Intention & Purpose
• Every Medicine Woman has an original nature, inherent potentials to be developed, dreams to be realized and a personal, most meaningful purpose to be fulfilled. Such purpose is in inevitably unique to the individual but also connects them to and helps them serve the collective whole.
• The Medicine Woman acts always out of compassion, truth, expression of real self and what matters most… the bettering or beautifying of the world.
• The Medicine Woman not only promotes but embodies integrity to the best of her ability. She practices radical honesty regardless of what it may cost her. Subterfuge, pretense and denial are not the ways of the Medicine Woman.
• A Medicine Woman develops and adheres to a personal code of honor in all matters at all times. Taking on this role begins the moment we commit ourselves to the principles and take on the challenges and doesn’t end until the moment we die. The Medicine Woman obeys nothing and no-one, but attends what matters and heeds what’s right. While she accepts discipline from no-one, it is through her self-discipline that she best realizes, actualizes and benefits.
• The Medicine Woman opens to rewards, savors success and embodies bliss.
Requirements & Creed
• The Medicine Woman is wild (willed), true to her own nature, not subject to the whims of others of the constraints of society. She revels in uninhibited sensual engagement with the world. Expresses her authentic being and fulfills her purpose, with no regard to so-called edicts or the systematic inculturated fears of the healing profession.
• Ability is not defined by age, but by experience, gifts, sensitivities, wisdom and results. The archetype of the wise woman is usually that of the elder, but of course not every elder is wise and even (or especially) children – unhindered by the imagined limitations and the fog of cultural perception – can have the capacity to afford us profound insights or have a pronounced healing effect.
• Authority rests with the individual, and certification of any kind does not guarantee or imply wisdom, ability or skill. The Medicine Woman Tradition is meant to be tested against the individual’s own experience, rather than simply accepted as prescribed dogma. Thus, the Medicine Woman Tradition does not accredit anyone. We impart a set of perceptual and practical tools that you can use to empower yourself, find your unique personal path, gather experience and earn credit when deserved. With any kind of service, real accreditation is bestowed by the people who are helped through our insights and efforts. Credibility accrues with wisdom and results, though the Medicine Woman is not dependent on anyone or anything outside herself to validate her.
• The Medicine Woman Tradition is not just about service to individuals, but to the greater whole that begins with the health of the self and that of the earth. A Medicine Woman can be fully solitary from other humans and yet her medicine is evoked in every moment, in the way her meals are prepared, her food gathered and her home tended. In the love she lavishes on herself and her fellow creatures and the discernment she hones in every decision.
• The Medicine Tradition is a practice rooted in ancient wisdom within the contemporary context. In a hurting world and a destroyed or denatured landscape, reduction in diversity and more confusion about roots, authentic culture and real belonging. The Medicine Woman Tradition reflects both our authentic, ancient nature and the current situation, so that we can better understand and effect ourselves and the world.
• The source of the Medicine Woman Tradition is Anima (the animating spirit of all life), made available through relationship with specific instructive place by the sensorial, intuitive and instinctive self. Rather than excerpting from the established ways of any one ethnicity or culture, the Medicine Woman Tradition is based on personal experience and direct relationship with Anima and earth.
• Eclecticism can be just as dangerous as adherence to exotic and often romanticized cultures. By picking and choosing what we are most comfortable with or find easiest, one can end up with a generic, feel-good system providing permission to do nothing. The Medicine Woman knows that some of her greatest lessons are marked by discomfort and difficulty.
• The Medicine Woman Tradition is in many ways the antithesis of what they call “New Age,” being more about engagement and responsibility than escaping, transcending, or being consoled. Neither is it associated in any way with the sensationalist “Medicine Woman” novel of some years ago.
• The Medicine Woman Tradition is not a religious one, and Anima can be described in secular or scientific as well as spiritual or magical terms.
