The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Healer, Teacher, and Visionary - Review
The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Healer, Teacher, and Visionary is a book written by Angeles Arrien, a cultural anthropologist and author. The book is about the path of spirituality and talks about the four principles of the Native American medicinal wheel, which can lead us to a better world and our higher selves.
The book delves deeper into the sacred wisdom of the Shaman. It talks about how we can use this four-part spiritual curriculum to heal ourselves and the world around us. Arrien says that we are connected to each other and Mother Earth by invisible strings. That is why anything we practice ourselves also leads to a change in the world: a sort of Butterfly Effect. We must accept the truth and let go of judgment and blame. That unbiased view is what will lead us to be able to hear what the heart is saying and to the deeper meaning of life.
Who is Angeles Arriens?
This understanding of the wisdom of the tribal Shaman is inspiring. And it is no wonder that as a cultural anthropologist, author, educator, and corporate consultant, Angeles Arriens has a keen understanding - more than most of us - of how these indigenous pearls of wisdom can affect our personal and professional lives as well as the lives of others. Arriens is a Ph.D., and lectures around the world, sharing her knowledge and experience with others and helping them gain a new perspective.
A Path to the Truth
The book is a treasure - a unique approach to how spirituality is perceived in other cultures, and a non-biased interpretation of Shamanic traditions. It aims to lead its readers to a path of becoming "whole" of discovering themselves by - ironically - letting go of their old selves and being open to an unbiased view of the world, free of preconceptions. That is the path to Truth and Reality.
How is it Relevant to Contemporary Life?
The Four-Fold Way talks about how to "walk the mystical path with practical feet" - incorporating the spiritual with everyday life. It is a guide on how to improve personal effectiveness, a how-to on deepening experiences. When ancient pearls of wisdom are incorporated into contemporary life, magic happens.
Arriens relates anecdotes and has included guided meditations in her book to help readers with individual and collective growth.
When a person's view is unbiased, they will be able to let go of preconceived notions and look past their own prejudices. They will be able to accept truths, even if they do not agree with the person's wishes. Spiritual growth and a higher self will have been achieved - where the lower self does not interfere in emotions and logical reasoning, and a higher self leads to positivity, self-awareness, acceptance, and greater Sight.
The book is important in today's fast-paced world - it brings the reader back to ancient wisdom. It raises them above the mundane, thoughtless reality that everyone seems to be living.
Author: SectionCut Team