Joseph Rael, MA
is a Native American visionary. His Tiwa name is Tsluu-teh-koh-ay
, which means Beautiful Painted Arrow. His mother was of the Southern Ute tribe and his father was of the Picuris Pueblo. His approach to trauma and healing is from a Native American perspective. As a visionary, Joseph seeks visions to guide him in his healing work and painting. He calls his paintings “generators of light” (Sound
, 169). Chanting and sound are important to Joseph as well. In fact, he says, “The true basis for Universal Intelligence is sound. Out of sound comes everything” (2).
Joseph teaches from his visions and insights. In 1983 he had a formative vision of a chamber for peace, a Sound Chamber: “it was as if a light just came on and standing before me was an androgynous being which I was told was the sacred Mother/Father principle. Then, just as suddenly, it changed into an oval-shaped chamber and men and women were chanting for world peace” (interview with Deborah Taylor, Venture Inward, Jan/Feb 1993, 38). He further says: “By understanding the meaning of these sounds and chanting them, we can raise the veil that separates us from the natural world that we are so close to destroying, a veil of materialism and isolation that is neither good nor bad―just a necessary stage of evolution, and now it is time to go beyond it…You see…Earth is like a school where we come to learn that what we speak is what we are and from there we have mastery of ourselves and realize that we are of the higher mind, not outside it” (Taylor, 39).
Joseph currently lives on the Southern Ute reservation in Colorado and turned 81 years old in 2016. He was 48 years old when he had his vision of the Sound Peace Chamber. In his past writing, Joseph has encouraged us to, “Enter this book of my teachings as if you were climbing down into a kiva for a sacred ceremony. Do not come to be instructed. Come to be initiated” (Sound, 3). We can take this same approach to this current book. Approach it as an initiation.
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Joseph is the author of many books including House of Shattering Light, Sound: Native Teachings and Visionary Art, Being & Vibration, Entering the New World and Ceremonies of the Living Spirit. For more about Joseph Rael visit JosephRael.org.