Friday, October 8, 2010

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Reviews on Soulcaller

Reality is the interface, July 5, 2010
By Jan Amkreutz (Corona, CA United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Soul caller (Paperback)
If you believe that reality is all there is, buy this treasure anyway; then, play the movie of images in it, and discover a hundred new creatures in the universe of your own mind. If you already believe that reality is what you make of it, drown yourself in the intriguing realities of this book, and discover a thousand narratives emerging from the depth of your mind. If, however, you have already learned that that human spirit lies beyond reality, that reality is just the interface, absorb the images in this palete of colors and words, and discover the fullness of you own spirit, expanding it by doing so. Either way, do your soul a favor - read soulcaller.
Jan Amkreutz, author Digital Spirit: Minding the future

Revealing, simplistic, visually stunning, some have living quality, fluid, mesmeric, June 29, 2010
By Wasabi - See all my reviews

This review is from: Soul caller (Paperback)

Soul Caller fuses native american wisdoms and simple quiet feelings of one’s inner self with almost impressionistic images. The book has a peaceful overtone that leads you from one image to the next as if you were wandering down a path that was both wondrous yet familiar.

" We know that the body is a world of imagination, and that is the essence of its soul. We might do more for its health by looking seriously at the artworks that reveal some of the body's expressiveness than by taking vitamins and doing exercises. An unimagined body is on its way toward disease. - From "Care of the Soul" by Thomas Moore

Friday, May 28, 2010

review from germany

In einer total vermarkteten Welt, wo alles nach uns ruft, ist es nicht leicht, den Ruf der Seele zu vernehmen. Soulcaller von William B. Brooks baut uns goldene Brücken zwischen Oberfläche und Tiefe. Die Technik, der sich der renommierte Fotograf dabei bedient, ist so einfach wie genial. Ihm gelingt es auf wunderbare Weise, Natur und Kunst, Wirklichkeit und Möglichkeit verschmelzen zu lassen, indem er Objekte transparent werden lässt, das heißt, die Seele der Dinge durchscheinen lässt.

Für mich sind seine Kunstwerke magische Kraftbilder, die mich unmittelbar in Berührung bringen mit dem, "was die Welt im Innersten zusammen hält", wie Goethe es einmal formuliert hat. Sie spiegeln auf subtile Weise die Einheit von allem und belohnen den aufmerksamen Betrachter mit einer spontanen Verbindung zu seinem inneren Selbst, das nichts anderes ist, als die Weltseele selbst. Ich kann nur jedem empfehlen: Lasst Euch auf die Bilder ein und fühlt, was sie mit Euch machen, nach dem Motto "who feels it knows it". Auch wenn es hierzu eigentlich keiner Worte bedarf, so sind die kurzen meditativen Texte doch eine gelungene zusätzliche Bereicherung.

In a world consumed by consumerism where everything yells at us, it is not easy to perceive the call of the soul. “ Soulcaller” by William B. Brooks builds a golden bridge between surface and depth. The technique used by the renowned photographer is as simple as it is genial. He achieves, in a miraculous way, to merge nature and art, reality and possibility by permitting objects to become transparent that means the soul of the thing becomes visible.
For me, his art works are magical power images, which connect me in an immediate way to what Goethe once called “ that ,which holds the essence of the world together”. They mirror in a subtle way the oneness of all and reward the thoughtful observer with a spontaneous connection to his inner Self, which is nothing else but the “World Soul” itself. I can only recommend to accept these pictures and feel what they will do to you, after the motto. “Who feels it knows it”.
Even so, no words are necessary; the short meditative text delivers a successful enrichment to the reader.

review from montana

Soul Caller
A review by Eugene D Tunick, DDS 5/2/2010

As I know William Bernard Brooks to be a prominent portrait photographer, I expected Soul Caller to be a book of beautiful photographs. What I found was a complete surprise: a series of images, probably based on photographs, resembling paintings reminiscent of Matisse and other French impressionists, with a suggestion of abstractionism.

They definitely aren’t French, but are anchored in Native American occultism – serving as metaphors of early Indians seeking the meaning of existence.

Each image is accompanied by a Haiku describing a spiritual experience. I couldn’t resist going back repeatedly to explore the imagery and to let the Haikus insinuate themselves into my consciousness.

