Healing Stories

My life changed tremendously during the one-year period I spent studying with Chief Phillip Scott at Ancestral Voice, Institute for Indigenous Lifeways. My intention was to dive more deeply into my personal spiritual work, to approach spirituality from a different lens than I’d previously had and to learn from ancient Indigenous wisdom. This deep work was transformational and integrating Indigenous learnings and wisdom has shaped me for the better. I came out one year later with so much more knowledge around how to live my life according to the cycles of the universe - seasonal cycles, cycles of energy, cycles of the heavens and the cycles of my personal self and body. I feel so much more connected to the Earth, Spirit, and my own soul coming out of these studies. I got to do deep excavation and inner work that allowed me to better my relationship to self, to Spirit, and to those around me. I feel more motivated to embrace who I am and my unique gifts and to share them through my work — my service — to the world. I am deeply appreciative of the time I got to spend learning with Chief Phillip and the ways it will have ripple effects on the rest of my life and how I walk through life. He is a strong leader, with tremendous healing abilities, and a clear channel to Spirit through which you may learn, expand, and explore more of what it really is like to be a spiritual being having a human experience (which we all are). Big Blessings and Gratitude!
Mackenzie Rose G.
Performance Coach
"Phillip Scott is my colleague and trustworthy friend for many years. He has offered teachings of Indigenous Healing Wisdom at the Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute that functions as an educational program for Spiritual and World Religious Studies. Phillip elicits an expanded insight into Indigenous History, Ritual Development and Ethical training necessary for a student learning the processes of traditional methods. His way of life, discipline and commitment toward the higher good for those who come to him for instruction is resolute. He is a compassionate teacher always placing others before him as a Sacred responsibility. All students who wish to study with him would benefit greatly. I highly recommend his teachings both in person and online."
Dr. Ana Perez-Chisti
President-Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute
"We at the Interfaith Council have partnered with Chief Phillip Scott in many ways over the years. He has spoken and performed Ceremony at our annual meeting and shared leadership at many retreats we’ve sponsored. I’ve also had the honor of attending his Purification Lodges and other Ceremonies offered through Ancestral Voice, Praying for peace and staying connected to our Great Mother. The Chief is true to his message and shares the Red Road with humility and trains us in true protocol, creating beloved community among those seeking to reclaim their way. He’s also preached and led retreats at my home congregation, where the inspiration continues to inform our way of living. Words are insufficient to state how highly I recommend him to others."
Rev. Will McGarvey
Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County and pastor at East County Shared Ministry in Pittsburg, CA (PCUSA-UCC)
"Amidst preparations for Ceremonies with Chief Phillip, who was soon to arrive in Germany, I had a screening of my thyroid. After a few days, I got the diagnosis: thyroid-cancer. I was really shocked and in despair, because in my family story, several members have died of cancer. My physicians urged me to have surgery very soon. They wanted to take out the thyroid completely as well as the lymph nodes. When I talked with the Chief about this, he advised me to receive a Healing first. A Purification Lodge and Naming Ceremony were also planned for me. All of these can change the outcome, he said. So I moved the date of the surgery. I participated in the Fearlessness Intensive and my fear of the surgery really diminished. After the Healing session, my throat looked better and I also felt, that something had changed. In the Purification Lodge, I sensed and felt the Spirits doctoring me. And with my new Ceremonial name, I received a strength and a deep trust that I will survive and will get the opportunitiy to live my new life. The day of the surgery, I was really calm and not afraid, I felt the Spirits around me. After the surgery, the physicians told me that they only removed one side of the thyroid because they injured my vocal chords. They will remove the other side and the lymph nodes later in another surgery. For about 10 weeks, I was not able to speak and had problems to breathe. Soon after a Skype-Session with the Chief, my vocal chords completely healed – my speech therapist was astonished. Usually such an injury takes at least a year to heal. Meanwhile, the result of the histology arrived: No malignity! No physician could understand what had happened. Also my blood-markers of the cancer were normal. On the next European visit of the Chief, I participated in a Healing Lodge. In this Lodge I felt that the cancer was pulled out of my body and I was filled with faith. In the next screening of my thyroid, the physician found a normal thyroid with only a very small residue of a nodule. The tumor-markers were good and there was no reason for another surgery. I am so grateful for this miracle. I express my deepest gratitude to the Great One, the Spirits and to the Chief. Thank you so much for your support, your guidance, your love and compassion. You changed my life." ​
Baerbel M
