In Memorium- Kathy Schiffman- Tootie
Photo by Sky Lanigan
When I was 29 I was told by the head of the Podiatry hospital
in San Francisco that I had arthritis in my feet and that I had
2 more years and I would be in a wheel chair for the rest of my
life. Needless to say I was devastated. The doctor also called
my place of employment and told them that if I kept working
the job (which kept me walking on cement) that it would cripple
me even faster. So my boss canned me. So now I have lost my job.
She told me to get an office job where I could remain seated.
Very fortunate for me I was invited to come live on some land in
Northern California that was completely off the grid and I could
spend my time walking on dirt instead of cement. I was in quite
a bit of pain so I went to the local health Clinic to seek advice. The
second time I went there the waiting room was packed and the
only place to sit was a wheelchair. So I sat there. Kathy Schiffman
came into the waiting room with my file in her hands and called
my name. I did not know Kathy, I knew of her as my friends
were close to her. I started to get up and she said no stay in the
wheelchair. I said but I can walk just fine. She shook her head
and proceeded to wheel me to my room and on the way bumped
me into walls and a cart and finally into the door jamb. When she
got me into the room she spun the chair around leaned down and
looked me in the eyes and said "Is this really the way you want
to spend the rest of your life?" Kathy, who I would later come to
know as Tootie had given me a HUGE gift, an awakening, I would
remember for the rest of my life. We all have decisions to make
and those decisions contain the seed of the power of manifestation.
I could either take the bull by the horns and walk my way into a
new reality or I could wheelchair through my life as a victim.
Through the assistance of healers like Tootie and my own
tenaciousness I healed my feet completely.
As I am now actively a healer once again I have told others the
story of my experience with Tootie. Saturday I was talking to
several people about death and how we feel about it and what
we think the death experience is like. I found out that afternoon
that Tootie had passed on that day. If it were not for Facebook
I would not have known. I have not been in touch with her for a
very long time. She was a brief relationship for me, just passing
through my life, but she was one of the most potent messengers
I have run into in my life. I am extremely grateful to her. She will
be greatly missed by her loved ones, which is a large extended
family. And I imagine her reveling in her new found freedom
in the Light and Love I see her as inhabiting.