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Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change Paperback – February 13, 2018
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“A deeply personal meditation and call to consciousness and transformation, Sacred Instructions challenges the way we see and experience the world around us. For many readers, the book will reveal the first steps toward a process of self-discovery and spiritual awareness that Mitchell shows us must be lived and breathed every day on our own personal journeys of decolonization and patient recovery of an indigenized worldview.”
—Robert A. Williams, Jr., chair of the University of Arizona Indigenous People's Law and Policy Program and author of Savage Anxieties
“In this compelling book, Sherri Mitchell helps all of us understand the experience of First Nations peoples and helps us to embody that unique wisdom. She brings forth a broad understanding of cultural and generational trauma in a way that supports deep healing. The wisdom of this courageous book is profound and inspiring. It is recommended for anyone wanting the healing of self, society, and of our shared planet.”
—Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
“In this passionate prayer for reclaiming and celebrating indigenous wisdom, sacred activist Sherri Mitchell invites everyone to the table. Both Native and non-Native peoples have been suffering from the ongoing trauma of colonization. The remedy is a conscious and loving embrace of core cultural values of reverence for the earth and clear-sighted collaboration. Mitchell’s intelligent writing and wise heart light the way.”
—Mirabai Starr, translator of Dark Night of the Soul: John of the Cross and author of Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation
"Lawyer and activist Mitchell, a member of the Penawahpskek (Penobscot) Nation, offers an all-embracing message of human connectedness that will resonate widely."
"Mitchell introduces a rich, sophisticated, and socially aware spirituality. Anyone interested in holistic faith traditions will find her work rewarding."
About the Author
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1623171954
- ISBN-13 : 978-1623171957
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.48 inches
- Publisher : North Atlantic Books (February 13, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A wonderful blueprint for transformation!
She doesn't talk about her trauma or the trauma in her tribe nor inter-tribal violence that existed before colonization. Her view romanticises indigenous people too much. There is rampant alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence and littering in indigenous tribes all over the world. I live among the Navajo so I know. I wished she talked about these issues since they are a result of colonialism.
However, she talks about the beautiful beliefs that are common among indigenous people regarding respecting the earth and other living beings. That we are all connected by spirit (and DNA). That tribes do what's best for the community rather than the individual in that they take care of each others needs.
I don't believe that Europeans came to the Americas because they felt a longing to get back to ancestral roots of living off the land. They came to colonize and take over the land and it's natural resources for the sake of money and power. I don't believe that evil doesn't exist. Not all bad experiences can be turned into a positive. Incest and sex trafficking and human trafficking among some other crimes don't have anything positive about them and I don't care about any positive characteristics that these predators have.
I wish the world was like how she portrays it in indigenous tribes but it can never be that way again. Only small to medium sized tribes can have the kind of balance, peace and harmony that she is talking about.
The more people the more problems. The planet is way, way overpopulated for balance, peace and harmony to ever happen again especially when you add money into the mix. The more people, the more fighting there is for natural resources, land and power. Money is at the root of most of our problems. Money creates greed. Everything and everybody is for sale as long as we have money in our lives.
If we want balance, peace and harmony again, then we need to greatly reduce the human population, stay regional and become self-suffient. We need to stop making non-biodegradable materials. We need to get rid of plastic, rubber, nylon, polyester, etc. because the production and use of these materials are greatly harming us, wildlife and the planet.
We need to get rid of money and create some other type of system that is more fair and just and that doesn't create such inequality, greed, power and arrogance. Something that doesn't cause us to slowly destroy ourselves, each other, other living creatures and the planet as a whole. Who is going to do that? We aren't going to get rid of modern medicine or modern technologies that create overpopulation and the degradation of the planet. We aren't going to get rid of money because we are too entrenched in it and the mindset that goes with it. We have to let nature have the upper hand again so that we can become balanced with nature agaun and that's never going to happen.
Here you will find: Common sense observations about our deeply ingrained cultural flaws. Clear instruction on how to break free of the wounds that keep us all enslaved to our collective pain. Clarity on why you feel so helpless and why it is an illusion that you have the power to break!
Mitchell is an International Human Rights activist whose roots are deeply embedded in her Penawahpskek tribe, Penobscot Nation heritage. This grounding allows her to introduce the general reading public to ideas we have felt but could not articulate, and solutions that feel true even if we were blind to them before. A deep, painful and purifying read that may be just the sacred instructions many need. I did.