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The Words Before All Else

The Words Before All Else: A Thanksgiving Address

The Words Before All Else

 

In honor of a LightSong tradition I offer this article again. Reprinted by popular demand!

I feel that instead of celebrating a day of Thanksgiving in the month of November, we should celebrate the month of November dedicated to Thanksgiving. Some indigenous elders feel that the reason that our life on this planet is so out of balance is because we only ask and don’t say “thank you” enough.  I share with you a prayer: A prayer of saying Thank You: A prayer of Thanksgiving.

The style of this prayer originated with the Iroquois people. It came to me via an Iroquois elder, Jake Swamp, who passed it on to a wilderness school, Jon Young, where Deb Scrivens, an associate teacher with LightSong, learned it and shared it with me. At each stage it was modified and personalized. I have had a tremendous response from its energy. People have used it and revised it for their own use. It can be used for prayer each day or around the thanksgiving table.

The purpose of this prayer is to remember that we are all divinely connected to all things. We share the same planet and universe. What one does – affects us all.

I invite you to pray like this, it has an amazing affect on your heart; it is full of reverence, gratitude and appreciation. It heals through the power and energy of the words and how they in themselves affect the body, mind and soul.

The format of this style of prayer is: Starting with self – and then reaching out around self – and out into the universe.

You can devise your own prayer, if you like, using this style, personalizing it to include your own family, friends, teachers, coworkers, and environment: Actually inserting names into the sentences. Use your imagination.

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I start with myself and extend out into the world that surrounds me. I give great thanks for my health, my wellness and ability to greet each day with a smile and open heart. I give great thanks that I see well, feel well and can start each day by giving thanks. I give great thanks that I love what I do for a living and I have the opportunity to make a difference each day in someone’s life. I give great thanks that I smile more than I frown and laugh more than I cry.

I give great thanks for all of my students, community; you, for your willingness to learn, to grow, to participate, and to challenge yourselves. It is because of you that I get to live in “my original instruction, my song.” I learn from you and you amaze me daily. I give great thanks that you want to help people to heal, to have less pain, to have better lives and more happiness. You are amazing people that I will love, respect, and remember always.

I give great thanks to my teachers. Because of them my life is forever changed and enriched. I owe everything to these incredible seekers. I give respect, admiration, and heartfelt gratitude.

I send a greeting and give thanks for all the people in my life. I extend out away from me and my immediate loved ones and I look to this beautiful earth that I have the privilege to experience.

****** Deb Scrivens is the author of this version:

I greet and send thanksgivings to my Mother the Earth, who has not forgotten her original instructions since the beginning of time. She has given of her life so that I may exist. She gives me all that I need. All that I have, have had, or will have has come from her. With the sun and the water she supports all life. My bones are made of her bones, from the minerals that come from her, and my flesh comes from her. She supports me in every step. She supported me before I could walk, when I crawled upon her. She will hold and cradle me inside of her when I walk no more. I marvel in her beauty, I marvel in her diversity, I marvel in her power. I strive to understand something so magnificent, so complex, and so forgiving. I respect her and wish to acknowledge her throughout every moment. Without her I would not be. So I give thanks for my Mother the Earth, and I express my love and gratitude for her.

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I send thanksgivings and greetings to the Waters of the Earth, and all those beings that dwell in the Water, for they too have not forgotten their original instructions from the creator of all life. For all these waters remember their cycles and give continuously to us all. The rain that falls is recycled from sweat and tears, baptisms and swimming pools linking us all into the magical wonder of the water cycle. No life can exist without water, and our planet is a water planet. Our bodies are made mostly of water. So I send thanks to all the forms of water on the planet: from the polar ice caps to the frozen glaciers to the cold rushing mountain streams. From the peaceful lakes to the estuaries and bays to the pounding seashore with its mighty surf and tides. I send thanksgiving greetings to the great oceans that blanket our planet, to the deepest abyss of the oceans, and the mysterious chasms where dwell undiscovered forms of life.

