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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dancing the Dream


"Widely recognized as one of the foremost teachers of Native American wisdom, Jamie Sams reveals the seven sacred paths of human spiritual development and explains how exploring each path leads to shifts in our personal relationships with the earth, our loved ones, friends and communities, and most  important, our own spiritual selves.  As part of a profound awakening process, these paths help us heal the past, shed fear of the future, and focus on being aware and fully present in our daily lives.  Ultimately, we discover that we are indeed dancing the dream."

The result of nearly twenty-five years of intensive study 
with two Native American dreaming societies,  
Dancing the Dream draws our attention to the f
our directions of the Medicine Wheel 
(East, South, West, and North) and the three unseen 
directions - Above, Below, and Within - and explains how 
each of these seven directions represents a specific path on 
the spiritiual journey. In the East, we encounter the first 
stirrings of the spirit; in the South, the healing of relationships; 
in the West, we work to build self-esteem; in the North, 
we learn wisdom and the opening of the heart; Above 
represents the world of spirit; Below, the earth; Within, 
full awareness of the present moment.

Most people will walk these paths in sequence. Some will 
never make it through all seven. Many will continue to move 
forward but continue to double back on earlier paths until 
they get things right. But for those willing to walk all seven 
paths, there is the great reward of being able to see the world 
with the soaring vision of an eagle, fully aware and present to 
meet life's challenges with vision, wisdom, and purpose.

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