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The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja

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Foreword: The Four Gates to Freedom by Mark Atkinson Preface: In the Beginning . . . Introduction: Who Were the Ninja? one The Initiation into Being: Boldness Has Genius --Beginning the Journey of this Book two The Map of the Four Gates FACING THE FEAR, WALKING ON FIRE three Ka (Fire): The Lover Meets Fear --The Origins of Anxiety Exercise 1--Shibou: The Conception Journey four 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 Truth five 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 Fire BREATHING WATER six Sui (Water): Dreams of Power and the Seeker's Quest --On the Nature of Power Exercise 10--Your Life Mission seven 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 Flow INTO THIN AIR eight Fu (Air): The Magus Facing Confusion --Faith Versus "Truth" Exercise 16--Konpaku: Meeting Your Soul-Self nine 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 Bushido KNOWING THE EARTH ten 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-Dama eleven 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 Soul MAKING LIFE YOUR ARTFORM twelve 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 Song Notes Workshops, Books, Tapes, and Trips by Ross Heaven Acknowledgments and Thanks Index

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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