Brooks invites us to share his existential journey.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

SOULCALLER finally out in bookstores and at

Why I published it

At the vernissage of my work in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Adreana, a 13-year-old girl, all red faced and excited approached me, grabbed my arm and declared,
“Don William, all your pictures have spirits in them and they all talk to me.”
It was a marvelous confirmation of the process through which the images came into existence. Neither the taking of the pictures nor the production of the prints resulted from a preconceived idea of purpose or layout. Inspirited collaboration with the model in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains resulted in the collection of works published in the book “Soulcaller”.
Spirits and interludes on the shamanic way manifested themselves according to our momentary awareness. The power of the images is undiluted, a result of the natural surroundings, a multitude of beings harmonizing, manifesting an intent, celebrating life.
Meditate on the text, a confirmation of your own experience, dreams and connections to your creative powers may result.
“La pura vida”, as the young girl called it, was a gift, I brought back from Bolivia.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

a return to indigenous beliefs

A return to indigenous beliefs
By William Bernard Brooks

There is no appropriate return to the romantic version of traditional indigenous beliefs. The performance of the prairie chicken dance, without proper education of its meaning and reliable information obtained from its execution is simply an empty performance of a dead belief.

There might be particular techniques/ceremonies, rituals but the information/application obtained must be useable and beneficial to the group NOW.

Indigenous beliefs, to me are like nature from which they spring, like the seasons, alive with the power of the sun, the wisdom of the directions of the universe, they provide support, guidance and value.
The endurance and survival of ancient techniques to access different states of consciousness for the benefit of the individual and thus insuring the continued survival of the tribe is proof of their value and vitality.
They provide space and opportunity for various forms of consciousness to be expressed.

Ancient awareness of universal connectedness is reflected in the scientific understanding of nonlocality and various interpretations of quantum physics.
Slipping back into the sole awareness of interconnectedness would be a dangerous regression into mass consciousness, subject to the manipulation of brutal tyrants or clever CEOs.
The development of our individual consciousness and the acceptance of the corresponding responsibility can lead to a more loving and compassionate existence.

Modern technology, just as ancient beliefs are attempts to deal with observable reality.
Controlling the weather, the environment, the hunt, assuring harmonious communal life, knowing what your enemy is doing etc. was and is achieved by technology.

The shaman and the scientist use tools to get beneficial information.
The shaman sees him/herself as part of nature (living in harmony).
The scientist sees her/himself as part of a mind structure, separate from or controlling nature (even so the best of them have always acknowledged a higher mystery and inspiration).

The people who were or are trained in influencing our lives have special costumes, (bear hides, lab coats) language, (highly specialized technical or mysterious) and behavior patterns (Trance, ecstatic movements, specific lifestyles)
These people were/are trained in highly efficient thought control.
(Primary their own thoughts).
Their different appearance and behavior gives them authority in the tribe, group;
they are believed.

Reality forms itself around the main believes (zeitgeist).
Ancient beliefs just as modern beliefs do not protect us from annihilation/evolution

Beliefs or convictions that events will be disastrous, attaching our own personal stories to thoughts of anger, greed, and fear are the basis for the creation of our self suffering experience.

If we surrender to the inherent qualities of a naturally congruent life we can find joy and its expression will create a change in our experience of apparent reality.

There is little benefit in juxtaposing ancient or modern believes they are both belief systems subject to limitations and errors in the human condition.

We can honor and support various elders from global communities to provide experiential exposure to the realities of the spiritual worlds. A willingness of the elders to teach fearlessly in the face of power structures which are still holding on to outdated cultural dogma and fearful control of horded knowledge is necessary.

The need in the modern world to find our own voice is enormous; everything is done to influence us in our consumption oriented society.
Purpose and self are disconnected.

Religion has always inserted a cast (priest, monks, rabbis, shamans etc.) that handles our relationship with a god.
We are reaching a point where we reject the claim of the clergy to be closer to God then others.

Indigenous practices (sweats, vision quests, sun dance, walk abouts, etc.) empower us to explore a direct connection with our creator (creative energy) without interference by the opinion of others.

Indigenous knowledge provides a toolbox which we can open to construct a new paradigm for expression of intelligence, wisdom and gratitude, a new consciousness based on the principal of creativity, compassion and action which acknowledges the right of all sentient beings to make choices.

We will reach that consciousness one day,
when we choose and act otherwise we choose war, conflict and suffering.

Suffering has/d a definite role in evolution. When we suffer we reach, we strain we try to eliminate the pain, by doing so we pay attention to the now, we stimulate biological changes in our system resulting in small changes or extreme mutations, a new creature appears with the potential to express more consciousness.

