I felt fortunate to be able to sit down face to face with Malidoma Some while he told me a story for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, I was fascinated by his experience with the mysteries of the universe and wish he were permitted to tell me more. At one point, he felt compelled to acknowledge that he had never told anyone this story before, but decided on the spur of the moment that perhaps it was time to share it with the world. I am grateful to be the messenger to deliver this important message for him. Here are excerpts from Malidoma’s story, beginning with his bio.
Malidoma, an initiated elder in his village of Dano in Burkina Faso, West Africa, is also a medicine man and diviner in the Dagara culture. As representative of his culture, he has come to the west to share the ancient wisdom and practices which have supported his people for thousands of years. He has authored Of Water and the Spirit, Ritual: Power, Healing and Community, and The Healing Wisdom of Africa. Click here to visit Malidoma’s website.
When the elders in my village approached me about becoming initiated into elderhood, my reaction was Why me, of all people? There were others in the village who were great healers with fantastic track records and I was nowhere near their level. I had always been fascinated with the traditions of my culture, but at forty-three, I considered myself too young to be an elder. Besides, I lived in the white man’s culture and only came home once in a while.
Their reasons were convincing and I agreed to be initiated. Although I would also be responsible for the maintenance of three shrines, the primary responsibility of the council of elders was to (more…)