Spiritual Book Review – Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart by Ya’acov Darling Khan

This book came to my attention through an email from one of my coaches Jocelyn Mercado who like Ya’Acov is a member of the Pachamamma Alliance.  By pre-ordering his book from Amazon you could also receive a free mini “healing with the drum” online course.  I pre-ordered to make use of this offer.

The course itself was useful and informative.  I already use a shamanic healing drum but still picked up a couple of useful pointers.  The videos were a good way of getting to know Ya’Acov, to see who he was and the philosophy he had.  I usually get a feel about someone by their voice, and know then if our energies blend well together.  Anybody else like that?  Even though the videos obviously help in the promotion and sale of the book I was still grateful for it.  It gave me a sense that this person was genuine and freely offered knowledge and wisdom in return for the purchase of his book which many other authors do not offer.

As soon as I read the first few pages I was hooked.  I really enjoyed reading this book.  Firstly the artwork on the cover is visually stunning and really appealing.  A fairly large book with thick white high quality paper it is divided into 4 sections with a foreword and epilogue plus useful references at the back.

It was fascinating to read Ya’Acov’s 30 year journey into shamanism and as he rightly points out becoming a shaman isn’t a weekend job or a title you bestow upon yourself.  Its an honour given to you by an elder and the community after many years of study, practise, initiation and energy medicine.

He talks openly and honestly about his relationships with his partner, friends and teachers.  He lays bare his shadow self, his own imperfections and also his unhealthy co-dependent relationships with others including a teacher which prevented him from moving on.  Finally he and his wife Susannah created Movement Medicine and were free to develop their own form of expressive energy medicine, blending shamanic techniques and wisdom he had learned from different tribes and elders.

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Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan, photo sourced from Waldhaus Zentrum

After reading this book I would be interested in going on one of Ya’Acov’s courses because I got a good “vibe” from his book about what he and Susannah his wife are teaching.  I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in shamanism, energy medicine or people who just like to read real life stories.

The title of the book comes from a message he heard from the Spirits of the Amazon Rainforest while he was there after doing a “marathon” 4 hours of shamanic healing on members of the local community.  He was giving gratitude for what had just occurred when he heard them say

“Jaguar in the Body,

Butterfly in the Heart Ya’Acov”

which is about melding the dynamic supreme forces of the Jaguar energy with the sensitive subtleties of the Butterfly.

 

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Read the book, I don’t think you will be disappointed!

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Hey there, I’m Angela Sessions founder of Reiki Star. I like to write blogs on anything of spiritual or healing interest.  I’m a full blown earth loving pixie with an 11 year old wizard and tai chi loving hubby.  I’ve been teaching and practising Arts Therapies and energy medicine such as Reiki and crystal healing for around 20 years.  I’m a shamanic practitioner and teacher constantly learning and growing.  May all life on earth be treated with fairness, respect, love and dignity.

 

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Equine Assisted Therapy, bringing horse spirit medicine into the 3D World.

So I wanted to learn more about Equine Assisted therapy (EAT) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and it just so happens one of my Reiki and Shamanic Students is a qualified therapist.  She invited me to meet the horses, her healing team…

Dr Nichola Marchant would have been a rare find a few years ago, but now we find Doctors not only working with Western medicine but embracing energy medicine to!  The best of both worlds, working in a truly holistic way is surely the way forward in medicine and healing.

My son Jed aged 11 and myself went to meet her horses…

Nichola has 6 horses to work with and it was awesome to meet all the horses and experience their different energies and personalities.  There was definitely some faery energy and unicorn energy working through the horses, that was very apparent.  My son Jed has never shown a big interest in horses but I have always thought due to his gentle nature that he would enjoy working with or riding horses.  He absolutely loved them and a chipnic in the car (open wrapped chips and gravy picnic) on the way home was the cherry on top.  His words were “this evening has been brilliant!”.

The horses are super friendly often nibbling on any item of clothing that takes their fancy and they especially loved my walking stick.  However they like to introduce themselves in their own time and I feel the horses that particularly want to work with you or “vibe” with your energy stay close, often scraping a foot on the floor or giving a gentle nudge for comforting contact.  Unfortunately I react when my skin comes into contact with the horses but I just wore leather gloves so I could still stroke them.  There is always a way LOL.

IMG_2322 (2)The horses have a very calming effect and I can understand how they help therapeutically.

Horses are very good at reading a person’s energy – how they are feeling emotionally, mentally and physically.  They can do this because they have evolved from being prey animals in a herd – they have had to develop skills at reading the energy of their own herd members but also the body language of other animals in order to survive.  You cannot hide anything from a horse!

They can assist you in so many ways

  • On a physical level they can help build fitness and confidence especially among riders with disabilities, providing wonderful sensory experiences for people with learning disabilities or with physical disability.
  • On an emotional level they provide comfort and reassurance.  They allow us to express ourselves with no judgement, animals love unconditionally.
  • On a mental level they help us to reveal behavioural patterns that could be causing problems and provide tools for change.
  • On a spiritual level they help us connect back to nature (there is a lot of nature-deficit-disorder currently!).  They help us to realise that everything on the planet is connected.  Working with the horses also develops your own skills at reading body language and the environment, I should think they expand your self awareness and emotional intelligence.

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I work with horse spirit when I shamanic journey, she helps me to travel to and through the different levels of the shamanic cosmos.  I ride on her back or run alongside her, my trusty companion.

Horse spirit medicine symbolises mastery over yourself, harnessing natural forces and therefore living our life purpose.  They stand for independence and freedom (which is why they are often associated with travel, but not necessarily travel in the 3rd dimensional realm).  They represent the phenomenal power of the mind, body, spirit connection.  Their medicine helps us find trust in relationships and aids us in serving self and others.

To work with horses I think is a very special gift and to anyone like Dr Nichola Marchant I say thank you for offering service to heal others through your own connection to your horses.

You can find out more about Dr Marchant’s services HERE she is based in Derbyshire, UK.

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Hello I am Angela Sessions of Reiki Star.  I like to consider myself a Spiritual Warrior in this game of Life. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog.  I am no expert on horses and like to keep my posts informative and light hearted.  I also like to honour the spirit animals I work with whenever possible so this blog is dedicated to my spirit horse.

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