Connecting: Activating relationships within self and with this Place and Others. Being a Good Relative.
Please click on the video below to begin the activation.
We invite you to play this audio track by Joshua Classic Roots DePerry while you read and reflect upon the Teachings shared below by Philip Davis and Isaiah Gilson. Joshua has incorporated sounds and tones from our SOUTH location Trillium Park.
Wrap your arms around yourself in an embrace and say the word “Ummmmmmmmm” a few times.
Notice how the extended ‘mmmmmmm’ sound creates a vibration in your body.
Allow your Ummmmmmmmms to transform into Hummmmmmmmming.
Invite yourself to hum notes of any length and any pitch that feel satisfying to you.
Find a tree with a solid trunk and continue humming as you walk towards it. You could also approach a kind friend or family member or if you are inside, you could walk towards a wooden doorframe.
Offer a greeting by extending your hand out in a gesture of peace and humility.
And ask the tree (or the person, or the doorframe) for permission to lean your shoulder against their shoulder.
Now ask if you can lean your back against their back.
And ask them if they will hum with you.
Begin to hum together, enjoying the rivers of sound that are created by your unique connections.
Being One with Mother Earth.
Indigenous Teaching from Philip Davis
Listening to all things in Creation has always been the inspiration on how to conduct ourselves as Human Beings, watching all things live in unison with each other shows us our true potential, and if we listen with our hearts the songs will come.
Smudging Ceremony with Isaiah Gilson
Acknowledge this flow, and the more frequently we do this, the ease to connect with energies outside of you grows with practice.
An Offering from Isaiah Gilson
Smudging is a good place to start learning/understanding ceremony, also understand not all Indigenous People smudge in the same manner, this is one way of many. Also keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to smudge, only your way that feels natural and right to you, trust your body and spirit through your process. All of these steps are my personal ways of being, related to smudging and my general approach to my moment to moments in the day to day.