Reclaiming my Indigenous Roots
I am. I create. I learn. I grow. I write.
Welcome to my journey of rebellion against a system that wanted to "kill the Indian" in the child... Hi there! I have quite a few new subscribers and just wanted to welcome you all here. My name is Laurelee Bennett, I have been known as Lolly my entire life and two years ago received my spirit name Horse Whirlwind Woman. The last 10 years of my life has been leading me toward the Indigenous way of living which I wasn't taught about while growing up because my mother attended Residential school when she was 11 years old until she graduated and any culture she had at that time was taken away. I live in the Cariboo of British Columbia with my Coast Salish husband and our two boys, Hunter and Chase. Our oldest boy, David is 24 and he lives down on the coast of BC where he was raised. My children are being taught about spirituality, culture and traditions in order to break the cycle of disconnection and pain. It is my honour to teach them about their roots so they don't have to learn as an adult like I have had to. Everyone is capable of healing, they just have to go outside and get close with the land, it will guide the way. I spent 11 years in Indigenous Child protection and have recently walked away from this career due to no longer aligning with my purpose.
Returning to the way of our people
More than two years ago, I was given a message during a meditation while asking to be guided back to my purpose. The message was clear; to return to the way of our people. I was told to sing, drum, dance, run sweat lodges and learn the culture and traditions that had not been taught to me because of cultural genocide. I didn't know what I was doing or how to do it but I reached out to a mentor in Manitoba who informed me that there was a Sundance coming up that summer. She sent me everything I needed to know about coming, so I followed the instructions and the energy and found myself there in July 2020. This was the beginning of my journey back to myself. I have healed many aspects of myself that were disconnected from who I actually am truly, it's been an uncomfortable journey at times but it has also been incredibly beautiful. My mom is super proud of how far I have come. I am grateful for her guidance everyday.
So happy you are here, please know you are loved beyond measure
I have always loved to write, and I used to use social media as an outlet to write but lately it just hasn't aligned with me so I have decided to continue writing in this format. I am passionate about wellness, especially for Indigenous women and children. I am spiritually connected to my ancestors and spirit guides that sometimes guide the words that come onto these pages and will indicate who is dictating the writing at the end of the post. If it is not indicated, then they are my words. I believe that people all over need healing and I am here to help anyone who wants to reach their full potential in any way that I can. I focus on love, peace and joy as much as possible. Thank you so much for your support.