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The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic: The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive

The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic: The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive [Kindle Edition]

Martin Prechtel

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The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic is like one of the seeds Martín Prechtel describes. When planted in fertile ground, the words and thoughts and images and prayers will grow into a life-giving complexity. This is a wondrous and powerful book.”—Derrick Jensen, activist and author of Dreams and Endgame

“A brilliant writer, Martín Prechtel bears gifts from our ancestors, gifts that are essential to awaken a wayward humanity to the need for a spiritual ecology."—Michael Harner, author of  The Way of the Shaman

“Prechtel’s words are like the wildly colored heirloom kernels of corn born of ancestral knowledge that traditional Maya farmers prayerfully place into the holy earth. Once planted, the author waters these sacred seeds of the Indigenous Soul with heartfelt compassion for a spiritually disconnected humanity in this period of global transformation. May these sprouts of indigenous awareness flourish and produce vital seeds for a collective return to an awareness of our oneness with nature.”—Robert Sitler, director of Latin American Studies at Stetson University, Florida, and author of The Living Maya

“A haunting and enchanting prose poem that encompasses a shattering earthquake, the rapacious disaster capitalism that fed on it, and the resilience of an indigenous culture whose authenticity carried it through those dark times.… Martín Prechtel's deep wisdom has given us a model that can be replicated everywhere, so that from the moral bankruptcy and collapse of global capitalism a true human culture, in union with the wild, can emerge.”—Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden

“It is very important, especially nowadays in the face of the monsters of GMO agribusnesses, that someone speaks out so clearly and eloquently about saving the pure and strong seeds that nature itself brought forth. And, of course, Martín Prechtel is also right about the seeds we carry within us, given to us from our age-old culture.…”—Wolf D. Storl, author of The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners

"Martín Prechtel has seen it all: He grew up on a Pueblo Indian reservation, was apprenticed to a Guatemalan medicine man and settled in the United States after fleeing the Guatemalan civil war. The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic: The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive (North Atlantic Books) relates the preservation of seeds and plant life to the similar seeds of spirituality in human life as he chronicles his own life journey." —Indian Country

"The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic: The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive reflects the author's experiences growing up on a Pueblo Indian reservation and his years of apprenticing to a Guatemalan shaman, returning to the U.S. after fleeing the country's civil war ... Real human culture is exterminated when the non-genetically modified seeds of plants that feed us are lost - and this appraoches the issue both metaphorically and spiritually, discussing how such seeds of spirituality and culture need to be cherished, replanted, and harvested. Collections strong in tribal insights, ecology, spirituality, and autobiography alike will find this a moving, passionate work." —Midwest Book Review


Martín Prechtel’s experiences growing up on a Pueblo Indian reservation, his years of apprenticing to a Guatemalan shaman, and his flight from Guatemala’s brutal civil war to life in the U.S. inform this lyrical blend of memoir, cultural commentary, and spiritual call to arms. The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic is both an epic story and a cry to the heart of humanity based on the author’s realization that human survival depends on keeping alive the seeds of our “original forgotten spiritual excellence.”
Prechtel relates our current state of ecological crisis to the rapid disappearance of biodiversity, indigenous cultures, and shared human values. He demonstrates how real human culture is exterminated when real (not genetically modified) seeds are lost. Like plants that become extinct once their required conditions are no longer met, authentic, unmonetized human cultures can no longer survive in the modern world. To “keep the seeds alive”—both literally and metaphorically—they must be planted, harvested, and replanted, just as human culture must become truly engaging and meaningful to the soul, as necessary as food is to the body. The viable seeds of spirituality and culture that lie dormant within us need to “sprout” into broad daylight to create real sets of cultures welcome on Earth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1405 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 476 Seiten
  • Verlag: North Atlantic Books (31. Januar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004ZZP5UG
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very important book... 5. Februar 2012
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Martin's newest book offers us something even beyond the reach of all his others. Even though it's composed of long, always fascinating, narratives from his life, as we read, something within us begins to awaken as well, like a seed, stirring in the vacant lot of our souls. Martin is reminding us of something that we've known, inside, for a long, long time, and he's doing it, not only through the incredible depth of knowledge and perspective that he carries from his upbringing and years among the Maya, but moreover, from the experiences and realizations he's had back here in the States. He has created a story that will begin a kind of remembering in you, an awareness of our part, after all, in this huge, crazy whirlwind of a cosmos.

