Awakening the Energy Body: From Shamanism to Bioenergetics

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By Kenneth Smith

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Kenneth Smith

Kenneth Smith
Kenneth Smith, writing under the name Ken Eagle Feather, has published several books on Toltec philosophy, including On the Toltec Path and Toltec Dreaming. He apprenticed with Toltec shaman don Juan Matus and has served on the staff of the Association for Research and Enlightenment, part  More...



A practical guide to understanding and enhancing the functionality of the human energy body

• Shows how the energy body and its interactions are the principal determinant of all we see, feel, think, or otherwise perceive

• Details strategic skills to manage the infinite alternate realities available to the energy body

Each of us inhabits an energy body whose interactions are the principal determinant of all we see, feel, think, or otherwise perceive. Even as modern science is establishing the uncertainty of physical matter, it is asserting the reality of our existence as interconnecting quantum energy fields. For over 5,000 years, shamans of the Toltec tradition have studied and worked with the energy body, learning to recognize and understand its structure and perceptual capacities as well as mapping it as an objective, measurable part of our anatomy. In Awakening the Energy Body, Kenneth Smith’s thorough grounding in the Toltec tradition allows him to bring forth an instructive overview for non-Toltec adherents of the latent possibilities available to the energy body and how to bring awareness and objective form to it.

Using evidence from the emerging scientific discipline of bioenergetics, which studies the flow and exchange of energy, Smith shows that conscious awareness not only creates our reality but enhances the functionality of the human energy body, allowing it to navigate the myriad realities of our world. He offers a specific set of strategies to manage the energy body in ways that are beneficial to both material existence and spiritual development. He also discusses the ethical considerations of developing consciousness and how one can quicken personal evolution in order to live a full and complete life, while revealing where the worlds of ancient tradition and modern science meet.
“Kenneth Smith’s Awakening the Energy Body illuminates the essential nature of being human, illustrates the basic mechanisms that we use to form separate realities, and offers us deeper understanding for establishing a healthier relationship in the world. This amazing book demonstrates the universality of the energy body by relating its dynamics to psychology, physics, sociology, and religion; and it helps to further establish the fields of bioenergetics, Energy Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychology. I can imagine the Toltec shaman don Juan announcing that Awakening the Energy Body offers us more than an ordinary path through the woods, since this is a path with true heart.”
Fred Gallo, Ph.D., author of Energy Tapping

“Kenneth Smith’s synthesis of Toltec philosophy and energetic anatomy is breathtaking in its scope. Drawing on both ancient teachings and the latest technological scientific advances, Awakening the Energy Body challenges contemporary assumptions about the nature of reality, the metaphysical structure of the human body, and the limits of knowledge. His insights break new ground in the fields of philosophy, health, psychology, mind/brain studies, and spirituality. This is a book that deserves to be read widely and thought about deeply.”
Paul Rademacher, M.Div., executive director of the Monroe Institute

“What a great mind-stretcher. Or, perhaps I should better say a great energy-stretcher.”
Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology, University of California, Davis

“Kenneth Smith has methodically and thoughtfully written what may lead us toward a revolution of thought and consciousness. Whether or not you are a scientist, practitioner, or layperson this book has something for you. I wish I had it years ago.”
Erik Fisher, Ph.D., author of The Art of Empowered Parenting

“Kenneth Smith eloquently reveals what we all need to know regarding the energy body--its nature, functions, and purpose. By embracing this perennial wisdom we are offered the rarest of opportunities: to once again experience the practical philosophy of the sage, the seer, and the shaman.”
Simon Buxton, author of The Shamanic Way of the Bee

“This book presents a natural and spontaneous way to explore one’s awakening potential. If you’ve ever wanted to pick up an easy to understand guide for following in the footsteps of a Toltec Master, this is it.”
Joseph W. McMoneagle, author of Remote Viewing Secrets

“In the tradition of Carlos Castañeda, Kenneth Smith applies the energy body concept to a broad expanse of the academic landscape. The reader who participates in the spiritual exercise of this book will see the world differently.”
James F. Drane, Ph.D., Russell B. Roth Professor of Bioethics, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

“If you want to change your life, simply change your mind. This simple truth is perhaps the greatest tool for personal change that remains unknown by most of the contemporary world. My hope is that Awakening the Energy Body might contribute to the understanding that we truly have a major role in cocreating our lives and our world, and it is a role that we can no longer neglect to take seriously.”
Kevin J. Todeschi, author of Edgar Cayce on Vibrations

“This is a brilliant articulation of our limitless possibilities and how to realize them. Awakening the Energy Body is based on the entire history of inquiry into energetics, up to and including the findings of modern science. The book will vastly expand your comprehension of your own energy system and what it means to you and all your relationships. The fascinating journey of discovery described here is the most important story you can know about; it will impact every moment of your life. Prepare to discover the vast if not infinite resources that are available to all of us.”
James L. Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis

" . . . quite an in-depth, dense book. It is definitely not a Sunday afternoon read. Still, the information is enlightening and well worth the effort."
Dr. Tami Brady, TCM Reviews, July 2008

" . . . Smith's thorough grounding in the Toltec tradition allows him to bring forth an instructive overview for non-Toltec adherents of the latent possibilities available to the energy body and how to bring awareness and objective form to it."
The Monthly Aspectarian, Vol. 29, No. 11, July 2008

"Both psychology and new age libraries will find much of interest in Awakening the Energy Body. It uses science from bioenergetics to study the ebb and flow of body energy and draws important connections between psychology and physical matter, and uses the author's Toltec tradition studies to reinforce the possibilities involved in body energy understanding."
The Midwest Book Review, Aug 2008