Dancing with Raven and Bear

A Book of Earth Medicine and Animal Magic
By (author) Sonja Grace

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Dancing with Raven and Bear
A Book of Earth Medicine and Animal Magic
By (author) Sonja Grace

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Pages : 144

Book Size : 5.38 x 8.25

ISBN-13 : 9781620558140

Imprint : Findhorn Press

On Sale Date : September 25, 2018

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : b&w illustrations throughout

Inspired by her Native American heritage and Norwegian upbringing, Sonja Grace shares original wisdom tales that connect us to Earth Medicine and animal magic. Illustrated with the author’s original art, these tales also include energy exercises, dream interpretations, Earth Medicine prayers and meditations, and plant work techniques.
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About Dancing with Raven and Bear

Original tales inspired by Native American and Norwegian folklore that highlight the wisdom of the divine natural world

• Shares unique stories about Earth Medicine and animal magic, inspired by the author’s unusual Native American (Hopi) and Norwegian upbringing

• Interwoven with ancient teachings and everyday practical applications of Earth Medicine, such as grounding and dream interpretation

• Each tale is beautifully illustrated with the author’s original art, which promotes spiritual understanding and the power of the Earth’s healing properties

• Paper with French flaps

Drawing on both her Native American (Hopi) heritage and her Norwegian upbringing, renowned mystic and intuitive healer Sonja Grace shares original wisdom tales, received through her heart and soul, to take you on a journey into the magic of Raven and Bear and the healing power of Earth Medicine.

Featuring Sonja’s distinctive and beautiful artwork, each story is embedded with ancient teachings to inspire you to live closer to the Earth. The fables include powerful examples of animal magic and everyday, practical applications of Earth Medicine, such as simple energy exercises, dream interpretations, Earth Medicine prayers and meditations, and using medicinal plants to manage negative energies. As background to the stories, Sonja reveals parallels between Norse mythology and Native American traditions and explores the symbology of animals and the recurring central theme of the tension between light and darkness. In Norse myth, the great god Odin, for instance, is often accompanied by Ravens. These birds are considered manifestations of the Valkyries, the goddesses who brought brave soldiers to Valhalla, while in Native American traditions, the Raven is viewed as a trickster or messenger, a magical creature with the ability to shapeshift into a human or animal, yet also portrayed as a hero overcoming adversity. The Bear on the other hand can embody the healer who grounds our energy and removes illness or can represent the inner part of us that has faith. In one fable, Sonja brings Bear to life as a mythical creature singing songs to bring in the light, reflecting the powerful lesson that by using our voice and speaking the truth we can hold darkness at bay. Throughout all of the stories, Raven and Bear teach us to be responsible for our actions and develop spiritual accountability.

By sharing these tales of Earth Medicine, Sonja offers not only a path of reconnection with the Earth but also medicine for the soul. She shows how the Earth works in unity within herself and provides a warehouse of knowledge for all who live upon her.
Excerpt

Book Excerpt

Chapter 4

Holding the Darkness at Bay

Creator came to Bear one day and gave him a drum. He told Bear that he must sing his songs when there is darkness he cannot escape. Bear took this very seriously and practiced every day. The Earth heard him singing and taught him songs for the water and the rain. He would go to the river and sing to the water, his tears running down his face . . . his love ran deep for the Earth. One-day, Bear noticed a darkness coming towards him. This cloud grew bigger and bigger and Bear started to sing. He sang his songs and beat his drum so loud he was sure Creator would hear him. He called out to Creator but did not get an answer. He worried Creator could not see or hear him because the darkness was becoming so strong. The Earth’s energy came up through his feet and Bear suddenly felt grounded and not afraid. He heard the Goddess whisper, “You must use your light with each song.” Bear was confused. “What is my light and how can I find anything with such darkness around me?” he asked himself. The Earth’s energy rose up into his legs right past his belly and into his heart. Suddenly a bright light came streaming out of bear’s chest and Bear started to sing and dance and play his drum. His voice was clear, and the sound waves mixed with the light waves beaming from his heart. As Bear sang his song the darkness began to shrink down into nothing and very soon it was gone as quickly as it arrived. Creator stood in front of Bear and said, “I am happy you have found the answer to the darkness. I have always been with you. My energy flows through the top of your head down to your heart and meets the Earth’s energy fusing together to create light. This light, combined with your voice, is like a tapestry woven together as a protection from all evil.”

