The Hummingbird's Journey to God: Perspectives on San Pedro; the Cactus of Vision Paperback – Nov 16 2009
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The Hummingbird's Journey to God includes an introduction by Dr David Luke of Northampton University who is currently engaged on research into states of non-ordinary reality and the ESP-enhancing potential of ayahuasca and San Pedro. (Dr David Luke.)
About the Author
Ross Heaven is a psychologist and healer and the director of The Four Gates Foundation, one of Europe's leading organisations for the preservation and teaching of indigenous wisdom. He lives in Southern England, UK
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Heaven gives a nice, easy-to-read account of the history, use, and healing philosophy behind San Pedro. What makes the book engaging is his expressive opinions on certain ritualistic practices, though he is quick to encourage everyone to discover what is right for them: traditional or non-traditional practices, wherever San Pedro guides you. He also includes a very interesting chapter on psychosomatic illness. Excellent stuff!
I usually like to pick a quote out of the book I am reviewing that best encapsulates the overall atmosphere of the work: "San Pedro is another route to opening the door behind which our true capabilities have been locked away by our culture." Heaven eloquently examines the conflicts arising from the Western perspective of the natural world and how San Pedro's teachings are applied. A very relevant discussion to be had in this day and age.
There are so many gems, and secrets, about San Pedro and the experience that this is a worthy read to anyone doing any level of research involving San Predro or Andean shamanism in general. We can only hope that more authors come forward to provide these kinds of information on ancient ways to view our world and it's, and our, healing.
San Pedro has the ability (when approached respectfully and with clear intent) to change lives and health states profoundly and very much for the better. This book conveys much of the amazing San Pedro without overwhelming the reader in pseudo-spiritual hyperbole [very 'well done' to the author for this!]
The good - Well organised and readable! In many cases, the author has a clear point to make and sets about leading the reader there in a clever narrative. Ross Heaven also avoids the whole 'Noble Savage' concept, which is also a welcome relief from some of the other texts on these types of subjects. His descriptions and interviews are clear, well articulated and nicely framed within the context of the book's flow.
The bad - There are a few spots where it truly feels like the publisher wanted some more pages after the fact and the resulting text is, unfortunately, quite aimless and poorly integrated (the circumstances of writing are unknown to me - I am using this as an illustration, not portraying events unknown to me).
The last word - For anyone intending to use San Pedro or partake in shamanic work, this book is a valuable and worthy library addition. Especially where the eitiology of some shamanic practices are questionable, the author shares some pertinent points and the opinions of others highly qualified to comment. This book will stay on my bookcase and will probably be read again a few more times.
P.S. - The interview with La Gringa is a gem and shares much of the nature of San Pedro shamanism in a very approachable way - well done!
STEVEN P HARRISON
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