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Letters to the Medicine Man  

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Dear Medicine Man,

 I graduated from high school and spent a year in junior college before I had to quit to have a baby.  Since then, I have worked full time to raise my daughter by myself.  Last December I turned forty.  My daughter is now grown, so I can do what I want with my life.

I want to study healing arts.  My desire to be a healer is so intense that I am willing to quit my job or do whatever is necessary.  I have not told anyone else about this because I am afraid everyone will laugh at me.  My grades in school were not very good, so I don't think I could get into most schools.  What can I do to realize my dream?

           Helping ourselves and others to heal is part of everyone's power.  It does not come from having a university degree or permission granted by a license.  Knowing you have the power to do what you want with your life is vital to leading a fulfilling life.  Your letter tells me you have suffered most of your life with the feeling that you are powerless to choose your own life path.  Your letter expresses this feeling abundantly and also shows me that you do not yet know how a healer functions. 

          Do you know how the carpenter does his job?  Over time, a carpenter acquires a whole box full of tools, each designed to do a certain job very efficiently.  The carpenter has learned what each tool does and is trained to select the right one for each task.  Training is often accomplished by watching another carpenter (apprenticeship).  A master carpenter may have many different tools, but a beginning carpenter with only a hammer is still valuable when there are nails to be driven.

          Healers are like carpenters.  We use tools designed to do a certain job.  We learn what the tools do by watching experienced healers use them.  It takes just a few minutes to see how a hammer operates.  Then, with practice, we learn to use the hammer more proficiently.  In time, we observe the application of other tools and practice them as the need arises.  Like the beginning carpenter, we should know the value of the work we do and acknowledge our limitations.

          The best healers do not try to solve every health problem they encounter with the tool they happen to know how to use.  Allopathic cures, like surgery and drugs have an important place, but they do not solve every problem.  More holistic remedies, like herbs or manipulation are wonderful, but they also have their limitations.  It is sad to see any healer trying to restrict another healer from helping people.  It is shortsighted to think the tools with which one has become familiar are the only legitimate tools for helping sick folks.  Do not fall into this trap.  Instead, find tools that fit who you are—tools that work for you—and became proficient with them.  Understand that your tools may help many people, but like everyone else's tools, yours may not be the answer for every need.  Help those you can with your tools and learn about the other healers around you.  Do not let the ego of wanting your tools to be the ones that are most helpful stand in the way of  providing the most benefit for the person in need.  Be willing to suggest other healers if your tools are not reaching the desired effect.  Remember, whether alternative or allopathic, there is only one tool that will help all people.  That is the power of the Great Spirit. The Great Spirit is called by many different names according to one's tribe.  

          Healers are ordinary people who use tools to help themselves and others live healthier lives.  One powerful healing tool you probably mastered years ago is the willingness and ability to put your arms around someone who is lonely and afraid.  If you learn how to communicate your life experience to young women who feel lost and unwanted in a way that helps them better live the lives they have chosen, you will have done more healing than a room full of surgeons.  I suggest you begin to view life differently so that you can get a very broad view of what causes illness.  Loneliness, anger, shame, conflict and victimization can do far more harm to health than viruses.

          The following are some jobs that need doing. These jobs require more love than they require training.  Touch children and the elderly so they know they are not alone in this world.  Comfort the victims of the war between men and women without trying to patch them up to continue the fight.  Teach that life has seasons to be observed and honored.  Spread the word that we are each responsible for our own health and cannot pay anyone else to be responsible for us.

          My strongest advice is to find someone who is willing to share with you what they have learned about healing.  Study with that person.  Take what works for you and disregard what does not work for you.  If you see many people who benefit from what the healer suggests, you know you are in the right place to study.  If you do not see lots of actual healing, move on until you find the genuine article.  I wish you great success in you healing endeavors and welcome to the world of healers.

Letters to the Medicine Man II on it way to soon

Childhood Experiences

When I was a child I was very sick. Several physicians diagnosed my problems as severe allergies and asthma. I remember that for about two years I got bi-weekly treatments and tests to see if it could be learned what I was allergic to. Efforts were made to eliminate from my diet the foods that made me sick. I remember going to the doctor’s office to have tests to find out if I was deaf. It turned out that I was not deaf but that I had a blockage in my ear canal. I also remember that my eyesight diminished so significantly it was feared I would be blind.

Despite frequent trips to the doctor’s office and the best medical help that could be found, my health continued to deteriorate. My physical condition became so bad that most days I would have agonizing stomach pain that left me twisting with intense misery. I remember going to the doctor’s office where little injections were made in the skin of my arm, the physician drew small circles around these injections, and we would wait in the outer office some time to see if these injections got a reaction that indicated I was allergic to yet another food. These tests were stopped because they didn’t help. I was becoming allergic to foods that I had not been allergic to on prior tests.

At the rural school I attended there was not much compassion shown for my condition. A child with a broken arm got admiration and the other children wanted to write on the plaster cast. A sickly child got pushed out of the way, or even much worse treatment from fellow students. The teachers did not know what to do with me. The teachers were afraid when I had asthma attacks in their classroom. The teachers resented anything that disturbed the classroom, but in retrospect I realize they must have been worried about what could have happened to me in one of their classes.

Each month found my condition much worse until it was clear that my life was in jeopardy. A dramatic cure was suggested to my mother that relieved me of this immediate allergy problem, and saved my life. I will describe this cure later in this book. No one really knew why I was sick and I did not discover the reason myself for over forty years. My work as a Medicine Man led me to the knowledge of what caused my childhood conditions. That problem is the subject of my book LETTERS TO THE MEDICINE MAN.

Because I learned the reason I was so sick as a child, because I learned what to do about this problem that affects children, I have been able to help the lives of young people with this same condition. The lives of the parents of these children are also dramatically improved by what I do to help the child. It is my hope that healers can all be aware of what influences millions of children with these same types of childhood conditions. It may actually be possible to relieve their pain quickly and without even using one pill that the child must swallow.

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