shii tsuye tlendil
spiraldancing life by Grandfather Montoya
"SpiralDancing was given to me by the Ancient Ones," notes idealist Maria naylin iskiñihí naakai ts'ilsoose Yracébûrû from her home near Santa Fe, New Mexico. "This life insight came to me from both my grandfather's teachings and my psychology studies in college."
Yracébûrû, who is know to many by the single title shima (One Who Is Like My Mother), a descendent from the Chihinne (Red Rock) Band of the Chiricahua Apache, is a deeply spiritual woman, but hasn't always been so. For a third of her life, she lived a shattered existence, as she candidly relates. "I spent a lot of time trying to be someone I can never be. I chose bad boys, sex, drugs and rock and roll over sensibility and pride. I lost myself for awhile."
Yracébûrû was raised traditionally, and her grandfather and other Elders told her she was akicita – guardian. As she neared the end of her denial odyssey, she returned to the foundational roots of her life. "My SpiralDancing my life started when I embraced the lessons of the Spiraling Stones f Emergence found in the great Medicine Wheel of Life – Tutuskya. My first wheel of time – penseh, was a difficult examination of what was illusional truth, and put me back on the path of my ancestors. My second penseh helped me embrace my talents as an advocate for healing," Yracébûrû says. "In the third penseh, I began choreographing ceremony from modified rituals I learned from Grandpa." I honor my ancestors with the continuance of their truth. Back when I was in my darkest time, a young woman asked me to be her teacher. I invited her to 'hang out,' and if something we did proved revelant, to take it out into the world and work it."
The Elders have told her she has great work to do, and that she would transcribe the rituals that permeate peace and that she was responsible for sharing the ancient ways of the future. Over the years, people have come to workshops, ceremonies, pilgrimages, camps, bought books, recordings and been touched by an authentic soul. "I started with cyclic celebrations and community circles. I pursued what was placed before me to do, it felt fulfilling… still does."
Then the legends that relay the steps of SpiralDancing started coming. "They played out in my head as if it was yesterday and I was reliving them with Grandpa. When I added the eco-psychology to the traditional rites, I had to give thanks for it. What I got was a lifestyle training that supported each person in discovering their own answers and earth roots."
In SpiralDancing, Yracébûrû utilizes every technique and concept possible for revealing personal truths. The result is an insightful and powerful collection of self illuminating actions, with heart opening results. The Shadow of Fear is an oppressive, overwhelming compositte of all our psychological doubts taht are revealed as illusional belief structures that can be dispelled. The steady steps and Yracébûrû's unique concept proposals evoke all the strength of self-empowerment. EarthWisdom turns victimization on it's head by celebrating changes for life affirmation and unlimited potentials. The studywork's master peice is that it's self paced – each at our own pace without judgment, where the separation of previous soul sickness gives way to the logic of coming together in co-creation.
Grandfather Joe WhiteBear Montoya is a Native American Church roadman, Apache Snake Clan diiyin, and childhood friend of Maria Yraceburu
"SpiralDancing is a spiritual life we dance in love and connection to Earth and Spirit," Yracébûrû says.
"It's a life of fulfillment, a continuance, the threads that unite us together."