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The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise by Martin Prechtel

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    Inspiring hope, solace, and courage in living through our losses, author Martín Prechtel, trained in the Tzutujil Maya shamanic tradition, shares profound insights on the relationship between grief and praise in our culture--how the inability that many of us have to grieve and weep properly for the dead is deeply linked with the inability to give praise for living. In modern society, grief is something that we usually experience in private, alone, and without the support of a community. Yet, as Prechtel says, "Grief expressed out loud for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses." 

    Prechtel explains that the unexpressed grief prevalent in our society today is the reason for many of the social, cultural, and individual maladies that we are currently experiencing. According to Prechtel, "When you have two centuries of people who have not properly grieved the things that they have lost, the grief shows up as ghosts that inhabit their grandchildren." These "ghosts," he says, can also manifest as disease in the form of tumors, which the Maya refer to as "solidified tears," or in the form of behavioral issues and depression. He goes on to show how this collective, unexpressed energy is the long-held grief of our ancestors manifesting itself, and the work that can be done to liberate this energy so we can heal from the trauma of loss, war, and suffering.

    At base, this "little book," as the author calls it, can be seen as a companion of encouragement, a little extra light for those deep and noble parts in all of us.s.

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      "Martin Prechtel's book is beautifully written and wise … he offers stories that are precious and life-sustaining. Read carefully, and listen deeply." 
      —Mary Oliver

      “Here Martín Prechtel sends us an invitation to peace: to personal, village-level, and world peace. His indigenous wisdom gives us much-needed insights into the reverberating impact of not grieving our heart-rending losses. Most poignantly, he shows us the devastating inheritance of our ever more voracious wars and the misunderstood burden of ghosts that swirl around our modern warriors. Yet, instead of leaving us more despondent, every chapter holds out a new seed, breaking into new life. Martín coaxes us through funny and quirky turns of the ordinary and the miraculous to leave us inspired to wake up singing to the beauty of our rising sun and live in praise of this complex and gracious world.”
      Inge Hindel, MD/PhD, family and integrated medicine doctor at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Oregon

      “Martín Prechtel’s genius takes many forms: painting, music, a continuously evolving learning community, and thank God, books like this one. I get so excited reading it, I cannot stay in one place. I sit reading on my porch…then back to my living room to make a fire and watch Martín’s gorgeously alive prose burn inside me. His ideas and language are so enlivening, my impulse is to quote great sections of it. I’ll just touch on a few of his brilliant insights around how animals help us to grieve, and to make our way out of grief into the beauty of praising. As he says, animals help us grieve our loss of naturalness. And we have mostly forgotten ‘the very old worldwide tribal custom of having a “grief relative” from the wild living together with us in our houses.’ Caring for animals is a sacred responsibility. To truly grieve and to weep deeply is something the animals really do help us with. And O they help us praise too, to accomplish that most marvelous art of turning the grief into praising. Martín tells us, ‘Let the world jump up and live again,’ and he makes that happen with his delicious sentences. Read this necessary, very beautiful book, and then read it again.”
      —Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: Soul Fury

      “Many veterans are now banding into “warrior societies” but do not know which direction to go. In my work, I see on a daily basis many new patients (veterans) coming in for help: some with traumatic brain injury (TBI), substance abuse (mainly alcohol), post-traumatic disorders, and the all-too-frequent ‘suicide attempt’ with which a new generation of warriors kick off the repressed memories of Vietnam-era warriors remembering what was suppressed for so many years, their minds desperately making an attempt to resolve an ungrieved, ghost-ridden past. The Smell of Rain on Dust beautifully addresses the possibility of a society of warriors so changed by having killed that they become a society of healers to heal those wounded in war, both old and new.”
      John Ishmael, RN BSN, nurse physician liaison and discharge planner at Salt Lake City Veterans Hospital

      “Alchemy, by definition, metabolizes and transmutes. A reading of The Smell of Rain on Dust is alchemical. If the shredding of the glorious web of life has you sinking into a depth of despair, read this book; your grief can metabolize and transmute such wrongness. Deep and delightful, The Smell of Rain on Dust is also instructive. Itwill charm you into wanting to live life more fully, to walk in beauty even amongst modernity’s polarized spiritual failures.”
      Randy Hayes, director of Foundation Earth and founder of Rainforest Action Network

      “Once again, Martin Prechtel is up to his old tricks … ‘making medicine out of poison.’ The Smell of Rain on Dust takes grief, pain, strife, and other elements of a society in distress and concocts a potion that actually heals those who have ears to listen. In a world that needs to grieve its wrongdoings but has lost its ability or forgotten its ancient wisdom to do so, Mr. Prechtel has been selected as a spokesman to reunite modern man with ancient wisdom. Not an enviable position!”
      H. Bruce Coslor, Vietnam veteran, Nebraska cattle rancher, songwriter, musician, and grandfather

      “I love Martín’s book. It was amazing reading it aloud to the ocean. At one point I moved up the coast assuming the listening birds, seals, and whales would stay, but they moved with me. The waves listened and the wind. Read this magical book as it takes you into the courtyard of the heart.”
      M. Bacon, international award-winning documentary film director and producer

