Reflections:   April 2007.    2nd Qtr 2007

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Greetings Relatives,

Early next week a Dream blossoms to fruition - I embark on a pilgrimage to connect and share ceremonies/teachings with the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. My excitement mounts in anticipation of immersion in their powerful culture and traditions.

Preparations are underway for our May Hanbleceya (Lakota for "Crying for a Dream", also known as a Vision Quest), which occurs in the foothills of the Mt. Lassen range outside of Chico California, as well as for our annual Sundance ceremony in Lampasas, Texas in June. Prayers and other forms of support are greatly appreciated.

In the ceremonies I am sanctioned and entrusted to conduct, participants periodically inquire as to the reason for our strict adherence to specific and seemingly numerous protocols. The answers are simple: flow, safety, respect and alignment.

Traffic laws serve as an analogy. In the United States, the agreement is to drive on the right side of the road, observe posted speed limits, stop at red signs/lights (ideally!), proceed with green, etc. These guidelines are commonly referred to as rules of the road. There are variations regarding these procedures depending upon the region or country in which one resides or travels (for example driving upon the left side of the road in South Africa). Never the less complying with the regulations mandated by the location allows for not only the efficient movement of energy through a system (in this case roadways) but also a reduction in the frequency of accidents, which results in a minimization of harm. Essentially, ceremonial protocols are the rules of the Sacred road. Respecting the unique guidelines of each and every culture, Altar and Medicine person permits the unobstructed flow of energy, intention and healing through a hoop/community and ensures the safety of those in attendance.

Indigenous cultures throughout the globe have sophisticated, elegant, extraordinarily potent and efficacious ceremonies, which have been transmitted through the ages for countless generations. By honouring the lineage -faithfully performing the practices exactly as they have been handed down - one aligns with the Ancient Ones who engaged the very same actions and observances since antiquity - thereby tapping into the Ancestral Root and drawing them into the present. The first verse of the Lakota Sacred Pipe loading song is translated -Friend, do it this way (the ancient way) and the Ancestors will honour you. Hence, it is not necessary to start one's own garden but to draw from the roots of the existing jungle - petitioning and remembering those who have gone before us- to connect us to the very beginning. In so doing, we palpably feel their guidance and support, are nourished by their presence and become a conduit for the perpetuation of the line.

Prayers to protect and preserve the unbroken legacies of traditions for the benefit of future generations,

Phillip

Last updated Apr, 2007