"Grounded in a deep belief that all of life is interconnected, David Carson invites the reader to explore the animal kingdom, identifying the spirit clans that can give strength and guidance. He writes with a quiet authority that casts a storyteller's spell. This book brings enchantment to the quest for self-knowledge. David Carson is truly a shaman." —Julia Cameron, bestselling author of The Artist’s Way
"Carson (Medicine Cards), member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, guides spiritual explorers through a journey of self-discovery in this informative primer on Native American myths of the spirit clan. Unlike power animals—which are individual guides to personal power—Carson writes that the spirit clan is a blessing imprinted into the soul’s development, the center of one’s identity, and a source of protection and energy. In brief chapters, Carson charts the origins of spirit clans and then describes 75 different clans (Alligator, Cottonwood, Fresh Land, Lizard, Mole, Tornado, and Yellow Jacket) that are meant to provide guidance on living a meaningful life. Composed of fables about the clans and their spiritual traits, the chapters explore the essence of animals, plants, natural elements, and celestial bodies. For example, Turtle represents ancient wisdom, stability, and environmental awareness; Sage releases healing, purification, and well-being; and Moon reflects feminine energy, fertility, self-knowledge, and inner light. Though novices may be mystified by the brief introductions to the spiritual practices, those interested in Native American mythology will find this useful." --Publishers Weekly, March 2018 issue
For thousands of years, Native American tradition has taught that we all carry within us an ancient blessing, a spirit clan that connects us to the earth. Our spirit clan may be an animal, or a plant, a stone, or some special object that has taken on spiritual power. Your clan is a reservoir of powerful energy. It helps carry you through troubled times and protects you from danger. The wisdom of their teachings shows the way to true peace and prosperity and to live in harmony with all that is.
In this book, you will learn how to discover your own spirit clan using dreams and visions as a guide and by contemplating the stories, traditions, and descriptions of the 75 clans gathered here. In-depth descriptions of the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of spirit clans and their modern-day manifestations lift these ancient teachings off the page and bring them to life.
David Carson is an official member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He is the coauthor of the bestselling Medicine Cards, which draw on the healing power of animals.
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May 1, 2018