Who said, ” Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.”?
In my ties for the Tree the first year I went to the Dance, my overarching prayer was to truly know and integrate self-love. I’d been dancing around the notion for a several years unable to really connect my head and my heart. In the year that followed, an unexpected initiation brought an answer to this prayer. My second dance, how do I multiply abundance was a concern I took to the Tree. A subtle shift of perception opened the way forward, again answering my pray.
Leading with my heart and managing my mind/ego, among other things, came through the day I left for the Dance. I’d thought I had procrastinated my ties. Instead, I realized that unconsciously I had waited. Waited until I could get out of the way allowing for what was really needed to come though. I had waited for my ego to get out of the way.
The Dance was a hard one in many ways and still I felt cradled in exactly the best way possible. Incredible lightning and thunder, a downpour. Intense heat. Dust. Confrontations with myself. Uninterrupted connectivity to the Tree. A full moon. The drum. Songs. Opportunities to listen. Hearing the sound of my flesh being cut from my body, incredibly loud in my ears, like stormy ocean waves crashing to the beach. The fullness of my prayers. Babies. Catching my ego flare. Ravens on the wing, their voices evoking joy in my body and calling my attention to them over and over. Raven, who’s medicine supports my going into the darkness of my mind to bring out the light of understanding as loving kindness to illuminate my heart.
I came away from the Dance with more questions than answers. My landing, or re-entry as some folks call it, was immediate and intense. Day one, I laid low, oddly baking a peach pie in 90+ degree heat. I avoided the festivities of the Fourth of July. I found it a BS celebration. Freedom and independence really a bore that pissed me off. Freedom and independence my ass! Not for the Indigenous Peoples, nor the African Peoples, or even the exploited Chinese. How can I possible celebrate when this truth lay beneath the colorful noise of fireworks? Sometime during this day was the first time I got a message about how the prayers in this years ties would be answered. Then again the next day, the same message and a tool for guidance. Medicine that has waited for the right time to come forward, augment my work. I admit, I’m afraid. I turn in, I laugh in the face of my fear – for on the other side of darkness is light, liberation, a happy heart. Isn’t this what I prayed for? Yes, and still, I wasn’t ready for shadow work. It’s time though. No more dipping my toes into the dark waters. Time to dive in. Having medicine for my personal work, having medicine be my work in the world, I shall receive. My willing heart will lead me into the scary crevasses of my mind. The medicine and self-love will illuminate the darkness. Everything I want is on the other side of fear.
These ways are “not old ways, they are alive and we are living them today”, said an Elder. Just like the dust in my moccasin, the Tree and the Dance are alive in me. Answering my prayers.
Mitakuye Oyasin ~ All My Relations