In spirituality, there is a theory that a Great Spirit hovers around us. It sees what we are doing. It guides us and protects us. It also creates opportunities for us to meet the “right” people and participate in the “right” events so that we grow spiritually. Is this theory true? I don’t know. I’m an ordinary human being without any spiritual power. However, by looking at the events that happened in my present incarnation for the past 70 years, I believe that there were many occasions in which the Great Spirit was active in my life. In this book, in nine chapters, I share the people and events which I believe the Great Spirit has used to shape my life and moved me in directions that I had never dreamt of. The chapters are: (1) On my parents, (2) On my studies, (3) On my working life as an engineer and on my wife, (4) On my working life as an academic, (5) On my sporting achievements, (6) On my working life as an editor and a consultant, (7) On my working life as an author and a speaker, (8) On my life mission and other life stories, and (9) On the Great Spirit. After living this life for seven decades and believing that it has been shaped by the Great Spirit, I like to say that it’s been a truly blessed life – a life that is filled with meaning and fulfillment! I hope this sharing enables you to be more aware of the Great Spirit in your life and you too will see your life as blessed, meaningful, and fulfilling. May the Great Spirit be with you!
A traditional Native American healer from the Karuk tribe shares his personal story of reconnection to the Great Spirit in contemporary America. • By Bobby Lake-Thom, author of the bestseller Native Healer. • Provides Native American shamanic perspective on disease and healing. • Explores indigenous social identity in a spiritual and political context. • Reveals authentic indigenous traditions and ceremonies from numerous tribes. This redemption story of Native American healer Bobby Lake-Thom invites the reader to enter a world of authentic indigenous traditions and ceremonies. Bobby, also known as Medicine Grizzly Bear, didn't recognize his shamanic calling at first. He didn't know that his vivid dreams, psychic abilities, and visitations by wild animals and ghostly figures were calls from the Great Spirit. In the age-old shamanic tradition, it took a near-death experience for the message to get through to him. Though still a young man, he was wracked with debilitating arthritis. Unable to handle the physical and psychic pain, he set out into the wilderness determined to kill himself with an overdose of drugs and alcohol. But before downing the substances, he approximated a Native American ceremony as best he could, sending a heartfelt prayer for assistance to the Great Spirit. He woke up--alive--the next morning and received a message from Eagle, telling him to seek help from Wahsek, a medicine man in the northern mountains. And so Bobby's apprenticeship began. Forbidden to reveal Wahsek's secrets until 10 years after his death, Bobby is now free to share this fascinating story with the world.
Bricks and Roses approaches the differences between men and women in their nature from a unique viewpoint. Men are and should be similar to bricks in their strength, solidarity and ability to protect themselves and their family. Women are the multifaceted beauty of humanity. Because they are the wellspring of life they require protection, understanding, appreciation and love. These factors create for her the environment she needs to enable her to produce offspring. Understanding and adopting positive characteristics and behaviors makes life enjoyable and fulfilling. Bricks and Roses is an analogy about male and female nature and characteristics. Dysfunction in both men and woman with respect to relationships between them is evident in most marriages. Children are the innocent victims of the parents negative traits. You can have a better, happier and more enjoyable life when you understand how and why you should be like a brick and a rose.
Horses were an important part of the Plains Indians' nomadic existence and inspired many Native American myths. The greatest of these was Sunka Wakan, the blue-eyed spotted stallion that possessed great powers. Linda Little Wolf presents the legend of Sunka Wakan, the Great Spirit Horse, as an exciting tale of life on the Great Plains.
A true story Transcending into womanhood in Phuket, Thailand Everyone sees what you appear to be... Few people experience what you really are... Because of the way we look... And because of the way society sees us...
Author Jan Engels-Smith sees people as brilliant, magnificent, radiant beings. Becoming Yourself is finding the divine self, the work of art that the universe embedded in your soul. Becoming Yourself is the process of chipping away that which is not yourself and discovering the self that has always existed. Becoming you - the true you - is a path to healing and enlightenment. Engels-Smith draws on her extensive experience with the ancient wisdom of Native American culture, shamanism, mysticism and psychology to close the gap between traditional psychological sciences and a new era of spiritual awakening. Engels-Smith weaves spiritual lessons through personal accounts and offers proven healing methods and exercises based on decades of experience. Her supportive and welcoming manner creates a powerful, practical and comprehensive guide that enlightens and motivates readers in their spiritual quest for self.