"To say you changed my life my be an understatement. I would venture to say that as our paths converged last Sunday at your talk at the Community Lodge at Lightning in a Bottle, you helped transform a seed into a blossoming lotus. How you did it, I am still processing a week later. I don't know if you noticed me in the crowd and it's totally okay if you didn't but I was dressed in a tiger tank top, bright green shorts and most importantly I had an endless stream of tears running down my face. My friends and I serendipitously walked into your discussion after missing a yoga class we planned on taking. I have to say it was the best thing to have happened to me as I vividly recall every single tear that came down my face as I heard you speak that morning. Everything that you shared within that small time frame resonated so strongly with me as if the purest source of light and love in me was being activated as you spoke each word and shared each story. You touched my heart so deeply, Mr. Scott and I am so glad that I have this avenue to share my gratitude with you. I wanted to wait after class to say something to you but part of me was nervous. I don't know if I was nervous to cry even more than I already was. Seeing you cry in front of us, I must say, was so transcending - as if we opened the gateway for each other. Someone that I interacted with that weekend messaged this to me and I would like to share it with you as I feel it relates to how you made me feel "Soo much love it's overwhelming! LiB has done wonders for my soul. It wasn't the music, or the art, it was the people! 100%. Gathering like minded individuals to celebrate the journey of life and find your chosen family is truly a gift. We should remind ourselves and be grateful for the knowledge we have attained. One of the greatest lessons I learned was that the heart is not a vessel. It's not meant to be filled, for once filed there is no more room for the endless emotions in this world. I was taught it is a gateway, open this gate to others, let the love flow through you, feel every emotion and learn from it, pass it on and be ready to embrace what is yet to come. keep others who have this open gateway close, this will cause this love to perpetuate and your heart will always be filled. Thank you for opening your gateway and crying with us. The stories you shared about you and your wife were beyond moving. Thank you for showing vulnerability and strength with us that day. Most of all, I think just your message about our lives not being important but what we do with them that is important alongside the message of changing the focusing of healing from ourselves to our community - these messages and wisdom will stay with me and reverberate into everything I do from now on. You inspired me and continue to inspire me." ​
Shanti
"A deep recognition and respect for Phillip as a devoted teacher, guide, healer and leader comes from my personal experience... I trust and accept his strong, unique medicine and guidance as direct and honorable and believe and know that its source is Spirit, its' messenger, human. I honor the path that he walks, the chosen sacrifices he continues to make and the challenges that he has faced that have shaped him in the ways that he reveals himself, serves the Creator and follows the guidance of the Tunkashilas on behalf of the people. I find him fair, compassionate and very supportive with whatever comes up as challenges in my life. I am very grateful for the ceremonial way that I now conduct my life and the deeper connection to all life that has been gifted to me through his dedication to this way of life. I, for one, owe my life to Phillip, not only for the way in which he has directed me over these past couple of years, but also because my life was preserved through a doctoring ceremony for cancer that he conducted on my behalf. Phillip's oath and surrender to be an instrument for the Creator and the Spirits has facilitated deep healing and personal transformation for me. I carry within me a deep sense of gratitude to him for a renewed and purposeful life....​"
Cynthia
Caregiver
"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​"
Yusef
"I attended a lodge today. I went with few expectations but plenty of knowledge about the "specifics" of what would occur. My two sons had been attending lodges fairly regularly for the past 2 years and I had questioned them about their experiences. I was interested and curious and a little skeptical. Knowing specifics and having the experience are vastly different! I had been planning to join my boys several times over the last 6 months but there was always an obstacle in my way. Today there were no obstacles. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly and with generosity. The chief was loving, kind and compassionate. He was already aware that I was grieving for my mother who had passed away one week ago. He gave me the space to share my story, he gave me the space to heal my family, he gave me the portal to be able to speak to my mother. Sitting in the lodge was the hardest thing I have ever done. There were moments that I wasn't sure I could stay in, but I did. I never felt scared or unsafe, only unsure of whether I would be strong enough to continue. I stayed in and had the most intense and powerful experience of my life, for which I am eternally grateful."
Robyn Roberts
Social Services
In March of 2010, I received a series of Doctoring Lodges from Chief Black Horse to address and heal my hearing loss to discover the cause, issues, lessons and blessings that come with, and to free myself from, this disability. It took time to prepare -which is the way of this path- something one learns with the Chief. His teachings adhere to, and are deeply respectful of, the traditional ways. I always experience Chief Black Horse's ceremonies as beautiful. I feel safe. I can so easily feel the love of the Mother Earth and Father Sky within the Inipi, I can feel the spirits of his altar. Chief has a beautiful way of conducting the Purification Lodge with song, drum and medicines from Mother Earth; and with beautiful words that cut straight to the heart. My Doctoring Lodge Ceremony involved an intense death of old stories, patterns and beliefs that centered around my loss of hearing. Through being doctored by Chief Black Horse and the spirits, and being in constant prayer for four days, I found deep forgiveness, and much of my hearing returned to me. In fact, on the third night of the Doctoring, the spirits took one of my hearing aids -it just disappeared. On the last night of my Doctoring Lodge, I stood silent, hearing the Chief instruct the Fire Keepers, and I was not wearing my hearing aids at all. Tears fell down my checks in gratitude toward the Creator, and the service of Chief Black Horse. With my hearing came belief in the Creator, and this has strengthened me- within my heart and whole being, and, has helped me feel an ease with life. My overall hearing continues to heal, and the medicine of these Lodges continue to work with timing and grace. I cannot thank Chief Black Horse enough, for the enormity of the learning I have received and the medicine and blessings that have come to me. I express both my love and deep gratitude to him. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin.
