The Navajo Concept of the Sacred Shadow Self

We are all a precious child of creator and as such our shadow is also a sacred part of our selves as the precious children of the holy people our ancestors in the context of the natural order in the universe.  This means that our inherent divinity is fore-given to each of us equally manifested as our Conscience, yet people deny this, on a continuum.

This description is from the Dineh language or the people’s words that originates from an Affirmative thinking system and not the Euro-centric thinking system.  Thus, there is no “deficient self-image” to re-mediate to some end state of civilization or enlightenment because we are in a state holiness and wholeness in our sacred-SELF in our sacred place in the universe.

 “…we are Indigenous people identified by our spiritual SELF- identity as earth-surface people and five-fingered people – humane-beings.  We are all a precious child of creator:

Our Dineh name

Our clan family name

Our spiritual language

Our blessingway of life, living the loving as a way of life

Our shadow upon mother earth, as an aspect of our sacred-SELF spiritual identity

Therefore, we are called the holy earth-surface people.[1]

Patricia Anne Davis, MA Choctaw-Navajo/Chahta-Dineh

Seattle WA: March 18, 2013


1. ©The Navajo Nation Justice Department, Window Rock, AZ: 10/21/08
Translation of the foundation of Dineh law/governing:  Dineh Bi Beehaz aanii Bitse Silei
Patricia Anne Davis, M.A. Choctaw-Navajo/Chahta-Dineh


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About Patricia Anne Davis, MA Choctaw-Navajo/Chahta-Dineh

My English name is Patricia Anne Davis, MA and my ceremonial name is used only for personal ceremony. It translates to "peacemaker" or "one who greets others with peace". I have spent a life time learning and practicing healing knowledge and processes, beginning with my own father, who was a medicine person who made his lifetime priority healing three generations of people in ceremonies. He was my teacher from birth in the home and in ceremonies until his transition in 1983. I earned a BA in Psychology from the University of AZ and an MA in Whole System Design, the language and techniques of creative change, from the Center for Creative Change at the Antioch University in Seattle, WA. I worked in the Health and Human Services profession in every position in the continuum of care for Behavioral Health, Social Services and Mental Health for over 20 years. I am an original writer of "The Beauty Way Curriculum" K-12 Prevention Education for alcohol and other drug recovery and wellness restoration in both the English and Navajo language, published in 1990. Currently, I am in private practice as a Practitioner and Diagnostician and also an International Teacher and Consultant of Navajo/Dineh blessingway ceremonial healing principles that are cross-cultural, inter-generational, inclusive and universal in practical application.

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