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Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers

Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers     

Sunday September 7th       1:30pm to 3:30pm    $35 or $30* if paid by September 2nd

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.

Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 30 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways for some ten years now. Workshops and lectures are one way to learn from the wisdom of Indian Country. Ceremony brings this knowledge to life. Combined, teaching and ceremony render practical guidance to everyday living. And so, Rick sees his role as that of "translator" of indigenous ways so that mainstream-educated people get the full benefit of these ways. It has taken him years of dedicated interaction with many Elders, as well as his activities as ceremonial leader to get to this place in his life. For further information, visit his website:

*To get the discount you can pay by cash or check (email Organizer at [masked] for details as to how to do this) or pay by paypal online, by following this link (scroll down to bottom of page):

Also by attending this lecture today you get a $25 reduction in the tuition fee of the next Teachings of the Medicine Wheel workshop (2 day workshop on October 25th and November 1st) with Grandfather Rick.

If you have already attended the Teachings of the Medicine Wheel workshop with Grandfather Rick then you can come to this lecture for free.  

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  • Linda G K.

    EXCELLENT presentation giving me a much greater understanding on how to recognize and utilize my animal helpers in life.

    September 7, 2014

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