About Brenda MacIntyre
Medicine Song Woman
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Boozhoo! That’s Greetings in the Ojibwe language…
I’m Brenda MacIntyre. I’m also known by my First Nations name Medicine Song Woman.
I’m one of those “overnight successes” you hear about – where “overnight” really means several years of hard work, freaking out and self-evolution, and “success” really means living my purpose and harvesting the teachings and blessings of the spiritual awakenings and major life transitions thrown at me throughout my life.
I grew up extremely shy, with very little self-confidence, knowing I was different than everyone around me. I could see what I later learned is what Gregg Braden calls the Divine Matrix or what many Native American elders call the web of life – the energy that connects us all. I thought everyone could see it, until I mentioned it to some friends (oops! Big mistake!).
I have always had a natural strong connection to Mother Earth, which had absolutely nothing to do with my upbringing. In short, I was the “weird one” in the family, in the neighbourhood, at school… well, just about everywhere I went. So I spent most of my life trying to fit in.
I always knew I would be a singer and I got my start on stage in a little tiny bar in a village out west called Lumby. I was 17. After moving from BC to Toronto, I became one of the first female hip hop artists on Top 40 radio in Miami. Soon after, I was featured on a Juno (Canadian Grammys) Award-winning CD and nominated for a Canadian Reggae Music Award.
But while I was busy making records, singing all over the place and showing up in newspapers and on TV, I was falling in and out of toxic relationships, and I became a single mom – which was definitely not in my life plan of the proverbial white picket fence and perfect marriage.
Then something magical happened for me. I was introduced to who I truly am, through indigenous hand drumming.
The drum led me on a journey back to my soul and spirit.
It sure took me a while – being stubborn and afraid – but about 10 years after a Navajo medicine woman told me I’m a healer, I finally stepped into my deeper calling of working with healing energy and sound to help women to embrace and activate their calling (surprise!).
In January 2016, my whole idea of “success” was shattered when I lost my son to a shooting at the pinnacle of his happiness.
I felt like I had the air punched out of me. I was grateful that my son was so happy it was almost all he could talk about… and it hit me that NOW really is the time to live your truth out loud, like my son was doing.
Perfectionism, anxiety and the belief of not being good enough are the worst culprits for keeping people stuck on hold, while their purpose begs to be expressed.
That is why I’ve designed a proven certification program and signature system especially for spiritual women movers and shakers who are fed up with second guessing themselves and silencing their dreams.
Unlike most coaches who don’t understand the challenges of being a woman on the spiritual leading edge of this Great Re-Awakening, I am not a coach. Instead I share musical medicine and teachings from Spirit to help women to find their actual physical voice as well as their spiritual voice, so they can speak their truth and live their purpose with confidence and courage.
I also know what it’s like to have your identity and success ripped out from underneath you, and how to redefine and re-create that in the wake a dark night of the soul.