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Medicine of the Cherokee: The Way of Right Relationship
Discover the holistic experience of human life from the elder teachers of Cherokee Medicine. With stories of the Four Directions and the Universal Circle, these once-secret teachings offer us wisdom on circle gatherings, natural herbs and healing, and ways to reduce stress in our daily lives.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Bear & Company
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Medicine of the Cherokee: The Way of Right Relationship by J.T. Garrett and Michael Garrett is a two part book. The first part by J.T. Garrett is entitled, “The Indian Medicine Story: A Cherokee Perspective” and has seven chapters which cover the Four Directions, the natural medicine path, the physical medicine path, the mental medicine path, the spiritual medicine path, and also tells us about our place in the Universal Circle. In the first part of this book we are given much wisdom from the ...more
Exceptional read. A must read for anyone wanting to learn how to simplify and live a respectful, balanced life. The Way of the Circle (clearly outlined in chapter 6) is the manual for life. My fav is "always remember that a smile is something sacred, to be shared".
Interesting window into the Good Medicine path of the Cherokee, an Indian people of the eastern United States. Recommended to anyone interested in herbalism, Native American peoples, spirituality, or simply a more open-minded view of how to live peacefully on Mother Earth.
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“In Indian Medicine, energy is a continuum that does not change. We as energy beings have our own special vibration, and we connect with other energy by a process of phasing our energy into our center or spirit self, then emerging or opening our hands to receive the energy of the Universal Circle. Instead of seeing energy as just being work, the elder teachers consider it associated with each of the Four Directions as physical, mental, spiritual, and natural. It can be directed, interfered with, and taught.”
“A small boy searches for a way to explain life with all its complexities. His Cherokee grandfather smiles and explains life in all its simplicities. Many years later, another small boy talks about the simple things of life, while his father describes how complex life is today. Inside, the father feels the not-so-distant words of his grandfather speaking softly: You are not just alive, you are part of all life itself. You are kin to all things, and everything has life . . . and memory. Things have a way of coming full circle—as a way of completing the Circle, and creating opportunities for life, love, growth, feeling, and learning.”More quotes…