The Four-fold Way: Walking The Paths Of The Warrior, Teacher, Healer, And Visionary

Paperback | February 26, 1993

byAngeles Arrien

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A leading expert on native spirituality and shamanism reveals the four archetypal principles of the Native American medicine wheel and how they can lead us to a higher spirituality and a better world.

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A leading expert on native spirituality and shamanism reveals the four archetypal principles of the Native American medicine wheel and how they can lead readers to a higher spirituality and a better world. Features meditational exercises, a self-inventory to track progress, and inspirational quotations. 30 illustrations.

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A leading expert on native spirituality and shamanism reveals the four archetypal principles of the Native American medicine wheel and how they can lead us to a higher spirituality and a better world.

Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., is an anthropologist, author, educator, and corporate consultant. She lectures and conducts workshops worldwide, showing the bridge between cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religions. Her work reveals how indigenous wisdoms are relevant to our families, professional lives, and our relationship t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 7.38 × 0.56 inPublished:February 26, 1993Publisher:HarperCollins

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What this life is all about Before I opened “The Four-Fold Path” book I googled Angeles Arrien only to find that she is a respected anthropologist, expert on indigenous societies’ spirituality and shamanism. With that in mind I prepared myself for a read of stories from the past, perhaps slightly irrelevant and boring. To my surprise and a delight the book is not only relevant to a contemporary spiritual path seeking, but it is also quite practical and packed with references and quotes that only true spiritual erudite can compile. The Four-Fold Path is a term, by which Angeles Arrien embraces four main resources of human psyche that creates fulfillment and secures an inner and outer success in life. The resources are: Power, Vision, Love and Wisdom. In order to grow, i.e. diminish the influence of ego in human evolution, each of the resources need to be tapped in to with a similar and steady frequency. Although all of us have array of dominant features and be characterized accordingly, we humans of normal capacity have a potential to become all four way beings. Arrien’s definitions of four ways are based on four archetypal principles of the Native American medicine wheel and are as follows: the way of a Warrior, whose main resource is Power, the way of a Visionary with a resource of Vision, the way of a Healer with a resource of Love and the way of a Teacher with a resource of Wisdom. They represent respectively four directions of North, East, South and West and four elements; Air, Fire, Earth and Water. Each of the ways besides the directions and elements have also an attributed means to preserve their resources. Warrior needs to show up in order to preserve his Power. Visionary needs to tell the truth to preserve Vision. Healer needs to pay attention to preserve Love. Teacher to preserve Wisdom needs to open to outcome. The four-fold-way ascribes to each of the archetype a kind of meditation, way of living, healing salve, creature and musical instrument. Each of the given ways is naturally attractive to a specific archetype and in my experience it is rather consistent. Another interesting and very useful knowledge about archetypes in the Arrien’s book is unclaimed way of each archetype. People’s lack of knowledge or disrespect of the right way creates a shadows that can be interpreted as a negative character traits, causing loss of energy and brings no essential gains. How the unclaimed Warrior reveals itself? As a rebel, who can not tolerate being ordinary, incapable of working within established structures, over-identifying with being independent and self-sufficient and honoring own needs first. To be a rebel is a good sign if one is young, it means that one can become a Warrior. If only one learns to respect limits and boundaries of others, learns to lead instead of rejecting, respects authentic authorities and doesn’t hide behind other warriors’ backs. If with age we solidify the rebel in our character it will be rather hard to evolve to become a Warrior. The unclaimed Healer reveals itself in a lack of attendance to own health and well being. In an insignificant amount of life affirming patterns in thoughts, words and behavior and showing instead life-negating patterns that lead to disease and discomfort. The unclaimed Healer reveals itself also in an addictive nature with tendency not only to be addicted to substances or activities but also to intense emotions, perfection, need to know and addiction to negativity and criticism, especially about bad disrepair of the world. The unclaimed Visionary reveals itself in a false self-system, self-abandonment and projection. The perception of the shadow visionary is that the other’s are more and the self is less. Therefore others are the source of goods and the self is poor and has to manipulate and pretend in order to get love, respect, social position, etc. The unclaimed Teacher reveals itself in taking a righteous positionality, judgement and control. Inability to become an objective observer leads to ignorance and confusion. Positionality also breeds an attachment and a lack of trust. All unclaimed powers of the archetypes are a mixture of psychopathy and neuroticism, where outer power seeking archetypes - Warrior and Visionary will have in the shadow characteristics of a psychopath, while inner power seeking archetypes - Healer and Teacher will have in the shadow characteristics of a neurotic. The four principles if followed in practice of thought, speech and action can lead us to a higher spirituality and a better world. And isn’t that what this life is all about?
Date published: 2006-07-03

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A leading expert on native spirituality and shamanism reveals the four archetypal principles of the Native American medicine wheel and how they can lead readers to a higher spirituality and a better world. Features meditational exercises, a self-inventory to track progress, and inspirational quotations. 30 illustrations.

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"A treasure of practical wisdom for anyone on a path to wholeness...An inspiring, creative synthesis of shamanic teachings by an authentic, cross-cultural practitioner." -- Frances Vaughn, author of The Inward Arc and Awakening Intuition"No matter how much I learn, grow and share, Angeles Arrien’s wisdom always holds more before me to practice, integrate, and give away to others. She is a shining light in my life, and I know she can become one in your through this fine, empowering book!" -- Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing