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Yesterday I had the rare pleasure to sit in a group of students and learn more about the healing arts of Curanderismo. For those unfamiliar, a Curandera is defined as “a traditional Native American healer or shaman in the United States and in Latin America.”

curandera The Curandera leading the ceremony and teaching all of us was Maestra Laura Alonzo de Franklin, known for her work in New Mexico with the community and with veterans suffering from PTSD. This amazing and beautiful woman took a few hours out of her busy schedule to share with all of us what it means to be a healer.

One of the resounding messages I have been getting recently is that there is no “one” way, all our experiences contribute to who we are our healing abilities. We all have our own story, and have the opportunity to choose what we do with that story, use it for benefit or otherwise.

Another of the messages that I received again last evening was that no certificate or degree will make you a healer. Divine beings are what we were all born to be.  There is so much that I have learned from guides and non-corporeal beings, and it is just as valid as that which I could acquire in a book or program.

I am an academic, and this is part of who I am.  Though I may continue on a PhD course, I would do so because that is what feeds my soul, not for any other reason. Not because I feel it makes my knowledge or learning more legitimate or accepted, but because it is what thrills my soul, to delve ever deeper.