Day 2

Day 2

Chris Miller (Akbar): Waking up in Zion, deep in the valley, a rushing river in the dark of morning, brilliant stars above – no – planets. This morning, Jupiter, Venus, and Mars all aligned together perfectly – showing us that balance between the masculine and the feminine in the highest way can be part of our guiding principles.

This morning Grandmother Mary Lyons led a water ceremony – at Buffalo Creek in Zion national park. It was utterly beautiful to be part of – sacred – we smudged ourselves, we honored the directions, we honored the waters of many places and where we stood, and Grandmother Mary spoke to us of the water carriers she works with in the north, and the ones who came from all over to help heal the fountain of Turtle Island in Minnesota. Here is a short poem about why we don’t have a video of the water ceremony, inspired by Grandmother Mary not wanting it to be filmed.

[Water Ceremony]

do not film the

ceremony, friend –the waters in you

are the waters you bless

when the grandmother

carries water

around the great lakes

seven months she blesses

you

do not film the

ceremony, friend –

the waters in you

are the waters you

heal

when the waters of

nations are brought

together to mingle

their songs & remembrance

& their songs mingle

with yours they heal

you

do not film the

ceremony, friend –

the waters in you

are the waters you

love

when the rainmakers

sing rainbows brighter

and the rain joins earth

& sky this water loves

you

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