Offering our thanks is healing itself, for our own hearts, and the world’s Great Heart
Dear Readers ….
May this day find us each and every one with an abundance of blessings received and equally abundant impulses to pay them forward.
May we feast on a bounty of kindness for our troubled world and our own aching hearts.
May we breathe life into ancient wisdom stories, take instruction from them, and welcome opportunities to join hands with strangers within and without.
May we resolve to understand where we have come from, on whose tribal shoulders we stand, on whose tribal lands and graves our lives are built, and pursue paths to Truths and Reconciliations for the healing of human sorrows.
May we summon our will and our willingness to participate in the ways our Mother Earth reveals she is healing Herself.
May we yield to the solace of Mystery, our incapacity to understand and make meaning.
May we grant ourselves and one another permission – whether to recoil in incredulity or numbness or shed tears as we cry out to the Mystery, in hurt, in love, in anger, in grief, in fear, in relief.
May we pursue and accept responsibility for the power to do and be good with which we have been gifted by the Mystery.
An invitation to practice:
Contemplate your yearning for personal healing and for healing in the world, and how they are irrevocably one, like the palm and back of your hand. Journal a bit, or let a poem write itself through you. Leonard Cohen’s beautiful lyrics and melody in Come Healing help me sink into this contemplation.
Take a walk – around your own block or in a favorite setting. Be attentive to your environment, and pocket with thanks a few natural objects that capture your attention – twigs, stones, moss, dried plant stalks, broken open nutshells.
Back home, lay your found objects down, and gather bits of broken pottery or glass, a bead or two, yarn or twine, clay or duct tape for threading and binding them together.
Sit quietly as you infuse the items with your healing intentions and compose an offering with these found natural and household items.
Give yourself uninterrupted time to be leisurely, and make arrangement with your family/housemates as necessary. (Any animals in your home are likely to sniff you out in this activity to join their energies with yours!)
Choose any altar – in your own home or in a place in your town or countryside in need of healing, or in the hands of a friend or colleague in need: place your offering in any one of these gracious laps of the great Mystery.
Photos and words of reflection on your experience are welcome!
This practice will yield fruit, whether you are able to set aside a block of time to follow all the steps from beginning to end, or whether you do it in stages. If the latter, take time to reconnect with your healing intentions at each step – and follow and trust your own process as it shifts and deepens, becomes more specific, or changes direction.
Note: This practice is adapted with gratitude from a healing ceremony that two of my healing colleagues and I channeled/designed for A Society of Souls’ biannual gathering in July, 2018.
P.S. I have been peering into the “dark light” these last number of months, while a life of practice’s blog has gone dark. Thank you, dear readers, who have in one way or another blown on the embers, letting me know you missed it! Look for posts to appear twice a month.