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Think Indigenous: Native American Spirituality for a Modern World

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A guide to integrating indigenous thinking into modern life for a more interconnected and spiritual relationship with our fellow beings, Mother Earth, and the natural ways of the universe.

There is a natural law—a spiritual intelligence that we are all born with that lies within our hearts. Lakota spiritual leader Doug Good Feather shares the authentic knowledge that has been handed down through the Lakota generations to help you make and recognize this divine connection, centered around the Seven Sacred Directions in the Hoop of Life:

Wiyóhinyanpata—East: New Beginnings
Itókagata—South: The Breath of Life
Wiyóhpeyata—West: The Healing Powers
Wazíyata—North: Earth Medicine
Wankátakáb—Above: The Great Mystery
Khúta—Below: The Source of Life
Hóchoka—Center: The Center of Life

Once you begin to understand and recognize these strands, you can integrate them into modern life through the Threefold Path: The Way of the Seven Generations—Conscious living The Way of the Buffalo—Mindful consumption The Way of the Community—Collective impact

ISBN-13: 9781401956165

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Hay House Inc.

Publication Date: 04-13-2021

Pages: 176

Product Dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

Doug Good Feather is a full-blooded native American Lakota, born and raised in the traditional indigenous ways of his elders on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He is a direct descendant of Grandpa Chief Sitting Bull. He is the executive director and spiritual leader of the Lakota Way in Colorado and the co-founder of Spirit Horse Nation. You can visit Lakota Way Healing Center online at Lakotaway.org.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Indigenous Spirituality 1

Chapter 1 The Creator and the Sacred Hoop of Life 11

Is the Creator Real? 13

The Sacred Hoop of Life 16

Mitákuye Oyás'i&rmcgnbc; 19

Medicine 20

Spirit 22

Chapter 2 Wiyóhinyanpata-East: New Beginnings 25

Spring 26

Element: Phéta-Fire 28

Indigenous Virtues: Gratitude and Generosity 30

Spiritual Practice: Intentional Prayer 32

Chapter 3 Itókagata-South: The Breath of Life 37

Summer 38

Element: Oníya-Air 40

Indigenous Virtues: Wóowotha&rmcgnbc;la na Owótha&rmcgnbc;la-Honesty and Integrity 45

Spiritual Practice: Thawáchi&rmcgnbc;-Mind 48

Chapter 4 Wiyóhpeyata-West: The Healing Powers 53

Fall 53

Element: Mní-Water 55

Indigenous Virtues: Wóu&rmcgnbc;šiic'iye na Iglúhukhuciyela-Humility and Humbleness 59

Spiritual Practice: Cha&rmcgnbc;té-Emotions 62

Chapter 5 Wazíyata-North: Earth Medicine 67

Winter 68

Element: U&rmcgnbc;cí Makhá-Earth 69

Indigenous Virtues: Ú&rmcgnbc;šila na Wóchantognake-Compassion and Empathy 73

Spiritual Practice: Tha&rmcgnbc;chá&rmcgnbc;-Body 76

Chapter 6 Wankátakáb-Above: The Great Mystery 85

Elemental Energy: Bloká-Masculine 87

Indigenous Virtues: Ohóla na Yuónihan-Respect and Honor 91

Personal Aspect: Wóohola-Reverence 93

Spiritual Practice: Ihánbla-Spirit Dreaming 94

Chapter 7 Khúta-Below: The Source of Life 97

Elemental Energy: Yuwí&rmcgnbc;ya&rmcgnbc; s'e-Feminine 98

Indigenous Virtues: Wówacha&rmcgnbc;tognake na Otúh'a&rmcgnbc;-Generosity and Reciprocity 100

Personal Aspect: Wakhá&rmcgnbc;-The Sacred 103

Spiritual Practice: Wakhá&rmcgnbc; Okó-Sacred Spaces 105

Chapter 8 Hóchoka-Center: The Center of Life 111

Elemental Energy: Wichóni-Life 113

Indigenous Virtues: Wówiyuški&rmcgnbc;, Thehíla, Haháyela na Wóksape-Joy, Love, Harmony, and Wisdom 114

Spiritual Practice: The Reflection 120

Chapter 9 The Threefold Path 123

The Way of the Seven Generations 124

Spiritual Activation: Akíchita-Earth Warrior 130

The Way of the Buffalo 132

Spiritual Activation: Makhá Wówaš'ake-Earth Energy 139

The Way of the Village 142

Spiritual Activation: ÁyA Iglúha-Becoming Sovereign 148

The Way Forward 149

Acknowledgments 151

About the Author 153