Attunement to Mother Earth’s wisdom
Earth-honoring spirituality is an engagement with the wisdom of the earth and the cosmos, both seen and unseen.
Every culture around the world has its own methods, rituals, and customs for bringing the energies of all living creation into the community through the vehicle of the healer and the wisdom of the elders. What all earth-honoring spiritual paths have in common is the exchange of life-giving energies between nature and human beings.
Ways of working with the land, the natural cycles of light and dark, the elements, the animal kingdom, plants, the ancestors, and star nations are as old as time.
We are all a part of nature. The healing potential of a mindful reciprocal relationship with nature lies in the concept of homeostasis.
If people reflect and research long enough into their own past they can go back to their people using stones and land and revering water. And using rituals for everything.
– Sicangu Lakota activist Cheryl Angel
As described elsewhere on this site, such as in my blog and in a tribute to my elders, my journey on the earth-honoring spiritual path has been profound. After decades of solitary work with my own spiritual guides, a few years of working with the Andean cosmology and healing arts as taught to me by Q’ero elder don Mariano Quispe Flores, and making two trips to Standing Rock to support environmental justice and sovereign Native American rights, I was dramatically led back to the Celtic and pre-Celtic path of my own ancestors.
In all of the above experiences, learning from indigenous elders and sitting in sacred ceremony with them over several years was an honor that brought with it great responsibility that now informs both my own path and my work. The primary task of this responsibility is to explain exactly what shamanism is and isn’t in the paragraph to the right.
No matter what spiritual path and culture speaks deepest to me personally, the healing arts I practice clinically have been learned and honed over decades of experience.
(Note: My work is highly inter-cultural. I have been what don Mariano calls a chakaruna or “bridge person” since childhood. In other words, we don’t have to practice the same spiritual path for you to benefit from the work I do. I hope that it inspires you to deepen your own ways.)