Bar Diamond Guest Ranch, Alberta Badlands

BINDLOSS, ALTA.—Carol Hern asks me to close my eyes and hold out my arm, then resist while she tries to push my arm down. Each time she pushes, I resist. Then she asks me to step forward over the rocky terrain. She pushes, and my arm falls limply to my side. I’m resisting with all my strength, and sneak a peek to see she’s holding my arm down with only two fingers. “It happens every time,” she says, and laughs. When I look down, I see I’m standing just outside the markings of an ancient medicine wheel, made of stones forming a circle and extending into rays.

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