Modern-Day Medicine Woman
Over twenty-five years ago, I heeded the call to become a healer.
I‘ve opened my life to experiences which have taught, healed and forged me in the fire of the healer’s journey.
I stand today as more than a naturopathic doctor, but also a modern-day medicine woman, spiritual mystic and a conduit for divine healing energy.
Early Healing Experiences
My life changed dramatically from a initiatory healing journey that began in my early twenties. At the age of 26, I started treating a severe case of eczema that I’d had since infancy with the help of a naturopathic doctor.
Through this healing experience, I found that I needed to address all aspects of myself to get to the root cause.
Although natural modalities were very helpful, I found that when I addressed the deeper emotional issues the tide turned on my healing and it led me to a whole new terrain of freedom. It taught me how connected our emotions are to our physical body.
During this time, I also became aware of how sensitive I am to the world around me. I learned how to make this a strength instead of a weakness, something I teach my sensitive patients how to do to this day.
Visions of Healing and Naturopathic School
Several months later while living in Jamaica, I had a transformative vision that changed my life; I was called to become a modern-day medicine woman.
This call changed my life because it arose from the core of my being.
I was shown that becoming a naturopathic doctor was fundamental to this calling.
But, I also knew that this vision was much bigger than just being an ND. It was showing me that I was being called to step onto the path of being a healer on ALL LEVELS.
I have been forged in the fire of what it means to be a healer on this level; so that I may bring deep healing to others.
A Naturopathic Doctor with Many Tools
Because of the depth of this call I have spent a great deal of my life learning, training and practicing holistic healing, consciousness and mind-body-energy medicines. Along with being a licensed naturopathic doctor, I have trained in a myriad of other holistic and mind-body-spirit healing modalities.
I have been honed by all of these modalities. Most importantly, I have listened to Spirit in each step of my journey.
Creating Somatic Awakening®
Through ongoing guidance from Spirit, my clinical training, my years of meditation and my numerous healing experiences with patients, a mind-body-spirit modality has been born through me. This healing modality and spiritual practice is called Somatic Awakening®.
Somatic Awakening® brings extraordinary healing on many levels. I’m honored to be the vehicle to bring this form of healing into the world. Learn more about Somatic Awakening®.
Inner Sight As a Child and Beyond
While growing up, I found that I could intuit what others were going through emotionally, energetically and spiritually.
My sight opened further while attending the Academy of Intuition Medicine. Through this training, I began to perceive the physical body and understand another’s deeper subconscious terrain.
When I started incorporating medical intuition into my practice, the waters began to part for me and my patients. My job became infinitely easier. More importantly, patients got better faster, and their healing went way beyond the physical.
Dark Night of the Soul
Although I do have a lot of training, one of the core aspects of my healer’s heart has come from a decade long dark night of the soul experience.
This experience ripped me from many of my identifications, which included being married, being a director of an academic program and one who was financially secure.
However, what was most difficult was that, because of my ability to walk between the worlds, I was thrown into navigating the memories of a multitude of traumatic past lives over thousands of years. This process had started years earlier, but now it escalated to that point that there was no escaping it. This experience was gut-wrenching and I definitely spent my share of days living in unwashed sweats and crying into a bowl of ranch-flavored kale chips.
Seriously, though I had many memories of lifetimes as a healer, wise woman, priestess and more thrown into violence, trauma, abuse, and torture. I walked through what felt broken and lost over eons.
My experience spanned beyond my own past-lives and into the collective unconscious. I had a felt/lived memory of how violent the patriarchy has been in relation to women in their power.
This journey brought me to my knees.
In 2008, in the midst of this journey, I was awakened in the middle of the night by Divine Mother Sophia and was told, after a profound life-changing healing, that I am of the Order of the Magdalene. Not knowing what exactly that meant I started opening more to spiritual guidance and surrender.
