Explains how the initiatory practices of the Ninja can be used to achieve self-mastery
? Uses the five human archetypes of lover, seeker, magus, soul warrior, and mystic
? Shows how to access kuji-kiri, the positive energy of the Ninja Godai, to dispel fear, disempowerment, and soul fatigue
The Ninja are a mysterious warrior elite said to be so spiritually advanced they knew the mind and will of God. Regarded with awe 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 stem. 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 positive energies and realize our talents.
Ross Heaven guides us through these four gateways with exercises and initiations that utilize the energy of the lover, seeker, magus, soul warrior, and mystic as well as dealing with their shadow manifestations that may be causing problems in our lives. We learn how to break the destructive habits 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 allies.
Spotlight customer reviews:
Customer Rating: Summary: Neo-shamanic pop psych self help rubbish, NOT Ninpo Comment: I'd read one of Heavens previous shamanic books too, and became curious about this one due to not being aware of his connections to ninjutsu.
Heaven is a low level student of To-Shin Do in the UK, Hayes break away organisation from the Bujinkan. It is interesting to note, that given the title, with 'Ninja' in such big letters, Carlos Castenada is quoted more times than Hayes, who is also quoted more times than Hatsumi sensei, strange really but it just about sums up the actual content of the book, where the info has come from and how much it actually ties in with the teachings of Takamatsu sensei through Hatsumi sensei. The title should be changed it is completely mis-leading. It is at best only loosely 'inspired' by Ninjutsu and is more in line with other neo-shamanic/psychology self help rubbish.
This book is simply crap if you are after anything concerning Ninjutsu, the only relevant point Heavens makes is regarding the connection of the 'spiritual practises' to the prowess of the ninja, rather than just their physical skills, which is a point many over look though Hayes always seemed to run too far with it in the other direction. This book is nothing but Heavens re-hashed neo-shamanic fluff. I wouldn't even go near it if you are into shamanism, shamanism is not about self help or self empowerment, read something genuine instead.
I gave it one star because there is no option for no stars which is what it deserves Customer Rating: Summary: Extraordinary Initiatory Process to Power Comment: This book is an essential for anyone who want to release their power from within, and apply it in real life. This book goes way beyond the mojo 2 buck spirituality. It's the real thing, with in-depth processes to realease fear, confusion,... it's a wonderful book. I have 20 years of spiritual experience in many domains, and soon to become a buddhist Sensei, and this book brought something to me. I give it 6 on 5 rating. Customer Rating: Summary: Ehh....... Comment: lets just say i've spent my money better learning about ninja stuff from t.v.
self improvement and what not is good but i want to learn more about mind manipulation and how to really mess with peoples heads. but i mean if ur all meditative and stuff than go ahead get this book Customer Rating: Summary: Suckered into buying this book by the bogus reviews Comment: This book was a major disapointment, after reading the hyped up reviews. I have learned one thing about the Amazon reviews, that: if the reviewer only has one review when you check their other reviews, Most likely they are friends or the author writing positive reviews on the book. Most of these reviews are hype by the author to sell his book. This book is a lot of airy-fairy new age type philosopy and very little to do with martial arts or Ninja. A lot of references to carlos castanada. Reads like a new age book. I couldnt even finish it. A waste of time/money. Customer Rating: Summary: a question Comment: Does anyone know if this guy is Bujinkan, or is affiliated with Hatsumi or the Bujinkan, or any XKAN? Or is he some Ashida Kim type who just uses the "ninja" word to sell books?