And I give thanks for all the living things that dwell in the Waters, in their great variety of color and form, from the caddis fly in the mountain stream to the great whales in the sea. I call to mind the myriad of creatures that live in the water and that provide me with beauty and wonder at the world; the starfish and the salmon, the seals and the tropical fishes, the coral reefs. I give great thanks to the Waters of the world for supporting all life and to the great variety of life in the Waters, and for all that it means to me. I give thanks for the dolphins that greeted me in the open seas off the coast of Belize. The experience of sonar pulsing through me taught me so much of these great ones that live in the water. I am thankful that my son was able to reach out and touch one of these magnificent creatures and was able to participate in this awesome event. I am thankful for that special and personal experience.

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And now I turn my thoughts to the low growing things and the plants that blanket the Earth, and the small forms of life that creeps and crawls in and under the plants. I send greetings and thanksgiving to all the small living things that help plants grow, and refresh and recycle the Earth. Frogs, snakes, ants, worms, beetles and honeybees; each have remembered its original instructions since the beginning of time.

And I give thanks for the Plants. In its great variety of color and form, the Plant Nation provides us with beauty and food and medicine and shelter and clothing, and with air to breathe. I give thanks for the tall grasses that blow in the wind and give us grain; I give thanks for the grass that gently covers the graves of our dead and rolls in luscious landscapes on the sides of hills. I give thanks for the berries and the many plants that provide us with food. I give thanks for the medicine plants, the herbs and for the healing that they provide. For they too have not forgotten their original instructions for there are many members of this incredible Nation that sustain those who walk upon this Earth and there are many others who continue to fulfill their duties to take away the sicknesses of the human family. I give thanks to the plants that hold the Earth in place and keep the Waters clean and clear, so that the living things in the Waters may thrive.

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And now I lift my eyes a little higher and notice the four-legged ones that move among the plants, and I send a thanksgiving greeting to the Animal Nation. I send a greeting to the Animals, in their great variety of color and form, and I call to mind the elephant and the horse, the wolf and the great cats of Africa, the buffalo, tiger, deer, raccoon and the red fox.

I send thanks to the Animals for they provide us with so much. They give themselves to us for food and clothing. They lend us their power. In their grace and beauty and naturalness, they teach us by example. They are our older brothers and sisters, and we can learn everything we need to know by observing them. The tracks they leave on the ground disappear into the forest, and our minds turn to their hidden and mysterious lives.

Our hearts draw close to them as we think of the animals that live in our homes and share our lives, and of the love that they give to us so freely.

I say a special prayer for all the animals that are lost or lonely or cold or frightened or injured, and for any that suffer abuse at the hands of people. To these I send my heartfelt love and compassion and I am thankful that they have never turned against us. For without the Animals, we would experience a great loneliness of spirit. For their love and companionship and for all that they give us, I send thanks and greetings to the Animals.

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Lifting my eyes higher still, I see green leaves against blue sky, and boughs waving in the wind. I send my thanksgiving greetings to the Standing (Tree) People. Their roots go into the Earth beneath us, their branches stretch into the sky above us. Connecting Earth and Sky, they are our older brothers and sisters and our teachers.

Some of them are very, very old, and they remember and remind us of the ages of the Earth. In their rings they record the coming of the flood and the drought. Many tribes of trees around the world make the mighty forests, and they carpet the earth with their canopies. The forests of trees give the plants and animals shelter and homes. The trees give the birds a place to rest their feet and to raise their young.

The trees also shelter us and keep us warm. We need look no farther than the walls of our houses to understand what the trees give to us, for they give their bones to make our homes, and to make the fire in our hearths. They give us food and fruit and shade on a hot day, and beauty and comfort and air, and the gentle sound of leaves rustling in a soft wind. And so we give heartfelt thanks and send greetings to the Trees.

I give thanks to those that protect the trees, the lungs of our Earth. I give thanks to those in South America that strive and fight for the rain forests. If the rain forests die so shall we.

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High in the trees, I hear music; the gentle sound of silvery bells in the branches, and from the river comes the sound of a silver flute. The sounds come from the throats of the birds, and I lift my eyes to the skies and see Winged Ones and I hear them singing. In their great variety of color and form, the Bird Nation brings great beauty to the world, and the wonder of flight. It is said the birds were put on Earth to lighten the hearts of the people and lift them from their heavy thoughts, and every time we lift our eyes and listen to the thanksgiving song of a bird, this is so.

