The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community

The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community By Malidoma Patrice Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa Finding Life Purpose Through Nature Ritual and Community Through The Healing Wisdom of Africa readers can come to understand that the life of indigenous and traditional people is a paradigm for an intimate relationship with the natural world that both surr
  • Title: The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community
  • Author: Malidoma Patrice Somé
  • ISBN: 9780874779912
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community By Malidoma Patrice Somé, Through The Healing Wisdom of Africa, readers can come to understand that the life of indigenous and traditional people is a paradigm for an intimate relationship with the natural world that both surrounds us and is within us The book is the most complete study of the role ritual plays in the lives of African people and the role it can play for seekers in the West.
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    1. Malidoma Patrice Somé

      Som holds three Master s degrees and two doctorates from the Sorbonne and Brandeis University He has taught at the University of Michigan.

    657 thoughts on “The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community”

    1. This is one of my favorite books from Naropa Its all about cultivating the sacred through the use of the elements as they re known in the Dagara tradition in ceremony and ritual it also gets into the difference between the two This book will open up your experience of the sacred.


    2. There are very likely many different paths to enlightenment, and Malidoma Patrice Som provides us with some of those For many trying to make sense of the world around us, this work shows how ritual and healing can help reclaim life s purpose Much in this book was new to me and much I still really have to understand, but I feel it does offer lessons that we can adopt even in our fast paced, material and very individualistic western lifestyles.


    3. The author provides an astute analysis of the imbalances in modern society in relation to the masculine, feminine, and elemental forces of nature Beautifully descriptive, Malidoma s indigenous perspective on Western modernity tells the tale of how we came to experience the societal woes that we struggle with today both collectively and individually The author attempts to provide descriptions of how healing and balancing rituals could be constructed in a Western construct I gave 4 stars instead o [...]


    4. Excellent book that really details the beliefs and spirituality of the Dagara people I was mesmerized by how the community makes many life events ceremonial For example, there is a ceremony as a child is born into the world Also, the Dagara believe that if you are facing a personal crisis, it is not to be worked out alone The community needs to be involved in helping you, as it is the spirit coming through you to teach you some wisdom For example, if you are facing crisis in your career, a shama [...]


    5. This book reminded me yet again that there is no one path to enlightenment The path itself is a life long quest which contains many detours.The Tipping Point How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference


    6. Autobiographical in some places it lets you know what Western culture is missing in terms of community and acceptance for our children It helped me see how our communities, because they don t know any better, have left us to grow up alone.


    7. Just finished this book and it reminds me once again, that we know we are connected to one another, and our current and historic social structures do not work in encouraging individuality in terms of what each person brings to the whole, but squelches that individuality in the name of conformity predictability and everyone being the same Som does not condemn western culture and religion outright he does learn and come to see that the western structure does not conducively, let alone genuinely se [...]


    8. The book is calming, centering you know you are in the presence of a different sort of Being I have been blessed with having a reading with Malidoma and it was uncanny Within the first few moments I was with him, he had started to laugh You are the Great Shape Shifter, he said You are not what you appear to be Your Spirit will be restless forever until it finds its way home to Africa I had not told him a THING about myself But somehow, he knew and recognized me


    9. LOVED this book Some writes so clearly about the longing for community in the Western world and illustrates how indigenous cultures create communities that nurture humans and all of life through ritual.





    10. Me lo llegan a decir y no me lo creo, pero este libro sobre la espiritualidad de una etnia africana es una pasada si bien no creo que ponga jam s en pr ctica ninguno de los rituales propuestos, su explicaci n sobre las diferencias sociales y religiosas entre su propuesta y la mayor a de las propuestas occidentales particularmente la cristiana es bastante iluminadora A n recuerdo cuando, hace tiempo, en una comida con unos movimientos sociales, unas personas africanas intentaban explicarnos c mo [...]



    11. So far this book speaks to my soul that part of my soul that was snatched from Africa centuries ago Some talks about how indigeneous cultures regard nature as sacred, so they honor and respect it, and realize that humans are One with it That understanding is definitely lacking in the West and that ignorance and corporate greed might end us all my thought.The whole idea of people being born with a purpose and that purpose being reflected in the name really speaks to me My name has a nondescript m [...]


    12. I read Some s autobiography and loved it I thought this book would be a continuation of that story It is not The book is a criticism of western alienation of the psyche and his tribal community method to heal ourselves I thought his points valid, the subject of the book simply was not what I expected Were I a younger man I think I would have found the book interesting.





    13. I couldn t get into this book I was also disappointed that there wasn t at least a chapter on different African Traditional Religions.


    14. Some describes the indigenous spirituality of the Dagara people of West Africa According to his community, his purpose in life is to make friends with the enemy stranger.



    15. Very illuminating book on the role of ritual in Dagara traditions and on Dagara cosmology Useful also if you are seeking ideas on personal and communal rituals of healing to do on your own.


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