GIFT OF BLOOD 11

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Word got around that my Grandmother,

my maternal grandmother,

who was mostly Sioux,

had a gift for healing and the ill

were often brought to her.

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(It was also said that she seemed to have “second sight,” in that she would drop comments like, “There’s Uncle Joe, sitting on his stump,” (Uncle Joe having passed over).

Once a little boy was brought to her because of a nosebleed that couldn’t be stopped. She asked the father to go to the wood pile, choose a chip of wood, memorize exactly where and how it was placed, then bring it to her. When it was fetched she put some of the boy’s blood on it and told the man to return it exactly as it had been. And when he replaced the chip, the bleeding stopped.

I don’t know why she asked for the chip routine. I have read that sometimes Yogis, for instance, will demand that some meaningless task be performed in order to take attention from their own part in the healing — to sort of point up, in this way, the fact that he, the “healer,” isn’t the healer.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carry11me11across
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 15:28:04

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    Great story. πŸ™‚

    I find it especially interesting where you say “I have read that sometimes Yogis, for instance, will demand that some meaningless task be performed in order to take attention from their own part in the healing β€” to sort of point up, in this way, the fact that he, the β€œhealer,” isn’t the healer.”

    I have studied some of the work of Milton Erickson, who, FOR HIS TIME, had a very unusual approach to being a healer, in all kinds of different ways. One of those ways was to set tasks for the client that were apparently completely meaningless. But the task would often hold a sort of ‘secret message’ for the client. The client might not immediately get it, but the client would change anyway.

    In this way, often the message sort of carried a deeper message inside of it, that implied that the ‘healer’ isn’t the healer at all, that it is really the client who is the healer. The client had just lost his/her way, a bit, and needed to heal him/her self. He/She just needed someone to point the way.

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  2. nelladell
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 16:43:02

    Knowing that gives me more warm fuzzies. Thank you very much.

    Reply

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