Elemental Shaman, One Man’s Journey into the Heart of Humanity, Spirituality & Ecology by Omar W. Rosales is a meditative read. This is a book you will want to read to thoroughly accompany Rosales in his “journey into the mysteries of spiritual consciousness and the indigenous healing practices of four shamanistic traditions: Toltec, Cherokee, Maya, and Buddhist.” While personally “witnessing the powerful channeled spirit of Niño Fidencio, receiving messages and healing from a Toltec shaman, and experiencing a dramatic soul retrieval from a Cherokee spiritwalker,” Rosales is able to openly describe these mystical explorations and lead his reader by the hand, initiating a journey of her own.
The one thing that is undeniable about Rosales’ story is that “not all is what it appears to be,” and whether or not the reader believes wholeheartedly in the realistic experiences of his journey is not of significance. The essence of these chronicles is the ability to take his example and determine to do the same. The simple yet difficult task, in our busy and rushed lives, of taking a few moments in the day to meditate and reflect on our dreams is the first step towards a similar journey of self-exploration, and consequently an exploration of humanity.
After reading the book I had the pleasure of meeting Rosales and was struck with the impression of a man on a life-long journey. In search of what? The answer may not be at all satisfactory to others, although I have the distinct intuition that it is not the what that Rosales is after but the how and why. That is the honest answer. I met a man that has not accommodated to society’s norms but instead has chosen to live a mystical adventure, and happy and willing to share these intimate experiences with others in order to emphasize humanity’s endless possibilities as to what life should and could be.
No, this isn’t a light read, it’s a thoughtful read, one that might not change your life but it will certainly motivate you to change your own.
Omar W. Rosales continues to dream and will soon be embarking on new travels.
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2143 Wooddale Drive
Woodbury, Minnesota 55125-2989
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