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Why Can’t We All Just Love Each Other?

There are many reasons. Two of the main ones, we don’t know love, unconditional love, and we don’t know each other.

Well, first, we don’t know ourselves. For the most part, we really don’t have a clue and with that we don’t have any idea who the person sitting across from us is let alone the person on the other side of the continent, or the planet.

I am a spiritual being having a human experience is usually the extent to which people express knowing themselves. Sounds spiritual, but what the heck does that even mean?

In our work we have seen people pretending to be all spiritual and loving and awake and happy but when life threw them a curveball all hell broke loose, all spiritual and loving and happy went down the drain. What was left went out the window, and all they spewed out into the world was resentment, hate even.

That’s the measure of being awake, how we handle ourselves when curveballs come our way.

Our problems don’t define us, how we handle ourselves in the midst of our problems is how we define ourselves.

Does our entire being shift to the mask’s behavior of judgement, resentment, fear, anger and hate, which still lie buried underneath the happy and loving veneer or have we really done our homework, our mask work, and cleaned out our basement of all our mask dynamics?

Do we know our true essence, our true being and are able to stand in it’s center no matter what comes our way?

Or is our knowledge of ourselves built on sand and blown away in whichever psychic wind storms by.

And it’s not just curveballs. Sometimes all it takes to get us going and get our mask jabber up and running is just something annoying showing up on the TV, or on the internet, or from our neighbors, or even our friends.

Really what it boils down to is we don’t love ourselves. In fact we judge ourselves sometimes so fiercely it’s a wonder we manage to continue to live with ourselves.

I want you to do something next time you’re in your bathroom in front of the mirror. I find this exercise most effective when done scantly gladded, like in underwear, or even naked.

Look carefully at yourself, all of it, head to toe, or as far as your mirror allows you to see, all your glory.

Now, take mental, or actual notes of what you are thinking and feeling. No pretend, no make believe, no fake, take note of what the real thoughts and feelings are that come up.

Are they:

I love myself, I love who I am, I love my body, I love what I have accomplished, I’m beautiful, I love my life, I love everything about myself unequivocally without reservation! Can you actually feel how exciting it is to be inside this body, in this time, right here right now, without hesitations or doubts?

Or are they:

I’m too short, I’m too tall. I’m too fat. I’m too thin. My boobs are to small, or too big. I’m too young, I’m too old. I’m ugly, I’m not worthy. I haven’t accomplished anything. nobody loves me, I’m all alone, nobody understands me, or any variation of these things on and on and on?

As a side, all the things we think and feel about and say to ourselves in front of that mirror, we usually think and feel and say about others. Sometimes we are aware of what we’re doing, most of the time we’re not. And usually we have very little conscious awareness of how these things effect ourselves and others.

We consider ourselves the most evolved species on the planet yet we are the most destructive to ourselves, to each other, to the environment.

And it’s all because we have no clue as to who we are and because of the inability to love ourselves or each other that comes with that cluelessnes.

“You see, a people who knows their Song has no use for starting war. But a people who live without their Song in their life, live in self importance and fear, separated from all things. Trapped in a broken world. Our elders used to say that those people ‘live in death’, because to them life is a brutal war.”
— Domano Hetaka Sacred Link

We have a simple ceremony. We have written about it before. But because of its seeming simplicity its power, which is considerable, eludes most people, at first.

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“Learn your Song. Learn your masks. Refuse to take part in these broken webs and they pass into death of their own weight. Hold to your center and dance on your Song instead. It is the only way you can stay alive.”
— Domano Hetaka Sacred Link

Learn your Song, learn your center and you will change your life and with it you will change the world.

Almost all ceremonies within Ka Ta See are done inside a circle stone altar. You can find instructions on how to build such an altar space here.

If you have the opportunity to build such an altar and do the Ceremony of Finding Your Song inside that altar space, that would be great. But, this particular ceremony is an exception of sorts, it’s ok to do this ceremony without building the altar space.

Most importantly, enjoy … and repeat the ceremony as often as you possibly can.

Love and Song,



Building The Circle Stone Altar

This is the way of building a traditional temporary circle altar

In this tradition, there is no use of alcohol, drugs, or mind-altering
substances before or during ceremony preparation or the ceremonies

In this tradition that my grandparents taught me, altars are sacred
spaces. Ceremonies are sacred. We create altars to make sacred space.
Some are on tabletops or maybe on the ground, and are designed for you
to be in front of. Some are created on the floor or ground and are
designed for you to sit or stand or lie down inside of.

The thing that makes a sacred space instead of a place that we might
just admire or love, is the inviting, with respect and honor, of the
spirit nations and the productive, conscious use of geometrical forms.

There are many different spirit nations and beings, and people have
referred to them by many different names and titles. We’ve called them
deities, angels, spirits, ancestors, devas, natural forces. By
enlisting their help we gain the intelligence, the intention and
protection, of beings who have a much greater perspective on reality
than we do, and are far less limited than we are.

