ANIMAL WISDOM, THE DEFINITIVE GUIDEBOOK TO THE MYTH, FOLKLORE AND MEDICINE POWER OF ANIMALS
The Archive Book Reviews.” Another one of those books that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves, this is a superb animal totem dictionary. By far one of the best books on the topic of animal magic I’ve read. Palmer’s writing style is excellent . . . overall this is a high-quality piece of work. It’s a superior reference when researching totems, and a definite change of pace from the same old stuff.”
“This helpful guidebook looks at power animals, spirit animals, totems and some of the deeper meanings that particular animals bring to our lives, whether through dreams, unusual meetings or in a Shamanic capacity.
The author explores 70 animals from the Northern Hemisphere in a variety of ways-from physical descriptions and biological characteristics to the varied cultural legends and stories told about each animal; from traditional views of the animal’s “medicine” and power to a more modern take on the gifts each animal presents.
This is yet another very handy reference, especially for those who work on deeper levels with animal guidance.”
“This book is excellent if you want to find out every thing about one certain animal – its characteristics, traits, healing powers and the myths and legends which surround it. Well written. All in all a very interesting read.”
A 30 min documentary following Alistair’s experiences with Ayahuasca, a powerful plant medicine used for thousands of years by the Amazonian shaman.
In October 2004, Alistair, a British TV presenter and till then, tee-total Buddhist, agreed to drink this hallucinogenic tea with 10 other participants under the watchful eye of Argentinian psychotherapist Silvia Polivoy. www.Ayahuasca-Healing.net
The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we out into the ground she returns to us
Old Indian saying:
“Certain things catch your eye,
But pursue only those that capture your heart”
Black Elk, Oglala Sioux:
“The growing and dying of the moon reminds us of our ignorance which comes and goes, but when the moon is full it is as if the Great Spirit were upon the whole world”
This is a beautiful video with beautiful music by Enigma and Enya. The images of the Native American people, for me certainly, stirred something deep inside and made me tingle all over. I felt an infinite feeling of being connected to them as well as a sense of longing and nostalgia to go back in time and be one of them, living as they did, so connected to nature, each other, and mother earth. I especially love the images of the Native Americans and the animals together, showing us how connected we truly are to animals.
Join Bruce Parry as he takes part in an extraordinary initiation ritual with
the Babongo tribe, implementing the use of powerful hallucinogen, Iboga, or
Ibogain, deep in the rainforest of central Africa. Bruce believes the only
way to truly understanding another culture is to live as they do, and to
become, for a short while, one of the tribe. He plans to stay with the
Babongo tribe for a month. 2 days after he arrives there are 2 deaths and he
is allowed to film the funeral taking place and the rituals surrounding it,
giving insights into this way of life. Parry also goes along on hunting
expeditions. He is an amazing human being who has genuine respect,
compassion and love of tribal people and their belief systems.
The entheogen Iboga makes you violently sick, purging your body of
negativity. Then strong hallucinations begin. The Babongo tribe believe
your soul leaves your body and is free to go on a great journey. They are
able to wander amongst the dead, seeing visions that will change them
forever. You are also able to speak with the spirits of animals and plants,
they say Iboga allows you to see yourself as you really are, from the INSIDE
OUT, similar to Ayahuasca. You discover who you really are. Days later you
emerge cleansed, reborn. This rebirth is not without risk as people have
died doing this, their hearts failing as the drug pumps through their body.
Ibogain is no pleasure drug and once you have taken it once, will want a
very long break from it to integrate all you have learned on this spiritual
This video tells the TRUE HISTORY of how Navajos were forced to leave their home land and take ‘The Long Walk’, to Hweeldi (Land of Suffering). Many died along the way, women and children were forced into slavery and women were raped. The Navajos had EVERYTHING taken from them. In the end however, they were given back their homeland and once again flourished. Today, the Navajo Nation is the largest Native American Tribe in the USA.
Dr. Tom Pinkson starts this performance honouring the memory and teachings of his teacher, Huichol shaman Grandmother Guadelupe de La Cruz. He then recounts a story she told 15 years ago that may be a Huichol premonition-prediction about global warming, she said “you gringos from the North have forgotten how to live with respect for Mother Earth, you’ve forgotten how to live with respect for the spirits of Nature and the Great Spirit, so it’s creating disharmony and violence in the world. If you don’t wake up and remember how to live from your heart and in harmony with all of nature, the Huichol people believe that Father Sun is coming closer to mother earth and can come so close that the sun will burn her up…” Considering all the talk these days about global warming, perhaps we should pay heed to this potentially prophetic story.
An Inuit shaman talks about how he came to be born and all the taboos that his mother had to follow. He talks about his first hunting experiences and way of life. He tells of how he became a shaman, and talks about the spirits who guide him. A woman Avva, and a shark. When he lost a son and was sad, the spirits left him until he felt joy return to his life.
Also he talks about the Inuit belief system, how it shapes and effects their lives, and how all their ‘customs come from life and turn toward life”. Their greatest danger is that the animal they kill for food and clothes have souls like them. They have to satisfy them so they wont take revenge for them using their bodies.