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Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants [Paperback]

Eliot Cowan
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Jan. 1 1996 1893183114 978-1893183117 New edition
Ancient shamanic practice compelled the magician-healer first to make contact with the spirit of the plant to ask for its help before administering the herbal cure. This practice is alive today in Mexico among the traditional Indian shaman healers-principally the elder Huichol Indian shaman and plant spirit healer Don Guadalupe Gonzales Rios. Elliot Cowan reveals these ancient practices and guides the reader in the effective use of the wild herb plants in the area in which he or she lives. the result is a wonderful psychic and spiritual approach to holistic healing

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Profound Feb. 15 2004
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I am a psychotherapist. Although traditionally trained, I'm drawn to holistic means of healing the psyche. I agree with another reviewer, that this book is not just about plant spirit medicine. It is much bigger than that. To me it is about all healing and about being in relationship with one's self, plant spirits, others, All That Is. Unlike the other reviewer, this book proved to be much greater and more wonderful than I expected. I was deeply moved by it, finding myself tearful at times. It profoundly resonated for me. In my opinion Cowan has tremendous depth and truly gets what's going on. He really speaks to the heart. If you're looking for a herbal recipe book "use this herb for this ailment", you'll be disappointed. If you want to get a strong sense of the loving & amazing power of plant spirits to assist our healing, you won't be able to put it down. I read many books on personal growth and healing. This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Plants...domestic and not domestic. As the native american person looks at life he sees family members. Spirits occupy all that has life. The eagle has a spirit. Horses have nations...spiritual colonies. Trees have a spiritual family structure. California White Sage...there is a spirit who represents that plant. Eliot Cowan patiently waited and meditated and communed with particular plant spirits. It is not uncommon. It is uncommon for someone outside the native american society to even want to do what Eliot did. It isnt something that one can do on a four day vision quest. Just the knowledge of the fact that spirits do exist in plants, should make us more aware of the giant redwood trees. And the whales and sharks...as all of life has spirit. Even you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Dec 16 2005
Eliot Cowan's book is both beautiful and inspiring. I couldn't put it down. Anyone interested in spirit, healing, shamanism, and realizing our potential to be in sacred relationship with all of nature will find this book a blessing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Buy this book and read it. It is an amazing and powerful experience. I read it three times in a row and soaked up more and more with each reading. This book turned me on to Shamanism, but as I went off and read more about Shamanism, I discovered that nothing else was quite as clear, powerful, or sincere as Eliot Cowan's book. Don't take my word for it, read it for yourself!
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