He smiled at Bear and said, “You will always hold the darkness at bay.”

There are many ways Earth medicine can help us to heal and clear the darkness away. Before we begin to use the natural gifts the Earth provides, we must respect and understand that each living thing has a spirit. One way to show reverence for all living things is to ask permission before picking or cutting a plant, taking a rock or anything from nature.

In Native American cultures tobacco is used as an offering. I always carry a little tobacco and use it to pray with before gathering cedar or any of the other plants I use as a part of my practice. If you do not have tobacco to give, perhaps you can place a small amount of food for the spirit of the plant or rock. It is my belief that we must feed these unseen elements - just as we would feed our own family. We do not have to put a whole table of food out (although there are cultures who do this) just a tiny amount to make an offering.

In my opinion, the Western or Pacific Red Cedar tree is the best plant to use when clearing negative energy. First, I make an offering to the tree. Then I feel that I have permission to pick the greens from the tree and hang them up to dry. Once the greens are dry, I like to burn a small amount in a fire safe bowl or coffee can. When I light this, I allow it to flare up first and then I blow the fire out. I use the smoke throughout the house and body. This is called smudging. This clears out nega- tive energies. Cedar smudge sticks are also great to use but it is important to obtain a fire safe bowl or coffee can as that will prevent any stray pieces from falling away. You can use Juniper in the same way as it is related through Earth Medicine to the Cedar tree.

I use Sage for blessings. You can pick sage in the desert or grow sage in your garden. Remember to give an offering to the plant before you harvest. The smoke used from dried sage leaves is a way of asking Creator to bless an object, baby, house or ceremony. Sage has been mistaken by some people as the plant medicine to be used to clear away negative energy. Unfortunately, that has the wrong effect and actually blesses the negativity. Sage is a very sacred plant and needs to be honored for the Earth medicine it holds. Sweet Grass is used by many tribes in ceremony. This plant is considered the oldest plant on earth by the Ojibwe and Cree, who refer to it as the hair of Mother Earth. During sacred times the long grass is braided into bundles. The spirit of this plant is one that has assisted and protected many ceremonies.

Our four-legged friends, the winged ones, trees, plants and humans take their physical or dense form from the Earth. The Earth herself holds vast amounts of energy that is expressed in all forms of life. However, the soul of those life forms, be it a tree, animal or human has incarnated from somewhere else in the universe. We are all made up of organic material and so by connecting our energy with the Earth’s energy we create a powerful way to receive what we need when confronted by dark forces.

Dark forces are a part of dualism; the good and bad, right and wrong, light and dark. If we allow ourselves to dive into our fear, we are investing in the illusion of the duality. In order to protect ourselves we can connect by grounding our energy deep into the Earth. By going further in meditation, we will find inner peace and better observe the duality. Deep meditation allows us to step back as an observer and no longer engage any part of our energy into whatever is negatively confronting us. When our fear is activated by dark forces we give them power over us but if we chose instead to only observe, that power is diminished. In a state of observation, we connect with a much higher frequency that is source.
Table of Contents

Table of content

Introduction

1 Grounding

2 Dancing with Raven

3 Releasing Pain

4 Holding the Darkness at Bay

5 Power

6 Dreaming

7 The Burden

8 Death

9 The Illusion

10 A Safe Place

11 The Medicine Path

12 What Deer Had to Say

13 Love

14 The River’s Edge

15 Earth Spirit

16 Mending a Broken Heart

17 Warriors of the Earth

18 The Next Seven Generations

Conclusion

About the Author
Author Bio
Sonja Grace is a highly sought after mystic, healer, artist and storyteller with both Norwegian and Native American heritage. As an intuitive healer, she has been counseling an international roster of clients for over thirty years. Sonja's ancestral background is a fascinating blend of Native American Choctaw and Cherokee descent and Norwegian. She has been adopted on the Hopi Reservation, where she is considered a medicine woman. The award-winning author of Spirit Traveler, Become an Earth Angel, and Dancing with Raven and Bear, Sonja has appeared multiple times with George Noory on Beyond Belief and Coast to Coast AM. She lives in Arizona with her husband.
Book Praise

