“Who feeds you? Is there an elder or ancestor who helps guide your life?” The queries were unexpected; my answer was not. I was having tea with my friend Amanda when she asked me these questions. As a gift, she planned to make me a shrine to honor that someone who positively impacted my life and whose teachings continued to guide me. Without hesitation, I answered, “Will Rockingbear.”
I’d arrived on Will’s doorstep through a series of synchronous events and seeking to have him help retrieve my soul. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with soul retrieval, but I was following my intuition, and it led me to Will.
After this work, I joined one of Will's circles. For six years I traveled weekly on Wednesdays—two hours round trip—to sit around the fire with other community members and with this generous and wise Cherokee medicine man.
Though Will has now passed, his teachings whisper to me daily. If I’m facing a challenge, I call on Will and ask him to share his wisdom. Will is not a man of many words, but those he shares are clear, potent, and memorable. He listens deeply in our conversations, has an uncanny ability to pinpoint core issues needing attention, and addresses issues with a question or statement that greatly simplifies whatever is seemingly difficult or painful.
We can all tap into such wise guidance. It’s as simple as getting quiet, remaining open, and beginning the conversation. Especially during these confusing and stressful times, it’s important to have someone we can call on to support us, to help guide our life, to feed us.
Who feeds you? I'd love to know.
I share more about Will in my book, A Fierce Belief in Miracles. (available here: https://tinyurl.com/yxjpaw7j)
(Amanda’s beautiful and heart-inspired matchbox shrines can be found here: www.firestartershrines.com)