The consequences of our forgetfullness, of living here as of we didn't really belong, or as if we somehow `owned' this place, are all too obvious to anyone with a heart and eyes to see. Even the best intended spiritual practices often reinforce this perception. Martin is awakening something else altogether in this book; he tells a story which is not only of himself, but is, in fact, is a story which is also ours, and which can begin, if watered by our attention and by the grief that's bound to come, begin to germinate and become something very real and awake in our lives. A very important book for anyone who wants to move beyond the scientific process and into the time to come.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Kernel of Recognition 24. Februar 2012
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Reading Martins newest book is like swimming in rich amber honey. If you try to rush in and through it, it will exhaust you, but if you slow down, it surrounds you with it's sweetness, carefully crafted by dedicated diligent lovers of the blossoms of life. As another reviewer stated, this book speaks to an emptiness we all know and adds a missing dimension to those of us who coax food from the place that we live. Martin reminds us that there is another way to think in this world that is not slave making or dictating from a pedestal, but as a participant in this great swirling, breathing, jumping cacophony of smells and sounds that is life.

The book itself is a beautiful, elegant tall corn mother, who is unknowingly approached and whose face is revealed, hidden in plain sight in the jungles of Guatemala. The stories are the ears of delicious fruit, their origins described in soul filling detail and finally the roots are tendrils of hope, describing how we too can approach and rejoin the world and thinking we abandoned so many millennia ago with small beautiful efforts, together helping life to live, not killing it by our daily amnesiac consumption.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This wisdom is deep and clear 12. Februar 2012
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Now and then when you read something, you just know that the information is deep and clear. There is great wisdom here to help us heal as a society. The challenge is in internalizing the wisdom through action and reflection, not just reading the book. It comforts my soul to know that this source is here for those ready to do the work and heal themselves and and their people.
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Though barely 4 chapters in, this seed book less than 12 dark hours in my hands, I am again stunned and changed by Martin's way of story telling, and fed by the story itself.
This book...The Unlikely Peace, is, as intended, a seed for our time...already it has germinated what was waiting in the cold darkness of me, and started it to swell..moving me beyond my small ways of thinking and being, and pushing it out of it's shell to greet the world in my own running way. As Martin's previous books have awakened my sleeping and shuttering yet hungry ways over the years, this one too, I know, will have it's way. Already I am grateful for the timing of this seed being dropped into my fertile soil at a time when the world's soils are mostly depleted and desperately in need of a way of metabolizing the world that infuses them with that same ecstatic life flow that causes evolution. Martin's timing is impeccable and the gracious impact of his words from the start have inserted themselves as infusion of truth into my body and is time and past time, personally and collectively, for as many of us who have the ears to hear, to read and translate these stories into our life as food for the world.
I am unutterably grateful to Martin for changing my life by repeatedly, through undeniable beauty... turning me towards Home and a life worth that is rooted in being the food that grows that very same blossoming nourishment. ~jade
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5.0 von 5 Sternen keeping the seeds alive... 21. Februar 2012
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Like the drop of fresh water that lives in the heart of seeds and holds the courage necessary for sprouting into this treacherous modern culture a new face of an old story, the words held in these pages re-hydrate long sleeping but never forgotten knowledge of how to be human and in love with life and feeding some real possible beauty in a time that would convince us never to even dream of such a thing.
This book lives as an antidote to the all too common sensation many of us have that there is something profound and simple missing from our lives, it is a recipe book for coming back alive and bringing the whole world along for the ride.
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Civilizations spiritual fear of being left behind insists that its constituents unquestioningly race to survive, running only to ambitiously outstrip their neighbors instead of competing together to sustain Nature, by feeding the beauty of human racing to the Holy. &quote;
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Because of my upbringing inside of languages not containing the objectifying verb to be, I had a severe allergy to writing about things. &quote;
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For the Indigenous Souls of all people who can still remember how to be real cultures, life is a race to be elegantly run, not a race to be competitively won. &quote;
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