The Seven Paths (Enhanced)

Changing One's Way of Walking in the World

Anasazi Foundation (Author)

Publication date: 08/06/2013

The Seven Paths (Enhanced)

Ultimately, it is in communion with our fellow beings and the natural world that we are made whole. We need to leave the path of Me and follow the path of We.

This enhanced edition of The Seven Paths contains 20 minutes of exclusive video interviews with Good Buffalo Eagle, co-founder of ANASAZI Foundation, and his sons Thunder Voice Eagle and Gentle Wind Eagle. This gives the reader a glimpse of the ANASAZI trail and greater insight into what it means to live the Path of WE.

  • Tells a lyrical and moving parable of the healing wisdom of the wilderness
  • Supplies what's missing in traditional notions of "self-help": the importance of a connection to a community and to the natural world in achieving inner peace and personal fulfillment
  • Based on a book published and circulated privately by the award-winning Anasazi Foundation, which has helped thousands of people for twenty-five years

Too many people today have taken the wrong path. They walk alone, seeking peace and fulfillment in isolation. Countless well-meaning self-help books preach this gospel, as the name "self-help" implies. But this approach will take us only so far. Ultimately, it is in communion with our fellow beings and the natural world that we are made whole. We need to leave the path of Me and follow the path of We.

This poetic and evocative book, drawing on the personal experiences of Good Buffalo Eagle, presents the meditations of an ancient Anasazi tribesman who rejects his family and community and walks off into the desert. During his journey, he discovers the seven paths of the Anasazi way, each path teaching a lesson symbolized by an element of the natural world: light, wind, water, stone, plants, animals, and finally the unity of all beings with the Creator, the path of We. By walking these paths, he discovers the roots of his conflict and the way toward reconciliation.

For years, this book has been privately distributed by the Anasazi Foundation, an award-winning nonprofit organization whose work with troubled youth in a wilderness setting has been extraordinarily effective. But there is benefit here for all. The Seven Paths gives access to a source of wisdom and renewal familiar to native people but lost to the rest of us. As Good Buffalo Eagle writes in the foreword, this book "presents what might be described as a course in healing-seven elements among nature that combine to heal human hearts."

Founded in 1988 by renowned wilderness pioneers Larry D. Olsen and Ezekiel C. Sanchez (Good Buffalo Eagle), Anasazi Foundation gives young people an opportunity for growth through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature. Anasazi's family-focused intervention programs inspired the international bestseller The Anatomy of Peace and were the subject of an episode of the Emmy-award-winning MTV series True Life. It is estimated that more than 40,000 people have participated in programs designed by Olsen and Sanchez.

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Ultimately, it is in communion with our fellow beings and the natural world that we are made whole. We need to leave the path of Me and follow the path of We.

This enhanced edition of The Seven Paths contains 20 minutes of exclusive video interviews with Good Buffalo Eagle, co-founder of ANASAZI Foundation, and his sons Thunder Voice Eagle and Gentle Wind Eagle. This gives the reader a glimpse of the ANASAZI trail and greater insight into what it means to live the Path of WE.

  • Tells a lyrical and moving parable of the healing wisdom of the wilderness
  • Supplies what's missing in traditional notions of "self-help": the importance of a connection to a community and to the natural world in achieving inner peace and personal fulfillment
  • Based on a book published and circulated privately by the award-winning Anasazi Foundation, which has helped thousands of people for twenty-five years

Too many people today have taken the wrong path. They walk alone, seeking peace and fulfillment in isolation. Countless well-meaning self-help books preach this gospel, as the name "self-help" implies. But this approach will take us only so far. Ultimately, it is in communion with our fellow beings and the natural world that we are made whole. We need to leave the path of Me and follow the path of We.

This poetic and evocative book, drawing on the personal experiences of Good Buffalo Eagle, presents the meditations of an ancient Anasazi tribesman who rejects his family and community and walks off into the desert. During his journey, he discovers the seven paths of the Anasazi way, each path teaching a lesson symbolized by an element of the natural world: light, wind, water, stone, plants, animals, and finally the unity of all beings with the Creator, the path of We. By walking these paths, he discovers the roots of his conflict and the way toward reconciliation.

For years, this book has been privately distributed by the Anasazi Foundation, an award-winning nonprofit organization whose work with troubled youth in a wilderness setting has been extraordinarily effective. But there is benefit here for all. The Seven Paths gives access to a source of wisdom and renewal familiar to native people but lost to the rest of us. As Good Buffalo Eagle writes in the foreword, this book "presents what might be described as a course in healing-seven elements among nature that combine to heal human hearts."

Founded in 1988 by renowned wilderness pioneers Larry D. Olsen and Ezekiel C. Sanchez (Good Buffalo Eagle), Anasazi Foundation gives young people an opportunity for growth through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature. Anasazi's family-focused intervention programs inspired the international bestseller The Anatomy of Peace and were the subject of an episode of the Emmy-award-winning MTV series True Life. It is estimated that more than 40,000 people have participated in programs designed by Olsen and Sanchez.

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In the Native American tradition, life is a “walking.” One’s walking is determined by the state of one’s heart toward all that is around him. Anasazi is a Navajo word commonly interpreted as “the Ancient Ones.” According to legends, the wise teachers taught that the Creator placed man on the earth in order for him to learn how to “walk forward”—in harmony with man and all creation.  

For years, ANASAZI Foundation—a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Arizona—has served families by introducing them to a New Beginning and helping them to discover their Seed of Greatness and the wisdom of the lives led by these Ancient Ones.  

Founded by renowned wilderness pioneers Larry Olsen and Ezekiel Sanchez, ANASAZI gives young people an opportunity, through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature, to effect a change of heart—a change in one’s whole way of walking in the world. ANASAZI’s wilderness experience is nonpunitive. To those at ANASAZI, the wilderness is not a harsh place to break youth down but rather a safe place—a place free from distractions, where one can learn, ponder, discover, and build.  

Through this experience and ANASAZI’s concurrent work with parents, ANASAZI prepares parents and children to turn their hearts to one another, begin anew, and walk in harmony in the wilderness of the world.  

ANASAZI Foundation, (800) 678-3445, www.anasazi.org

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Good Buffalo Eagle

Preface

Beginnings The Making of a Walking

The Age of "I"

Away from My People

My People, Again

Nature as Teacher

Forward and Backward Walking

1 The Path of Light

A Ray of Light

Light and Darkness

Illumination of the Heart

The Source of the Light

Messengers of the Light

2 The Path of Wind

A Voice on the Wind

The Breath of Life

The Connection of Nature

The Connection of Man

Messages on the Wind

3 The Path of Water

The Need for Water

Drought in the Soul

Moisture to the Soul

Water's Lessons

Water's Source

4 The Path of Stone

The Wisdom of Stone

The Foundation of Peace

To Be as a Stone

Forward and Backward Use of Stone

Stone's Question

5 The Path of Plants

The Secret of Plants

The Service of Plants

The Source of Beauty

Counterfeits

Hope for the Desert

6 The Path of Animals

A Badger and a Stone

The Language of Animals

Faces among the Animals

Honoring Creation

The Offering of Animals

7 The Path of "WE"

The Story of My People

My View of My People

Awakening to WE

The Lie in the "I"

The Creed of WE

Destinations Forward Walking

Lone Walking

The Step to a New Life

Together Walking

Words to a Friend

About the Art

Acknowledgments

About ANASAZI Foundation

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