Southern Ute elder Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) offers words of wisdom to children and the young at heart, as told to David R. Kopacz, MD. Joseph fills the bowls of hearts and minds with 18 ideas to stimulate inventiveness, creativity, and an appreciation for sacredness in everyday life. Accompanied by Joseph's artwork that further illuminates inventive ideas that are so needed in the great big bowl of Mother Earth.
"We are all on a journey—the Journey of the Holy Being. This journey starts when you are born. The secret is that you are already a Holy Being when you are born . . . Go ahead and read these ideas I am giving you, but beware because you will eventually become a Holy Being if you read this book! Actually, you already are—you just forgot...
Beautiful Painted Arrow
JOSEPH RAEL, whose Tiwa name is Tsluu-teh-koh-ay (Beautiful Painted Arrow), is a visionary healer and artist. He brings together in his person Southern Ute (through his Mother) and Picuris Pueblo (through his Father) traditions and is a citizen of the Southern Ute Tribe and the United States of America. He is the author of many books, including Sound: Native Teachings & Visionary Art; House of Shattering Light: Life as an American Indian Mystic; and Being & Vibration: Entering the New World. Joseph attended the Santa Fe Indian boarding school and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, with a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. He has worked for Housing and Urban Development, the All Indian Pueblo Council, and the Indian Health Service, using Native American traditions and holistic health care to help those suffering from addiction. In 1983 he had a formative vision of Sound Peace Chambers and has overseen the construction of over 65 chambers on four continents, which led to him being recognized by the United Nations for his work for world peace.
DAVID R. KOPACZ MD works as a psychiatrist at the Seattle Veterans Affairs primary care clinic and he is an education champion with the national VA Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation, where he teaches Whole Health to VA staff across the USA. He is board certified in psychiatry and holistic & integrative medicine and is an assistant professor at the University of Washington. He has worked in many different settings and places, including holistic private practice, community mental health, and as clinical director of Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. David is the author of Rehumanizing Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Transforming Your Self, Your Practice, and The Culture of Medicine (2014) and Caring for Self & Others: Transforming Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Soul Loss (2023).