Wounded Knee II

The Invitation

The Invitation

No, this post isn’t about the “Incident at Wounded Knee”, although part of the reason that had so much impact is because of the history of the Massacre taking place on the same land.  This is a posting for those who are interested in joining us in prayer and healing for those who were chased down, and shot down, and buried in the mass grave at Wounded Knee.

Praying, to my mind, is a very personal thing.  Approaching the Divine sincerely is not something anyone can tell you how to do it “right”.  However, for an event like this I’m happy to offer some suggestions of things you might want to try.

Cleansing:  Many rituals and acts of prayer start with some form of cleansing.  This can be anything from a full ritual bath to an energetic cleansing like grounding and centering.   In many Native American practices cleansing is done with smoke, or smudging.  Commonly smudge sticks are made with sage or sweetgrass.

The Sacred Fire at Parliament of World Relitions

The Sacred Fire at Parliament of World Religions

The cleansing practice can be constructed as a small prayer in and of itself.   The water, or smoke can be blessed.  Prayers can be made about being prepared – appropriate and able (I hate the notion of worthy) – to do the work at hand.  Any “excess” can be returned to the earth for recycling and renewal.

For this particular work I’m using this prayer for cleansing:

Blessed be my mind and heart

Let me be open to the struggle, the pain, and the heartbreak of what has been lost

Let me be honest about my participation in a culture that would allow, condone, and reward persecution of people already pushed out of their homes

Let me be compassionate to the fear, on both sides, that caused the shooting to start and to continue until the dead littered the ground

Let me be open, honest, and compassionate

May my heart and mind be blessed.

Blessed Be

Creating Sacred Space: There is no need to do this work in a separated space.  To the Native Americans every place you stand on this planet is sacred.  But many of us appreciate a small act to acknowledge that sacred work is distinct from our mundane lives.  Some of us need a special space so that we know to avoid distractions.   Because this is a prayer, not just for Wounded Knee, but for all those massacred in similar situations it seems to me that the most appropriate way to create sacred space is to acknowledge the 4 directions.

North, East, South, and West are the compass points that cartographers have used for ages to define the land.  Many of us have associations with those directions, as do the Native tribes.  However, those associations are not universal.

Where I live, and in my spiritual tradition, North is associated with winter, darkness, silence, and wisdom.   If I lived in Argentina North might be associated with warmth and growth.   In my spiritual tradition West is associated with water, compassion, sunset, and healing.  The sunset in the West is globally true, but it’s hard to associate West with water if you live with the ocean only a short trip to the East.

In religions where the spiritual center is a geographic point, like Mecca, where you stand in relation to that point impacts your association with the directions.  Even where we stand relative to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, may impact how we establish this space.woundedknee

So I leave the specifics up to you.  Establish the sacredness of where you stand by recognizing where you are in the world at this moment.  Honor what is in each of the 4 directions.  Honor the sacredness of the Earth upon which you stand.

 

More to come…………….

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About lisaspiral

I've been writing and speaking about spirituality to small groups for years and am looking to expand my horizons. Hopefully this blog will inspire you to expand yours as well.

Posted on December 26, 2015, in magic, spiritual and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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