Chairman of the Board
White Bison, Inc
The Healing Forest & Changing Consciousness
Mr. Coyhis will introduce the concept of Wellbriety as balance and connection to the Natural Laws that create healing within the Native community. Culturally based tools are discussed as a way for changing families. A combination of immense losses and traumatic events that have perpetrated an entire culture need healing as natives across the nation are encouraged to seek to reinstate cultural ways, language and sacred traditions.
Because of the legacy of the historical trauma, ongoing issues of substance use, and need for healing within families and the community, there is a focus on fear, shame, guilt and anger. People are living in the fog of these elements and do not realize they are existing this way. Our ways of thinking and way of being is built around the reactions to the environment created by these negative spiritual characteristics. These reactions include a sense of hopelessness and listlessness about taking action to change things.
There is this saying “When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.” We must look at a new way of thinking and responding is based upon a Spirit of Hope. We must seek intuitive input to our current approaches to reduction of addictions. The opposite of addiction is connection. Recovery is a connection process now using quantum approaches that did not exist before. Healing will take place through application of cultural and spiritual knowledge.
*Objective 1: Participants will discover how the past connects to the present in order to understand the significance of connecting to the culture to bring healing to our communities.
*Objective 2: Participants will learn how to change community consciousness about recovery.
*Objective 3: Participants will explore solutions beyond evidence-based approaches.