During my career, I have continuously crossed paths with First Nations peoples, including two years living on reserves in Northern Manitoba. I consider myself to be a cross cultural kin to the First Nations’ elders whom I admire for their quiet yet powerful leadership. As I am now well into my senior years, I have become somewhat of an emotional and mental shaman in that I believe that the secret to living a full and complete life is more than just a physical and mental process. It is a spiritual journey.
The raven is a totem of the Northwest Coast First Nations. It recognizes the subtlety of truth and that we each see the world in our own unique way. The raven is the healer of emotional and mental disorders in that he demystifies damaging secrets through the process of storytelling. Through these stories we see a path through issues that could potentially harm us. In the process of discovery, he directs our journey back to a state of mental and emotional wellbeing. Like the raven, my desire is to help people transform their lives by changing their life story.
We can do this through poetry. Our life story is not just the events of our lives, but more importantly, it is the emotions and feelings we have experienced in relationship to the story. These emotions and feelings have shaped our beliefs, our thoughts and our actions. We can’t change the past content of our stories but we can change the feelings connected to those experiences. By revisiting these experiences in the form or poetic thoughts and images we can create positive feelings that can change our beliefs, thoughts, and behavior patterns. We can now begin rewriting the present script and provide an ending where we become the hero who “lives happily ever after”.
I would like to share my story with you and invite you to come along on this amazing transformational journey.