Sally W.
University Professor
I met Phillip Scott just after I finished treatment for breast cancer, through a weekly sacred circle, a Sacred Hoops class that he taught at my oncologist’s office. I knew nothing about spiritual healing at the time and nothing about Native traditions. My case had involved three separate tumors, with extensive vascular and lymphatic invasion. After a full year of chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries, my doctors had done all that western medicine could offer with no guarantee that it would help. In attending Phillip’s class, I was focused on physical healing – the only marker of health I understood. Without fully understanding the purpose, I followed Phillip’s instructions and made an altar and began, awkwardly, to pray. In the first two class meetings we went on shamanic journeys and met spirit guides, and this was a foreign concept for me. I had an individual meeting with Phillip and during it he performed a soul retrieval. I liked the concept that I was regaining a part of myself, but I still wondered if anything had actually happened. Then, three days after the soul retrieval I woke in the middle of the night. Information about my life – issues I had struggled with; forks in the road that I had taken – I suddenly saw with clarity. Over the next few weeks, magical things happened, as if I was being shown glimpses of another world. I fell so deeply and passionately in love with every living thing, I didn’t think about cancer. Instead, I took a workshop Phillip gave on fearlessness. In the months that followed, I let go of a lifetime terror of snakes; I also bungee jumped off a bridge. During this time many patients I had met in treatment were struggling with post-treatment depression, insomnia, low blood counts, and frequent colds and flu, while I felt increasingly more balanced. I encouraged my friends to come to ceremony, but they were not always open to it. That winter Phillip’s wife died suddenly. This was a time of real sadness and a time when I learned about prayer. I stopped thinking about myself and about words and just talked as if God were sitting next to me and I was asking how to make sense of the world. Many people I loved died that year. I was beginning to learn about nature for the first time even though I was forty-one years old – I began to see the cycles of life in a tree or an early spring butterfly. Still a bit underweight and frail, I would crawl into the purification lodges Phillip led and listen to the songs and prayers in the dark. My physicians were uncertain as to whether I should be in such heat, but I found my strength there. In one of the first lodges I attended I silently questioned whether “there are really any spirits around.” A few seconds later they appeared in vivid form. I never discounted the lodge again. Ten months after I had finished chemotherapy and radiation, Phillip put me on Vision Quest for four days in Chico, California. By then I had become one of his students in the Indigenous Lifeways Program, and I was attending workshops and ceremony regularly. Despite the possibility of recurrence and the deaths of fellow patients I had loved and known, I felt an inner peace. During this time I had started a business; I was involved with family and friends. My oncologist asked me to teach a class for other patients about re-inventing oneself after cancer, and since then I have given several different classes for other cancer organizations. When I first met Phillip – in the first Sacred Hoops class I attended – he instructed us to sing every day, dance every day, pray every day, and meditate every day. I continue to do this. I have now been in remission for over five years. Someday I will die, but I will go having learned to listen to the rain and the wind and the bird, and the silence. I am grateful that my oncologist helped me find a spiritual doctor in Phillip Scott, and grateful that Phillip continues to help me find a connection to the Mystery that is greater than mere survival. This is my story.
Lynn S.
Image Consulant
I have walked through life waiting for time to pass, going through the motions. Fear has ruled my life and my circle of comfort got smaller and smaller day after day. I was scared of everything. Meeting Phillip was nothing like what I was expecting. I figured that I would stroll in, hop on a couch, and talk about my childhood. Not quite. It was a ceremony. It was spiritual. It was meditation and it was enlightening. But don’t get me wrong, I was terrified (remember I was scared of everything, why should this be different?). The experience was so out of the box that it forced me to take the first step out of the routine I had neatly packed for myself. Each time he pushed me closer and closer to being free of fear. Through a really non-traditional approach he addressed the foundations of my fears and took the necessary steps to bring them to light. He constantly surprised me and threw me off guard only to show me that there was nothing to fear from things I can’t control. As I’m writing this remembering what it was like the first time I went to Phillip. I am totally amazed at how my world has changed. Everyday seems to get better. Now I have the tools to deal with my fear and any other emotions that come up. I don’t view the world as oppressive, dark, ominous place full of danger like I used to. Everything seems much more open, like there’s more opportunity, and things are more alive. My world is brighter, literally.
