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Similar Patterns:Santo Daime, Native American, and Roman Catholic Traditions

Sacred ceremonies are containers within which psychic forces and people are held.  The form of the ceremony might differ, but there are essential elements in all traditions.  Take for example the peyote ceremony of the Native American Church.  The ceremonial … Continue reading

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Healing and Numinosity in the Native American Church

One of the first phases in the healing relationship is the experience of numinosity.  Rudolf Otto coined the word “numinous”  as a quality we find in all the world’s religions, whereby the divine is experienced (among other qualities) as being … Continue reading

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Healing the Ancestors

One of my eagle clan brothers (one of the more Nordic lines of eagles) invited me to his Ancestralization ceremony which follows the African tradition set down by Malidoma Patrice Some’.  Dr. Some’ was instrumental in the development of the … Continue reading

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Making Relations means changing

Sometimes people just can’t understand another culture’s traditions.  When I introduced my 30 year-old grandson to the leader of the local Santo Daime Church, he shook his head and told me, “that’s not possible.  Not your grandson, your son perhaps, … Continue reading

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Native American Soul Wound

The following is excerpted from an unpublished Masters Thesis (2004) entitled The Peyote Ceremony of the Native American Church: A Gateway to Healing and Transformation by Michael J. Melville (pages 31-37). In their book Native American Postcolonial Psychology (1995), Eduardo … Continue reading

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A Poisonous Brew

Homeopathic remedies work on an ancient alchemical principle that “like affects like”.  The same (homo in Greek) symptoms might be caused by a variety of situations (pathogens), so taking a plant or flower which causes those or similar symptoms and … Continue reading

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The Medicine Lodge or Peyote Ceremony

This description of the Southern Arapaho Fireplace is taken from The Peyote Ceremony of the Native American Church: Gateway to Healing and Transformation, (2004) unpublished Master’s Thesis, by Michael J. Melville, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA I have been attending … Continue reading

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