Written and Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

At the dawning of a new year, we are aware that there is still much to accomplish, both on the personal level and the planetary level. And at times, this can feel overwhelming. Where do we start? What needs to be done? What is our role?

I Am Not A Victim

There are a multitude of stories and woven webs around us. If we allow ourselves to get caught up in our own stories, or in the webs woven by others, then we can become confused and consequently, stuck without any clear direction. Yet, if we raise our sights and our awareness to see the big picture, we can see the path through the web of life, and see which way our "salvation" lies.

Our "salvation" or our solution lies in taking back our power and not allowing others to direct our thoughts, emotions and actions. We need to claim our power and affirm that we are not victims, but are instead creators of the life we choose to experience...

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The Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards

The Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards: Spiritual Teachings of the Sioux
by Chief Archie Fire Lame Deer and Helene Sarkis.

cover art of The Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards: Spiritual Teachings of the Sioux by Chief Archie Fire Lame Deer and Helene Sarkis.This book and beautifully illustrated deck draw on the ancient Lakota ritual of healing and purification known as the sacred Inipi, or sweat lodge ceremony, which has existed in the Lakota culture for thousands of years.

The cards and accompanying book comprise a self-contained and highly original system that will help you harness creative energies to deal with issues that are of concern in your life. Used for self-discovery rather than divination, the cards gently guide you toward inner growth and self-knowledge in the time-honored tradition of the Lakota people.

Publisher: Destiny Books, an imprint of Inner Traditions Intl.

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About The Author

Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.

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