Spirits of the Earth

A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies

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Author: Robert Lake-Thom

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101141778

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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"There are ancient secrets and lessons hidden in nature. If you seek for guidance, you will discover truth." —Bobby Lake-Thom Much of the ancient knowledge that has been passed down from Native American medicine men, or shamans is in danger of being lost. Bobby Lake-Thom, a Native American healer known as Medicine Grizzly Bear, has sought to preserve this powerful heritage by sharing his wisdom and experience learning from the world around us. The result is Spirits of the Earth, an extraordinary compilation of legends and rituals about nature's ever-present signs. From the birds that soar above us to the insincts beneath our feet, Bobby Lake-Thom shows how the creatures of the earth can aid us in healing and self-knowledge. What does it mean if a hawk appears in a dream? What are the symbolic interpretations of a deer, a skunk, a raccoon? Lake-Thom, who has studied with the elders of many tribes, explains the significance of animal figures as manifestations of good or evil, and shows how we can develop our own powers of awareness and intuition. The first book of its kind, this practical and enlightening resource includes dozens of fashinating animal myths and legends, as well as exercises and activities that draw upon animal powers for guidance, healing, wisdom, and the expansion of spiritual influences in our lifes. You'll discover here: • How animals, birds, and insects act as signs and omens • The significance of vision quests • How to make and use a medicine wheel • The role of spirit symbols—and how they affect the unconscious • Excercises for creative dreaming • The power of the earth-healing ceremony • How to increase your spiritual strength and create sacred spaces • And more From the Trade Paperback edition.

Spirits of the Earth

A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies

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Author: Bobby Lake-Thom

Publisher: Plume Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 210

View: 6073

Explores the symbolic meanings of animals in Native American legends

Honoring the Medicine

The Essential Guide to Native American Healing

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Author: Ken Cohen

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 1984800418

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

View: 1914

For thousands of years, Native medicine was the only medicine on the North American continent. It is America’s original holistic medicine, a powerful means of healing the body, balancing the emotions, and renewing the spirit. Medicine men and women prescribe prayers, dances, songs, herbal mixtures, counseling, and many other remedies that help not only the individual but the family and the community as well. The goal of healing is both wellness and wisdom. Written by a master of alternative healing practices, Honoring the Medicine gathers together an unparalleled abundance of information about every aspect of Native American medicine and a healing philosophy that connects each of us with the whole web of life—people, plants, animals, the earth. Inside you will discover • The power of the Four Winds—the psychological and spiritual qualities that contribute to harmony and health • Native American Values—including wisdom from the Wolf and the inportance of commitment and cooperation • The Vision Quest—searching for the Great Spirit’s guidance and life’s true purpose • Moontime rituals—traditional practices that may be observed by women during menstruation • Massage techniques, energy therapies, and the need for touch • The benefits of ancient purification ceremonies, such as the Sweat Lodge • Tips on finding and gathering healing plants—the wonders of herbs • The purpose of smudging, fasting, and chanting—and how science confirms their effectiveness Complete with true stories of miraculous healing, this unique book will benefit everyone who is committed to improving his or her quality of life. “If you have the courage to look within and without,” Kenneth Cohen tells us, “you may find that you also have an indigenous soul.”

Symbols of Native America

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Author: Heike Owusu

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9780806963471

Category: History

Page: 320

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A thousand illustrations show the fascinating origins and meanings of 300 signs, starting with the simplest—lines, circles, curves—and tracing their combinations into ever more complex designs. They come from a variety of North American tribes, and depict bonds with nature (particularly animals and the landscape), rituals, and legends that convey heroism and wisdom.

Mother Earth Spirituality

Native American Paths to Healing Ourselves

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Author: Ed McGaa

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062043978

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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"A dear stream of practical knowledge with the mind change we need to save the life of our Mother Earth--and ourselves . . . This is a book for every person who loves this planet. Eagle Man shows us the joyful path home to our universal Mother." ?ynthia Bend, Water Spirit Woman, co-author of Birth of a Modem Shaman "A rich panorama of our native heritage which allows the seeker access to the heart of the Path of Beauty. Ed McGaa has walked this path so that all people may live in harmony." Samie Sams, Hancoka Olowanpi, author of Midnight Song: Quest for the Vanished Ones "Ed McGaa is one of the first persons who can write about 0glala religion in the first person because he has lived it. For years anthropologists have hoped a Native American would portray that society from the inside out. Ed McGaa has. It's about time." William K. Powers, author of 0glala Religion "Fascinating as well as inspiring reading. Ed McGaa makes an excellent spiritual guide and intellectual teacher . . . The information stimulates the mind, the drawings delight the eye, and the ideas soothe the spirit." Jack Weatherford, author of Indian Givers "Profound and insightful . . . Mother Earth Spirituality will be of great importance to those of us, both 'rainbow' and non-Indian people, who walk over land in search of a deeper spiritual life . . . For us, this book is an invaluable guide showing us how to do it." Fred Alm Wolf, Ph.D., author of Taking the Quantum Leap