      “This wonderful book The Smell of Rain on Dust not only addresses this culture’s lack of grief but it discusses in poignant ways how our inability to grieve has created many of our culture’s delirious, fast paced, toxic, constant state-of-emergency symptoms where depression, addiction, and mediocrity reign. As a mother, daughter, teacher, and farmer I found this book to stir up a deep prayer, that as a people we might, one day, through being with the depths of our grief, find so much love and deliciousness in being alive that we praise this life so genuinely, nothing is left unloved.”
      Melanie MacKinnon, teacher, farmer, and owner of Frog Belly Farms, Colorado

      “I held my personal grief for decades until, with the help of the author, I ceremonially metabolized my grief into a thing of beauty. Like a magic genie, I popped out of the bottle I had crawled into with a renewed love of life. In The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise, Prechtel leads the reader down this same trail of animals and life in the womb while revealing that grief is the sister of praise. Like Prechtel’s other books, this astonishing book draws me back to reexamine the beauty of a life lived well.”
      Wick Fisher, retired postmaster, Vietnam veteran, and orator at soldier funerals

      “Brilliant gems of storytelling illuminate teachings of inspiration and hope in this new work by Martin Prechtel, a work to which he brings a traditional indigenous understanding of how to deal with loss.”
      Michael Harner, author of Cave and Cosmos and founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies

      About the Author

    • Our Story

      Shamans Market is a labor of love and service.  We began our spiritual journey in 1994 learning the from wisdom keepers of many earth honoring wisdom traditions mostly in the Americas. We have travelled extensively in Peru and have made many meaningful heart connections with the people of this amazing country.

      In 1999 after running out of many of the products we use in our Shamanic practice (and not having a trip to Peru in sight) we decided to import products for our friends and community. We were then and still are today excited to be supporting the growing shamanic community in the US and at the same time providing a fair trade outlet for the exquisite artisans and the indigenous people of the Andes, the Amazon, Tibet and around the world!

      Over the years our offerings have grown and we are pleased to now offer these lifestyle products to promote living in harmony with each other and our Earth.

      Our Mission

      To offer quality products that promote a lifestyle of living in harmony with each other and our Earth.

      Shamans Market offers fair trade, eco-friendly, artisan made, organic, natural, products.  Many of these products support indigenous people maintain their ancient wisdom and culture. 

      Where our producers live and work

      A majority of our offerings come for Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Central America, Tibet, Nepal, India and the USA 

      Projects we support

      Amazon rainforest preservation, medical support to Indigenous people & preserving indigenous wisdom by supporting the following non-profit charities:  The Heart of the Healer Foundation, Camino Verde, Amazon Promise and Green America. 

      How we select what we sell

      With integrity and heart.  All our products support at least one of the following: spiritual/meditation practice, the earth, fair trade, ancient wisdom, indigenous culture, beauty or oneness.

      Contact Us

      Shamans Market
      6620 Crabapple Ct
      Troy, MI
      48098Phone: 866-929-2964
      Fax: 866-929-2964
      Email: service@shamansmarket.com 

    • Processing Time 

      In-stock merchandise typically ships within 1-2 business days. Holiday and orders placed on Saturday and Sunday are processed the next business day.


      Backordered Items

      If an item on your order is marked “backorded” the entire order will be held until all items return to stock. If you would like us to split the order and ship the items separately you can request we do that by emailing us at service@shamansmarket.com . We make every attempt to provide you the most accurate date of shipment for backordered items yet sometimes receipt of these items are delayed. If the items are going to be substantially delayed we will email you with an updated anticipated shipping date. If an item is out of stock and that information was not provided to you on the website, we will email you with additional information on availability.


      Shipping Charges

      Shipping charges will vary based on the weight of your package and your location. All packages are shipped from Troy, MI. During checkout you are given an estimated shipping charge. To get an accurate shipping charge (within the US) you can enter your zip code and the actual shipping charges will be calculated. International shipping charges are only estimated on the website. For more information on international orders please see International Orders below.


      Standard vs. Express Delivery

      Standard Delivery orders are shipped via USPS First Class or Priority Mail. Generally Priority Mail will arrive in 3-5 business days and 1st class usually with 3-7 business days. Please note that USPS Priority Mail does not guarantee delivery times. Occasionally items ordered at the same time are shipped separately. 

      For even faster delivery, we offer Express Delivery via Priority Mail Express and Two Business Day Service via UPS. USPS Priority Mail Express and UPS Two Business Day Serviceorders are given top priority and we will ship the order the same day if received by 2:00 pm EST for product available in our warehouse.

      Priority Mail Express is a 1-2 day Service and varies based on location.

      Please Note: UPS does not count Saturday or Sunday as business days. USPS does not count Sunday.  

      If have a time sensitive order and want to confirm stock availability please call us at 866-929-2964 or email us at service@shamansmarket.com to verify when you can expect your shipment to go out. We will do our best to meet your needs.


