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Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life Paperback – September 16, 2013
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This is a wonderful creation; an absolute joy to digest, sentence by sentence, insight by insight. Those who have had the privilege of working with don Oscar have been waiting for this book for a long, long time. Those just now discovering him will delight in his tale--one guaranteed to transfix, transport, and transform you in a way that many spiritual memoirs promise, but few can.
- Hillary S. Webb, PhD
I have seen don Oscar Miro-Quesada's organization grow and develop from its very inception to its current status as a global instrument of peace and service. His book, Lessons in Courage, distills what he and others have learned during this long journey. Although there are many worthwhile insights to be gained from Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, don Oscar's book reveals that Southern traditions make their own unique and equally valuable contributions to the attainment of global harmony and balance.
- Stanley Krippner, PhD
It was my immense honor to sit down with Oscar Miro-Quesada for a New Dimensions Radio dialogue. This gentle and loving man has captured the essence of how we can sustain our sacred earth walk. He has shared with us an enormous gift of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition ritual. This powerful practice can serve to help us build a life-long relationship with the sacred dimensions of life. In his book, Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life, he has most generously shared, in detail, how we can incorporate it into our daily life. I highly recommend it.
-Justine Willis Toms
After nearly five centuries of successful adaptation to the pressures of "Westernization" Peruvian shamanism is currently reversing this process. A charismatic proponent for such "reverse acculturation" is Oscar Miro Quesada, founder of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Thanks to the prompting of anthropologist Bonnie Glass-Coffin, don Oscar "re-Members" his struggles in following the shamanic path...We are fortunate to have this "inside view" of a venerable esoteric tradition.
- Douglas Sharon, PhD
In this beautiful book, Oscar bridges many worlds, bringing alive extraordinary possibilities from the shamanic realms and making them fully accessible to the modern West. He does this through his powerful loving heart, his transparent storytelling, and his unfailing dedication to serving us all with humility. He's a luminous guide into the next stage of our evolution in which Eagle and Condor fly as one.
- Stephen Dinan, CEO, The Shift Network
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He encourages us all to become the people that we are meant to be, that is whole, powerful and full of light. Once we remember who we truly are we have access to this new and glorious world.
The book also goes into his teachings from his Peruvian "masters". His forays into this wonderful world of shamanism. The Pachakuti mesa is opened to the public and a brief, but concise description of how to build a "mesa". A mesa is a Peruvian style altar, that assists in healing at many levels.
This is not a religion, Oscar's Pachakuti mesa tradition is for anyone who is interested in personal and planetary healing. It is a way of living, being in right relationship with everything. It shows a way to live right now that is sustainable, spiritual, full of love and beauty.
This book is a deeply personal glimpse into a mans soul who has since become a master ceremonialist and healer. Enjoy!
The remarkable framework of this book has the Divine Intention of earth honoring blessing at the heart of its focus instead of the relentless "how to" language that fills so many inspirational books today. The book adds new relevance to the teachings that don Oscar has shared with me on all the occasions that I have been able to accompany him to visit sacred sites across the world. I finished the book much more confident in my own journey and in my ability to heal. The mesa itself, my chosen altar for over ten years, has sprung a new light, and the revelations of don Oscar's lessons and life journey have shown new ways of employing and feeding it. I am truly grateful.
Bonnie's contribution is huge. Combining don Oscar's own, often floral, sense of narration with her sweet and concise sense of poetry and fine prose, she waxes eloquent in passages that are truly heartwarming and often profound in their construction. Her years of translating for the Shamanic women of Peru shine through. Her words are simple, comprehensible translations of a beautiful earth-walk. I absolutely loved this book.
When I came to the place in the book of the "Illuminated beings" when he was young, my heart skipped a beat, I had the same experience when I was about 7 or 8!? I hope to meet him one day, almost did recently! Darn. Must not of of been the right time? I send prayers to you Oscar for the best of health + happiness in my mediations, you have so much to teach and share. Aho ~*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very inspiring!! I love don Oscar and Bonnie Glass-Coffin tells his story beautifully.Published 2 months ago by Wally Wells
well written and an easy read of an honest, enlightened man's life.Published 3 months ago by medicine woman
Half the book is the author telling his life story and the other half is him telling you how to do shamanic rituals. I loved the memoir part. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Francie Nolan
This is a powerful story and offers practical advice for self healing through chanting and ritual. A great beginners guide or for intermediates looking to add skills.Published 6 months ago by Melanie Lamaga
Lessons in Courage is a heart inspiring book. It helps one on the road to Shamanism. From consecrating your Mesa to healing yourself and the Universe, this book touches on the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suzannesweets
To keep it brief, this is positively one of the more profound books I've read. I'm already starting to re-read it.Published 8 months ago by VIKTOR
An easy and interesting read which includes some very clear and powerful teachings.Good reading but some of the shamanic rituals didn't appearl to me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Buck Rhodes