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"The teachings are for all, not just for Indians...The white people never wanted to learn before...Now they have a different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn. But who really wants to learn?"   —Don Jose Matsuwa, Huichol, 1989   Learn more »
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Posted May 12, 2014

What is the active ingredient in plant spirit medicine? Eliot Cowan tells us that the answer is friendship. In this edition of Insights at the Edge, the author of Plant Spirit Medicine speaks with Tami Simon about engaging in a friendship with plant spirits, and compares the act of connecting with plant spirits in your local area versus working with the spirits of plants from distant places. Tami and Eliot also discuss “great teacher plants”. (73 minutes)

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"... healing is quite mysterious. If we can say it’s about anything, it’s about balance and restoring balance. But that raises the question of, “Balance with what?”

One way of answering that is to say that everything that gave us our life in the first place —and maintains and nourishes and sustains our life—is present and came from what we call “the natural world.” Or simply nature. That’s what we’re made of, and that’s what sustains our lives. So, to be in good health is to be in balance with those forces that create and sustain the natural world."

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Posted February 12, 2014

Excerpts from the Introduction to the New Edition of Plant Spirit Medicine

“Plant spirit medicine works partially because it has broad perspective. It does not look only through the eyes of physics and chemistry; it sees human beings as expressions of divine natural forces. It plumbs the human mind and emotions. It gives paramount importance to spirit, the mysterious core of our lives.”

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“By way of tipping my hat in respect, I will mention that the Huichols are an indigenous people whose once-extensive homelands have been reduced to some rugged areas in the western Sierra Madre in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango, Mexico. Like all indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere, the Huichols have been and are being hard pressed by the dominant culture..."

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Posted July 16, 2013

BDC: What originally drew you to working with the Sacred Fire Foundation?

Cindy: I was telling someone the other day that it is really just a love of my life. There’s something so important about the work of the Foundation that feels life-giving at this time, and so redemptive. I was talking to some people recently about some of the work we’ve been doing, especially around Ancient Wisdom Rising (AWR) and the poignancy of working with the elders and the messages that they’re bringing forth to us. And the people had tears streaming down their cheeks.

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