Please know that you are in our prayers, thoughts and blessings. From all the Tracker Family, not only in the USA but throughout the world we continually pray for your safety. Please stay in close touch with each other after all that is what Grandfather wanted the Tracker to be; a safety net of people helping people not only in times of need by any time. Bless all of you for you are not far from our thoughts and always ion our prayers. IN Medicine and Blessings, Tom
First and foremost I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving no matter where you are or what your are doing. Know that you are not far from my thoughts and prayers and it is especially now during the holiday season that I ask you all to reach out and reconnect with the Tracker Family. Make sure everyone is doing well and isn’t in need in any way. If all you can offer is a sincere prayer than do so, do whatever it takes to keep our bonds strong and live the Vision of the greater Tracker Family that Grandfather so cherished and believed in. It is only through our individual and collective Visions and our dedication to the Tracker Family that we can all truly make a difference.
The reason for this posting goes well beyond wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving for it is all of you that I am so very thankful for and all that you do behind the scenes. It is because of all of you and your Vision that my new book, “Tom Browns’ Field Guide to Healing the Earth” has made it to the number one place for new book releases with a 37 overall placement as it stands now. Never, ever in my wildest dreams did I think that any of my books would make it to such a powerful place in the main stream publishing industry. Sincerely I’m shocked, dumb struck, in awe and eternally grateful to all of you who went out there and pushed my book, many of you going far out of your way to visit the few remaining books stores, telling friends, and pushing the importance of the book to the internet and social media monster. Wow, I’m absolutely floored to a point were I have to wipe tears away just to see the computer screen.
I’ve been saying my book but as you all know that is not the case. It is also Randy’s book because he pushed himself hard to meet the deadlines, run interference for me with the publisher, and wrote often times during a class in his tent into the wee hours of the night to get it done. Randy, Thank You and you know my heart. Yet the book goes well beyond Randy and I and also includes all of you; the Elders, the Keepers of the Wisdom, The Apprentices, the Visionaries, Ghost Talkers, Keepers of the Ceremony, and so many other Medicine Societies along with the greater Tracker Family in general that are all part of this book. In my mind and heart this is the first of my 18 books that belong to all of us for it is now our story, our Vision and all of our hopes and dreams. And it couldn’t come at a better time for the young people of the world are now in need of direction, we have failed them because of our greed and hopefully now this youth movement and new consciousness along with the book might forge a path that could very well save what we have left of our Sacred Earth Mother before we destroy Her and ourselves in the process.
A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you with countless prayers and blessings form all of us.
In Medicine, Tom
I guess Grandfather’s Leaf Chase Game could not have come at a better time. I’ve been getting so much feedback that it is hard to keep up with all the comments and fun that folks have been having with the Chase. The kids at the 4 E’s family camp this past weekend had a blast and some of the pictures and video they sent are stunning. What a great way for kids to have fun and exercise at the same time. Grandfather and the lineage of elders that are at the foundation of all I teach were absolutely brilliant in so many ways, especially in the way of the Coyote and teaching that can and often does run so deep and life changing.
I thought that it would be fun to take the Leaf Chase Game to a new and higher level. It’s not only designed for kids but for adults also, especially those on a spiritual path. The modification of the game will not only give the body a great workout but also on a deeper level the Spiritual Body and Mind get even more of a workout. The approach to the Advanced Leaf Chase game is nearly the same as with the normal Leaf Chase but with a few changes. First you will need one or more spotters that will keep the Chasers save from injury and second you should only have a few players. The other major change is that the Chasers are BLINDFOLDED. Yes you read that right! BLINDFOLDED.
The modification of the Leaf Chase Game will push the Chasers limits to the maximum level of awareness both on a physical and spiritual level. At first the chaser will think that they are chasing leaves that they somehow became aware of because of the faint “pop and drop and flutter” sound of the falling leaves. Of course this is not the full story. It doesn’t take long before you realize that you are picking up the drop and direction of the floating leave on an entirely different level and that level is not the level of intense or acute awareness or observation but something deeper, more visceral and intense.
With adults it is easy to discover what is going on and how this is done on a spiritual level, far outreaching the limitations of our physical senses. However for the younger children simply play dumb and blame it more on the children’s keep level of observation and awareness skills. Using the term spiritual may tend to scare the child a bit especially if the child is not around folks who tend to lean toward the spiritual elements of life and living.
In any case there is no pass or fail. Given enough time and passing out of your mind any trying or explanation of how you are able to catch falling leaves while blindfolded you will keep getting better and better. What an intense workout for the physical and spiritual mind and body. Enjoy! More to come and very soon.
I just got a copy of my new book FIELD GUIDE TO HEALING THE EARTH and I can still smell the fresh ink. It’s on its way to book stores now and may students have already ordered it online. The book could not have come at a better time. Randy Walker really poured his heart and soul into the book and it is a reflection of his dedication to Grandfather’s Vision. I’m really excited about it because the book basically teaches what just one person can do to help save our Sacred Earth Mother. Often times the problems of the World and the battering of The Earth seems so out of reach for a single person but here for the first time I’ve put together a powerful plan based on Grandfather’s teaching that will bring everyone hope. I pray that the book does well and especially reaches the younger folks who now have risen up and demanded that the adults in their lives take action for their sake and the sake of their children. A new awakening? Lets all pray that it is and it lasts.
Just a quick thought,
As I’ve always told my students, with Grandfather we could be assured of 3 teachings every day without fail. Of course there were our daily lessons in awareness which Grandfather firmly believed was not only the most important physical skill but also the most important spiritual skill. Keep in mind that Grandfather never separated Tracking from Awareness because he believed that they were one in the same thing. Of course there was the ongoing daily lessons in the Way of the Spirit and last but certainly not least there was an often grueling workout that kept our bodies strong to meet the challenges of full survival. We learned to use the whole of the natural world as our gym from dragging logs for miles behind us, tying them to our waste and going till collapse. We swam with heavy stones, climbed with stone burdens on our back, ran from place to place and always pushing ourselves beyond our wrongly perceived limits. Grandfather and his lineage had devised so many ways of making our bodies strong that it is hard to remember all of them. Mostly he would hide a intense workout in the form of a game where we would not realize that we were actually working out because we were having so much fun.
One such game was called the leaf catch and this is the best time of year to make it happen. Basically the game is simple enough in that we wait near a big tree such as a swamp read maple that is constantly dropping leaves at this time of year. We would stand beneath the tree and as soon as a leaf dropped we would race to catch it. In the end the person with the most leaves would win. As time progressed and our speed and agility increased we would stand further back from the tree and to make it more intense we would make rules that we could not give chase until the leaf was half way to the ground. Another factor was the size of the leaf in that the swamp red maple leaves were rather large and would float down slowly where the leaves of a tupelo were smaller and fell faster often times changing direction abruptly and without warning.
This is a great game to play with anyone and fits into all age groups but the most fun is when you play the leaf chase game with your kids. They will have a blast and it is an easy and highly entertaining way to get them away from the electronic distractions and out into nature. Of course the work out and subsequent strength and agility gained by everyone is more than a blessing.
Have fun with it and enjoy my new book. Do something, anything to save the Earth and our children and grandchildren. Never back down and never run away. Our children are depending on us to make a difference now.
In Medicine and Blessings,