The Healing Wisdom of Africa

Relates the spiritual traditions and wisdom of a West African tribe known for its healing powers, and shows readers how to use them to discover their own purpose and connect with their communities

The Healing Wisdom of Africa

Relates the spiritual traditions and wisdom of a West African tribe known for its healing powers, and shows readers how to use them to discover their own purpose and connect with their communities

The Source

This book is a story about dreaming, actualizing, living and leaving an indigenous healing center in a remote mountain area in South Africa.

The Source

This book is a story about dreaming, actualizing, living and leaving an indigenous healing center in a remote mountain area in South Africa. David Cumes is a surgeon and a sangoma (Zulu for shaman.) He is a bridge between primal indigenous Southern African healing wisdom and Western medicine.

From Our Side

Murove, M.F. (2005) African bioethics: An explanatory discourse, Journal for the Study of Religion, 18(1): 16-36. Mwaura, P.N. (1996) Women's healing roles ... Somé, M.P. (1998) The healing wisdom of Africa. Finding life purpose through ...

From Our Side

From our side is a collaborative effort of younger scholars in southern Africa and the Netherlands who are interested in the relationship between development and ethics, from a Christian point of view. The 17 chapters that make up the book have been produced through a unique set of partnerships, in which the authors have intentionally worked with practitioners who are working in the development arena. The essays were also shared in a number of settings with the authors, so that they have also benefited from this creative partnership process, and these partnerships have embraced people in both the South and the North, signaling a desire for a global dialogue led by Africa on matters which have a strong impact upon the continent. An introduction and epilogue, together with the guest foreword from Archbishop Ndungane draw the themes together and signal the contribution of the book to wider debates. Throughout the text, the reader is reminded of the contribution of the Christian faith to matters of development and ethics.

Africa in My Bones

A Surgeon's Odyssey Into the Spirit World of African Healing David Cumes ... He has become the conduit through which invaluable healing powers and spiritual wisdom are now coming through to Western world culture from the African ...

Africa in My Bones

The book is a fascinating account of a surgeon "s odyssey into the spirit world of African healing. It is the story of his initiation as a sangoma and how his life has been changed and enriched by the experience. It includes photographs of the author "s training.

The Healing Drum

In the personal story of internationally acclaimed drummer Yaya Diallo we see the power of music as a sacred, healing force in West African culture.

The Healing Drum

In the personal story of internationally acclaimed drummer Yaya Diallo we see the power of music as a sacred, healing force in West African culture.

African Traditional Religion in the Modern World 2d ed

Most African American Christians usually sing the “Negro” spiritual “Precious Lord” at home-going services. 55. 56. ... Malidoma Patrice Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose through Nature, Ritual, and Community, p.

African Traditional Religion in the Modern World  2d ed

African traditional religion encompasses a variety of non-dogmatic, spiritual practices followed by millions around the world. Some scholars argue it is related to the Nubian religion of Egypt's Dynastic Period. In an expanded second edition, this book examines the nature of African traditional religion and describes common attributes of various cultural belief systems, with an emphasis on West Africa. Principal elements studied include sacrifice, salvation and culture, mores of revelation, divination, and African resilience in the face of invasion and colonization. The religious experiences of black people throughout the Americas are also covered. The author finds the cosmology, symbolism and rituals of the Yoruba culture to be the fundamental bases of African traditional religion, and draws similarities between the oral and written literature of West Africans and that of New World practitioners. The influence of Islam and Christianity is also discussed.

Ancestral Medicine

Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa, 133. 5. Odigan, Chosen by the Spirits, 91. 6. Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa, 196. 7. Prechtel, Long Life Honey in the Heart, 7–8. 8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “National Center ...

