Ancient Visions, Modern Wisdom
The Journey and Works of Marlise Wabun Wind
What is real love?
Why is it so hard to find?
Why donít people get along?
Why do men and women fight?
Why donít people treat their children better?
Why is there so much violence?
Why are there wars?
I grew up asking these questions, and writing about any answers I found. Unfortunately I did not find many answers that rang true in school, college, graduate work, politics, relationships, religion and many forms of spirituality.
Then I met a Native teacher and shaman and it seemed as though he had some real answers. I moved from New York City to work with him. We traveled the West and, later, many parts of this country and Europe meeting indigenous teachers and listening to their wisdom. The more I learned, the more questions I could answer because of the ancient visions, ceremonies and mythology they shared.
Always writing, I helped found an alternative community with him, an apprentice program, and helped people quest for vision. I spoke at our Vision Mountain, at our large international Medicine Wheel Gatherings, at retreat centers, conferences and events in many locations.
Still searching for answers, I found my real love and, in my forties, came back into mainstream society to be a wife and mother. Now as I enter the elders lodge I am ready to share more than I have in my eleven published books, or in my past talks. My life has taught me so much about myself, human nature, healing, parenting and why society is in the state of confusion it is today.
Join me on my continuing journey! I trust my truths will spark your own.
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His vision, that we are all One, including the plants, animals and the earth itself, all part of "the Great Spirit", was revolutionary in that it was not a vision for one group of people over another, and the drive to "live off the land" almost entirely was just beginning to be a movement in and of itself.
The really stunning part of the story is how Wabun (Marlise) adapted, and courageously lived off the land in the harshest of conditions, did not break in the face of great adversities, took responsibility for and learned from her own human flaws, and followed a vision she believed in.
She has shared with us both a spiritual and life vision that now more than ever we may be ready to embrace as the climate shifts, society becomes more fragmented, the food supply is in question from both climate/drought/floods as well as other things, and as we may feel more and more removed from our connection to the earth, more alone, and many may be asking: "What is my purpose here, my path?"
Today, "farm to table" is a well known movement. And the study of spiritual teachers of non-dualism is popular and growing. But in 1989 when this book was published, neither were of much interest. Before it was popular, Wabun (Marlise) courageously showed us both the tough challenges and great benefits of returning to a more earth-centric and simple lifestyle within a vision of inclusion, listening to the Great Spirit, and respect for all. I hope you find her hard work and hard life challenges as inspiring an example as I did. How she lived for many years doesn't get more real. I hope she writes us another book, covering more chapters of her remarkable and fascinating life.
Your story has inspired me, Marlise!