Call of the Great Spirit

The Shamanic Life and Teachings of Medicine Grizzly Bear

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Author: Bobby Lake-Thom

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1591438640

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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A traditional Native American healer from the Karuk tribe shares his personal story of reconnection to the Great Spirit in contemporary America. • By Bobby Lake-Thom, author of the bestseller Native Healer. • Provides Native American shamanic perspective on disease and healing. • Explores indigenous social identity in a spiritual and political context. • Reveals authentic indigenous traditions and ceremonies from numerous tribes. This redemption story of Native American healer Bobby Lake-Thom invites the reader to enter a world of authentic indigenous traditions and ceremonies. Bobby, also known as Medicine Grizzly Bear, didn't recognize his shamanic calling at first. He didn't know that his vivid dreams, psychic abilities, and visitations by wild animals and ghostly figures were calls from the Great Spirit. In the age-old shamanic tradition, it took a near-death experience for the message to get through to him. Though still a young man, he was wracked with debilitating arthritis. Unable to handle the physical and psychic pain, he set out into the wilderness determined to kill himself with an overdose of drugs and alcohol. But before downing the substances, he approximated a Native American ceremony as best he could, sending a heartfelt prayer for assistance to the Great Spirit. He woke up--alive--the next morning and received a message from Eagle, telling him to seek help from Wahsek, a medicine man in the northern mountains. And so Bobby's apprenticeship began. Forbidden to reveal Wahsek's secrets until 10 years after his death, Bobby is now free to share this fascinating story with the world.

The Wisdom of the Native Americans

Including The Soul of an Indian and Other Writings of Ohiyesa and the Great Speeches of Red Jacket, Chief Joseph, and Chief Seattle

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Author: Kent Nerburn

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577312970

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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The teachings of the Native Americans provide a connection with the land, the environment, and the simple beauties of life. This collection of writings from revered Native Americans offers timeless, meaningful lessons on living and learning. Taken from writings, orations, and recorded observations of life, this book selects the best of Native American wisdom and distills it to its essence in short, digestible quotes — perhaps even more timely now than when they were first written. In addition to the short passages, this edition includes the complete Soul of an Indian, as well as other writings by Ohiyesa (Charles Alexander Eastman), one of the great interpreters of American Indian thought, and three great speeches by Chiefs Joseph, Seattle, and Red Jacket.

Secret Native American Pathways

A Guide to Inner Peace

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Author: Thomas E. Mails

Publisher: Council Oaks Distribution

ISBN: 9781571781253

Category: Social Science

Page: 301

View: 2633

... the spiritual practices of the Hopi, Cherokee, Apache, and Sioux.

Spirit Clans

Native Wisdom for Personal Power and Guidance

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Author: David Carson

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 1612834264

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 208

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For thousands of years, Native American tradition has taught that we all carry within us an ancient blessing, a spirit clan that connects us to the earth. Our spirit clan may be an animal, or a plant, a stone, or some special object that has taken on spiritual power. Your clan is a reservoir of powerful energy.It helps carry you through troubled times and protects you from danger. The wisdom of their teachings shows the way to true peace and prosperity and to live in harmony with all that is. In this book, you will learn how to discover your own spirit clan using dreams and visions as a guide and by contemplating the stories, traditions, and descriptions of the 75 clans gathered here. In-depth descriptions of the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of spirit clans and their modern-day manifestations lift these ancient teachings off the page and bring them to life.

The Book of Ceremonies

A Native Way of Honoring and Living the Sacred

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Author: Gabriel Horn

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577310624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

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In The Book of Ceremonies, Gabriel Horn offers a tapestry of stories, poems, prayers, and love songs describing the sacred Native American way of life and what its religion and ritual can offer spiritual seekers from all backgrounds. The six parts of the book cover preparation for ceremonies greeting the day; acknowledgment and gratitude; marriage and divorce; birth and death; dreams and visions; and seasons and healing. Highlights include a Zuni creation account, an Aztec love song, and an Omaha prayer presenting a new infant.

Spirit of the Earth

Indian Voices on Nature

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Author: Michael Oren Fitzgerald,Joseph A. Fitzgerald

Publisher: World Wisdom Books

ISBN: 9781936597543

Category: Nature

Page: 136

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This book includes quotations on the beauty and meaning of nature from men and women of nearly fifty North American tribes. The illustrations include historical photographs of American Indians, as well as a wide selection of contemporary photographs showing the diversity of North American landscapes. These quotations and photographs beautifully present something of nature s timeless message. This message can be summed up in the well-known Sioux phrase often used in prayer: We are all related. "

The Wind Is My Mother

The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman

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Author: Bear Heart

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110164012X

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 396

Bridging the worlds of the traditional Native American and modern culture, the authors offer an inspiring and moving autobiography of a native American medicine man, one of the last to be trained in the ancient ways, and one of the few to teach nontribal people.

