Wa-Na-Nee-Che is calling you! He is your teacher.
I am his scribe, and your guide on this journey. My name is Eliana “Bear Grandmother Calls Her,” the medicine name given to me by Brooke Medicine Eagle, a Métis spiritual teacher from Montana in the United States. Bear is my Power Animal. My lineage is Celtic; much has been lost from this tradition, yet it has many similarities with the Native American way.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the indigenous people of North America. They have a great deal to teach us, since they have kept their connection with Mother Earth and all her creatures, and with the Creator, Great Spirit. If this planet, our home, is to survive, we need to listen to their message: all life is sacred.
Wa-Na-Nee-Che, which in Lakota means “he who is needed by the people,” brings us this message in a way that all of us can understand, to make it part of our lives. You may have read stories of how people have made some connection with unusual “medicine” teachers. Most of those stories are allegorical, and the teachers are only archetypes: they do not exist outside the book.
But this is different: Wa-Na-Nee-Che is very much alive! The son of an Ojibwa mother and a Lakota Sioux father, with a dash of Celt, he descends from a long line of medicine men and shamans, and is one of only thirty-nine Native American teachers who hold the original wisdom. He is available to those who want to study with him, both in his country and in the UK.
Wa-Na-Nee-Che teaches a way of life: how to live in harmony with the inner self and those around you, and with all the other children of Mother Earth—the trees, animals, rocks, clouds, and all forms of creation.
For all those who are unable to come to him, Wa-Na-Nee-Che has designed White Eagle Medicine Wheel and its pack of cards as a unique way of going to them and to share his teaching. He will lead you, through the book, on a step-by-step journey of awakening at all levels. Many practical exercises are included, so that pupils can bring about a real change to their life.
Consider it as his gift to you. It carries his energy, his knowledge, and the wisdom which comes from the original teachings, beyond tribal traditions. Follow me, now. I will be your guide.
Come to Turtle Island, our name for the continent of North America, land of an ancient people who once walked on their beloved Mother Earth in their millions. Wa-Na-Nee-Che carries the ancient heritage of his people. He is beckoning you to
come and sit by him.
For a few moments, nothing is said. But you sense he is
taking in everything about you. Feeling his warmth and acceptance, you go to join him.
So here, I will leave you, in the good hands of your teacher.
Bear Grandmother Calls Her
Sacred teachings to guide your intuition and help you solve problems in your day-to-day life
This unique introduction to Native American sacred teachings offers a powerful resource for problem-solving on all fronts, whether at home, at work or in relationships. With Wa-Na-Nee-Che as your guide, you will discover how to communicate with the animals and other sacred archetypes, as they become your teachers and reveal their medicine ways to steer you in everyday life.
First Look at the book, exploring Eagle, Grandfather Provider and Medicine Wheel
The Apprentice Level
“At the first or apprentice level, your teachers are the Animals. There are twenty-eight, and one of them may become your special helper: we call such helpers Power Animals.
“Most questions at this level will be concerned with discovering how to bring balance and harmony into your life. The Animals will help you with daily challenges of life—setbacks, difficulties in work or in relationships. Remember, however, that they work with
your intuition and inner knowing.
“There will come a point when you feel you have made progress in ordering
your life the way you want it.
Vision • Fearlessness • Expansion
The beaded belt buckle shows Eagle woven into a ceremonial design symbolizing the mystical spirit of all the creatures that follow. In the background are materials from which Eagle has made its nest—usually on a high vantage point: here the sunlight sparkles on fresh snow. Eagle has dropped one of its secondary feathers; the primary feathers are whiter, with speckles and dark tips. However, all Eagle feathers are considered sacred and are used in ceremonies, in the form of fans or as part of clothing.
In the Native American tradition, Eagle is the most sacred of birds: it is the one that flies the highest, in order to reach Grandfather Sun, Great Spirit. Eagle feathers also hold potency, and are given in honor of acts of courage.
They are sacred tools used for blessings, prayers, and cleansing the aura. However, some Eagles are now declining species and are protected: except for certain tribal people, therefore, it is illegal to own Eagle feathers.
Native people have always found profound teaching in the creatures that surround them, and medicine people can communicate with the spirits of the creatures who help them in many ways. Because of its strength and ability to soar, plus its acute vision, Eagle is connected with the Creator, Great Spirit. Eagle medicine lifts us into the realm of spirit, brings us illumination, insight, and clear vision concerning our life and the path ahead—visible from those heights.
