I help you re-member yourself into sovereign oneness and activate your greatest medicine.
HI. My name is Andréa and I am the founder and Chief Steward for The Great Medicine.
I have the Calling, as a Soul of Service. I am a sensitive one, an empath. I am a mighty fine energy tracker. I am blessed to be a mother. I love chocolate, the dark rich kind. I have always had dogs, like to hike and dance. I am a practical virgo woman, and a deeply devoted mystic. I am an activator, and an emissary for The Great Medicine.
As i look back over the trail of my life there is this destiny grace undulating through this seemingly random trail of many paths. It is as though the pulse of purpose was always under foot. This is in part because I listened. I listened to my heart, and I followed it. It is also because a few very key and special people trusted me and my path and sought not to talk me into a logical choice but embrace all the ways I needed to experience and express myself. How Blessed I am, for those few, precious people, and for the deep courage I have had to follow my heart.
Now as I answer and live this ever deeper calling, I see, I feel, I know the purpose, the trainings inherent within the experiences all coming together as part of my destiny.
It gives me such a large horizon to know and trust the destiny impulses under each and every one of our choices. It may not make sense, at first, or even ever, but to the soul and heart, it carries a holy and graceful logic of another kind.
Trust your heart. Follow your heart. Live your callings, all of them.
There is Divine Grace here, when we listen from and to our heart.
So, my story…..
Growing up with a powerful, visionary and highly respected leader, I was always aware of leadership and leading as service. I grew up immersed in leadership and service. I have payed careful and studious attention to leadership all of my life. I was also overwhelmed by the public nature of it. I made vows of anonymity that I have since undone, and am continuing to unravel layers of.
I was told, and felt it was true, that i was “too sensitive”. It was a weakness, something to get over and overcome. It is true as a young empath, I was messy with it aIl, I am sure. I know we are all messy with strong gifts, the maturation and understanding of them does not come without experience, learning, time, and hopefully some mentoring. I remember my childhood as feeling always emotionally overwhelmed.
So I tried to squash, turn down the feelings, become less sensitive, and mostly that felt horrible and really all I managed was to pretend I was less sensitive. Now of course, this deep sensitivity is valued by my clients, students and myself. I know now how to manage my nature, take care of it, and put it into service with balance for all. The maturation of our gifts takes time to become a blessing.
Luckily I had my first calling, which provided a venue to express myself, to channel and express my sensitive feeling states. I was a professional dancer throughout my 20’s. It was a great avenue of expression, and yet, I was in fact a paint brush for someone else’s creations, asked to express someone else’s vision, which was most often not easy to do. Dancing 40 hours a week, we learn to ignore pain, to put up with discomfort, to walk with bleeding feet and aching muscles and push through.
It is still an on going awareness for me to live in a way that does not ignore discomfort but partners more respectfully with my body and the wholeness of me. I am a dancer though, and I am blessed to have been able to dance. I still always see the world in terms of dance, sound, rhythm and movement. I have come to know that one of my gifts is the gift of movement. I sense when someone needs to move, their thoughts, their energy, how much and which way, I am on the mastery path of movement medicine.
After too long a tour and season with another bad injury, I had had enough. I moved back stage and became a stage manager and production manager. It is the position of the conductor for the technical aspects of a performance. To be aware of all things in motion supporting the dancers, singers or actors. To feel into the rhythm of each nights performance and skillfully call out the cues. I look back and see that this is perhaps the very best training I could have had to lead workshops, to lead Ceremony, to teach. Without this experience I would not be nearly as capable or tuned in to the rhythms of a group in transformational experiences. It was also my ‘workaholic years’. Living the 80 hour work week, I got caught in the modern epidemic and caught the disease of the modern busy-man syndrome. Burn out was the result.
So, I stepped away. I listened to my heart. I rested my body. Wait, listen, trust, heal.
Until the next steps rise up, and rise up stronger, revealing themselves and the impulse into motion ignites. These times of transition it is so hard not to go into our head’s. Not to answer to a society that seems terrified of empty space, wasting time and cannot acknowledge the deep medicine of time well spent in a trusting, allowing, winter – awaiting the spring of our next growth.
I am lucky that somehow that has always been part of my path, the in between cycles, and each time I move through it I understand it more and trust it more deeply. I am able to hold this space for my clients when they are frustrated and anxious that things aren’s showing up and manifesting, as I know the field of in between well. What may appear to not be moving, is actually movement at a different level, movement of a different nature. Life is not meant to be pushed and rushed into its becoming, but allowed to evolve and grow organically. This can only happen if we trust our hearts. If we listen to our hearts.
If we are actually connected to the inner impulse.
It is one of my prayers that we all support each other in these times, so a collective trust can hold space for us, especially those who may not have any individuals around supporting such a natural and powerful way of living.
Throughout all of these years, starting with late teens, I have read every book on philosophy, self help, personal growth, spirituality..… It is simply the way I have always been wired, to seek and learn and seek and study and learn and pay attention to.
