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Page 1: Note from Rutury
Page 3: Note from Nahwi
Page 3: Upcoming Events
Page 4: Misc notes
A note from Rutury:
Que Tuma Aku. Greetings dear friends...
In the Wixarika culture ceremonies have always been a major part of daily life. We believe that the essence of our ceremonies weaves deep into our sacred design, giving us the strength to be who we are. Whenever our faith or our foundation in ourselves begins to waiver or weaken we look for a traditional MaraAkame (medicine person) who can guide us back with their ceremonies to connect us in a deeper way with our unique and sacred design. Once that is reinforced we can continue to be on our journey in a more profound way.
There are usually different preparations or guidelines for each ceremony. For example, we may fast for several days or refrain from eating foods with any added salt or sweetness. We might be vigilant around a fire ceremony for several days and nights without writing or speaking out loud in words, communicating in different ways with Nature and those around us. We might be asked to make something, to gather something, to focus on our intentions, or to prepare bundles or offerings. All of these practices are aimed to alter the mind and to teach us how powerful our mind is and can be when we move towards being more balanced and focused. Working with these methods is always done under the supervision of a MaraAkame, and these guidelines are serious and not a game to test our intellect or boost our ego. It’s more about teaching us what we can accomplish if we are willing to commit ourselves.
Many of you may remember my sister Jaichima when she explained that in our Wixarika culture when a mother is about to give birth the entire village gathers and prepares for the arrival of the child, and when the child is born everyone is joyful and welcomes the child. Then the father begins to pray invoking the four elements, and before ending his prayers he looks into his brand new child's eyes and repeats these words four times “Teach me who you are”.
Sometimes when I am doing ceremony for myself or perhaps when I find myself stumbling or struggling, I hear my dad telling me teach me who you are my son. Having the blessings of my family and tribe is truly a gift but I still have my challenges like anyone else. People sometimes imagine that because I have had a lifelong commitment to learning the ways of a medicine person in my culture with the guidance of very wise people, that my life journey has somehow been a golden path, or that I have become a super human being with magical powers that protect me from the challenges of life. Yes I am profoundly grateful for the amazing opportunities I have been blessed with; they are truly a tremendous gift and privilege. My journey has also been affected by the duality of the positive and negative aspects of life just like anyone else, especially in this culture. It is a challenge which at times is humbling as I am continually learning about my responsibilities in deeper and deeper ways, and it is often not an easy process to understand our own behavior and actions with clarity. Ceremonies have helped me in more ways than I can express, and the unconditional support of my loved ones and mentors continues to guide my way along the path that is my life’s journey. I remain dedicated to my own healing and to the healing of others, to the continuation of the deepening of my understanding of myself and others and I continue to commit myself every day with those intentions.
I wish you all a joyous holiday season and a wonderful New Year. May you be surrounded by your loved ones and care for yourselves in this tender time of the year.
Looking forward to our next ceremony
Love and Blessings
Rutury was recently delighted with the opportunity to be introduced to a Giraffe when he was in Malibu doing a ceremony. Thank you Melissa and Scott for this amazing experience and for your hospitality!
A note from Nahwi:
I read a piece about valuing our own wisdom. Reminded me of what Jaichima would tell me…over and over… (Some things she had to keep reminding me of because of my learned ones.)
The learned ones are those “lessons” that you were taught either by someone else or by your interpretation of an event. A learned one is not a bad thing but when we hold onto them like rules set in stone they are no longer useful to us. Life moves and changes just as we do. A situation you had as an 18 yr old is completely different if it happens as a 65 yr old. To use the same way of experiencing it simply does not make sense and does not work.
Many of my “lessons” were taught to me by adults in my life. And looking back as a person in the midst of her healing, I can see that they were teaching me what applied to them…not to me. We are all different; we see, touch, hear, and taste the world and life…differently. What is truth to one does not mean it is truth to another.
Inner wisdom does not come from the outside world; it comes with you when you are born. You cannot learn it nor can you unlearn it. It is part of the gift of who you are. To trust that gift is not easy in our culture. We are taught to turn to “professionals” in all things. We don’t learn as youngsters to honor our own “knowing”.
When you listen to your own wisdom you know what does not feel right and what does feel right. We often ignore these feelings because we do not have “facts” to back up why we feel this way. But by honoring them you can let go of the patterns, fears and even people that hold you back. You can do this because you are honoring your wisdom with the confidence of “knowing” your strength, “knowing” what you need to do, “knowing” what direction you need to go and “knowing” YOUR KNOWING.
Our inner wisdom (knowing) is a valuable part of who we are and it needs to be honored and cultivated as we navigate though life.
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