Eagle vision can see the truth of our own heart, and can also see into the hearts of others. Eagle helps us to look clearly at our own shadow and brings insight, guiding us to make changes, or find healing.
The great strength and fearlessness of Eagle brings courage to face life’s challenges. Eagle rides the winds, reminding us that we, too, can spread our wings and find freedom. We can ride above narrow, restricting situations as soon as we find the courage to deal with them.
Eagle also brings freedom from any inhibiting ideas we may have about who we truly are. If we have only identified with our “little self,” we need to deal with it with humor and compassion. But Eagle reminds us that our “larger self” is a being connected with light and all things.
Eagle tells you to call upon Eagle spirit to lift you into the
sunlit realms, and gives you the opportunity to awaken your
inner and outer visions. It is offering you gifts of
courage and freedom.
Now is the time to take flight and use the gifts that Eagle has brought you. Eagle also emphasizes male activity: this
tells you that it is time to take action.
If Eagle happens to come to you reversed, you may have been too involved in material concerns or have allowed negative thoughts to predominate. It is time to reconnect with
spirit and relax. Take courage and fly.
Lift your vision to Eagle’s high vantage point. From here, you can see more clearly both the pitfalls and the opportunities that lie ahead, and as you look into the past with objectivity, you will be able to learn from your previous mistakes.
The Student Level
“For this level, I have chosen the elders, seven Grandfathers and seven Grandmothers from different tribes and areas of Turtle Island, to be your next teachers. They may be called on for their abilities and personal qualities, and will take you forward in a particular way, bringing gifts that are authentic, sacred ceremonial objects made from the simple
things of Mother Earth.
“The questions at this level will be concerned with deepening your
understanding and spiritual growth.
Sweetgrass, a long grass, grows in hidden places, where there is sufficient moisture. It is becoming quite rare now, owing to the increased use of the remaining lands for ranching, farming, or spreading cities. Sweetgrass is traditionally braided, symbolizing the weaving together of all that is good, gentle, and pure in life. When it burns, it gives off a wonderfully sweet-smelling smoke.
It retains its aroma for up to a year, and is used for many
A soft rustling in a thicket nearby alerts you. Suddenly, a mounted hunter dashes out in pursuit of a deer, and the arrow soon finds its mark. The hunter kneels to pray, thanking the deer’s spirit for offering its life so that his people may live. This is Grandfather Provider, a Ute hunter from western Colorado.
“Come to my camp; we will share food. Our training starts in childhood: we must learn to be aware of every sound, every smell, every tiny movement in the surroundings; to feel things long before we see them, to sit for hours if necessary. We learn to respect all life—we learn of our responsibilities.
“But the greatest teachers are the animals themselves. We watch them, we watch their tracks, what they hunt and eat. Our knowledge of healing herbs and roots was the gift we received from the animals.
“Whenever we need to provide for our tribe or family, we prepare first by seeking advice from our Power Animals, or perform a ceremony to call upon the energy of the animals, explaining our intentions—which must be for good reasons. After the hunt, we give thanks to the animal for giving up its life energy for us. In fact, the animals will tell you which of their family is willing to sacrifice its life for humankind.
Grandfather Provider’s Message
“The teaching I have for you is, to have gratitude and respect for all life and all that is given to you. Take nothing for granted; in all areas of life, take only what you need, and nothing more. Providers must ensure that every- one is fed before eating themselves. What kind of provider are you for those in your care? The provider must determine the need—spiritual, mental, emotional, or physical. Nurture, love, happiness, and security—such are the needs of everyone. How do you care for yourself? Do you eat wholesome food, take enough exercise and rest, give yourself quiet time to reflect, meditate, and nurture your inner being?
“Take this purifying, protective sweetgrass. It is healing medicine, and it also provides nests for small creatures and food for animals. Its sweet fragrance fills the air, bringing you a time of gentleness—like sitting in a meadow, at peace with the whole of nature and the world.
“If sweetgrass comes reversed, it may be telling you that you are lacking in both gratitude and responsibility. Are you faltering in your duty to care for a parent or child, a husband or wife, a friend, employee, or student? Life is a precious gift. Too often, we ignore this gift by frittering away a lifetime on pointless activities. Life is short, but it can be sweet if we walk a path of beauty, harmony, and gratitude.”
