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The Wind Is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman Paperback – February 1, 1998
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“This fascinating book is a rare combination of universal truths and practical applications. It is an excellent manual for living a healthy life in a complex world.”—John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
“Bear Heart, a full-blooded Muskogee Creek Indian and one of the last ‘trained’ medicine men, shares this knowledge, combining it with his more formal, graduate [studies] in psychology to build a bridge between Native American and modern spirituality.”—Publishers Weekly
“At once mystical and utterly practical, Bear Heart’s message is not a call to conversion, but the testimony of a life so fully lived that it can heal others. To read it is to be inspired to live one’s own life with more attention, harmony and hope.”—Lorene Cary, author of If Sons, Then Heirs: A Novel
“Bear Heart, a Muskogee Creek Indian medicine man, tells his story, including his insights about receiving the power of the Great Spirit through fasting, chanting, and vision quests.”—St. Petersburg Times
“Inspiring...Bear Heart weaves together anecdotes and philosophy demonstrating that traditional Native American wisdom can be applied in today’s world to live a peaceful, balanced life. A charismatic storyteller, Bear Heart’s autobiography is rich not only with the amazing accomplishments and wisdom of his life as a medicine man but also with the ages-old legends of his people.”—Evolving Woman
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"This fascinating book is a rare combination of universal truths and practical applications. It is an excellent manual for living a healthy life in a complex world." John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
"A fantastic book; you won't want to miss it . . . an eye-opening piece of history." Mark Steiner, WJHU Radio, Baltimore, Maryland
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (February 1, 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425161609
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425161609
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bear Heart's retelling of Native American history, traditions, and beliefs left me wishing everyone would read this and take it to heart. The respect that was given to old ones and young ones, nature, animals and plants, is something we all would be wise to follow. And the lessons and experiences he shared were remarkable.
I thank Bear Heart in spirit for sharing these great teachings. Clearly he was a gifted man and story teller. And I thank Molly Larkin for compiling these memories into a warm, compelling story of a great being. The lessons filled every page, leaving me with gratitude and hope.
I was touched by the epilogue and how Molly said, he continues to walk, or walks again, and I agree. Bear continues to walk in all of us that read, listen and understand his teachings. Thank you Molly and Bear Heart. Love this book!
then i read the wind is my mother, by bear heart. to say that the book changed my life would be an overstatement, but it was so kind in its message. he was an extremely disciplined individual and what was so cool about it was that he didn't psychoanalyze a bunch of reasons why he did what he did. it's almost as simple as the tao of pooh. it definitely helped me to remove my emotions from every single decision i made, helped me to be kinder to myself in regards to my self-discipline, and most of all, helped me to forgive myself for the way i had been living, because to forgive means to move on, and i was ready to move on, but for some reason, i was always feeling guilty about one thing or another, thus preventing me from moving on.
when i began reading this book, i hadn't dreamed in months, or rather, hadn't remembered my dreams. then after i read on the first night, i dreamed i was running around the UNC track, which is blue in real life, and i was running and the track turned into a big ocean and there were live shrimp in there with me and we were all just swimming around. to say that it is cool to me that i remember a dream from 13 years ago is pretty bada$$. :)
the message of this book is kindness. maybe i should say messages. kindness, honesty, and compassion. and in my opinion, if i am able to create these messages from within, towards myself, i'll be a lot easier on those around me. it's sort of a circle. a friend once told me, "you gotta give to get." and i really think that is true, but i learned through this book, that i need to start with myself. i need to give myself the compassion and honesty and then i can be true to life around me.
also, from a non-self help standpoint, i loved the stories of bear heart's youth, and his stories of learning to be a medicine man. his manner of storytelling via text is very similar to a speech, and there are lots of playful, non-formal moments in the book that i cherish. i hope you'll consider reading this. i re-purchased it again just recently for my iPad and even though i remembered almost all of it, it was a joy to read over and over again. <3
Many lessons of life are conveyed in these writings that would be great tools for rearing children.
The book has a slightly slow beginning, but continue reading. I read a little in between a busy schedule, looking
forward to a moment of calm, of reflection, and insight.
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I had no expectations about it - I was being curious about Bear Heart's life and certainly got nicely surprised when found a lot of practical advice. It is all really humbling and a joy to read.
I don't view as a self-help book, though. I can relate to most parts but not to all. However, I still respect his experiences, even if they might be unusual. I am not sure why people would be buying this is they are not okay with mysticism. After all, he was a shaman and some of what he shares has no logical explanation. He perpetrated the traditional wisdom and rituals of his people as taught by whose that came before him.
I had many "Aha" moments while reading and I am actually re-reading it now - I want to make sure I remember some of the words to reflect upon.
Again, if someone is not familiar with Native American belief system, I would suggest to read about it first - so they know what to expect with this book.
This is a must read for anyone interested in Shamanism, Native American teachings, tribal culture etc.