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Indigenous People know about silence. We are not afraid of it. In fact, to us it is more powerful than words; it is medicine.
Our elders were taught in the ways of silence, and that lesson has passed down to us. Watch, listen, and then act, they told us. This is the way to live.
"Watch the animals; see how they care for their young. Watch the elders to see how they behave. Watch others to see what they want. Always watch first, then with a still heart and mind you will learn. When you have watched enough, you may then act."
In the "normal world”, it's the opposite. We learn by talking. We reward kids who talk the most in school. At parties everyone is trying to speak at once. In meetings everyone consistently interrupts everyone else, and everyone talks five, ten, or a hundred times. We rationalize this by saying we are 'working out a problem'. Silence makes us nervous. We have a need to fill the space with sound so we talk right away before we even know what we are going to say. We like to argue. We will not allow one another finish their sentences and consequently we are always interrupting. Indigenous People see this as very disrespectful.
Know if you start speaking, I will not interrupt you. I will listen. I will stop listening if I do not like or agree with what you are saying, I will not interrupt you. When you are finished I will make my decision on what you said, however I will not tell you if I disagree unless it is important. Otherwise, I will just be quiet and go away. You have told me what I need to know and there is nothing more to say. Nevertheless, this is not enough for most people. The last word always seems to be lingering. I won’t have lingering words.
People should think of their words like seeds. They should plant them, and then let them grow in silence. Our elders taught us that the earth is always speaking to us, but that we have to be silent to hear her.
There are many voices besides ours. Many voices. Creator gave us one mouth and two ears.
About Cuauhtli Cihuatl
I am Laura Alonzo de Franklin, granddaughter of Casimira Rocha and Melecio Sanchez, daughter of Ascenion Alonzo and Celia Sanchez, life-partner of Michael Franklin and the mother of six amazing sons and the mother of three incredible daughters that have crossed over. In the Latino/Hispanic community, I am given the title of Maestra Curandera; in the Lipan Apache path, I am seen as a medicine woman and in the Western Model of healing, I am a Clincial Social Worker. I have been initiated in the Mexhika tradition as Cuauhtli Cihuatl (Eagle Woman) and in the Nde Lipan Apache (Hleh-pai ndé) tradition as Itsa Isdzán (Eagle Woman). Both paths, connect me to The Eagle: carrier of prayers, courage, wisdom, a special connection to the creator, protector, the sky spirit, and a symbol associated with visions & spirits. I carry the sacred staff, the sacred, pipe, the sacred saumerio and the feathers of my winged brothers. I thank Creator and my Abueltia for their permission and blessing in carrying this medicine to ALL that seek it without restritction, without judgment and for it to be inclusive of all faiths, colors, race, genders and backgrounds to walk with dignity, grace and respect. OMETEOTL.
Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin is the direct legacy of Casimira Rocha y Sanchez and her ancestors. They are dedicated to sharing the wisdom with respect and integrity to all whom seek it. They are a group of men, women, and families who are affirming, reconnecting, and remembering the traditional ancestral methods in which people empower their own healing. Through reaffirming ancestral beliefs of the healing process, we affirm the holistic treatment of the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical bodies. Through reconnecting to our Mother Earth and Father Sky we reconnect to one another by honoring and respecting all life: animal, mineral and plant, so our equilibrium in this universe may be restored. Through remembering that we are conduits of higher sources of cosmic energy, we have faith in the ancestral methods of our abuelitas and abuelitos in relearning how to heal ourselves, each other, and our communities, by sharing this medicine with our present and future generations.