Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Amethyst - The Talking Stone

Amethyst sends a voice out into the universe. Whatever you’re feeling and thinking, Amethyst will translate and send. This stone is especially good for people using mantras and the Secret or Law of Attraction. Use this stone carefully, whatever you think and feel, it will send and the Universe will manifest.

Wear it in a medicine bag or in a piece of jewelry. Or use it as a meditation tool to focus your sight on. Although, I caution whatever way you use it, use it only on days and times when you are focused. It is best to use in an uncut, unpolished, raw form. The “voice” in it’s natural state is clearer and louder with more force and power.

There are sounds and/or songs that resonate with every crystal, stone, rock or mineral. To find the tonal vibrations, hold and/or look at the stone in a meditative state and wait for a tingling sensation in your stomach (2nd chakra) around your navel. When the tingling begins, without thinking, open your voice and let the sound(s) or song come out. It’s a good idea to have a voice recorder, such as tape or digital . Since you are in a meditative state sometimes it’s hard to remember the earthly stuff.

After you have the sound or song that goes with your stone use it every time you use the stone. It will awaken the stone, especially if it hasn’t been used in a long time. Also, the sounds or song will help the stone focus on you, and not on other transmissions and interferences that may be in your environment. Living in a crowded environment like a city or apartment complex can buffer your intent because of so many other intentions in close proximity. Use the song to eliminate these interferences.

How do I know that? During my early training in the ceremonial ways of the Lakota, I found a particularly rare rock. My teachers taught me how to retrieve the song that belonged to it. I have used this teaching for every stone that comes to me. The method for doing this is basically described above, waiting for the tingling in your stomach navel area and then letting the sound out.

I was also taught several ways to talk with the “rocks”. Some rocks have ears, some have mouths, some you can put to your ear and hear a buzzing sound. Sometimes it takes years to learn how to work with a particular stone. Stones have a very different sense of time. Consider that they are the first living beings on the planet. Each one is eons old. Some of you may know the Lakota word “Tunkasila”, which is generally translated as “grandfather”, but the original word means “very ancient rock”. It was an analogy for the Creator, Ancient Mystery, God, etc. There’s a lot of wisdom and power in that. So, take your time. Make sure you get something authentic and not a creation of wishful thinking. I waited seven years for one particular rock’s song. And then it came out with so many songs, I couldn’t remember them all. Each song was for a particular healing modality. My teachers say that each of those songs is in my heart and I will remember them when the time comes.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Reading the Coals

I'm just gonna' ramble a bit about my experiences reading coals.

First laughter and being relaxed are always good things. I used to get very intense hours before ceremony and my teachers would tell me not to start the ceremony before the ceremony. In other words there's a time for intensity and pre-ceremony isn't it. Although, there's a balance. Those that choose to sit by the fire or tend the fire, stay in a casual state of prayer. Talking and laughing are perfectly fine, as long as the largest focus in our thinking, actions and words is the sacred fire. What it's showing us, what's changing, such as the direction of the flames, or any oddities that might occur with the fire. Our hearts and minds open up to the essence of it, the beingness of it, and the spirit beings that come to it. It's also fine to go inside and not sit by the fire. Actually, everything is perfectly fine. There really are no rules. Our experience should flow with the energies surrounding it.

Also, before the coals are ready, you can put prayers into the fire with objects such as tobacco ties, or just plain tobacco, written petitions, prayer flags, and offerings of any sort. I think in Judaism they offer bread to the fire. Whatever comes to you is fine. You cannot hinder the power that belongs to fire with your offerings.

So, the fire has died down and the coals are glowing. We start with a formal invocation, such as a song or prayer or statement of intent. Then everyone becomes quiet, so as not to interrupt anyone who is getting a message or viewing images in the coals. We say out loud what we see, even if we don't understand the image. The image will be significant for someone in the ceremony, even if the reader doesn't understand it. We keep in mind that reading the coals is a tribal, family, clan ceremony. The images are meant for us and are generally not about the outside world. This is a very intimate ceremony and was used originally for the survival of the tribe, clan, or family. What will the weather be, where will the buffalo be, what obstacles can we avoid. Today, we are an extended family with few of us genetically related, but we still need to know what's coming, how we can make our lives better and avoid any obstacles that are not conducive to our life experience. (Although, messages from the fire are not always about future events, they can be about what is necessary now.)

It's really important that everyone understand that we can all do this. Reading the coals isn't for just for seers or specially gifted people. This is a family ceremony and the key is not to censor anything you see. Trust it and say it. Even if it seems crazy or silly. It will be significant for someone.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lot-A-Burger Bro

Standing at Lot-A-Burger
waitin' for french fries,
a brown skinned brother arrives.
My heart leaps, do I know you?
I'm so alone here, please talk to me.
But, we are both culturally shy.
Casting side long glances full of silent questions.
"Where you from?"
"What Nation?"
Our numbers are called,
Lot-A-Burgers in hand, we walk to our cars.
Eagle feathers hang from rear view mirrors.
Side long glances full of "later".

Mantra of Arrogance - "When will you ever learn?"

What a terrible thing to say!
"When will you ever learn?"
How condescending. How arrogant.
"Why do you say that?"
Because we're tired of seeing you hurt.
Who said I was hurt?
I'm just puzzled.

"When will you ever learn?"
Superior minds thinking superior thoughts
such as betrayal, lies, deception.
"When will you ever learn?"
That you are promoting a dismal and soul eating theory.
A theory that says:
"Never trust"
"Never risk"
"Take the well worn path"
"Learn from your mistakes"
What mistakes? I don't believe in them.
"When will you ever learn?"

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cikala Necklace Bags

Cikala Necklace Bags are precious and small just like the beings that inspire them. These necklace bags are in honor of the Little People of all Nations, from Fairies, Elves, to Gimimila Wakan (Sacred Butterfly People).

These tiny necklace bags are meant for items that are special to the Cikala (Little People) or that serve as reminders of them, fairy dust, clovers, hummingbird feathers, butterfly wings, crystals or even a bit of dust from their dance grounds.

Medicine Bags

Made of deer hide. Copper wire hanger and brass beads. Painted with permanent waterproof ink.

These necklace/pouches are inspired and serve as a tribute to the original Shirt Wearers who were known for their exceptional acts of honor and bravery. They were also know to have extraordinary medicine abilities which they used to protect and serve the people.

Private talismanic drawings can be added. Please contact Paula with instructions and/or diagrams of personal talisman.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Friday, June 6, 2008

Talisman with red ink

Talisman written with red ink - Make ink by mixing saffron with egg yolk. Write the talisman on parchment paper or another paper that won't absorb water. Then run water over the paper and drain into a cup. Drink the water.