Ancestral Medicine

A practical guide to connecting with your ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing • Provides exercises and rituals to help you initiate contact with your ancestors, find ancestral guides, and assist the dead who are not yet at peace • Explains how to safely engage in lineage repair work by connecting with your more ancient ancestors before relating with the recently deceased • Explores how your ancestors can help you transform intergenerational legacies of pain and abuse and reclaim the positive spirit of the family Everyone has loving and wise ancestors they can learn to invoke for support and healing. Coming into relationship with your ancestors empowers you to transform negative family patterns into blessings and encourages good health, self-esteem, clarity of purpose, and better relationships with your living relatives. Offering a practical guide to understanding and navigating relationships with the spirits of those who have passed, Daniel Foor, Ph.D., details how to relate safely and effectively with your ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing. He provides exercises and rituals, grounded in ancient wisdom traditions, to help you initiate contact with your ancestors, find supportive ancestral guides, cultivate forgiveness and gratitude, harmonize your bloodlines, and assist the dead who are not yet at peace. He explains how to safely engage in lineage repair work by connecting with your more ancient ancestors before relating with the recently deceased. He shows how, by working with spiritually vibrant ancestors, individuals and families can understand and transform intergenerational patterns of pain and abuse and reclaim the full blessings and gifts of their bloodlines. Ancestral repair work can also catalyze healing breakthroughs among living family members and help children and future generations to live free from ancestral burdens. The author provides detailed instructions for ways to honor the ancestors of a place, address dream visits from the dead, and work with ancestor shrines and altars. The author offers guidance on preparing for death, funeral rites, handling the body after death, and joining the ancestors. He also explains how ancestor work can help us to transform problems such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious persecution. By learning the fundamentals of ancestor reverence and ritual, you will discover how to draw on the wisdom of supportive ancestral guides, heal family troubles, maintain connections with beloved family after their death, and better understand the complex and interconnected relationship between the living and the dead.

Mental Health Care in the African American Community

So how might African Americans join in this dialogue in ways that produce results? REMEMBERING THE HEALING WISDOM OF THE ANCESTORS We are proposing here that joining in true dialogue will begin with remembering what we have forgotten so ...

Mental Health Care in the African American Community

Over the course of an African American’s lifetime, mental health care needs change according to an individual’s unique interactions with his or her environment. Mental Health Care in the African-American Community uses this perspective to provide a deeper analysis of factors and issues affecting the mental health of African Americans. This comprehensive text provides a current and historical analysis of the impact of mental health research, policy, community, and clinical practice from a life course perspective. Stressing evidence-based practice as an expanded way to think and talk about individualizing and translating evidence into a given practice situation, this valuable book provides a social work context for all helping professions. Mental Health Care in the African-American Community provides the helping community with non-traditional, expanded ways of thinking and intervening in the mental health needs and care of African Americans. Organized logically, this complex subject presents data in a user-friendly way that engages the reader, and provides chapter summaries and suggested group/classroom activities to facilitate understanding. This text is extensively referenced and includes figures and tables to clearly illustrate data. Topics in Mental Health Care in the African-American Community include: a historical overview of African Americans’ mental health care a conceptual and theoretical framework for African Americans’ mental health current issues affecting mental health intervention for African Americans mental health in group homes and foster care depression substance abuse poverty ADHD suicide mental health in elderly African Americans mental health policy rural African American mental health needs kinship care multiethnic families and children much, much more! Mental Health Care in the African-American Community is a valuable textbook for practitioners; administrators; researchers; policymakers; educators; and students in social work, psychology, mental health services, case management, and community planning.

Addressing Racism

THE HEALING WISDOM OF AFRICA CONTRIBUTED BY THE INDIGENOUS HEALER The Chief Shaman contributed the healing wisdom of Africa via key guiding principles for the community forum model: (a) provide an experience of equality and respect; ...

Addressing Racism


The Evolution of the Spirit of Mankind The Eighty Second Regime of Light Workers

" So said the Eighty-Second Regime of Light Workers, a collective of four different personalities from the spirit world who communicated this book through Julie MacDonald and dictated to Yves Nazon.

The Evolution of the Spirit of Mankind  The Eighty Second Regime of Light Workers

