Monday, March 1, 2010

"In la Kesh, Ala Ken" / I am You and You are Me

"All things share the same breath~the beast, the tree,
the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports."
                ~Chief Seattle~
  Recently I was told that world war three was going to be with Mother Nature by a modern Mayan priestess. Before the earthquake in Haiti, many of my family members and friends, myself included felt agitated and nervous. Some woke during the night to pray and others cried for no reason, then we saw the devastation of a cruelty nobody could defend against. Musicians sang and raised money, the whole world ached. I especially remember the musicians from Haiti who sang and danced on the telethon in their native way. I felt happy, we all danced in the living room. Were we being disrespectful? Weren't  Haitan women singing in the streets as their form of prayer?
   There is a sacred ritual called a Hunbleceya or Vision Quest from the Blackfeet and Lakota native Americans to find inner peace when they are faced with forks in the road. This quest involves walking to a sacred mountain or a secluded outdoor space for 1-4 days without food or water.They will pray to the Creator for guidance. Volunteers are asked to eat and drink for that person. This involves being present when eating and drinking with the intent of nourishing the Vision Quester. Coincidentally, or not, I received an email from a woman who had been a volunteer. She said many times when a person comes down from the mountain, they will ask, "Who was eating strawberries? They were delicious, thankyou!"
  What a great idea! Look at the pictures of these people, look at Chile, at Japan, wherever there is pain and you feel helpless.Cry first, then enjoy your food. Enjoy your warm home, your families. Be gratitude. Become a state of being, whether it's Peace, Joy or Courage, but leave negative emotions behind. Do it for them, do it for you.
               "The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears."



  1. Beautifully expressed.

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