In the Native American way, the word medicine means anything that brings one closer to nature and the life force inherent within all living things. This could mean the healing of the body, the mind, and spirit, as observed through the lessons and living patterns of the animal kingdom. Of course, this requires astute awareness by the seeker and the desire to be in harmony with the strength and wisdom of that creature's essence. Native American medicine is a "way of life".
Animals are powerful teachers that frequently appear in our dreams or our daily activities, providing us with insight, companionship, and subtle messages. Understanding these signals necessitates humility and the ability to be in touch with one's intuitiveness.
A dynamic animal of the great kingdom of creatures is the wolf. Referred to as the teacher and pathfinder of new ideas; the wolf has an enormous sense of family, as well as a strong individualistic drive. These traits would seem to to make the wolf quite similar to the human race. In the terrific guide book accompanying Medicine Cards (Bear & Co.), authors Jamie Sams and David Carson describe wolf medicine as "empowering the teacher within us all to come forth and aid the children of Earth in understanding the Great Mystery and life. As you feel wolf coming alive within you, you may wish to share your knowledge by writing or lecturing on information that will help others better understand their uniqueness or path of life".