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The Pillars of Traditional Healing

The Pillars of Traditional Healing

The pillars of traditional healing were

1) connection to clan and the natural world;

2) regulating rhythm through dance, drumming, and song;

3) a set of beliefs, values, and stories that brought meaning to even senseless, random trauma;

4) on occasion, natural hallucinogens or other plant-derived substances used to facilitate healing with the guidance of a healer or elder.

It is not surprising that today’s best practices in trauma treatment are basically versions of these four things.

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