A Visit to the Medicine Man

I have been a registered nurse since 1996. My former husband is an RN. My family-of-origin were all in the medical field. At the first sign of a sniffle, my mother would rush us to the doctor. I’d often leave with a prescription for an antibiotic. 

Around the age of 11 I realized that antibiotics weren’t always necessary and often did nothing to help me feel better. 

So I began cheeking them.

My mom would give me the pill, I would place it in my mouth and promptly take off to my bedroom. There on my headboard shelf was a cute little Precious Moments jar with a lid. 

It became my antibiotic container until one fateful day. Anxious that my mom would figure out my devious plan, I dumped the whole container in the toilet, flushed and ran back to my room.

My conscious felt somewhat clearer until I heard my mom yelling my name. Apparently capsules don’t flush well. They prefer to float up and hang around the bowl.

Although I am in the medical field and believe western medicine is essential, and can be life-saving, I have always taken an interest in alternative medicine.

My children and I go to the chiropractor on a regular basis. My youngest two had their first adjustments on the way home from the hospital after being born. I am certified in Qi Gong and Reiki healing. We’ve done acupuncture, homeopathic, and vegan, among other modalities. 

Over the past year we have made a three hour trek four times to visit Russell Four Eagles. Russell is from the Oneida tribe and is the 202nd generation healer in his family. 

This healing was for my 16-year-old daughter. She has been experiencing extreme fatigue along with some other symptoms. 

Russell accepts donations only for his work and has slowly built a healing center on his property called, Soaring Eagles Wellness Center. He is an amazingly humble, soft-spoken, kind man who will answer emails around the clock and see anyone who shows up….even if it is 4 a.m. 

In my next posting I will write about the Oneida Fire Ceremony. It deserves its own post. 

Here are a few pictures from our visit.

Saging before the healing

Russell and his wife use their hands to sense, and move, the body’s energy.


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