Angeles Arrien has gathered wisdom from a variety of indigenous cultures around the world, distilling it into four paths to effective action - "showing up, paying attention, telling the truth and being unattached to the outcome." These are the archetypal paths of the warrior, healer, visionary and teacher, and the opportunity to embody these archetypes arises in every situation in our lives.
What lessons can the modern seeker of truth gain from the shaman's way? Join respected anthropologist and folklorist Angeles Arrien as she bridges the past with the present to find powerful methods based on the shamanic tradition for gaining clarity and direction in your life.
In every culture, in every age, there is a turning point in human life. At this threshold, when you see fewer days ahead than have already passed, you begin the greatest adventure: the second half of your life. In The Second Half of Life, anthropologist and author Angeles Arrien retrieves the world's vital wisdom - teachings that have opened people at midlife to the deeper mysteries of who we really are and why we are truly here.
A Basque native, Arrien is at the forefront of those who see the common threads that unite us while honoring our differences. She speaks of the importance of myth and symbol in everyday life and combines the two disciplines of anthropology and psychology. Her cross-cultural approach provides both a universal and practical means of addressing health and well-being.
"Outdated, a little boring, but worth a listen"
For most of us, gratitude comes easily when things are going well. But putting it into practice when life throws you a curveball is another story. In Gratitude: The Essential Practice for Happiness and Fulfillment, cultural anthropologist and educator Angeles Arrien shows you how to cultivate the power of deep appreciation so that it becomes a way of life - simply and naturally.
In the context of 9/11, anthropologist, educator and award-winning author Angeles Arrien shares her deep wisdom and invites us to explore the significance of change and how to view it in our lives in creative and practical ways. Arrien suggests that the great journey of life is made up of phases and changes, and that there are always signals and signposts to guide us.
"9/11 as recovery, struggle, awareness, ramble"
One of the oldest tools for revealing the territory of the unconscious, the Tarot has been used for centuries to tap deep levels of self-knowledge. Here, Arrien, a native Basque and anthropologist, speaks of universal archetypes in the Tarot, and how these archetypes can be used for self-understanding. The power of symbols and how they impact our life so much of the time is also covered by Arrien in this expressive dialogue.
"disapointing so far"
There are enormous gifts in growing older and wiser, and Angeles Arrien is working to help bring that awareness to our culture at large, to those of us who've passed the 50-year milestone - and also to those who are headed in that direction. Arrien identifies the opportunities we have in the second half of our lives to move beyond obligation and say yes to our natural rhythms and deepest desires.
For over 25 years, Dr. Angeles Arrien has examined the way diverse cultures handle the challenges unique to the "great-crossing" at mid-life. Now in 6 challenging lectures - each one packed with mythological tales and elder wisdom - Dr. Arrien bring you these profound teachings just when they are needed most. Here is the "Blessing Way": the indigenous ritual for making a golden invitation for those who follow us; the 8 Gates of Initiation, which open to new vistas in your inner and outer worlds; the 9 Nine Muses of the ancient Greeks, and how they mediate between the mystery of creation and your creativity; and much, much more. Dr. Arrien teaches that, when you find the courage to change at mid-life, you return to your soul's highest values, prepared to create your own legacy and leave your everlasting imprint on the world.
"Exploration of meaning of your life"
Where do we go from here, and what, practically, must we do to get there? When the contributers to Fabric of the Future were asked this question, the response was immediate and impassioned. Leading women thinkers representing the broadest spectrum of religion, philosophy, spirituality, and ethnicity surveyed the cultural landscape and offered their collective insight into how we can navigate these turbulent times.