Interviews with Mother Myriam and Mountain Hawk Lady(Sherrie Adkins)
Here you will read two interviews that will educate and amaze you. What is especially awesome is that these are rare interviews for which I am deeply honored.
Sherrie Mountain Hawk Lady is among the most skilled Shamans today and although she has an extensive Wicca background, she has chosen the Shamanka path of service to retrieving the souls of both the living and the dead who cannot get to the other side. In a rare interview, Mountain Hawk Lady answers numerous questions on Wicca, her path, soul retrieval and so much more!
Cate: When did you first know you were on a mystical path?
MHL: When I was a small child talking to those who had passed on and when I held conversations with birds and animals. Hawks followed me from place to place on my Grandpa's farm and I understood them! Then, when I was ten, we had a pack of wolves come to live in Jefferson County because of a terrible drought in the Rockies. The leader, a large black wolf, would set down in my path and talk to me in my mind, telling me stories of being a wolf, and of what I was to do when I grew older. He is now my guide in the underworld. My grandfather understood what I was going through, and advised me not to talk about it to others outside of him and a few other family members who were also psychic! I was too young to understand his fears then, but now I know he was afraid I would be declared crazy and locked up! (You will learn why later in this interview)
Cate: I know you were a Wiccan at one point and am wondering what of the Shamanic path called to you?
MHL: Because it is an Earth based spiritual path, Wicca is still an influence in my life, and I have a lot of friends on that path. Shamanism called to me more as it is older and more in tune with the Earth and the forces that move in the Universe, and fits in better with my missions here.
This time around, as far as magic goes, Earth is the element I came to master. In China they would call me a Master of Dragons as they believe dragons control the Earth tides and nerve channels, and certainly I work with dragons in many forms. In England, those channels are called ley lines. I worked as an Earth Guardian in Los Angeles for many years, diving into the earth to ease the stresses which cause earthquakes by releasing the force in smaller ones. Some of those big ones were cut in stone, and none of us knew they were coming! Northridge being the prime example! I come from a long line of Cherokee female medicine women, although medicine women is more of an Anglo term for us. We are called Plant Women. My mother's father's mother was one, and she passed her Power to me when she was dying. I was only five, so she charged my grandfather to teach me as much as he could. Great-Grannie saw in me the ability to use these Earth forces that her own daughters and granddaughters lacked. Instead of medicine woman, I prefer the term Woman of Power, as it covers a lot of bases! LOL!
Cate: One of the most fascinating things about you is your work with dragons and gryphons, to name just a few. What your first experience like "meeting" one for the first time?
MHL: Oh boy! Shock! I was out on the astral plane dealing with a Shadow attempt to invade us, when a beautiful silver dragon showed up and jumped in on my side! Then, she followed me home, and announced she was here to help me with my protection work! I did not expect to meet one here on this planet! I thought they had all left with the other fae at the time of the Great Separation! That occurred many thousands of years ago when the elven folks and the fairy hordes decided to withdraw into their own dimensions as humans were getting to be too pushy! Many of the fae can not deal with hot iron in any form! When the Iron Age began here, they withdrew to their own realms. Some stayed for love of mortal kind, and some folks have elven blood in them if you go back far enough! I get it from the Scots side of my heritage and probably from the Welsh and Irish too. Even the Cherokee had their version of the "Little People"! Since my first experience, I moved to New Mexico and discovered the famous Taos hum was being caused by sleeping dragons who were in the old volcanoes there, and in most of the Northern New Mexico mountains. They are waking up! They hum to get our attention and then sing to us once they have it. I have other friends who work with them too. As to to the Gryphons, my dear friend Stormy turned me on to them, and while we were busy with patrol one night, a flock of them showed up and attached themselves to me! That was one of those astral fights that left me feeling like I'd been beaten severely with a pikestaff the next day! One of the flock is a healer and worked on me until I was better. They decided I was a lot of fun to hang out with, due to my habit of getting into major fights on the astral plane, so they settled in here, and have been a great help to me. Now as you well know, they are looking for other humans with whom to bond! And, I also found out there is a dearth of female gryphons in Arizona, and my flock has a lot of bachelors who want mates! So, they are spreading out and attaching themselves to humans with whom they feel they can work.
Cate: You are a soul retriever. Can you explain to readers what that is and the guides you work with?
