"My people are Anglo-Saxon, Celt, Ashkenazi, Frank, Germanic, Nuragic, Ozeiri, and the indigenous tribes of the Kuban River, Caucasus range, and Eurasian steppe. I grew up on Timacua and Seminole land (Middleburg, FL), lived on Chochenyo land for nearly 20 years (Oakland, CA), and recently moved to Cheroenhaka land (Blackstone, VA).
I first knew that I wanted to be a "healer" when I was 11 years old.
My maternal grandmother and I were watching a show about a little girl who could heal people while she was asleep. The girl's mother brushed her long, black hair as people gathered around the bed to experience miracles. Something came alive in me instantly, and I knew I wanted to do that. I have since realized that “healing” emerges from a salvational worldview, so I prefer the terms harmonize, recalibrate, and balance.
I come from the rural South. My father's side is all teachers and preachers--circuit riders steeped in strong ideas and faith healing. My paternal grandmother tells amazing stories of her dreams of my late grandfather, who helped her raise her three sons after he passed.
When I was 14, my retina detached, and I learned I'm a mystic. I started having dreams, visions, and out-of-body experiences, which terrified me. Frequenting these liminal places inspired me to record and track thousands of dreams over decades. My scientific approach to dreaming helped me become literate in symbolism.
I conceived Lucid Dreaming for the Earth, which brought lucid dreamers together to help mitigate environmental damage from the dream world. Clinically, I read dreams for portent and diagnosis. I love helping people work with nightmares and recurring dreams. My Master's thesis, Reinstating the Role of Community Dreaming Using Traditional Protocol and Open-Source Technology, explores dreaming as a way of life and a measure of communal health. I cataloged dreams by theme against an astronomical ephemeris to detect patterns and develop a dictionary of portent.
After graduating from the University of North Florida with an English degree, I enrolled in the Indigenous Mind program of Naropa University. I studied with elders while exploring my own ancestral traditions. My teachers—storytellers and medicine people from all over the globe—showed me that everything is natural, and nothing is supernatural. Continuity with my native lands and traditions helped me develop a sense of belonging.
In 2004, I began studying Mantic Arts and Path Dreaming with Liu Ming, founder of Da Yuan Circle and Five Branches University. Shortly after, I enrolled in Acupuncture and Integrative College, Berkeley to finally engage the medical aspects of this ancient holistic system.
I am a mother, writer, fine artist, acupuncturist, and late bloomer living on Cheroenhaka land in Blackstone, VA."
Learn more about Erin at: ancestralacupuncture.com