What I've Always Known by Tom Harmer
Living in Full Awareness of the Earth

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“There’s a war going on. A war against the earth, against mother earth. I wonder whose side you on?” So says Clayton Tommy, Salish teacher and mentor, to Tom Harmer, his apprentice in the old ways of the native peoples of the American Northwest, and the even more ancient ways of nature.

What I’ve Always Known is Harmer’s wondrous memoir of his pursuit of the answer to that question. Roaming the mountains and forests with Clayton, Harmer is guided along the arduous and perilous road of “self-training,” as he learns how to interpret his dreams, participate in sweatlodges and healing ceremonies, track and hunt deer, deal with raw fear, and—Clayton’s own personal gift—foretell, and even influence, the weather. By journey’s end he realizes that the legacy he has received is the knowledge of how to live in a way that benefits and serves the earth and all the creatures who call it home.
 

About Tom Harmer

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TOM HARMER was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He lived for many years near the Canadian border of Washington and now makes his home in the woods of northern New Mexico.
 
Published September 16, 2003 by Harmony. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Fits snugly on the shelf of books by European-Americans who acquired native lore, but transcends the category with its prose.

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The ironwood hung with wispy sprays like dried foam, what had been brushed off as hairy seed-dust on my coat sleeves.” Harmer closes as he sets out on a new journey arranged by his mentor.

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In this continuation of his spiritual autobiography, Going Native, Harmer shares his search for a deeper knowledge of the earth and its spirits.

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And this power has nothing to do with control over things or knowing in the head: "Power didn't have anything to do with the part of me that thought and decided about how things worked.

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