Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies

Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies

by Bobby Lake-Thom


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452276505
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1997
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 137,976
Product dimensions: 7.29(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bobby Lake-Thom, known as Medicine Grizzly Bear, is a traditional Native healer and spiritual teacher of Karuk and Seneca descent (affiliated with the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation in California). He has been schooled in both Western and Native american traditions and has taught and lectured extensively aross the United States for more than three decades. He is the author of two previous books on Native American culture and spirituality, Native Healer and Chilula: People from the Ancient Redwoods, and his articles have appeared in The Indian Historian, The Journal for Ethnic Studies, Quest magazine, Shaman's Drum, and other publications. He lives near Mt. Shasta in Yreka, California.

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Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book changed the way i live and think it should be read by all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library and I liked it so much I am going to buy my own copy. The book talks about the relations of nature and man. It explains the the native stories very well. Native american stories are a way to keep the history alive. For those people who believed native americans were savages because of their worshiping methods will understand what they were worshiping. They believed in a higher power, what some of us have labled god. The stories are completedly interesting. My warning is that you won't be able to put it down. The stories are about animals and so interesting that i am reading them to my children who are ages of 3 and 6. If you dont think much about nature this book will help you relate to it's importance. If you have children think of how the beggining was, the only shelter we depended on was nature. This book will get you started on thinking. I am hoping this book will have a sequal.
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a modern perspective, but still very mystical. The various stories -- even one about how the stories were started by the big rock -- are interesting, as are the meaning of the various animal signs. Taken to the extent suggested eliminates self-determinism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very deep and spiritual connections with nature.
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Oh, wow! -Jaysoar
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