MHL: The soul acts like a circuit breaker for the mind. When bad things happen, and the mind is in danger of being completely overwhelmed, the soul cuts out for a few seconds. When it turns back on, a fragment, which contains a lot of the pain that was overwhelming the mind, is missing. Shamans make journeys to recover the missing fragments for folks. I know two kinds of soul retrieval: soul pulling which involves my sending my two helpers down the person's time track to the point where they lost the soul fragment and pulling it back to here and now; and making actual journeys into the various realms for the missing major fragments. Then, I open the heart and crown chakras and blow the missing fragments back in. My guide in the underworld is my Black Wolf teacher I mentioned earlier. Wades-in-the-Water, an old Blackfoot medicine man who was my dear friend Joy's grandfather when he was in the body, and White Buffalo Calf Woman, she who brought the pipe and their sacred ceremonies to the Lakota, go with me as does my redtail hawk brother, and sometimes my black jaguar ally. In addition to the underworld, I may go to the Middle Realms for soul fragments. Those correspond to actual physical places here on Earth, but exist on another plane from the place they were lost. I have found souls tied to beds and being still beaten in rooms that look like where the actual beating occurred. I have also rescued souls from hospital operating rooms or even from space ships during alien abductions. The last place to look is Cloud Country! That is where there is a fire that burns with no heat and no fuel. A Sacred Dance goes on around it! Thunderbird has a great nest there and sometimes hides lost souls in it for protection, especially if they belonged to children. I love to watch him dance on his giant drum which makes the thunder roll, and shake rain and lightning from his wings! Children like to play with the Air Elements, and play hide and seek in the clouds. It takes some fast talking to get them to return with me! Hee!
Cate: What is the Legion of Michael?
MHL: A group of warrior souls recruited by Michael Archangel to help with the protection of Grandmother Earth while she makes her ascension! We are also called Lightworkers, although not all Lightworkers belong to the Legion! This is a twenty thousand year mission! It took time to get enough people on the upward path, to haul the rewards level of the others up so they could come along for the trip! Bless her big heart, Gaia wants us all to climb with her!
Cate: For our animal lovers can you offer comfort for those animal people that have crossed over?
MHL: Right now, I am writing a book on Animal Reincarnation! While animal souls work somewhat differently than ours, they do have them! I have cats that have chosen to reincarnate into my life repeatedly because their lives were so much shorter than mine, and they wished to continue helping me do my work here! Angelica, my black fluffy beauty, was also Maelin, Shadow, and Megaera in past lives! People, who knew her then, recognize her spirit now! I have stories from many folks about their own experiences with animal reincarnation. And, then there was the Apache gentleman whose late wife returned as a butterfly to keep him from being lonely until he could join her in the Light! Creator is not wasteful and love is never lost! Those you love here, you will rejoin in the Light when your Earth Walk is done, and that includes your animal, bird, or slithery companions too!
Cate: Of all the masters you have studied with is there one in particular that had the greatest influence on you? Why?
MHL: My beloved Grandfather, Charles Silas Lucas! He was a father and teacher to me in so many ways. My own dad died when I was very small, and Grandpa took his place in my life, plus, Grandpa taught me about the ways of my Cherokee ancestors. I would have to say, Grandfather Wallace Black Elk was a close second in my life! He saved me from a life of despair and booze after the murder of my dear foster son!
Cate: You teach a lot about walk-ins. Can you explain a little about walk-ins for our readers and share your personal experience as a walk-in?
MHL: Oh boy! I've already written a book! LOL! Walk-ins happen when for one reason or another, one soul decides to leave this world, and a second soul steps into the empty body! There can be many reasons for the switch, and it is never done without agreement between all the parties involved. In my case, I needed to complete an unfinished cycle with my grandpa. In a past life, he was our tribe's medicine man and I was his apprentice. Upon his death, I was to carry his healing pipe and take over. Unfortunately, I died of a fever six months before he did. Our tribe was left with no healer and his pipe was buried with him. I hung around grandpa, waiting for a new body for a year, but none of the women were making viable ones! The mother of this one had a nervous breakdown and tried to throw the child out of a second story window, to keep her from harm by a star she thought was going to fall on us. The original soul decided to split and I jumped in!
