BIRD MEDICINE The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism Evan T. Pritchard
Birds are our strongest allies in the natural world. Revered in Native American spirituality and shamanic traditions around the world, birds are known as teachers, guardians, role models, counsellors, healers, clowns, peacemakers and meteorologists. They carry messages and warnings from loved ones and the spirit world, report deaths and injuries and channel divine intelligence to answer our questions. Some of their “signs” are so subtle that one could discount them as subjective, but others are dramatic enough to strain even a sceptic's definition of coincidence.
Pairing scholarly research with more than 200 firsthand accounts of bird encounters from traditional Native Americans and their descendants, Evan Pritchard explores the living spiritual tradition surrounding birds in Native American culture. He examines in depth the birds known as the gatekeepers of the four directions - Eagle in the North, Hawk in the East, Crow in the South and Owl in the West - including their roles in legends and the use of their feathers in shamanic rituals. He reveals how the eagle can be a direct messenger of the Creator, why crows gather in “Crow Councils” and how shamans have the ability to travel inside of birds, even after death.
Expanding his study to the wisdom and gifts of birds beyond the four gatekeepers, such as hummingbirds, seagulls and the mythical thunderbird, he provides numerous examples of everyday bird sign interpretations that can be applied in your own encounters with birds as well as ways we can help protect birds and encourage them to communicate with us.
· Pairs scholarly research with more than 200 firsthand accounts of bird signs from traditional Native Americans and their descendants · Examines the legends, wisdom, and powers of the birds known as the gatekeepers of the four directions—Eagle, Hawk, Crow and Owl · Provides many examples of bird sign interpretations and human–bird communication that can be applied in your own encounters with birds
CALL OF THE GREAT SPIRIT The Shamanic Life and Teachings of Medicine Grizzly Bear Bobby Lake-Thom
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.
CHEROKEE FULL CIRCLE A Practical Guide to Ceremonies and Traditions J. T. Garrett & Michael Garrett
The Four Directions the four seasons and the four elements that make up the sacred hoop of the full circle must be in right relationship with one another or disharmony will result. Native American ritual has always emphasised the restoration of balance through ceremonies that provide a forum for learning transition and expressions of personal growth. Now Cherokee authors J. T. and Michael Garrett share Native American traditions to explore interrelationships as a tool for growth and transformation. THE CHEROKEE FULL CIRCLE gathers techniques representing Native American cultures from across America - stories exercises and individual and group rituals - to teach the inherent dynamics of right relationship and apply them to the healing path. The authors provide a comprehensive overview of Native American spiritual principles and traditions and demonstrate how these ideas and methods can be applied universally to deal with life's situations - from depression and grieving to finding purpose and establishing positive relationships. · Includes traditional sacred exercises teaching tales case studies and suggested rituals for individual and group healing. · Outlines the core principals of Native American traditional values and teaches how to apply them to the contemporary path of wellness and healing.
CHEROKEE HERBAL Native Plant Medicine from the Four Directions J. T. Garrett
In this rare collection of the acquired herbal knowledge of Cherokee Elders author J. T. Garrett presents the healing properties and medicinal applications of over 450 North American plants. Readers will learn how Native American healers utilise the gifts of nature for ceremonial purposes and to treat over 120 ailments from the common cold to a bruised heart. The book presents the medicine of the Four Directions and the plants with which each direction is associated. From the East comes the knowledge of heart medicine - blood-building tonics and plants for vitality and detoxification. The medicine of the South focuses on the innocence of life and the energy of youthfulness. West medicine treats the internal aspects of the physical body to encourage strength and endurance while North medicine offers a sense of freedom and connection to the stars and the greater Universal Circle. This resource also includes traditional teaching tales to offer insights from Cherokee cosmology into the origin of illness how the animals found their medicine and the naming of the plants. Ø Details the uses of over 450 plants for the treatment of over 120 ailments. Ø Explains the healing elements of the Four Directions and the plants associated with them. Ø Includes traditional teaching tales as told to the author by Cherokee Elders.
