I am currently reading and excellent book that I stumbled upon in my travels. The title of the book is “American Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for every season of life.” By E. Barrie Kavasch and Karen Baar.
As we grow older, we get sick, statistically over half of the US population suffers from some sort of chronic illness. When we compare modern medicine to most ancient healing arts we find that modern, Western medicine is focused on treating the symptoms and fails to recognize that illness is a result of an imbalance between body, mind and spirit.
“Illness and disorders are considered far more than mere organic or physical manifestations. An individual’s body, mind and spirit must be aligned for true healing to occur”
-American Indian Healing Arts pg 117 Treating disease the Navajo night way.
‘Transformation’ and ‘restoring balance’ are central areas of focus to the Navajo. The Night way healing ceremony can last as long as 10 days during the long night hours of Winter. Each ritual is unique to each individual and great effort is put into creating a customized ritual and healing modality for each seeker.
What really grabs my attention here is the strong sense of community portrayed through these ceremonies, each community healer bringing and offering their ‘gift’ and together blending these various gifts creating a healing modality that takes the seekers mind, body and spirit into consideration.
I am so glad I stumbled upon this book! I believe it is out of print now, but one might be able to grab a copy from the library or on Amazon through a 3rd party seller.