The use of geometrical forms in the altering of consciousness and
health is an ancient and nearly lost art. Altars employ geometrical
forms to aid in the raising of consciousness and the generation of
better health. The altars used here in these ceremonies are simple
circles, large enough to sit down in – about three to four feet in
diameter. They are built with stone people, otherwise known in our
culture as rocks. And also with cornmeal and tobacco.

Everything is alive and intelligent and conscious. Even the rocks. And
we can learn to communicate with them if we quiet our minds and set
our expectations and our judgements aside.

To find the most helpful and productive stone people for our purpose
you will need to go out away from houses and landscaping. You need to
go out and find wild stone people.

Not rocks that have been collected by somebody for their gardens or
paths, or as mementos, or even rocks that have become your friends.
For the best efficiency, the stone people should be wild, not
domesticated. Domesticated rocks have been absorbing energies that
will interfere with the purpose of altar.

The polite and appropriate way to approach the stone people out in the
wild is to go to them with a gift of respect and appreciation. The
best gift is always the energy of genuine love and thanks from your

This is the truth behind the tradition of offering tobacco, or
cornmeal, or pollen, or food. These items are the outward and physical
portions of the gifts. And these actions tell us to always remember
the real gift – the gift of the energies, of the genuine love and

Indigenous Americans have traditionally used tobacco, cornmeal,
pollen, food items, or anything that is special, precious, to them. If
they have nothing at all, then any tiny little thing, little object,
even their own hair, is used as a gift. Ancient Europeans have favored
flower petals, pollen, seeds, foods, metals.

So take your gift of greeting, your offering, whatever it is, no
matter how humble, out to where the stone people are. Feel your Song
and spread your gift out onto the ground. And ask them. Ask the Stone
Nation who among them would like to come and help you and be part of
your sacred altar space. Leave your expectations and your judgements
behind. The stone people will tell you, without any doubt, which ones
want to come. And they will tell you when you have enough.

For the ceremonies that you will be doing now, you will need two
different batches, or groups, of rocks. One batch we will refer to as
the “red batch.” And the other we will call the “other batch.” Your
red batch of stones may or may not actually be red in color. It
doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that you purposefully
collect stone people for each batch.

The instructions about gathering two batches of rocks are specifically
for “The Dance Of The Earth Fire Serpent” ceremony. If you are
building an altar space for any other ceremony or Spirit Journey you
will only need one batch of stone people.

You will also need, for the drawing of the altar circle, at least one
cup of cornmeal and at least one cup of loose tobacco. This is a
separate thing from what you might choose to use as an offering. This
is for the actual construction of the altar itself.

Select a place for your altar where you will not be interrupted and
you will have enough privacy. As you are preparing and gathering the
elements for your ceremony, feel your Song. Keep the purpose of your
ceremony clearly defined and keep your mind on your task as much as
possible. Always remember that the clearer your intent is, and the
freer you are from distractions, the stronger and more effective and
more powerful your altar will be, and the more effective and powerful
your ceremony will be.

Now, as you have all the elements collected together and you are ready
to begin, set the red batch of stone people aside for now. You will
use the red batch of stone people later in the Earth Fire Serpent
ceremony. Put the other batch of stone people in front of you. Feel
your Song.

Obviously, if you are building an altar space which is not intended
for The Dance Of The Earth Fire Serpent you are only working with one
batch of stone people.

Talking to each and every one of these stone people, one at a time,
thank them for coming, and ask them for their help to build a good,
strong, efficient altar space that will raise the vibrational
qualities of the space inside the circle altar in such a way that it
removes the veil between the dimensions inside the altar space. These
special vibratory conditions inside the altar space are health-giving
and spontaneously raise the level of consciousness.

Set each stone person down one at a time, speaking to them, building
in a clockwise direction a complete and closed circle about three to
four feet across.

Use all of the other batch of stone people that you brought. It is
fine if some of the stone people don’t touch each other. Sometimes the
stone people have us collect a large number of stones and sometimes
they have us collect only a few. This is fine. One number of stone
people is just as correct as another number, and just as powerful.

The area where the first and the last stones are set down is called
your “gate.” There should be no extra gap between these stones. You
are drawing a complete and full circle. The gate is the only place
where you leave and enter your altar. Do not put any of your body
parts – arms, legs – through the walls of your altar.

All geometrical forms, two-dimensional or three-dimensional, create
frequencies and fields of energies. Some are beneficial to us and some
are harmful. Circles are one of the more beneficial and useful forms.
The circle altar is creating a multi-dimensional wall of energy
straight up from the stones. The frequencies and the electromagnetic
field intensity inside the altar circle are much higher than outside.
This helps move and hold and train your consciousness to much higher
levels with less effort from you.

When you poke your body through the wall instead of the gate you break
the field of energy that is creating the wall and the altar and all of
its benefits. And it requires time to repair itself. So remember to
only go in and out through the gate. Whenever you notice that you have
forgotten to feel your Song, bring your attention back to your Song,
even while you work.

