“The sacred master plant medicines help us remember who we are, where we have come from and where we are going. They help us to enter different levels of our awareness and consciousness, to be able to access different levels of healing for our bodies, minds and spirits.” ~ Erika Gagnon
E44 – ERIKA GAGNON ON PLANT MEDICINE, TOBACCO AND THE EAGLE AND CONDOR PROPHECY
HEALING WISDOM OF THE AMERICAS
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About this interview:
How can plant medicines help humanity to heal?
In this episode Amisha meets Canadian Ceremonial leader & Wisdom Keeper Erika Gagnon.
Erika grew up in a typically North American cultural experience without any spiritual inclinations. She was raised in family of mixed heritage amid the separatist movement in Quebec. We hear the story of how – after reaching a crisis point in her early thirties which led to a series of transformational experiences – she connected for the first time with the Red Road, and an unexplored part of her ancestry, beginning her journey on the medicine path, which now spans almost three decades.
Together Erika and Amisha speak about how to honour the sacred medicines appropriately and the dangers and deceptions that abound in the world of plant medicine. Erika speaks about working with tobacco as a medicine for ritual and healing – and how it differs from the mainstream commercial and recreational use of tobacco. She shares her experiences of working consciously with trauma and the discordant or destructive energies that can become lodged in our bodies, in order to release and heal them.
Erika shares with us some of the healing traditions of her lineage. We hear about the Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor – in which the wisdom keepers of ancient traditions across the Americas foretold a great coming together at about this time, which would bring great healing not only to their own people but to the entire world. Finally, Erika explains how, in her view, our personal healing is also the collective healing of humanity, as well as the healing of the web of life on our planet.
“People’s personal healing is so necessary. At the core of every person is an understanding that we are just a part of this planet – and so when someone is aligned in their being and open in their heart, the soul is present to be here in full capacity. Then the understanding is automatic that we need to live in balance with a level of respect for other human beings and for animals, plants and trees.” ~ Erika Gagnon
Erika Gagnon is a Canadian ceremonial leader and wisdom keeper of mixed race ancestry, who has walked the “ Camino Rojo/Red Road ” for 23 years with love, dignity & honor, working with Indigenous elders of North & South America and their ceremonies, traditions & medicinal plants. She has walked through the altars of the Vision Quest, Sun Dance and Danza de los Espiritus, and has the blessing of her elders to lead Temazcal (sweat lodges), water blessing, tobacco, and other healing ceremonies.
To contact Erika, email erikagagnon11 at gmail dot com
To connect or work with Amisha, visit www.amisha.co.uk
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