The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary

Angeles Arrien

A leading expert on native spirituality and shamanism reveals the four archetypal principles of the Native American medicine wheel and how they can lead us to a higher spirituality and a better world.

status Copy #1 (5765): in
genre Spirituality ยป Shamanism
publisher HarperOne
publish date February 26, 1993
popularity checked out 3 time(s)


  • By Alexander Chadsey -

    Upon checking this out, I’d expected to have an in-depth history of the cultural significance of the medicine wheel, along with the appropriateness of modern practitioners in using these frameworks. Instead, the descriptions of the four archetypes (Teacher, warrior, visionary, healer) seemed to be somewhat limited and overly-stereotypical. The author shamelessly and repeatedly references their own ‘research’ in the most vague ways (e.g. “…and my research proves this!” instead of ” according to ‘x’ results with ‘y’ group over period ‘t'”), which was apparently a limited study using sensory deprivation tanks.

    Overall, this feels and reads less like a valid documentation and description of a culturally revered concept, and more like a new-agey corporate-leadership pamphlet. That’s unsurprising, as the author is a ‘corporate consultant’ by trade!

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