Medicine Path NAC Blog

Muse + The Catalyst Episode 30: Embodying Love, Joy, and Living in a Good Way with George Bertelstein

March 28, 2018

Listen to this episode from the Muse and The Catalyst podcast where Aaron talks with George. They have an inspiring discussion where we hear George’s unique life story, and how following his curiosities and impulses led him to be the spiritual leader he is today. You may be surprised! This is a special interview where Aaron also shares his own transformational experience with Medicine Path to a life of continued healing, growth, and peace. They discuss the importance of setting intentions, love as a daily practice, the cause of happiness, and even the law of attraction. “Embodiment is actually the best teacher for everybody. Talking about stuff is great but when you see it embodied you feel it, and when you feel the embodiment you may go, ‘Oh, I want that for myself, how would I do that?’”

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Medicine Path Native American Church: In a Good Way

March 26, 2017

The Medicine Path community is a fluid group of many thousands of human beings who have prayed together with our Master Teacher, the Chanunpa Wakan, the Sacred Pipe, and also those who have participated in our Healing Medicine Ceremonies. Medicine Path is not a cult, and has no interest in assembling groups of people who are loyal to its altar or any precepts that are offered during Ceremonies. Medicine Path has no dogma, nor do we believe that there is any single path to healing. A Human Being may travel many roads to come to us and will travel many roads when they leave us. We honor all ways that are Good Ways. Good Way is a feeling, not an idea. The Medicine Ceremonies teach through actual physical, mental and emotional experience what Good Way feels like for each individual. Our experience is that each person who attends our ceremonies will in some way get in touch with their Good Way and carry that forward with them when they go elsewhere. Medicine Path is a Red Road altar. We are interested in and attract people who wish to be True Human Beings. That means that they are fully committed to their Human lifetime on this planet and all of the business of being a Human Being. It is not an enlightenment path. It is a path for people who have real lives with all the problems that entails. We honor our lives and the people in them by treating them as Sacred. A thing, a place, a person becomes Sacred when we treat it as Sacred. The Ceremonies we offer allow people to feel what that feels like. Sacred does not mean unapproachable. It does not mean with piety. It means that we honor the Humanity of each person and meet them where they are. If we cannot we proceed onward until the next encounter that we can honor in our Good Way. We expect and experience that everyone who attends our ceremonies will have a key that fits the Universe, allowing them to establish their own personal relationship with Creator. This does not require intercession or a priest or rabbi or minister. It is personal and available to anyone at anytime who can ask for help in a sincere way. We teach that each person is responsible for their prayers and their life and their choices. Learning to not…

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Fire Keeper with George Bertelstein

March 3, 2015

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Healing Medicine Ceremony with Sweat Lodge

July 30, 2014

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Rebuilding the Sweat Lodge Ceremony on Sunday, April 20th

March 15, 2014

As you may have noticed, we have not held Sweat Lodge Ceremonies or Healing Medicine Ceremonies with Sweat Lodge for the past few months due to inclement weather and a need to rebuild our lodge. On Sunday, April 20th, we will have Sweat Lodge Preparation Ceremony where we will deconstruct and rebuild the lodge, prepare and improve the grounds, etc. We will end this Ceremony in the traditional way with a wopila. Please come and bring your loved ones and families that would like to participate in restoring our Sweat Lodge in time for the outdoor praying season. Location: The Center For Living Wisdom (RSVP for address) When: Sunday, April 20, 2014. Time: Please arrive at 10:30 am.  We plan to finish by 5:00pm. What To Bring: Work appropriate clothing Work gloves if you have them Water bottle Wopila item Mitakuye Oyasin!

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“Food, Dance and Spiritual Healing: Transcending Geographic, Cultural and Economic Differences”

