There are many different walks of life that, when we gain exposure to them, can reveal potential and insight toward understanding our own journey. In today’s podcast, Clint Frakes tells his story about having been adopted into a Lakota family as a young man, and how that has changed his perception of life. While not his genetic ancestry, the way of the Lakota people has become an integral part of his path and identity that he shares with us today.
His awakening story, like most, reveals many trials. He expresses vivid memories of becoming one with the universe as a child, and how those moments continue to remind him that there is a power greater than us. He also followed an innate calling at a very young age to support those in grief, consoling a neighbor-friend of his who had suffered a death in the family. He continues this work to this day, helping those in grief discover hope and peace on the other side of their loss. He also delves into an unusual experience he had, later in life, while bathing at a hot spring, and how the water of the river held him in a universal connection to life. From that moment onward, he realized his path was to support and protect mother earth through the education and spiritual support of others.
As a lifelong poet, Clint is adept at utilizing words to their greatest capacity for expression in matters of the heart and of the human condition. He’s a strong believer that language can facilitate deeper connections between people and to our inner selves. He shares some poignant thoughts on how and why we get sidetracked from our spiritual paths as children. He believes that spiritual awareness, awe and wonderment of the divine are natural states of youth, and that through lack of encouragement or neglect, this awareness diminishes until we make a choice to bring it back.
Clint also explains his identity as a Sundancer, which was traditionally a male ceremony (now more inclusive) and how a Sundancer brings life and healing for the people. While women birth life through their physical vessels, men Sundance with focused intention for those in need, such as the elderly or the infirmed. Many plains tribes throughout the country have some form of Sundance to help bring the welfare and prayers of the people to light. He shares that the two-legged are meant to create vision on this plane as medicine. Now let’s dive in to hear and understand more!
Note: The statements and opinions in this podcast are those solely of the individual being interviewed, and not to be taken as medical advice. This podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only.
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