- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Destiny Books; 2 edition (January 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594773491
- ISBN-13: 978-1594773495
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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.” (Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., author of Green Psychology and Sacred Mushroom of Visions)
“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.” (James Endredy, author of Beyond 2012: A Shaman’s Call to Personal Change and The Transformatio)
“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.” (Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., cultural anthropologist and author of The Four-Fold Way)
“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.” (Bobby “Medicine Grizzly Bear” Lake-Thom, traditional Native healer and spiritual teacher)
“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.” (Marion Weber, founder of the Arts and Healing Network and the Flow Fund Circle)
“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)
"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." (Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide, May 2010)
"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. . ." (Irene Watson, Reader Views, August 2010)
From the Back Cover
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.
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How come Tom Pinkson named the book Shamanic Wisdom of the Huchol? There's a little about the Huichol way in the book, but truly not all that much at all.
This book reads like another book I picked up recently at the thrift shop on applying the gains the author experienced in marathon running and mountain climbing to other heroic and idealistic tasks in life. Well, I read it and then put it in the free box. It was "pretty good".
Some of the books I have read on shamanism include biographies Jamie Sams, Wabun Wind, Walace Black Elk, Evelyn Eaton, Raschad Field, Brooke Medicine Eagle , Lynn Andrews and others. I have also read spiritual warrior or how-to type books by Dan Milman, Robert Anton Williams, Antero Ali, Carlos Castenada. So many titles and most still in my library.
Oh well, something about Tom Pinkson engenders my respect. He has obviously worked hard to live up to his own high standards. He has done a lot of service in the world through the Center For Attitudinal Healing.
As for the book, I guess it's going to the free box. It was worthwhile reading, but not a keeper.
Here is a great example of that ancient wisdom called, "Two Wolves"...
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
SO ,THANK YOU FOR THIS BOOK NANCY- TOM IS A PROFOUND TEACHER- I HOPE THE STORY CONTINUES. JEFF
Yes Jeff I have agree.... This is a spell-binding book that takes you on a journey that is empowering and scintillating. Tom Pinkson reveals the sacred world of Shamanism and the integrity and powerful reverence for nature that he has assimilated during his 11 year journey with the Huichol Native Americans. Don't miss this one! ~Nanci
This book is Dr. Pinkson's story: who he is, where he came from, what he believes in and what he doesn't. If you can't attend his workshops, this book will get you closer to him. I'd recommend it.
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