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The Circle of Great Mystery Podcast Network

Mar 26, 2017

Show 31 – Trauma as medicine

In this show Nikiah and John-Luke

In conversation with Sarah Salter-Kelly,

Begin an understanding of the notion of the Wounded Healer and how trauma, suffering and despair can be turned around as a story retold to become a powerful healing force for the world.




Sarah is a mother, partner, wife and friend, blessed with four daughters and one son, one set of twin girls and a son and two of whom are gifted to Sarah through partnering with her husband Mark Kelly. Her kids love sports, so she says she is a hockey mom, basketball mom, volley ball mom, track mom, and trusts you ‘get the idea!’

Mark and Sarah have been together since the fall of 1994. They grow their own food, along with their children on an old seven acre farm near Pigeon lake, one hour south west of Edmonton Alberta. She and Mark spend as much time as they can together on days off hiking in the countryside nearby or venturing into the mountains. In the warm months they kayak at the many lakes, which surround their home.

In December of 1995 Sarah’s mother Sheila Salter was brutally raped and murdered by a stranger in the parkade of her work. He was a First Nations Man who killed himself in jail after being found guilty of murder. Sarah’s mother believed there are no accidents and that we can heal anything, a perspective that inspires and motivates Sarah daily. It led her to wonder how she could be a part of creating a world where there are no murderers, and a healing understanding of the root cause of that level of violence and how she can make a difference in creating a solution. 

Sarah began her practice at Pigeon lake in the summer of 2007, initially offering one to one sessions and full moon fire circles. Through the years she began to develop and implement transformational Shamanic workshops and trainings as well as Trauma healing retreats. Over time she has branched out to guiding Sacred Tours to Peru and the Mountains of Alberta, speaking at conferences and offering opening & closing ceremonies for public events. 

Sarah’s life's quest is to live and practice sustainable relationships, with the people and the land she loves. 


“Peyote Healing” by Robbie Robertson, Verdell Primeaux, Johnny Mike & The Red Road Ensemble, published on Jan 17, 2013 is from Robbie Robertson's 1998 album, "Contact From The Underworld Of Red Boy". This is a beautiful tribute to Robbie’s Native American/Canadian roots. Robbie is a Canadian musician, songwriter, film composer, producer, actor, and author. He is best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter for The Band, and for his career as a solo recording artist. His work with The Band was instrumental in creating the Americana music genre. Robertson has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Band, and has been inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame, both with The Band and on his own. He is ranked 59th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

Song Lyrics:

Wani wachiyelo Ate omakiyayo (Father help me I want to live)

Atay nimichikun (Father you have done this)

Oshiya chichiyelo (Humbly have pity on me)

Wani wachiyelo Atay omakiyayo (Father help me I want to live)

Wani wachiyelo Atay (Father I want to live)


“Take a Breath”, music and lyrics by David Rivett 2012 and published on Nov 8, 2012. Take a Breath and think of a cool sweet morning that will come when the storm has gone away. Traumatic times do pass, and although the memories of them are all too real when they come back to haunt us, they also pass. Learning to meditate with the breath can help us to let go of these memories.

Take a Breath is a song Dvid wrote and dedicated to his father Douglas Rivett, who landed with the 3rd Division Middlesex Regiment on Sword Beach Normandy on June 6th 1944 as part of the Allied invasion of Europe to end World War Two. David has met some young people over the last few years who don't know what D Day was. Nor do they know the history of the first world war. The insanity of royal family feuds engulfing millions of people. The insanity of psychopathic generals, ordering thousands of young men to go to certain death. In that hell there were heroes, war is obscene but 'Lest we forget'

The song is about the traumatic times including war and their legacy of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. David imagines going back in time to France in 1944 and telling his father that the hell he was in would end, the Allies would prevail and he would go home and marry and have a family and have the kind of life that all human beings are meant to lead. This song was first posted as a dedication to his father for Remembrance Day 2012.

PTSD is a serious and debilitating condition. There is hope for sufferers. There are ways in which the severity of the recurring memories can be reduced without the use of physically damaging medication. If you are someone who suffers from PTSD or if you know someone who does there will be organisations in your locality who can help.

You can download an MP3 of this song at

This recording features David Rivett acoustic guitar and vocals, Liz Rivett vocal harmony. Guitar is a Maton WA May model made in 2008. Song recorded by Erik Kowarski, at Pocket Universe.


“One day you will” by Lady Antebellum written by Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Clay Bernard Mills, released on May 29th 2008 by Capitol records available on ITunes at

Lady Antebellum blend contemporary country with soulful '60s R&B into an infectious brew that relies on the trio's rich harmonies and impeccable instrumental skills. The trio was formed in 2006 by Charles Kelley (brother of singer/songwriter Josh Kelley), Hillary Scott (daughter of Grammy-winning country artist Linda Davis), and Dave Haywood, and soon graduated from dive bars to the Grand Ole Opry. Their 2009 single "Need You Now" became the first of many hits to reach not just the country Top Ten but the pop Top Ten as well. The group formed when Scott met Kelley and Haywood in Nashville, and after a few months of performing around the area, they signed with Capitol Nashville in 2007.