Views from A Deep Place

April 16, 2020-

The young girl read her poem  She thanked Coronvirusdisease2019, for bringing things to a halt, for making us take notice of one another and for showing us that we need to use our time more wisely.

I joined a Zoom call this morning, with people from Jordan to New Zealand, from Bolivia to Alaska, joining together in prayer, and a short series of Talking Circles, organized by the Four Worlds International Institute, a spiritual connectedness center, run by First Nations people, in Surrey, BC-south of Vancouver.

Most of the time was spent in prayer and thoughtful remarks.  The young girl and her father, Bedouins from Jordan, offered very cogent remarks about the state of the planet and fervent prayers for all humanity to recover fully, from the current crisis. They were followed, not long after, by an Israeli Jew, singing a prayer in Hebrew.

This session lasted two hours, and will be followed, on a daily basis, by a Mayan gentleman, offering  a prayer at sunrise.  It will be followed, on a weekly basis, each Thursday until May 21, by a similar prayers and Talking Circle format.

A Talking Circle, for those not familiar with it, is a small group of people talking from their hearts, one at a time.  Customarily, a Talking Stick is held by the person whose turn it is to speak.  No one else may speak until that person finishes.  A person may not have a second turn holding the stick, until everyone in the circle has had a chance to speak-though one with nothing to share may pass the stick to the next person.

In the current, digital format, the unmute button serves as Talking Stick. Everyone remains muted, except the person whose turn it is to speak.  Six of us, three from Arizona and others from as far away as Norway and Fiji, spoke briefly in introduction to one another.  I am sure the conversations will become deeper, as the weeks progress.

This sort of discourse will be where the ideas for spiritual regeneration come.

4 thoughts on “Views from A Deep Place

  1. Hello Teacher,

    I have heard of the Talking Stick before. In my studies of faiths around the world, and the traditions of many different indigenous groups and many African cultures and tribes men and women.

    Sounds a lot like our Indigenous Blanket Exercise. We have several of these meetings in Montreal during the year.

    There is a circle of chairs, and many people, from many faiths, including indigenous people gather. On the floor inside the circle are blankets, each representing an indigenous tribe, each blanket is a representation of land and tradition. There is a round the circle share, but we use a feather, as a talking stick. Each person can talk and nobody interrupts. There is not a double dipping, so to speak, then we move from chairs to stand on the blankets, and the story of colonization and appropriation is read. Some in the group are handed index cards with particular notes on them.

    Little by Little the blankets are drawn up and removed from the floor, as the White man moves across land populated by Indigenous peoples. The land is conquered and the people are removed, put on reserves, or die from disease. As the blankets are removed so are the participants standing on what is left of “the land” i.e. the blankets until none remain.

    it is a poignant reminder of what was done, and how those who were here first (In Canada) were abused. It is a very spiritual exercise for everyone who sits in the circle. At the end of the reading, we once again sit in a circle and the Feather goes around a second time. The entire ceremony last about three hours per sitting.

    Sending you my thoughts tonight before bed.

    Jeremy

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    • That is an amazing and very worthwhile path to understanding the deep impact of the movement of colonizers across the globe- We are a peripatetic species, and an opportunistic one, to boot. In the new age I envision, there will be more awareness of this historically tragic phenomenon and an active process of acceptance and inclusion, way beyond what we have seen, so far.

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  2. This sounds like a very appropriate way to share faith in these days of physical separation — I’ve been impressed by Zoom as a means to carry on such meetings, and it sounds as if there are many meetings of this type running concurrently, separated by denominational faith.

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