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Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart: The Real-Life Initiation Of An Everyday Shaman Paperback – 6 Jun 2017
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Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart is a magnificent adventure story that travels like an arrow right into the heart of what it means to be a conscious human being. Like all stories told with unflinching honesty and humility, this one has the potential to heal the reader, and help him or her remember who they really truly are.(Dr Christiane Northrup, New York Times bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom)
Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart charts the journey of a young man treading the path of an ancient vocation in a modern world. In his wise, funny and tender book, Ya'Acov Darling Khan writes of his teachers and experiences with compelling generosity and practicality, and lessons abound. Shamanic teaching that is accessible and divine.(Sophie Dahl, author)
Ya'Acov Darling Khan has written an exquisite and important book that places the great and deep work of shamanism in its rightful context in this critical time in human history. For too long, shamanism has been seen as a left-field weekend pastime that is divorced from the challenges that we face as a species. Ya'Acov's story of his 30-year initiation into the shaman's world is an invitation for us to look deeply into what matters most to us and to find the courage to live from this place. Ya'Acov's book is vital for all of us who are ready to find the passion, dedication and courage to bring our visions to Earth and to leave a legacy for our descendants that we can be proud of.(Lynne Twist, co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance and author of The Soul of Money)
An important shamanic ritual involves "dismembering and remembering" - releasing dysfunctional patterns of thought and behaviour in order to embrace beneficial new ones. Through this beautiful book Ya'Acov offers that ritual for a world of humans who need to rebalance and remember themselves and their relationship with all else. He sings the shapeshifter's song; that song awakens a new dream, it manifests a new reality.(John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author)
As our world rocks with each new onslaught of unresolved human pain, there comes a bright light to remind us that we have resources far beyond our own: that we have help if we ask for it and that help is transformative. Written with integrity, authenticity and the flowing, addictive poetry of a born storyteller, Ya'Acov's book is a must-read for anyone who seeks to share in the bounty of the greater spirits of this world and beyond. Ya'Acov's journey as a shaman began long before the current fashion for all things shamanic. When it comes to spirituality, many people talk the talk, but few actually embody the teachings in their day-to-day life.(Manda Scott, teacher of shamanic dreaming and author of the Boudica series and Into the Fire)
Ya'Acov Darling Khan's journey reveals the hard path that goes from a sincere but innocent day-dreaming about shamanism, to the struggles, doubts, failure and eventual victories to be found for those who travel far enough and persist for long enough to discover the secrets of shifting consciousness, and then bring them back to the world of our everyday affairs. What I love about him and the journey he shares in this book is that his passion for the Spirit has always been so strong, and was not broken when ego-driven fantasies were shattered again and again by the bitter-sweet kiss of everyday reality. (Victor Sanchez, researcher, author, teacher and founder of El Arte de Vivir A Propósito (The Art of Living Purposefully) and toltecas.org)
Ya'Acov is a medicine man of the highest integrity. His shamanic skill and embodiment transcend culture to reach the universal place of humanity and spirit. One doesn't declare oneself a shaman, the people do. When we are in the rainforest together, the indigenous people line up for healings with Ya'Acov, who works side by side with the elder tribal shaman. In his book, Ya'Acov demystifies the original vocation, one often shrouded in misperceptions and aggrandizement in modern times. As our current systems and structures break down, more and more people are turning to the ancient shamanic worldview of interconnectivity and meaning. Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart provides a blueprint for how to authentically walk the path.(David Tucker, Pachamama Journeys director)
As the first generations of Westerners who were taught by traditional shamans and healers slowly matured through decades of practice, it was inevitable that gradually new forms of shamanism would appear. Ya'Acov Darling Khan is an experienced shamanic teacher who represents a shamanic practice that is thoroughly body-based yet spiritual, archaic yet contemporary. His words will inspire all those who follow the path of spirit.(Daan van Kampenhout, founder of the Practice for Systemic Ritual, author of Images of the Soul and Tears of the Ancestors)
With self-depreciating humour, honesty and openness, Ya'Acov carries us with him as he weaves the story of his journey from youth to adult to elder. Writing with grace and love, he invites the reader to travel through the landscapes of his shamanic path. A compelling mixture of mysticism and down-to-earth living.(Chris Odle, medicine man)
Ya'Acov is a masterful storyteller who takes you deep into his real-life story of magic, shamanism and a lifelong commitment to waking up! I have run joint workshops with Ya'Acov and can say without doubt that in both the dream and waking worlds he is the real deal!(Charlie Morley, lucid dreaming teacher and author of Dreams of Awakening and Dreaming through Darkness)
About the Author
Ya'Acov Darling Khan is a modern-day shaman (traditional healer), who has studied and practiced with many gifted shamans around the world. He has been recognized as a practicing shaman by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon. He is one of the foremost teachers of embodied consciousness worldwide and the Co-founder of Movement Medicine Contemporary Shamanism, which he teaches worldwide. www.schoolofmovementmedicine.com
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More than just a self-help guide for the spiritually inclined (in whatever tradition), the book provides important insights for our species as a whole to live in a more balanced & conscious way before we cause irreversible damage to the ecosystem that we depend on for our lives.
A delightful & inspiring read - highly recommended.
Not only lovely to read as a wonderful story but mind blowing, heart opening, bare witness to the extraordinary experiences and years long journey of an extraordinary man, an everyday shaman.
This is one of those few books that you can enjoy reading over and over again as you will always find new passages that speak to you and offer you insight to everyday shamanism and a window to the bigger picture of life.