Forty years ago, while paging through a book sent as an unexpected gift from a friend, Roger Welsch came across a curious reference to stones that were round, "like the sun and moon." According to Tatonka-ohitka, Brave Buffalo (Sioux), these stones were sacred. "I make my request of the stones and they are my intercessors," Brave Buffalo explained. Moments later, another friend appeared at Welsch's door bearing yet another unusual gift: a perfectly round white stone found on top of a mesa in Colorado. So began Welsch's lesson from stones, gifts that always presented themselves unexpectedly: during a walk, set aside in an antique store, and in the mail from complete strangers. The Reluctant Pilgrim shares a skeptic's spiritual journey from his Lutheran upbringing to the Native sensibilities of his adoptive families in both the Omaha and Pawnee tribes. Beginning with those round stones, increasing encounters during his life prompted Welsch to confront a new way of learning and teaching as he was drawn inexorably into another world. Confronting mainstream contemporary culture's tendency to dismiss the magical, mystical, and unexplained, Welsch shares his personal experiences and celebrates the fact that even in our scientific world, "Something Is Going On," just beyond our ken.
Intro Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Epigraph Contents Preface Acknowledgments 1. A Lesson from Stones 2. Lessons from People Who Know 3. A Lesson from Elders 4. Early Lessons 5. Definitions and Distinctions 6. The Lesson of the Skulls 7. Resistance to the Irresistible 8. The Lesson of the Dolmen 9. A Lesson from the Pipe 10. The Lesson of the Feather 11. The Dubious Eye of Coyote 12. A Lesson from Poop 13. The Pilgrim 14. Establishing a Cosmic Buffer Zone 15. A Lesson from Touching the Fire 16. Lessons from the Zealot 17. Lessons from Real Shock and Awe 18. Lessons of Hubris 19. Lessons from Mother Corn and Father Buffalo 20. Lessons from the Nahurac 21. Where Lessons Are Lost 22. Lessons of Place 23. Lessons from Lines 24. Lessons from the Fourth Hill 25. Lessons from Lessons 26. Lessons from the Muse 27. Lessons from the Power 28. A Lesson from Prayer 29. Still More Lessons from Lessons 30. Lessons in Brief The Lessons of Others About Roger Welsch Other Works by Roger Welsch.
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