Spring Equinox Celebration - 2016
"A Time of Healing"
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Blessing of the Land.
Crystalline Light Foundation held a Blessing of the Land ceremony on March 20, 2015 coinciding with the powerful energies available during the Vernal Equinox and New Moon Solar Eclipse. We planted a Mangosteen healing World Tree, an indigeneous medicinal tree sacred to the local Maleku tribe.
This Consecrated Sacred Space now forms the nexus of a beautiful Sacred Gathering Garden which we plan on building on this site. Everyone is invited to join us.
The Blessing of the Land
The Sacred location had already been identified and cleared before we began the ceremonies. The Ceremonial cycle for the Blessing of the Land on the Arenal property began with a ceremony to prepare the site using the Power Healing Crystal that was given to a Crystalline Light Foundation by Ataana, the crystal shaman who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, USA (www.energyhealer.us).
This sacred ceremony was held on March 20. The power crystal that was given to us by Ataana was set in the center of a sacred fire pit the night before and surrounded by a variety of crystals set according to the seven sacred directions. The crystals were left overnight at the ceremonial site downloading the healing energies until the morning when the fire pit was used for the next three ceremonies.
Two early afternoon (1:00 pm-3:30 pm) ceremonies were presided over by Suzanne Rouge, BSE, an educator and spiritual mentor, who has studied with a variety of indigenous medicine people in the U.S. and abroad. (Suzanne facilitates opportunities for transpersonal growth through Moon Circle events, ceremony, presence practice, aromatherapy, reflexology, Ilahinoor energy work, medicine wheel readings, breath work and art.)
We began by bringing together the ceremonial energies of the Northern Native Peoples (Eagle) and the Southern Native Peoples (Condor) into the sacred space. The fire pit burned seven sacred sticks set in the seven sacred directions.
The North American (Eagle) Tribal Ceremony
This ceremony involved rare sacred traditional tribal practices reserved for special occasions and photos were not allowed during this part of the event.
The South American (Condor) Equinox Despatcho Ceremony
To first peoples around the world, the passing of the seasons was marked by the solstices and equinoxes. The Vernal Equinox marks the coming of Spring and the preparation of the earth for another growing season. It is the time when night and day are equal and we can capitalize on the balance of energy to ground our intentions and usher them into our daily lives. A Despatcho ceremony is from the Inca/Andean traditions. There are 270 different ways to do a Despatcho, but the basic template is always about offering gratitude. We were asked to bring something from the natural world to offer and any items we would like to place on the altar to recharge. (Something from our kitchen cupboard, a leaf, feather or stone) Together we built a mandala. The equinox recognizes the Divine Feminine and the bundle was offered to the earth. We wrote down the intentions we would like to focus on and those thoughts were activated until the Summer Solstice. Being in ceremony helps us recognize synchronicity, that, like a treasure hunt, delivers the next clue in our unfolding spiritual journey.
The Central American (World Tree) Maleku Land Blessing Ceremony
This ceremony was conducted by Makeku shaman Majima, a multi-generational shaman who started studying the sacred path under his father, who was also a fully-vested shaman, when he was six years old (he is now 44 years old). He continues to study the traditional sacred path (a lifelong journey) and he is currently teaching his sons the sacred traditions. He is also a tribal leader and his official residence is in a traditional Maleku ceremonial roundhouse. The roundhouse is 60 ft tall and is held up by a central post decorated with a world tree. The four directions are marked by additional supporting posts. The ceremony at our Lake Arenal site began by burning sacred wood in the fire pit, (called the poh). There were be two tables of offerings. The first table held five local plants that are sacred to the Maleku.
These included: Niko (Maleku) Churrista'te (Spanish). This is a very important plant used for purification. Cae'na (Maleku) Cu'ju' (Spanish). A small plant with leaves shaped like moons. Aro'rom (Maleku) Una de Gato (Spanish). An uncommon plant used for peace, love and happiness. Chariree' (Maleku) Frijolillo (Spanish). A spiny tall plant used for general good health. Cipre (Maleku and Spanish). A plant used for good luck.
Majima used these plants as offerings and used them to give the participants a blessing. The second table held the traditional masks he used during the ceremony.
Mahima gave everyone a blessing using the sacred water created from the plants he had gathered fresh from the rain forest earlier in the morning.
The sacred healing tree, a Costa Rican Mangosteen was planted as we reached the completion of the ceremony.
Our World Tree is now planted on this newly created sacred site which forms the nexus for a Sacred Gathering Garden to be filled with healing plants and a labyrith created using local river stones. Ultimately the entire site will become a healing center for meditation and the practice of alternative healing modalities. Tribal healing wisdom from the Condor tribes to the south and the Eagle tribes to the north now joins the healing wisdom of Central America in all future healing practices and ceremonies we hold on this sacred site. Our World Tree will become a power center for the healing of all peoples. We believe fulfillment of the Condor Prophecy has ritualistically begun here in Costa Rica.
This heralds a time of world peace and cooperation among peoples!
A meal was then shared after the ceremonies. Everyone brought something for the Feast Table. Dear friends, Andre and Gaby, provided our entertainment giving us with a wonderful performance of old favorites.
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"Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy."
"Perhaps you have noticed that even in the slightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cottonwood tree; this we understand is its prayer to the Great Spirit, for not only men, but all things and all beings pray to Him continually in different ways."
Black Elk, Shaman, Ogalala Sioux
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