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The Spirit of Healing

Stories, Wisdom, and Practices from Native America
Narrated by: Lewis Mehl-Medrona
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
4.5 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Lakota prophecy tells of a day when Westeners will join Native wisdom-keepers to create a new, integrated vision of healing. Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona believes that day has arrived.

With The Spirit of Healing, this physician and lifelong student of Native American spirituality invites you to discover healing practices informed by both modern medical and psychiatric knowledge, and the "narrative medicine" of tradtional healers.

©2011 Sounds True (P)2011 Sounds True

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  • OM
  • Santa Cruz, CA, US
  • 03-19-15

Blessings & Wisdom abound

What a gift to listen to an American Indian elder teach Native Wisdom. Imparted with humbleness and compassion for the greater good of the listener to grow through storytelling, & facilitated visualizations.

As a predominantly acculturated urban American Indian Woman, this has been another way of receiving spiritual & cultural navigation of my people.

Dr. Mehl-Madrona so wisely has offered these teachings for all to learn from. A rare sharing of traditional knowledge that is good medicine for all.

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  • Lori
  • Memphis, TN, United States
  • 10-17-11

Healing ideas and stories for everyone

I loved this recording. The feeling of it is in a conversation style. Dr. Mehl-Medrona tells about his life, his experiences and people he has met along the way. With each new story he told, I could relate to him more, and his ideas were presented in such a way that they are very healing. The concepts and the methods discussed in this program are very accessible, and very welcome. Thank you Audible, and Dr Mehl-Medrona.

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great story teller

loved this. gave me hope and inspiration. I will listen to this again and again. The narration is just right.

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Good Medicine in a Harsh World

Dr. Mehl-Medrona has a fascinating voice (both masculine and feminine encompassed; you can imagine it as any parent or friend speaking just to you) and believes fully in the power of Story. His voice is fully transformed when singing to Creator. It would be difficult to maintain any level of anxiety while listening to him; hence I often use his programs set at 85% speed as a sleep aid; I fall right to sleep and the "bedtime stories" never get old, even the ones where you are imagining your own heroic, fearless self confronting some obstacle on the path. He speaks from a Lakota perspective that comes across as fairly universal; there is no need to be especially versed in Native cultures. I also bought his Meditations recording but I use both for pretty much the same purposes, relaxation, sleep, anti-anxiety fodder, a friendly voice (especially good because I live a very isolated existence). Good medicine in a harsh world.

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True Healing for me

I am absolutrly sold on this man. His guided meditations takes me where I need to go.

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Could have done without the guided imagery parts

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. There are great stories of healing using indigenous medicine and the complimentary relationships that exist between Western medicine and Native American medicine.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narration is good and makes an easy listen. The parts where the author unnecessarily adds "filler" using guided imagery sessions would have been best left out.

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Wonderful teachings with wisdom & humor

Enjoyable & thoughtful stories that carry the wisdom traditions of the Lakota.
I love everything about this book.

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  • Jeannie
  • north bend, OR, United States
  • 05-29-12

True caring wisdom from the heart

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely YES, Dr. Lewis Mehl shows true healing from the heart and mind and his compassion for others. A tool not all have.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Wind.

Any additional comments?

Dr. Lewis Mehl, Please write more books. Thank you

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Everyone, read this!

I love this book. I strongly recommend it to everyone. The author tells about himself a bit, then shares wisdom and insight about how mental health care could be augmented with traditional practices. He also offers several guided meditations- you can listen and just go along with it or situate yourself to participate more fully in deeper meditation. (Probably shouldn’t listen to the meditations while driving etc., of course.)

Thank you Louis Mehl-Medrona! i’ll be listening to your other books over time. You are a great benefit to me & my loved ones.

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Complete waste of time

Not even remotely what the description said it was about. Kept reading to think it would get better, but it never did so I stopped with many hours to go.