Book Review: Dancing The Dream

Today, I would love to introduce you to yet another powerful spiritual book that has been an important part of my journey: Dancing the Dream by Jamie Sams

This book introduces readers to the Seven Sacred Paths of Human Transformation in First Nation Traditions. ¬†These seven paths have been outlined by many philosophies and traditions, called by other names: 7 sacraments, 7 chakras, 7 paths of faith, Shabbat, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Whatever religious or cultural practices you may be familiar with, I believe you will find something relateable to your traditions in these Native American Traditions.

Jamie introduces us to the medicine wheel- Life is a circle, the circle of life and these 7 sacred paths lead us through the wheel of life, experiencing all that the human experience has to offer. These paths are not linear but can be traveled simultaneously as we go through our human journey.

Jamie explains that we use parts and pieces of our attention on various life tasks at the same time. When we begin to conquer life’s challenges and heal our past issues, we free up additional life force to use in the exploration of our life… Life becomes and Adventure!

Transformation is a personal journey that is directed by our individual desires to explore the various paths.

This book is another one that I just couldn’t put down. It is another way of adding pieces to the giant puzzle of life. This book will add to your spiritual references. I believe the more I learn about traditions and practices different from the Catholic ones I was raised with, my world view expands exponentially. I am able to see the connections between Western Traditions and Eastern. I can see similarities in the practices of Wicca, Native Americans, Mystics, and most organized religions. I am able to see the story of our truth weaved into the fabric of movies like Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and The Matrix.

By adding Native American traditions to my bank of knowledge, I feel my spiritual tool box continues to grow, giving me insights into my mind and my world I could not have otherwise.

In Native American Traditions, this book teaches us the values of forgiveness and gratitude. We learn how to ground ourselves. We learn how to balance masculine and feminine energies, we learn of the cycles of life.

As with many First Nation Traditions, we also learn the importance of our connection with the Earth, with the sky and the ocean. We learn of our connection with all other creatures. We learn how to heal ourselves by watching nature.

Jamie also teaches us to inject levity and lightness into our path. This is similar to the Wicca Traditions of “The Younger Self.”

We learn to set boundaries and respect them. We learn to accept what is without of our control and to be accountable for our own choices and path. We are advised to quit judging, to stop blaming and to respect one another’s individual path. We learn to find calm in the chaos, to face our fears and to recognize the Great Spirit in all things.

We learn to trust our intuition. We learn that without pain, we cannot really understand pleasure. We learn to value integrity, authenticity and congruence. Sound Familiar? Yes, Jamie makes Native American Traditions accessible to everyone. She highlights the similarties between her Native culture and our organized religious traditions, regardless of whether we lean towards the traditions of the East or West.

We learn the value of presence and being focused on the present moment, here and now. We come to understand that Fear means living in the future and Regret lives in the past. Both are enemies of living in the present moment and enjoying the journey of being on earth as a human being.

We are reminded that everything in life brings us lessons or blessings and we choose how to perceive. We learn to be humble and balance the acts of giving and receiving.

We learn that everything in life has a beginning, a middle and end and that from each end comes a new beginning. We learn to appreciate the circle of life, or medicine wheel because life is about adapting to change.

I found this book to be empowering and satisfying and if you do not have many Native American Spirituality texts in your collection, this is certainly a good one to add.

If you are following along with my Reflections from A Course of Miracles series, you will find this book adds much value to the lessons of ACIM. As you know I am very much a proponent of studying various traditions and cultures until you complete the puzzle that makes sense to you.


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