Rave Reviews for “Lessons In Courage”

Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life
by don Oscar Miro-Quesada & Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Ph.D.

Jose Luis Stevens, PhD, “Shaman Society” magazine
When I first began to read “Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom For Everyday Life” for this review, I prepared myself for yet another laundry list description of the Andean cosmology, its rituals, and its practices. Not that there is anything wrong with this, however I have read many such books with this same theme and I was hoping for something different this time. Within a few pages I knew I had struck gold. While some of these beliefs and practices are mentioned in the book, it is the spirit and heart behind them that he emphasizes. As an added benefit, Oscar Miro-Quesada skillfully weaves the wisdom of his tradition with the teachings of great adepts and masters of other traditions as well. ” Lessons in Courage Book Review


Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
“This is a great book that can attune the worlds of indigenous peoples with the rational scientific traditions of the modern world. It guides us toward incarnation of all levels of ourselves. Oscar embodies this wholeness and reveals the processes learned in his own epic journey through fields of reality from the Earth to the Star people, from contemporary academic knowledge to the depth and power of indigenous wisdom and ritual, most especially the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism. Lessons in Courage is an indispensable classic for our ‘generation one,’ every one on the planet, facing for the first time the evolution or devolution of Earth life by our own actions.”


Stephen Dinan, CEO, The Shift Network
“In this beautiful book, Oscar bridges many worlds, bringing alive extraordinary possibilities from the shamanic realms and making them fully accessible to the modern West. He does this through his powerful loving heart, his transparent storytelling, and his unfailing dedication to serving us all with humility. He’s a luminous guide into the next stage of our evolution in which Eagle and Condor fly as one.”


Grady Harp, Amazon.com, Top 10 Book Reviewer
“Now and then a book crosses our path that when opened introduces a light that is so blindingly beautiful, so penetrating spiritually, so reassuring that it suggests being carried around like a fine treasure. As don Oscar Miro-Quesada has stated `As I have come to realize through my life’s journey, the purpose of our human embodiment is, actually, to grow a soul.’ The experience that blossoms out of this brief but compelling book LESSONS IN COURAGE is not only the history of don Oscar’s life in coming to the point where he is a spiritual guide, but the book itself is a guide for changing our lives in order to bring healing to us and to our planet. We are invited to lift the veil that exists between the seen and the unseen worlds, learning as don Oscar how to walk between those worlds to gain a profound understanding of the nature of the universe. His story shows us the way. The book is rich in the traditions and ceremonies from Peruvian roots and attempting to describe each of these is beyond the purview of a review. This is a book that must be read and absorbed if we stand any chance at finding unity and future in our lives. Highly recommended.”

Robert Gass

Robert Gass, EdD, Coach, Healer and Recording Artist
“Oscar Miro-Quesada shares his extraordinary personal journey of healing and of soul-making, as gripping as any adventure tale. He is a guardian and messenger, bringing the traditional wisdom of the South to we people of the North at this time of planetary crisis: consecrating our lives as love, composing life as sacred relationship and the strength that comes from surrender. This compelling narrative is practical as well as inspiring, carefully instructing the reader in timeless, practical rituals for evoking the sacred in our everyday lives.”

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Michael Harner, PhD, Best Selling Author
“A fascinating inside view of the mesa spiritual tradition by a leading Peruvian practitioner written in collaboration with an initiated anthropologist.”


Stanley Krippner

Stanley Krippner, PhD, co-author, “Personal Mythology”
“I have seen don Oscar Miro-Quesada’s organization grow and develop from its very inception to its current status as a global instrument of peace and service. His book, “Lessons in Courage”, distills what he and others have learned during this long journey. Although there are many worthwhile insights to be gained from Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, don Oscar’s book reveals that Southern traditions make their own unique and equally valuable contributions to the attainment of global harmony and balance.”


Douglas Sharon, PhD, Author of “Wizard of the Four Winds and Sorcery and Shamanism”
“After nearly five centuries of successful adaptation to the pressures of “Westernization” Peruvian shamanism is currently reversing this process. A charismatic proponent for such “reverse acculturation” is Oscar Miro Quesada, founder of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Thanks to the prompting of anthropologist Bonnie Glass-Coffin, don Oscar “re-Members” his struggles in following the shamanic path…We are fortunate to have this ‘inside view’ of a venerable esoteric tradition.”


Justine Willis Toms, Founder New Dimensions Radio, Author 
It was my immense honor to sit down with Oscar Miro-Quesada for a New Dimensions Radio dialogue. This gentle and loving man has captured the essence of how we can sustain our sacred earth walk. He has shared with us an enormous gift of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition ritual. This powerful practice can serve to help us build a life-long relationship with the sacred dimensions of life. In his book, Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life, he has most generously shared, in detail, how we can incorporate it into our daily life. I highly recommend it.


Kurt Johnson, PhD, co-author of “The Coming Interspiritual Age”
“A friend of Bro. Wayne Teasdale, the father of today’s emerging global ‘Interspirituality’, don Oscar here offers profound Wisdom from our planet’s ‘Ancients’. “Lessons in Courage” is not only a vortex into earth’s Primordial Wisdom but a call from today’s emerging ‘Inter-Shamanism’ wherein Ancients– now and past– impel our species assuredly along the inevitable path of conscious evolution.”


Edith L. Turner, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia
“At the present day in academia there is some serious thinking going on about spirituality. Bonnie Glass-Coffin has it right here.”