CHEROKEE SACRED CALENDAR A Handbook of the Ancient Native American Tradition Raven Hail
An essential aspect of Cherokee religion is the belief that everything on Earth is the reflection of a star. This includes not only people and animals, but rivers, trees, stones and mountains – all sentinent beings to the Cherokee. Astrology has always played a strong role in Cherokee tradition because of this belief, but unlike Western astrology, Cherokee astrology is based on a 260 day Venus calendar, which includes 20 individual day signs and 13 numbers. It was the task of the Cherokee daykeeper to co-ordinate this calendar with those of the Sun and Moon to determine the most auspicious times for ceremonies, as well as to understand the star wisdom carried back to Earth by each new-born child. The day sign of a child explains his or her strengths and weaknesses, the number explains the individuals role in the great cosmic scheme.
Fir the first time, this knowledge is made accessible to those outside the Cherokee tradition by Raven Hail, and elder of the Cherokee nation. She provides insightful descriptions for each of the twenty signs that identify characterics of those born under a particular day sign, be it turtle, reed, whirlwind or wolf, and gives the meanings of the 13 numbers that determine the significance of that sign into the larger scheme of things.
CHOSEN BY THE SPIRITS Following Your Shamanic Calling Sarangerel
The shaman's purpose is to heal and restore balance to his or her community by developing a working relationship with the spirit world. Mongolian shamanic tradition maintains that all true shamans are called by the spirits - but those who are not from shamanic cultures may have difficulty recognising the call or nurturing the essential shamanic relationship with their helper spirits. Buryat shamaness Sarangerel has written CHOSEN BY THE SPIRITS as a guide for both the beginning shaman and the advanced practitioner. Although raised in the United States she was drawn to the shamanic tradition and in 1991 returned to her ancestral homeland in the Tunken region of southern Siberia to study with traditional Buryat shamans. CHOSEN BY THE SPIRITS delves deeply into the personal relationship between the shamanic student and his or her 'spirit family'. Sarangerel recounts her own journey into shamanic practice and provides the serious student with practical advice and hands-on techniques for recognising and acknowledging a shamanic calling welcoming and embodying the spirits journeying to the spirit world and healing both people and places
COMPASS OF THE HEART Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings Loren Cruden
Arranged in the form of a medicine wheel, Compass of the Heart uses the teachings of the six directions-East, South, West, North, Sky, and Earth-as it explores what it means to be consciously engaged in the life that swirls around us each and every moment. Cruden discusses daily spiritual practices-meditation, work with chakras, even teaching children or gardening-as ways of maintaining a connectedness to truth through the ups and downs of experience. These practices deepen one's relationship with the Earth so that spiritual awareness occurs not just in rare moments of inspiration but as an integral and ongoing part of life itself. More than a guide, this is the perfect companion to those following the compass of their hearts toward a union of body, earth, and spirit.
For those who feel a desire for a natural spirituality in their lives, Compass of the Heart offers insights and suggestions based on Loren Cruden's lifetime of work with Native American and other Earth-oriented traditions.
Further develops the ideas and practices set forth in the author's previous work, The Spirit of Place.
Born out of the ancient Toltec society in the central valley of Mexico, this advanced philosophy incorporates the knowledge of science, art and the spirit to form a perfect model of transcendence. Toltecs believed humans live in a world of dreams that can lead to self-love and respect - the keys to personal freedom. With this guide, readers can explore the knowledge of the Toltecs, taking charge of their lives and becoming fully aware for the first time.
· Foreword from don Miguel Ruiz, the master of Toltec wisdom and author of The Four Agreements · Filled with practical tools that readers can employ immediately · This is the perfect introduction to the subject · Rosenthal is a Toltec Mentor trained by Ruiz himself
COYOTE WISDOM The Power of Story in Healing Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Stories are powerful sources of meaning that shape and transform our lives. We tell stories to track our process of personal and spiritual growth and to honour and respect the journeys we have made. Through stories we are provided with experiences of spiritual empowerment that can lead to transformation. In COYOTE WISDOM Lewis Mehl-Medrona explores the healing use of stories passed down from generation to generation in Native American culture and describes how we can apply this wisdom to empower and transform our own lives. A storytelling approach to transformation starts with how we were created and how we can re-create ourselves through the stories we tell. As we explore the archetypal characters and situations that populate the inner world of our stories we can experience breakthroughs of healing and even miracles of transformation.
