Becoming Medicine




David Kopacz

Joseph Rael

Millichap Books

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Trade paperback
6 x 9
528 pages

Pathways of Initiation into a Living Spirituality

We are medicine bags which hold the sacred objects of healing which we are seeking. We hold within us the precious thing, the hidden secret, which we are seeking, but because we do not understand the nature of who we are, we seek our medicine elsewhere. This book follows holistic psychiatrist, David Kopacz’s initiation into a pathway of a living spirituality from medicine man, Joseph Rael. As David learns from Joseph, he shares that learning with us. In trying to understand the process of becoming a mystic, a visionary, and a shaman, David draws on the teachings of Jung, Corbin, Rumi, Whitman, Alice & John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and the mystical branches of indigenous, Christian, Sufi, and Hindu teachings. Initiation is the way of learning ancient wisdom that has been passed down from generation to generation back from the beginning. It is a circular pathway, like the medicine wheel, that starts where we are, disorients us through a separation from who we think we are, initiating us into a new way of being, and returning us back to where we started, but now transformed, seeing the world through new eyes and having a new sense of purpose and responsibility to promote spiritual democracy.

David Kopacz

David R. Kopacz, MD is a psychiatrist at Seattle VA in primary care mental health integration and a whole health education champion with the national VA Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation. He is board certified in holistic & integrative medicine and an assistant professor at the University of Washington. David has worked in many different practice settings, including VA, holistic private practice, and as clinical director at Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of Rehumanizing Medicine and with co-author Joseph Rael, Walking the Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma & PTSD.

Joseph Rael

Joseph Rael, whose Tiwa name is Tsluu-the-koh-ay, Beautiful Painted Arrow, is a visionary healer. He brings together in his person the Ute tribe (through his mother) and Picuris Pueblo tribe (through his father) and is a citizen of the United States. He is the author of many books, including Sound, Being & Vibration and Ceremonies of the Living Spirit. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. He has worked to create holistic health care using Native American traditions to help those suffering with addictions. He has been recognized by the United Nations for his work creating Peace Chambers on four continents.
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