name was given in a higher dimension of consciousness by Mata
Amritanandamayi Devi. It was a sublime moment in which the thoughtform
dropped into my mind in response to a question I submitted telepathically
to the Living Saint we affectionately call Ammachi. It was succeeded
by a mysterious and awe inspiring series of events that I have
come to associate with the teaching gifts of Ammachi.
The issue with which I was dealing was
how to fulfill my commitment to my soul. There was no "agenda," just a petition for
guidance. Immediately, there was a reverberation in my psyche and
the words "Sacred Medicine" dropped into my awareness. "Sacred
Medicine, what?" I asked, and the answer was "Sacred
As with all processes, the awakening was multidimensional and
endlessly expanding. The first awareness that was anchored in my
mind was that those who are seriously ill are facing not just the
life and death challenges we so glibly identify with disease but
rather the questions that are not addressed by science and often
not by religion either. Patients who are immersed in the darkness
of disease often feel isolated by their sense that others do not
understand and therefore cannot help.
Since I have focused so much of my energy
on cancer, I had then, as now, an especial interest in what I
have come to see as my own missionary efforts of bringing Light
into darkness and transforming fear into faith. The metaphor
that best suits this understanding is "refuge." This
is a concept taught in Buddhism in which the first commitment
to the spiritual path and the life of service that ensues is
to take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Centuries
of erudition offer many insights into what precisely refuge is,
but it might very well be to Buddhists what accepting Christ
as one's personal savior is to Christians. The bottom line is
that one commits oneself to the Ultimate Truth and seeks in every
way possible to align one's life to the Truth as it is revealed
. . . and to do within the community of kindred spirits.
Manifesting a divinely inspired thought is, like manifesting anything
else, a process, but it carries with it the additional challenge
of never compromising one's commitment nor faltering in one's efforts
to fulfill the Goal.
I firmly believe we each have purposes and therefore also goals,
but the challenge is to find these early enough in life that we
can complete our missions. In the case of Sacred Medicine Sanctuary,
there were two crucial parts of the whole: the medicine and the
Herbal medicine is utterly different from modern scientific medicine
in ways that even I sometimes fail to appreciate to the extent
- First of all, the plant kingdom forms the divine service of
concentrating Light into its being. One might say that the essence
of plants is Divine Light and the capacity of plants to perform
photosynthesis is just one aspect of the plant nature. In reality,
it is my belief that all Light is an emanation of the Mind of
God and that it is qualified by Intent. This Intent is translated
into Purpose but behind every Divine Purpose, there is also the Understanding that
is required to carry out the Purpose.
In short, breaking a plant into its constituents and trying
to understand its usefulness or lack thereof on the basis of
some chemical components would be like trying to understand a
great symphony by insisting that it consists of repetitions of
various notes, all of which can be reduced to seven naturals
and five sharps or flats. While the frequency vibration of C
natural may explain its relationship to F and G, the inspiration
working through the composer is not addressed by such analyses
and no amount of alphabet letters could possibly produce the
experience of real music.
Likewise, there is much more to plants and plant medicine than
a few acids and alkaloids; there is the wisdom of the Creator
working through the seeds, roots, stems, branches, bark, and
flowers, all of which is more readily understood through intuition
than laboratory analysis.
- Sacred Medicine is thus different from pharmaceutical medicine
because the emphasis is on the inherent wisdom of the plant and
the part of God that each plant has concentrated in its own being.
In the long run, I have no doubt but that we will discover that
part of the success of homeopathy and essential oils derives
from the emphasis on the essence rather than the quantification,
which also includes massive overdosing with substance rather
than the Light qualifying the substance.
This does not make me a homeopath, merely a philosopher speculating
on a principle behind the medicine. This said, the other truly
amazing lesson from homeopathy is the profound recognition of
the body's instinctual way of wanting to heal itself. The emphasis
is therefore placed on cooperation with a perceived natural healing
response rather than annihilation of the disease.
This approach to healing resonates with my soul as well as my
deep desire for peaceful approaches to problem solving.
- This brings me to my last point for now about medicine. Through
many years, actually many lifetimes, of devotion to healing,
I have come to realize that the torture felt in the somatic parts
of our existence cannot be healed by matter, only by the loving
compassion of Light, Light that transforms pain, suffering, and
grief by imparting the essence of God which is Love.
There are energetic ways to heal in this manner, but plants
offer this medicine willingly.
Part of the unfoldment of my Path has therefore been a passionate
commitment to preserving
plant life: protecting habitats, conserving seeds and land,
rehabilitating ravaged lands, and sparing plants the agony of
the poisons that are sprayed on them, that fall from the sky,
and that are carried in the water. The madness must stop as must
the attempts to control food and medicine through patents and
The plant kingdom is above all a part of Natureand natural
is the only way to preserve the age-old cooperation between God's
Light and plants.
Products produced for Sacred Medicine Sanctuary
are made in small laboratories operated by dedicated herbalists
who understand the plants and the ways to process them. Whenever
possible, certified organic plant materials are used; some plants
are consciously wildcrafted, a few are grown biodynamically, some
are organic but not certified, and occasionally availability necessitates
the use of an imported plant that might have been subjected to
processes not generally condoned by practicing herbalists. It is
usually Chinese plants about which we have the most questions and
concerns. The alcohol used in tinctures is organic grain alcohol
and water is usually distilled spring water or well water.
Sacred Medicine Sanctuary is a congregation
of Spiritual Healers and Earth Stewards, a non-profit corporate
assembly. At present, the Sanctuary has twelve ordained ministers,
living in eight different States. SHES has approximately 6000
ministers in 40 countries. For more information, visit the SHES website.