At some point in our lives, most of us have been affected by caring adults whose advice, guidance, and example made a difference. In The Person Who Changed My Life, individuals who have distinguished themselves in their fields write about the men and women who served as their mentors. Among the contributors in this updated and expanded edition of Matilda Raffa Cuomo's first book are Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joe Torre, Rosie O'Donnell, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Nora Ephron, General Colin Powell, and many others. The contributors evoke the people who had a lasting influence on their personal and professional lives and, in the process, show how profoundly a mentor can impact the life of a young, or not so young, person. The book includes a resource section for readers who are inspired to get involved and become mentors or help start mentoring organizations in their own communities. These moving stories by people who have excelled in their professions through hard work, perseverance, and, most important, the helpful assistance of others, demonstrate the long-lasting impact a mentor can have--and emphasize the importance of passing on the gifts our mentors give us.
Stories to inspire. Stories to connect. Extraordinary moments in which women's lives changed forever. Exhilarating, heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring, The Day That Changed My Life is a remarkable collection of stories of Ireland's women and the extraordinary moments which transformed their lives. There are stories of the marvels of motherhood and coming out, leaps of faith and determined entrepreneurship. Stories of crazy highs, such as Oscar nominations and being elected into office. And stories of brave fights against illness and triumphs against all odds. All are united by a strength in adversity, courage and resilience, and an ability to find humour in the darkest places. Our lives change, but some days change our lives forever. 'These women's stories have inspired me beyond measure and I remain in awe of their unwavering honesty. They leave me entirely humbled, while simultaneously stoking a fire in my belly.' CAITLIN McBRIDE Featuring inspirational Stories from: ÁINE KERR, AMY HUBERMAN, ANDREA NOLAN, BREEGE O'DONOGHUE, CAROLINE DOWNEY, CASSIE STOKES, CHRISTINA NOBLE, CIARA GRIFFIN, DERVAL O'ROURKE, DOIREANN GARRIHY, EIMEAR VARIAN BARRY, ELLEN O'MALLEY DUNLOP, EMMA DONOGHUE, EVANNE NÍ CHUILINN, GEORGIE CRAWFORD, HELEN McENTEE, JOANNE BYRNE, JUDITH GILLESPIE, KIRSTEN MATE MAHER, KATHERINE ZAPPONE, KATHY RYAN, LOUISE O'REILLY, MARY ANN O’BRIEN, NORAH CASEY, NORAH PATTEN, ORLA BARRY, SABINA BRENNAN, SARAH TOBIN, SONYA LENNON, TARA FLYNN, TERRY PRONE
This innovative introduction to research in the social sciences guides students and new researchers through the maze of research traditions, cultures of inquiry and epistemological frameworks. It introduces the underlying logic of ten cultures of inquiry: ethnography; quantitative behavioral science; phenomenology; action research; hermeneutics; evaluation research; feminist research; critical social science; historical-comparative research; and theoretical research. It clarifies conceptual and intellectual traditions in research, and puts researchers firmly in the investigative saddle - able to choose, justify, and explain the intellectual framework and personal rationale of their research.
As one of the first archaeologists to examine Ozti, an ancient man murdered on an isolated ridge of the Alps Mountains, Sophia Bruckner discovers something astounding–controversial knowledge that could forever change our vision of Neolithic societies. But Aton Schmidt, an unbalanced professor, will stop at nothing, including murder, to control the project. Sophia finds evidence of Aton’s crimes, putting her life in danger. In another time and place, after the murder of his father, Tesimo, a goat herder, follows a royal messenger into an unknown realm. From the icebergs of the North Sea to the sun of Malta, Tesimo’s journey uncovers a conspiracy that threatens the peace of the land. Along the way, he gathers the history and faith of these people and learned one of the greatest secrets of his time. This novel explores the intertwining destinies of Sophia and Tesimo, living thousands of years apart. A thrilling adventure with unexpected depth that readers of The Da Vinci Code or The Alchemist will enjoy.