Grace Lark* is an environmental lawyer by trade, and a leading expert in that field. But she also upholds justice with strange abilities to intuitively find lost objects and return them to their owners, and to find lost people by tracking them in her dreams.
Actually, these abilities aren’t so “strange” if viewed through the lens of Native American culture, she said.
“In the dominant Western culture, objects and nature are inanimate,” Lark said. “My indigenous friends, however, see the world with far different eyes. In a world where nature communicates, the dead can intervene, and objects have powers, then the absence of what we call ‘coincidences’ is almost startling.”
Lark was in an antiques mall. She has an interest in Native American artifacts (she was an archaeologist before turning to environmental law), and loves to rummage for treasures.
She was in a store in the basement of the mall, and in a dark corner a crate sat on the cement floor. In the crate was a photograph of a Native American with war paint on his face and a beaded medallion. Her heart raced when she looked at it.
In her mind, she thought of a powerful Native American man she knows. She asked if she should bring the photo to him. She felt the answer, “No.” Instead, another friend of hers came to mind.
She felt the answer, ‘No.’ Instead, another friend of hers came to mind.
She showed this friend the photo. It was of his twin brother who had died in Germany during World War 2.
The photo belonged to his sister, but it was taken from her. Her ex-husband had stolen many of her belongings and said he destroyed them. This photo was among the things she thought she’d lost forever.
Recovering this photo through such a “coincidence,” the woman felt as though her brother had returned. “I don’t know that she knew how to grieve,” Lark said. The photo helped her grieve.
Recovering this photo through such a ‘coincidence,’ the woman felt as though her brother had returned.
Many of the things Lark finds and returns have similarly mended injustices and healed wounds.
She was on a trip in Santa Fe, from her home in Iowa, and unexpectedly had to stay an extra day. With the extra time, she decided to check out a thrift shop, and there she found a Native American shield that looked very old.
Again she had this sense that it was connected to a family she knows. She sent some members of that family a photo of the shield and wrote, “Who lost this shield?”
It had been inherited by one of the brothers in that family, but it was stolen from his truck when he drove it to Santa Fe for repairs six years earlier.
She found another family heirloom that had been stolen. The person who stole it had told the owner that his son, 5 years old at the time, had broken it. When it was recovered, a wound in the relationship between the father and son was healed.
In another case, an object left to a child by a deceased parent was lost. “To get that back for that child says to that child that they were not forgotten, that they were loved,” Lark said. “That is mending at a level that is amazing.”
She has found some 70 objects this way for people in four tribes.
It is hard to describe the intuition that draws her to objects and the people who lost them, Lark said. “It’s like I hear or see something; sometimes objects call me with like this magnet feeling. I often can find the story … somehow it says that person’s soul to me.”
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