Gratitude for a glorious Blessing of the water ceremony next to the river...
and to all those who so far
have taken part in the various ceremonies conducted,
bringing their medicine to the circle of the Sacred Web of Life !
The Fire ceremony will be held on May 1st at 5.30 pm at the Mesa lodge
in Hotchkiss. Further info, please contact me at 303 413 8703
As part of the transmissions for the Blessing of the Water ceremony,
here some comments on indigenous consciousness.
I refer to indigenous consciousness as a sort of ideal place,
holding the ancient understanding of ourselves as part of the Sacred Web
of Life, being with it/in it from a place of "Mystical Participation".
In that way, we are all indigenous to this Earth and have the choice to
participate in that way.( Many of the Wisdom teachings that are coming
to us today were kept secret so as to wait for the right time = for the
lineage keepers to escape persecution. The wisdom teachings of the Quero
peoples of the Andes are an example of that.
I am grateful for their foresight)
One of the foundation stones of indigenous consciousness is Respect,
meaning that we approach whatever is around us/ here with us from a place of knowing
that it is intelligent, responsive, animated, equal.
When we respect something/someone,
we wait for it to reveal itself to us. We see it as more than food/ resource/
something to be exploited or used. We understand it as a teaching, a
communication ( from Spirit), a challenge to our awakening, to name a few.
The "Western" mind-set ( really the patriarchal mind-set) comes from a
place of fear, therefore it tries to label, conquer and divide so as to have the
illusion of control.
Nowadays, it appears to me, we all are challenged by
the fear-based mind within and have to un-do it painstakingly.
I had to laugh when recently i overheard a radio show in which a scientist
claimed to have originated the idea that consciousness was first, not last
in the process of Creation.
It's been around for a while, that insight, as a Knowing.
I just mention it here because it demonstrates how narrow we can become
when our reference points are feed-back loops (as academia often is ...)
For example, the indigenous mind would never dream of slapping it's own family
name ( if it has one) onto a Mountain.
It waits to have the Mountain reveal their name, if that.
Ceremony, in that understanding, is a communication and mediation
of the human community with the natural world and the Unseen.
Other foundation stones that are reasons for doing ceremony are Reciprocity,
Relationship and Responsibility, all of which go together with/ grow out of Respect.
Ceremony therefore is a way of life, not something one does only to mitigate
disasters or as "crisis intervention". If something like water scarcity happens,
especially when water otherwise is abundant around us ( for the moment),
it is therefore regarded as a wake-up call to come into right relationship.
Meaning that one reflects on the symbolic meaning of "no water" for the
community... As water is a symbol for abundance, flow, the heart, feelings,
one may want to reflect on where one puts ones energy :
Is the emphasis on lack in one's life ? on fear, exclusion, guarding territory,
cliquishness etc ?
Ceremony in that way becomes a way to remember the big picture, to become
less pre-occupied with our over-identification with only the human aspect/
preoccupation of life.
Bringing ourselves into right relationship is not just the relationship with the
outside world but the relationship to who we really are - Spirit embodied,
having an adventure, but ultimately part of the Infinite.
The (Pachakuti) Mesa is a tool that has been used for thousands of years
to weave and conduct sacred ceremony. It is a non-denominational,
cross-cultural wisdom teaching that lends itself to conduct enlightening
and transformational ceremony, bringing clarity and intention to
the desire to connect to our inherent knowing of Oneness.
Dream group - meeting every 1st Wednesday at
6 - 8 pm. Please call /text for info and to RSVP
303 413 8703
$ 10 for each session
Gratitude to the Tirakunas, Auqis, Malquis, Machula Aulanchis
and the Apukunas
( Spirit of Earth, Water, Air, Fire and the Mountains) for
their beautiful gifts and teachings...
may we be awake to them as they are awake to us.
may we be able to see ourselves in their mirror and embrace
what we are so fearful of within us for the greater good
of the whole.