Having completed our personal “Cry For A Vision” ceremony, we are prepared to embark on our adventure and walk our “Path With Heart”. We admire the waxing of our beloved Clan Mother, Grandmother Wisdom Keeper. We are ready to honor the indigenous wisdom of the second feminine truth: “The Sacred Fire of Love Exists Within All Living Things”. The radiance of that fire is our gift to each other and all of our relations.
Deciding to embark on your “Path With Heart” is a decision to embrace your personal power. Sometimes we are resistant because we feel that there may be an insurmountable obstacle in our way. This perceived obstacle is usually based on a fear-driven assumption that we have about ourselves. Indigenous wisdom teaches us to make fear our friend and ally. Fear protects us from danger. However, it may also be crippling and prevent us from moving forward.
There is a beautiful personal ceremony called “Cry For A Vision”. It teaches us about the “Give-Away”. In this instance, we “Give-Away” all of the things that may stand in our way–our doubt, insecurities, fear. The foundation of the ceremony is to journey into a natural setting, dig a hole with your bare hands, and then cry into it. You cry away all of the things that you no longer desire in your world view. In this way you are inviting new perceptions and a new “vision” to enter your life. When you are finished, you bury all that is now gone from you and let Grandmother Earth take care of it.
The first alignment principle is: We Have Kinship With All of the Natural World. This principle means that everything alive is part of our family.
The first thing that I learned from Seneca Grandmother, Twylah Nitsch, was to read the rocks. They are the most ancient of our Grandmother Earth’s historians. It appeals to me to know that rocks are scribes and our teachers. Indigenous wisdom holds that the invisible web of luminescent energy and radiance extends to all living beings on earth. That includes all plants and animals as well as our human relations. It includes the elements and the forces of nature. It includes everything inhabited in the skies above and the soil below.
To truly embark on one’s “Path With Heart” means to honor our inter-connectedness.
Everything Is Born of Woman, the First Feminine Truth, is the symbolic idea of nonordinary reality.
Indigenous wisdom held that feminine energy had distinct properties that were singular, utilizable, stable and had component elements. Adepts were able to “see” the energy flows from this invisible field. In our recent modern history, the “particle/wave” experiment in physics has demonstrated that our thoughts (or perception) have the ability to create and change real time outcomes.
To achieve balance in the world, indigenous wisdom gave honor to the nonordinary reality. From it, ordinary reality is born. And so it was passed down from mother to daughter, father to son, that feminine energy is the unseen and mysterious force in the universe that is the womb of creation.
I first learned about the feminine energy field from Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998), an anthropologist and author of many books. His first book is entitled: The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge. I heard him give a lecture when I was a sophomore in college. That lecture changed my life. One of the reasons was that Don Juan was an indigenous wise man from Mexico. Since my grandparents were from Mexico, the idea that this sophisticated and yet magical wisdom flowed from there was intriguing and appealing. Another reason was that the ideas that Carlos spoke about resonated with me. I felt at home. I felt alive and connected. At that lecture I set a wish in motion that I might learn about indigenous wisdom from the Americas and have an apprenticeship similar to Carlos’.