Nietzsche wrote, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” In my book I wrote “…grievous loss had been a seed that set a vine growing, puncturing my heart with its thorns….I’d learned to love through a hemorrhaged heart; the vine had grown a rose or two, over time, a profusion of roses.”
My experience was that surviving trauma, in and of itself didn’t make me stronger. That which did not kill me made me love and compelled me to share that love with others. Sequoyah Trueblood and I share that experience.
Today I want to share a little about Sequoyah’s rich and full life and let you know this week’s cuppa will be a field-trip to a sound experience with Daniela that will nourish you body, soul and spirit. We’ll be back next week for our weekly Wednesday cuppa.
Choctaw Elder Sequoyah Trueblood grew up with a German grandmother that couldn’t quite beat the Indian out of him. He joined the army when he came of age and despite outstanding achievements and medals to prove it, he has no military benefits and no pension.
He battled severe PTSD and contracted Agent Orange on the battlefields of Vietnam. The Super Amphetamine he was given in order to endure long missions left him with a substance abuse problem and for a few years his life fell apart.
He worked his way through pain and horror and awakened into love in prison. He left prison with a mission to offer solace, hope and healing.
He helped countless people wherever he went. On ceremonial grounds and in reservations he worked with Amerindians, at Harvard, Southwestern and at the University of Calgary he taught, shared, listened and provided a space for healing.
In prisons throughout the United States and Canada he showed inmates they were not their past and helped them dream futures. He helped wash away bitterness and sowed forgiveness.
He taught in Austria, Bavaria and Switzerland. He did peace work with the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland, with his friend James O’Dea. In Central South America he worked in Guatemala.
I met him via our dear and mutual friend, James O’Dea because of our collective connection to the Teyuna and I found out about his call for help through Daniela, a member of our community (featured as this week’s cuppa fieldtrip) who called to arrange a healing for him.
Sequoyah was called to the Heart of the World by the Kogi and the Seed of Peace was transferred to him by Mamo Moneva, a highly respected Arhuaco Elder. He sat and worked with Kogi Mamo Gabriele, a mamo who spent his life dissolving negative human thought forms. Yes, that’s an interesting story in itself! Every thought creates a being. That’s why the Teyuna (thinkers of clear thoughts) are always telling us to mind our thoughts.
Sequoyah has been living in Canada for years now, teaching people the Path of Peace, through Healing Lodges and Vision Quests.
His health is no longer permitting him to do his work in the world. His will and physical strength pulled him through again and again, but now he needs surgery and he doesn’t have health insurance. He and his partner Suzanne have done all they can in the realm of natural medicine. Please click here to help
Thank you and as Sequoyah says, Great Thanks, Great Peace, Great Love.