[Jamie Sams and David Carson]
To understand the concept of medicine in the Native American way, one must redefine “medicine”. The medicine referred to is anything that improves one's connection to the Great Mystery and to all of life. This would include the healing of body, mind, and of spirit. This medicine is also anything which brings personal power, strength, and understanding. It is the constant living of life in a way that brings healing to the Earth Mother and to all of our associates, family, friends, and fellow creatures. Native American medicine is an all encompassing “way of life,” for it involves
walking on the Earth Mother in perfect harmony with the Universe. Our fellow creatures, the animals, exhibit habit patterns that will relay these messages of healing to anyone astute enough to observe their lessons on how to live. The precious gifts of true medicine are free. Each lesson is based on one major idea or concept and, for the sake of simplicity, each animal in creation has hundreds of lessons to impart, and all of those lessons are powers that can be called upon.
When you call upon the power of an animal, you are asking to be drawn into complete harmony with the strength of that creature's essence. Gaining understanding from these brothers and sisters
of the animal kingdom is a healing process, and must be approached with humility and intuitiveness. Certain aspects of the lessons given by these brothers and sisters have been chosen to reflect
the lessons each spirit needs to learn on the Good Red Road. These are the lessons of being human, being vulnerable, and seeking wholeness with all that is. They are a part of the pathway to power...
Bear = Baerengruppe
Elk = Cervus canadensis
Lizard = Lacerta =
Owl = Bubo virginiana
Raccoon = Procyon lotor