March 9th, 2014
If you wish to obtain real blessings, so that you can cure even more people, you will have to fast a long time and sincerely for these blessings. If four or perhaps ten of the powerful spirits bless you, then someday when you have children and anything happens to one of them, you will not have to go and look for a medicine man, but all you will have to do will be to look into your own medicine bundle. Look therein and you will be able, with the medicine you find, to cure your children of whatever ailments they have. Not only that, but after a while you will be called to treat your fellow men. Then you can open your medicine bundle and not be embarrassed, for you will know how to treat an individual who is ill and needs medicines since you will possess those that are good for him. You will know where the seat of his trouble exists, and since you will have obtained these blessings only after the greatest effort on your part, whatever you say and do will be efficacious. If you declare that he will live, then he will live. If you make proper offerings to your medicine, and if you speak of your medicine in the way you are accustomed to do, and if you ask your medicine to put for its strength in your patient’s behalf, the medicine will do it for you. If, in truth, you make good offerings of tobacco to your plants, if you give many feasts in their honor, and if you then ask your medicines to put forth their strength, and if, in addition, you talk to them like human beings, then most certainly will these plants do for you what you ask. You can then accept the offerings patients make to you without any embarrassment and your children will wear these offerings and will gain strength from them. They will be well and happy. So be extremely diligent in the care you take of your medicines. Medicines are good for all purposes. That is why they were given to us. We are to use them to cure ourselves. Earthmaker gave them to us for that purpose.
Crashing Thunder’s father - Sacred Plant Medicine by Stephen Harrod Buhner
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