Walk-ins do not have an easy time of it! The body retains the memories of the previous occupant, and sometimes does not want to stay alive after that one's departure! You end up with some interesting karma too! I had to deal with my memories, the previous inhabitants' memories, and the twisted karma which belonged to both of us! Derek O'Neil, the Irish healer, says walk-ins are also avatars of aspects of Divinity! Well, if so, then my goddess to reflect here is Sekhmet, the Great Lion Headed Mother of Egypt, and the leader of the forces which protected Egypt for thousands of years. Just watch me walk down the street and stray cats come out of everywhere to follow me home!
Cate: How long have you been a majickal worker and what was the most difficult work or rescue you did?
MHL: I've worked what most folks call magic since I was little! Much of magic is just learning how to work with the natural forces of the universe to achieve the results you desire! I think dealing with a Ravensmocker, a type of Cherokee witchy necromancer, who had stolen the soul of one of my over-soul's other bodies was the worse! The guy came to me feeling as if he was dying, and when I checked, he was! The Ravensmocker had taken the form of a beautiful woman and seduced him in New Orleans. She stole most of his soul and hid it in a calabash gourd. I had to fight her for his soul, and those of others she'd stolen. As I got back each soul, she got older and older until finally she turned to dust! She was over two hundred years old and had been stealing life force from others to prolong her own life! Because this man and I share the same over-soul, it was very hard to fight her! She could pull on my energy through his soul. I finally won, but it took me a week to recover!
Cate: Thank you Mountain Hawk Lady for this wonderful insight into being a soul retriever! You also allowed us to see and understand the different realms that exist on different planes that we may never have considered. It is also inspiring to know that dragons and gryphons DO EXIST (as if any of us ever questioned that!)
You may contact Mountain Hawk Lady for teachings and soul retrieval at email@example.com
I could not help but seize the opportunity to speak with Mother Myriam. You will find her thoughtful with innovative and interesting perspectives on life and people which makes this a fascinating interview.
Cate: I appreciate this opportunity to interview you. I know of your work for many years and was very excited when you agreed to let me interview you so others can come to respect and know you as I do. I remember the first time many years ago when I first went for a reading. For myself, I was in the midst of a lot of things going askew in my life and simply could not figure what direction to choose. So, let me ask you this: In your opinion, why would someone need to consult a spiritual counselor such as yourself?
Mother Myriam: Everyone is on a journey of self discovery. As you travel through life, it may seem that you have lost sight of your destination or perhaps you just need a little guidance to get you back on track. After consulting your inner guidance and talking to a few friends, you just are not sure what your next step is or how you should handle a particular situation. In other words, you need to consult someone who may give you insight on how you best can make the decisions that will get you back on track. Often you have an awareness that your life experiences are actually preventing you from being objective about a situation, a person, or a decision.
You might consider consulting with an intuitive, spiritual or psychic when facing difficult turning points in life. An intuitive connects with the bigger cosmic picture which you, being in a state of confusion or chaos, simply cannot figure out in finding answers. In other words, it is reasonable to expect a psychic intuitive to offer you greater insight which can help you make your own personal decisions. A psychic reading by a genuine intuitive empowers you and makes you feel better about the decisions that you want to make. The genuine psychic is a professional that can help you become more objective when facing life issues that are muddled by your emotions and feelings of conflict. Your psychic counselor is your spiritual feed-back system. Most importantly, since people seek out a spiritual counselor when feeling powerless this counselor can help you fulfill the need to regain your personal power by offering tools with which you can have a clearer vision of your current situation.
Cate: When I was growing up, for the most part people who gave readings did so from storefronts and beckoned people to come over. Times have changed. Today, how does one choose a psychic?
Mother Myriam: It is said that when the student is ready the teacher will appear. It is also true that when we are in a state of confusion or change and in need of a guide it will appear. This is the role of your professional and personal psychic. However, choosing your personal intuitive psychic requires careful consideration. For example, does the person you are consulting have a good reputation for helping others? Are you secure that your personal issues will be treated ethically and with an assurance of confidentiality? Everyone has instincts. How do you feel when you see the person's name or picture? Do you have a good feeling about that individual? In other words, trust your own intuition and let it be your guide.
Cate: In this age of the internet, there are many online services offering psychic readings. Some people find psychics using a service. What criteria would you suggest for someone looking into such a service?
Mother Myriam: If the psychic works for a service, look at the way the service is presented. All psychics do not have the same gifts so, does the service make clear what gifts their psychics have so someone can find a counselor to meet their needs? A reputable service has a system in place in which clientele rate a particular psychic. Reputable services offer fair fees and an easy to understand billing protocol. There are no unexpected fees. There is another thing that may seem obvious but needs considering: does the business look professional and not fly-by-night.
