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Tricksters in the Desert: My Spiritual Journey from Skeptic to Buddhist and Beyond

Gotwals, Jacob

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ISBN 10: 0977361012 / ISBN 13: 9780977361014
Published by Skyway Press, 2013
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Title: Tricksters in the Desert: My Spiritual ...

Publisher: Skyway Press

Publication Date: 2013

Book Condition:Good

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After focusing on his career for many years, Jacob Gotwals felt increasingly drawn toward spirituality. A mysterious longing led him on a twelve-year journey of spiritual awakening on which he explored a vast landscape of traditions and teachings--including Nonviolent Communication and Tibetan Buddhism. Tricksters in the Desert is a concise memoir of this journey, revealing many of the challenges Jacob encountered and showing how he resolved them. The epilogue explores how we can participate in spiritual groups without getting enmeshed in them or attached to their belief systems.

From the Author:

"A wonderful contemplative autobiography that highlights many of the perennial, as well as uniquely modern challenges, that we face as practitioners in today's world. It reminds us that the contemplative journey is both unique and universal and that we can't do this alone."
--VINCENT HORN, co-founder of Buddhist Geeks

"By shining a light on his own inner transformation, Jacob highlights the mental 'tricksters' that unconsciously blocked his way; when consciously embraced, they became doorways to the next part of his journey. Read this book to find companionship in--and insights for--your own spiritual journey."
--GREGG KENDRICK, CNVC Certified Trainer and founder of Basileia, Creating Workplaces Where People Thrive

"I'm grateful that Jacob has taken the leap and shared with the world his own journey toward a more holistic and awakened perspective of the risks and rewards of inner transformation. Readers will likely benefit from his insight and experience and save themselves some pain and suffering!"
--JIM MANSKE, CNVC Certified Trainer

"A funny, insightful book with a light touch. Personal and honest, pared down to the essentials. Read it! Give it to your mom and your uncle!"
--GIKO DAVID RUBIN, Zen teacher and translator

"If you are interested in your personal development and you want to make a positive difference in the world, Tricksters in the Desert is a quick read of an intimate roadmap. Jacob Gotwals gives us keen insights derived from personal experience on his journey beyond spiritual awakening and enmeshment in groups. And the resources he provides are invaluable."
--ALAN SEID, founder of Cascadia Workshops and the Blackbelt Communication Skills Coaching Program

From Tricksters in the Desert: "Tricksters cast spells over us. They quietly whisper advice to us. They whisper so quietly that we may not realize they're there--until things don't turn out as planned. Recognizing a trickster breaks the spell and changes everything; over time, the trickster's power dissipates and merges with our own. We get a little stronger--a little wiser--and life goes on."

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