Book Review: Coyote Medicine

While back in Peru, I was recommended this book.  Coyote Medicine, written by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D. details his career in western medicine and Native American healing.  Madrona has dedicated his career to incorporating shamanic healing toward his patients.

Madrona begins the book by outlining what is lacking in western medicine today.  He details examples of how there is a lack of connection between the Dr. and patient, regarding the source of illness and spirit.  He says that doctors today have no interest in knowing their clients life story, that they are only paid to patch up the issue and not heal the undermining issue.  Madrona, like many healers, believes that illness derives from issues that are built up with time.

In his story, he shares stories about the challenges that he faced with his personal life, his career, as well as, healing stories with clients and the teachings that he learned from the Native American medicine people that mentored him, across the United States.  Additionally, Madrona  shares the Native American stories that he learned, of which he shared with his patients.  The stories are of ones that have been passed down by generations.  Anyone that hasn’t been exposed to Native American story telling would truly appreciate these tales.

Much of Madrona’s healing practice revolves around the psychotherapy, prayer and then detoxifying impurities via sweat lodge.

I found the book to be extremely entertaining and informative about Native American healing.  The reader is privileged to read this unique story of a healer living in two worlds.

I pulled out several quotes that resonated with me; it seemed like there were many of these.  

“Healing is healing. The spirits don’t belong to any tribe”

“The spirits don’t care how you pray as long as you mean it.”

“To be healed, we need to believe in the possibility of healing, and in a greater world, and in higher powers than our own.”

“If we’ve had the courage to ask for something, we must have the courage to hear the response.”