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Earth Quest - The Medicine Way: How to Live the Teachings of the Native American Medicine Wheel - a Shamanic Path to Self-mastery [Paperback]

Kenneth Meadows
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1999 Earth Quest

In the Native American tradition, medicine was recognized as more than just a treatment to cure physical illness – it was understood as a vital energy force. This book of personal development explores the mysteries of the tradition of the Medicine Wheel.

To the North American Indian, medicine meant more than just a substance to restore health and vitality to a sick body. Medicine was energy – a vital force and source of knowledge that was inherent in nature itself.;This book introduces the practical workings of this means of self-development, which aims to help the reader: realize the true wonder of nature and their place within it; find the way consciously to shape their own destiny; and learn how to enjoy the present moment and find fulfilment in life. It also contains information on the origins of important traditional teachings, including insights into symbolism and meaning of the Crystal Skulls.
The preparation; the realization; exercises; adventurer – tasks, rites. Poems by the author.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Element (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862040222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862040229
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the medicine way 16 May 2009
despite the horrendous treatment of the indians of the americas since cortez, today the western world has so lost touch with what it is to be human, the shamans are now not only able but are willing to share their hard fought for knowledge with the western world.

this book, the medicine way, is but one of many that is now made available to help those who seek the truth; that the answers are not out there but here on earth and within the individual. essential reading if the human race is to survive the consequences of the actions of the mindset of the west.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the future 26 April 2013
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What I have read so far is very thought provoking and revealing and taps into that deep 'knowledge' we already have and gives us permission to bring it all to the surface and follow the way for our own and the planet's mutual benefit. I would certainly recommend this to others who are interested in Shamanism. It is well laid out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Head's up! You may fall into a trap 1 Aug 2000
By Christine (Thena) McArthur - Published on Amazon.com
I have reviewed other books by Kenneth Meadows. I really do like them, but I have to warn readers to be careful. This book suffers from the "Shamanism equals Native American" or the "All Shamans are Native Americans" syndrome. Meadows and many Europeans are being trained in Lakota-esque tradtions and learning a great deal from them. WONDERFUL! However, the outcome is that many of these Europeans become authors and begin writing authoritative books on the subject. I ask the reader to be aware of this ... and then, thus armed, to make much of the good exercises and comfortable language of the book.
For a better idea of Shamanism and its world wide impact, take a look at Michael Harner's 'Way of the Shaman' or Sarangrel's 'Riding Windhorses.' The best books I have read about the Lakota people have been by Ed (Eagle Man) McGaa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who are you? The answer is within....... 9 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone interested in being one with the universe, while maintaining their uniqueness, will find this book helpful and inspiring. If the tasks and quests are attempted, I believe you will come away from them with a renewed respect for all inhabitants of the Earth, animate and inanimate, and for the infinite possibilities beyond.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Plastic Shamanism 9 July 2002
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
I do not recommend any of Kenneth Meadow's books. He is what many American Indians would call a "plastic shaman," in other words a fake. He fails to mention that the beliefs he has taken are mainly Lakota beliefs, in other words he practically generalizes all American Indian tribes as if they have all the same beliefs. Which is definitely not the case. One of his sources is Harley "Swiftdeer" Reagan, who claims to be Cherokee. Reagan is not even American Indian, and is not on any of the Cherokee rolls.

I would also recommend to STAY AWAY from authors such as Sun Bear, Mary Summer Rain, Ed McGaa, and Dhyani Ywahoo. And there are many more authors to stay away from when it comes to Amerindian spirituality. If you really care about spiritual theft and authenticity do not buy these authors' books and throw them away if you have them. I recommend doing an online research into "plastic shamans." You'll come up with lists of people of who to stay away from and what to watch out for (for example, a Choctaw "medicine man" does not teach Cherokee, Lakota, or Navajo ways and vice versa).

If you are interested in legitimate Amerindian beliefs I suggest these authors and books:

For Southern (Montana) Piegan (Piikani) Blackfoot beliefs I'd highly recommend the book 'Ni Kso Ko Wa: Blackfoot Spirituality, Traditions, Values and Beliefs' by Harold E. Gray Long Standing Bear. He is a known and respected Blackfoot activist and scholar.

For Blood (Kainai) Blackfoot beliefs, I recommend the book 'The Sacred Tree' by Judie Bopp, Michael Bopp, Phil Lane, and Lee Brown. It was developed by the Four Worlds Development Project, an inter-tribal group based in Alberta, Canada. It was guided by the elders of the tribe. It was initially created to help American Indians return to the traditional ways and to stay away from alcohol and drugs, but they eventually decided to release the book to the public at large.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars answered a lot of my questions about life!! 3 Mar 2001
By Kat - Published on Amazon.com
This book is excellent! It DOES come after a companion book, though. I've been a Wiccan for over 10 years, but had never read a book so "dead-on!" It let me realize that the Native American community and their views are-in MY opinion- right up there with what people like Einstein and Prof. Hawking have to offer! Trust me, folks....they know what's up with life, and why we're here!!
4.0 out of 5 stars I am taking a class based on this book! 22 July 2013
By BCalabrese - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is helping me to practice the Mediicine way and to appreciate my Native American heritage. The give-back tradition is healing for me & Mother Earth.
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