Coming in October 2013!
The long awaited book by don Oscar MIro-Quesada and Bonnie Glass-Coffin
Lessons in Courage:
Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life
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Intro: Buckminster Fuller reminds us, You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete. This book provides just that model, as well as concrete practices for living it. The model is derived from ancient wisdom traditions, modeled on the pulses, cycles, and seasons of our beloved Earth Mother. It deeply grounds the reader in a this world spirituality that blends indigenous cosmologies, earth-honoring ritual, and time-tested models for living with modern sensibilities.
Meet the Authors:
Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized professor of anthropology at Utah State University. She 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 OscarOMQ’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.
Oscar Miro-Quesada originated the Pachakuti Mesa tradition of cross-cultural shamanism, and is the visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer (THOTH) Foundation. He is 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. He has been a popular faculty member at numerous U.S. educational centers. His work and programs have been featured on CNN, Univision, A&E, and the Discovery Channel.
Rave Reviews for "Lessons In Courage"
"Oscar Miro-Quesada, my dear friend of over thirty years, is both a Western educated psychologist and traditionally initiated shaman. His book, Lessons in Courage, is a profound, articulate and gripping account of Oscar's deep-rooted apprenticeship with don Celso Rojas, a renowned curandero from Salas, Peru. Oscar is a true genius, a genuinely warm and loving individual, and these qualities shine through in the book. A compelling tale about our human quest for wholeness, Lessons in Courage openly chronicles Oscar's befriending of sacred and profane dimensions of life, giving us a brilliant rendition of the uncompromising light so often encountered at the end of the tunnel."
Raymond Moody, MD, PhD,
author of Life After Life
"This is a great book that can attune the worlds of indigenous peoples with the rational scientific traditions of the modern world. It guides us toward incarnation of all levels of ourselves. Oscar embodies this wholeness and reveals the processes learned in his own epic journey through fields of reality from the Earth to the Star people, from contemporary academic knowledge to the depth and power of indigenous wisdom and ritual, most especially the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism. "Lessons in Courage" is an indispensable classic for our "generation one," every one on the planet, facing for the first time the evolution or devolution of Earth life by our own actions."
Barbara Marx Hubbard,
Foundation for Conscious Evolution
"Oscar Miro-Quesada shares his extraordinary personal journey of healing and of soul-making, as gripping as any adventure tale. He is a guardian and messenger, bringing the traditional wisdom of the South to we people of the North at this time of planetary crisis: consecrating our lives as love, composing life as sacred relationship and the strength that comes from surrender. This compelling narrative is practical as well as inspiring, carefully instructing the reader in timeless, practical rituals for evoking the sacred in our everyday lives."
Robert Gass, EdD,
leadership coach, organizational healer, and recording artist of sacred chant
"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,
author, Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World:
Complementary Dualism in Modern Peru
"A fascinating inside view of the mesa spiritual tradition by a leading Peruvian practitioner written in collaboration with an initiated anthropologist."
Michael Harner, PhD,
author of Cave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters
with Another Reality and The Way of the Shaman
"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,
co-author, Personal Mythology
"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,
author, Wizard of the Four Winds and Sorcery and Shamanism
"At the present day in academia there is some serious thinking going on about spirituality. Bonnie Glass-Coffin has it right here."
Edith L. Turner, PhD,
Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia
"A friend of Bro. Wayne Teasdale, the father of today’s emerging global “Interspirituality”, don Oscar here offers profound Wisdom from our planet’s “Ancients”. Lessons in Courage is not only a vortex into earth’s Primordial Wisdom but a call from today’s emerging “Inter-Shamanism” wherein Ancients-- now and past-- impel our species assuredly along the inevitable path of conscious evolution."
Kurt Johnson PhD,
co-author The Coming Interspiritual Age