There is a line on the Earth, where the darkness meets the light, a line we call Dawn. At this line the birds sing together in a chorus of thanksgiving, and this line of song travels around the Earth. So always, somewhere, the thanksgiving song of the birds radiates from the Earth into outer space, all the time. For dawn is always happening somewhere.

I give thanks that the birds greet the Sun with song. I give thanks for the raucous call of the jay and the raven and the piercing call of the eagle and the hawk, and for the lovely songs of the thrush and the lark and the wren. I give thanks for the mysterious sounds of the owl at night. I give thanks and send greetings to the birds.

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Under the wings of the birds flow the Winds, and now I turn my mind to the Four Winds that blow from each direction and carry the rain to the Earth. I send a thanksgiving greeting to the Winds, for they cleanse the Earth and carry the Weather Spirits and the Thunderbeings upon their backs. I send a thanksgiving greeting to the Thunderbeings, who harness the mighty power of the storm. The Thunderbeings have the power to teach humility to every single person on the earth, as we witness the magnificent and awesome power of the mighty storms. And so I send my humble thanksgiving and greetings to the Four Winds and to the Thunderbeings: those that give life and also take it away.

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Turning my face higher still, I see a silver face looking back at me from above, and I recognize my Grandmother the Moon. I send greetings and give thanks to my Grandmother the Moon, for she holds hands with all the women of the Earth. She tugs on the seeds and she tugs on the tides and she tugs on the rhythms in our bodies. Perhaps we learned to count beyond the number of our fingers and our toes, long ago when our species was young, by sitting at her knee and noticing her changes. She gives us silver light at night that helps us to see in a special way and she bathes the world in silver light and makes it beautiful. And so I send greetings and thanks to my Grandmother the Moon and that she too has not forgotten her original instructions.

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And now I turn my mind to our oldest brother the Sun. The Sun. Our star. He provides all of the warmth and energy for our life. The Sun is the great engine that powers all of the life on our planet. We shut our eyes and turn our faces to the warm, golden light of the sun, and feel his warm kiss on our cheek. We exist in a narrow band of temperatures, and the sun provides for us perfectly, not too hot and not too cold. With a single flare or shift the sun could extinguish all life on Earth or freeze it into solid stillness, but that has never happened, and we are perfectly provided for with just the right amount of warmth. For endless ages the Earth has danced with the Sun, and he holds her in a warm and perfect embrace. And so I give great thanks to our Eldest Brother the Sun, for him remembering his original instruction and for the life he provides for us.

Turning my attention beyond the sun, I see many suns, millions and billions of stars, and I send a greeting and thanks to the Star Nation. The galaxies stretch the limits of the human imagination, for they are unimaginably old. The matter that is in our bodies may once have been in a star that burned out long ago and changed form, as the universe endlessly cycled. And so we wonder at our kinship with the stars…we are stardust walking. We look at the stars in great wonder. And we give great thanks for the beauty of the night sky.

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And now I turn my attention to the Unseen, to the Spirits of the Four Directions, and the many spirits that protect us and guide our steps and help us in our lives. It is said we each have 405 loving spirits surrounding us at any moment. We acknowledge that we cannot survive without their loving protection. They guide us and we feel them in many ways. They whisper into the ears of our heart, and they show the eyes of our heart things of great beauty. They guide our steps so that we do not stumble. We are thankful for their protection and guidance and compassion. We are thankful that they love and care for us. And so we express our heartfelt gratitude to the spirits, and for the Wakan (sacred) in our lives.

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Finally I turn my mind to that which is beyond the human imagination, the Creator of All Things, which existed before time began and which will exist beyond the end of Time. I turn my mind toward the Mysterious Force that we cannot understand or imagine… The God, Great Spirit, Great Mystery, the Alpha and the Omega, Essence, Source, Word. We can only turn our faces toward this Light and say Thank You. Thank you giving us all that we need. Thank you for our lives. Thank You for This Life. Thank You.