The Elder Level
“The third and last level of attainment is the elder level. At this stage, we work with four archetypal symbols called Totems: Sweat Lodge, Drum, Medicine Wheel, and Totem Pole. Drum is universal, and speaks to us of the primal rhythms and vibrations that form solid matter. Sweat Lodge reminds us that the Great Mother, Mother Earth, births us all. Medicine Wheel is the circle of creation, the unity of all living things, and the promise of the evolution of the spirit. Totem Pole teaches us to stand tall in our truth, grounded in the Earth and in the honoring of all those who have gone before. At the elder level, you become more aware of these four creative sources of power.
“The questions at this level will be more focused on how you may help your brothers and sisters, and care for Mother Earth, in addition to taking full responsibility for your life. This enables an elder to make clear-sighted choices, instead of being at the mercy of events or other people’s reactions.
Seeing • Understanding • Energy
A sacred enclosure of about 40 feet (12 m) in diameter is formed by twenty-four stones placed in a circle, within which traditional ceremonies and rituals take place. Some ancient wheels still remain on what is considered “holy” ground. New medicine wheels are being built, however. The one pictured here has four central stones which mark the central fire. The fire represents Great Spirit; the lines of light, warmth, and energy radiate outwards to the wheel and the people attending the ceremonies.
The Medicine Wheel card brings the gifts of seeing, and of understanding how you are faring on life’s journey, especially through knowledge and intellect. This medicine circle, or wheel, is life force energy—a blueprint for life’s experiences. We come into this world at a given point and travel in a circular way, returning to where we entered; then we go “home.”
Our life’s journey shows us many paths and lessons leading to the completion of a round. The wheel has many points of energy on its circumference. As you realize this, you will use it to discover your own unique pathway—your sacred direction. You are your own counselor and teacher, aided by the wisdom of both the animals and the elders.
Wa-Na-Nee-Che invites you to walk some way beyond his campfire. “This ancient wheel, such as you might find on the land, is huge, with many stones and spokes. Each tribe has its own version of the wheel. The wheel we are using for the card spread is a non-tribal ‘Rainbow’ wheel, suitable for all people. In the center is perfect balance, and connection with the Source of All, Great Spirit. All other forms of creation are on the rim of the wheel. We travel around the wheel to gain life experience, returning periodically to the center to integrate our lessons.
Be open to receive the understanding and gifts that are
coming to you.
Medicine Wheel’s Message
“This is a wonderful place to pray, meditate, drum, ask for healing, or enter the vision world. After this ceremony, go on to the Medicine Wheel Spread. The ceremonies I give you are within your wheel, which can be laid out inside or outside. You will be safe there.
“This card also clarifies the changes you will need to make to become a fully integrated being. While balancing mind with emotions, and matter with spirit, refer to the Medicine Wheel diagram and decide where you are unbalanced.
Learn this wheel, so that you are familiar with the
qualities of each direction.
“If the Medicine Wheel appears reversed, look for serious or long-term imbalances. For example, you may be overusing, or overrating, your critical or analytical faculties—the North. Or perhaps you are refusing to listen to your heart and feelings—the South. Maybe you have become too materialistic, or overburdened with the struggle for survival—the West. And you have forgotten that you are also spirit—the East. In any case, it is important to remember to always look across the wheel at the opposite direction, to find the qualities you need in order to restore balance.”
This unique introduction to Native American sacred teachings offers a powerful resource for problem-solving on all fronts, whether at home, at work or in relationships.
With Eliana Harvey and Wa-Na-Nee-Che as your guides, you will discover how to communicate with the animals and other sacred archetypes, as they become your teachers and reveal their medicine ways to steer you in your everyday life.
Use the Animal, Grandfather/Grandmother and Totem cards for healing and to develop your intuitive abilities, as you progress through three levels of learning. Their age-old wisdom will help you to live in harmony with yourself, and with all living things around you.
Publication date: 18th October 2018
(Ps – You can use the ISBN to order from ANY bookshop!)
Eliana Harvey is a therapist and writer with a deep interest in Native American culture and tradition. She is the founder of Shamanka, a unique school of women’s shamanism, and has been involved in the spiritual path since 1960.
Visit her website at: shamanka.com
Wa-Na-Nee-Che descends from a long line of medicine men and shamans. He is one of the few remaining Native Americans willing to share the original wisdom of the old way of life, and offers sacred teachings appropriate to the western world in seminars and workshops.