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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.