These spiritual lessons are based on Native American shamanism but fit a wide range of interests from yoga and alternative medicine to Bible study and nature hiking. Hands-on exercises, step-by-step instructions for ceremonies, and sketches by the author's wife explain how to clear spaces of unwanted energy, create simple ceremonies, connect with spirit guides and angels, and interpret symbols. An extended discussion tells how to make a medicine wheel that resembles a labyrinth and use it as an engine for distance healing. Additional ceremonies for daily living, healing the earth, and soul retrieval are also described, and the spiritual quest itself is shown to follow the process of choosing a sacred place in nature, finding a sacred place within oneself, and connecting to the inner and outer worlds. Readers are encouraged to keep a notebook about their spiritual growth and refer to the key words and suggestions for internet research that are included.
Jim PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi, in Cherokee) serves as his community's medicine man, sponsors workshops for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, teaches Karuna Reiki classes, and lectures on shamanism, energy medicine, and Native American spirituality. He is an elder of the Manataka Indian Council of Hot Springs, Arkansas, as well as an enrolled member of the Southern Cherokee Tribe and Associated Bands in Texas and the Bear Clan Medicine Society of Russellville, Arkansas. He has written for About.com, Awareness, PlanetLightworker, Smash!, Spirit of Ma'at, and Voice of the New Earth. He lives in Lena, Mississippi.