A Collective Message from the "We The Women" Sacred Lodge. For more information on "We The Women" lodge, please visit us on Facebook or visit our website.
|Photographer Teri Goetz|
The river she is flowing
flowing and growing
The river she is flowing
down to the sea
Mother, carry me
Your child I will always be
Mother, carry me
down to the sea.
We are in the bloodstream of the Mother when we are in her oceans, lakes, and rivers. It is then we remember we are flowing in the stream of The Universe. After the flames of the fire comes the balance of cleansing water. There is a call to the nourishing waters. Water to balance and temper the fire of transmutation and balance the grounding of Earth’s energy. We have spent a great deal of time these first four months of the year with Earth, with transmuting and releasing of energy, it is now time to return to the waters. For times immemorial, the streams of the water have been used to cleanse and purify the energies of the world. Water can transmute energy, as all elements can, yet water does so in a feminine, gentle way. The call heard is a call to bring forth the feminine energy and to communicate in the feminine ways even further.
Water is feminine. Water is malleable, it is shape-able and mutable. Water is the meeting place between Father sky and Mother Earth. Our medicine must include the healing waters, and the time is now. All wounds are cleansed by water, tears wash away our tears, and the tears of heaven's rain washes the waters of earth. Human tears are not a sign of weakness, rather a sign we have been strong for too long and a release is needed. It is vitally important to remember that release brings peace. We must think of our tears as diamonds for, indeed, their release is precious ....necessary for both personal and global healing.
Water transmutes the energies in its own way – from solid ice, to melting liquid, to gas vapor just as the tears of the body and the tears of skies transmute. Water is the equalizer between the masculine and the feminine. It is a precious gift which must be revered and respected. Water is both a life-giving and life-sustaining element, a perpetual force of nature to be honored.
When we listen to the waters they remind us we must go with the flow, our own flow and that of Mother Earth. One can not fight a rip tide else they may be carried away to the depths. Water must be respected, as all elements, for its power - it can be a gentle, slow changer, or a forceful mover - capable of destruction, yet it gives life. We too are like water, in constant motion, constant flow. There are times when we are still, peaceful and every ripple from a stone is experienced. Then there are times when we are rushing, crashing like a wave against the stone. It is all part of the natural ebb and tide.
Our bodies cannot be sustained long without the gift of water, and we must stop taking it for granted. Water also shares with us the lesson of patience - it can take thousands of years to mold rock, make sand, change land mass or, can be a tsunami and wreak immediate havoc and destruction. Just as fire can be a candle's flame to light our way or destroy a forest when not contained.
The call of water - the call to the cycle of release, purification, and the life-giving element. We pause to offer a prayer.
Sacred Water, We give thanks to all the Waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms - waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one heart, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of water. Now our spirits are one. AHO!! (Prayer by Cuauhtli Cihuatl)
|Photographer Iva Peele|
As we hear the call of water to our daily lives, we offer simple ceremony for our own soul being.
Water and prayer create cleansing rituals. The simplest way to bring a practice of purification into your day is during your time in the shower. Begin your morning with a vigorous sea salt scrub with the intention of clearing any negativeness or impurities from your system. Let water carry these away and wash you clean as you offer a prayer of thanks.
Moon Water has been used by many traditions to honor and bring the power of water into the physical body. To prepare Moon Water, place drinking water in a clear pitcher or bowl (must be made out of glass or crystal, clear and with no designs or motifs on it). Cover it with cheese cloth or a clean cotton towel so insects and/or leaves do not enter into it. Leave outdoors over night, then in early morning bring indoors and drink a glass before breakfast and throughout the day until the pitcher of water is finished. It is preferable to do this for nine days. Why nine days? The Mayans, Aztecs and Incas believe in the nine spirits of healing, the nine healing dimensions and the nine cycles of grieving. In following the traditions to honor the nine spirits, nine dimensions and nine cycles, we follow the ritual for nine days.
The worldwide family of Peace Chambers hold a fire ceremony on the seventh of each month to honor and heal the waters of the world and connect with the Mer People. Vibrationally water is strongly connected with the life of the Peace Chamber and all our ceremonies. We learn that water is "liquid light." When we take our first water in ceremony after a dry fast, we are infused with "liquid light." We are invited to remember this each time we drink water. We are made of water, so we are made of light. When we give up our water in the sweat lodge, the "liquid light" is carrying away our impurities, those toxic beliefs, emotions, fears, and false limitations that stop us from being all we came to this life to be, and serving in the pure and magnificent way we came to serve.