Here we are again. Welcome to a land I call, “DoubtMyself Land.” Have you ever been here? Be prepared because DoubtMyself Land has no Gas, Food or Lodging. What it can prepare you for is a way to leave you questioning and feeling yourself immobilized. Do you every feel that you are stuck and looking for direction? Look no further, to begin your journey I suggest you consult The Almanac of the Soul.
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 the moment in your life when you say, “I knew it in my gut,” or “I know deep down inside…” or how about “I can feel it in my bones.” Regardless of the language, culture or country of origin, every culture has expressions that talk about the body and the messages it conveys. The problem is that we do not know how right we really are.
My grandmother, one of the most well-respected and longest practicing Curanderas (a Mexican and Apache Medicine Woman), in this hemisphere told me early on in my training, that “The hardest thing in the world to do is to know yourself.”