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Mother Sarita

Born in Juanacatlan, Jal., Mexico on January 8th, 1910, Sara Macias Vasquez was raised with her grandfather, don Esiquio, who was a great Shaman.  He passed the wisdom of his ancestors on to Sara throughout her childhood.  However, Sara was married at the young age of fourteen and left home to commence her life as a wife and mother of thirteen children. 

In the early 1960s, she became ill with gallstones.  The medical doctors advised her of the dangers of surgery due to her condition of a heart murmur.  Sara’s elderly mother urged her to visit a temple of spiritual healing in Tijuana.  However, Sara had long parted from the ways of her ancestors and thought to herself, “If the doctors can’t cure me, what can these ignorant people do?” 

But with the gravity of her condition worsening, Sara finally surrendered and met with a psychic healer named Petra Castro.  Incredulous, Sara agreed to undergo psychic surgery, a form of deep energetic healing that mimics a real operation.  As the procedure began, Sara fell into a dream-like state and witnessed a doctor and nurse dressed in white, laboring over her body.  She watched them remove fourteen stones from her gallbladder.  When she awoke, she was certain she had undergone a real operation and demanded to speak to the surgeon.  Informed that the procedure was entirely spiritual, Sara was in awe.  But she couldn’t deny what she had seen that day nor could she overlook the complete resolution of her condition. 

She was transformed into a believer. Sara began a three-year apprenticeship, developing her mental and spiritual powers and learning to perform the psychic cures.  After which, she moved into Mexico City where she studied for eight years at a large spiritual healing center, the Templo de Medio Dia

One day, she was asked by one of the temple directors to establish a center of spiritual healing in San Diego, California
“But how?” Sara asked him. 
“Don’t you have faith?” he asked her. 
“Yes I have faith”, she replied, “but I don’t have papers!” 
He assured her that all would be fine and sure enough Sara soon found herself working as a ‘spiritual counselor’ at Casa Familiar, a social services agency in San Ysidro, California – undocumented, but unquestioned. 

Eventually, she confessed her ‘illegal’ status to the director who graciously assisted her in attaining her citizenship. With her legitimate status in place, she decided to open her own temple of healing called Nueva Vida which, towards the end of its six years, drew record numbers of people.  At times two to three dozen would crowd the front room of the facility, eagerly awaiting her healing touch. 

Through her passionate faith she healed physical ailments, from blindness and paralyses to tumors and cancers.  She also addressed spiritual ailments, casting out negative energy and counseling positivity.  On Sundays she conducted services in which she “channeled the divine messages from the cosmos” to a congregation of people who knew her as ‘Sister Sarita’.

Mother Sarita

Later in life, she relegated her work to her an easier pace in her home, seeing fewer clients and visiting with family. She was promoted from ‘Sister Sarita’ to ‘Mother Sarita’, though she often bragged of how young she felt, crediting it to the energy she received from performing healings.  And she generously shared her energy with so many, touching their hearts forever.  She was always so happy to teach her students how to heal, inspiring them to have ‘faith in themselves and in God’. 

In the last year of her life, Mother Sarita was honored by the Women’s Society of San Diego.   Mother Sarita lived to the age of ninety-eight and she continued her work up to the very last day of her life.  Mother Sarita passed in May of 2008, leaving her lineage of healing to her ‘spiritual granddaughter’, Rebecca Haywood

In truth, the presence of Mother Sarita was passed on to all who knew her, filling their hearts and minds with the light of unyielding faith.  

*excerpts for this article were paraphrased from The San Diego Reader, 9/9/82, authored by Jeannette DeWyze