Jamie Sams on the Journey to Consciousness

Ray: Your book Dancing the Dream delineates seven paths of human development to give help to people undergoing their spiritual journey. After successfully walking the first four paths, the final three deal with expanding into universal consciousness and, ultimately, into full awareness and presence in the now. What would you most like people to realize…

Jamie Sams on Exploiting Native Spirituality

Ray: Jamie, why do you think many native communities are so resentful of the investigation and use of Native American spirituality by non-native people and religious paths, perhaps especially new-consciousness or New Age people?   Jamie: There are 686 acknowledged tribes in the United States. No one wants to be looked at stereotypically, the way…

Jamie Sams on Sharing Cultural Teachings

Ray: Many Native Americans are concerned about the appropriation and exploitation of Indian philosophies by non-natives. Should Indians share native philosophies with non-Indians at all? Jamie: Every Native American person who has the courage to share the beauty and simple goodness of what they have been taught by their elders is creating a bridge between…