Falling in Love. . .
This past July at the Sun Moon dance, I spent nearly four uninterrupted days immersed in the awareness of Grandfather’s love. This is not to say that the Creator’s love isn’t always there. What I’m offering here, is simply that for the first time since I’ve been dancing, I recognized, physically as well as emotionally, the presence of a force I can only describe as limitless, unadulterated love, flowing downward through the tree at the center of the arbor, and entering the ever expanding vessel of my heart.
One becomes aware, at times like these, of many things seemingly heretofore unnoticed. And yet, this awareness is not so much the grasping of a new idea as it is a coming home, a re-membering of components as vital to life as the very air one breathes.
How can one, after literally feeling Grandfather’s energy holding him up as his body – hungry, thirsty, and sleep-deprived – shambles its way towards the tree and back, not come away from the experience altered on such a fundamental level as to feel as if his very soul had been transfigured?
We dance for the life and well-being of All Our Relations. We dance that the People might live. And in this dance, we sometimes fall into vision. It is a moment of transcendent beauty when a dancer meets the Earth. It is akin to nothing so much as a child falling into the arms of its Mother.
Witnessing this, the heart opens, and one feels the continuous ebb and flow of life. One comes to understand that one is merely the gateway through which the Creator’s light manifests into the experience of creation.
Beautiful Painted Arrow tells us that the songs with which we dance are ancient beings. They come to honor our sacrifice and share their wisdom. I have come to believe the same thing about visions. We do not go out to seek visions for our people. Instead, the visions themselves, powerful and ancient as the one who imparts them, stand at the threshold, beckoning us to unlock the door through sacrifice and intent, that they might enter; and in doing so, bring sustenance to a hungry world. . .