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It was movement class that inspired one of my very first poems. We danced and moved to a drum beat. We also imagined we were spinning seeds falling to the ground. After class I held a seed in my hand that had a wing and as I dropped it, it spun and spun like a helicopter until it landed.
Movement became words and words became the poem. My movement teacher became ill with cancer. I have a vague recollection of going to visit her. She was still not moving. Her smile moved across her face and reminded me of her calling out to us, “move to the beat”- “faster”, “Slower”, she asked “are you happy, are you sad”.
Now I take my children to movement. Of course it’s not the same teacher she is long gone. I am amazed at the confidence building in them. My daughter grooves all over the house. The two younger children who attend the class perform a puppet show at school. They are comfortable with movement, voice, being in front of an audience. They are birds, water and next lesson the woods?
Their feet wizz brightly with purpose.
The Path of the Feather as a teaching, is about becoming a contemporary shaman by seeing and hearing the voices of the living earth. It is about finding out who you are by making medicine wheels and listening to the voices of the spirit animals and ancient ones. It is about you living your ordinary life as your vision quest, as your shamanic journey. It is about you becoming one who sees and one who heals the earth with intent.
Stories of Feathers are so interesting. I find so much in the spiritual and traditional stories of nations to inspire pictures, art and ways of finding a balance in daily life. We may have many pathways to our spirituality but the vision quest is perhaps something many of us can relate to as we strive to find meaning in daily life.
My grandfather was a medicine man in PNG and I think because of him I find it important to look at some Indigenous spiritual teachings and see what stories convey them and what purpose they have served and serve for the people who follow them.
I will return to this topic again but its enough to acknowledge it is there in my Pearlzdreaming…