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Sacred Medicine of Bee, Butterfly, Earthworm, and Spider: Shamanic Teachers of the Instar Medicine Wheel Paperback – January 4, 2013
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“All of life is interrelated and interconnected, and this amazing book shows how and why that will impact your life.” (Von Braschler, author of Seven Secrets of Time Travel)
“Sacred Medicine of Bee, Butterfly, Earthworm, and Spider is a beautiful and significant book.” (Nita Gage, Ph.D., director of Healer Within Retreats, cofounder of NeuroImaginal Institute, and auth)
“Linda Star Wolf and Anna Cariad-Barrett bring a unique and fresh perspective to the teachings of the medicine wheel. By weaving together the lessons of Bee, Butterfly, Earthworm, and Spider, the authors show how essential these teachings are in understanding transformation and evolution. This is a beautiful, inspirational, and powerful book!” (Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth)
“Sacred Medicine of Bee, Butterfly, Earthworm, and Spider illuminates the fascinating cycles, wisdom, and guidance of the insect realm. This beautiful, inspiring, and visionary text encourages us to walk the path of our soul’s evolution with the support of the infinite depths of Nature’s wisdom as our guide.” (Danielle Rama Hoffman, author of The Temples of Light and founder of Divine Transmissions and Thoth&)
“Please get this book and get back in touch with your mother--Nature. Reading about the sacredness of our earth creatures, the wild soul within you is ignited. Come to life! For anyone who wants to sustain themselves and the earth, this book is the medicine.” (James M. Wanless, Ph.D., author of Sustainable Life and Voyager Tarot Deck)
“In this inspirational book bursting with ancient wisdom, we are reminded that some of the greatest examples of transformation occur in some of the smallest creatures upon the planet, such as the Honeybee, the Spider, the Worm, and the Butterfly. Together, like the medicine wheel, they remind us that life consists of continual cycles of creativity and change.” (Christine R. Page, M.D., author of The Healing Power of the Sacred Woman)
“The authors weave a fascinating tapestry of insight, arriving at the sacred consciousness of our interconnection with the innate wisdom, power, and love carried forward by early creation. A magical journey comes alive to the reader, quite an experiential book to read!” (Peter Amato, author of Soul Silence)
“We live in a time where increasing numbers of people are turning once again toward the complex library of Nature, within which everything is true. The authors are to be commended for they have created sacred medicine to help us access those natural truths for guidance and wisdom.” (Hank Wesselman, Ph.D., anthropologist and author of The Bowl of Light and coauthor of Awakening to t)
“The medicine wheel is a powerful and tangible path that has long been the basis for many people’s spiritual walk. Star Wolf and Anna now offer a new dimension to these ancient teachings with the Instar Medicine Wheel. This is sure to be a great new tool in anyone’s medicine bag.” (Rev. Kathryn Ravenwood, author of How to Create Sacred Water)
“What a marvelous window this book provides into the magic, medicine, and mystery of the earth’s smallest creatures and their connection not only to us but also to the stars. The visionary authors of Sacred Medicine of Bee, Butterfly, Earthworm, and Spider show us how these teachers are guiding us to our greater humanity.” (Thea Summer Deer, author of Wisdom of the Plant Devas and clinical herbalist and medical intuitive)
“Sacred Medicine of Bee, Butterfly, Earthworm, and Spider introduces the Instar Medicine Wheel, a unique medicine wheel that responds to the need for gentle earth-based assistance as we collectively experience the growing pains of being birthed into a new reality.” (Gail Lord, Spirit of Change, March 2013)
“A refreshing dive into the living experience of Native American spirituality by two of the finest living translators of these traditions. How can one not love this book?” (Allan Leslie Combs, Ph.D., director of the Center for Consciousness Studies, California Institute of)
“These insects teach us about renewal, strength, and illumination. As you journey through the pages of this wonderful book, may the shaman in all of you awaken to the beauty and power of the insect kingdom.” (Panther Wind Woman (Wind Daughter), medicine chief of the Panther Lodge Medicine Society and keeper)
“This unique book of spiritual lessons from insect archetypes of the Medicine Wheel reveals the sacred wisdom inherent in Honeybee’s pollinating, Butterfly’s transformation, Spider’s weaving, and Earthworm’s recycling. It provides experiential practices, such as Shamanic Breathwork journeys, to connect with insect teachers and harness their consciousness-activating patterns.” (Branches of Light, June 2013)
“According to the authors, ‘insect wisdom’ is magic waiting to happen, as we learn to honor their creative tendrils into the collective web of life. Here we are shown the value of these tiny creatures and how to embody them into our world. From the earthworm to the butterfly, including vibration healing stories about the medicine wheel, and everywhere within the vast sphere of these items, we are pointed to the divine and a lesson that can be learned from each. ” (Awareness Magazine, July 2013)
About the Author
Linda Star Wolf, Ph.D., founder and president of Venus Rising University for Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies, is the creator of the Shamanic Breathwork Process and the author of several books, including Visionary Shamanism. She lives at Isis Cove Retreat Center near Asheville, North Carolina. Anna Cariad-Barrett, D.Min., is a shamanic counselor, environmental education consultant, and faculty member at Venus Rising University. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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I was reminded of what the Bible teaches us in Proverbs 6:6 about the lessons of the ant, how it is a creature that, although lowly shows forethought and plans ahead. That is what I got from SACRED MEDICINE as well: the ability to see where we are, where we can go and the journey there.
One of the most powerful examples in the book is that of the Earthworm. The authors write that it reminds us to "practice humility staying close to the Earth by being grounded and placing authentic service at the center of our sacred purpose." Though small the earthworm contributes so much! It also reminds us that when the world (earth) is pushing against us that we have to keep moving forward.
Another great lesson that is found in the book is that about the butterfly and the moth. We treat them differently because of looks, however the authors of SACRED MEDICINE help us in our perspective with them as well. Contrasting the vibrancy of the butterfly with the darkness of the moth the book says this: "It is essential for us to learn to love and acknowledge all parts of ourselves--the light, the dark, no difference. Limiting our sense of self to a sunny persona constrains the flow of life-force energy in our lives..." The book also reminds us that "they teach us that darkness and light are an integrated co-creative force."
What lessons can you learn from nature and the creatures around you? That is the question I have been asking more each day after I read SACRED MEDICINE. We are all in this world together, and the book really helps us to identify with that which can make us better and stronger.
I also loved the chapter on the butterfly and how it symbolisms birth, beauty, death and transformation of the soul. After reading this chapter I did a wonderful meditation in which I was a butterfly and experienced all aspects of transformation within myself.
Also there is a super CD included by Jim Wilson of crickets in meditation that can be used when you meditate. Again StarWolf with Anna has given us a gift of their knowledge and their souls journey into another dimension.
This book brims with fascinating information and connections between the oldest beings on the planet and our own development. The lessons of these typically over-looked shamanic teachers are quite remarkable, as they guide us to first step into our full earthly embodiment and ultimately to activate greater levels of our own multidimensionality and sacred purpose. Like the butterfly, you will emerge from this process in a very different form than you began.
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