The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Creator of <i>El Topo</i>

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, May 27, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Jodorowsky’s memoirs of his experiences with Master Takata and the group of wisewomen--magiciennes--who influenced his spiritual growth

• Reveals Jodorowsky turning the same unsparing spiritual vision seen in El Topo to his own spiritual quest

• Shows how the author’s spiritual insight and progress was catalyzed repeatedly by wisewoman shamans and healers

In 1970, John Lennon introduced to the world Alejandro Jodorowsky and the movie, El Topo, that he wrote, starred in, and directed. The movie and its author instantly became a counterculture icon. The New York Times said the film “demands to be seen,” and Newsweek called it “An Extraordinary Movie!” But that was only the beginning of the story and the controversy of El Topo, and the journey of its brilliant creator. His spiritual quest began with the Japanese master Ejo Takata, the man who introduced him to the practice of meditation, Zen Buddhism, and the wisdom of the koans. Yet in this autobiographical account of his spiritual journey, Jodorowsky reveals that it was a small group of wisewomen, far removed from the world of Buddhism, who initiated him and taught him how to put the wisdom he had learned from his master into practice.

At the direction of Takata, Jodorowsky became a student of the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, thus beginning a journey in which vital spiritual lessons were transmitted to him by various women who were masters of their particular crafts. These women included Doña Magdalena, who taught him “initiatic” or spiritual massage; the powerful Mexican actress known as La Tigresa (the “tigress”); and Reyna D’Assia, daughter of the famed spiritual teacher G. I. Gurdjieff. Other important wisewomen on Jodorowsky’s spiritual path include María Sabina, the priestess of the sacred mushrooms; the healer Pachita; and the Chilean singer Violeta Parra. The teachings of these women enabled him to discard the emotional armor that was hindering his advancement on the path of spiritual awareness and enlightenment.

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Jodorowsky describes his primary spiritual influences and reflections as an artist and poet. From Zen masters to native shamans and post-Jungians. He analyzes with anecdotes and reflections on his path of visionary enlightenment. Read full review

Review: The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Creator of El Topo

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I loved every page,every story and every koan he tried to figure out with his master. true wisdom in small phrases and beautiful soul..a true spiritual journey Read full review


Chapter 1 Intellectual Learn to Die
Chapter 2 The Secret of Koans
Chapter 3 A Surrealist Master
Chapter 4 A Step in the Void
Chapter 5 The Slashes of the Tigresss Claws
Chapter 6 The Donkey Was Not IllTempered after So Many Blows from the Stick
Chapter 7 From Skin to Soul
Chapter 8 Like Snow in a Silver Vase
Chapter 10 Master to Disciple Disciple to Master Disciple to Disciple Master to Master
APPENDIX A Collection of Anecdotes
The Works of Alejandro Jodorowsky
Books of Related Interest
Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky now available on DVD

Chapter 9 Work on the Essence

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About the author (2008)

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a playwright, filmmaker, composer, mime, psychotherapist, and author of many books on spirituality and tarot, and over thirty comic books and graphic novels. He has directed several films, including The Rainbow Thief and the cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. He lives in France.

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