The Wind Is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman

The Wind Is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman

by Bear Heart
The Wind Is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman

The Wind Is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman

by Bear Heart


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With eloquent simplicity, Native American medicine man Bear Heart demonstrates how traditional tribal wisdom can help us maintain spiritual and physical health in today's world.

“As a child I was taught, ‘Chebon, the way to attain the beauty in life is through harmony. Be in harmony with all things, but most important, be in harmony with yourself first. A lot will go on in your life, some good, some bad—people may argue and some will try to take control of your life—but that one word, harmony, will neutralize any problems and help your life to become beautiful.’”—from The Wind is My Mother

“A compelling and important work…Bear Heart is a gifted storyteller—readers of all backgrounds will be inspired by his lessons of how to apply traditional Native American wisdom to maintain balance in today’s world…Bear Heart’s is a truthful, honest voice which has let us into his world, and our world is better for it.”Body, Mind, Spirit

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425161609
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 121,715
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marcellus “Bear Heart” Williams [1918-2008], born in Okemah, Oklahoma, was a full-blood spiritual leader of the Muskogee-Creek Nation trained in the traditional ways of his tribe. Highly regarded as a healer and counselor, he was also a respected leader of the Native American Church, Sun Danced with both the Northern and Southern Cheyenne people, and was an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church. He was asked to be one of the spiritual counselors for the fireman and their families after the Oklahoma City tragedy and put down prayers with the Fire Department at Ground Zero in November, 2001. Bear Heart helped thousands of people over the course of his life and his book, “The Wind Is My Mother,” continues his life work of sharing wisdom and inspiration. For more information, visit

Molly Larkin is a writer whose in-depth tutelage and spiritual practice under Native American elders have given her unique access to Native American perspectives and teachings. Molly lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Molly Larkin

Book I: Initiation
1. To Walk in Beauty
2. A Well-rounded Education
3. You Don't Ask to Be a Medicine Man
4. Wrapped Around a Tree

Book II: The Cure Lies Within You
5. Whose Power Is It?
6. Doctoring
7. Another Kind of Healing
8. Walking in Balance
9. Coping with Suffering

Book III: Learning How to Live
10. The Power of Love
11. Talking with the Earth
12. A Different Kind of Church
13. The Peyote Way
14. The Sacred Pipe
15. Becoming a Vessel - The Vision Quest
16. We All Have Something to Offer


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