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And now, keeping my heart in touch with the Infinite and at the same time pulling my attention into the center of my heart, I look forward into the Future and I look over my shoulder back into the Past. And stretching seven generations forward I see the descendents of the human race, and stretching seven generations into the past I see our ancestors. And our ancestors still care for us and our descendents depend on us. They depend on us to keep them in mind when we make choices at this moment in time, the Perfect Present, for they are coming, and they will depend on what we do Now. And our hearts are connected to the hearts of our children and their descendents, forward into the future, and connected to the hearts of our ancestors, backward into the past, an unbroken chain of humanity, connecting like a thread, heart to heart to heart to heart…. And so I send a greeting and a prayer of thanks to the unbroken chain of the human race.

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It has been my intention to greet and send thanks to Everything, but I am a two-legged learning to be a Human Being, and so it is not possible for my mind to know of or remember Everything. So now I send a greeting and thanks to everything that I have left out, and ask you to please remember that I did not leave you out intentionally. I have done my humble best to bring my mind together with All Things, and now my mind is One. Mitakuye Oyasin. (All my relations, I am related to all things.)

I ask myself have I forgotten my original instructions? In truth yes, for I am human and I struggle with ego and mind, but when I let myself be lead by my heart into the area of thanksgiving, (reverence, gratitude, appreciation) and pure joy, I feel that I am closer to my original instruction. (Deb)

I give thanks to you, my dearests of relationship, for you have touched my life, you have a cord to my heart and soul. Since we have met our souls will remember each other through lifetime and lifetime. The meeting of souls is a sacred thing, for all is in divine order. I give great thanks for our meeting and our continued exchange. Smile and have great joy during this Thanksgiving season and always.

With great thankfulness, appreciation and love,

Jan Engels-Smith

Thanksgiving address: a version, adapted from our indigenous forefathers, the prayer given by Chief Jake Swamp, and wilderness awareness school. Put so poetically together by: Deb Scrivens

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What Is Prayer And Why Do We Pray?

What is Prayer By Jan Engels-Smith

Prayer By Jan Engels-Smith

 

Prayer is focused energy with strong intent. Developing a healthy prayer life is part of the dedication that is required for the journey on the spiritual path. Prayer can take many forms—formal, informal, casual, elegant, spoken, silent. All are acceptable and all are heard. There is no right way to pray, however, some prayers can be extremely powerful. If it comes from the heart, and you understand the laws of energy, prayer can be truly miraculous.

Prayer is a powerful energy. It not only connects you to the Force-greater-than-self, but it stimulates the power of creative energy within you and puts into action your ability to create. You literally merge energies with Source. You step beyond limitations and into the realm of possibilities. It is a powerful means of adding energy to one’s desires. Each time you pray, you add layers of energy to your desires. Thought forms emerge and energy multiplies. The more faith and trust you have, the more you stay in joy or peace with your feelings the faster thought/prayer manifests into physical reality.

Prayer is an expression of gratitude, of love, and of relationship. It helps you to center yourself and gives nourishment to the soul. It recognizes your divine connection, reconnects you with your own holiness, and nurtures your relationship with Spirit. Your soul is held in the body, a fragile and limiting vessel. Prayer literally transcends the limitations of the body and the linear mind controlling it, into the non-linear space of Spirit. It allows you to open up and to expect that things can be created which do not yet exist, even things beyond your current grasp. Your soul knows this. Prayer serves as a passageway out of the concrete mind and into the realm of possibilities.

Prayer also serves as a medium for building trust and faith. It is a communication, between the universe and yourself, which recognizes the divinity in both. It helps you to prioritize, to reevaluate, to self-reflect, and to discern your needs and desires. The act of prayer is an expression of your confidence in a larger divine order, and in the significance of your own existence. It expresses a faith in life and life’s experiences. As you walk the spiritual path, you develop a respect for a Force- greater-than-self. You learn to love life in all of its forms and to treat life with respect and reverence. Prayer becomes an overt way to express this growing awareness to yourself and to the universe.

The longing of the soul for connection is answered in prayer. It is the foundation for spiritual connection. If you desire connection, prayer must be built into your life in a way that will withstand the daily pressures and interruptions of life. The quantity of time is not important, but the priority is.

