Throughout history most successful and long-lived civilizations have held a place of respect for elders, and have benefited from their life wisdom. By and large this tradition is missing today, to the detriment not only of elders but also of society.
True elders are people who have gracefully accepted the passage of time, integrated their life experience with deep understanding, and made the fruit of their long experience available to others. But how does one do this? How does one become a true elder?
This elegant compilation – a book drawing on the wisdom of all cultures and all times – offers keys from wisdom keepers around the world, from all traditions, and from all eras of history.
“Clearly not everyone who becomes old also becomes an elder. But some do, and many more could…True elders are people who have gracefully accepted the passage of time, integrated their life experience with deep understanding, and made the fruit of their long experience available to others,” writes author and editor Steven McFadden.
As reviewers have commented, this book is a “salutary collection of quotations which put the accent on the positive aspects of conscious aging and sharing wisdom with the world.”
The book is available now from Smashwords in 10 different ebook formats, and can be read on any ebook reader or digital device, including tablets, smartphones, and computers. Just select the format that works for you. It is also now available for Kindle readers from Amazon.com and is also available in the Apple ibook store for all Apple devices, as well as through other major retailers.
Tales of the Whirling Rainbow is a journalist’s account of some of the key myths and mysteries of the Americas, and an electrifying exploration of how those myths are echoed in real time as we pivot at the signal year of 2012 and the Sun awakens with solar flares.
Veteran journalist Steven McFadden weaves the living myths together seamlessly in a tightly written ebook that is soul-resonant.
A crucial part of the story commences on June 23, 1995 when traditional wisdom keepers of North America — and a multicultural band of walkers from several continents — began a prophetic journey, walking from First Encounter Beach in Massachusetts across the continent to the legendary Western Gate on the Pacific shore.
The pilgrimage proceeded for eight months under the dazzling, natural sky sign of the Whirling Rainbow, a key image in the lore of Pte San Wi (White Buffalo Calf Woman) since the birth of the white buffalo in 1993.
The new material in the 2nd edition, based on interviews with traditional Mayan Daykeepers, expands the scope of the ebook by also exploring the key role of the 21,000 pyramids and temples of Mesoamerica as they figure in the 2012 teachings of the Maya. This elaborate network of sacred centers, the Mayan Daykeepers told the author, has a key energetic role to play in keeping the balance as the ‘Sun Awakens,’ Earth Changes intensify, and our human lives attain high velocity.
In this manner, the elders told him, will the different colors and faiths of humanity be moved to heal their web of relationships.
Having traveled widely for over 30 years with Native Elders both north and south, McFadden writes about many of the core insights associated with 2012, including the role the Sun and its solar flares may play. He tells the tales in plain, precise language, creating a quick but absorbing investigation into the mythology of this moment in time. “The calendar of 26,000 years is new for the dominant civilization,” Daykeepers explained, “but the calendar portends big changes.”
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Journalist Steven McFadden compiled the insights for Native Knowings from the past and present, including excepts from McFadden’s early dispatches about the Maya, the Seven Fires Teaching, the Hopi, the Whirling Rainbow, and more.
Smashwords review: “An excellent read. Informative without being preachy. Exactly what I have been looking for. Bravo!”
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Life’s foundational questions come elegantly to the fore in this skillfully crafted nonfiction story about the late John H. Finley, Jr. For 51 years Finley was the celebrated and erudite Eliot Professor of the Classics at Harvard.
Luminous and compellingly relevant, his story leads readers directly into engagement with the fundamental wisdom questions of any worthwhile life.
Classical Considerations offers a compact (44 pages) but lyrical array of intellectual sparks to kindle clarifying fires in the soul.
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