COYOTES COUNCIL FIRE Contemporary Shamans on Race, Gender and Community Loren Cruden
Shamanism is a spiritual path that emphasizes close connections with the immediate environment. As environments change, so too must shamanism change, but how can one distinguish between healthy innovation and corruptions of tradition? Coyote's Council Fire focuses on these and other controversial issues that have ignited the shamanic community. Drawing on her decades of involvement in that community, Loren Cruden brings calm wisdom and common sense to these subjects. Along with her perspective are the words of contributors such as Brooke Medicine Eagle, Grey Wolf, Jamie Sams, and Ed “Eagle Man” McGaa, reflecting the diversity of opinion within the Native American community, while the contributions of Nina Wolf, Axis, and Sandra Ingerman suggest the variety of ways in which non-Natives have incorporated shamanism into their lives.
Throughout the book are meditations and exercises that help the reader explore his or her own attitudes and assumptions toward matters of race, gender, and community.
For anyone interested in shamanism, Native American affairs, or the role of spirituality in a changing society, Coyote's Council Fire offers a provocative opportunity to examine one's own beliefs and compare them with those of leading members of the shamanic community.
CRYING FOR A DREAM The World through Native American Eyes New Edition Richard Erdoes
A powerful collection of text and full-color photographs that offers an intimate glimpse of Native American life.
- Includes rare photos and firsthand accounts of the sun dance, sacred pipe, yuwipi, and vision quest ceremonies.
- By internationally recognized ethnographer Richard Erdoes, author of Lame Deer: Seeker of Visionsand Gift of Power.
How do you go about knowing a people? In this phenomenal combination of landscape, ceremony, individual portrait, and prose, Richard Erdoes brings forth the lesser seen world of the Native American experience and vision. With the aid of firsthand accounts collected during three decades of personal interactions with indigenous tribes, Erdoes chronicles the traditional rites, individual lives, and historical persecution of North America's indigenous peoples.
The images and words of Crying for a Dreamrepresent Erdoes' finest work. His focus on the natural and sacred world of North America's indigenous peoples includes elements of the Sioux ceremonial cycle and portraits of native peoples from the plains, mesas, and deserts. The sun dance, sacred pipe, yuwipi,and vision quest are described by the author and his subjects and are illustrated with more than 70 photographs.
DREAMING THE COUNCIL WAYS True Native Teachings from the Red Lodge Ohky Simine Forest
Integrates the matriarchal teachings from Canadian Indian, Mongolian, and Maya roots to create a written manifestation of these early cultures. She invites you to grasp the true universality of these symbols and traditions, to combinetheir ancient knowledge, to live the council way today. She provides practical information about shamanism, power animals, and includes charts that offer guidance for Spiritual Warriors so you can handle both worlds. Illustrated. Color insert. Index.
DREAMWAYS OF THE IROQUOIS Honouring the Secret Wishes of the Soul Robert Moss
The ancient teachings of the Iroquois people is that dreams are experiences of the soul in which we may travel outside the body across time and space and into other dimensions - or receive visitations from ancestors or spiritual guides. Dreams also reveal the wishes of the soul calling us to move beyond our ego agendas and the web of other peoples projections into a deeper more spirited life. They call us to remember our sacred contacts and reclaim the knowledge that belonged to us on levels of soul and spirit before we entered our present life experience. In dreams we also discover where our vital soul energy may have gone missing - through pain trauma or heartbreak - and how to get it back. Robert Moss was called to these ways when he started dreaming in a language he did not know which proved to be an early form of the Mohawk Iroquois language. From his personal experiences he developed a spirited approach to dreaming and living that he calls Active Dreaming. DREAMWAYS OF THE IROQUOIS is at once a spiritual odyssey a tribute to the deep wisdom of the First Peoples a guide to healing our lives through dreamwork and an invitation to soul recovery.
GIFT OF POWER The Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man Archie Fire Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes
As my father lay dying he gripped my hand. I felt his power flowing into me until it filled my whole being. At that moment my life changed all together from what it had been. My future became something I could only partly sense like looking at a distance mountain range half hidden in a blue haze. At that moment the man I had been died and a new man took his place' In GIFT OF POWER Archie Fire Lame Deer continues in the wonderful tradition of life-filled wise and humourous teaching established in the book LAME DEER SEEKER OF VISIONS by his father the Lakota medicine man John Fire. The power in the title of this book means magic a kind of spiritual dream magic that Archie Fire Lame Deer reveals in eloquent words. Although GIFT OF POWER is rooted far back in time it is as modern as radar and spaceships as universal as faith and friendships.