How to maximize your experience of prayer:

1. Commit yourself to a daily communication with Spirit through prayer. Your relationship will be enhanced immeasurably.

2. Set realistic goals for yourself. Don’t try to set up a monk-like routine if you’ve not previously incorporated prayer into your life. According to the teachings of hypnosis, it takes 21 days to create a new habit. Can you pray ten minutes a day for 21 days? If so, you can establish the habit of prayer.

3. Find a quiet time for prayer. It may mean you have to get up earlier or stay up later to find a time that will work for you. Once you’ve established the time, stick to it. Don’t let other “busyness” get in the way of your special time.

4. Give thanks for all things, especially for those things, which have not yet been manifested. You will discover that prayers are often answered before they are even asked.

5. Remember that prayer is energy and follows Universal laws such as the Laws of Attraction.

• Negative energy begets negative energy. Always state desires positively. If you say to Spirit, “I want a new job. I hate this one, it is terrible”, the resultant energy is about wanting, hating, and sadness or anger. Energy doesn’t evaluate; it merely multiplies and manifests. Eventually, the negativity of your energy will make the job more and more difficult. Alter the energy by reframing the prayer to say, “Thank you Great Spirit for the divine job. Thank you for open doors of new opportunities.”

• Requests for the future stay in the future. Claim your desires in the now. Time doesn’t exist in the spiritual realm. If you are always asking for a wish to be fulfilled someday in the future, then your wish will continue to reside in the future. Your prayer should say, “Thank you for the divine job now.” NOW carries much power.

• Doubts negate prayers. If you are praying with a positive attitude but are thinking, “This is ridiculous. I don’t have my divine job and never will,” your energy of doubt and fear will counteract the positive energy you generated in your prayer. If you pray for ten minutes, giving it all your heart, and then spend the rest of the day thinking about how undeserving you are, how things never really work out for you, and doubting that your prayer could ever be answered, which outcome receives the most energy? A ten-minute prayer cannot compensate for a day of negative thoughts.

• The faith and beliefs behind your prayers will manifest. What you manifest will be in direct proportion to the amount of faith you possess and the peace that you hold in that faith. Jesus, Buddha, the holy ones, healed by faith. They never questioned their power of manifestation. Their faith was/is pure. No doubts filled their minds. Their hearts were filled with love, gratitude, and thankfulness, those are the frequencies of desired outcomes.

6. Faith and your level of trust will determine your relationship with Spirit. Prayer requires faith, a belief in the unseen, that which cannot be proven. It is “knowing” with an assurance that defies the rational mind. Faith with trust can only be established through having an intimate relationship with Spirit. All relationships are as strong as the trust embodied in them, and a relationship with Source is no different.

7. Establish a ritual space for your prayer. Creating a sacred space for prayer supports your prayer and enhances your state of awareness. It brings honor and reverence to the process of praying and declares that you are taking the time and energy to connect with Spirit. You create this sacred space through intention. Although there is no defined protocol for the appearance of sacred space, some of these hints might help you create a space of your own:

  • The space is personal and will reflect you and what you believe. It can be a single Buddhist pillow in an empty room or a fancy decorated altar. Keep it holy by respecting it.
  • Choose objects that have meaning to you. Choose wisely and remember your objects will carry energy. The energy is real and it will have an impact on the energy of your prayers. Take care of your sacred items, clean them and honor them for it is through them that you are connecting.
  • Ask the place if it would like to honor you and your prayers. In the process of choosing your place, always ask. Asking is a major component of respect for all things, including places. The answer will become clear to you.
  • Dedicate the space with a ritual of some sort. You might sing, pray, chant, rattle, drum, meditate, or bless the space with water. Use your imagination. Whatever works to make the place feel special and cleansed will be appropriate. Be still and notice what you feel, hear, and see, and what your intuition is saying to do. Draw energy down from above and up from the earth; fill your spot with divine light.
  • After the ordination of your sacred space, it will become your holy place of prayer. With love, respect, and honoring of the space, it literally becomes sacred. When you enter, it will be for prayer and meditation, a time when you and Creator share in building your relationship.

