The healing wisdom of Africa

finding life purpose through nature, ritual, and community

Author: Malidoma Patrice Somé

Publisher: J P Tarcher

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

View: 8642

The author relates the spiritual traditions and wisdom of his people, a West African tribe known for its healing powers, and shows readers how to use them to discover their own purpose and connect with their communities. Reprint.

The Healing Wisdom of Africa

Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Author: Malidoma Patrice Somé

Publisher: Tarcher

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 321

View: 8166

The author relates the spiritual traditions and wisdom of his people, a West African tribe known for its healing powers, and shows readers how to use them to discover their own purpose and connect with their communities. 17,500 first printing. Tour.

The Healing Wisdom of Africa

Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Author: Malidoma Patrice Somé

Publisher: HarperThorsons

ISBN: 9780722539187

Category: Dagaaba (African people)

Page: 336

View: 5075

Through The Healing Wisdom of Africa, readers can come to understand that the life of indigenous and traditional people is a paradigm for an intimate relationship with the natural world that both surrounds us and is within us. The book is the most complete study of the role ritual plays in the lives of African people--and the role it can play for seekers in the West.

Ritual

Power, Healing and Community

Author: Malidoma Patrice Some

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101177204

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 112

View: 9513

?The stories within these books have the poignancy of new discoveries as well as the unworn imagination of the ancestors. The commentary has the sharp edge of modern thought and the intricacy which results from the intellect being woven through the ritual complexities of tribal life. The purpose of constructing thresholds that bring this world together is to find the powers that can heal the rends in tribal as well as modern communities.? --Michael Meade, from the IntroductionVersed in the languages of psychology, comparative literature, as well as ancient mythology, healing, and divination, Malidoma Patrice Some bridges paths between the ancient tribal world of the West African Dagara culture and modern Western society. Ritual is written with wild imagination, careful critical reflection, and intuitive insights that will force the reader to encounter the world anew.

Of Water and the Spirit

Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman

Author: Malidoma Patrice Somé

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780140194968

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 311

View: 3586

"A vision that encompasses two worlds and weaves the lessons of both into a fine tapestry."?Clarissa Pinkola Éstes.

Africa in My Bones

A Surgeon's Odyssey Into the Spirit World of African Healing

Author: David Cumes

Publisher: New Africa Books

ISBN: 9780864865564

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 703

On a visit to South Africa in 1981, Dave spent a month with the Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert. During this visit, he felt that he had finally returned to his roots and he started formulating his theory around the use of wilderness for spiritual practice. On later trips to Peru he came into contact with shamans and these meetings made him realize that the shamans had a deep knowledge of healing, that he, in spite of his medical training, was not privy to. On subsequent trips to Zimbabwe and South Africa Dave consulted various sangomas, and through the bone readings of the sangomas it was eventually revealed to him that he had been ignoring his destiny and needed to be trained or undergo thwasa. After finding an elderly Zulu mentor, Dave began his training at the beginning of 2000. During the months in training he had to undergo cleansing practices, practice bone readings, collect his own bones, connect with his ancestors and learn how to channel through the ancestors. After months of rigorous training in very basic circumstances, he returned to California as a qualified sangoma. Here he built in his garden a hut or ndumba in honor of the ancestors. He does bone readings for patients, but he remains an allopathic physician. Through dreams and bone readings it was revealed to him that he should not give up his Western practice, and that by remaining in the Western system, he believes that he is giving more credibility to the indigenous one. This is a thought provoking book written by someone who walks along two roads, who is on the one hand a surgeon of note and on the other a sangoma. The book explores the interconnectedness of life, balancing modern and indigenous, people and nature, physical and spiritual. David Cumes provide a marvelous guide in exploring the potent methods of healing, outside the so-called modern medical setting.

Welcoming Spirit Home

Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community

Author: Sobonfu Somé

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781577310099

Category: History

Page: 141

View: 2063

Using voices from ancient Africa, the author celebrates children and their place in community, arguing that ritual and spirit can enliven daily living.

