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Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers

  • Nov 3, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Understanding Animals as

Medicine Helpers   


Sunday November 3rd    1:00pm to 3:00pm  $20*  

with Grandfather Rick McBride  

Native American teachings, traditions, and lifeways can help us understand the relationship between humans and nonhumans. These relationships were established long ago between the ancients and the animal nations in order that they might all get along with each other and help each other survive. Today, the challenges to both humans and nonhumans in this world have changed dramatically. Yet, the Medicine Helpers are still honoring their agreements with humans. It is not only a benefit to engage the help of Animals, and of Trees and Grasses and the Crawlers and Winged Ones and Fishes, it is necessary for our mutual survival. We leave these nations out of the process of our own evolution at our peril. And theirs. When you establish a conscious relationship with a particular Medicine Helper nation, you not only benefit yourself with its guidance, you become part of a small but unique group that has done so for millennia and that has been the very basis for the survival of humanity and the balance of the Earth. 

Creating a relationship with an Animal nation has as much to do with the success of the whole village as it does the personal success of any individual. Determining the ways a particular Animal Medicine Helper can help you comes from observation, meditation, "intuition" (the art of listening), and acceptance. You will learn some basic commonalities among various Helpers, which will help you determine the ways in which that Animal can help you. You will learn how to sensitize yourself in order to enhance your skills of observation and interpretation of Animal behavior. You will also learn how a good understanding of Medicine Helpers adds greater dimension to you every day life, and for those pursuing that relationship further through working with the Medicine Wheel or Medicine Shields just how profoundly these sentient beings can positively improve your life. Resource material and handouts.

Grandfather Rick is a mixed blood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has been a life-long student of American Indian Lifeways, actively following the Red Road and participating in Native American ceremony for over 30 years. He was formally taught advanced principles of the Medicine Wheel by Cheyenne Elder Hyemeyohsts Storm in 1994. He is a sundancer, traditionally trained and authorized to lead Native American Ceremony including Inipi (sweat lodge), Pipe Ceremony and Drum Healing. Grandfather Rick’s place is that of "translator" of the Native American Lifeways to help anybody sincerely interested in learning how to become a better human being, his hope being to help achieve a proper balance in human race consciousness. His Spirit name is Cante Lute in the Lakota language, meaning Red Heart; this name was passed in ceremony at Sundance. For further information, visit his website:

*By attending this lecture today you get a $20 reduction in the tuition fee of the next The Teachings of the Medicine Wheel workshop here with Grandfather Rick. If you have already taken The Teachings of the Medicine Wheel workshop here with Grandfather Rick then you can come to this lecture for free today. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful and valuable experience

    November 5, 2013

  • debbye

    I figure it would be great for me to attend this again, and it will help me get back to finishing my Medicine Wheel AND my Medicine Shield.

    October 8, 2013

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