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Shapeshifting: Shamanic Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation Paperback – September 1, 1997
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"John's wonderful storytelling creates a journey so captivating it shifted me beyond time and space--a compelling book for anyone." (Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D., President, Omega Institute, author of Time Shifting)
"Only a handful of visionaries have recognized that indigenous wisdom can aid the transition to a sustainable world. John Perkins' wonderful story of life among the shamans brings great insight for an industrial civilization consuming and polluting itself toward catastrophe." (Edgar Mitchell, ScD., Apollo astronaut, founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and author of R)
"Shapeshifting is an engaging saga of one individual's transformation from global businessman to on-the-ground conservationist and healer." (Michael Balick, Ph.D., author of Plants, People and Culture)
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“Only a handful of visionaries have recognized that indigenous wisdom can aid the transition to a sustainable world. John Perkins’s wonderful story of life among the shamans brings great insight for an industrial civilization consuming and polluting itself toward catastrophe.”
--Edgar Mitchell, SC.D., Apollo astronaut, founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and author of Raising Lazarus and The Way of the Explorer
“Shapeshifting is an engaging saga of one individual’s transformation from global businessman to on-the-ground conservationist and healer.”
--Michael Balick, PH.D., author of Plants, People, and Culture
“John Perkins’s wondrous storytelling creates a journey so captivating that it shifted me beyond time and space. A compelling book for anyone!”
--Stephan Rechtschaffen, M.D., cofounder of the Omega Institute and author of Time Shifting
Many indigenous cultures practice shapeshifting. Native American hunters take on the spirit of their prey to ensure a successful hunt; Asian medicine men “ingest” a sickness to heal the one afflicted; Amazon warriors become jaguars to soundlessly travel the jungle. Those who shapeshift understand that all of life is energy and that by focusing your intent you can change energetic patterns, rendering a new form. Shapeshifting can occur on three levels: cellular--transforming from human to plant or animal; personal--becoming a new self or leaving an addiction behind; and institutional--creating a new business or cultural identity.
Since 1968, master shamans in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas have been training John Perkins to teach the industrial world about the powerful techniques involved in shapeshifting. His groundbreaking book takes you to deserts and jungles, mountains and oceans, medical research centers and corporate board rooms to learn the step-by-step methods of this practice that integrates ancient and modern techniques to bring about profound healing.
JOHN PERKINS is the author of the bestselling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Shapeshifting and his other books follow his life and adventures after Hit Man. John has applied shapeshifting techniques to his successful career as a management consultant, president of a U.S. energy company, and as founder of The Dream Change Coalition, an organization that inspires executives to clean up pollution, reshape corporate goals, and form Earth-honoring partnerships with indigenous cultures. He is also the author of The Stress-Free Habit, Psychonavigation, and The World Is As You Dream It.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a very difficult book for me to finish. Not because of how it's written, but the content itself. Rather then a book on Shamans, Mysticism, New Thinking or Shapeshifting, the author brings up so much negative political baggage. If you are thinking of this book as an actual book on the subject of Shapeshifting (either physical, emotional, financial shapeshifting, etc.) this isn't it. There are perhaps 20-30 pages dedicated to the subject of how to shapeshift something in one's life, or oneself... and these pages are mostly high level concepts with very little detail.
I do believe the author has made spiritual attainments Shamanism (including shapeshifting) and is capable of spiritual transformation in his life (both physical and otherwise.) I believe he can do well, and is in touch with his inner guides and intuition. But I also believe the author is a victim of influence. Sadly some of the great spiritually adept people turn into heavily influenced pawns. He's the pawn of those who reached him at an early age. To me, it seems he isn't influenced by logic, but rather by anything different and contrary to common thought. The entire book is an attack on America, the West, etc. Yet the whole time, he doesn't hold the tribes he visits to the same responsibility. Instead when they behave badly (such as wanting to kill his interpreter) he shirks their actions as results of the Western influence. All people (tribal to Western Executives) need to take responsibility.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was in a list of books I was reading about shamanism and spirituality. I miss reading these books, they're so good! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Meg
To be read slowly for absorption.This book is full of beautiful insights.Perkins has a gift for imparting the essence of his personal epiphanies. Real nice readPublished 6 months ago by David Wood
This is a significant book for our times. The responsibility of each of us to relearn how to live sustainably rests with our ability to dream and shape shift our thinking to align... Read morePublished 15 months ago by janet wilson
I really like the way John Perkins assists in creating a situation that affords our Rain Forest to be supported by big business in regard to the value the live trees continue to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by john s caswell