By Sharon Ruedeman:
I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately, time with a capital T. This past year has taught us a lot about Time and the timing of our lives. We’ve learned simultaneously that Time isn’t real and that it is also a very precious commodity. And maybe one of the harsher lessons we’ve learned collectively is that the timing of our lives isn’t necessarily up to us, that we all must surrender to Divine Timing in some way.
As I’ve been recollecting and reminiscing on these episodes from Wild Women Healers seasons 1 and 2 for Flapper Press, I can’t help but also reflect on the timing WWH has taken over the last four years or so. For example, when I filmed with Brandon, the featured healer in episode 6, back in August 2018, we had no idea what the world would look like in October 2020 when his episode would end up being released. So much has changed in both the world at large as well as in the healers featured in these last few episodes between their film dates and their air dates; but at the same time, their stories feel perfectly on time, showing up when they have, as they all include some truly wonderful human core truths, lessons, and tales of transformation.
In Episode #6, we meet Brandon Alter, a cosmic energy healer, teacher, actor, astrologer, and podcaster, among other titles, as his Aquarius nature reveals. As I edited this one, I was almost shocked hearing some of the things Brandon was talking about, as they felt so on point and needed to be heard and expressed this year. Perhaps his ideas and words were needed even more so in 2020 then when he first spoke them two years earlier. But such is the spiralic and mystical path that is healing; and that’s another thing we’ve learned about time and healing too, it’s just simply not linear.
And as time will also reveal, when we learn better, we must do better, so please note that the word Shamanism in this episode is no longer being used by Brandon in his practices when he refers to the journeying technique featured in his episode, a spiritual tool he teaches his clients that can help one sort of transcend time in a way.
This episode is so juicy and filled with not only incredible insights from Brandon and his path, but also the cosmic beauty of the desert where we filmed. I look back on the days we spent there with such fondness of sweet moments spent with good friends and nostalgia for “simpler times,” so to speak. But I am also so happy that this message came out when it did, edited by me now instead of me from back then. And so in a way, even though I felt like I was behind a lot in the edit process of season 2, in retrospect this episode was perfectly on time in its own Divine timing.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t make mention of Brandonna Summer, who made a special guest appearance in this episode as well, a woman of timeless beauty and knowledge in her own right. Brandonna’s light was also a much-needed spark of joy and inspiration in murkier times that we can return to again and again in the re-watching of this episode.
Brandonna and Brandon both remind us, in their own ways, that time is short in this lifetime, so you might as well be the most you you can possibly be.
Sharon Ruedeman is an award-winning Brooklyn-based video editor, storyteller, healer, and witch and the creator of the docu-series WILD WOMEN HEALERS. When she’s not making video magic or casting spells, she’s most likely curled up next to her cat, Princess Peach, reading a good murder mystery.
Read Elizabeth Gracen's interview with Sharon here.
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