Thirteen Senses

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  • Copyright: 2001-08-02
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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<p>A daring memoir of love, magic, adventure, and miracles, Victor Villaseñor's <i>Thirteen Senses</i> continues the exhilarating family saga that began in the widely acclaimed bestseller <i>Rain of Gold,</i> delivering a stunning story of passion, family, and the forgotten mystical senses that stir within us all.</p><p><i>Thirteen Senses</i> begins with the fiftieth wedding anniversary of the aging former bootlegger Salvador and his elegant wife, Lupe. When asked by a young priest to repeat the sacred ceremonial phrase "to honor and obey," Lupe surprises herself and says. "No, I will not say 'obey.' How dare you! You don't talk to me like this after fifty years of marriage and I now knowing what I know!" After the hilarious shock of Lupe's rejection of the ceremony, the Villaseñor family is forced to examine the love that Lupe and Salvador have shared for so many years -- a universal, gut-honest love that will eventually energize and inspire the couple into old age.</p><p>In <i>Thirteen Senses,</i> Victor Villaseñor brings readers into the Bonnie-and-Clyde-like world of his colorful, immigrant family: a world set in Depression-era Southern California: a harsh world, where only the wily and strong survive, and where love, passion, and commitment to <i>familia</i> are the sole dependable forces in Lupe's and Salvador's lives. In the unfolding of their story, we see Lupe move beyond her young and naive conventions of femininity to become a vessel of power, strength, courage, and brains. Salvador, in turn, is forced to extend beyond his macho "Godfather" persona, becoming whole by learning to listen to the intuitive wisdom of his young wife.</p><p><i><i>Thirteen Senses,</i> </i>in the end, is a rapturous depiction of love between all men and women. In writing this breakthrough memoir about Lupe and Salvador's adventurous desire, Victor Villaseñor uncovers a path toward enlightenment, enabling us to realize that an awakened soul is not restricted by the use of five senses, but capable of using the power of all sacred thirteen.</p>

Author Biography

Victor Villasenor lives in California, on the ranch where he was raised. He is the author of numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed works, including Rain of Gold, Jury: The People vs. Juan Corona, and Macho!

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Part One WEDDING VOWS August 18, 1979, Oceanside, California
Such a man and woman aren't measured from their heads to their feet, but from their heads to the sky, for these people are giants---who know the Thirteen Senses of Creation!
Part Two HONEYMOON August 18, 1929, Santa Ana, California
And so he, the nineteenth child, having come to his mother at fifty years of age, now found his second truelove, and ... they married
And so she, the child who'd been conceived on the night that a meteorite struck the Earth, was now a married woman and she was in love!
Part Three MOONTALKING End of August 1929, Carlsbad, California
And so they'd now entered into the Garden of Eden, God's first couple---a man and a woman who of their own freewill chose the way of the Almighty!
The Devil saw their happiness, their joy of being in Holy Union with the Almighty, and so he smiled, creeping down from the Tree of Knowledge to intercept them
Part Four SUNTALKING September 1929
And so their mothers had, indeed, taught them both about Love and God, but it was now Life, la Vida, that was to teach them the lessons of el Diablo!
And so shedding their outer skins, they now came to know each other as only young lovers can who've stepped forward in the full commitment of matrimony
And so the Gates of Heaven opened wide and a flash flood de AMOR came pouring forth out over all the land---BURSTING with VITALITY!
The Devil was tired, really exhausted, but still he was a long way from giving up. One way or another, he was determined to slip past that old She-Fox ... but then he heard the Singing of the Stones!
LOVE was in the Air! Amor was Everywhere! The Wilds of Life, la Vida, were now leaping with the FIRES of HELL and HEAVEN Here upon MOTHER EARTH!
HEAVEN was laughing con carcajadas! Love, love, AMOR was now Creating a whole new PARAISO on EARTH as it was in HEAVEN!
And so Humanity was now being called upon to Sing and Dance and Praise the SECOND COMING of the LORD!
The Devil himself had now come Full Circle and he, too, was anxiously awaiting with Flowers in Hand for the SECOND COMING of the LORD!
GOD was Happy! PAPITO was Smiling! Singing ``through'' every Stone, Tree, Raindrop, Blade of Grass---HE was SO MOVED!
LIGHTNING flashed across the land and THUNDER roared through the canyons with the HOLY VOICE of CREATION!
The DEVIL was Whirling, Swirling, Dancing---he was so HAPPY! He was still working the Earth, giving choice between Good and Evil, but Now each Night he, too, went to be with PAPITO DIOS!
GOD was Whirling, Swirling, Dancing! His Children were finally Awaking to the Light and Loving each other as much as they LOVED HIM!
And so Adam and Eva stepped forward, not blaming each other but united in Love, Respect, and a Natural Awe for One another---REFLECTIONS of the CREATOR
Of their own Freewill Adam and Eva now chose to go out of the Garden, away from their familias, and into the Wilds of the World---for they had absolute Faith in GOD and in their AMOR!
In the Wilds beyond the Garden, Adam and Eva now found themselves bringing the Light of God to friend and foe alike---Lucifer and Papito were Working as One once again!
They'd met Death and they'd found Death to simply be another Holy Opening to the Creator's Corazon---Beat, BEAT, BEATING throughout the UNIVERSE!
Adam and Eva now both Knew that it wasn't the Devil who'd ever tempted them---it was their own Mirror that Reflected their Doubts and Fears
GOD and Lucifer were Dancing and Mary and Jesus were Clapping---all the Forces of the Heavens were at last working Together once more
The SIXTH SUN was now arising fast for an All New Day. People would no longer be able to tell where the Heavens ended and the Earth began
All was back in Balance, All was back in Harmony and at Peace, generating Wisdom through our Thirteen Senses from HEAVEN to EARTH---ALL ONE SONG!
Afterword 500(7)
Acknowledgments 507

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