Let’s begin with words of wisdom from Maria Yraceburu, Apache Holy One, Ceremonialist and Storyteller:
Deer Moon April 14-27, 2010
“It is essential that you spend time on the land. Especially on April 14th, the New Moon. Invite Eagle to guide you, Deer to teach you, and open yourself to all possibilities of a positive nature.
Energy: Can you imagine enough abundance to support your life? Attract abundance with your positive, inner and outer resources, guiding you toward personal balance. Stir passion, creative awareness, expression of feminine, nurturing, connecting. Teach wisdom, beauty and power in moments of darkness. Set healthy boundaries, express your emotions, create responsibly, feel free in who you are.”
These words of prayer from Maria catalyzed a shift in me, and put a fire in my heart to share what is waking within. The image above, entitled ‘May Peace Flow’, came into being as I flew to Phoenix, searching for our new home. As I sat on the plane, centering, flowing into my sacred space of power and inspiration, I asked Spirit to guide me, to use me as an instrument of Peace, and to reveal to me the landscape of HOME.
As the ‘image’ part of the art came to conclusion, Spirit nudged me to look into my book, ‘Meditations and Prayers of the Quero Apache’ for words of wisdom to weave with these images. I turned to the last page of the book, and the prayer you see woven into this heART peace fit perfectly, as if time overlapped to reveal a Divinely orchestrated Coming Together.
Each of my art peaces are born out of a willingness to simply flow. When I begin, it is a mystery where the pen will go … what message will emerge out of the urge to create.
In this heART peace, I see an eagle, Spirit Messenger, rising above the landscape of time … to see with clarity the path and possibilities that are revealed by the Light of a new day. I see Humanities journey, following the waters of life to find its Source, and along the way shape shifting to walk as a deer - the representative of Unconditional Love and the most thriving example of all land mammals.
At the mouth of a river is a heron, teacher and guardian of aggressive healing. Where the waters come out of the earth, at the base of the mountains, is Bat who teaches us rebirth, initiation and transformation. We walk into the unknown, and in solitary find ourselves at One with All that Is and remember we are Children of the Universe.
Our sacred parents, Giver of All Life and Changing Mother, provide daily nourishment and opportunity to find JOY, Truth, Freedom, Beauty and Love in this Life.
Other symbols are woven in, as well. The Rose, symbol of Love, eternal life and resurrection blooms as we walk the path with Gratitude in our Hearts.
I offer this heART peace as a gift of Gratitude to All who wake each day, who walk and choose The Way of Love, and are companions on this Great journey called Life. May it bring inspiration, insight and wisdom.
On this Deer New Moon, may we all find our way to sit, listen and honor ourselves, Mother Earth and All Our Relations. May we remember we are Love, Loved and to Be Love.
May Peace Flow
Daiina. And so it is.
Ukehi shi’bijii (Thank you for being our heart)
Stacey Sophia Robyn Spirit Messenger
text of the prayer written within the heART peace:
From Spirits heart, like four rays, power emanates.
From where thoughts dwell, power illuminates All
From where Spirit looks out — life, breath, power — Spirit extends and blesses us all.
From where Spirit speaks out, we go forth with this power. This is the sacredness of Life.
Spirit lives within us.
Daiina. And so it is.
author: Maria Yraceburu, ‘Meditations and Prayers of the Quero Apache’