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Medicine Women

When the general public thinks of Native healers and “physicians”, the words “Medicine Man” seems to naturally fall out of their mouths. Guess what? This is another situation where there was no gender bias, and there were just as many Medicine Women as Medicine Men.

E ach Nation, tribe and village had medicine people; whether male or female was of no consequence. Children who were born with the gift of healing were taken by the medicine person as a young child and taught healing ways. They were taught to recognize the healing plants, trees, roots, berries and wild herbs. They were taught how to make poultices, teas and other healing foods. Medicine Women were the local psychologists, therapists, physicians and marriage counselors. In some tribes, the Medicine Women were given the responsibility of making the warriors’ shields for it was believed that she had special powers that would give those war shields added protection for the owners. The practicing of medicine ways was a full time job for the responsibility for the well-being and emotional balance of the villagers belonged to the Medicine Woman. In return for her services, she was cared for by the members of the village. She always had food, shelter, her needs met, assistance when it was needed, and special spirit gifts that showed the honor and respect of her people. This was how the Medicine Women were “paid”. The art of being a Medicine Woman has not been lost. There are more practicing Medicine Women alive today than ever before using the same old natural ways combined with the new technology that has been developed. There are herbalists, naturalists, aroma therapists, massage therapists – those who teach spirituality, awareness, meditation skills – and on and on. The Medicine Woman continues to care for her family and loved ones with all the tools available to her so they can walk in balance, and live life in health and harmony. May it ever be so.

The “medicine woman” is one of the most forgotten and suppressed female archetypes in human history. She is the wise woman, the visionary, the seer, the intuitive, the healer, the sexual priestess, and truth-holder.

She holds the gifts of energy healing and expanded consciousness. She sees the past and future and sees deep into the hearts of others. Her passion is to serve and restore harmony, balance and healing to humanity and the Earth.

She is the aspect of us that is ready to return as part of a greater human awakening. In our pre-patriarchal past, during arguable hundreds of thousands of years, the Medicine Woman occupied an celebrated position in her society. She served her community in all parts of the globe in myriad ways as shaman, wise woman, midwife, herbalist, oracle, priestess, sacred dancer, seer, and queen.

Her gifts of vision and healing were honoured and integrated into the every lives of those she served. She brought wisdom and humility to powerful rulers through her oracle gifts that brought guidance from spirit. She tended the worship of the Goddess through honouring the cycles and fertility of the Earth. Her far-seeing shamanic vision was ancient medicine for the soul. Her myths and stories restored the meaning to even the deepest suffering. She held the keys to her sexual power and that of the divine union between masculine and feminine.

For a while, across many cultures, her archetype was suppressed, condemned, punished, distorted and eventually forgotten as patriarchal systems of rule through domination denied the value of the feminine and denigrated women and Earth as evil and inferior. The heart of feminine power was forgotten and even women forgot to see themselves as powerful.

Yet the Medicine Woman is now returning. Millions of women on this planet hold this archetype deep within their hearts and wombs. Many carry the memories of their former powers and the many lives they lived to express those powers in service. They also carry the wound of being denied, punished and suppressed for who they rightfully were.

Now they are ready to emerge again into the complexity of the modern world. A world where some women enjoy unparalleled freedoms and others still live in medieval style suppression of their rights. Yet what all these women have in common is that in their world, the medicine woman is yet to be embraced as an authentic and joyful expression of feminine power.

We live in a world that is dominated on one hand by religion and the other by rationality and science. Neither of these mainstream paradigms acknowledge the magic, mystery, intuitive nature, healing power and veneration for the Earth and humanity that is innate to the medicine woman.

We cannot wait to be told that we exist or given permission to express our power anew. We know that we hold power and that we are needed. And if our souls have chosen to return now, it is for a high purpose, one that only we can discover. It is down to us to examine our true motivations and passions, to recognize ourselves as medicine women, to heal ourselves and to figure out just how our passion for life becomes our sacred purpose.

We are teachers, healers, counsellors, guides, coaches, ceremony holders, social activists, entrepreneurs, visionaries, communicators and artists. We hold our Medicine Woman archetype in the private and public spheres. We have been educated and raised in a masculine paradigm. We need to remember who we are and reawaken our innate powers and passion. When we do so, our work will bring much needed balance and healing to the world.

Do you hold the Medicine Woman archetype? Have you struggled to see how you fit in, what your path is, how to express your true self in your work and relationship? In that case It’s time for you to heal, tune in with your gifts, and take your rightful place again in the world. You are needed! The world needs women like you to step into power and visibility and be a beacon of hope, light and healing.

Aho.

Author: Diana Beaulieu

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