Unitarians look at healing through changing thought patterns

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On Aug. 3, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present a talk by Chief Luis Tijerina addressing the subject of his first book, “The Healer Within: A Native Perspective on the Metaphysical Self.”

In this address, he will point out the cause and effect of illnesses and diseases that plague the physical body and emphasize that most can be healed by simply changing thought patterns. He hopes his presentation will bring others towards a stronger spiritual connection to the Creator Wakan Tanka, the Great Mystery.

Luis Tijerina is a native of Odessa, Texas. He started working in the field of computer technology after graduating from high school. He opened an IT services business a few years later, before he decided to work as a communications manager for an oil well services company.

When his life took a turn for the worse because of using drugs and alcohol, Luis turned to his roots for answers. From a ceremony called the Vision Quest, he found direction on the Red Road and Sun Dancing. After several years of Sun Dancing, he became chief in the Trans-Pecos Region of Texas in 2005 and remains in that capacity today.

It is the mission of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to “grow as a diverse community with differing beliefs and shared values. We seek to encourage spiritual growth and strive for compassion, justice and responsible action in our society and on our planet.” This talk will emphasize two of our UU principles: specifically, “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations,” and “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.

This story was posted on July 31, 2014.