David N.
Commercial Realtor
You are truly doing your part. Your honesty and sincerity serve as a model to your students and clients. The path of this – beginning transition from duality onto Oneness lifetime – is certainly a big one. So much fear to sift through. To be courageous enough to experience, name and heal. I appreciate what you are doing for all the Ones who read your words and for the part you are healing from the Human Soul.
Ann F.
I have attended workshops, gone on an expedition and been in personal counseling with Phillip. I have found his approach to the world and life to be both deep and meaningful and I have benefited in many ways. I have found Phillip’s teachings to be healing and to personally help me gain in emotional grounding and have a deeper and more profound relationship with the man made and natural world.
Dr. Allan B., Ed. D.
T hank you for the help and healing you gave me. I'm used to fasting about 6-7 weeks prior to Christmas and Easter but this past Xmas I couldn't manage it. So after you contacted [me] regarding a 4-day fast for the winter solstice, I said to myself that I should do at least this much. Consciously I started the fast on Dec. 17Th by going without my usual Espresso in the morning. It's been my morning habit since I was eighteen, when my mom told me that it would be quite helpful, as my blood pressure has always been below the lower limit. Soon it became my habit. I remain convinced that I couldn't function at my potential having “such a low B.P.” without the crutch of a good, natural cup of coffee to start each day. Also, in my stressful days, if I didn't have another cup in the late afternoon, I could end up with my tasks unaccomplished because of tiredness. My headache went away right after we talked on the phone and has stayed away. Actually, I have not experienced any of the withdrawal symptoms (such as sleepiness, mood swings, tiredness etc.) I used to experience when trying to quit ten years ago. I think that going for a month without my morning fix has been long enough to consider this as my first resolution fulfilled for 2013.
Carmen I., M.D.
Amidst preparations for Ceremonies with Chief Phillip, who was soon to arrive in Germany, I had a screening of my thyroid. After a few days, I got the diagnosis: thyroid-cancer. I was really shocked and in despair, because in my family story, several members have died of cancer. My physicians urged me to have surgery very soon. They wanted to take out the thyroid completely as well as the lymph nodes. When I talked with the Chief about this, he advised me to receive a Healing first. A Purification Lodge and Naming Ceremony were also planned for me. All of these can change the outcome, he said. So I moved the date of the surgery. I participated in the Fearlessness Intensive and my fear of the surgery really diminished. After the Healing session, my throat looked better and I also felt, that something had changed. In the Purification Lodge, I sensed and felt the Spirits doctoring me. And with my new Ceremonial name, I received a strength and a deep trust that I will survive and will get the opportunitiy to live my new life. The day of the surgery, I was really calm and not afraid, I felt the Spirits around me. After the surgery, the physicians told me that they only removed one side of the thyroid because they injured my vocal chords. They will remove the other side and the lymph nodes later in another surgery. For about 10 weeks, I was not able to speak and had problems to breathe. Soon after a Skype-Session with the Chief, my vocal chords completely healed � my speech therapist was astonished. Usually such an injury takes at least a year to heal. Meanwhile, the result of the histology arrived: No malignity! No physician could understand what had happened. Also my blood-markers of the cancer were normal. On the next European visit of the Chief, I participated in a Healing Lodge. In this Lodge I felt that the cancer was pulled out of my body and I was filled with faith. In the next screening of my thyroid, the physician found a normal thyroid with only a very small residue of a nodule. The tumor-markers were good and there was no reason for another surgery. I am so grateful for this miracle. I express my deepest gratitude to the Great One, the Spirits and to the Chief. Thank you so much for your support, your guidance, your love and compassion. You changed my life.
Baerbel M.
Chief, I wanted to write you to say, thank you, again, for today's lodge. It was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. Every word you spoke was a blessing rain speaking truth like arrows to my heart. I was broken open, washed clean, UPLIFTED, and I feel truly REBORN! Like I have never felt in my life. Thank you for the space you hold. Thank you for the tradition you cherish so carefully. Thank you for being a channel of the divine for so many, and blessing my life and my brother's with your work. You have helped me heal deeply today and be reborn, with your words and the space you hold for Spirit and community. Thank you, Chief Tsunka Wakan Sapa, for all that you are. I have endless gratitude for you.
Joseph E
Student