I chased the Moon...
Only to end up dancing with the Sun.
More than 5 years ago, I started my journey into learning cultural geography and stumbled upon the traditions of the Native American tribe called the Shoshone. That was the beginning of the Vision Quest, and the elder who guided me in the Mojave Desert. These spirit guides and visions continue to show up in my dreams to this day.
Now they showed me the Sun Dance.
At a place called... Craters of the Moon.
They told me to go to the moon... on earth. WHAT?!
I had the same exact reaction. The guides told me that there is a place called Craters of the Moon in Idaho.
What is this place anyway?
According to geologic time, this place is created from a rift valley over 17 million years ago caused by the earth's mantle being pulled apart. 15,000 - 2,000 years ago, this place was bombarded by Pele (according to the Hawaiians), the goddess of fire and the earth.
Not surprisingly, the basaltic rock that covers this place produced about 60 lava flows and 25 volcanic cones that cover 618 square miles. Sprinkled with some awesome blue dragon lava.
Without getting too much into detail about the geological formation of this place, you may want to explore or read more about the physical science here.
See the thing is, there was no expectation that we held when we traveled to this site. We also were not aware that this places was a sacred energetic site. Not to be taken lightly, I went ahead and with utmost respect, learned under the guidance of a traditional teacher.
The trip led to a Shoshone elder who shared some insight about the land and how they are living now, and what it was like before. It was shared with me that the dance is sacred. That there is a purpose to each dance, and each drum beat that was made. Encouraged by what I am listening to and learning, I asked if I was asked to dance, am I allowed? Relieved to find that the answer is "yes, should you feel the spirit call you," I am still hesitant to even have a rain dance on my own without the guidance of an elder on site. It doesn'f feel as though I am quite doing it justice. It was refreshing to learn that there are no "real" steps or ways to do it. Just go with what the beats of the earth are calling out to you. The beats are also made by the feet hitting the earth, to summon the spirits from below to rise to the heavens. Calling upon whatever it is what you are wishing on. So... I called on the eclipse. And the dance is what it is.
To summarize the experience, it was nothing short of jaw-dropping awe. My heart was full. One with nature, guided by spirit. I don't know if there is an apporpriate word or cluster or phrases that can summarize what was passed down to me. Mostly because dancing around the fire outdoors after a long evening of stories passed down to me, don't do it justice. It was a shame to learn that the elders of the tribe yearn for a younger person to learn more about the dances, and that younger people struggle financially that they end up leaving to earn a wage in the city instead of learning the way to life.
What was the dance like? Can't say exactly...
What I do know from experience is its never the same because the dance is not mine. I'm just a vessel of this energy traversing through my veins. Encouraged to share whatever form mine had taken place. The video was captivated by a fellow traveler who said I looked like I was calling to the heavens. As any dance should be: self-expression and fostering of the spirit world in this realm. Whatever it was, it was: interesting.
It was also revealed by my elder (and I was holding on to this for a few months to see if it's even true at all...) during this trip that the lunar eclipse a few days ago (August 7-8) stirred the energies of people in a way that is unexplained behavior, and even more so in the upcoming solar eclipse.
So expect the unexpected.
The universe is throwing you a beautiful sign.
Embrace the Eclipse.
Let's come back to Earth for a bit...let's talk about dragons and stones.
Blue Dragon basalt stones are just signs of this amazing planet called Earth that there are other forms of beauty in existence. Even more, sometime you can see it under the sheen when held up to the sun, shining under it's truthful rays of light. Rare and one of a kind. Like a dragon, its treasures are typically hidden and hard to find and only happen once in a lifetime. Once you find it in this lifetime, it very rarely may only exist in the present.
The Shoshone have a saying about being in the path of your own journey and coming across people whom you may not share the same language with:
Sutummu tukummuinna. It means, I don't speak your language, and you don't speak mine. But I still understand you. I don't need to walk in your footsteps if I can see the footprints you left behind.
It may be difficult for most to comprehend where science is headed and the spritual guides from our traditions, but there is that sutummu tukkumuinna in it. There are no English words to translate the two, yet for now that is the connection between science and the somatic. Maybe in time, the neurologists and psychologists can bridge this gap. Until then... what we know is we will be sharing our gifts and knowledge to preserve as much diversity as we can.
We will be in Oregon celebrating with love, consciousness and raising the energies of the planet with millions of people across the globe from China, Nepal, Canada, Australia, the Caribbean, Spain, Sweden, Egypt and Mexico.
The Bright Phoenix will be sharing as much as we can from our broadcast of this part of the globe as we travel along your reality.
See you at the Eclipse Festival.
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