Jumping into the Abyss

Indigenous healers have an authentic approach to mental illness, (1) “hold my hand”. (2) “OK, now jump!”

Ancient Whiteagle Wisdom

A few years ago I was talking to Ed Duran at a Native American Wellness Workshop which he gave for the Northern Circle of Tribes in Ukiah, CA. We were discussing the difference between Native American Healers and European psychotherapists. Ed told me about one of his Elders, who characterized the difference something like this. The Western European therapists will walk with the patient up to the edge of the cliff overlooking the abyss of mental illness. Then they will either push you off or watch while you jump. The Native American Healer will jump into the abyss with you. There are no boundaries in the indigenous approach to healing. As John C. Lilly observed in The Center of the Cyclone (1972) you can’t expect anyone to subject themselves to something which you yourself have not experienced (p.81). You have to jump into the abyss and discover what is there…

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About Michael J. Melville

People describe me as a Spiritual Catalyst because their spiritual evolution speeds up when they share their process with me. Discussing dreams, addictions, sacred medicines, family histories, or personal relationships moves one closer to the core, where the inner child dwells. Once contact with her/him is made, growth resumes.
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