Rodney Blount is a healer. And he is not the only one who calls himself one. A part-time Wood River Valley resident, Blount led a lecture on pain to a packed room at the Wood River YMCA on Monday. One of his living miracles, Ketchum resident and former Canadian Ski Team member Paul Carson, introduced him.
"He is the real deal," Carson said.
In June 2007, Carson was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer. The cancer had metastasized to his spine, bones and brain, and his doctors told him there was no hope. Carson used chemotherapy and radiation along with Rodney's energy treatments. He has been in remission for 10 months.
"No one will ever know how I got well, but I attribute a great deal of it to Rodney," Carson said.
His wife, Cathy Carson, agreed.
"I was there before Rodney was there and after Rodney was there and I know there was a difference," she said.
Blount's main method of healing involves Qi Quong, which is the art of taking in, refining, circulating and storing universal life and energy from the elements.
"You are opening and closing channels physically while mentally pumping energy through those passageways," Blount said.
While Blount said he has lost only four people in his 17 years of working with energy, he is quick to point out that he is not healing people, but rather teaching them how to heal themselves.
"My teacher said people heal themselves, and all you can do is be the channel for their healing to take place, he said.
The story of Blount's life defies logic. Born with a deformed heart valve, he often passed out just from walking. At age 6 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and told to live a sedentary life. In seventh grade, however, Blount said everything changed.
"I couldn't do much more than throw a baseball, but in seventh grade all of a sudden I could do everything," he said. "I was the fastest kid in the neighborhood, made the ninth-grade football, basketball and track teams."
His athletic skills landed him a track and football scholarship to college. Later he was invited to try out for the Dallas Cowboys football team. Physical injuries and a nearly fatal car accident prevented him from ever making the team. Yet Blount looks at his adversities as gifts.
"What happened is I had so many injuries that I kept having to learn how to heal myself, and in doing so I studied all these different disciplines," he said.
For over 30 years Blount has studied with teachers all over the country and the world. He relies on an assortment of methods and does not shun Western medical remedies, but is primarily concerned with energy. He is also a firm believer in a higher being.
"Growing up I really strongly believed in God and that God could do anything," Blount said. "So I've always felt that God could do anything for me, but it had to happen through me. I felt if I could align myself with that and have a relationship with that I could begin to understand it on the more formal level, that the energy hears me and heals me if I allow it and I have had one miraculous healing after another."
Blount will present his final talk, "The Map of Love That Just Works," at the Wood River YMCA on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.