Dr. Maria Michael is a gifted healer. She works with clarity, compassion, humor, and integrity. She has a depth of knowledge and experience that she uses in her practice. She has helped me to plant seeds that will grow and blossom. I hope the same for anyone drawn to work with her. I am forever grateful.
I have struggled over the last few hours to find words to describe my experience. I was the person that received the circle healing. I have never experienced so much love, compassion and support ever in my life. The room disappeared and all that was left was my relatives and the spirits. We were all one. Maria worked with her spirits to bring healing to me. When this was happening I felt completely drained of everything as if I was, was taken apart and my spirit was freed from the confines of my body and reassembled in a way that I was stronger. After as we were walking I felt like I was naked as if something has been left behind. A block has been removed.
I was a little scared to attend this retreat. I felt alone and unsure about what would be ahead. After all, I had never been to an Ancestral Wisdom Healing Circle. And although Dr. Maria Michael had been highly recommended to me by someone whim I do respect very much as a powerful healer, I had never met her or not had I yet understood how she works with our Ancestors. I learned so much on this one weekend retreat. It has changed me in so many ways.
It was an honor to have attended the November 1-3 retreat Remembering Who You are and Maximizing Your Potential with Dr. Maria Michael and everyone. The Ancestral Wisdom Healing Circles, Meditations and Prayers and Water Ceremony have impacted me positively in so many ways. It took me some time to be able to put my thoughts about the experiences into these words; because the impact is that strong. Dr. Maria Michael truly is an inspiration. She is so dedicated to the care and well being of us all and just seeing her working tirelessly for the good of the participants was in and of itself a healing.
The facility, Our Lady of Grace Retreat House, was a lovely space to be in. The building and grounds are a peaceful place and we were treated with fresh and wholesome food and beverages. From the moment I arrived there, I felt welcomed and comfortable. Everyone from my fellow participants to staff was kind and helpful. Dr. Maria and Mary Beth took great care to explain the processes and scheduled a full weekend.
The sacred water ceremony was a powerful start to our weekend. We were introduced to the beautiful and powerful Ancestral drumming and prayers. We shared a very special time during which the water was blessed and then shared.
On Saturday morning we received clear instruction from Dr. Maria about the healing circles we were about to participate in. Then we were prepared for the circles with a special mediation. In the afternoon we began the healing circles which continued through the rest of the weekend. We were instructed to send certain healing colors and specific tones to the individual in the circle. The powerful sounds of the toning and the strength of the intentions with the visualization of healing colors we were instructed to send to the persons in the center of the circles was at times overwhelming-overwhelming in the sense that we knew and understood we were working with the help of our Ancestors to send healing to our friends in the center of the circle. Just by those acts alone and from the perspective of being in the outer circle, I felt I was also being bathed in healing colors, light and sound.
I was given an opportunity to enter the center circle. I had no idea as to whether this would happen, as I was instructed not to anticipate it. Healing would occur whether I was inside or outside the circle; but for some reason I was impelled to move inside the circle on the second session. There I felt the powerful sensations of energy being aimed toward my body. Dr. Maria asked if she could touch my body, and was instructed by Spirit to tell me certain things only I was aware of about my past, and my own healing. I received specific advice and instruction on how to think about my own past and to make the transformations I need to in order to move forward. Those healing words, and the sounds and energy I received while in the circle are reverberating with me every day. I’m feeling stronger and more empowered to heal both physically and emotionally.
Also by virtue of having learned better breathing and having toned the sounds for quite lengthy periods at a time, I feel that having been a part of these healing circles has opened up my airways and strengthened my voice. This is a gift I had not expected. I feel that in the future, I would definitely benefit from being part of the healing circles, no matter whether I would be inside or out.
When the weekend was over I felt so close to the others who were there and to that special place. We had all participated in each other’s healing. We learned together. We laughed and cried together. There was an overwhelming amount of love and care there; and we had formed a special bond, and we are like family. So in a way, I’ll never leave from that place. I’ll always be there. I’ll always feel the love and care. I am never alone.
When I couldn’t take any more of what I’d been taking, when I was finished with the hiding and pretending and denying, Maria was the one who illuminated my way upward and onward with great integrity, vision, clarity and humor. The one who made me remember the power and vastness of sky and my place within it. Has it been a straight and stumble-free path? Of course not. But my, talk about scenic! I have come together with Maria in her gifted capacity as therapist as well as medical intuitive and hands-on healer. I was fighting for the life of my body and voice of my heart and scary as this was, and still can be, she was the Safe Place; the Land I’d been searching for. I cannot lie: it’s an often heart and gut-wrenching journey but what worthwhile thing isn’t? What work could possibly be more important, thrilling, frightening, celebratory? If what’s required is nothing short of personal revelation or revolution, whether it be of the physical, spiritual or emotional persuasion (and she’ll prove there’s really no difference), I cannot recommend Maria highly enough. I love her dearly; my gratitude springs eternal. Big as the sky.
