Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior, Second Edition, by Kerry Patterson, et al. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Crucial Conversations show you how to achieve personal, team, and organizational success by healing broken promises, resolving violated expectations, and influencing bad behavior. Discover skills to resolve touchy, controversial, and complex issues at work, at home, and in community. Behind the problems that routinely plague organizations and families, you’ll find individuals who are either unwilling or unable to deal with failed promises. Others have broken rules, missed deadlines, failed to live up to commitments, or just plain behaved badly– and nobody steps up to the issue. Or they do, but do a lousy job and create a whole new set of problems. Accountability suffers and new problems spring up. This is about learning how to communicate effectively! A must-read for anyone interested in real tools for life, community, and business.
Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, by Ted Andrews. Want to learn how to understand the language of critters, large and small? Whether you see animals in real life or just in your dreams, they are communicating with you. Ted Andrews’ book is the best reference book to such animal messages that we’ve seen. Nature lovers will love this insightful compendium, chock-full of touching stories about animals, natural history, and animal folklore. While not all animals are included in the book (that would require a huge book!), this book certainly does contain very relevant information about a large number of creatures. The author’s love of animals is clear from the start, and he provides fascinating tidbits of little-known information as well as numerous personal anecdotes. An excellent resource to learn about animals and their energetic archetypes.
Sacred Sage: How It Heals, by Silver Wolf Walks Alone. This is the encyclopedia of sage. It explains that there are different kinds of sage for different spiritual and healing purposes. The smuding ceremony has been a sacred ritual for natives for thousands of years. It is a ritual of cleansing and purification for the physical and spiritual bodies. Smudging is used to cleanse energy fields. Each person, animal, rock, plant, home, has an auric field that can capture negative energy, and needs cleansing. A wonder primer.
Sacred Dance: Encounter With the Gods, by Maria-Grabiele Wosien. Creation is movement, and the sacred dance arises from the need to identify with the eternal round of the creative forces of the cosmos. Dancing intensifies awareness, so that the dancer begins how to understand how the universe is made up of infinite patterns of motion around a still center. A primordial element of religious tradition all over the world, the dance was a vital part of Early Christian worship, and survives in the whirling orbiting movements of the Dervishes of Turkey. Fabulous pictures and illustrations.
The Cosmic Tribe Tarot, by Eric Ganther, Stevee Postman. Dancer Stevee Postman’s visionary work has developed a cult following in the tarot community. He has worked as a digital artist for over twentyteen years, and his images have graced the covers of Gnosis, Magical Blend, RFD, and other magazines.The Cosmic Tribe Tarot is the most revolutionary tarot deck to appear since Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot. Synthesizing classic archetypal imagery with state-of-the-art electronic wizardry, the Photoshop-god/goddess Stevee Postman has created a deck that maps the modern psyche like no other before. Drawing equally from nature, myth, psychedelics, and contemporary neopagan culture, The Cosmic Tribe Tarot speaks to the fears, hopes, and desires of a new generation. Without abandoning the traditional structure that has made the tarot a successful divination tool for centuries, Postman charges his deck with an Erotic, mystical energy, showing that the modern tribal movement is at heart a spiritual one. Never before has a tarot so boldly reconnected the contemporary soul to the eternal cosmos.
The Way It Is: One Water, One Air, One Mother Earth, by Corbin Harney. As a Native American medicine person, Corbin listened to his own medicine people describe prophecies that were shocking and unbelievable to him as a child. Today he sees these ancient prophecies coming true, one after another. Corbin Harney shares the native view of life and the importance of living in balance with nature. He is asking for “the human” to awaken to the emergency the Earth is in today. Nuclear testing and the transportation of radioactive waste on our highways and railroads is life-threatening to all of us because truck and rail accidents are inevitable. What can we do? “We all have a voice. By working together, as one people, we may still save our Mother Earth.” Corbin Harney stands as no one else does at the moment for that new alliance between indigenous peoples and environmental groups.
The Nature Way, by Corbin Harney. The Nature Way is a rich compendium of Corbin Harney’s experience and wisdom. His account of his life incorporates the tragic history of Native Americans in the Great Basin, his realization of his own identity as Native American, and his long study of of his tribes traditions and spiritual practices. His summary of the Shoshone’s people’s use of indigenous plants for food and healing highlights their understanding that the Earth and its denizens must be respected and protected. His account as of his role as an antinuclear activist expands on his awareness of the human responsibility to protect the Earth from extreme danger posed by nuclear energy, especially that of nuclear weapons. His voice is one of the clearest expressions yet of the values, concerns, and spirituality of contemporary Native America.