A Shamanic Memoir to help you shift your Life
The Jaguar and the Necktie
A path of self-discovery may be a lifelong voyage of self-awareness, and in some ways, it is also an inner journey through our own connection with some eternal archetypes. Throughout time, the practice of Shamanism was adapting in response to different cultural needs and moving through tempos.
A Shamanic Memoir of a Spiritual journey
A Shamanic Journey practice is part of a deep ancestral process of understanding the essence of awakening the true human power of self-healing. The route is ancient, and it brings us access to timeless wisdom that comes directly from our archetypically structured souls. The soul is the “Axis Mundi,” the center of the shamanic healing arts.
When a shaman is initiated on the shamanic path, they often learn to send their soul intentionally, on the soul flight, which is commonly called a journey or shamanic journey.
Carl Greer’s book “The Jaguar and the Necktie” allow us, through a very personal and intimate point of view, to experience a glimpse of his shamanic journey through his very colorful life.
The Bravery of telling our own stories:
Realizing through deep experiences that our human soul is connected with all realms of nature and with Eternal and Cosmic elements, Greer walks us about his experiences of self-discovery through a unique prism of a Jungian Therapist.
His narrative is simple, touching, and very pungent in places, without neglecting the spiritual and magical ecstasy of these transcendental experiences during the different stages of his own development.
The many stories presented in the book surprise us with the perfect weaving of transcendent elements of Shamanism and the Conscious realms of Jungian Psychology. As a whole, the merging of dimensions, the outer dimensions intertwine and interfere with the world we inhabit, but just in some moments, we can feel, see, and hear vibrations, images, and sons of these ‘other worlds.’
This new book is an important part of the author’s series, “Change Your Story, Change your Life,” but at the same time, he introduces important concepts, almost forgotten by our modern society, such as the element of service to others. For Carl Greer, this is a powerful element of self-empowerment and discipline.
According to him, this is one of the many ways to “tame” our Egoic tendencies and to offer ourselves in service for the good of all that is.
I kindly invite those that are interested in Shamanism or indifferent paths of transcendence and Self-Knowledge to contemplate the wisdom of this memoir, which for many, will work as Ariadne’s thread to help and facilitate your understanding of your own journey of self-discovery. Through Greer’s shared wisdom and experience, may you find the “uniqueness” and beauty of your own Mythopoetic self.
In the Immortal words of Carlos Castaneda:
“Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore, you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity, you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary.
This question is one that only a very old man asks. Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush or into the bush. In my own life, I could say I have traversed long paths, but I am not anywhere. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere, but one has a heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.
Before you embark on any path, ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question, and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point, very few men can stop to deliberate and leave the path. A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.”
― Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge