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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Rainbow Ridge Publishing (September 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193790718X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937907181
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


A fascinating inside view of the mesa spiritual tradition by a leading Peruvian practitioner written in collaboration with an initiated anthropologist. - Michael Harner, PhD

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

From the Author

This book is the fruition of a long held Earth-restorative dream of spiritual service. It is a sharing of personal vulnerability and the power of defenselessness. It is a tale of our human quest for wholeness, for seeking balance, for attaining integration and acting from a place of love. It is my story and it is your story, it is the story of our New Earth, a soul fulfillment of the prophetic insight so artfully honed by my mentor don Celso Rojas Palmino from Salas, Chiclayo, Peru. Through its pages, the evolution of Pachakuti Mesa Tradition cross-cultural shamanism is illumined and made practical and available to all aspirants of the Great Work. My fervent prayer is that Lessons in Courage serves, beyond seven generations, as heartfelt catalyst for the emergence of a peaceful, cooperative, loving human presence upon our beloved Gaia.
- don Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo

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It helps each one of us to step more fully into the remembering of our strength and ability to heal from and through life's challenges.
Ellen R Kittredge
This book was written by two of my mentors, Bonnie Glass-Coffin and don Oscar Miro-Quesada, in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism.
Lori Christensen
I loved reading Lessons In Courage because they truly are.... Finally, Oscar's life experiences, and the lessons they transmit, are in writing.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. Moler on September 25, 2013
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I have the honor being a Pachakuti Mesa carrier, as well as a THOTH-Endorsed Teacher in this incredible lineage of shamanic practice. This book is something, without fully knowing at the time, I have been waiting for for years. The magic of Bonnie and don Oscar's hearts, as well as the true life-generating energies of the shamanic lineages that birthed this tradition, pumps through the words with every page. Reading this book is itself an experience to be cherished. Where I was once feeling disconnected and at a loss with my own connection the Great Work, this book has helped me re-member, to re-establish the ancient connection and vigor that initially inspired me onto this Path! I feel renewed. I feel replenished. As having the privilege to work with both Bonnie and Oscar personally, I feel I have just gone through another level of my training with them again. Through humility, through surrender, I found found my own courage again to continue my Work with utmost gratitude. Gratitude to Bonnie for her sweetness and clarity of assisting Oscar in delivering this life-changing message. Gratitude to my maestro don Oscar for being a clear channel for the Great Originating Mystery to shine forth this perennial wisdom. Gratitude to don Celso, don Benito, the Shining Ones, and our beloved Pachamama for giving us all we need, right now, in THIS present moment! Thank you, thank you!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Lerner on October 6, 2013
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Lessons in Courage is a perfect title as it certainly took courage to use ones own life and foibles as an example to others showing that Oscar is a man that walks his talk and is helping people grow corn and potatoes for themselves from the seeds of truth and transformation that he provides. As a current practitioner, this helped me re-member the true essence behind the tradition and transformative possibilities in a way that anyone can integrate.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David Metz on November 19, 2013
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Lessons in Courage is an adventure into one mans "remembering". Oscar opens to a deep sense of vulnerability. This vulnerability is where the lessons come from. When he starts to remember who he is, who we all are is when he starts to become the man he is today. He allows us into his process of becoming wounded, to healer to adept.

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!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Oakwalker on October 1, 2013
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"I've heard all of these stories before." I thought as I sat down to read my copy of "Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life," which I had eagerly awaited as a collaboration between Bonnie Glass-Coffin, PhD and don Oscar Miro-Quesada who are both old friends of mine. I thought that I'd give the book a quick read and fill in any holes that I might still have regarding Oscar's personal development and perhaps a bit about the time-line of the tradition that I have shared with the two of them for many years now. Instead, I was treated to an awakening and quickening experience. This was coupled with a lively read and a deep and abiding thread of Universal Loving Intention, woven through the fabric of a truly interconnected web of life.

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.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2013
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Now and then a book crosses our path that when opened introduces a light that is so blindingly beautiful, so penetrating spiritually, so reassuring that it suggests being carried around like a fine treasure. But were that the case this book would not have accomplished its mission - to make us free form tangible things and at one with the spirit that unites all living things on the planet and beyond.

How does one critique a book such as LESSONS IN COURAGE? This is a compendium of the thoughts and experiences and altered lives of Oscar Miro-Quesada who originated the Pachakuti Mesa tradition of cross-cultural shamanism, and is the visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer (THOTH) Foundation, a respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru and has been guiding cross-cultural ethno-spiritual apprenticeship expeditions to sacred sites of the world since 1986, with special emphasis on Peru and Bolivia, with the adjunct of his co-author Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Ph.D., an internationally recognized professor of anthropology at Utah State University who has studied with Peruvian curanderos since 1982 and is author of The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru as well as numerous scholarly and popular articles on the topics of shamanism and transformation. She began apprenticing with don Oscar in 2005, experiencing the transformative power of these wisdom teachings and integrating these deeply into her life. This deep apprenticeship has enabled her to take a leading role in presenting don Oscar Miro-Quesada's life work to a wide audience. She is an endorsed teacher of the Pachakuti Mesa and an avid practitioner of earth-honoring traditions in her home community of Logan, Utah.
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