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Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart

The Real-life Initiation of an Everyday Shaman
Narrated by: Ya'Acov Darling Khan
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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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 United States and South America and has taken part in ceremonies in such diverse locations as Welsh caves and the depths of the Amazon rainforest. 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 audiobook 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.

With music from Susannah Darling Khan's album Torch Songs (featured song: "Drum Song"), available from music-medicine.co.uk.

©2017 Ya'Acov Darling Khan (P)2017 Hay House UK Ltd. Drum Song from Susannah Darling Khan's album Torch Songs available from music-medicine.co.uk in all stores

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A beautiful look into modern shamanism

This was such an amazing account of what it takes to truly become a shaman and bring ancient traditions into modern times. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in indigenous spiritual practices and connecting to the spirit of nature.

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AHHHH not so good

I did not enjoy this... I found it just 9 hours of “how cool” the author found himself... I did not enjoy it.

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Easy to listen to

His story is easy to follow , understand and entertaining( very different from many shaman books).

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Raw, authentic, and empowering

I am grateful for Ya’Acov’s ability to fully express the truth of his journey in a way that we can easily relate to.

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Awesome

An incredible journey of self discovery. Ya’Acov shares his incredible personal journey of transformation and struggles as he works to follow his path of becoming a shaman.

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authenticity

I loved this book, this reading, and felt total trust in the author and gratitude for his honest sharing and humility. I feel closer to my own self by getting a window into another soul.

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beautiful story

incredible story that is beautiful on its own but very inspiring for those on the shaman path

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  • Steven
  • FENTON, MO, US
  • 04-04-18

AMAZING

what amazing journey and to share it with future Generations of shaman who will only be able to experience old world shamanism in their dreams! thank you so much for sharing your journey

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A Fascinating Shamans Journey!

Thrilled to read this through audible on my commutes to work! It is a very authentic interpretation of a life in modern shamanism and I found it absolutely enthralling. A must read for those interested in this walk of life.

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Not for me

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think people who want to have their pre-existing idea of shamanism validated might really like this. He says a lot of the right things.

Has Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, the things I see as untenable in this story are commonplace in books in this genre. The are some authors who truly see and can elucidate this path with great clarity, so I certainly would never give up.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Lots, but I am glad I made it through the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-19-19

A new favourite.

I loved this book. It was so interesting and heartfelt with many many gems of wisdom.

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  • Keoma13
  • 12-19-18

what a delight!

This book had a huge impact on me due to its eloquence and lucidity, grounded truthfulness and overall perspective. Incredibly grateful to have found it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-18

Inspirational Story

,which unexpectedly entered my life and gave me reassurance to trust the unfolding story of my own journey, as well as more knowledge of many great pathways to healing and growth. Thank You Ya'Akov for sharing so many deeply personal aspects of your life and showing so much beautiful humanity on your path in becoming a shaman.

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  • ASHISH SINHA
  • 09-14-18

Really different book . Very thought provoking

Interesting and thought provoking book with a great introduction to Shamanism and the spiritual world

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  • Mr. L. J. Schlesinger
  • 04-13-19

Phenomenal

The darling King charms and inspires his audience with sweet, kind tact as he relates tales of mind-blowing sagas and majestically sophisticated and poetic communications of the conceptions and insights that permitted him his personal growth. I flowed over a-roads drenched in blossoming hawthorn and sweet spring sun in a BMW 320D with jaw agape as Yakhov describes flying across stretches of Amazon rainforest, shaman in tow, in spiritual form, whilst enraptured with the effects of psychotropic plant medicine, to ensnare a dark wizard who had moments before attacked him. And blinked tears from my eyes as I related ours and my own issues to his insights of how the tales we tell bind us like books, or how the exploitative means of benefit we as a people pursue destroys our relationship with the 'we' that is life on this planet. If you're mind is not animate, maybe Yakhov's tales of wonder can convince it to be.

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  • johnsoke
  • 02-12-18

Fabulous reading

A great insight into Shamanism. Very moving especially when he talks about his Amazon experiences.