In ‘A Wild Nobility’ Chris ‘Bear’ Brosnan is transforming tragedy into triumph. But he needs your help
to finish the job.
You stumble across the most amazing things on Twitter. Yesterday, I saw a tweet about something called “wild nobility” and decided to click. I figured it might be about noble animals that roam freely in the wilderness. What I found was the story of a miracle man, a most noble human, in the form of a remarkable Indiegogo project. I also learned what a Didgeridoo is and quite a bit more as I discovered the answer to the following question:
How does an abused, runaway kid, who lived homeless on the streets of London, end up touring the world, performing for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, for US presidential events, become a master Didgeridoo player and an adopted son to some of the world’s most beautiful tribes people?
Chris Brosnan is not your average man. In his own words, he’s a man who has “experienced feelings of worthlessness and had those feelings used against me by sexual predators who slowly destroyed my sense of self worth.” Many survivors recover from child sexual abuse and become advocates for those who have suffered under similar circumstances. But Brosnan’s journey is unique, as he found healing and reclaimed the feeling of wholeness through tribal wisdom.
As a boy, Brosnan was intrigued by nature and particularly wild birds. Surely being trapped in an abusive childhood made flight both an appealing concept and a dream, and Brosnan acknowledges that the birds were “a beautiful distraction from the ongoing issues at home.” Looking back on his youth, he frames the suffering he endured as a rite of passage, similar in concept to what adolescents go through in native cultures as they reach adulthood and the source of direction for his own unique life path.
After the abuse began, Brosnan’s attitude towards adults shifted. Rather than trusting them, he became much like a wild animal himself and actually growled when approached by grown-ups. This behavior resulted in his being sent to a boarding school for troubled children at age 10, where instead of being protected, he experienced more physical, sexual, and mental abuse. How does a young man stuck in a world of inescapable pain escape? At 15, Brosnan flew the coop, ran away from school, and headed for London. Being homeless in the city was preferable to being abused. Somehow, he began to make his way, and with the help of a therapist and the gift of some contacts in the entertainment industry he found a job as a stuntman specializing in horses. This gave him the opportunity to work with some big Hollywood names, including Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, and Morgan Freeman. His affinity for animals had never left him, and he found success in the film industry, but something was still missing in his journey towards healing. Little did he know that the healing he would find through music would help him heal others as well.
Brosnan traveled to Australia and found an Aborigine names Blanasi who taught him how to play the Didgeridoo, an Aboriginal wind instrument made from a long, hollow tree branch that produces a deep, vibrating tone. One could say that Brosnan found his own voice through mastering the Didgeridoo. Not many Westerners know how to play the Didgeridoo, and Brosnan returned from Australia to Europe, where he traveled around the Continent to teach traditional storytelling and healing in a traveling hut called a “tipi” that he built himself.
From an abused child who was brutally violated, Bear has become an adopted son of the Maasai people of Kenya and the Oglala, Lakota people of South Dakota.
From a homeless teenager on the streets of London, Bear has become a man who feels completely at home on the world stage.
And from a young man who was broken in every way possible, Bear has become a master healer himself, a man whom those he has counseled consider capable of magic.
For most of us, there comes a time in our lives when we need independent mentoring and guidance in some form or another. Transformation and change only come about if we actively set to in making those changes into a reality and I feel deeply privileged to have played a part in helping others to create their dreams alive and to heal where they feel they needed to.
Bear is seeking sponsors on Indiegogo to help him finish writing “A Wild Nobility” and “take his story, and gift as a live performer, on tour.” I encourage you to read more about his remarkable project and to become a supporter. You can also visit his Facebook page. Ten percent of Bear’s book sale profits will go to the “Darkness to Light — End Child Abuse Charity.” All other monies will go towards Bear’s touring expenses and promoting awareness of child abuse. Giving men like Bear a vote of confidence is giving all survivors a vote of confidence. It says, healing is possible. It says, everyone is worthy. It says, we can go from being hurt to helping others heal.
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