will spend some time taking all of this in and being able to apply the teachings.
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