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The Six

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Storyteller, the sixth full moon, begins tonight. She is the seer of speaking the truth. The natural world is alive with song. All we have to do is be open to listen. We may even become a discerning enough listener and seer to ask questions and be confident that the answers will come. This, however, is a disciplined practice of routinely going into the silence.

This moon also reminds me of the six. I was taught that the number six represents all of our ancestors beginning with the Grandparents. When we call out to them in personal ceremony we may say, “All of Our Ancestors Who Have Loved Us Since Always”. I love this shout out. It’s beautiful.

When we honor the spiritual aspect of our human ancestry (the individuals who trekked and endured and brought change, so that we may have an enriched life experience because of their wisdom), I feel heartened. This is what the Medicine Chiefs, our philosophical/spiritual leaders, try to teach us. They want us to learn about our own symbolic language–how we interacted with what is real and tangible on the Good Red Road of Life.

Listening Woman by Jamie Sams

To all my sisters out there… Tonight is the full moon…dream on!

Listening Woman by Jamie Sams

Echoes of the Ancestors

Ride the Winds of Change,

Voices of the Creatures

Calling out my name.

Singing spirits on the breeze,

The crashing of waves to shore,

The pounding of Earth Mother’s heart

Teach me what to listen for.

In stillness, before dusk and dawn,

Hidden messages are set free.

Like the chants of my people,

Their rhythms speak to me.

My ears can hear this music,

And my heart can understand.

Clan Mother of Tiyoweh,

I am yours to command.

I listen for your whispers

On a course you will chart,

Searching for the still voice

That lives within my heart.

The Crack Between the Two Worlds

To get to the Crack Between the Two Worlds is to become so accomplished a seer that you are no longer distracted by illusion. This is the relevant lesson that we are learning from month 5 in my course, The White Bear Medicine Shield. One of the greatest lessons comes from the reading, Looks Far Woman, in Jamie Sams’ book, The 13 Original Clan Mothers.

I love Sams’ lush rendering of the gateway or Crack Between the Two Worlds. I must admit that if I were to ever describe that kind of experience myself, I would feel somewhat embarrassed. I know well that it is the rational, academic part of me that seeks to evade such flourish. I also know that reaching the Crack doesn’t have to look the way she described it. We must remember that power comes to us uniquely. It is especially designed for the individual. When you do arrive there the vision of it will be just for you.

Perhaps you have had a fleeting vision of the Crack already? Why not if you are already a seeker? Just as was described in Sams’ text, the vision of it is so overwhelming that our senses go into overload. That’s why we receive glimpses in balance with our conscious awareness and understanding.

Who are the best teachers to guide our way? They are the Natural World. The Natural World is singing to us. Their voices are alive with song, if only we will open our hearts.

Happy New Moon everyone!

The Cleanse

Cultural Connections Exhibit on Pacific Islands

Cultural Connections Exhibit on Pacific Islands at Guistina Gallery

One of the remarkable achievements for me last year was a leap to wellness. I became very ill in August and thought that I was going to die. I have had a recurring respiratory problem that has plagued me since 2007 when I was subject to traumatic stress. I knew that my throat chakra was closing up well before my body started breaking down. Subsequently my doctor told me that that kind of stress can cause asthma. I took lots of treatment from massage and acupuncture therapists, as well as vitamins, nutrition and exercise. It was being “managed”. When this recurring episode happened with the severity that it did, I knew that I needed to become a completely different person. I changed. And within six weeks I was actually running on the beach and, to my astonishment, climbing mountains. Both of which I hadn’t accomplished in a number of years.

One of the changes that I proposed to make for this year was to have elimination body cleanses at least a couple of times a year. The last time that I engaged in any type of fasting program was when I was first studying with Indigenous Medicine people. I would fast before important personal ceremonies and did it on a frequent basis in my early 30s. So now that I am in my early 60s, I see that it is once again important for my ongoing health and well being. This is a personal decision based on my life experiences. I would never tell someone that they should do this. I did a lot of reading on the subject and was a little intimidated until I read Gwyneth Paltrow’s approach to an elimination diet. It isn’t harsh but gentle to a woman’s body. When I reread Jamie Sams talk about history of the Black Lodge of Women and how we treated our bodies with gentle kindness, I knew that this was the cleanse for me.

The cleanse was nurturing in that it provided warm sustenance during the cold winter. It was also an elimination and relief for my digestive system and those continuously functioning organs. They went on vacation. What happened for me was that I immediately felt exhausted but persevered. At the end of the third day, I began to feel myself wake up. I went to a gallery reception showing my tribute to the Maori of New Zealand and I think I look pretty healthy and vibrant. I can see my Sacred Fire of Love shining through. What do you think?

Entering 5th New Moon Cycle

Hope some of you were able to view the solar eclipse that accompanied the New Moon cycle this past Sunday! 🙂

Jamie Sams, author of The 13 Original Clan Mothers, calls this immortal grandmother moon, “Listening Woman”. The parable that she gives us about her is so sweeping in its wisdom that one could teach multiple lessons on how to become a discerning listener, learning how to “hear” the truth as we travel our Paths with Heart.

From this I have distilled the 5th Feminine Truth: “All living beings have a voice”.

When was the last time you took the time to listen?