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The Right To Be Me: Maori Elder tells us the true meaning of self-acceptance. (VIDEO)

Elder, healer and leader in the Maori community Dr. Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere tells her story and shows us the true meaning of self-acceptance.

Rose Pere is a Maori elder, healer and leader who is significantly recognized throughout the Maori community and is also the writer of Te Wheke which talks about the Maori health models linking between our minds, spirit and our whanau.

Pere treats the concept of Te Wheke as an octopus, as the head of the octopus represents whānau, whilst the eyes of the octopus reflects the total wellbeing for the individual and family and each of the eight tentacles reflects:

Wairuatanga – spirituality Hinengaro – the mind Taha tinana – physical wellbeing Whanaungatanga – extended family Mauri – life force in people and objects Mana ake – unique identity of individuals and family Hā a koro ma, a kui ma – breath of life from forbearers Whatumanawa – the open and healthy expression of emotion

About Suzanne

Suzanne Lewis, editor and manager since 2000. Suzanne is a Planetary Peacekeeper, an Agent for Conscious Evolution, a Spiritual Healer, a Mother, a multi - faceted artist (beads, gems to trade beads; guords star seed art; published author and Lover of Life for the sake of All our Relations.
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