March 13, 2014

This Saturday, March 15th at 4pm, you are invited to hear George Bertelstein, Spiritual Leader of Medicine Path NAC, speak on a panel called “Food, Dance and Spiritual Healing: Transcending Geographic, Cultural and Economic Differences” that is part of a larger event called Field of Inquiry: Future Soul/Global South Edition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Where:    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Grand Lobby and Galleries   701 Mission St., San Francisco, California 94103 When:     Saturday, March 15th Time:      4-7pm (George is speaking from 4-4:30pm) Event:     Field of Inquiry: Future Soul/Global South Edition Tickets:  Free with RSVP – Sign up here See below for schedule and details…or join the Facebook Event for more information. Mitakuye Oyasin! FIELD OF INQUIRY OFFERINGS (4PM-7PM) YBCA’s Future Soul Think Tank produces its second set of public, physical responses to its sustained inquiry, creating an assortment of interactive provocations in conjunction with YBCA’s presentation of Companhia Urbana de Dança. Initially beginning with the question “How does the Global South impact our personal understanding of Soul?,” the think tank presents a series of Paolo Freire-inspired “teach-ins,” hosted and facilitated by members of this year’s Future Soul Think Tank. IN THE LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM Time: 4PM – 5:20PM Title: “Food, Dance and Spiritual Healing: Transcending Geographic, Cultural and Economic Differences” Speakers: George Bertelstein (modern day Medicine Man), Magalie Bonneau-Marcil (Founder of Dancing Without Borders), Chef Sarah Krinon ( Executive Chef/Owner of Miss Olie’s); Organized by Neal Skacel (Sound Designer/Counselor) Description: Can food, dance and spiritual healing transcend geographic, cultural and economic differences between the Global North and Global South? Three extraordinary panelists speak to their work in doing just that — Chef Sarah Krinon, Executive Chef/ Owner of Miss Olie’s, an Old Oakland eatery named for her grandmother who raised her in Barbados that uses “the flavors of the African diaspora;” Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, Founder of Dancing Without Borders, which has produced large-scale community art supporting reconciliation between the indigenous and the privileged in South Africa & Brazil as well as organizing dance flash mobs for 1 Billion Rising and the Occupy Movement; and George Bertelstein, a modern day Medicine Man initiated in indigenous traditions of both Northern and Southern Americas, who will talk about an ancient prophecy of reunion between the Condor Medicine of the South and the Eagle Medicine of the North, seen by many as reaching fulfillment in…

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The Sacred Pipe

August 11, 2013

I have had Chanunpa in my life for a quarter of a century. The first time I ever saw one, it was sitting on the altar of my first teacher Eagle Bear’s Inipi lodge. It was her Chanunpa, given to her by her adopted Lakota Brule” father, Norbert Running. I knew in the cells of my body that this thing would save my life. I asked her, “How do I get one of those?” She asked, “What would you want one for?” I didn’t have any idea. When I finally was given a Chanunpa, my teacher said, “Now your life will be hard.” It had already been. How could it be harder? It could. Now, 25 years down the road, and many Chanunpas later, I see that I made my life harder with that Chanunpa. I have had many Chanunpas in my possession. I had a vision in a sweat lodge of Chanunpas pouring out of my brain. I made my first one in 1991. I made Chanunpas, bowls and stems, for many years. I have sat behind a Chanunpa in about 1000 Chanunpa ceremonies. My life has been whatever the Chanunpa said it would be. I no longer pray very often with my Chanunpa. It prays me. When my mind or my body or my heart begin to wander off the path it has shown me, I fill my Chanunpa and smoke it. It always offers me the peace and the correction I need to walk that path. I don’t know how it works. I have an altar of the Chanunpa, the Tobacco Sacrament, the Sacred Inipi, the Grandfather Medicine and the Wachumita Medicine. It is all run by Chanunpa. If I start thinking about any of it, worrying, fretting, pondering, considering…whatever the form of distraction I throw in my path to make my life harder and more difficult and more lonely and more isolated…it shows me my empty mind and returns me to the path it has offered me. I have learned from it that reassurance is not Medicine. The Medicine shines a light on the truth and the only thing to do is follow it. If we stumble, lurch, cry, scream, laugh, curse, smile, frown or walk it with enormous self-possession and dignity, it is ours to walk. The Medicine has no comment on or interest in our ideas, opinions and preferences, our thoughts or our feelings.…

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A Good Way

August 9, 2013

I had a vision years ago that my children could walk freely together or apart between ceremonies in whatever Good Way there was that might arise. The North and the South and the East and the West would all be bridged and knit together, the Up and the Down, the Male and the Female, the Right and the Wrong, the Low and the High, all would know each other and it would all be One, in whatever Good Way would arise. The White Eagle and the White Buffalo would rise up in the clouds to honor one another and all is made whole in whatever Good Way arises. Forever and Always, Backwards and Forwards in time and space. And so it is and so it will be and so it always has been. Above and Below. Mitakuye Oasin! – George Bertelstein

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April Wisdom Keeper Tele-teaching with George Grey Eagle

April 20, 2013

Thursday April 25 @ 5:30 pm PDT Earth Peoples United membership program is honored to host George “Grey Eagle” Bertelstein for our Monthly Wisdom Keeper tele-teaching on Thursday, April 25th @ 5:30p PDT.  Read more at Earth Peoples United’s website… Register here. Learn more about becoming a member of Earth Peoples United.

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Medicine Path Song by Narayan Zion

April 14, 2013


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