"There are many changes coming, and you must be prepared. There is nothing that you need to fear. There is nothing you have ever had; there is nothing you will ever lose." So said the Eighty-Second Regime of Light Workers, a collective of four different personalities from the spirit world who communicated this book through Julie MacDonald and dictated to Yves Nazon. Revealing exciting truths about the nature of the soul, the Eighty-Second Regime of Light Workers present an empowering way to view consciousness changes in this new era; and are a powerful wake-up call to our consumerist society. According to this group of beings, the information contained in this book is meant to meet each reader wherever they are in their own spiritual development, be they novice or experienced and help to bring them to the next step of their own growth, unfoldment, evolution, and subsequently, to the next step of evolution for human consciousness itself. "Reverend Julie MacDonald is a medium by birth, a professional psychic, and a spiritual activist at the cutting edge of consciousness. What comes through her is radical, credible, and utterly compassionate to the plight of humanity. The gift of this message is a measure of the depth of her connection. It is a monumental synthesis of our relationship with who we are: spirits in search of ourselves. In this book are the blueprints of what it takes to get back to that zero point module that is ourselves, and bow to this message with great reverence." - Malidoma P. Some, Ph.D., Dagara Elder, author of "Of Water and the Spirit," "The Healing Wisdom of Africa," and "Ritual: Power, Healing and Community" "This is a straight forward, no nonsense guide to understanding the essential spiritual principles that we modern folks have lost sight of. It calls attention to the damage that we humans have inflicted on each other and on the planet through our disconnection with the natural world and points the way toward a higher vision of living - a conscious and conscientious reconnection with All That Is. The wisdom offered is just what we need to heed in order to heal." - Mama Donna Henes, author of "Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations" and "Queen of My Self" "

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THE HEALING WISDOM OF AFRICA: FINDING LIFE PURPOSE THROUGH NATURE, RITUAL, AND COMMUNITY, Malidoma Patrice Some', J P Tarcher/Putnam, $24.95 Author Malidoma Some' introduces readers to the healing abilities and spiritual practices of ...

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Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk

Jamaican Wisdom ~ Wit & Wisdom of Africa: Proverbs from Africa & The Caribbean, Patrick Ibekwe, ed., 1998 More and more convinced of the futility of all our eagerness after worldly riches, my prayer and hope is only for bread, ...

Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk

3,000 quotations by Black authors from Africa and the diaspora, are organized chronologically from Khemetic times to the present, in over 200 psycho-spiritual categories. Like its predecessor, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, this volume contains a full biographical index and bibliographical references. Much of the material is anthologized here for the first time.Original. First printing.Chang, Larry & Terry, Roderick, eds.

Is Your Genius at Work

Malidoma Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa (New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998), pp. 33. Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa, pp. 102–103. Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen, 1994), p.

Is Your Genius at Work

Behind the experience and talents cataloged in your resume lies an intrinsic power that fuels your soul and your success: your genius. As ancient as the Greeks, as trendy as New Age, the concept of genius is fully grounded in contemporary life in this powerful journey of self-discovery that takes you right to the core of what makes you unique. Through dozens of compelling stories of people who have real­ized the transformative power of finding their genius—plus a wealth of practical exercises— Is Your Genius at Work? draws inspiring wisdom from ancient philosophies, spiritual traditions, modern sages, and the author’s twenty years of research and study to help you define and give name to your genius, recognize your life’s purpose, and discover how to bring your genius wholly alive through your life and work.

Awakening to the Spirit World

This is a word whose meaning has to do with esoteric knowledge and extraordinary spiritual abilities and as such a shaman is often defined as an intermediary between the human and spirit worlds.