The Spirit of Intimacy

Ancient Teachings In The Ways Of Relationships

Author: Sobonfu Some

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688175791

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 160

View: 965

A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Somi is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Somi was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people. Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and methods of living that have been in place for more than ten thousand years. In The Spirit of Intimacy, Somi distills the ancient teachings and wisdom of her native village to give insight into the nature of intimate relationships. Somi generously applies the subtle knowledge from her West African culture to this one. Simply and beautifully, she reveals the role of spirit in every marriage, friendship, relationship, and community. She shares ancient ways to make our intimate lives more fulfilling and secure and offers powerful insights into the "illusion of romance," divorce, and loss. Her important and fascinating lessons from the heart include the sacred meaning of pleasure, preparing a ritual space for intimacy, and the connection between sex and spirituality. Her ideas are intuitively persuasive, provocative, and healing--and supported by sound practical advice, along with specific rituals and ceremonies based on those used for thousands of years. With this book, the spiritual insights of indigenous Africa take their place alongside those of native America, ancient Europe, and Asia as important influences on Western readers.A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Somi is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Somi was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people. Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and methods of living that have been in place for more than ten thousand years. In The Spirit of Intimacy, Somi distills the ancient teachings and wisdom of her native village to give insight into the nature of intimate relationships. A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Somi is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Somi was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people. Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and methods of living that have been in place for more than ten thousand years. In The Spirit of Intimacy, Somi distills the ancient teachings and wisdom of her native village to give insight into the nature of intimate relationships. Somi generously applies the subtle knowledge from her West African culture to this one. Simply and beautifully, she reveals the role of spirit in every marriage, friendship, relationship, and community. She shares ancient ways to make our intimate lives more fulfilling and secure and offers powerful insights into the "illusion of romance," divorce, and loss. Her important and fascinating lessons from the heart include the sacred meaning of pleasure, preparing a ritual space for intimacy, and the connection between sex and spirituality. Her ideas are intuitively persuasive, provocative, and healing--and supported by sound practical advice, along with specific rituals and ceremonies based on those used for thousands of years. With this book, the spiritual insights of indigenous Africa take their place alongside those of native America, ancient Europe, and Asia as important influences on Western readers.

Shamanism

Author: Piers Vitebsky

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806133287

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

View: 7947

From the snowscapes of Siberia to the jungles of the Amazon, this book explores the role of the shaman as a healer mediating between the world of the living and the world of the spirits. 250 illustrations, many in color. 25 maps.

Re-Visioning Psychology

Author: James Hillman

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060905638

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

View: 8508

This groundbreaking classic explores the necessity of connections between our life and soul and developing the main lines of the soul-making process.

Opening to Spirit

Contacting the Healing Power of the Chakras & Honouring African Spirituality

Author: Caroline Shola Arewa

Publisher: Thorsons Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 308

View: 3214

A practical guide to chakras explores their importance to the ancient Africans and Egyptians, reveals the ancient mysteries of the Aura and Chakra system, and illustrates their commmon roots with India's yogic traditions

Earth mother astrology

ancient healing wisdom

Author: Marcia Starck

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

View: 5297

The Wild Edge of Sorrow

Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief

Author: Francis Weller

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583949763

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

View: 4677

"Offers a new vision for grief as a communal ritual to be embraced for healing."

Awake in the Wild

Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery

Author: Mark Coleman

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577317142

Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 9890

“Nature deficit disorder” has become an increasingly challenging problem in our hypermodern world. In Awake in the Wild, Mark Coleman shows seekers how to remedy this widespread malady by reconnecting with nature through Buddhism. Each short (two to three pages) chapter includes a concrete nature meditation relating to such topics as Attuning to the Natural World, Reflecting the Rhythms of Nature, Walking with Compassion, Releasing the Inner Noise, Freeing the Animal Within, Coming into the Peace of Wild Things, Weathering the Storms of Life, and more. Incorporating anecdotes from the author’s many nature retreats, Buddhist wisdom and teachings, important nature writings by others, and nature itself, the book invites readers to participate in, not just observe, nature; develop a loving connection with the earth as a form of environmental activism; decrease urban alienation through experiencing nature; embody nature’s peaceful presence; and connect with ancient spiritual wisdom through nature meditations.

A Circle of Men

The Original Manual for Men's Support Groups

Author: Bill Kauth

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312072476

Category: Self-Help

Page: 139

View: 8578

Robert Bly's foremost advice to his gatherings of men is to go home and form their own groups. This book, 15 years in the making and written by one of the prominent forces in the men's movement, is the original handbook for forming and guiding these small circles.

