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The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja


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Table of Contents

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


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


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


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


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


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


Workshops, Books, Tapes, and Trips by Ross Heaven

Acknowledgments and Thanks


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.


"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 *
"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 *
"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 *
"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 *
"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 *
"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 *
"The reader is in for some interesting surprises when reading this book!" * Lee Prosser,, April 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 *
". . . offers a tight focus on mental and emotional self-improvement that can reap benefits in all walks of life." * The Bookwatch, Oct 2006 *
". . . 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 *
"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 *

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