When pressure mounts in your life, we tend to resolve to use the same methods of trying to figure things out. We are adamant when we tell ourselves, “I will not let that happen again” or “Never again” or some other rationalization that calms our own monkey mind. When the proverbial button gets pushed- that says we DEFINITELY will try harder- failure at times, is just around the corner.
Do You Remember Jerry Reed?
Do you know where you are really going? Do you understand the decisions that you make? How do you know you have made the ‘right’ decisions?
Virgen de Guadalupe, Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 2013
The universe sends us some very interesting messages. Some are reminders of our past and others are reminders of what our future may bring. I have been very lucky to have been born into a indigenous faith healing tradition that blends my Native American, Tejano and Mexican roots. I recently have had the opportunity to examine up close and personal some of those distinct details, speaking with and learning several ‘blessings’ from an older Cubanoin his 90s who long practiced Macumba in Cuba before arriving on a raft in Miami in 1971. To that extent, I ended up visiting several Botanicas in Los Angeles, California walking away with some lessons learned on ‘old school’ ways of doing ceremony. The following week I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico attending a Barral Institute workshop on brain and spinal cord injuries. Of course this Curandero alsomet up with a group of very adept traditional healers in Curanderismo and was able to participate in a Virgen de Guadalupe celebration held in a traditional Temezcal– the type of sweat lodge that has been used by the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs and those that came before. What I learned was this:
Have you ever had one of those days where everything seemed to come crashing down over your ears? I certainly have had my share of these moments. My fall back position used to always reason in the end that, “I will try harder. I will work harder. I will pay more attention.” Finally, after years of neglect- I decided to take the help and advice from my grandmother, my parents, my uncles and aunts and my tribal elders. In addition, I have actually chosen to listen to the very suggestions and advice I pass onto to my family, friends, patients, to the not-so-nice people and complete strangers alike. Yet, on a day like today, I still relate to Boxer, the Horse in the epic novel, Animal Farm.
I decided to turn my life around in order to understand a deeper sense of human nature and our interaction with nature itself. My training as a “real” medicine man, a Curandero, and as a traditional healer in my family’s lineage only provides a door way to explore this subject matter.