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The Healing Wisdom of Africa Paperback – September 13, 1999
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Malidoma's two earlier books, both obvious 5-star efforts, were more at expository essay and autobiography respectively. Both were jammed full of insights and plentiful quotable passages. And both were sumptuous with detail and inspiration.
Part One of this new volume is not an exception to this - though maybe a little drier in overall tone - still, I found myself leaving little quotes from it on my friend Cynthia's answering machine, for which she later thanked me profusely.
But the purpose of Part Two is to illustrate these illuminations/insights by things to actually do in order to begin feeling your connection with nature and the other elements of the Dagara cosmos. And throughout, Malidoma continues his critique of Western cultural and religious milieu in contradistinction to African ways and means.
There have been other terrific hands-on tutelages allowing a Euro-American to shed parts of his/her dualistic/rationalistic skin in exchange for an animistic one (Starhawk's 'The Spiral Dance', Harner's 'Way of the Shaman', Teich's 'Jambalaya', Ingerman's 'Soul Retrieval', Villoldo's 'Shaman Healer Sage', and Malidoma's wife Sobonfu Some's books). This is the latest "next best thing", and it's really a good one.
One thing about Malidona is that he warns the neophyte to at times exercise some degree of caution - diving headfirst into a new cultural scenario is not always the wisest or safest path. One's ability to tread lightly can bring dividends and rewards.Read more ›
This man is the "real deal," when it comes to wisdom, whether it be of a spiritual, mystical, political, cultural or social kind. I wish every white person, especially in America, would read this book. Malidoma Some gets to the heart of our problems and does so without blame, with natural authority, true humility and great love: rare combinations! His words are gentle, yet unbelievably strong. His insights are brilliant and his language exquisite. He knows the value of the individual as well as the group. He respects children, how unusual! He understands how we got to the place in America of suicide being the No. 1 killer of our teens. He understands "the great White loneliness," (my words)and he knows how to connect us up again, not only to the God within, but to each other.
This book is nicely subversive, as well. Perhaps that is why it hasn't become a national best seller. We throw our Africans away, don't we? We always have. And what does a black man, of all things, have to teach us, we who are so superior in our technology and indifference? Only the way home. To ourselves, to our God, to each other.
"Matter is the skin of Spirit."
"To produce beauty consistently requires a healthy community."
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This book is a helpful guide through experiences that white Americans seldom see. Rich with detail and magic, this is a window into possible better ways of relating to others and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fascinating look at real wisdom that can help our technological, busy lifestyles. With one foot in the modern world and another in ancient healing traditions, Dr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by new england journeyman
He is an amazing healer and a very nice, intelligent man. Well-spoken, great sense of humor. I have attended events and seen him speak and conduct small ceremonies. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stardust
read Of Water and the Spirit and had to get this book to continue enjoying his journey.Published 17 months ago by Theresa Richardson
I am of two minds about this book. It reads well and Some is clearly making an effort to dispel Western stereotypes about Africa as a continent filled with corrupt despots,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by kaioatey
This is one of the best books on spiritual concepts I have ever read. Malidoma presents the ideas so lucidly and with so much understanding, that one can grasp the profundity of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Delphica