"By way of context, a woman approached me and requested healing. Diagnosed with both brain and lung cancers, she had exhausted all treatment options in the modern medical establishment which essentially informed her to write an epitaph and wait for death. Undaunted and unwilling to capitulate, she sought healing in other modalities which eventually lead her to myself. Through ceremony and her strong will to survive, the Spirits doctored her back to health - both cancers were in remission. In an ironic (and tragic) turn of events, due to complications during a simple, "routine" medical procedure (unrelated to cancer), the Creator called her Home. I was subsequently asked by her son to perform her memorial. The following testimonial is from him:
First, I want to say thank you for your presence in my Moms Life. I want to also thank you for being patient and never pushing time. My Mother came to you and found her soul. She is a woman who has always been very careful of who she let in, and who she opened up to. She has been to a couple different healers, all of whom she spoke highly of in the beginning, but none of which she actually continued to believe in. But she believed in you. My mother is a true Heart. She is a clean spirit. Her believing in you to help guide her through her journey is a testament to your soul. She found truth in your heart. Coming from my Mother it means a lot because she spent her life trying to find, understand, and help guide others to truth and peace, And she allowed you to guide her into her own peace.
I know the Native ways are behind the gift you have given her, but it takes a true heart to be able to deliver those ways to others who do not know, who question life, and try to make sense of it all. You were able to get her beyond the questions, to give up on trying to make sense of it all, and just live. You were able to get her to believe again that life isn't just where we are at, and what we can see, but a cycle of contributing self in an effort to allow life to continue being in others, as she is in all who she touches in her life time.
My Mother is a fighter, a warrior, and she never gave up until it was time for her to move forward. You gave her the strength to humble her self and believe that it's ok to let go of what she knows, and open herself up to the unknown; to her future. I miss...my Mom, and...she still breaths my air. My babies still feel her presence. She still swims in the wind that blows through my families paths, and we feel her. We FEEL her. And she feels us because of the gift you opened her up to. LIFE.
We LOVE you Chief. I think about you often, and thank you again for healing my Mother, our life. For Real
Bonnie B, my Mother, had lung cancer for about a year. She was afraid of death, afraid of the cancer, afraid of not knowing, but she never gave up in her search for life. Chief helped her face her fears, beat her cancer, humble herself to being ok with not being able to make sense of everything, and get back home. She lives now in the hearts and memories of those she's touched. She swims in the water my children bath in. Today my 4 year old said, as we were taking a walk and he was collecting flowers, "Hey,Gamma Bonnie is taking all of our flowers", as the wind blew them off the top of the bike. She is in our lives because you allowed her to understand that she doesn't always need to understand. Western civilization calls the last walk death. She, for a long time, was scared of that word. But that's all it ended up being to her was a word, because you guided her back to life. Life doesn't die. It reproduces to create, regenerate, and flow. Thank you again for bringing my Mother back to her river and allowing her to continue swimming through our lives.
Always, with love"