We will need to learn to see JOY as a basis for transformation.
Suffering brings change automatically; joy requires awareness and action for transformation.

It is the time of the translator the interlocutor to go back and forth, what the shaman has done since the beginning of history. S/he dares to change shape, to explore new worlds, to project him/herself into the skin of others, s/he creates a map of a new world, s/he returns with guidance to add to our ability to express knowledge and compassion.
The members of the tribe trust his/her ability, courage to risk his/her life and sanity for their survival.
We must empower a shaman, maybe today we have to find a new name to appease momentary indigenous sensitivities, but knowledge and intuition belong to all of us.

As an old Huichol elder once told me after I questioned him about the fear in many indigenous cultures that their cultural or spiritual heritage was misappropriated by westerners.
He thought for a while, and then he smiled and said: “Whatever is between the Creator and me, nobody can take that away from me.
If a white man wants to put on a feather and sing haijahoh to a drum, he will either make a fool of himself or he will heal somebody, if he heals somebody we should show our gratitude, if he does not, he will have taken care of his own follies. It is not a problem for me.”

We can use the ancient ritual of the sweat lodge as a means to rejuvenate our attitudes, bodies, our senses.
In the last round which we usually dedicate for gratitude/thanksgiving we thank the creator for the precious gifts we receive.
With the five senses often being ridiculed as not enough to guide us on our way; we can begin anew and acknowledge the body as our compass in relating to the world.

If we would only SEE one little girl without limps, her skin melted from her face we would never go to war again, if we should want to call ourselves Human;

if we would SMELL our lovers instead of being fooled by man made substances, we would know who belongs to whom;

if we would TASTE our foods we would not ingest disease inducing replacements for natural nutrients;

if we would LISTEN to our spouse, lover, children, parents (they tell us what they want) we would gain from a combined wisdom which certainly could assure a more joyful life;

if we would TOUCH each other, permitting an exchange of energy we would know that we need each other, indigenous or not.

The Creator gave us the tools. When we are numb on a gross physical level how can we expect to receive information on a much more subtle spiritual level. Let us use and respect the gifts we have received.

When we start with nature we start with ourselves, we must apply that knowledge to the technology which we have invented, or evolution will lead to a new beginning which will not involve Homo sapiens.

Prophesies by the Old Ones tell us that the eagle and the condor (head and heart) will fly together; we will have to look up, away from ourselves, to see them.

As long as we hold on to the fear of death, their will be no vision of the endless potentiality which is open to the human consciousness.

A new consciousness does not discriminate but applies itself to the evolution of the soul in a never ending journey.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

rebellion in Santa Cruz

one adventure turned into another
no meetings with shamans, curanderos, elders
no anacondas, jaguars or hummingbirds
no san pedro, ayahuasca or visions of spirits in the rainforest
but a rebellion in Santa Cruz against the politics of Il Presidente
canceled trips
people on barricades
blood and tension
burnt buildings on the main plaza
expelled ambassador to the US
not a good time to look like a gringo
when will we ever learn
detour to Buenos Aires to return home
the eagle and the condor are still searching the thermals to bring them together

20 de septiembre de 2008 Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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"Interludios chamanes” en el lente de un norteamericano
William Bernard Brooks se dedica a captar en fotos su interacción con culturas indígenas y naturaleza y quiso compartir esa experiencia con el público boliviano mostrando su trabajo “Interludio chamán”. Con un vino de honor, el norteamericano inauguró la exposición presentada en la galería de Joyerías Anahí, donde los invitados elogiaron obras que también se exhibieron en Europa y Estados Unidos.
>1 Claudia Urquiza, el expositor Willam Brooks y Charis Barks.
>2 Cristina Cuéllar y José Pablo Mckellgot.
>3 Franz Lino y Teresina Urriolagoitia.
>4 Marlene de Biste, Michael Biste, Irma Valle y Douglas Valle.
A big thank you to Charis who graciously helped with introductions and translations
during the vernissage at Anahi.
If you ever go to Bolivia check her website at for competent advise and fun directions.