Awakening to the Spirit World

Today, practicing shamanism doesn't mean you have to live in a rain forest or a desert. Thanks to a modern renaissance of shamanic spirituality, practitioners from all walks of life now use powerful indigenous techniques for healing, insight, and spiritual growth. With Awakening to the Spirit World, teachers Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman bring together a circle of renowned Western shamanic elders to present a comprehensive manual for making these practices accessible and available in our daily lives, including: How the original practice of shamanism shaped the world's spiritual traditions and why it is still relevant today. The art of the shamanic journey--a time-tested meditative method for experiencing important spiritual lessons and truths. Guidance for avoiding common pitfalls of shamanic practice. Instruction for working with your dreams, connecting to your spirit guides, healing yourself and your environment. The core of shamanism is the experience of direct revelation-- to communicate firsthand with your spiritual allies and discover your own power. Awakening to the Spirit World takes you through each step of developing a personal connection with your helping spirits to receive wisdom, insight, and healing energy. From an overview of shamanism, to your first journeys and encounters with your power animals, to expanding your skills and insight through long-term practice, here is an in-depth resource for the shamanic arts that includes: Creating rituals and ceremonies for healing and transformation Reconnecting with nature to heal ourselves and the planet Working with your dreams, songs, and artistic vision to strengthen your practice Traditional wisdom for children-- healthy rites of passage for each phase of a child's journey to adulthood Honoring the cycle of life and death-- shamanic practices to prepare for and celebrate our final transition in this life Excerpt Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual practice known to humankind and is the “ancestor” of all our modern religions. As a method, it is a form of meditation combined with a focused intention to accomplish various things, as well become apparent in this book. As a spiritual practice, shamanism can become a way of life that may utterly transform the one who practices it. The word “shaman” comes from the language of the Evenki peoples, a Tungusic tribe in Siberia. This is a word whose meaning has to do with esoteric knowledge and extraordinary spiritual abilities and as such a shaman is often defined as an intermediary between the human and spirit worlds. In shamanic cultures, the word “shaman” has come to mean “the one who sees in the dark” or “the one who knows.” There are certain commonalities in a shaman’s worldview and practice across the world that allow us to make certain broad generalizations about shamanism. In the majority of indigenous cultures, the universe is viewed as being made up of two distinct realms: a world of things seen and a world of things hidden, yet that these two worlds present themselves together as two halves of a whole. The shaman is the inspired visionary, a man or a woman who learns through practice how to enter into this “world of things hidden,” and once there, he or she typically encounters extra-mundane personalities or archetypal forces that the indigenous peoples refer to as spirits, ancestors, or even gods. Reviews "Awakening to the Spirit World" takes a deep look at tapping sources of invisible power in daily life. So much of what Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman write about is lost to modern medicine: listening to the weather and the elements, understanding death, and more. This is a courageous book that will appeal to all who long to explore the unseen world." —Judith Orloff, MD, author of Emotional Freedom "In an era when chaos, confusion, and uncertainty take center stage, the ancestors, focused on balancing the energies of life, call forth calm, clarity, and pragmatic direction for accessing the medicine needed to heal the individual and collective psyche. In this moment in time, we are invited into "Awakening the Spirit World," where we are reassured that we are not alone. We are in good company, indeed." —Malidoma Patrice Some, PhD, author of "Of Water and the Spirit, The Healing Wisdom of Africa," and "Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community."

Building Peace in America

48. Crenshaw et al., Critical Race Theory, xiii; Delgado and Stefancic, “Critical Race Theory: An Annotated Bibliography,” 461–516; Gaskew, “Unfriending the Policing Culture,” 187–99. 49. Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa. 50.

Building Peace in America

America may not be at war, but it is not at peace. Recent public and political rhetoric have revealed the escalation of a pervasive and dangerous “us versus them” ideology in the United States. This powerful book is motivated by the contributors’ recognition of continuing structural violence and injustice, which are linked to long-standing systems of racism, social marginalization, xenophobia, poverty, and inequality in all forms. Calls to restore America’s greatness are just the most recent iteration of dehumanizing language against minority communities. The violation of the civil and human rights of vulnerable groups presents a serious threat to American democracy. These deeply rooted and systemic inequities have no easy solutions, and the destructive nature of today’s conflicts in America threaten to impede efforts to build peace, promote justice, and inspire constructive social change. Acknowledging the complexity of building peace in the United States, this volume represents the first step in envisioning a more just, peaceful country—from the grassroots to the highest levels of leadership. The editors have brought together a diverse group of scholars, conflict resolution practitioners, civil society leaders, community peacebuilders, and faith leaders who are committed to pro-social change. Collectively, they examine how best to understand the current issues, deescalate destructive public rhetoric, undermine the “us versus them” polarity, and support those currently working for positive change. Together, the contributors share experiences and perspectives on the past, present, and future of peacebuilding; develop a vision for how we can collectively respond in our communities, campuses, and congregations; and catalyze action during this pivotal moment in America.

Teaching Religion and Healing

The healing wisdom of Africa : Finding life purpose through nature , ritual , and community . London : Thorsons . Taylor , Robert Joseph , Linda M. Chatters , and Jeff Levin . 2004. Religion in the lives of African Americans : Social ...

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The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture

See Schlauch, Faithful Companioning; Malidoma Some, The Healing Wisdom of Africa (Putnam, 1999); Religion and Healing in America, ed. Linda Barnes and Susan S. Sered (Oxford University Press, 2004). 37. Malidoma Some, Ritual: Power, ...

