What Is A Healers Job?

In conversation today the question came up to the effect of "what is a healers job, re changing people?"

I replied to the effect of - It is not the healers, nor the Lightworkers job to either change, or heal, people. We do not heal people, people heal from within.

By the same token, it is Not Our Job as Lightworkers and healers to change people, but rather to show them that there is an alternative available.

Some people are very comfortable walking through life in their ignorance. Just a horse wears blinders to keep from being distracted, so too do many people choose to walk through their lives looking neither left nor right, but only seeing that which is laid out right in front of them. This is why so many mainstream religions have been successful for so many people, they do not have to think.

When the blinders are removed, and people start to think and look around and see there is more to the world, the Universe, than what is right in front of them, they can begin to experience God in all, rather than being spoon fed a micro version of God.

A lot of people, not all, but a significant number, live in fear of the unknown. I think this is especially true in modern countries - or "1st world" countries - where people have lost touch with, not only nature... but family... a sense of community... a sense of oneness with all things, and it is only going to get worse the more people get disconnected from each other.

Sure, we have instantaneous electronic contact with people across the globe, but this is not human contact, contact with actual living, breathing, beings where breath and energy and pheromones and scent  eye contact is exchanged.

Children don't go out and get dirty, and if they do (gasp!!!) someone is there with antibacterial wash to ensure their immune systems can't build themselves up and develop into strong, germ-killing machines like they are meant to be.

I love modern times, but I am concerned with the fate of my children's children's children, and wonder if they will be able to develop the strength, physically and spiritually to ensure the blinders are not ever put on.

Healers and Lightworkers... All we can do is show the way. Let our lights burn brightly.

Love you.

Steven Hafiz Barr

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Weengush, or Sweet grass is used to cleanse the mind, body and spirit. It is considered sacred because it is symbolic of purification. It represents the Northern direction and the body. The elders tell us that scent of these natural herbs is pleasing to the creator and will incline him to hear the ceremony with favor. The smoke is considered distasteful to all evil beings and thwarts their powers. This plant plays an important part in ceremonies of spiritual significance. When Weengush is used in ceremony, each person is to fan the sweet grass smoke, first to their heart, second to their mind, third around their body and lastly, return the smoke to their heart. The prayer said during this process is: "Great Mystery, please cleanse me of my negativity and fill me with the positive energies of love, so that, as I am healed so may I work for the healing of our Earth Mother."

Because it signifies the hair of Nokimis Akiin (Our Grandmother the Earth) it is usually braided. Each of the three sections that go into the braid have a specific meaning, being mind, body and spirit. Because the Anishnaabe people live life in a very sacred manner, when taking something from the Earth, they always explain to the spirit of the plant why it is being done and offer some tobacco in return for the generosity and help of the plant which shared itself so freely.

Many sacred and cultural objects re made with Weengush. The Men’s grass dance outfits are symbolic of the sacred plant. A braid of sweet grass was traditionally tied to the dancers' belts. The colorful yarn or fringe that sways from their regalia symbolizes sweet grass swaying in the wind. Weengush is also used to make coiled baskets, called unity baskets. These Unity baskets are not for sale. It is said that in the old days very small ones kept children's navel cords. Sweet grass is a very powerful herb.


The elders tell us that "Sweet Grass is the hair of our Mother, each strand alone is not as strong as when braided together." The braid represents to us the great strength a united tribe has opposed to a divided one.


Alot of New Age businesses have been harvesting sweet grass for commercial use. They have no respect and they pull it out by the roots and at the wrong times of the year so that the plant cannot grow back. When harvesting medicines, a traditional NDN shows respect by never taking more than 1 /10 of what’s there. Medicine is only taken at certain times of the year and tobacco is always given back in gratitude. No one should buy sweet grass unless they are absolutely sure that the earth hasn’t been "strip-mined" to get it. Collecting medicines is a long complicated process. It mustn't be done haphazardly for commercial profit. Great care must be taken in harvesting by an elder who understands the plant and can develop a relationship with it. This cannot be done as quickly and efficiently as most consumers would like. The roots of a sweet grass plant are very fragile and can be easily uprooted in the harvesting of the grass. There are places in the Northeast where sweet grass can no longer grow because it was not harvested in a good way by hundreds New Agers. If you don’t know for sure that care was taken gathering sweet grass, don’t buy it. The herb should always be treated with respect and dignity. New Age practices such as selling sweet grass Christmas wreaths is sacrilegious. Don't support it.

Think about it. Our sacred Weengush represents the hair of Nokimis Akiin! Do you really want anything to do with hair that’s pulled out from the roots?

We must always remember that the ends don’t justify the means. Some of these New Age seekers are overly concerned about where they can buy sacred objects. They don't understand that the object isn’t sacred. Only sacred plant is addressed in a Native language, by an elder who is entitled to do so, does it become sacred. NDNS and nonNDNS alike need to learn that they must pay attention to the whole process! It must have integrity! The planting, the harvesting, the giving back.


If we took one moment to look around and learn from Mother Earth about trauma healing, I believe that many would be able to learn more from her than any other.

She has seen and felt more traumas than any person can ever know.  Her strength has shown that she does not shut down to everything, even though the trauma to her from human beings continue.

She holds, she continues.  She oddly does not even clean it.  She teaches that all that happens simply becomes a part of her and she continues each day doing as she does because that is what she is created to do.

We hold more than what the ancestors do.  Why do we do this?

Is there a purpose to this that benefits ourselves or others? 

The lessons of everything around us are there for our survival and growth.  Maybe today we can slow ourselves to heal ourselves and reflect on the teachings of Mother Earth.


A snippet from an essay on one of my many passions; gardening and spring  


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LIGHTS OUT! Power Outages When Growing Indoors

Our power was out recently for SIX days due to HIGH winds. The first couple of days without power wasn't too rough. We had a generator keeping the important things powered like the refrigerator, freezer and my grow lights. On the second day without power my husband had gone outside to add some gas to the generator and couldnt get it restarted! He tried & tried eventually giving up & went & bought a new one, the last one on the shelf.  The old generator was 5000 watts and the new one was 1600 which meant we couldn't run as many appliances on it. To my dismay my grow lights, exhaust etc didn't make the cut. My plants already had spent a day in the dark. I knew I had to do something. I didn't want them to go into flower! I knew that low light was better than no light so I went to Home DePot and purchased a clip on lamp also with an LED bulb. My husband ran an extension cord from the generator to the lamp. I felt less stressed about the situation for sure. We were without power for six days and my plants did just fine during the crisis. Yay! Crisis alleviated! 

If I couldn't run a light in there what would have I done? I probably would have removed them from the room and put them somewhere warm where they'dl get light during the day. If they were in flower I would have put them in a closet or a spot where they wouldn't get light after twelve hours. I'd use a box if I could and seal it so no light could get in. You have to get creative. Power outages can be a growers nightmare, especially if your plants are too big to move or you can't move them out of their location. Another option would be a  battery operated lantern.

I'm grateful that we have a generator & I was able to run a light to prevent flowering. It was colder in there too without the metal halide & HPS running. It didn't get below 70. I'm just glad it's over with. I was getting tired of camping inside our house. 



Long Breaks

Long breaks can be a positive  experience especially when they're for a spiritual journey.

Sometimes you need them, sometimes you don't... I did. Break's over. Hello again. 

Sam xx

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