May is here! Finally, the seeds begin to sprout, the leaves pop out, and life explodes all around us. At this time of year, we see once again how something very little, with a little bit of water and sunshine, turns into something big and beautiful!
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In the traditional ways, the word medicine can mean anything that brings us closer to the Creator, wholeness and the life force within all things. This could involve the healing of body, mind or spirit. We learn the medicine through close observation of nature, noting the behavior and qualities of the animals and plants that share this creation with us. The seeker of medicine must have great focus, patience and desire to be in harmony with the essence of the being who’s medicine they seek. The knowledge of medicine takes time and intention to grow.
Everything in Nature is a teacher. Even the changing seasons bring experiences that deepen our connection to the Creator. Winter is a time of reflection. Many living things die off or go within themself to grow and be renewed once Spring returns. Bears and other animals hibernate. Plants shut down, feeding off stored energy until the warmth returns. We people have this opporunity too. We develop wisdom and medicine not just by observing, but also by taking time to process our experiences. Through contemplation and meditation the deeper meanings of our experiences are revealed. We ask permission to use the medicine through our prayers and as we are ready those healing energies become available. Ceremony helps us cleanse those things that block us from being open to the medicine that surrounds us.
The Inipi or sweat lodge is just one of the sacred ceremonies of the Lakota people. Another of their sacred ceremonies is the Keeping of the Soul. This ceremony was given to the people to help them deal with the deep feelings of loss and grief experienced at the death of a loved one. It provided a structure for understanding and supporting the transition from this life to the next. It taught that even the death of a loved one can serve a life-giving purpose. Continue reading