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