As I prepared for the next round of my expression, I wondered if it was time for healing work, as I had been studying and was continuing to study healing modalities. Thankfully a wiser part of me knew I was not ready. There was a deeper wise woman inside who knew I was not yet well enough developed personally. Rescuing, care-taking, projecting… all kinds of messy ways would very likely have happened had I rushed this. Thankfully I respect my clients so much that my development was and is of paramount importance. My personal work continues to be the first place of everything, and for anyone in a position of leadership, support, helping, we tend to our personal work, always. This is the place of power and all leaders understand this. Those who are deeply committed to that path in integrity are all working with guides, mentors and elders forever. The path of mastery and heart, demands we bring all of us. The path of greatness invites us into constant development.
So I trained in healing on the weekends as I embarked on a career in Horticulture. It all makes perfect sense looking back 2 decades later, perfectly timed and wisely managed. Of course, I didn’t necessarily have that overview then, just a sense of things from my heart. I am glad I listened.
Horticulture gave me so much. I healed my body by being re connected to the rhythms of the earth. Working in the weather every day. Working by the light and plants and the seasons. The horticulture years healed and re wired me on a very deep level. Throughout this time I was studying many medicine teachings, my refuge, my inspiration, my place of home-fullness. I didn’t expect anything more than my own personal growth and nectar, and yet it turned out to also be part of my training, This calling I am in now was unexpected in some ways, totally natural in other ways, and the one I have been most reluctant about, which is a good sign of respect for the work. It is sacred work, and I respect it deeply.
Working first in a large wholesale nursery, managing a department and sitting on the management team, studying leadership yet again. It seems leadership has been a running river in my life. I have been reluctant, messy and in denial about it, and it has always shown up in one way or another.
After my daughter was born I moved into landscaping working with individual clients and their garden and the relationship of gardener and garden. More training on stewarding, and a deepening understanding of the path of stewards. This is also the time I began to really hear the Earth, to listen more clearly to the trees and the plants, to receive teachings from many life forms. I had always been a ‘tree hugger’ and now i felt them hugging me back.I loved the gardening years too, and often miss the work.
There are many things I have done in my life without any encouragement. Of course anything any of us does comes with no guaranty of success. Dance in the days I danced, was without encouragement, ever. You got accepted to the school or you got the part or the job, after that it is 100% corrections. This is the path of the artist though too. This is the path of mastery, to proceed forever.
There are other parts of my trail that I would not proceed without some signs, some encouragement, some outside confirmation that it was time, that I was ready, and it was mine to do. This is why we have elders, guides and mentors. I am so grateful to every teacher, elder and every sign and guide who has helped me to know when to proceed. It is something I continue to consider of great value in my life.
One of those came in the form of one of my teacher’s from Peru I was studying with, who encouraged me to do public Ceremony, to gather people together and do Ceremony for the Earth. Without her encouragement and the sense I was ready, and many other signs that aligned with that, I would not have been so bold, as I know Ceremony is a very sacred duty. I offered my first public Ceremony in 06.
The teachings that I now offer began first with a powerful vision in 04. This built into relationships with esteemed elders in the Ascended realm who began my trainings. In early 07 I was gifted another powerful vision, a transmission and invitation, to step more deeply into a new medicine. It was a deep journey of 2 years of stepping into. In late 09, the next great initiation came in a profound activation and vision, the teachings emerged with great power. Another 2 year cycle of integration, getting out of my own way, building courage and will. From these teachings I then taught the first three fold flame medicine teachings. I truly stepped into wisdom keeper now.
As these visions and this guidance is profoundly sacred to me, this part of the story is not fully laid out on a website. If you sign up to join in any of our programs, just ask and I will send you an audio of my telling this part of receiving the vision and the calling.
I continue to be under the tutelage and guidance of esteemed elders and continue to serve these visions and bring them into manifest fruition. We are deeply helped, guided, blessed and receiving an abundance of powerful and loving wisdom’s. The medicine is truly Great!
Now, just in case you see this trailing story of mine and think it was bathed in light with unicorns and rainbows every step of the way, let me assure you that no, it was and is a very human story. There is a million moments, days, weeks of holding my breath in fear, debilitating paralysis of self doubt, what I feel is the heaviest load of unworthiness I have seen. I have been betrayed, abused, betrayed again. I have had many unwanted energies come into my field. I have had soul loss, and soul retrievals. Betrayed again. Yup, i’ve been there. Yet, the soul is strong, the heart when opened to, is the strongest of all. It is easier for me to say now, and yet a deep part of me knew this all along, as I know you do too.
We are all hybrids. Now is the time of rainbow medicine.
You and your every step, all of your diverse trails and interests are integral to the wholeness of your calling and your destiny. It is the diversity of my trail, that has also trained me to be a destiny tracker.
I hope that by reading the long version of my story, the winding trail of my becoming, that you have got some good medicine. If you are wondering about changing direction, if you might be getting some quizzical looks for your various interest and avenues of exploration, please trust in your heart.
Your heart knows your direction
Your heart guides your power
Follow your heart and you will live your calling
This is not a “tag line” pulled out of thin air for my business, this is a real and present truth. This is how I have learned and lived into my life. This is the truth that my living has taught me.
follow your heart
trust your heart, it will guide you