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Primal Awareness: A True Story of Survival, Transformation, and Awakening with the Rarámuri Shamans of Mexico Paperback – Sep 1 1998


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"Although some articles have been written about what is happening to my people regarding the drugs, lumbering and violence, only Don Jacobs has captured the spiritual understandings that have allowed us to live in balance for thousands of years. As a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Award, as the Directorof the Sierra Madre Alliance and as a half-Raramuri Indian, I can say without reservation that Primal Awareness will help make the world a better place if enough people read it. I agree with Dan Millman's review of the book when he said it is a 'suspense story that embraces realms of psychology, anthropology and magic." (Edwin Bustillos, recipient of the Goldman Environmental Award, has suffered 4 assasination attempts)

"A philosophical quest for the lost ark, filled with adventure. (Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly)

"Don Jacobs is a renaissance man who has written an adventure story that reflects his depth of experience as well as his heart.Primal Awareness is compelling reading with a profound impact. Both suspense story and spiritual quest, it embraces realms of psychology, anthropology, and magic. As I turned its pages, I was moved to laughter and tears. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the mysteries of the human mind and heart." (Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and Everyday Enlightenment)

"Don Jacobs has uncovered the roots of indigenous psychology that all people share and that, once found, can lead to harmonious living." (Ed McGaa, Eagle Man, author of Mother Earth Spirituality)

"A fantastic tale of unbelievable magnitude." (Lori Colomeda, Tribal College Journal, Summer 2000)

"Primal Awareness is a great book. Equal in effect to Carlos Castaneda's writings, it challenges our thinking in a way that reveals the true magnificence of human potential." (Daniel Hays, coauthor of My Old Man and the Sea)

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Don Trent Jacobs earned a doctorate in health psychology while training wild horses, playing piano in nightclubs, and working as an EMT.   He holds a second doctorate in education renewal and is the Education Department Chair of the Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  He is the author of The Bum's Rush: The Selling of Environmental Backlash and seven other books.

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Age-old wisdom - startlingly new and essentially vital! Nov. 28 1998
By Judith Prager, Ph.D. (hyoutt@netcom.com) - Published on Amazon.com
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Forget all of those bogus, would-be "shamans" and read this book if you want to viscerally understand what primal people have to teach a civilization too far from its roots to heal itself. Don Jacobs is the most courageous human being I can imagine - from his daring "horse-whispering" exploits with wild mustangs and his death-defying vision quests in the land of the Raramuri to his theories and propositions which boldly challenge all of our assumptions. He reminds us that we are literally "this close" to being fully- realized. even psychic, humans, our main impediment to our greatness being those comforts we cherish. Having read this book, I know that I will never be the same.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Primal Awareness will make the world a better place to live. Dec 1 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although some articles have been written about what is happening to my people regarding the drugs, lumbering and violence, only Don Jacobs has captured the spiritual understandings that have allowed us to live in balance for thousands of years. As a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Award, as the Directorof the Sierra Madre Alliance and as a half-Raramuri Indian, I can say without reservation that Primal Awareness will help make the world a better place if enough people read it. I agree with Dan Millman's review of the book when he said it is a 'suspsne story that embraces realms of psychology,anthropology and magic.'
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I could not put the book down. Both uplifting and tragic. Nov. 4 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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At times I was saddened to tears, other moments I was inspired. This is truly a unique book, combining a remarkable true life story with a more "scholarly" analysis of the thinking processes that differentiate between indigenous thinking and traditional wetsern thinking and how we can all regain our amazing "primal awareness' to help us live a full and balanced life.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Primal Awareness can help us remember how to live in harmony Sept. 3 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Primal Awareness tells the story of Don Trent Jacobs's remarkable vision of the human mind and heart and the compelling spiritual quest that brought him to it. Sam Keen calls the book "A philosophical quest for the lost ark, filled with adventure." Eagleman Ed McGaa says it "reveals" the psychology that underlies holistic Native American thinking." Dan Millman says that Primal Awareness is "a suspense story and a spritiual quest that embraces realms of psychology, anthropology and magic." Through his initiatic experiences with the Raramuri shamans of Mexico, Jacobs shows how we can rediscover our primoridal mandate that unites all things and helps us find ourown inner strength and harmony.
Builds courage and strength for life and all you wish to create in it. July 26 2011
By pennylynn white - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many positive words I could share about this book which I am so grateful to Don Trent Jacobs for writing.
I want to choose just one. As a performer I was immediately taken with the idea of FEAR AS ALLY. What draws an actor to various roles is the need to transform, to become, to create a character. "The essence of life is associated with going forward in the face of fear." This could well be the actors motto, and having read Don's book, I am fortified once again by what is often intuited in life, and yet in this careful and personal account builds for the reader a psychic structure for its truth. I recommend it for everyone, whether in a high powered corporate circle, or finding one's singular way through life's possibilities.


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