Negotiating tragic contradictions
On the new moon I conducted my first fire ceremony in the Inka medicine way: opening sacred space; calling in the spirits of the four directions; offering oil to the fire on behalf of Mother Earth, the four directions, and myself; blowing my prayers into a stick and releasing the energy of the sticks by placing them in the fire; thanking jaguar for honoring me with her presence the last two weeks, and welcoming the spirit of hummingbird going forward. I prayed for Mother Earth--Pachamama--and offered my prayers to the fire in the form of another stick.
The Inka say this is the time of "patchakuti," the turning over of the Earth, the time when indigenous wisdom will again be honored and we will heal the damage we have done to our planet.
Yesterday was International Water Day, a day when we draw conscious awareness to the preciousness of water, to the importance of access to clean water, and to the dwindling supplies of fresh water worldwide. The night before, the Jim Lehrer Newshour had introduced a new series on "Dealing with Climate Change," profiling communities in Texas that are literally running out...or have run out. Margaret Warner had the lunacy to say, "That was my favorite segment--the one about the man who is collecting rainwater in tanks, and people saying that rainwater makes your hair fluffier."
Right. We're drilling wells to ever greater depth to mine groundwater. We're reducing the recharging of our groundwater through rainwater collection systems--but, hey, we've got fluffy hair.
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