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The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja: Mastering the Four Gates to Freedom Paperback – 13 March 2006

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“Ross Heaven is a spiritual warrior. If you apply the lessons of this book to your life, you will find the freedom and happiness you seek.” ― Howard G. Charing, Director of the Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism

"Ross Heaven is the Joseph Campbell of our times. He brings street cool to spirituality." ― J. L. Shreeve, author and journalist for The Independent, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and Max

"Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell meet the Ninja warrior traditions! This is spirituality with attitude--a wide-ranging, sharp psychological analysis of what it really takes to create happiness and freedom for ourselves. This book tells the truth, and because it’s honest, it will help you find your path to power." ― Tania Ahsan, editor of Prediction Magazine

"Reading this book you can discover the qualities of a true warrior, truthfully presented." ― Dave Courtney, OBE, author of Stop the Ride, I Want to Get Off

"I just want to thank you for all your help in getting me to a point where I can accept my true self. I feel so different and see differently. This is where it begins for me!" ― Jenny Rayner, publisher of Spiritual Lifestyles Magazine

"You have been drawn to this book because life has chosen this moment to reveal something of itself to you. This is an extraordinary book. All that is required of you is your commitment and willingness to become all that you are. You are right on time to read what you are about to read." ― Dr. Mark Atkinson, author and complementary health expert for GMTV (Good Morning Television) and Now

"The reader is in for some interesting surprises when reading this book!" ― Lee Prosser,, April 2006

". . . makes common-sense reading as we find new ways to deal with the challenges and fears that we are all prone to, and so regain our power and energy." ― Hoop, Issue 52, 2006

". . . offers a tight focus on mental and emotional self-improvement that can reap benefits in all walks of life." ― The Bookwatch, Oct 2006

". . . recommended reading for those who are actively engaged in therapy and courses aiming towards disclosing the fears created by modern living." ― The Cauldrom Brasil, Feb 2007

"The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja is in the contemporary genre of work that seeks to explore spiritual truth as it developed in local traditions around the world and in the face of the practical challenges of uncertainty and survival." ― New Dawn Magazine, Issue 115, Jul/Aug 2009

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MARTIAL ARTS / SPIRITUALITY "Ross Heaven is a spiritual warrior. If you apply the lessons of this book to your life, you will find the freedom and happiness you seek." --Howard G. Charing, Director of the Eagle's Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism The Ninja are a mysterious warrior elite said to be so spiritually advanced they know the mind and will of God. Regarded as masters of invisibility and "warriors of the shadow self," their legendary skills include the ability to command the elements and transform themselves into Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Void--the nothingness from which all things arise. In this book Ross Heaven reveals the training exercises and mental discipline used by the Ninja to develop these extraordinary physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual skills. Central to Ninja philosophy is the understanding that there is no higher power than the actualized human being. The Ninja believe there are four gates to freedom and to pass through them we must overcome four initiatory ordeals. Succeeding at these enables us to combat fear, find true power, clarify our vision, and overcome the soul fatigue that is at the root of our personal and social problems in order to embrace our inner positive energies (kuji-kuri) and realize our talents. Ross Heaven guides us through these four gateways with exercises and initiations that utilize the archetypal energy of the Lover, Seeker, Magus, Soul Warrior, and Mystic and their shadow manifestations that may be causing problems in our lives. We learn how to break the destructive habits of the past and create a bushido, a personal code to live by. Without initiation, we cannot access and channel our energies; they remain uncontrolled or even work against us. Ross Heaven provides the key that allows us to turn these elemental forces into our allies. ROSS HEAVEN is a therapist and workshop leader in personal development and healing whose books include Vodou Shaman, Darkness Visible, Spirit in the City, and The Journey to You. He lives in England and teaches shamanic workshops internationally.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Destiny Books; Annotated edition (13 March 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1594771073
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1594771071
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 1.78 x 22.86 cm
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Ross Heaven's interest in plants, healing and spirituality started early in life when his family moved from the city where he was born to a strange and timeless village on the borders of Wales. There he met and was informally apprenticed to a sin eater - a spiritual herbalist and "devourer of human sin" whose job was to restore balance to the soul. Ross spent 10 years with this healer learning the folklore and wisdom of the plants and immersing himself in the spiritual practices of an almost extinct tradition of Celtic shamanism, a story told in his book The Sin Eater's Last Confessions.

His interest piqued, Ross took his degree at a university now recognised as a World Centre for Excellence in transpersonal psychology. His decision to study there was based on a whim, a synchronicity, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions of his life, enabling him to combine psychology, anthropology, philosophy and religious studies to create what he has come to regard as a "DIY course in shamanism".

He threw himself more deeply into the study of spirituality and the healing traditions, training in imagework, herbalism, massage, yoga, tai chi, the Eastern philosophies and becoming a senior in five martial arts before heading for the jungles of Peru in search of new answers and new direction.

Drinking ayahuasca and San Pedro there helped him "find himself" and in fact the direction was simple: to return to the plants and become a healer. He has now helped hundreds of people to heal and trained hundreds of others in traditional soul-healing methods through his workshops and books such as Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul, Plant Spirit Wisdom and The Hummingbird's Journey to God, the first to be written about healing with San Pedro, the "cactus of vision".

Ross conducts ceremonies throughout Europe and facilitates group journeys to the Amazon and Andes for people who wish to experience ayahuasca and San Pedro themselves on his Magical Earth and Cactus of Vision programmes. Increasingly, he is fascinated by the healing potential of San Pedro and has witnessed many "miracles" in those who have drunk it, including recoveries from trauma, abuse, addiction and conditions such as diabetes, paralysis and cancer. Some of these healings are recorded in his book and in articles and interviews such as this:

Ross divides his time between Europe and Peru where his retreat Centres offer healing and training to others: The Hummingbird in Spain ( and El Colibri, a beautiful new medicine Centre close to Iquitos, Peru (

His website is or you can email him for more information on courses, trips and events at


* 'Heaven and the Hummingbird': An interview with Ross about the healing power of San Pedro.

* 'San Pedro the Miracle Healer': An interview by Ross with an Andean San Pedro healer.

* 'Plant Medicines and Shamanic Healing': An article on the healing rituals of ayahuasca.

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