The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the epic, prophetic, multicultural Odyssey of the 8th Fire – a sacred walk from the Atlantic to the Pacific under the guidance of traditional elders and wisdom keepers of North America. To honor that walk, I am creating a series of memes to let people know where I have published the epic saga that tells the tale. ~ Steven McFadden (Soul*Sparks).
With pleasure, we announce publication of the newest Soul*Spark eBook, A Primer for Pilgrims.
In a wealth of ways across a wide span of traditions and hundreds of generations, pilgrims have sought out holy places: forest groves, healing wells or springs, pyramids, mountains, churches, temples, stone circles or labyrinths. Millions of people have traveled for a host of reasons.
In the end, whether we go willingly or unwillingly, whether we regard ourselves as tourists, business agents, or sacred travelers, we are all, pilgrims. A pilgrimage is a journey, not only outward to a faraway place, but also, inevitably, inward toward spiritual understanding and growth. In our era pilgrimage can be as well a critical geospiritual deed to help maintain the balance of our land, our planet, our lives.
This eBook is an invaluable guide to personal spiritual growth, as well as to earth healing. It’s also a collection of riveting and beautifully told true stories about critical geospiritual actions in North America
This nonfiction eBook by veteran journalist Steven McFadden also acknowledges, honors, draws from and strives to integrate the many cultures and traditions which have streamed onto Turtle Island (North America) over the last 500 years or so.
We have long needed, and finally have begun to find ways to graft the far-flung traditions from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Asia, and beyond — onto the rootstock that is so deeply embedded here: Native ways. So many teachings make beautiful sense, in both the short and the long term, in ways both common and rare. We need all the wisdom we can summon to meet the challenges of our times, and native pilgrimage teachings offer a deep foundation.
The book offers a wealth of insight about the challenges that arise in pilgrimage and the profound good that such a spiritual exercise may bring – not just for the individual pilgrims, but also for the world at large.
Pilgrims may set out to do penance for past evils, to find answers to questions, to invoke blessings, to pursue spiritual ecstasy, or to seek a miracle for a friend or family member. Increasingly in our era, pilgrims also set out to help heal the earth.
In most mystical traditions it is said that the human soul itself, every human soul, is on a pilgrimage, consciously or unconsciously. He or she is bound for a holy place and therefore life is not just for enjoyment, but the soul also has dharma, a purpose or objective that must ever be kept in focus.
Now as you set out on the literary pilgrimage of reading this book, my hope as the author is that it will offer up useful compass points to help you maintain your bearings.
Journeys to luminous locations are often undertaken by people with scant understanding of what pilgrimage is and the principles that have been found to enhance it. Thus, they may see only what they have come to see, whereas intentional pilgrims may more readily open doors of perception, encounter revelation, and gain constructive power.
To the extent any or all of us are alienated by modern life from the natural world, a pilgrimage to a sacred place can help heal and restore this. The energetic atmosphere of sacred places can awaken a slumbering soul, providing not only renewal, but also a clearer sense of purpose. The energy can invigorate and promote balance — assisting human beings to realign through physical, mental, and emotional planes.
Just as I finished writing and prepared to publish this new eBook, my mother died. Marie Dolores Fitzsimmons McFadden was herself an inveterate pilgrim. Over the 92 1/2 years of her life she traveled to just about every region of the planet, and to an impressive number of sacred sites including Jerusalem, Rome, Fatima, Lourdes, El Santuario de Chimayo, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and many other places. To honor her memory, this new book is dedicated to her, as well as to all of us who are “on the road” in an era when extreme circumstances call out for our presence and our intelligent healing participation.
A Primer for Pilgrims delivers nonfiction insight, excitement, inspiration, adventure, and more. It’s available in 10 different eBook and Smartphone formats through Smashwords, and also available for Kindle through Amazon.com and for all Apple devices such as iPad and iPhone in the Apple bookstore.
“This wise and provocative collection is highly recommended.” – Library Journal
I’m pleased to report that Harlem Writer’s Guild has this week announced that one of my early books, the best-selling Profiles in Wisdom: Native Elders Speak About the Earth, has been converted to an eBook file format. The new eBook version, EPUB, is becoming the standard for the eBook industry.
With the epic fires, drought and storms that have marked this summer, the publication of this work as an ebook seems all the more relevant. Many of the venerable native elders I interviewed for the book spoke of Earth Changes, as understood from their traditional teachings. And they offer much guidance on how we can respond.
In writing the book, I took my lead from John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize winning Profiles in Courage. Focusing on the quality and relevance of sagacity, the book Profiles in Wisdom presents the stories and thinking of 17 Native American spiritual elders. As our existing culture shifts, what do the ancient ones who have been trained in the sacred traditions of Turtle Island (North America) have to say to us? The elders offer penetrating and poetic insight on a host of crucial matters.
Profiles in Wisdom gives the elders an opportunity to relate their diverse teachings about the human relationship with the Earth. Each of the elders has a personal story, character trait, or insight that can help us get in touch with our own innate wisdom. Their teachings are in response to a series of critical questions asked of each of them: What is your personal story? What do you see happening in the world now? What do you see ahead? What specific advice do you offer to those who will listen? What have you come to know about living in balance on the Earth? How could other people apply these lessons?
Profiles in Wisdom is available for immediate download as an ebook on many web sites.
New York Times Book Review:“Profiles in Wisdom does a fine job not only of presenting the dignity, complexity, and wit of important Indian philosophers and religious leaders, but also of issuing cautions agains easy uplift and wisdom injections…There are some stirring and unexpected powers unleashed in this book.”
The Washington Times, John Elvin: “Our leaders should sit and listen to the counsel Steven McFadden has gathered in this book.”
Welcome to Soul*Sparks books – an ebook publishing venture of Elizabeth Wolf and Steven McFadden.
As of 2011, we have published two e-books, both authored by Steven. Both books are available in a range of popular digital formats for ebook readers such as Kindle and Nook, as well as for iPads, iPhones and all Smartphones. The books are also available for download in PDF format, readable on any computer.
Both Soul*Sparks ebooks are immediately available to readers. To learn more or to purchase, click on the links below.
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 streams. Veteran journalist Steven McFadden weaves the living myths together seamlessly in a tightly written ebook that is soul-resonant.
Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Myths & Mysteries— is an account of some of the key spiritual mysteries, and an arresting exploration of how those elements are resounding through real time.
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, Eastham, Massachusetts across the continent to the legendary Western Gate — Point Conception 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,” Mayan Daykeepers told the author, “but the calendar portends big changes.”
As we pivot on prophetic date of Dec. 21, 2012 in relation to Mayan teaching about time, this compact but potent ebook offers a concise compendium of North American (Turtle Island) wisdom teachings for this era, attuned to theme of transition.
Journalist Steven McFadden compiled the insights based on over 30 years of traveling with traditional Native elders. The selections he has made for Native Knowings come from the past and the present, including excepts from some of McFadden’s most popular and enduring dispatches about the Maya, the Seven Fires Teachings, the Hopi, the Whirling Rainbow, and much more.
Smashwords Review: “An excellent read. Informative without being preachy. Exactly what I have been looking for. Bravo!”