Primal Awareness

May 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-4: All Our Children Are Special, Media Reviews

By Don Trent Jacobs
Inner Traditions, Rochester, VT
1998, 272 pages
$16.95

Review by Lori Colomeda, Salish Kootenia College instructor

For thousands of years, the Raramuri Indian people who live along the Rio Urique in Mexico, have used the Copper Canyon as an initiation site for their shamen. If the shamen-to-be survived the trip through the sheer canyon of rock and water, their minds were sharpened, their senses heightened, and they had the power of mental telepathy. Primal Awareness is Don Jacobs’s impossible adventure of his own self-discovery. A true Renaissance person with seemingly limitless talents, Jacobs has trained wild horses, worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT), and counseled young teens at risk. Today he is on the faculty of Oglala Lakota College.

Jacobs’s primal adventure began unexpectedly in 1983 while rafting with a friend along the Rio Urique. Jacobs was thrown from his kayak and swallowed up into an abyss of water, tunnels, and swirling rapids. He emerged with a primal self-consciousness that left him feeling at peace and filled with self-confidence. As a result, he has the ability to communicate thoughts mind-to-mind with unmanageable horses, persons requiring emergency medical treatments, and troubled teenagers. Although some readers suggest that Primal Awareness is dynamic and filled with adventure, others may find it a fantastic tale of unbelievable magnitude.

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