Dr.Michael was astoundingly accurate during the shamanic ceremony reading. Right back to core childhood wounds, her delicate touch and forthright manner made me feel at ease, despite initial anxiety about going deep. With her patient and non-judgemental approach, her guidance was invaluable in me taking the necessary steps toward healing core childhood wounds and my inner child traumas. I would highly recommend her to anyone on this path, as she provided valuable insights and understanding into my condition that were not gained in many years of therapy.
My heart continues to fill with gratitude for the series of miraculous healings which began with a workshop with you. I have been focused on healing for many years (I have been quite disabled, with multiple conditions, home bound, and using a wheelchair). i am continuing to explore almost every modality–meditation, bodywork, energy healing, prescription drugs, acupuncture, homeopathy, astrology, therapy, psychics, journaling, art and shamanism. After the healing in your workshop, I felt altered in a different way than ever before. I felt lots of energy buzzing in my body, very altered. At the end of my turn in the center of the circle in the workshop I found myself sitting on the floor, from trying to get closer to the earth. For many years I had not had enough strength to get up off the floor so I asked two people nearby to help me up. Then, without thinking, I pushed myself up into the wheelchair. Imagine my surprise that my arms were strong enough to hold my weight. When I told the group of this miracle, you had tears in your eyes, testimony to your compassion, and awe at the powers of the spirits who heal with you.
Since that day I have grown continually stronger and receive daily miracles large and small. Immediately I became able to push myself up again from lying down. I began exercising whenever I had the stamina, stretching, practicing qi gong and some walking. In late march after a long ceremony, the drums kept playing and people moved onto the floor to dance. I got up out of my wheelchair, walked onto the floor and, with no support; I danced with everyone for 15 minutes. This miracle began in your workshop. My stamina still varies, but always getting. I have also begun to attract healers who will work for no charge or trade for my skills or art.
Add this to the brilliant intuitive perception you had in the workshop for someone in the circle around me to send yellow color and a tone to my lower lungs. During the time I was home bound, my breathing had become faster and more shallow. Later with no conscious thought or further attention, I found my breathing was deeper and slower once more.
In your valuable follow-up call you identified ways I could continue this profound healing. I had sadness and grief to release. To heal the cancer, you suggested regular times talking with my little ones inside. The most important thing you reminded me of is the vital importance of language–only believe and speak positively of your plans and dreams. And never come from a place of lack. I have enough energy now that I am beginning to take steps to draw in the money I need to continue my healing journey. I am sure I will be able to do further work with you and look forward to this.
With deepest gratitude. Blessings on your wonderful work in the world.
Maria is part psychologist, part spiritual teacher, part intuitive guide, and part mother. Her understanding of psychology is impeccable yet it is, perhaps, the least of her gifts. Her gift to me has been a patient and persistent mandate that my heart is the basis for all true learning. To help me find my heart she masterfully blends story, insight, wisdom, psychology, and intuition into one profound heartfelt approach. Of course, she guides by example, by working from her own heart. I experience her as direct, forceful, gentle, nurturing, honest, and respectful. She has helped me heal wounds I did not know I had and many I had chosen to ignore. She works on heart, mind, soul, and body all the while holding the vision of my perfection while I struggle to claim a tiny piece of my human birthright. She has helped me reclaim my entire human experience and accept that all of it is a beautiful and magnificent creation.
It’s important to note that most of my work with Maria has been accomplished by phone. My initial contact with Maria was through the Ceremony. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer, in March of 2004. I went into treatment in April of 2004 and had completed a treatment protocol including chemotherapy and two stem cell transplants when I heard of her work. I was seeking ways to heal myself and find the roots of my illness within my subtle body. Without being told of what I had been through, she correctly diagnosed my cancer and its remission. She told me where I continued to store people and events in my body. The ceremony helped me see where I habitually store emotional issues in my body and remain vulnerable to disease. The therapy is giving me ways to stay in my heart and consciously experience emotions, valuing them rather than unconsciously storing them. She came to me when both my life and my marriage were in grave danger and literally is helping me create a new life.”.