You might think that my reviewing the book The Meadow on my blog about Native American Totems might be misplaced and that putting it in the category of Native Americans of Today is incorrect, but bare with me for a few minutes and I think that it will make sense.
No, as far as I know neither Mike O’Hare nor Elfreda Pretorius are of Native American ancestry. The book The Meadow does not outline any particular totems that we have discussed on this blog in a definitive manner. Yet, in my opinion recommending this book for you to read very much fits with the messages, lessons, and traditions of the Indigenous Peoples of North America and other areas of the world.
The feathers of Eagle and Owl are integral parts of this incredibly written story. Both birds give us lessons in our Earth Walk. So, let me tell you more about this amazing book.
The Meadow tells the story of two souls who travel through many lives throughout the centuries. It is a marvelous love story of such depth that you find it difficult to put it down. We first meet the two souls in prehistoric Mexica and travel through the centuries as their souls enter different bodies in different situations, always finding each other and always finding the two feathers at some point in that lifetime. There are times that the souls are of Native American lineage but that is not the main theme of the book.
So, why am I recommending the book to people who are interested in learning about totems? If you have not gained anything else from my posts, I hope that you have begun to understand that in the traditions and spiritual beliefs of the First Peoples that the underlying message is that everything is connected. People, animals, plants, and all living things have a purpose, a lesson, and a connection. Mike and Elfreda have made those connections very real in the story they weave of these two remarkable souls.
For the guys who regularly read this blog, this book is not just about an unending love story. There is plenty of intrigue, action, and mysteries that unfold as the story progresses.
As I shared with Mike when I wrote to him about reading this book, it is a story that will stay with me for a long time. I read many books in a year and I enjoy most that I read. However, there are very few books that make a huge impression with me. A few that leave such a mark that I find myself thinking about them weeks, months, and even years after I have completed them. The Meadow is one of those rare books that still has me thinking about the characters and the story. Out of the thousands of books that I have read over my lifetime, this book is in the top 5 of my favorites.
~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related