Thanks to stem-cell biologist and world-renowned author and speaker, Bruce Lipton, I was invited to participate in an Indigenous Sundance Ceremony in Lillooet, Canada.
The four-day experience was brimming with various activities plus healing ceremonies to support the health of the community and foster their connection to the earth, and to all of the species that inhabit it.
All of the ceremonies were significant and special, but one of the most profound for me, was the Wolf Ceremony.
Chief Tom McCallum, of the Cree Nation, needed the participation of 7 men who had lost their mothers. It didn’t matter what their age, race or religion was, they only needed to be motherless.
The Chief took the men into the woods, and when they returned they were wearing head and body coverings of wolf pelts.
These men were asked to kneel down onto the ground, in a line, very close to each other.
Chief Tom explained to us (the observers), that each of these men was going to thank their mother for his life. It didn’t matter what his relationship was to his mother (good or bad), it was about being grateful and thanking her. Without his mother, he simply wouldn’t be here.
It was about respect, honor and reverence for the female energy that carried them into this world.
As the ceremony began, Chief Tom kneeled directly in front of the first man, face to face. He leaned over and nuzzled his face against the side of the man’s face and neck. Similar to the way you see wolves in the wild greeting each other and connecting with other members of the pack.
The Chief encouraged the man to share about his mother. As that man began to speak and thank his mother for his life on earth, Chief Tom emitted a low sorrowful howl. It immediately brought the man who was speaking to tears. He couldn’t even finish what he was saying, because hie was crying so hard.
And, the more the man cried, the louder the Chief howled.
At that same time, an amazing thing happened.
ALL of the men kneeling on the ground began crying.
And, all of the people witnessing this ceremony were crying, too.
When the first man finished, the Chief cleared the air with smoke and moved on to the second motherless man. As that man began expressing himself, the Chief continued his heartfelt howling.
Chief Tom slowly worked his way down the line of motherless men and helped them express their tears, pain, sorrow, gratefulness, and love, for their mothers without any inhibitions.
It was a powerful ceremony.
Afterward my 21-year-old nephew, Marc, said, “Aunt Fanny, I cried during that ceremony.” He looked at me, his eyes still filled with emotion, and continued, “I haven’t cried in years. It felt really good to cry.”
There was both beauty and tragedy in his words. The beauty is that his heart opened to feel the pain, suffering, sorrow, loss, and love, that another human being was feeling.
The tragedy is that he hadn’t cried in years.
So many of us are disconnected from the pain, suffering, and loss that other people feel.
If more humans were able to open their heart and feel the pain of other people, I believe there could be less horrific events happening around the world today. Senseless tragedies like the massacres we witness daily.
There is a lot to cry about.
I invite you to listen to the howl of the wolf and connect to your tribe, your community, your family, your mother, and every other species on the planet and have a good cry.
Open your heart to feel love, loss, and suffering.
If you need a little help getting there, close your eyes and listen to this audio below.
Wishing you peace and love, and a good cry,
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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