In Gift of the Jaguar, the ancient wisdom traditions of Peru are interwoven into a spiritual parable about the path to joy. Guilt-ridden over his sister’s death, Juan encounters a black jaguar and is confronted with his own fear of dying but with a strange twist. He can see through the jaguar’s eyes. Desperate for help, he reaches out to his friend Rosa, and her grandfather, the shaman Don Francisco, and enters into a world where the jaguar becomes a teacher of life and death. Sent on a journey of initiation to a sacred mountain, Juan uncovers the truth about his sister and discovers a secret that will change his life. In this beautifully crafted story, the reader travels on a surprising journey of self-discovery.
Gift of the Jaguar is simultaneously a story of psychological growth and spiritual discovery, a tale of personal and religious revelation. While authors John and Sharon Franklin engage Andean mysticism—and, more broadly, South American religious traditions—with the eyes of an anthropologist, their fiction still seeks to impart transcendent truths. …Truly a gift.
What if you could travel on the journey of a lifetime and discover your own unique path to joy?
Two veterinarians found the secret to vibrant health and inner peace from their four-legged patients and discovered the same intuitive wisdom in healing traditions thousands of years old in Peru. If you already own the latest self-help books and CD’s or have your space reserved in the next workshop and still haven’t found your path to feeling really good, maybe there is another way, an easier, less complicated way. Animals know the secret. Why not you?
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Many people have an understanding of the ancient teachings of Peruvian culture, but only a few truly embody the essence in the way that John and Sharon do. Gift of the Jaguar takes us on a journey of initiation and self-discovery through the rugged landscape of fears and regrets. Guided by the profound wisdom of Andean shamans, we learn how to move through life with a sense of purpose and with connection to those who came before us and to those who will follow.
Dr. Theo Paredes, Founding Director of the Poqen Kanchay Foundation
Where Light Germinates
Gift of the Jaguar got me out of my left-brain, allowing me to enjoy so much meaningful material about ethics, healing, and life that I came away feeling a wiser, more clearly directed person. I think that this book will be extremely valuable for most readers, especially in the area of personal transformation. Gift of the Jaguar is a hero's journey, Peruvian style…a journey between life and death.
Fritz Frederick Smith, M.D.
Founder of Zero Balancing
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