Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more.
Ask Your Mama, The What, When, Where, Why, How, and Who of Ceremony & Spirituality
by Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
Dear Mama Donna,
Rain dance. Rain dance. There is no such thing as drought. Our lack of consciousness and our scarcity thinking bring it about. The Rain Dancers pray with abundance for what is our god given right — rain. I witnessed a deluge of rain on the Hopi reservation like I have never seen before — five days of pure water. We can claim our divine inheritance now, Water Goddess is always with us and in us. We can restore our connection to the thunder beings and lightning beings.
Aho Mitukye Oyasin,
Dancing for Rain in Arizona
Dear Dancer for Rain and Life,
Thank you for your beautiful testimonial.
Rain is the vital, vivifying fluid, which flows down from the heavens to recycle and replenish the world’s water stores. To refresh and revitalize the lands and all those species who live upon it. Celestial substance of necessity, rain is absolutely elemental and essential. But quite quirky. You never know with rain. Too much, too little, too late, too soon, too hard, too long. You can’t really depend on it. And yet you have to.
I agree totally about our limiting ourselves by questioning divine abundance. However, I also believe that each one of us has a responsibility to protect and not waste or abuse our rich natural legacy. We are ethically bound not to take the precious gifts of Mother Nature for granted. Native peoples across the globe have always seen themselves as caretakers of Earth, Sky, Fire, and Water. They believe not only in god/dess given rights, but also in god/dess-centered responsibility. They have always participated in partnership with the planet to preserve, conserve, and create in reverence and due respect.
While water is a renewable resource, it is not inexhaustible. We all need to be conscious about conserving water. Flush fewer times, take shorter showers, shut the faucet when brushing teeth or shaving, watering plants with bath water, use low flow toilets and shower heads, etc. There are many creative ways. We all need to do our part and not simply depend on divine largesse.
I wish us all abundant rain and sun and wind and dew.
*Are you cyclically confused? In a ceremonial quandary? Completely clueless? Wonder no more. Send your questions about seasons, cycles, and celebrations to CityShaman@aol.com.
Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman,
eco-ceremonialist, award-winning author, popular speaker
and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial
events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and
contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than
100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD,
an acclaimed quarterly journal and writes a column for UPI
(United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum.
Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a
ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy
in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she works with individuals, groups,
institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful
ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.
For information about upcoming events and services contact:
Mama Donna’s Tea Garden & Healing Haven
PO Box 380403
Exotic Brooklyn, New York, NY 11238-0403
Read her blog at: http://www.myspace.com/queenmamadonna