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Living An Authentic Life

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“In thinking on my death I hoped I would be ready, so that on that day my obituary would be able to say I was a strong individual; that I nurtured my uniqueness; that I always stood up for equity and diversity to their fullest among all things; that the ordinariness of the white culture is a crime of boredom and a waste of sacred potential. I hoped it would say that I was never ordinary.”

– Kay Cordell Whitaker, “Sacred Link – Joining Fortunes With The Unknown – Chapter 5, Touch The Clay, Touch The Altar”

 

Touch The Clay, Touch The Altar

…Chea handed me a bowl to put away in the cupboard. “So,” she said. “That leaves the gifts of the directions. These things here on the counter can wait for us. Let’s sit down in the big room. We’re going to talk about this now.”

I walked to the bench by the front window and looked out at the graying sky. It started to rain. The water was slow and silent. Domano brought out the little heater and set it in the middle of the room. We all crowded around it on the floor close to the warmth.

The front of the heater had a grill that was in the pattern of a circle divided by a cross. Chea said that was like the symbol for the Medicine Wheel of Life, which for us is situated on our Mother Earth. The spokes described the four directions and the four elements, and the space beyond described the fifth direction, the above. She said that all things here were made from the four elements and the five directions each in proportions unique to themselves.

Chea pointed to the lines of the cross. “Every direction has its own nature, its own part of life that it regulates. Part of your long journey is to figure out just what that is. You have your mind, your senses, your heart and you have the gifts of the directions to guide you.

“Look at the south, the gift of knowing your own Song. Have you ever learned how to do something really well?”

“Yes.” I answered. “My music. My art.”

“What did you feel when you did this thing really good? What was in that feeling?” She grabbed her arms around her knees and rolled back and forth.

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Time Of The Vulture


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This is when nature sweeps away the mess left behind by life and time preparing for something rare, something unfamiliar.

This is the time of change, in the land, in the heavens. It’s the time of disassembling, taking out the broken, the used up, the imbalanced.

It’s the time for humanity to tear down what’s stifling and worn out and limiting, what’s broken and dysfunctional within itself.

This is her time, The Vulture.

The one revered by so many cultures through the ages. She cleans the land ensuring the movement of cycles. She turns the dead into the givers of life. She sets the stage for what comes next.

Her name is Mut (Egyptian), Nekhbet (Egyptian), Maat (Egyptian), Buru (Summerian), Condor (Inca), Kuntur (Inca), Tebe Duba (Dogon), Apaatah (Dogon).

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Women In The Center – The Hetakas’ Way Of Life

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The audio is a preview of our upcoming Women’s Medicine One Day Class. It is an excerpt from a conversation between Kay and some of her Teacher Training students about the Hetakas’ way of life.

During the conversation Kay shares why the Hetakas’ view everything as a circle and why the women are, the feminine is, always in the center.

Enjoy.

And here is the download link in case the player isn’t working in your browser:

Women In The Center – The Hetakas’ Way Of Life

We also invite you to a full one day class about Women’s Medicine.

Here is the link to get the details and sign up.

Women’s Medicine One Day Class Details

If you don’t know whether or not you’re ready to join a class you can go to that page and sign up for the free ceremonies with which Kay will start the class, a Song Ceremony and a Bone Throwing Ceremony. Both will no doubt be pretty enriching, empowering and amazing.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Song to Song,

Helmut & Kay

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Living An Authentic Life – How Could I Have Forgotten?

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You likely remember last week’s video in the post “About Rethinking The Bucket List.”

At the heart of the TEDx talk by Kathleen Taylor in that video was the top regret of dying people, “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself.” In other words the top regret of people close to dying is not having lived an authentic life.

I think we can all relate to that and I think we can all learn a great deal from that.

But what does it actually mean to live an authentic life?

Not an easy question to answer for any of us, for sure.

Yet, obviously, a question close to our hearts, none the less.

At the end of her talk Kathleen Taylor encourages people to make their life’s story about how they really are, because she believes the world needs us to. We agree, but as importantly, we believe you yourself needs you to live your truth, everyone and everything you love in our life and in the world needs you to.

Here is what Kay said about living an authentic life in closing chapter 5 of her book “Sacred Link – Joining Fortunes With The Unknown,” titled “Touch The Clay, Touch The Altar”:

In thinking on my death I hoped I would be ready, so that on that day my obituary would be able to say I was a strong individual; that I nurtured my uniqueness; that I always stood up for equity and diversity to their fullest among all things; that the ordinariness of the white culture is a crime of boredom and a waste of sacred potential. I hoped it would say that I was never ordinary.

In the following conversation from the same chapter, Kay and Chea talk about how we start out living such a life and how, over time, we simple forget about it mostly because we think we need to in order to grow up.

(Below, at the end of the post, there is a link for you to download the entire chapter).

When you read this excerpt (or the entire chapter), please keep in mind these excerpts are a brief glimpse into a 13 year intense apprenticeship Kay went through with Chea and Domano Hetaka.

Enjoy.

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The Farmer And The Pig

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As most of you reading this know, Kay has been taught by Domano and Chea Hetaka and was trained by them as a Kala Keh Nah Seh within the Ka Ta See tradition.

There are many different “medicine” people within Ka Ta See, herbalists, story tellers, healers, specializing in one particular thing to practice their medicine and gifts.

There are many aspects to a Kala Keh Nah Seh, one of which is, loosely translated, a bringer of webs of balance through stories.

And today we’d like to share with you one of our favorite stories.

We were reminded to share this story because of the experiences one of the students of the new course series had with this particular story.

When we hear stories, in fact when we hear, or experience anything these days, the experience is usually filtered through our masks. Meaning our masks control our experiences of these stories, indeed of our entire life.

With medicine stories we have the opportunity to let go of our masks and, if we can allow it, get past that mask filter and create the opportunity to see ourselves, to see our lives, to see our connections, to see the world, to see our place in the world, from a completely different perspective, possibly even a perspective which is based in our Song, our center, or which can lead to knowing more about our Song or our center.

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