Bella Erakko

As a fiber artist, Bella weaves words and threads.  Once she has the design for her shawl or scarf warped on the loom, she looks for a poem, song, or prayer, to infuse into it. Every time she throws the shuttle, she silently says a line of what she has selected. It might be as simple as “All shall be well.” It might be about love, or courage, or wisdom. She has come to believe the words silently woven into the shawl or scarf are stronger than the threads themselves.

At first, she just thought that might be true. Then at her first exhibit, a woman walked straight to one shawl, emphatically saying, “I have to have this.” Bella told her there was a prayer woven into it when it was created a year earlier. The woman read it and burst into uncontrollable sobs. After she composed herself, she explained. “When you were weaving this, I was fighting for my life in ICU.” She paused. “I was saying the same prayer.”

Bella also is a weaver of words.  She has been a newspaper columnist, published four books, and written several articles. Her latest books look at Alzheimer’s from a soul perspective. She asks the question: Is soul-to-soul communication possible in advanced Alzheimer’s. She uses the story of her mother, a Protocol Officer who often flew on presidential aircraft, to share the possibility that the soul is never diseased—and there are ways to weave the soul-to-soul communication of love together.