Sarah Northcutt Harvan, 72, writer who studied many spiritual practices

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Sarah Northcutt Ga-Ga-Ji She Hawk Harvan, 72, left the joy and beauty and pain and sorrow of this life on July 1, 2016, in comfort and dignity with help from the caring hands of the staff at Duke Hock Pavilion.

Sarah was born in Vincent, Ala., in 1944. Her parents, Erby Northcutt and Clara McDaniel, were of Cherokee, Blackfoot, British and Irish heritage and passed the best of these traditions on to her. Her beloved sister, Christine Howard, remains to carry on these traditions, as does her soulmate and husband of 40 years, Donald.

Sarah Northcutt Harvan
      Sarah Northcutt Harvan

Sarah had an innate sense and love of beauty, and spent her life studying and perfecting this in all that she did. She also had a deeply spiritual essence and studied many different practices. She had a deep reverence for Native American, Christian, Hindu and metaphysical beliefs, and these were part of her daily life. She was a scholar and Earth Mother. She had studied metaphysics and practiced yoga and meditation since 1964. She attained a master’s degree in metaphysics and a Ph.D. in metaphysical counseling. She spent years coaching and supporting people through spiritual emergence processes, with a specialty in Kundalini awakening and crisis management. She also spent several years in professional dance, theatrical arts, color and image consulting, and mothering. She also was a landscape and wildlife painter, color and makeup consultant, Results System therapist, mystic and published poet. She had a marvelous sense of humor and loved to laugh, especially at her own jokes. Her smile was infectious.

Sarah spent many years writing – daily journals, poetry, and two books. “Heart Of the Hawk” recounts her experiences in a past life with the ghost of Grandfather Thundering Elk. “Seared by the Serpent” is the narrative of her life story and incredible experiences with the Kundalini awakening that re-birthed her into a new being over a 20-year period. Her poetry can be seen in “Feeding The Ancient Fires,” an anthology of Native American writers in North Carolina, edited by Marijo Moore. Sarah’s website, searedbytheserpent.com, shares insights into her journey and her many personae, Gaga Ji, Pookie, Chaytahnween, Sarpa Rajni, Val, Lace, Bobbie Jo and Phaedra. Feel free to visit and leave a message for her on the guestbook.

Sarah was the mother of three remarkable children, Diana Dea Banish Anderson, Wade Develle Anderson, and Brett Matthew Anderson, and is grandmother to four granddaughters, Jordan Diana and Taylor Raye Banish, Callie and Whitney Anderson, and a grandson, Hunter Dakota Theall Anderson. She also is survived by the father of her children, Raymond Anderson, and son-in-law, Tony Banish. Her love, blessings and indomitable spirit remain as a guide for them all.

Services for Sarah will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home in Wilmington, N.C., with internment in the Oleander Memorial Gardens, near her beloved son, Wade. There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, at the funeral home.

If you wish to honor Sarah, please contribute to The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter –www.catfishchapter.org.

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