Jaichima made her transition on July 17, 2012.
Jaichima was a Wixarika (Huichol) Mara'akame, or medicine person. She was highly revered in her Huichol community having reached a level of accomplishment as a woman Elder and healer. She spoke fluent Spanish and English, her native Huichol, and other indigenous languages as well.
She was born into a lineage of healers and was guided by her father Haka’ula and her godfather Ulu’temay. She learned through many years of study about the traditional spiritual and physical healing methods of her people. Jaichima and her brother Rutury (also a Mara’akame) worked together for 40 years with individuals and groups in many places all over the US and Mexico. Rutury is honored to be carrying on her legacy and sharing her wisdom, and he continues to receive her spiritual guidance.
To those who knew her, her infectious smile and keen sense of humor will always stay with them, as well as the memory of her profound commitment to her work as a healer. Many people may remember the way they felt her tender and unconditional love, and her deep understanding of who they were at the very core of their being.
The definition of her Wixarika name truly spoke about her path in life. Jaichima means ‘One who is in harmony with spirits and physical energies, and guides you with great honor and dignity to enter into another dimension’.
Her love touched all levels of life, and she devoted herself to helping the human tribe. She was a voice and advocate for those who could not defend themselves, and nourished the innocent part inside every person she worked with. She was very charismatic and lit up a room with her humor, her wit, and her smile. She was also absolutely serious about her work and her intention, and there was nothing that could distract her from being completely focused on her task.
Jaichima was fearless and fierce at times, always ready to stand up for what she believed was just and right. She could also embody the most tender and delicate approach, and she understood what was needed in the moment to move what needed to be moved. She was completely dedicated to tuning in to an individual and guiding them towards what they needed to do to help themselves in their healing and awareness. She was not about fixing people, she was all about encouraging them to heal themselves, and she offered her guidance if they wanted that from her. Some people came to her for spiritual guidance, some for physical or emotional healing, some for a variety of many other issues. Whatever the reasons they connected with Jaichima, she always gave them her undivided attention and listened not only to what their minds told her, but what their bodies and spirit communicated. She worked on these levels with them, whether they were aware of it or not.
It was not always an easy path working with her, she could at times be frank in ways that people were not comfortable with, but for those who chose to look honestly at their challenges, she helped them tremendously with the issues they wanted to shift. She dedicated herself to helping those who wanted to help themselves. She had a challenging life herself, and she knew what it felt like to work with struggles and illness.
Jaichima was a healer, a sister, a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, and a mentor. She lived most of her life in Arizona and traveled back and forth to her tribal lands and was a bridge between cultures. She mentored her brother Rutury and they lived and worked together with a profound bond and love, and with a deep commitment to each other and to their work as medicine people, and to their culture.
She was a shining example of what it means to love unconditionally, and those who knew her can attest to the power of her love and her wisdom.
She marveled at the mysterious universe, and and she had a voracious appetite for all knowledge, whether it was scientific or spiritual. She loved stories, books, and art from many different cultures. Her curiosity was tremendous. She believed as the human tribe we could do a better job of taking care of our Mother Earth and all living beings.
She was truly a rare one of a kind human being.
She reminded people that she was always with them, and that they were never alone. Even now from the Spirit Realm, she is still with us.