Mitakuye Oyasin - two of my favorite words in the world. The language is Lakota and the words loosely translate "We are all related." Oh, but the sentence means so much more, and has a depth of understanding of the universe around us that is thousands of years old. When the Lakota people say that sentence, usually as a prayer, it really means that everything that ever was, is, or shall be, is deeply connected in physical, spiritual, and emotional ways.
In the Lakota way, everything is people - there are no differentiations among two-legged, four-legged, swimming, crawling, winged and standing (plants and rock) people. Mother Earth herself is a living, breathing being. Because there are no differences among "peoples," there is no hierarchy. Ant people and Buffalo people and Sparrow people and Tomato people are to be honored equally. If we acted daily on this concept, we could, quite simply, bring about world peace.
The Lakota people believe that humans came to Mother Earth from the Seven Sisters constellation on a staircase of stars. Their drawings of this event look just like what we call DNA today. Somehow, thousands of years ago, the Lakota people knew what quantum physics is just beginning to grasp.
I love that science and spirituality are coming together in new, deep ways. Take a look at the wonderful movie "What the Bleep Do We Know" (www.whatthebleep.com), or read Masaru Emoto's work on the consciousness of water (Hidden Messages in Water), or Gregg Braden's "The Divine Matrix".
More and more, I understand that the work I'm called to do is all related. The women's retreats that my organization CroneWorks (www.deborahbowen.com) hosts each fall are a part of this work. So are the workshops I host, often with Samantha Fey (www.thecrystalchick.com), as are the weddings and other ceremonies I perform. My relationship with my garden, and the winged, crawling and four-legged people who live in my back yard are all a part of the Great Gift-giving circle and divine connectedness.
As I continue this blog, I will muse more about this subject, and will keep you updated on events I'm hosting. In the meantime, please check out the websites and resources above and think about your relationship to All That Is.
Peace and blessings,