Naming: Acknowledging what has been missed, lost, what we are still holding onto, what is coming into being, and what wants to be released.
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 WEST location Loafer’s Lake.
Can you identify places in your body where something feels knotted or held?
Cross your forearms and gently place your hands on either side of your neck. Close your eyes and softly speak any names or words that come to you.
Go gently, honouring silence, honouring space.
When you are ready slowly gather your fingers together until they form 2 fists.
Carefully pull your fists away from you as if you are dragging a net out of your chest. Continue one hand at a time pulling the tangled threads from your body.
When you get to the end of the net, reach down and pick up 2 handfuls of the imaginary knots.
Extend both fists out to your sides as far as they can reach.
Squeeze your hands and the muscles of your face tightly and when you are ready, release your fists and feel the knots and tangles fall away. Softening your face.
With your arms still widely extended and your hands and face now open and free, imagine you have giant wings and twist gently to the left and then softly to the right.
And then align yourself with the wind and take flight and soar.
Indigenous Teaching from Philip Davis
Our emotions are our guideposts in life, they remind us to slow down, turn left or right, turn around or stop. If we consider our emotions as helpers we can give pause to the question as to why and move on. Emotions have never served us in a good way to conduct our lives.
Smudging Ceremony with Isaiah Gilson
Open yourself to the energies/frequencies of all life. This energy will guide you to where you are needed. Coincidence is quite a common occurrence in life if you allow yourself to be open and acknowledge such energy (i.e. noticing when air is concurrent with breath).
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.