Cate: As I know very well, readers work in different ways. Does it matter what type of reading someone chooses?
Mother Myriam: The type of reading that you choose depends on what feels right to you. All information that psychics and intuitives share come from the same source of spirit. Only the tools for obtaining that information are different. The important thing is that you trust the methodology being used. The messenger is not as important as the message that you are to receive. If you trust spirit, you will be guided to the right psychic. If for some reason, the type of reading you received feels uncomfortable, just take the insights that you have gained and choose another alternative in your search for empowering, personal insight.
Cate: What can someone bring to a reading to assure that they receive what they need?
Mother Myriam: A reading is a partnership where you and your psychic work together honestly. This helps you gain insights into an issue or helps you make a decision. Sometimes people seek a definitive answer without appreciating life roadmaps change and that sometimes there are no definitive answers for the question asked because in the stream of time, options are still open. This is a good thing because you can determine your own path. In other words, there are decisions that you can make that will affect the outcome, often for the better. This is why the insights that you gain from your psychic depends a great deal upon how you approach the interaction.
Cate: What would you suggest someone, especially someone who has never had a reading, do to enter a reading partnership in the right spirit?
Mother Myriam: Before you have your appointment, take a few minutes to calm yourself and ask for spiritual guidance. Define your situation in two or three questions that will reflect as accurately as possible your perception of your situation at the current time.
Approach your reading with an open mind realizing that your goal is too ascertain your personal truth. Be willing to accept if your reader shares with you something that goes against your cherished desire. Sometimes things are simply not realistically in the immediate future.
Reaize that you come to all situations with free will. Listen to the guidance and messages from your psychic but always realize that you have the right to make your own decisions. The future is not set in stone but is fluid and alive and works to your higher good and your reader can help you see landmarks to follow.
Too often, because people are overwhelmed, they enter their reading with fear and cynicism. A reading promotes hope through potential to be discovered. An expectation such as this enables results that address your true issues and will be a more positive experience for you.
Cate: What would you say to someone who finds a reading confusing in anyway?
Mother Myriam: If you do not understand what your psychic is saying, feel safe enough to ask for clarification. If something doesn't feel right, say so and be willing to explain why it doesn't feel right. Discussing your reactions will help you uncover some of your own fears that lie behind your current decision. Although you may have come to the reading with some preconceptions of what to expect try to open your mind to new possibilities because it is in possibilities that we are better equipped to see choices. Foster whatever it takes to feel safe with your psychic so you will be comfortable to return for further consultation and help if you need it.
Cate: It was so generous of you to give your time to answer these questions. I know you have been a forerunner in championing legitimacy in the intuitive counseling area for many years and with the guidance you have provided here, you continue to serve the public as they pursue spiritual guidance.
Mother Myriam offered her life to service in many different venues before answering the call to nourish the spirit of those in need. Although there are too many to list, I want to take the time to mention these few: Mother Myriam is published globally in various magazines and periodicals, including Solitaire Magazine and Dell Daily Horoscope. She has an internationally syndicated column called Manifest Intuitive Horoscopes and writes StarGems for Solitaire Magazine. She writes for manifestreality.com and Asknow's LIGHTSOURCE. Her other publication credits are, frankly, too numerous to list. She is also cofounder of Maytorena Ministries, the mother organization for her Manifest Reality and Possibility schools of personal dynamics and change. In addition to this, she co-authored and published SPIRITUALITY: TRUE ODDYSSEYS (2002), authored PSYCHIC TECHNIQUES (2003) and in 2005, her critically acclaimed memoir LIFE WITH MOTHER- A JOURNEY OF LOVE, DEATH AND REBIRTH chronicled her experience as caregiver for her mother during the end stage of her mother's life. I was deeply honored when Mother Myriam asked me to write the forward. This book is a must read for anyone who has lost a parent. I highly recommend it. Mother Myriam was a contributing editor to iUniverse and Suite 101.com and taught at Ohio and Rio Grande Universities. She continues to conduct seminars and work shops on spirituality and self-empowerment and, of course, is available for consultation through asknow.com
If you feel you need an intuitive counselor, contact Mother Myriam at asknow.com, extension 226189