When all these stone people are in place, stand up and look carefully
at the exactness of your circle. Stand inside the circle and look. And
then stand at various points outside the circle and look. What you
want is a circle that is as perfectly round as you can make it. The
more exact the geometry, the more intense the effect will be. When you
and your stone people friends are satisfied with the roundness of your
altar space, you are ready for the next part of the building.

Now it’s time for the corn meal. You will take your corn meal, and at
the first stone that you put down in your altar, you will draw a
continuous line on top of and in between all the stone people of the
circle. You will be drawing the circle of the altar with the stone
people and the corn meal.

Each nation has its own signature, its own gifts or medicines. The
medicine of the corn nation is to give sustenance, nourishment on all
levels – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. It cares for, heals,
protects. When we lay this line down of corn meal, we are asking for
its help to create, as part of the wall of the altar, a strong,
nourishing, healing, protecting component. It is also an offering of
gratitude and respect to all the stone people and all the other
nations that you choose to invite here to help you.

As you lay this corn meal down, feel your Song. Consciously, and
carefully, aim your thoughts and your words to the guardians, the
grandmothers and grandfathers of the four directions, to the above and
the below, to Grandmother Earth.

Speak to the nations that live in this place that you’ve chosen. And
to the spirit nations that are your helpers. And to the Creator. Make
the line as thin or as wide, or as sparse or as heavy, as feels right
to you. Try to keep the geometry as circular as you can, and draw a
complete, closed circle, even through the gate area. There should be
no gaps. The key to building a strong altar is your intent. The
clearer, the more precise your intent and your focus, the stronger and
the more effective the altar.

When you have completed the drawing of corn meal, it’s now time for
the tobacco. The medicine of the tobacco is to make things clean and
clear, to purify them. Tobacco is a protector, and a carrier of
messages. It is a favorite among the spirit nations, and so it is
considered sacred to the indigenous Americans. And it has been used as
an offering and a prayer carrier for millennia.

With this tobacco you will draw a circle on top of the corn meal. You
are asking for the help of the tobacco nation to build into the wall
its gifts of purification and protection. It is also an offering to
all the spirit nations that you are inviting to come and help you
build the altar and have the ceremony.

Talk to each of these nations, giving thanks and asking them for their
help. Don’t be shy and embarrassed to ask for exactly what you want
and need at this time. If you are not clear what you want and need,
and tell this with clarity and focus to the spirit nations and the
Universe, how can they help you provide it? Your clarity and intent
and focus is the key to having the ceremony work. So don’t be timid.
Feel your Song and focus and talk to the stone people, and to the
grandmothers and grandfathers of the four directions, the above and
the below. To Mother Earth, the spirits that live in this location,
your spirit helpers, to Creator.

Draw a complete and full circle, leaving no gaps, using as much
tobacco as feels right. When you are done with the tobacco, the
traditional temporary altar is complete and ready for ceremony.

It is a good practice to get to know your altar. To know what it feels
like. Each altar that you build will be slightly different. Your
purpose will be different. Your intent will be different. Your ability
to focus and concentrate will be different. And your own state of
growth and understanding will be different.

Your altar’s impact on you and your activities can be profound, so we
learn how to observe this. To observe means to pay attention through
all the senses and the mind and the emotions. And through a subtle
awareness that can only be described as feeling.

To observe means to learn by experiencing a thing. Not by just
thinking about it. The only way to truly learn is to experience. Stand
in front of your altar, at the gate, and observe your altar space. Is
there anything unusual that you can see, or feel with your hands? Or
hear? Or smell? Now close your eyes and let your spirit observe your
altar space. Observe with the senses of your spirit. Take no
judgements or expectations with you. There is no need to force a
picture or sensations. Just let the information, touching your being,
come to you.

Do you see anything in your mind’s eyes? Not as though you were
looking through your physical eyes, but inside your mind. Are there
colors? Movement? Impressions of any kind? Inside your mind, are there
sounds connected to your altar? Is there a sense of feeling the
presence of substance, or energies? Currents, movements, temperature
shifts? Anything that is different from the surrounding space.

Now step inside your altar space through the gate, and observe your
altar space from inside. Observe the space, the floor, the walls of
the circle. Observe with the senses of your body and observe with the
senses of your spirit. Feel. Experience the qualities of the whole
space. Observe everything. Every aspect. What’s different? How is it
affecting you?

Now step outside your altar space through the gate. Observe your altar
space with the senses of your body and the senses of your spirit.
Don’t guess. Make no judgments, no expectations. Observe. Feel.
Experience. Then step back inside and observe. Feel. Experience. The
more you do this observing practice, the easier it gets and the
greater the impact will be on you. The more information, the more real
understanding you will be able to obtain.

It is important when you do ceremony and meditation in this tradition
that you have as few distractions as possible from the outside world
and from your body. So unplug the ringer to the phone, have the kids
at the sitter’s. Make sure you’ve eaten an amount of healthy food that
is comfortable – not too stuffed, and not so small that you’re going
to get hungry in the middle of ceremony, have sensations of low blood
sugar. Make sure that you take that last-minute run to the restroom.
And always, always feel your Song.

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