Chamalu tells the story of a young woman's initiation into Andean wisdom traditions under the guidance of Chamalu, a Quechua shaman. The sacred way of the heart, he tells her, is a spiritual journey that must be undergone by anyone who aspires to be a Wanderer--a person who transcends illusion and embraces primal reality, unmediated by religious doctrine or intellectual constructs. The woman asks him to show her how to release herself from the emotional pain that paralyzes her, and gradually, over a series of meetings, Chamau reveals to her the secret of reconnecting with the spirits of the ancestors and of Pachamama, Mother Earth. Presented as a series of conversations, Chamalu encompasses teachings that can be lived and experienced by anyone who truly desires to learn. Simply told in language that appeals directly to the heart, Chamalu allows the reader to experience Andean shamanic teachings based on the ancient Inca heritage of wisdom, inner power, simplicity, and joy.
Luis Espinoza (Chamalu) is a Bolivian Quechua shaman who has brought the traditional teachings of the Andes to modern-day apprentices in Spain, France, and the United States. Since 1993 he has directed Janajpacha, a spiritual center in the Cochabamba Valley in central Bolivia.
"Mystic seekers may find this book refreshingly clear and exuberant. The unintimidated may find it both too general and too exultant. Doubtless it will find a place in specialty bookstores or collections, as part of the multicultural spiritual experience."