Book Praise

“A beautiful, wise, and original book from the multitalented Sonja Grace.” George Noory, Coast to Coast AM

Dancing with Raven and Bear is an archetypal avenue to the soul. This treat is long overdue in our high-tech information age where news and trivia inundate us, and yet we starve for real wisdom. Tension, tears, joy, and imagery that transcend time bring us empathy and truth while striking a universal nerve that penetrates and endures.” Timothy Kieran O’Mahony, PhD, FRGS, author of Every Child’s Potential
Back Cover

Back Cover Copy

SPIRITUALITY / NATIVE AMERICAN / NORSE

“A beautiful, wise, and original book from the multitalented Sonja Grace.”
--GEORGE NOORY, Coast to Coast AM

Dancing with Raven and Bear is an archetypal avenue to the soul. This treat is long overdue in our high-tech information age where news and trivia inundate us, and yet we starve for real wisdom. Tension, tears, joy, and imagery that transcend time bring us empathy and truth while striking a universal nerve that penetrates and endures.”
--TIMOTHY KIERAN O’MAHONY, PhD, FRGS, author of Every Child’s Potential: Bringing the Brain into Classroom Instruction

Earth Medicine for the Soul

“She felt her heart stir with a truth that made sense beyond words. As she lay there on the healing stones, she noticed her hands tingling and her feet warm. The bears looked at one another and asked, ‘Are you ready?’ ‘Yes,’ she replied. Now she felt a pressure in her spine. The raven on top of her head cried out, ‘Now you change yourself!’”

Drawing on both her Native American (Hopi) heritage and her Norwegian upbringing, renowned mystic and intuitive healer Sonja Grace shares original wisdom tales, received through her heart and soul, to take you on a journey into the magic of Raven and Bear and the healing power of Earth Medicine. Featuring Sonja’s distinctive and beautiful artwork, each story is embedded with ancient teachings to inspire you to live closer to the Earth. The fables include potent examples of animal magic and everyday, practical applications of Earth Medicine, such as simple energy exercises, dream interpretations, Earth Medicine prayers and meditations, and using medicinal plants to manage negative energies.

As background to the stories, Sonja reveals parallels between Norse mythology and Native American traditions and explores the symbology of animals and the recurring central theme of the tension between light and darkness. In Norse mythology, Raven shows up as a companion to the great god Odin; in the Native American tradition, he features as trickster or messenger, also as someone overcoming adversity. Bear, on the other hand, appears as the embodiment of the healer, also representing our innermost part that has faith. Singing songs to bring in the light, Bear as a mythical creature brings to us the powerful lesson that by using our voice and speaking the truth we can hold the darkness at bay. roughout all of the stories, Raven and Bear teach us to be responsible for our actions and develop spiritual accountability.

By sharing these tales of Earth Medicine, Sonja off ers not only a path of reconnection with the Earth but also medicine for the soul. It becomes evident how the Earth works in unity within herself and provides a warehouse of knowledge to tap into for all who live upon and honor her.

With Raven and Bear as spirited, wise guides, these unique stories set out to reconnect us with the simple truths of life, stripped of all fancy modern overlay that distracts from essence.

Inspired by an unusual heritage of different cultures, Sonja Grace brings the universal wisdom of the ancestors back into our lives, infusing us with trust and faith in our ability to live connected to the cosmos. Profound teachings about Earth Medicine and Animal Magic, interwoven with meditations and exercises, remind us of the power of the Earth’s healing properties and carry within the opportunity to deepen our spiritual understanding of the world.

Artfully illustrated, this book of tales teaches us how to look again for what is real, expand our awareness, and embrace our true nature in connection with the Earth.

SONJA GRACE is a highly soughtafter mystic, a gifted healer, artist, and storyteller. Her ancestral background is a fascinating blend of Native American and Norwegian. Adopted by Hopis on the reservation in Arizona, Sonja is considered a medicine woman.

As an intuitive healer and energy surgeon, she has been working with an international roster of clients for more than thirty years, helping people who suffer physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The award-winning author of Spirit Traveler and Become an Earth Angel, Sonja has appeared multiple times with George Noory on Beyond Belief and Coast to Coast AM. She lives in Arizona with her husband.

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