A medicine bundle may be used in Native American healing. The medicine bundle is a bag usually made of leather or an animal pelt in which the healer carries an assortment of ritual objects, charms, herbs, stones, and other healing paraphernalia.
The bundle is a concrete token of the medicine power that the spirits have given the healer, either for healing in general or for healing a particular illness. The bundles vary according to clan, tribe, and individual.
Diseases have external causes too. “Germs are also spirits,” according to Shabari Bird of the Lakota Nation. A person is particularly susceptible to harmful germs if they live an imbalanced life, have a weak constitution, engage in negative thinking, or are under a lot of stress. Other people or spirits may also be responsible for an illness. Another external source of disease is environmental poisons. These poisons include alcohol, impure air, water, and some types of food.
Native American healers believe that disease can also be caused by physical, emotional, or spiritual trauma. These traumas can lead to mental and emotional distress, loss of soul, or loss of spiritual power. In these cases the healer must use ritual and other ways to physically return the soul and power to the patient. Some diseases are caused when people break the “rules for living.” These rules may include ways of showing respect for animals, people, places, ritual objects, events, or spirits.
Native American healers have several different techniques for diagnosing an illness. These may include a discussion of one’s symptoms, personal and family history, observation of non-verbal cues like posture or tone of voice, and medical divination. More important than the particular technique is the healer’s intuition, sensitivity, and spiritual power.
There is no typical Native American healing session. Methods of healing include prayer, chanting, music, smudging (burning sage or aromatic woods), herbs, laying-on of hands, massage, counseling, imagery, fasting, harmonizing with nature, dreaming, sweat lodges, taking hallucinogens (e.g., peyote), developing inner silence, going on a shamanic journey, and ceremony. Family and community are also important in many healing sessions. Sometimes healing happens quickly.
Sometimes a long period of time is needed for healing. The intensity of the therapy is considered to be more important than the length of time required. Even if the healing happens quickly, however, a change in life style is usually required in order to make the healing last.
Note that whether within civilized religions or within those that are indigenous, methods to reach ascension are often the same. Seeking requires more of a concentrated effort on spiritual connection.
“Less of me and more of thee”…..
A spirit bundle was created for “Poppa Wheely”. He is on a “long journey” that will keep us seperate for many moons and just as many sunrises.
The preparation of the healing properties was ‘instinctive’. Walking around collecting the items came natural effortlessly. As if drawing from a place that had already been discovered.