Although, I was feeling spiritually supported, I was also in extraordinary emotional and somatic pain. It seemed my only option was to surrender even more into the arms of the Divine.
As I learned how to open to this surrender I was cracked open to the divine grace which birthed Somatic Awakening®. Through this grace I was taught how to bring healing and wholeness into that which seemed beyond repair.
I found that if I stayed with my pain from the place of my higher self/witness consciousness in relationship to it that it would transform, seemingly dissolve and heal. Through this process, I started healing the layers of pain inside of me.
Shortly thereafter, I found myself at a meditation retreat and the emotional pain increased to an excruciating level. Knowing I could trust divine grace I called on it with every single shred of my being. I stayed with the pain over a period of hours…days. I did not turn away no matter how painful. I trusted that healing would happen.
And, I received much more than healing.
I was about ready to give up. Then everything changed. Divine Mother arose from within the core of the pain. Transforming it, turning it inside out and showing me that she had always been there, in all ways. That our journey was never separate. That this is true for ALL of us. No matter what has occurred that She is always there with us, in every step of our journey, in every breath. That day I found the Divine within me and since then everything has changed.
This was the birthplace of Somatic Awakening®.
This journey culminated in an awakening and embodiment journey led by ascended masters that is still unfolding to this day.
The Call of Spiritual Initiation
As this Dark Night of the Soul experience was moving toward ending, I was again awakened in the middle of the night. This time with a vision of Jeshua (Jesus) and Mary Magdalene.
They came to me and told me that it was time to walk through a deep spiritual initiation and to remember the essence of who I truly am. I was shown that I needed to live in my daily life the knowing of my divine nature, that we are all divine beings, and that I am to help others remember their true essence.
After this vision I went into many powerful initiatory experiences, that continues to still unfold to this day.
These initiation experiences opened me to multiple levels of awakening and I am now living the process of embodying this awakening into my being.
It is not done. Awakening and embodiment is a process. I have found that the more trauma one has to walk through, the longer the process. And, I am healing thousands of years of trauma for myself and (for whatever extent is in right alignment) for the collective, especially the feminine unconscious wound.
Now as the light is meeting the dark and the dark is meeting the light, a power is rising inside of me, and I am being asked to share this healing light with the world so that we can step into our full divine potential with love and joy at the center.
I have been called now to step fully into what is mine to do.
This includes stepping into being a Priestess of the Sophia-Magdalene lineage. Stepping into sharing more of my true essence as a modern-day medicine woman, mystic, Oracle and a channel for divine love and wisdom.
This also includes changing my name from Melissa Patterson to the name given to me by Spirit: Melissa Sophia Joy.
Sophia stands for the Great Divine Mother, the Divine Feminine which is integrated into all forms.
My middle name, Joy, has now become my last name. Joy stands for the brilliance inherent in our divine nature.
It is my true joy to help you cross the dark waters of difficult illness and emotional suffering; to help you stand in the true nature of your being which is infinitely brilliant, completely whole, and incredibly powerful.
What it Means to be a Modern Day Medicine Woman and Mystic
As I have stepped into living the vision I was given, I have been honed to be a conduit of healing and divine grace. For I am walking the shaman’s path of becoming a Hollow Bone. This is an indigenous term meaning a clearing out of the subconscious mind and integration of the ego; so that one may become a conduit for spirit.
From this foundation, I can help you navigate the deep waters of your physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual terrain to help you step into healing.
I have learned how to deeply unravel the painful contractions of trauma and can help you unravel yours so that you may be free.
I also have stepped into a vast awakened field. This field can help you re-connect to your own inner radiant self…and then you step into your truest healing.
It brings me great joy to see others open and heal in this way. When I hold this expansive space, I feel like a cosmic gardener, pruning and tending their entire being.
With humility, compassion and patience, I bring a level of depth into my healing practice that helps you step into who you truly are.
I am blessed to be able to see grace and healing at work in people’s lives on a daily basis.