at ANAHI gallery Santa Cruz in Bolivia

Buenas noches Señoras y Señores
Gracias por estar con nosotros esta noche.
Tal vez mi español no sea muy bueno, así que tendré que leer mis palabras de saludos y gratitud hacia ustedes.
Muchas gracias a la linda gente de Joyerías Anahi por su paciencia, generosidad y experiencia para poder realizar esta exhibición juntos. Y también para el señor Luis Schoenhuette de la Fundación Granpaytiti por contactarme con la gente amable de Santa Cruz.
Todas las imágenes que ustedes ven en la pared, fueron tomadas cerca de mi casa en las “Montañas Rocosas” en el estado de Montana. Nosotros lo llamamos “Tierra del Cielo Grande” porque a veces parece como si fuese posible ver alrededor del mundo; es un Estado hermoso, donde se ha mantenido igual por miles de años. Montañas cubiertas de nieve, lagos de aguas cristalinas, bosques infinitos, corrientes de agua inusuales en las montañas, animales salvajes como el puma, el oso gris, y siete reservaciones indias como los “ Pies Negros y los Cri¨.
Yo nací en Alemania y desde pequeño quise ser como la gente indígena de Norte América. En los últimos 20 años, he estudiado y trabajado con muchos ancianos y médicos naturistas.
La necesidad de mantener y respetar nuestra relación con la naturaleza es aparentemente clara para todos, pero no para algunos.
En mi experiencia con la gente de la tercera edad de las tribus norte americanas, me he encontrado con una manera peculiar de comportamiento entre ellos y su ambiente. Una manera que requiere una nueva forma de pensar y actuar de la mayoría de nosotros.
Respeto es lo que necesitamos en nuestro mundo moderno. Respeto por los poderes de intuición de la gente que todavía vive en contacto cercano con la naturaleza, y respeto por la inteligencia y avances del mundo moderno tecnológico.
Yo baso parte de mi trabajo en el concepto de “Diseño es destino”. Aquí en Joyerías Anahi, la gente está creando belleza. Cuando miramos alrededor y vemos diseños bellos, un sentido de respeto se eleva en el corazón. Es normal respetar al artista, toda la cadena humana que ha participado en el proceso de crear algo que nos gusta. Cuando estamos alineados con la belleza nos abrimos, somos capaces de vernos el uno al otro desde un punto de gozo, cuando estamos gozosos queremos bailar, queremos tomarnos de las manos, queremos hacer nuevos amigos, somos agradecidos.
Yo escojo el cuerpo de la mujer porque es hermoso. Todos debemos nuestras vidas a nuestras madres. Existe una conexión inmediata con una forma que esta con nosotros desde el principio.
Algunas de las posiciones en mi trabajo están basadas en el trabajo de la profesora, doctora, Felicitas Goodman quien estudió a los “chamanes” encontrados en cuevas, tumbas, y templos alrededor del mundo. Ella descubrió que tomando estas posiciones y combinándolas con sonidos de percusión de 210 pulsos por minuto, ella fue capaz de inducir un trance que pudo mandar información desde varios niveles de conciencia.
Las imágenes ayudan a ilustrar varias posiciones e inspiran a participar en esta nueva técnica que fue llamada “Trance Estático”.
Espero poder inspirar al Cóndor y al Águila, al norte y al sur, para volar juntos, para compartir su visión del mundo y declarar una nueva visión.
Gracias de nuevo por su interés y participación en el evento cultural de Joyerías Anahi.
Todas las piezas están a la venta.
Si tienen preguntas, no duden en hacerlas, estaré encantado de contestarlas.
Hay excelentes noticias,
Las buenas noticias primero.
Todas las pinturas (o Fotos) han sido vendidas.
La mala noticia es que los cheques están todavía en sus bolsillos.