My own sacred space

When people walk in to my healing space where I do my prayers, most say, “It feels wonderful in here.” They are responding to my intention, to the love, energy, and relationship I have built with Spirit in my room. My space reflects my extremely eclectic belief system. I have everything from angels to animal bones in my sacred space. I also like to honor Spirit with fresh flowers on my altar, usually roses, as a gift from my heart. My particular spirit allies love roses and I can feel the energy of delight when I place them on my altar. When the roses open wide, I gather the petals and sprinkle them under my favorite Douglas Fir tree as a gift to the forest, always thankful and grateful for what Spirit brings to my life. My intent is to be conscious of my interconnection with all things. Everything is done from genuine love and respect. I believe that all acts of respect help to build my relationship with Spirit and enhance the energy of my prayers.

As you sit at the same place each day to pray, you will find that your space will begin to accumulate a tremendous amount of energy. This energy stays and lingers in your sacred place. The thought form created by your daily prayers will reinforce stilling the mind, settling into prayer, and connecting with Spirit. You energetically react, so your entire being prepares for prayer as soon as you enter this space. Each day this thought form builds energy and multiplies. It quickens your state of awareness and opens your nonlinear mind. With time you will discover that the moment you enter your sacred space, you fill with the sacred energy of prayer and meditation.

You have probably noticed thought forms of sacred energy in places you have visited. Have you ever walked into a sacred temple, a church, a beautiful setting in nature, a Sundance arbor, or other holy setting, where you could feel the power of the place? Innately you knew that something sacred or holy took place in this space. This energy affected you in some way. This is because the energy of prayer or holy intention lingers in such sacred spots. I remember a hike that I took in Hawaii. At a certain location I suddenly became keenly aware of sacred energy all around me. I could feel the presence of love, sexuality, and intimacy. Upon inquiring about the area, I learned it was the site of holy ceremony, usually weddings, which the natives of the island still performed there.

Pray mindfully, and with an open heart. Respect all things. Be thankful. Create a sacred space with honor, intention, and love. In these ways you will add energy to the universe that will change your life and the lives of countless others.

Questions to ponder:

What does your prayer life look like? What kind of relationship do you have with Source? Are you satisfied with your relationship with Spirit, with the universe? How much effort do you put into this relationship? In comparison to other relationships that you have, how much time does Source get? Prayer establishes this relationship. If you are unhappy with your prayer life, then the next question would be, how can you change it? What do you want it to look like? You need to decide how it will work in your life. How much time and effort are you willing to invest in prayer? Do you want a relationship with Spirit or do you want to just request from Spirit? You always have these choices.

If prayers can be sent to Spirit by thoughts, then thoughts are prayers.

If thoughts are prayers, then what have you been praying all day?

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A Prayer for the Water

A Prayer for the Water By Jan Engels-Smith

Prayer for the Water

 

There is always a theme that is revealed prior to the Level 2: Telepathic Practicum experience that LightSong sponsors each year. The theme is always different and completely appropriate for the corresponding group that is involved that particular year. Now after doing 30 practicums, I realize that there has been an overall teaching from the spirits that builds on each practicum. I personally notice a building of information through the themes that helps me understand what it means to be on the leading edge of 21st century shamanism. The theme of this story is a prayer for the water.

The themes manifest after months of journeying, praying, and watching for signs. Spiritual growth, awareness, and authentic wellness have dominated the last few years in the themes that have expressed. Predominately about how to obtain happiness and how to stay in this higher vibration of wellness, which will then translate into a heather (happier) world.

Challenges or teachings occur each year that the support camp takes on that I believe are microcosms for the world. We use techniques and experiences to master our lives in this contained environment, knowing that what we become skilled at during the practicum is a template for the world at large. If we can achieve it there, it becomes part of the mass consciousness that others can then tap into.

The theme one year emerged around water. There were several examples of the power of water that became evident. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the news that filled media broadcasts and surrounded me with information.

The rain that we experienced in Portland that spring was record-breaking and relentlessly grabbed my attention each day. The Trask River, where the Practicum was held, has a huge voice in the multiple journeys that my assistants take in preparation. Even though I knew it was too early to in the year to say with absolute conviction, I presumed that the theme would be about this most precious liquid.