Thorsons Principles of Native American Spirituality

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Author: Dennis Renault

Publisher: Thorsons Pub

ISBN: 9780722533338

Category: Indian mythology

Page: 112

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Native American spirituality teaches the value of living in harmony with the earth, of honouring each other and respecting the interdependence of all life. This introductory guide explains what a vision quest is, how to reconnect with nature, how to purify with herbs, what a sweat lodge is, what a medicine tool is and what the Great Mystery is.

Medicine Seeker

A Beginner's Walk on the Pathway to Native American Spirituality

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Author: Stan E. Hughes

Publisher: Norlightspress.com

ISBN: 9781935254232

Category: Art

Page: 188

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In this personalized look at Native American spirituality, the author combines first-person experience with the words of tribal elders and a historical look at Native American practices. Hughes relates adventures with healing, sweat lodges, a vision quest, and finding his totem animal.

Spirit Healing

How to Make Your Life Work

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Author: Mary Dean Atwood

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402741104

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 223

View: 7662

Spirit Healing: How to Make Your Life Work, is a comprehensively researched book of holistic methods for healing the body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Atwood offers a wide range of techniques--from ancient Native American methods of divination to the new theories of manifesting your desired reality using positive thoughts. This gold mind of information includes herbal remedies and nutritious foods as well as mystical exercises to help one transcend everyday life experiences. An original chapter: Attracting Bird and Animal Spirit Helpers, derives from the author's ability to interpret events through observing the actions of birds and animals. Included in the book are ways to contact your guardian angel or spirit quide and rituals for self-empowerment. Important in today's world are suggestions for removing negative energy from your body and home and a list of toxic free products. This book is the third in a series that has sold over 120,000 copies.

Rainbow Medicine

A Visionary Guide to Native American Shamanism

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Author: Wolf Moondance

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

View: 3867

Uncover the secrets of personal strength from a shaman who has been successfully training others for 27 years, drawing on her Osage and Cherokee ancestry and her training in psychology. Follow the path to open your spirit and mind, balance your emotions, get in touch with your body, and explore your creativity, through the ceremonies of growth, truth, wisdom, and impeccability, and the sacred quest for the whole self. 192 pages, 32 b/w illus., 6 x 9.

The Sacred Wisdom of the American Indians

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Author: Larry J. Zimmerman

Publisher: Watkins Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781780280134

Category: Social Science

Page: 309

View: 1148

Explores the Native American appreciation of the cycles of nature and the belief in the cosmic interconnectedness of all things, discussing myths, ceremonies, crafts, and reverence for the land.

The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees

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Author: James Mooney

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cherokee Indians

Page: 97

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The sacred formulas here given are selected from a collection of about six hundred, obtained on the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina in 1887 and 1888, and covering every subject pertaining to the daily life and thought of the Indian, including medicine, love, hunting, fishing, war, self-protection, destruction of enemies, witchcraft, the crops, the council, the ball play, etc., and, in fact, embodying almost the whole of the ancient religion of the Cherokees. The original manuscripts, now in the possession of the Bureau of Ethnology, were written by the shamans of the tribe, for their own use, in the Cherokee characters invented by Sikw�ya (Sequoyah) in 1821, and were obtained, with the explanations, either from the writers themselves or from their surviving relatives.

Native Healer

Initiation into an Ancient Art

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Author: Medicine Grizzlybear (Robert G) Lake

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 0835631133

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 215

View: 2175

An exciting glimpse into the world of Native American shamanism. Many today claim to be healers and spiritual teachers, but Medicine Grizzlybear Lake definitely is both. In this work he explains how a person is called by higher powers to be a medicine man or woman and describes the trials and tests of a candidate. Lake gives a colorful picture of Native American shamanism and discusses ceremonies such as the vision quest and sweat lodge.

American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore [3 volumes]

An Encyclopedia of American Folklore (3 Volumes)

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Author: Christopher R. Fee,Jeffrey B. Webb

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610695682

Category: Social Science

Page: 1160

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A fascinating survey of the entire history of tall tales, folklore, and mythology in the United States from earliest times to the present, including stories and myths from the modern era that have become an essential part of contemporary popular culture. • Presents a compelling mix of some 500 entries drawn from traditional Native American and European American culture as well as Mexican American, African American, Chinese American, and other national traditions • Includes numerous primary documents that help readers to pinpoint and understand the origins of different myths and legends as well as how they evolve over time • Features a wide variety of entries drawn from newer traditions of science fiction, urban legends, and conspiracy theories • Supplies bibliographic references with each entry that include websites for further reading and research