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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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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (Sept. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892816694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892816699
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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SELF-TRANSFORMATION / INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS "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 Everyday Enlightenment and Way of the Peaceful Warrior "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 In 1983, caught in a violent rainstorm while kayaking the Rio Urique in Mexico's Copper Canyon, Don Trent Jacobs was swept into an impassable catacomb of underwater tunnels toward what he believed was certain death. But instead of panic, Jacobs found himself filled with a strange consciousness that left him feeling at peace and invigorated with a confidence he had never before known. Moments later he was spit from the tunnel alive--not at the end of his journey, but only at its beginning. 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. Through his initiatic experiences in the tunnel and with the Raramuri people of Mexico, and through his research of other indigenous societies, Jacobs identifies what he calls our "primal awareness," an innate knowledge that exists within us all. Jacobs shows how we can rediscover this primordial mandate that unites all things and that helps us to find our own inner strength and harmony. 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 eight other books, including The Bum's Rush: The Selling of Environmental Backlash.

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HASH(0xa233ae70) out of 5 stars 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.
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HASH(0xa2591dbc) out of 5 stars 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.'
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa20af690) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa20af378) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0xa20af444) out of 5 stars Jacobsian Critical Pedagogy, the next evolution of Freirean Critical Pedagogy Sept. 15 2015
By R. Michael Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read and studied this book by Don Trent Jacobs (Four Arrows) at least four times, and equally it is compelling--providing breakthrough unique insights of how to learn, teach, and manage or transform Fear (with a capital). It is this latter initiative of Jacobs's close observations of Concentration and its role in Transformation, and Fear, Authority, Words and Nature--what he calls his CAT-FAWN model that make this book outstanding from other theories on fear dynamics. I have studied the topic of fear and fearlessness for over 26 years and have several degrees in Education--and, I have never come across a theory on Fear so potent and well-backed up with shamanic knowledge from the field, studies of animal behavior and human-animal interactions, psychic extraordinary intuition, and good hypnotherapeutic empirical evidence from one who has lived the extremes. Mostly I believe in this book is the experiential and theoretical development of a form of critical pedagogy (i.e., Jacobsian Critical Pedagogy) which is the next needed evolution beyond Paulo Freirean Critical Pedagogy that has been so valuable to human liberation. We live in a culture of fear as meta-context today and that requires we advance our fear management/education and do so from radically new perspectives and worldviews. Jacobs's work on the nature and role of Fear (and fearlessness) within a liberation process. with its grounding in the Indigenous Worldview (in contrast, and correction to Freire's still somewhat Eurocentric Dominant Worldview) make his contribution extremely important to overcoming Fear's Empire today. In particular, he summarizes the essence of his model in the chapter "Becoming Connoisseurs (Fear)," he wrote, "To survive and thrive, wild animals must be experts in Fear. Humans who wish to express their positive potentiality must also be connoisseurs of this great motivator. Such mastery requires an understanding of how Fear influences Concentration Activated Transformation" (p. 156). This book, drawing from his diverse experiences offered in the book, is a must for a truly liberational education in the 21st century. Jacobs (aka Four Arrows) is a rare educator, best known in holistic education needs now to be recognized as a serious critical pedagogue of another kind--whose time to be seen by a lot more educators is near to come. I for one am so grateful he has shared his wisdom in this book and his others, of which "Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education" (Peter Lang, 2013) is another example of his pivotal role as a critical pedagogue with all the potential to complement and critique Freirean critical pedagogy. I look forward to those who wish to engage this conversation (rmfisher.88[at].frontier.com).


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