The Visionary

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Entering the Mystic Universe of Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow)
Kurt Wilt, PhD
$18 USA / $20.95 Canada
Trade paperback original
208 pages, 5 1/4 x 8
ISBN 978-0-9823274-0-1
Native American / Mysticism

The ancient spiritual secrets of this continent had to be shared in order for the planet and all sentient beings to survive . . .”

Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) has been called our greatest living shaman.  Here, in the first scholarly examination of his remarkable life and teachings, Kurt Wilt, PhD, places this Native American mystic in the context of more familiar writers and mystic traditions, from Sufism and the Kabbalists to Hildegard of Bingen, Joseph Campbell and William Blake. In doing so, he brilliantly uncovers vital connections between Rael’s Native American worldview and the deepest roots of visionary teachings.

The Visionary tells the fascinating story of a life lived in tune with the Vast Spirit and inspires the reader to learn more and to implement the visionary’s teachings through the meditations in the “Following the Visions” section of the book.


Kurt Wilt, PhD is Professor of English at Saint Leo University, a specialist in comparative mysticism and Native American literature. He has studied with Joseph Rael for 25 years and attended Joseph’s “mystery school” workshops in northern New Mexico.