The Flowers of Wiricuta: A Journey to Shamanic Power with the Huichol Indians of Mexico

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By Tom Soloway Pinkson

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Tom Soloway Pinkson

Tom Soloway Pinkson
Tom Soloway Pinkson, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist, consultant, teacher, public speaker and high-performance coach to business executives and health professionals. He is the author of The Flowers of Wricuta: A Journey to Shamanic Power with the Huichol Indians of Mexico. He lives in  More...



The author integrates his apprenticeship with Huichol shamans into his inspiring work with terminally ill children and their families.

The Flowers of Wiricuta is the gripping autobiographical account of Tom Pinkson's decade-long immersion in the shamanic traditions of the Huichol tribe of north central Mexico, who have retained their ancient way of life more thoroughly than other indigenous groups, and are known primarily for the use of peyote in their spiritual traditions. Pinkson has successfully integrated their teachings into his work with terminally ill children and their families. His book is a heart-felt record of a personal search for a clearer understanding of the true self. 

"Pinkson is one of those rare individuals who walks his talk, whose life is built on helping others, loving and forgiving, and a determination to trust and listen to the inner voice within him."
From the foreword by Gerald Jampolsky, M.D., author of Letting Go of Fear

"In twenty-five years of studying shamanism, I have seldom enjoyed a book as much as this."
Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., coauthor of Fire in the Mind

"An inspirational and wonderful tribute to the spiritual traditions found among the old ways."
Angeles Arrien, author of The Four Fold Way

"Boldly reveals the path of a true modern shaman. As this engaging book clearly shows, shamanism has much to contribute to contemporary society."
James Swan, Ph.D., author of Nature as Teacher and Healer