A Story of A Great Shaman
Deanna: “In 1997, Gary and I were spending time with a friend training with me who had a certain special connection to the fire. Because we knew the fire liked cigars and chocolate (and so did we), we purchased those and sat down at a small table with a lit candle at one of our favorite restaurants in Cuernavaca, Mexico. We huddled around each other, speaking softly so we wouldn't draw attention to ourselves. In an uncanny moment, we heard a voice very different from the one we had been talking with. Grandfather Fire came through our friend, a gringo, giving unforgettable deep wisdom. It was the beginning of a long adventure.”
Don Lupe’s Vision
Little did we know that twenty years before, don Lupe Gonzales Rios, a well-known artist, shaman and later teacher for Deanna, who lived on his rancho near Tepic, Mexico had a vision that Tatewari (Huichol for Grandfather Fire) would reappear in a gringo’s body in the near future. Don Lupe met the gringo and affirmed his vision to be true. Since then, Grandfather Fire has become our teacher and the guiding force for our lives, through connecting to our own heart voice and bringing forth healing for our people.
It is said by the Huichol people that Tatewari returns in a form in which the people can hear Him when humans have lost their way, the world is declining and harmony and balance need to be restored. It is said that now is the time we’ve been waiting for; He has come to the people of the west to help restore the balance needed for our culture to survive. He brings light to the darkness, warmth in the cold, connection, transformation, deep healing and community.
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