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Binding: Paperback Dewey Decimal Number: 796.815 EAN: 9781556431579 ISBN: 1556431570 Label: North Atlantic Books Manufacturer: North Atlantic Books Number Of Items: 1 Number Of Pages: 270 Publication Date: 1993-10-06 Publisher: North Atlantic Books Release Date: 1993-10-06 Studio: North Atlantic Books
Using a lively style and the languages of transpersonal psychology, meditation, esoteric magic, and kundalini, Glenn Morris recounts his amazing adventures and hair-raising close calls while training and then practicing as a master of martial arts. Following in the tradition of the legendary Togakure Ryu of Japan, whose fighting techniques and lore inspired the fascination of westerners with Ninja warriors, he offers guidelines on how to tell sham from authenticity, how to keep friends while developing power, how to voyage safely into the inner landscape, and how to deal with dark forces-incarnate and disincarnate. At the same time, he provides exercises, tests, and adventures for the courageous-as well as spiritual and ethical compass.
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Customer Rating: Summary: I Loved It! Comment: I purchased this book in April of 2007 (about one year after Morris' death) after suspecting that it was not an ordinary text on the topic. I started reading it on a flight from Philadelphia to Chicago and was pleasantly captivated by the content.
Having read numerous stale and boring books on every aspect of "Eastern martial arts" I knew that I had struck gold. Here it was, a book that actually addressed the spiritual aspect of the craft. Few martial arts authors have done this before. It was a great experience.
Morris takes the reader on a journey of spiritual insight that is rich with his learnings, philosophies, and experiences. A little unique with perhaps a pinch of embellishment? Maybe. But that is what makes it a great book! Morris describes his training, and meditation exercises as he worked toward enlightenment; Taoist mysticism and shamanism; Kundalini: what it really feels like to merge with the void; seeing and feeling the aura; dreams and healing: nonmarital applications of intense sexual energy; and more. In short, I loved it.
Morris tells the reader that: "This book will teach you how to disappear, speak with spirits, channel archetypes, improve your sex life, get along with gods, and be your enemy's worst nightmare--all while working on your own lovable self." He was right.
If you want to read an autobiography of one man's spiritual awakening through the use of Eastern martial, holistic, and meditative arts then this book is for you. Like you no doubt will, I saw a little of myself in Glenn Morris.
This book inspired me to learn more about the nature of Kundalini. I was similarly inspired to go on to another book of his, "Shadow Strategies of an American Ninja Master," but that is another review. Shadow Strategies of an American Ninja Master
This book should not be regarded as a "Bible" on the subject, interpreted as rock solid advice for every incident and/or occasion, or taken literally in every respect & aspect, but should be viewed as a guide to build you into the person who YOU want to be (within the parameters of this discipline of course).
Neat and unique, I rate it at five stars.
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Customer Rating: Summary: Bizarre and Unlikely Comment: It gets at least one star for sheer wacky entertainment value. I've read all his books and they are simply too bizarre and wacky for the author to expect a rational person to believe. Add to that various things that are bogus and u cant expect a favorable review. For example the author claimed a black belt in Chi Kung (or Qi Gong) yet there is no such thing. In another book he claims he and his mentors fight aliens telepathically... Enough said OK. Customer Rating: Summary: inspiring and insightful Comment: amazing book. whether you're interested in ninjas, spiritual awakening, meditation, or martial arts.. this book has it all. its extremely well written with much useful advice spreadout. i personally enjoyed his experiences with kundalini awakening. Customer Rating: Summary: What a Scroll Comment: Let me start by saying that I have a near-photographic memory of anything I read. Having said that, I have read this book 5 times and learned new things each time. That is the true mark of a "scroll" type of document in the martial arts. You can keep coming back to it, and depending on where you are in your path, you will learn new things. As new questions arise, so do new answers. As a primer on ninjutsu, this book gives some great anecdotes about training with Hatsumi-Soke in the fairly early days for us westerners.
As a student of Budo-Taijutsu and member of the IBDA I first aproached this book for more info on our grandmaster. After reading it in two days I walked away and thought "wow, what neat stories." As my path developed I found that it answered many of my questions and still does. Buy it, read, repeat. Customer Rating: Summary: This book is not about a Ninja Master Comment: Glenn Morris' book is way out there. This is not a book about a "Ninja Master" but a hobbyist (his words) of Ninpo. If you are into kundalini, asteral planes and learning how to see peoples' auras (which he taught several people to do in 10 minutes) by this book. If you want to learn about Ninpo, read books written by the current Soke, Masaaki Hatsumi or if you can find them, books by Shoto Tanemura.