The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja
Mastering the Four Gates to Freedom
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|Published In: ||United States, 01 April 2006|
MARTIAL ARTS / SPIRITUALITY
?Ross Heaven is a spiritual warrior. If you apply the lessons of this book to your life, you will find the freedom and happiness you seek.?
Howard G. Charing, Director of the Eagle's Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism
The Ninja are a mysterious warrior elite said to be so spiritually advanced they know the mind and will of God. Regarded as masters of invisibility and ?warriors of the shadow self, ? their legendary skills include the ability to command the elements and transform themselves into Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Void--the nothingness from which all things arise. In this book Ross Heaven reveals the training exercises and mental discipline used by the Ninja to develop these extraordinary physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual skills.
Central to Ninja philosophy is the understanding that there is no higher power than the actualized human being. The Ninja believe there are four gates to freedom and to pass through them we must overcome four initiatory ordeals. Succeeding at these enables us to combat fear, find true power, clarify our vision, and overcome the soul fatigue that is at the root of our personal and social problems in order to embrace our inner positive energies (kuji-kuri) and realize our talents.
Ross Heaven guides us through these four gateways with exercises and initiations that utilize the archetypal energy of the Lover, Seeker, Magus, Soul Warrior, and Mystic and their shadow manifestations that may be causing problems in our lives. We learn how to break the destructivehabits of the past and create a bushido, a personal code to live by. Without initiation, we cannot access and channel our energies; they remain uncontrolled or even work against us. Ross Heaven provides the key that allows us to turn these elemental forces into our allies.
ROSS HEAVEN is a therapist and workshop leader in personal development and healing whose books include Vodou Shaman, Darkness Visible, Spirit in the City, and The Journey to You. He lives in England and teaches shamanic workshops internationally.
Table of Contents
Foreword: The Four Gates to Freedom by Mark AtkinsonPreface: In the Beginning . . . Introduction: Who Were the Ninja?one The Initiation into Being: Boldness Has Genius --Beginning the Journey of this Booktwo The Map of the Four GatesFACING THE FEAR, WALKING ON FIREthree Ka (Fire): The Lover Meets Fear --The Origins of Anxiety Exercise 1--Shibou: The Conception Journeyfour Fear, Free Will, and Freedom --Seeing Fear for What It Is Exercise 2--Wagami (Myself): Descriptions of You Exercise 3--Meeting the First Fear Exercise 4--Kineshioroji: Exploring the Body's Truthfive The Initiation of the Lover: Burning Through --Techniques for Overcoming Fear Exercise 5--Your Fear Mentor Exercise 6--Chambara: Playing a Role in the Theater of the Absurd Exercise 7--Fire Movement Exercise 8--The Inventory: Burning Away the Past Exercise 9--The Breath of FireBREATHING WATERsix Sui (Water): Dreams of Power and the Seeker's Quest --On the Nature of Power Exercise 10--Your Life Missionseven The Initiation of the Seeker --Techniques for Recovering Power and Finding Purpose Exercise 11--The People Who Press Your Buttons Exercise 12--Cutting Ties to the Past Exercise 13--The Worst-Case Scenario Exercise 14--Understanding Your Emotions Exercise 15--Cloud Gazing and Water Breathing: Sensing the FlowINTO THIN AIReight Fu (Air): The Magus Facing Confusion --Faith Versus "Truth" Exercise 16--Konpaku: Meeting Your Soul-Selfnine The Initiation of the Magus: Letting Go of Confusion --Techniques of Clarity Exercise 17--The Two Roads Exercise 18--Breaking Habits Exercise 19--The Hooks of the Past Exercise 20--Making BushidoKNOWING THE EARTHten Chi (Earth): The Soul Warrior's Fatigue --Avoiding the Wide Arms of Sleep Exercise 21--Ankokutoshijutsu: Deprived of Life Exercise 22--Creating an Active Kami-Damaeleven The Initiation of the Soul Warrior: Staying Awake --Techniques for Overcoming Soul Fatigue Exercise 23--Reconnection Exercise 24--Earth Stone Meditation Exercise 25--Restoring Your SoulMAKING LIFE YOUR ARTFORMtwelve Ku (Void): Spiraling into the Void --Through the Gates for the First Time--Becoming the Mystic and Elder Exercise 26--You Are All There Is Exercise 27--Hearing the Primal Self Exercise 28--The Kuji-In for the Void Exercise 29--Finding Your SongNotesWorkshops, Books, Tapes, and Trips by Ross HeavenAcknowledgments and ThanksIndex
About the Author
Ross Heaven is a therapist and workshop leader in personal development and healing whose books include Vodou Shaman, Darkness Visible, Spirit in the City, and The Journey to You. He lives in England and teaches internationally.
"The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja is in the contemporary genre of work that seeks to explore spiritual truth as it developed in local traditions around the world and in the face of the practical challenges of uncertainty and survival." * New Dawn Magazine, Issue 115, Jul/Aug 2009 * ". . . recommended reading for those who are actively engaged in therapy and courses aiming towards disclosing the fears created by modern living." * The Cauldrom Brasil, Feb 2007 * ". . . offers a tight focus on mental and emotional self-improvement that can reap benefits in all walks of life." * The Bookwatch, Oct 2006 * ". . . makes common-sense reading as we find new ways to deal with the challenges and fears that we are all prone to, and so regain our power and energy." * Hoop, Issue 52, 2006 * "The reader is in for some interesting surprises when reading this book!" * Lee Prosser, Ghostvillage.com, April 2006 * "You have been drawn to this book because life has chosen this moment to reveal something of itself to you. This is an extraordinary book. All that is required of you is your commitment and willingness to become all that you are. You are right on time to read what you are about to read." * Dr. Mark Atkinson, author and complementary health expert for GMTV (Good Morning Television) and Now * "I just want to thank you for all your help in getting me to a point where I can accept my true self. I feel so different and see differently. This is where it begins for me!" * Jenny Rayner, publisher of Spiritual Lifestyles Magazine * "Reading this book you can discover the qualities of a true warrior, truthfully presented." * Dave Courtney, OBE, author of Stop the Ride, I Want to Get Off * "Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell meet the Ninja warrior traditions! This is spirituality with attitude--a wide-ranging, sharp psychological analysis of what it really takes to create happiness and freedom for ourselves. This book tells the truth, and because it's honest, it will help you find your path to power." * Tania Ahsan, editor of Prediction Magazine * "Ross Heaven is the Joseph Campbell of our times. He brings street cool to spirituality." * J. L. Shreeve, author and journalist for The Independent, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and Max * "Ross Heaven is a spiritual warrior. If you apply the lessons of this book to your life, you will find the freedom and happiness you seek." * Howard G. Charing, Director of the Eagle's Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism *
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