Special Ops, LSD, and My Unlikely Path to Toltec Wisdom
During histhird tour of duty in Vietnam where he served as a Green Beret, Jim Morris was woundedbadly enough to be retired from the army. He came home bitter, angry that his career had been ended.After readingThe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, he realized that manymembers of Ken Kesey’s MerryPranksters had also been combat officers.
Following this spiritual “hint,” he spent the next couple ofyears as an acid head, even skydiving on LSD.
Awakened by his LSD experiences, Morris immersedhimself in the books of Carlos Castaneda, as well as in Kriya yoga, Charismatic Christianity, andACourse in Miracles.
From these experiences he was led to Toltec spiritual teacher don Miguel Ruizand began a deep spiritual journey of change.Sharing his journey from PTSD to spiritual awakening, along with insights about what drives a personon the spiritual path, Morris details his profound transformation from military warrior to spiritualwarrior. He recounts his time as a civil rights advocate for the Montagnard people in Vietnamand hisyears as a war correspondent at the same time he was following Castaneda’s Warrior’s Way. Hedescribes his momentous meeting with don Miguel Ruiz as well as his travels around the world and inthe astral realms.
Sharing how his wife developed dementia and later became paralyzed, Morrisexplains how it required all his Toltec training, all his military training, everything he had to share herfinal years in a meaningful and fulfilling way.Written from a deep understanding of Toltec techniques thisbook shows in a heartfelt and resonantway what a spiritual path can give you, especially those whose lives have been derailed by trauma andthose whose lives have been continuously unsatisfying and confusing, as well as revealing theessentially magic nature of reality.
Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Major Jim Morris served three tours withthe Green Berets in Vietnam. He has worked as a civil rights advocate for the mountainpeoples with whom he fought, the Montagnard, and his Vietnammemoir,War Story, wonthe first Bernal Diaz Award for military non-fiction. He has covered wars forRollingStone,Soldier of Fortune,Esquire, and theSaturday Evening Post. For decades he hasimmersed himself in a deep study of Toltec shamanism. He lives in Bell Canyon, California