by Roy Rintoul
It all began about four years ago. At least that’s when the rumors began. Strange tales began to emerge about a healer who walked the hiking trails in southern Ontario in Canada. A magnificent hiking route known as the Bruce Trail runs for over five hundred miles through the south-central part of the province. This trail marks the birthplace of the legend known as the Mystic Wayfarer.
At first the tales were incredibly fanciful telling of a golden haired, rather buxom woman, who “glowed” like an angel. Some of the stories included the Wayfarer flying up into the trees or turning into a deer and running away. Needless to say, the early legend was not taken very seriously by myself or much of anyone else either. As time passed, however, the nature of the stories became progressively more believable and the people telling the stories were more and more “regular Joe’s” who had no reason or predilection to make such things up. The descriptions of the Mystic Wayfarer also began to change dramatically as well. The initial description of the Mystic Wayfarer has morphed completely and has gone from the healer being a golden haired woman to being a man wearing a hood and a mask that totally covers his face. One odd consistency of note, among the stories, has always been that no one has ever seen the face of the Wayfarer.
Over the past four years sightings have grown dramatically on virtually every hiking loop along the Bruce Trail. In some cases the Wayfarer has been reported in several different locations at the same time. This naturally creates a bit of a credibility gap in the legend itself and as a truth-seeker myself I become very suspicious when people talk of miraculous “physical healings”. Too many times in the past we have been led astray by bogus healers and con men.
This legend is quite different from most however. Apparently at no point has the Mystic Wayfarer ever asked for money, or any form of payment for the proclaimed healings. All of the current rumors now have the Wayfarer as being the man in the hood and mask, with a recently added wrinkle of his hoodie being white in color with the symbol of a red trillium on the upper left chest. Also missing from the typical story line, prevalent with fraudsters, are any claims by the individual as to who he is or were his abilities come from. He does not claim to be the second coming, or even have an affiliation with any god(s). He simply does his thing and moves on without fanfare. Most stories tell of a simple laying on of hands and a period of deep silence prior to a complete healing. It is this lack of any need for glory or cash that makes me begin to accept the possibility that this character may in fact be authentic. Even the legitimate healers such as Adam Dreamhealer (he is legit, despite some of his “distance healing” stuff that wanders into the ridiculous) and John of God have done some self-promoting. This Mystic Wayfarer has not.
I have not as yet met or even seen the Wayfarer in person and only have second and third hand accounts of his activities. The most popular story that is floating around (and one that Kevin Hunking included in his great book “The Angel Scroll”, which tells a totally fictionalized version of the Mystic Wayfarer’s adventures) is the supposed curing of an African-Canadian infant at the Terra Cotta segment of the Trail. A young mother had actually spent several weeks waiting at the park, in the vain hope that the legend was real and that the Wayfarer would come to that particular location at some point. The story tells of an actual appearance of the Mystic Wayfarer and a session that lasted for quite some time. The infant involved was totally healed of a terminal disease.
No one seems too sure were the name Mystic Wayfarer originated. A wayfarer is one who travels a lot, which does make some sense considering the character’s extensive hiking trips, but that is about how far any explanation goes. There is a character within the Baha’ullah tradition that goes by that name, but little is said about him other than that he is on some quest through the “Seven Valleys”. Somehow I do not get the impression that our particular Wayfarer has anything to do with the Seven Valleys one, or that he has ever actually called himself the Mystic Wayfarer. In all likelihood it is simply a neat name that has caught on as the legend grows.
A handful of people tell of actually speaking to the Wayfarer on the trails and that it is very difficult to understand him when he speaks through the facial mask. I believe that this would be deliberate on his part, so that he could maintain his anonymity. If the stories are true and this individual has such abilities, then I can certainly understand his desire to be unrecognizable in his day-to-day life. As the myth grows there are in fact more and more people who go out to the trails in an effort to find him. If his identity were known he would be hounded day and night by people seeking a miracle (not that I am blaming them, I would do the same if the medical profession had lost hope with my child).
I myself am of the firm belief that certain individuals do have the ability to heal both themselves and others. I personally lean towards the field of “Energy Healing” for answers to how this happens, but I in no way am limiting myself to that research. While scientists poo-poo any possibilities of these events (or should I say woo-woo) I find such narrow-mindedness to be foolish. I will continue my research in this Mystic Wayfarer character along with spontaneous healing and continue to update you in this blog.
If you ever hear tales of the Wayfarer PLEASE let me know, as well.