Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers
Grandfather Rick McBride Sunday December 7th 11:00am to
Native American teachings, traditions, and lifeways help us understand the
relationship between humans and nonhumans. These relationships were established long ago between the ancients and
the animal nations in order that they might all get along with each other and help each other survive. Today, the
challenges to both humans and nonhumans in this world have changed dramatically. Yet, the Medicine Helpers are
still honoring their agreements with humans. It is not only a benefit to engage the help of Animals, and of Trees
and Grasses and the Crawlers and Winged Ones and Fishes, it is necessary for our mutual survival. We leave these
nations out of the process of our own evolution at our peril. And theirs. When you establish a conscious
relationship with a particular Medicine Helper nation, you not only benefit yourself with its guidance, you become
part of a small but unique group that has done so for millennia and that has been the very basis for the survival
of humanity and the balance of the Earth. Creating a relationship with an Animal nation has as much to do with the
success of the whole village as it does the personal success of any individual.
Determining the ways a particular Animal Medicine Helper can help you comes from
observation, meditation, "intuition" (the art of listening), and acceptance. You will learn some basic
commonalities among various Helpers, which will help you determine the ways in which that Animal can help you. You
will learn how to sensitize yourself in order to enhance your skills of observation and interpretation of Animal
behavior. You will also learn how a good understanding of Medicine Helpers adds greater dimension to you every day
life, and for those pursuing that relationship further through working with the Medicine Wheel or Medicine Shields
just how profoundly these sentient beings can positively improve your life.
To register call 561-333-3372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 30 years. He was
named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is
a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification
lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways
for some ten years now. Workshops and lectures are one way to learn from the wisdom of Indian Country.
Ceremony brings this knowledge to life. Combined, teaching and ceremony render practical guidance to everyday
living. And so, Rick sees his role as that of "translator" of indigenous ways so that mainstream-educated
people get the full benefit of these ways. It has taken him years of dedicated interaction with many Elders,
as well as his activities as ceremonial leader to get to this place in his life.
For further information, visit his website: www.mixedblood.info