My Teachers were Indigenous People. I am by birth a Caucasian. I make a strict practice to NEVER identify myself as Indigenous out of respect for my Elders, and also because that is the truth. These books are sold essentially at cost and are limited run items. Within our community there is never a charge for any form of teaching. I teach only what has been taught to me, and these particular teachings originate in Central America, rather than the SouthWestern United States, though there are many similarities between traditions, as well as distinct differences. All are Sacred.
These items exist because I was asked by my teacher to commit over 30 years ago to the practice of giving away what had been freely given to me. I was told that I cannot steal what I had already been given, however I would be criticized and on occasion attacked for offering to freely pass along these teachings. This has repeatedly happened to me and my family and my community.
While I understand the anger, and harbor no ill will in that regard, it is important that I continue to honor the vow I made to my teacher. To fail in this regard would be a deep disrespect to what I was generously taught, and reflect a lack of courage and integrity.
If you have come here seeking to find direct teaching from a Native person. then please continue your search. If you are interested in what I have learned on my trans-cultural journey of over three decades, please join me on the journey. Oh., and my long braids with what is left of my hair....a 40 year habit, predating my apprenticeship.. Thankfully this is something many cultures share, and not the sole province of one....
White Man Red Road
A Spiritual Love Story, crossing cultural boundaries, that is rooted in self discovery and redemption. Near death ceremonial experiences that evolve into real life affirmations. A journey through mental illness that culminates in Spiritual Discovery, Healing and Hope.
A spiritual memoir told in first person by the author, who takes the journey seriously while not taking himself too seriously at all. The story traces his journey from his introduction to his teachers through multiple ceremonies and culminates in his becoming a Sundancer. Interwoven with this narrative is the concurrent story of his wife, who is diagnosed with debilitating mental illness and endures multiple psychiatric hospitalizations. The couple use the teaching and practices of the Red Road to help her heal and ultimately strengthen their relationship that now extends to over 40 years.
At a small little dinner joint in Rosarita Beach, back in the early 1990's, my teacher and mentor on the Red Road looked across the table as said to me, "You have to make me a Vow".
"What's the Vow?", I asked. "You have to write your story, so that people know the road you are walking, because it needs to be told", was his reply. There was no other discussion. Given all he meant to me and all I had seen him give, there was no option in my heart of declining.
So I made the vow. And the Vow followed me around for 14 years as I worked on how it might be that I could tell this story.
So here it is. The Vow has been honored. The story has been offered up for your choosing. If you choose to travel this road with me, I hope you find something of value along the trail.
Modern Medicine is the companion "followup" book to White Man Red Road. After numerous requests from readers asking to better understand the teachings referred to in the first book, I undertook the challenge of conveying my experience with these ceremonies and this system of self governance in a way that is accessible to anyone regardless of cultural orientation.
Modern Medicine is comprised of three distinct sections. Each successive section builds upon the teaching in the prior section. We explore the eight aspects of being human, how to understand each one and how they relate to each other inside a balanced. The reader is offered a personal "ceremony" or exercise in how to apply what they have experienced in this section to find greater insight into how they function in Life, and how they may be live in a more personally balanced and self governed fashion.
The reader is then offered the opportunity to apply these insights in a regular practice of reflection. Finally, the journey allows us to confront the four great enemies every human faces, and face the challenge of reframing those relationships in a way that expands our lives.
I hope you enjoy Modern Medicine, and your own journey to Balance, Beauty, and Harmony.
White Man Red Road
Wes' ability to share his experience, coupled with the inner turmoil of one's thinking versus spirit spoke volumes to me in "White Man Red Road". Through Wes' journey, I was shown a possible path to connect to my spirit and the world around me on a level that was previously unavailable. "White Man Red Road" is written with the utmost respect and honor of the teachings of the Red Road, which has been passed to me as a result of reading this book. I am honored for the world I now experience.
White Man Red Road
This magnificent journal is a perfect blending of truths and traditions. Beautifully written, it allows the reader to experience the warmth and depth of Wes Hamil, the Man.
Travel with him and you may become aware of a distinct sensation of change in the center of your chest. It may well be the awakening of your own inner seeker. As Wes would say..."Walk In Beauty"!
Amazon Customer, White Man Red Road
While lost on my own spiritual journey a friend brought this book to my attention . After reading White Man Red Road my life began to become more clear , it is written with a heartwarming welcome and explanation of a new way of life explaining a spiritual path that has changed my life for the better .Highly recommended ,Thank You Mr. Hamil for changing this mans life .