Monday, August 4, 2008

kind thoughts about SOULCALLER from a friend in Germany

Time for the truth

Dear beholder of this exceptional and extraordinarily illustrated book.
When I saw the images for the first time I tried to understand them but I had to realize fast that my intellect was incapable of doing so. What should I do with these images which exerted a magical fascination on one hand; they still do, and on the other were incomprehensible to me.
I am an open and curious scientist with doctorial degrees in physics, biophysics, veterinary medicine and Cosmo biology as well as multiple publications to my name.
So what is it that is emanating from these pictures which escapes my educated mind? Is it just my way, my use of the scientific method to look at things?
Suddenly many questions posed themselves. Why do we have the perception that time is speeding? Everything happens faster, though, seen from a point of physics and confirmed by measurements, today, one second occupies the same time frame as in the good old days. What do people mean? When in high emotional excitement they utter expressions like” I am outside myself” in anger etc. Why do many people feel that something “is in the air” when something is about to happen, even so nobody can explain or come up with appropriate information about that which is about to happen to us.
At this point I remembered the books which I read during my studies. Books filled with ancient wisdom, as well as publications about new insights in physics and cosmological sciences.
The ancient wisdom of Tibetans and Hindis tell us about specific time frames which they called Yugas. Each Yuga has a phase of ascendance and descendance. These phases are related to the oval traced by the precession of the equinoxes which refers to the precession of the earth’s axis with respect to inertial space. These phases extend
over a period of approx. 25 290 years. Old Sanskrit writings describe the enormous earth changes which will occur while passing through the extreme points of the oval. At these times we move either towards or away from the central sun of our galaxy. The old texts tell us that we fall into a “sleep like state of consciousness” when we move away from the central sun.
At present we have left the furthest point from the central sun behind us and are moving in a state of concentrated events back towards the central sun. We awake and we move through dimensional planes upwards. Our spirit is free, sensitive and aware.
That means we are currently in a time period of extreme event density. and growing consciousness. We become open to the world of spirit and the escalation of our spiritual perceptions and abilities.
Tibetans and Hindis describe this galactic time period of several thousand years as Dwapara Yuga. Our spirit is freeing itself from darkness and we perceive the increasing event densities subjectively as a speeding up of time.
The modern Global Scaling Theory (Hartmut Mueller) which emerged from space research proves those experiences with commonly known laws of our universe. They may be described with formulas but can neither be explained within our materialistic scientific paradigm nor can we grasp their meaning.
Interestingly so, with the aid of images we are capable of opening our “understanding” to the phenomena.
In Biographies of important physicists we can follow the train of thought which has revolutionized the natural sciences since the last century. We can follow the works of Bolzmann, Planck, Einstein, Bohr, de Broglie, Wiener, and Heisenberg up to a large number of scientists of our time who embrace and accept the new paradigm of physics: Primacy of the spirit over matter.

Since the middle of the 19th century the concept of primacy of matter was an unmovable reality and it followed that the effects of gravitation, magnetism, electricity and other energy fields were caused by matter. Today we know and accept as basic knowledge that spirit, meaning intelligent energy information fields cause and serve as starting point of all phenomena in the universe. Every material particle coexists with non-material frequencies within a complex matrix.
For this circumstance we created the concept of parallel universes of material and non-material matter.
Posing the question: “How large a part of the cosmos is formed by solid matter?” We find that experiments within the framework of nuclear and quantum physics provide the impressive results that our universe consists of mostly non-material fields of oscillations. The proportion of non-material fields of oscillation to material matter is one billion to one.
To explain these proportions we can imagine that the universe has a surface of 1 km by
1 km, an area of one square kilometer. We have at this point only observed and explored one square millimeter, a surface of 1 mm by 1 mm. All achievements originated by human beings and they are considerable, if not always ethically defensible accomplishments are related to only this one part of a billion of the total universe. If we open this new paradigm in natural science, the doors to the non-material part of the universe, we can surmise which possibilities will open up at the same time. We can see that present day materialistic and logical points of view of nature are no longer sufficient as research tools. As we have to look at human beings as integrated parts of the universe we need to accept the fact that we exist at the same time as material body as well as a non-material energy body. In order to understand ourselves, to perceive the non-material body, to control it we have to expand the “ratio” with”emotio” we need to include the spirit into the natural sciences.
That demands an oneness of thinking and feeling on the highest level.

No lesser than Goethe expressed it with these words:
“What you cannot feel, you will never surmise”

And that is what the shamans bring across in these pictures.

“A picture says more than a thousand words.”
Chinese proverb.

Shamans live the unity of body, spirit and soul in harmony with nature. That is what they bring to us as an aid to change our way of thinking. Their pictures, reflecting themselves, tell stories of the past, of pain and humiliation. Which women, but not only them, but people in general had to endure. They tell of the present, about awakening and strong emerging feelings and they tell about the future of humankind which is hidden in woman and born by her. They tell about a future where old needs and fears, old pains and indignities are overcome and replaced. We will see love and peace in the life of godlike human beings.

Dear beholders of these images, take ample time, shut off your reason. Please don’t think about these pictures, don’t try to comprehend the images with your intellect don’t analyze. Observe the images with the naïve honesty of a child and let the message affect you; permit your feelings, your emotions to embrace these images.

Only when I surrendered in this way did I feel the message of the pictures with profound inner emotion and truth.
I sincerely wish you from my heart the same indescribable beautiful and moving experience while watching these pictures.

Dr. Dr. sc. Dietmar Cimbal M.S.E.