The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Black Church stood as the stronghold of the Black Community, fighting for equality and economic self-sufficiency and challenging its body to be self-determined and self-aware. Hip Hop Culture grew from disenfranchised urban youth who felt that they had no support system or resources. Impassioned with the same urgent desires for survival and hope that their parents and grandparents had carried, these youth forged their way from the bottom of America’s belly one rhyme at a time. For many young people, Hip Hop Culture is a supplement, or even an alternative, to the weekly dose of Sunday-morning faith. In this collection of provocative essays, leading thinkers, preachers, and scholars from around the country confront both the Black Church and the Hip Hop Generation to realize their shared responsibilities to one another and the greater society. Arranged into three sections, this volume addresses key issues in the debate between two of the most significant institutions of Black Culture. The first part, “From Civil Rights to Hip Hop,” explores the transition from one generation to another through the transmission—or lack thereof—of legacy and heritage. Part II, “Hip Hop Culture and the Black Church in Dialogue,” explores the numerous ways in which the conversation is already occurring—from sermons to theoretical examinations and spiritual ponderings. Part III, “Gospel Rap, Holy Hip Hop, and the Hip Hop Matrix,” clarifies the perspectives and insights of practitioners, scholars, and activists who explore various expressions of faith and the diversity of locations where these expressions take place. In The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture, pastors, ministers, theologians, educators, and laypersons wrestle with the duties of providing timely commentary, critical analysis, and in some cases practical strategies toward forgiveness, healing, restoration, and reconciliation. With inspiring reflections and empowering discourse, this collection demonstrates why and how the Black Church must re-engage in the lives of those who comprise the Hip Hop Generation.

African Spirits Speak

Nicky Arden brings courage and wisdom back from her journeys to share with us all . The clear bell that she rings is truly a gift . ” Malidoma Somé , author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa “ A fascinating account of [ the author's ] ...

African Spirits Speak

Set against the stirring backdrop of the crumbling South African apartheid regime, African Spirits Speak is the lyrical account of a white South African woman's journey into the world of the sangomas, the indigenous diviners and priests of South Africa, and a mystical journey that changed her life.

Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling and Psychotherapy

Rituals and medicines: Indigenous healing in South Africa. Johannesburg,South Africa:A.D.Donker. Handwerk, B. (2002, October 21). ... The healing wisdom of Africa. New York: Jeremy P.Tarcher/Putnam. Stoller,P.(1989).

Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling and Psychotherapy

Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling and Psychotherapy critically examines ethnic minority cultural and traditional healing in relation to counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Roy Moodley and William West highlight the challenges and changes in the field of multicultural counseling and psychotherapy by integrating current issues of traditional healing with contemporary practice. The book uniquely presents a range of accounts of the dilemmas and issues facing students, professional counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, researchers, and others who use multicultural counseling or transcultural psychotherapy as part of their professional practice.

The Changing Landscape of Education in Africa

[13] Willemien le Roux & Alison White (Eds) (2004) Voices of the San: living in southern Africa today, 66. ... Oxford: Oxford University Press [21] Malidoma Somé (1999) The Healing Wisdom of Africa: finding life purpose through nature, ...

The Changing Landscape of Education in Africa

It is over 40 years since Coombs (1967) first drew attention to the World Education Crisis, and specifically problems in the educational systems of countries in the developing world. Today, many of these problems remain, and are most visible in the educational systems of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. A large number of children remain out of school and for those who do enrol, less than half complete the primary education cycle. More worrying is the fact that those who do complete primary schooling leave with unacceptably low levels of knowledge and skills. The problems of access to education, and the quality of learning opportunities and learning outcomes are unevenly spread between rural and urban areas, better- and worse-off constituencies, and between boys and girls. This raises questions about the nature of the state and its commitment to equality and equity for all. The chapters in this volume argue that quality, equity and democratic accountability are inseparable objectives in the quest to strengthen and improve educational systems in the developing world. Between them they highlight the specific problems of quality, equity and democratic accountability in a number of African educational systems, and provide useful insights into ongoing work by national governments and international donor agencies to remedy these shortcomings.