INITIATION Boys Are Born, Men Are Trained
My Journey with an Apache Medicine Man Jeffrey Prather
To the outside white world the Apache were the tigers of the Southwest. Yet Prather learns that paradoxically the most sacred ceremony of these stoic warriors is the coming of age of each little girl. The ferocious physical prowess of these ultimate warriors emerges from their innate spirituality—and sense of humour.
Training with the descendants of Cochise and Geronimo, Prather discovers that, though boys and girls are born, men and women must be trained in the rigours of adulthood. He learns that we are defined by our duties to others. Further, we are all connected by an invisible realm of luminous energy and, if we access these etheric meridians, we can direct divine power through us to protect, heal and connect to all our relations—to literally change our lives and save the world, one life at a time.
IROQUOIS SUPERNATURAL Talking Animals and Medicine People Michael Bastine and Mason Winfield
With a rich history reaching back more than one thousand years, the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy - the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga, the Cayuga, the Seneca and the Tuscarora - are considered to be the most avid storytellers on earth with a collection of tales so vast it would dwarf those of any other society. This mystical culture's supernatural tradition and treasury of tales and beliefs is largely unknown and their most powerful sacred sites unrecognised.
Assembling the lore and beliefs of this guarded spiritual legacy, Michael Bastine and Mason Winfield share the stories they have collected of both historic and contemporary encounters with beings and places of Iroquois legend: shapeshifting witches, strange forest creatures, ethereal lights, vampire zombies, cursed areas, dark magicians, talking animals, enchanted masks and haunted hills, roads and battlefields as well as accounts of miraculous healings by medicine people such as Mad Bear and Ted Williams.
• Recounts stories of shapeshifting witches, giant flying heads, enchanted masks, ethereal lights, talking animals, Little People, spirit-choirs, potent curses and haunted hills, roads and battlefields
• Includes accounts of miraculous healings by shamans and medicine people such as Mad Bear and Ted Williams
• Shows how these traditions can help one see the richness of the world and help those who have lost the chants of their own ancestors
JOURNEY TO THE SACRED MOUNTAINS Awakening Soul in Nature Flynn Johnson
This book explores in depth the wisdom and fierce beauty of an ancient Sioux story, which teaches the value of setting out on a quest in the natural world in order to discover who and what one truly is. What unfolds, in a dramatic and inspiring way, is a vision of the elements intrinsic to the pathless path toward freeing oneself from constraining beliefs and conditioning in order to awaken to the wonder and mystery of pure presence before the soul of the world.
The book is a weaving together of three wisdom traditions – Native American spirituality, Depth Psychology and Buddhism – into a profound understanding of the human soul's journey toward an ecstatic awakening in the heart of nature. The book is different from other books in the same category in that it intentionally draws upon a virtually untapped stream of indigenous voices and their insights into the ways in which western civilisation has fallen out of balance and ways to bring it back into balance.
Orion dominates the winter sky, flanked by Taurus the Bull on one side and Canis the Great Dog on the other-three key constellations for the Hopi and prehistoric Pueblo People of the American Southwest. When these stars appear in the entryway of the kiva roof, they synchronize the sacred rituals being performed below. Here we see how a complex ceremonial cycle mirrors the turning of the heavens. Join Arizona author and independent investigator Gary A. David as he explores the native "legacy of prophecy” related to Earth changes and 2012. Stargates, UFOs, Indian Mothman, natural psychedelics, cannibal giants, psychic archaeology, earth chakra lines, and the Hopi-Egyptian connection-this book is packed with fascinating and little-known facts about one of the most mysterious and secretive tribes on the North American continent. You will come away with a deep appreciation of the way the Ancient Ones viewed the world above.
This book and beautifully illustrated deck draw on the ancient Lakota ritual of healing and purification known as the sacred Inipi, or sweat lodge ceremony, which has existed in the Lakota culture for thousands of years. The cards and accompanying book comprise a self-contained and highly original system that will help you harness creative energies to deal with issues that are of concern in your life. Used for self-discovery rather than divination, the cards gently guide you toward inner growth and self-knowledge in the time-honored tradition of the Lakota people. Fifty cards, illustrated in vibrant colour, access the powerful symbols and teachings of the Inipi, capturing the spirit of this ancient ceremony. In a variety of spreads the authors show you how the cards can provide you with an expanded vision of your being and purpose, offering an intimate sense of walking in balance between the conscious world and the world of spirit.