Leopard Warrior

A Journey into the African Teachings of Ancestry, Instinct, and Dreams

Author: John Lockley

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1622039041

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

View: 6443

A Teaching Memoir That Crosses the Barriers Between Worlds A shaman is one who has learned to move between two worlds: our physical reality and the realm of spirits. For John Lockley, shamanic training also meant learning to cross the immense divide of race and culture in South Africa. As a medic drafted into the South African military in 1990, John Lockley had a powerful dream. “Even though I am a white man of Irish and English descent, I knew in my bones that I had received my calling to become a sangoma, a traditional South African shaman,” John writes. “I felt blessed by the ancient spirit of Africa, and I knew that I had started on a journey filled with magic and danger.” His path took him from the hills of South Korea, where he trained as a student under Zen Master Su Bong, to the rural African landscape of the Eastern Cape and the world of the sangoma mystic healers, where he found his teacher in the medicine woman called MaMngwevu. In Leopard Warrior, John shares a gripping account of his experiences and the wisdom he learned over years of training. Here he invites you to discover: • Powerful insights into the spiritual tradition of the Xhosa lineage of South Africa—the tribe of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu • Ubuntu—a core concept for recognizing and embracing our deep interconnection with all living things • Ancestor medicine—how we can learn to honor the blood in our veins, the heritage of our soul, and our shared humanity • Recovering our forgotten knowledge about the wisdom of our dreams, the spirits of plants and animals, and the power of the unseen world In traditional African healing circles, the leopard represents intuition, instinct, and harmony with nature and the spirit world. As John Lockley writes, “A leopard warrior is a spiritual soldier who mirrors the natural world and directs their gaze inward to answer the call of their spirit.” With Leopard Warrior, he brings us an inspiring call to action—showing how we can bridge the barriers that divide us, embrace the gifts of our ancestors, and reclaim our rightful place as compassionate caretakers of our world.

Black Elk Speaks

Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, the Premier Edition

Author: John G. Neihardt

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438425406

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 334

View: 3562

The famous story of the Lakota healer and visionary, Nicholas Black Elk.

My Body, My Earth

The Practice of Somatic Archaeology

Author: Ruby Gibson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595488234

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 252

View: 7740

Within each body is an archaeological site that holds the details and wisdom of our extraordinary life story, composed of generational, spiritual, and personal experiences. Historical amnesia locks these stories in the body, manifesting as pain, disease, addictions, emotional patterns, and repetitive circumstances. Somatically excavating your personal legend unearths memories of the past that can be reconciled and healed in order to create a new myth-for your body and for your Earth."My Body, My Earth provides a detailed and eloquent rationale and description for how this remarkable technique works, both as a therapeutic model and a self-help manual. It is a major contribution to the burgeoning literature in the field of somatic psychology."-Robert Scaer, M.D., author, The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease, and The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency"A remarkable incursion into one of the deepest of all mysteries: the hidden memories that are locked into the fibers of our bodies. This book is an impressive and extremely helpful guide to reuniting the conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind."-Richard Smoley, author of Conscious Love and Inner Christianity

Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling and Psychotherapy

Author: Roy Moodley,William West

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506319599

Category: Psychology

Page: 376

View: 3452

Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling and Psychotherapy critically examines ethnic minority cultural and traditional healing in relation to counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Roy Moodley and William West highlight the challenges and changes in the field of multicultural counseling and psychotherapy by integrating current issues of traditional healing with contemporary practice. The book uniquely presents a range of accounts of the dilemmas and issues facing students, professional counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, researchers, and others who use multicultural counseling or transcultural psychotherapy as part of their professional practice.

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Author: Chogyam Trungpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821200

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 8077

There is a basic human wisdom that can help solve the world’s problems. It doesn’t belong to any one culture or region or religious tradition—though it can be found in many of them throughout history. It’s what Chögyam Trungpa called the sacred path of the warrior. The sacred warrior conquers the world not through violence or aggression, but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The warrior discovers the basic goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others. That’s what the Shambhala teachings are all about, and this is the book that has been presenting them to a wide and appreciative audience for more than twenty years.