In this session, Michael talks with Shirley Blancke about her new book, The Way of Abundance and Joy: The Shamanic Teachings of don Alberto Taxo, a book about the shamanic teaching of Ecuadorian yachak don Alberto Taxo who recently passed away.
Michael and Shirley discuss the Andean shamanic wisdom taught by this celebrated spiritual elder, shaman, and healer of the pre-Inca Atik (Kichwa) people from the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. They look at the importance of our connection to the elements and dropping down from the head into the heart.
Shirley Blancke is an archeologist and anthropologist, who for 40 years has been reconstructing the 10,000-year-old Native history of Concord, Massachusetts, with help from Massachusetts Native Americans. She has also learned traditional sacred dance from a Hawaiian kahuna and hosted a ceremony for an Oglala Lakota medicine man. Shirley studied shamanic traditions with Hank Wesselman for 10 years and has worked with Ecuadorian yachak don Alberto Taxo for seven years. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
'The normal thing for indigenous people would be to not want to give more of anything because many injustices still exist and will exist for my people. Injustice however isn’t ended by injustice. Hate doesn’t end hate. Darkness is ended by light and hate by love.' ~don Alberto Taxo
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