First Nation's Belief System
While western medicine doesn’t understand the importance of the mind-body connection (the relationship between spirituality, mind, and body) and medicine, the Native American way of curing an illness relies on the concept that we are all one or connected – Mother Earth, humans, and Great Mystery (Spirit or God). Through this concept, when illness grabs hold of the human being, you are not just treated with tradtional medicine, but also, through spiritual, emotional, environmental and physical terms.
If the world around the patient is out of balance, it is believed to conjure up illness and disharmony in life, especially in emotional and mental sickness. Relaxation or going within one’s self, and applying the techniques known for years, such as the sweat lodge, gives an opportunity to avoid the destructive lifestyle and to return to normal health.
The subject of medicines from the First Nations remains vast, expanding into the spiritual beliefs of not only Native American culture but of so many others who have taken on the belief that we are all one with Mother Earth and God. To cover the topic fully, the elements of herbs, spiritual outlook, connections between all living things, energy flow and other components of the human body, mind, and soul that affect our wellness need to be discussed as well. Although the discussion of these topics needs to occur to give a full explanation of Native American medicines, the basics of medicinal rituals and beliefs will be covered due to the expansive nature of the subject as a whole.