Harley SwiftDeer Reagan makes ancient truths accessible

Lately I have been reading a lot about alternative medicine and natural healing. There are a lot of ancient practices out there that have been marginalized by modern medicine. People often seem to doubt the healing properties of things like herbal remedies, but these practices have been tried and tested over centuries.

In particular, ancient Native American medicinal practices have been tried and tested by healers known as “Twisted Hairs.” This elite group of medicine men have gathered knowledge from many sources, weaving it all together to form “braids of truth.” This interwoven knowledge can refer to spiritual practices and universal laws as well as healing techniques.

One of these Twisted Hairs is Harley SwiftDeer Reagan, founder of the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society in Arizona. Through the Red Lodge Longhouse Program, the Deer Tribe provides training in achieving life balance through personal growth and spiritual awakening. I believe there is so much wisdom to be found in these ancient tribal teachings, and it’s great that people like Harley SwiftDeer Reagan are continuing to make it accessible to those who are interested. Harley SwiftDeer Reagan also believes that physical mastery and development are essential components to spiritual evolution, and has personally studied Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and Karate for most of his life, adding an element of Eastern wisdom to these multi-faceted braids of truth. I’d love to participate in a program like this someday; it really appeals to my interests in both native healing practices and eastern philosophies.


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