      International Orders 

      Shamans Market ships internationally depending on an individual country's regulations. Not all items we sell can be shipped to every country. Shipping costs are calculated in the shopping cart or at checkout. To see your shipping costs before checking out you can use the estimate shipping cost section in the shopping cart. (Please note: If your country does not use postal code please insert a 1 in the postal code field if you are not getting shipping cost to show.) In a few cases the actual shipping fee will be more than calculated at checkout. If this happens we will contact you via email and inform you of the cost for shipping your order before we proceed.

      Our standard international shipping method is US Postal Service 1st Class, Priority Mail or EMS service. We also offer you the option of shipping UPS international service where available. Estimated shipping times (not including order processing time) for USPS Mail service is as follows:

      1st Class: 2-5 weeks

      Priority Mail: 7-14 days

      EMS Express Service: 3-7 days

      Duties, taxes, VAT, custom charges are not included in pricing or delivery fees. Please contact your taxing authority to determine what fees or taxes may apply to your order and how collection is handled.

      Restricted from International Shipping

      Certain items can't be shipped outside of the USA or require a special certification. 

      The US Fish and Wildlife Agency requires a certification for items containing Wild Feathers, Animal Hide, Bone and Shell. Therefore we restrict shipping on these items unless a special request is made and a certification fee of $99.00 is paid in advance. 

      Other items are including Peacock Feathers & Red Sandalwood are banned to ship altogether.

    • Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: Is your site secure, I don’t like to give my credit card information on the web?

      A: We understand this concern and take great efforts to protect your personal information. All transactions on ShamansMarket.com are handled through a process called SSL or Secured Socket Layer. This protection is provided to us by GeoTrust QuickSSL. GeoTrust is a leader in secure transactions on the web and their service enables up to 256-bit encryption and assures our online customers that confidential information and transactions cannot be viewed, intercepted or altered. And because GeoTrusts authentication system is the most advanced in the industry, you can be sure that GeoTrust certificates are only issued to fully authorized recipients, including ShamansMarket.com.

      Q: How long does it take before my order is shipped out?

      A: ShamansMarket.com typically ships packages Monday through Friday within 24-48 hours after the order is placed. If an item on your order is backorded the entire order will be held until all items return to stock.

      Q: How do you ship packages?

      A: ShamansMarket.com uses US Postal Service or UPS for its standard delivery in the Continental US. Priority Mail is a service of the US Postal Service delivered to within 2-3 day, Monday through Saturday.

      Q: So, how long does it take for me to get my order?

      A: From the time you order to the time your package arrives typically takes 3-7 days, depending on shipping method you choose. This includes an average of 1-2 days for processing and packaging and 2-6 days for shipping. This applies only to in stock items. If an item is out of stock and that information was not on the website, we will email you with additional information on availability.

      Q: Do you ship packages internationally?

      A: Yes, Shamans Market ships internationally depending on an individual country's regulations. Not all items we sell can be shipped to every country. Shipping charges that show on the final invoices are estimates. If the actual international shipping fee is lower than the estimate we will automatically credit your payment method the difference. In cases where the actual shipping fee is higher we will contact you via email and inform you of the cost for shipping your order before we proceed. If you would like to know the actual shipping cost before you place your order please feel from to contact us at service@shamansmarket.com and we will calculate the exact cost for you. Our standard international shipping method is US Postal Service 1st Class, Priority Mail or EMS service. We also offer you the option of shipping UPS international service. Estimated shipping times (not including order processing time) for USPS Mail service is as follows:

      1st Class: 3-5 weeks
      Priority Mail – 7-14 days
      EMS Express Service: 3-7 days

      Q: I can’t figure out how to change me billing address, can you help?

      A: Sure, to change your billing address first click on Customer Service on the top of the page. Then click on “Account History”. When On Account History page, click on your name. This will bring up your Customer Information screen and allow you to change your billing address, password, email and phone number. NOTE: To change the ship to address or your credit card on file you must do this at the time of check out prior to signing in.

      Q: How can I change my credit card information?

      A: To change your credit card information, or to switch billing from credit card to Pay Pal, or check you must do this at check out. Once you are ready to check out click on “Check Out”. This brings up the checkout screen. Click on the box that says: “I am a returning customer and would like to use my existing account.” Then type in your Email and password. Next, check the box “Change billing Information”. Then click on “Continue Checkout”. This will take you to the form to change or update your billing information.

      Q: What Payment Methods do you accept?

      A: You can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express, PayPal, Check or Money Order. If Paying by check or money order please send payments to: ShamansMarket 6620 Crabapple Ct Troy, MI 48098 We will hold your order pending receipt of your payment for up to 15 days.

      Q: How do I ship to an address that is different from my billing address?

      A: To ship to an address other than the billing address on your credit card can be done at checkout. Once you are ready to check out click on “Check Out”. This brings up the checkout screen. Click on the box that says: “I am a returning customer and would like to use my existing account.” Then type in your Email and password. Next, check the box “This will be shipped to a different address”. Then click on “Continue Checkout”. This will take you to the form change the Shipping Information for the order.

      Q: How do I process a return?

      A: Please see our the "Our Policies" page for return information.

      Q: Do you offer wholesale pricing?

      A: Yes, We offer wholesale pricing to retailers please email us at service@shamansmarket.com for more information.

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