• The Medicine Woman Tradition is an art form, and each individual will have different degrees of potential. This tradition is distinguished by its emphasis on making truths proactive, and it’s really not the Medicine Woman Tradition unless its principles and tools are applied and employed. Practical and hands on, the Medicine Woman manifests her healing and service in tangible ways. This result is personal responsibility that avoids victimhood, and that embraces a perspective that sees every moment as decisive, every choice as conscious, and every commitment significant. She takes on the responsibility for her part in the co-creation of her reality, the world around her, and the future course of events.
• Despite the title, men are not excluded from the Medicine Woman Tradition. It is available and accessible to any male who feels strongly called to it. The term Medicine Man has been trivialized and commercialized beyond being of any use, and so we invite males – with the sensitivity and penchant to follow the Anima Medicine Way – to fully utilize the Medicine Woman materials and lessons, principles and practices.
Healing Self & Others
• Healing is defined as ever growing wholeness through holistic reintegration of all the parts, and the Medicine Woman understands that the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts.
• Medicine is defined as anything that contributes to that wholeness.
• The human body is a complex and diverse ecology to be nourished and supported, not a machine, battlefield or temple to be fixed, won or cleansed.
• We assist the body in regaining equilibrium, by nurturing the vital spirit without suppression. This is done through nourishing unique, individual people rather than eradicating pre-defined diseases.
• The Medicine Woman does not treat healing as a a battle. While she may also be a warrior, she understands that disease is not our enemy, but rather an ally and learning tool. She knows viruses and bacteria as integral parts of the whole, inspirited beings with the innate desire to thrive and proliferate.
• Healing is composed of both nourishment and challenge at all times, as two sides of the same leaf, the Medicine Woman knows that we need both.
• Each wound, problem or illness is a gift, lesson or portal — an opportunity for further growth and wholeness.
• The Medicine Woman works with the whole person in the context of their lives, relationships, home and place. Only through the whole person and picture can full healing occur.
• The Medicine Woman has a conscious response-ability and commitment to use her gifts, skills and healing to contribute the integrity of the larger whole
Relating to the Plant World
• Plants are animate, inspirited parts of the earthen whole, just as we are. Every plant is a medicine plant, and all have some interspecies benefit whether we’re aware of it or not.
• Their effect depends on the person using them individual constitution, their relationship to the plant as well as how the plant has be harvested and prepared. The medicine of the plant will always be stronger when it has been taken and prepared with love, honor and consciousness.
• We are made worthy of their gifts to us when we honor their intrinsic value, apart from what they can do for us. Plant life, like all life, functions according to the principles of reciprocity, which is to say that it is both a willing recipient (nutrients etc) and provider, giving back to the soil even in death.
• Every plant has intrinsic value apart from any benefit to humans. Yet as extensions of Anima, they join us in working together to heal and nourish the whole.
• Plants exist as members of a dynamic and interdependent network that include all life-forms. Plants, and communities of plants, have individually – but especially collectively – an awareness or consciousness different from but not lesser than that of animals and other life forms.
• Plants are sentient, aware beings, but they are not humans. To expect them to behave and communicate as such is to shortchange both ourselves and them, and impose our imaginings on the surprising multi-dimensional relationships that we can have with them.
• Different levels of communication are possible through sensory signals, impressions and feelings. Communication with plants involves not the transmission of words but of qualities, sensibilities and intention – an evocation of essence that we then translate into a known dialect. What is imparted between humans and plants is far more significant than language, deeper and more intense. The plants communicate in ways non-verbal, non-linear, instinct driven, responsive, generally not anticipatory. The seemingly most instructive plants reveal possibilities rather than telling us what to do.
• Healing systems and structures are useful as we are learning, but are less necessary and sometimes even become hinderances once we have developed our intuitive abilities and deepened our personal understanding of and intimate relationship with the individual plants.
• The Medicine Woman works with the whole plant, not isolated constituents… just as she works with the whole person rather than isolated organs or elements.
• The Medicine Woman primarily works with plant allies that are local and sustainable, as a way of becoming intimate with the land and plants as well as respectful to the earthen whole.
For the Medicine Woman intentions evolve into commitments and all worthy commitments are kept.