A tree or a cave may appear inviting or threatening, yet both have enormous power. The smells and sensations, like the traditional stories of prophecy I grew up with, are profound, and I learned the significance of Guardianship early. In truth, these are the foundation of our relationship with Earth.
To walk a trail from sacred site to sacred site each summer, visiting, refreshing altars, doing revitalizing rituals and introducing others to these places, was the long anticipated joy of vacation. Mystery awaited us in each turn – a small dancing light, a hidden face in the stone cliff wall, all a confirmation of the reality of Earth's magic – nía'guch'laada. To provide this service to the world was always a humbling honor, bestowed by the choice… of being born into a family that observed these practices.
For years Grandpa and I made páho… visual prayer offering, to leave at the places we visited. Each site carried a story of mythological significance in our family. To honor the land and the stories, was to love this history of who we were and where we were going. We believed our actions kept these places alive and vibrant. I've led many groups since Grandpa's crossing – preparing them – immersing them in the fountains of healing energy. Just as it was with Grandpa, a hearth connection was established. For that, I love the journey, to touch and be touched by something that transcends space and time. The Earth, plant that we revere as Mother, understands our intent.
Since the beginning of time, humans have created life sustainance in our walk upon the planet. To Earth People, pilgrimage is one of the most sacred of all our tasks. We make earth bundles and leave them in strategic portals between the worlds – for a moment we step outside of our mundane lives – wrap ourselves in the supernatural, and allow ourselves to be fluidly transfomed.
Today, I've slowed down, and the power places that once required my services have retracted, their time of power complete. Many new sites are birthing – opening since 2012 – and the rituals have changed.
Guardianship and Earth evolve, relationship reciprocity becomes a more mutal life acknowledgement, the Earth becomes alive – and we become that life. In the emergence of our new time dynamic, pilgrimage – still reveals mysterious wonders.