Ancient Whispers Peace Trails Gathering
The Sacred Yellow Spring
November 19th from 2-6 PM
Rockford Chapel: 515 President Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Beloved littlebig family and friends,
In the depths of the soul
To the unfolding truth
Each one of us brings to it
And waits to sing
We held our final Gathering for the year in Te Honu ki te Ra Tawhiti ki te Uru: the Families of the Turtle in the faraway land in the West – America
Elder Raymond will be returning to Aotearoa, New Zealand in early 2017 for several months to reconnect with the spirits of the land, the beloved Kauri trees, the ocean, mountains and his family. While at home he will also be teaching and learning.
The Gathering was focused on the communal sharing of a meal. For this we asked everyone to bring an item of food as a contribution to our meal. Our littlebig family in Yellow Springs provided the soup and hot drinks.
The gathering was an opportunity to come together before the chill of Hine Kura Waka, the Ice Maiden returned to the northern hemisphere from the far flung regions in the south. In times of old, when the chill of this ancient ancestress filled the air, sat atop mountains and lay scattered about the fields, it signaled the time for teaching the wisdoms. When student’s minds and perceptions were considered to be at their razor-edge best. When the intellect could be shaped and molded like the crystals in freezing water are malleable to the swirling zephyrs of Tawhirimatea, the Guardian of the Winds, creator of all those incredible frozen sculptures in the deepest south, Antarctica.
But now, we find it too inconvenient, too uncomfortable, best wait until the fire has been relit in the sky once more, so we can try and learn when our minds are no longer sharp. How about our memories, what about them, they need stimuli as well?
How many have watched the young sapling shivering in ecstasy wearing her first cloak of morning frost, or meditating with the morning glory of spiderweb draped in dewdrops. Inconvenient, uncomfortable, Hmmm, I wonder!
It was a spirit-filled time spent together in peae and love.
Elder Raymond TeKorako Ruka.