Native Americans

Are You Teaching or Selling Native American Spiritual Practices?

 

No. My approach is rooted in indigenous healing wisdom from around the world including Asian, African, Amazonian, and Andean cultures, as well as my own Celtic ancestors from Central Europe and the Anglo-Celtic Isles. I do not claim American Indian heritage, and I do not have a grandmother who was a Cherokee princess.

Much can be learned from the beautiful traditions of Native Americans. Our world is crying out for the very kind of earth-honoring wisdom their Nations have always held sacred.  But non-Indians have done a lot of harm misappropriating Native American culture including some of my own peers holding themselves out as "shamans," healers, and teachers.

I have worked very hard to listen to, honor, and learn from the indigenous elders willing to share their traditions with me. They include the Quechua Taita Iachak of South America, the contemporary Mexican Toltec, the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota, the First Nation Cree elders in Canada, the Cherokee path of my first teacher C. Michael Smith, and elders from the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Nation here in southwest Michigan.

But the purpose of my programs is not to "play Indian" or teach the specific ways of any culture. The purpose is to reconnect human beings with nature and the sacred things we all share: the heart, the earth, and the Spirit world. So I do not teach native American spiritual practices or charge fees for sacred ceremonies, sweat lodges, or special blessings.  Instead I share what I can of the beautiful earth-honoring wisdom common to all of our ancestors, around the world. The wisdom of mother earth is open-source material, available to anyone with an open heart.

We all come from indigenous people somewhere.  And we all have a responsibility to open our hearts and walk a good path that honors the Creator, Mother Earth, and all our relations. This is what I have learned from my indigenous brothers and sisters.  I am deeply grateful for their teachings.

- Jeff