WE MAY HAVE GIVEN OUR VOICE AWAY, BUT WE HAVE NEVER LET GO OF OUR POWER

It’s my last night in the US and I am sitting at the kitchen table of Earl and Aisha Meshigaud in Bark River, Michigan. Earl is the Kitchta – spiritual leader – and head of the cultural center of the Potawatomi tribe in the Upper Peninsula of Lake Michigan. Outside on a hilltop, framed in the prairie lands, the Wobanon, the ceremonial lodge, is catching the last golden rays of the day.

Earl makes it a point that it is unjust to see the indigenous ways as a religion.

It is a way of life. Ceremonies are a way of maintaining and restoring the relations to all that is living.

Aisha continues her husband’s teachings about the quintessential role of the woman in the ceremonies.

We may have given up our voice but we have never let go of our power.

‘Our power is to get  – and bring others – into the experience of the sacred and natural world. Feeling the wind in our face, the earth under our feet’, she says in a soft tone, ‘getting in touch with spirit.’ For us women that is a given, our cycles run with the moon’, says Pat Hardwick agreeing with both of them.

The worldwide Sacred Ceremonies on June the 21st will start at dawn with the Water Ceremony, carried out by the women. This will invite and engage all those present, indigenous or not, into the experience of the ceremony, being part of it instead of spectators. At nightfall the women will end the ceremonial day.

The energy in the kitchen is soft and crystal clear. We are in dialogue and contributing to something bigger then ourselves. Duane Kinnart, Drumkeeper, tells us of how being a grandfather, having a granddaughter, makes him understand more deeply the role of the women for the balance on the Mother Earth. And he speaks out to protect that.

Ojibwe Firekeeper Bruce Hardwick – I realize I know Bruce and Duane 16 years –reminds us that it all resides within us, the male, the female, the transgender, all facets of the spirit of One.

Leaving the house close to midnight, hugging Earl and Aisha farewell, I feel charged and grateful, feeling pure friendship.

My Earth is Your Earth
My Heart is your Heart
My Spirit is your Spirit
We are working together!

Watersong
Watersong
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3 thoughts on “WE MAY HAVE GIVEN OUR VOICE AWAY, BUT WE HAVE NEVER LET GO OF OUR POWER

  1. Dit is heel mooi Frank,het is precies zoals ik het voel: a way of living to maintane relations to the natural world.Maryan

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  2. Dear Frank,

    Mooi bericht. Ontroerend ook. Herken dat it’s a way of life.

    Ga je 5 mei naar de opening van het Veerhuis in Varik? Ik probeer te gaan. Het zou leuk zijn elkaar weer eens te ontmoeten.

    Alvast een flyer van iets wat je wellicht interesseert.

    Harte groet,

    Josée

    Op 29 apr. 2015, om 22:42 heeft Embassy of the Earth het volgende geschreven:

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