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Lions Roar : May 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2007 101 Dance of the Deer founDation CENTER FOR SHAMANIC STUDIES Summer Solstice Upstate New York June 22 - 24, 2007 Mt. Shasta The Mountain of Your Dreams in California August 1 - 5, 2007 Tel: 831 475-9560 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Alaska Celebrate the Light of Summer June 28 - July 8, 2007 F ind R enewal in this h ealing t R adition 28 years inspiring lives www.shamanism.com Brant Secunda with World famous shaman and healer in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. Seminars and Retreats Worldwide Expe rience Huichol Shamani sm whose violence caused so much suffering that continues in the world today. May you be free May you be happy May you be at peace May you be at rest May you know we remember you And now let us bring our attention to George’s horse. With its big, dark eyes. Who drank George’s blood in grief after the horror of his companion’s bitter death. We know by now that the other animals on the planet watch us and know us and some- times love us. How they express that love is often mysterious. May you be free May you be happy May you be at peace May you be at rest May you know we remember you I cherish the study and practice of Buddhism because it is good medicine for healing us so that we may engage the work of healing our ancestors. Both George and his father are our ancestors. What heals ances- tors is understanding them. And understanding as well that it is not in heaven or in hell that the ancestors are healed. They can only be healed inside us. Buddhist practice, sent by ancestors we didn’t even know we had, has arrived, as all things do, just in time. THIS IS NOT A TIME to live without a practice. It is a time when all of us will need the most faithful, self-generated enthu- siasm (enthusiasm: to be filled with god) in order to survive in human fashion. Whether we reach this inner state of recognized divinity through prayer, meditation, dancing, swimming, walk- ing, feeding the hungry, or enriching the impoverished is imma- terial. We will be doubly bereft without some form of practice that connects us, in a caring way, to what begins to feel like a dissolving world. In addition to contemplating the Hopi message “Know your gar- den and where is your water,” we must also ask: What is my practice? What is steering this boat that is my fragile human life? Take some time to contemplate what sort of practice appeals to you. If you are Christian, the words and actions of Jesus are excellent guides; especially the words and actions discovered during the past century in the Gnostic Gospels and the Nag Hammadi Scrolls. If you are an animist, there is all of Existence to be inspired by. Everything has life, everything has spirit! Per- haps singing in the choir of your church or trance dancing with friends is a connector to the All for you. Whatever it is, now is the time to look for it, to locate it, definitely, and to put it to use. ♦ Excerpted from Alice Walker’s We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness (The New Press, 2006). Reprinted by permission of The Wendy Weil Agency, Inc. © 2006 Alice Walker.