Her music also brings back memories. I’m sitting in centuries-old cathedrals in France. Around me, believers genuflect and finger their rosaries. They repeat incomprehensible lines from a Latin mass.
Glorious music rolls over us, reverberating on the stone walls. Tears roll down my cheeks. I surrender to the mystery.
I’m not Catholic now and wasn’t when I sat in those cathedrals. It was never the content of the service that drew me into the realm of spirit. Recognizable words might have kept me earthbound.
Instead, the music and incense and incantations allowed me to shed the skin of dailyness, the routines of work, shopping, and household chores. They led me to an inner stillness.
Brenda McIntyre, Medicine Song Woman, would call that experience “Sacred Time”, and that’s what her song, “Connection”, gave me today. This time I was sitting at my computer on the tenth floor of a highrise in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Brenda is part of my growing community of online friends, people I’ve met through Twitter and Facebook. When I see interesting Tweets, I look for the person’s Web site. That’s how I know Brenda’s healing gifts did not come easily.
On her Web site she writes openly of growing “from depressed child to traumatized teen to abused young mom.” She was a lonely child, rejected by her peers because of her gift of extrasensory perception. Her adoptive mother committed suicide when Brenda was 15. A short time later her father died of a heart attack.
She moved to Toronto, became a single mom, and started a successful recording career. That was the public life. Her personal life was marred by abuse and the onset of chronic health conditions.
A few years in a Native healing lodge helped her release childhood trauma and reclaim her voice and spirit. Still, she writes that in winter 2007 “everything good seemed to end for me”. Hitting rock bottom in spring 2008, she cried out, “What am I supposed to do?!”
The answer she received set her on the healing path she walks today. This is one very special woman.
I’ve listened to several of her songs, watched half a dozen of her videos, and right now I’m feeling blessed to have met this deep-spirited woman.
For a sample of her inspirational work, watch “Visioning” below or any of the other videos on her YouTube channel.