Donna Drake, is an international award winning creative artist, writer, producer, actress, voice-over talent, and the Creator and Executive Producer/Host of her new television show “Live it Up!” with Donna Drake. The show features stories, tips and resources filled with positive messages of hope, motivation, and inspiration to empower others.
Donna interviewed me, Judith Z. Miller, the author of “Artist Soul Speaks” in this segment about my primal wearable art and sculpture.
I met Donna via the British Airways Face of Opportunity Contest – she and I were both winners. The amazing contest “prize” was a round-trip to anywhere we wanted to go in the world! And, along with the First Class flight to London and a ticket to our final destination, British Airways wined and dined all the contestants in New York and London, where we attended business seminars presented by top entrepreneurial consultants.
My interview with Donna took place before I went to Thailand to see the work of other artists who also use organic materials, and to have a private audience with Mr. Yord, a renowned Buddhist Shaman who consults with heads of State.
I traveled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with the help of my new friend Narong and his wife to Mr. Yord’s sanctuary filled with beautiful golden sculptures.
I decided to go to Thailand, to traveled half-way around the world to find out if what I was experiencing as “healing powers” in my hands and when I used my treebranch shakers, was in fact real – and if I should pursue healing work. I felt both trepidation and excitement about both the possible “yes” or “no” answer.
Mr. Yord spoke with me at length, generously giving me well over an hour of his time in a private audience with only my interpreter, Narong, and his wife present. We sat facing each other in intimate conversation. We spoke intimately, talking about my life, my artwork, and my spiritual practice. He asked inquired about my birth date and examined and meditated upon my tree branch shakers.
After his evaluation, Mr. Yord spoke to me with great assurance and certainty. We sat looking into each others’ eyes as he informed me that healing work was my life work – my destiny. I questioned him several times, asking if he was sure – if he could feel from my presence that this was the right choice for me. He repeated several times that it was.
Then Mr. Yord performed a ritual blessing, repeating prayers in Thai and blessing me with water. He tied a colored string around my wrist and wrote ancient Thai prayers on the shakers. He gave me sacred amulets representing the arts and healing.
I left of our meeting thrilled – and stunned. Humbled – and emboldened to begin my new life work – my healing work.