From a childhood spent in the forest of the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, Sun Bear went on to become one of the most groundbreaking and inspiring spiritual teachers of the late 20th century. Far ahead of his time, he founded an inter-racial medicine society of teachers dedicated to sharing with others those lessons of earth harmony which they had learned through their own experience. His vision of the medicine wheel became a worldwide phenomenon that inspired many people to learn more about the earth and all their relations upon her. Almost two decades after his death, Sun Bear's lessons are even more necessary today than ever. —MarliseWabunWind.com
Creating Sacred Space for Healing, Celebration, and Tranquillity
Author: E. Barrie Kavasch
Category: Health & Fitness
The American Indian medicine wheel was an ancient way of creating sacred space and calling forth the healing energies of nature. Now, drawing on a lifetime of study with native healers, herbalist and ethnobotanist E. Barrie Kavasch offers a step-by-step guide to bringing this beautiful tradition into your own life--from vibrantly colorful outdoor circle designs to miniature dish, windowsill, or home altar adaptations. Inside you’ll find: • Planting guides for medicine wheel gardens in every zone, from desert Southwest to northern woodlands • A beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of 50 key healing herbs, including propagation needs, traditional and modern uses, and cautions • Easy-to-follow herbal recipes, from teas and tonics to skin creams and soaps--plus delicious healing foods • Ideas for herbal crafts and ceremonial objects, including smudge sticks, wind horses, prayer ties, and spirit shields • Seasonal rituals, offerings, and meditations to bless and empower your garden and your friends, and much more Practical, beautiful, and inspiring, The Medicine Wheel Garden leads us on a powerful journey to rediscovering the sacred in everyday life as we cultivate our gardens . . . and our souls.
How to Interpret Your Dreams Using the Medicine Wheel
Author: Sun Bear
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
An explanation of the dream-interpretation principles of the Native American medicine wheel. The authors of The Medicine Wheel explore different views of dreamtime, both historic and contemporary, to provide an explanation of the dream-interpretation principles of the Native American medicine wheel—and a new framework for working with dreams.
A powerful story of one man's redemption through the Lakota Sun Dance ceremony. • Written by the only white man to be confirmed as a Sundance Chief by traditional Lakota elders. • Includes forewords by prominent Lakota spiritual leaders Leonard Crow Dog, Charles Chipps, Mary Thunder, and Jamie Sams. The Sun Dance is the largest and most important ceremony in the Lakota spiritual tradition, the one that ensures the life of the people for another year. In 1988 Michael Hull was extended an invitation to join in a Sun Dance by Lakota elder Leonard Crow Dog-- a controversial action because Hull is white. This was the beginning of a spiritual journey that increasingly interwove the life of the author with the people, process, and elements of Lakota spirituality. On this journey on the Red Road, Michael Hull confronted firsthand the transformational power of Lakota spiritual practice and the deep ambivalence many Indians had about opening their ceremonies to a white man. Sun Dancing presents a profound look at the elements of traditional Lakota ceremonial practice and the ways in which ceremony is regarded as life-giving by the Lakota. Through his commitment to following the Red Road, Michael Hull gradually won acceptance in a community that has rejected other attempts by white America to absorb its spiritual practices, leading to the extraordinary step of his confirmation as a Sun Dance Chief by Leonard Crow Dog and other Lakota spiritual leaders.
Toltec culture flourished in Mexico around 800 AD. Its wisdom has been brought to millions by the wildly popular teacher don Miguel Ruiz. Also based on the ancient teachings of the Toltec people, Mastering the Toltec Way helps readers follow in the footsteps of the Toltec into living fully, truthfully, and passionately, day by day. Secret knowledge embraced by the Toltec transcends normal, everyday awareness. Using Mastering the Toltec Way, readers gain access to this ancient knowledge and learn daily how to be happy no matter what their circumstances and how to gain complete freedom to be themselves. Mastering the Toltec Way is structured on the lunar calendar. Each of the 13 chapters concludes with 28 daily entries that illustrate how to apply the Toltec way to today's world. From the book: Beginning on a full or new moon, readers: Start by reading a story that weaves the Toltec philosophy into modern life and lights the way for the exercises to follow.Do visualizations that help them use their imaginations to disengage their minds and re-engage their spirits.Meditate in various ways plus learn to pay attention to their five senses, among other active exercises to put the Toltec way into daily practice. For those who want to experience everyday life more deeply and gain lasting personal freedom, Mastering the Toltec Way guides seekers on a well-traveled, ancient path.