Messenger | Wisdom-keeper | Bridge-builder | Dancer | Traveler |
Dr. Anita Sanchez
As an adult, books have guided me to open up my mind, heart and soul, and contributed to directing me in business and spiritual life. As a child, books provided a familial connection, a deeper understanding of who I am, what I am, my mind-body-spirit, and how I am an important member of the amazing Hoop of Life.
Growing up economically poor in the inner city of Kansas City, it was my mother, an avid reader with a seventh-grade education, who showed me the power of books. I got my first library card at age four and every other Saturday we would walk to the library and get a new stack of books. Oh, I loved sitting next to my mom, each of us absorbed in books at the end of each day. Along with my indigenous and spiritual upbringing, books provide me a way to continually grow, expand my life – my sense of self, my knowledge of others, people, nature, the cosmos, virtual travel, and books uplift my dreams daily. I have such gratitude and love for all the diverse authors I discover, and their subjects. And, naturally, I have a deep commitment to free libraries that ensure all people have access to their treasures.
DR. ANITA SANCHEZ is a powerful visionary business consultant of Mexican American and Aztec heritage who has woven her knowledge of indigenous wisdom, business, and science into her global consulting and training work with world and corporate leaders for more than four decades.
A member of the Transformational Leadership Council, the Pachamama Alliance and Bioneers, she is the best selling author of The Four Sacred
Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern times, in which she reveals the prophecy entrusted to her by a global collective of indigenous elders – 4 Guiding Gifts that can help us remember the power of unity, guide us to transformation and wholeness, and enable us to live in deeper harmony with all of humanity. The Four Sacred Gifts recounts the story of The Eagle Hoop Prophecy, based on Mohican Don Coyhis’s dream of a sacred hoop surrounded by eagle feathers. The Elders believe this vision is a sign that the time has come for all peoples to come together as one.
You can learn more about the Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, and download a free gift of the song “In Right Relations,” which is based on the messages of Dr. Sanchez’s book at her website www.FourSacredGifts.com.
My 10 Best
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
Alice Walker’s spiritual/earthly journey lifted me up; as a young person it felt like Alice Walker was talking to me.
You Can Heal Your Life
by Louise Hay
One of founders of the self-help movement. “I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.”
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse
by Peter Matthiessen
This book makes clear why the traditional Indian concept of the sacred earth is so important, especially at a time when increasing populations and desire for more and more are destroying our precious relations – nature, animals, sea life, water.
The Sacred Pipe recorded & edited by Joseph Brown
Black Elk’s Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux recorded and edited by Joseph Brown. Black Elk, a most honored indigenous Elder shares his original knowledge that comes from a deep connection to the earth, spirit, and the culture.
The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama
with Desmund Tutu
How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?
by Paulo Coelho
Recurring prophetic dream, spiritual inspiration.
The Mindfulness Essentials series
by Thich Nhat Hanh
I feel such strength in peace when I read his works; Zen master, peace activist, global spiritual leader and Buddhist monk – dedication to inner transformation by way of mindfulness.
The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz
The “agreements” refer to promises one makes to oneself in order to live a fuller life – Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
The Shaman Within
by Claude Poncelet, PhD
Claude, a friend and colleague, who passed away several years ago, does an impeccable job helping readers seek and find their own spiritual roots. As a scientist and shamanic practitioner, Claude saw no inconsistency between science and spiritual knowledge. He is an Elder from the White Direction.
What I Know for Sure
by Oprah Winfrey
A collection of her life lessons. She has discovered and advocated many spiritually influential thinkers, so her lessons speak true to me. And as a messenger, I am inspired by her ability to bring to the general public spiritual leaders’ teachings and life experiences.