Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart by Ya'acov Darling Khan
On the Back of the Book
'Shaman', meaning 'intermediary between spirit and the natural world', has become a much overused word in the West. It's not a job title one can give oneself, and in indigenous societies, a shaman is usually born to this role. Ya'Acov Darling Khan is one of the few westerners who have been acknowledged as shamans by indigenous elders or teachers.
After being hit by lightning, Ya'Acov took a 30-year journey into the heart of shamanism to seek his own healing, and to learn how he could serve others with the wisdom he acquired through his experiences. He has studied with indigenous teachers from the Arctic Circle to the USA and South America, and has taken part in ceremonies in such diverse locations as Welsh caves to the depths of the Amazon rain forest. Nowadays, Ya'Acov continues to study and regularly journeys to the Ecuadorean Amazon to work alongside the Achuar and Sápara people.
For thousands of years, shamans helped the people in their communities remain in balance with themselves, each other, the natural world and the spirit world. This beautifully written book is not only a powerfully honest, humorous and inspiring memoir, but a guidebook for those from many cultures and walks of life wishing to return to their indigenous roots, and be part of midwifing a more benign human presence here on Earth as part of a new dream.
Total Pages: 271 (Paperback)
About the Author
Ya'acov Darling Khan is a modern-day shaman (traditional healer), who has studied and practiced with many gifted shamans around the world. He has been recognized as a practicing shaman by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon. He is one of the foremost teachers of embodied consciousness worldwide and the Co-founder of Movement Medicine Contemporary Shamanism, which he teaches worldwide.
More About the Symbol of the Jaguar
The name jaguar comes from the native Indian word yaguara, which means, 'a beast who kills its prey with one leap.' Jaguars are the largest and most powerful animals in the cat family and are top of the Amazonian food chain, where they're placed in high regard. The jaguar has been a prominent image in many communities and cultures, including the Amazonian Indians, Central and South American native tribes and the Mayans. The Amazonian Indians believed that the jaguar, with its very reflective and shiny eyes, symbolised a connection with the spirit world. They also thought that the jaguar was created by the sun, to be a walking and roaming representative on earth, and legend has it that jaguars used to emerge out of the forest sometimes to play with Amazonian Indian children. Today, the jaguar remains a strong cultural and spiritual symbol and is regarded as being an animal of power and strength.
More About the Symbol of the Butterfly
Butterflies are powerful symbols for transformation and change throughout many traditions and belief systems. To wear or have around you the symbol of butterfly is to state your intention to flutter through life in joy. Butterfly teaches us that patience brings its rewards and as long as we keep working and developing ourselves the final glorious butterfly stage will come. To wear butterfly is to set your target like an archer - joy is my goal, joy is my reality, joy will come, joy is here now. When we encounter butterflies in our daily lives they are always a joy to find and a good totem. When one day you open your curtains and a butterfly flutters up you know that a glorious change is taking place in your life. You see the butterfly flutter his wings, almost dancing along. This is what butterfly teaches, that true joy is within the dance of life.
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