My experience is that water is a reflector, a mirror for our emotions and thoughts. In journeys to water years ago, the spirit of water told me that there were two things on the planet that were created without any agendas or predisposed signatures. They are water and clear quartz crystals. Both of these substances are completely programmable and will “broadcast” the program that is laid into them. Since the water is a mirror for our thoughts or feelings, it is a form of broadcast out into the environment that shows us either how pure or contaminated our thinking or feelings are.

Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, has documented countless studies on the subject of water and how it is affected by our thoughts and vibrations, and has become a primary source of this leading edge information. I have written several newsletters on the topic of the importance of personal vibration and positive, intentional manifestation. It is a topic that I think about all day long. What are our thoughts and feelings creating in the world at large?

The Gulf spill seemed to tax even the most spiritually inclined and took them into the lower depths of anguish, fear, and powerlessness. However, my experience with spirit has shown me that there is no problem that exists that is presented without some sort of available immense growth. To become aware of the growth or the solution means that you must be the vibration of the solution. Sometimes a difficult truth to swallow; however, it is true. Please refer to my newsletter from March 2009, Choose Happiness in Difficult Times for more information on the topic

Another thing that I consistently think about is the layers of reality and what is hidden in the bigger picture of a given situation. The first layer is that there was oil spilling into water, but objectifying the problem by personally moving away from it enables a magnification of other realities that may be in motion.

What is oil? I remember the message from Terry Kem, a council member and one of LightSong’s Associate Teachers, when he was merged with a Spirit Being from below the earth. This spirit said that a whole world exists below the earth. I am not speaking of lower world, but a group of spirits that live below the earth and are part of the earth, but are not surface dwellers like we are. Oil is one of those groups that live beneath the earth, and oil has a spirit; it was created from the remains of millions of animals and plants that existed long ago, our ancestors of the early earth, before humans. They are giving a strong voice to a message. They are placing that message in the water, our sustenance, and getting us to pay closer attention.

Unfortunately, many humans missed this important message because they were outraged, blaming, and screaming. And if they were not overtly livid, they drowned in despair, heartache, and powerlessness. Neither of these two reactions benefitted the solution. These lower frequency vibrational emotions and thoughts about the cause only foster more of the problem. Many people desire to know what to do, but are perplexed with the enormous amount of death they were faced with in the ocean.

Dr. Masaru Emoto’s broadcasted prayer for this situation is very simple, yet extremely powerful.

“To the water, whales, dolphins, pelicans, fishes, shellfishes, planktons, corals, algae, and all creatures in our Gulf of Mexico, I apologize. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. Amen.”
– Dr. Masaru Emoto

We can pray this prayer daily and forever, long after the oil spill occurred. And we can change the focus of the prayer to fit any type of situation. This prayer reveals a style of prayer that is not judgmental but yet accountable. Emoto’s message is to pray without worry, blame or judgment: To pray with love and humbleness. It addresses all life as being valuable and that each of us can make a difference regardless of what others are doing. I encourage all of us to say a prayer like this countless times a day, adding positive, emotional, grateful, and authentic feelings to what ever you are praying about. And we can change the focus of the prayer to fit any type of situation.

We are the creator beings of this planet. EACH ONE of us makes a difference! YOU can help with the ongoing healing of anything. Where two or more are gathered, there is an exponential amount of energy gathered and sent.

Remember that there is always a greater message and teaching in every situation. Being on the leading edge means to not get caught in the everyday drama and hype about what is “wrong” in the world. A bigger perspective or a spiritual growth perceptive can reveal that the oil is not the enemy. These ancestors have been helping us survive, warm ourselves, and flourish for decades. See beyond the “disaster” and look at the bigger picture. There are no accidents. What are the messages that are being given from these two mighty forces, the water and oil? Journey, pray, and meditate on this. The answers and solutions will surface as we stay in the vibration that allows them to manifest.

These are the teaching of the leading edge in 21st century shamanism. The healer must be the vibration of the solution or the heeded situation not the vibration of the problem.

We are changing the world, and it is moving forward in a glorious way.

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