Robert Hayward, Author of The Thirteenth Step Writes Recently Published Book for Native American Healing

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The Thirteenth Step is one man’s odyssey into surrender, reconciling, and accepting the gifts from a past he was unaware he belonged to. For the first time in written history, this talented Native American author takes the reader through an all night tipi ceremony in detailed specificity, hour by hour, teardrop by teardrop, revealing time proven indigenous truths that can be applied to anyone who wants more out of life than they are experiencing now. The Thirteenth Step is about recovery, the value of returning to ones traditions and ancestral roots, redemption, hope and triumph. It took two years for the Tribal Council to grant Hayward permission to reveal the sacred elements of the healing ceremony through his book.

Robert Hayward wrote The Thirteenth Step: One Man’s Odyssey of Recovery (Native Son Publishers, 2011), to teach the value of returning to ancestral solutions for contemporary problems. Unaware in his formative years of life that he was Native American, Hayward was unacquainted with the power, wisdom and healing powers of these traditional ceremonies. “So many Native Americans are clueless about their ancestral roots. And, for many Native Americans, there is shame and even ridicule attached to ancient Native American ceremonies. Tribal members continue the dilution of their sacred traditions and rituals that the Federal Government began centuries ago. It took almost dying for me to surrender to the possibility of healing through a sacred and ancient ceremony,” Hayward says.

Before Hayward knew of his ancestral roots, he became a troubled teen, becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol at a young age. His behavior was a puzzle and a departure from his conservative and loving family.

“I found out at some point in my later teen years that my maternal grandmother was Native American. Ancient traditions and rituals for so many Native Americans had long since been forgotten and buried. It would take me years to surrender to my ancestral traditions.”

“My drug and alcohol use became a disease, and no matter how hard I tried, or what I did, I could not stop my destructive behavior. Through chance meetings, an assignment to build a memorial for a fallen Native American, and a simple idea to purchase my own tipi, my addictions, that were killing me, were healed, and my health restored,” recounts Hayward.

The Thirteenth Step is one man’s odyssey into surrender, reconciling, and accepting the gifts from a past he was unaware he belonged to. For the first time in written history, this talented Native American author takes the reader through an all night tipi ceremony in detailed specificity, hour by hour, teardrop by teardrop, revealing time proven indigenous truths that can be applied to anyone who wants more out of life than they are experiencing now. The Thirteenth Step is about recovery, the value of returning to ones traditions and ancestral roots, redemption, hope and triumph.
It took two years for the Tribal Council to grant Hayward permission to reveal the sacred elements of the healing ceremony through his book.

“The Native American culture is fraught with mental, emotional and physical ailments. These contemporary problems are a result of cultural abandonment, and a disregard for the spiritual needs of these communities. It is my mission to reunite all people with their ancestral roots, to bring back those traditions and rituals that serve their higher selves, leading to healing and love for their bodies, families, and communities,” Hayward says.

Robert Hayward studied Art and Design at Laguna College. Robert graduated from Palomar College with a Certification as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Robert is a motivational and educational public speaker, specializing in Native American History and Spirituality, addiction and alcoholism, and recovery and spiritual awareness. For interview, book review, or to book speaking engagements contact Inspired Media/Diane Dennis/dianeden(at)centurytel(dot)net. For more information about The Thirteenth Step visit http://www.thethirteenthstep.com.

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