Water is Life ~ Mni Wiconi

As my first blog on my updated website, I feel it is important to post about something timely, historical, important, though provoking, inspiring and filled with inspiration. I am on a mission in this life to help as many people as possible realize their full potential and succeed in living a life they are completely in love with. I want everyone (especially women) to see the immense beauty around them and within them. It is my purpose to ignite and inspire radical self love, earth based awareness, ritual as rite, and abundance as divine inheritance.  As a white woman born into the upper middle class of the United States of America, I have had the privilege of dedicating my life to self discovery, adventure, education, spiritual seeking, and entrepreneurial endeavors. I give thanks for my parents who provided me such strong support, a solid financial platform and the permission to fly, blossom and blaze. I give thanks to my ancestors for paving the way for me to exist in this way. I truly understand that I am blessed, favored and that it is my duty to give back even more than I have been given.

Many times in my life I have only focused on myself. Being born an only child, I got basically whatever I wanted, and have lived feeling like I can and will get whatever I want. Recently, after being in a really beautiful relationship for over three years, I began to realize it's not ALL about me. It's still about me, but not totally every minute. My beloved has children, and sometimes I have to let my desires rest for a moment to support their tender awakening. Another event recently has pulled me away from my 'self' and closer to the earth and her sacred waters. This event, which you most certainly must be aware of at this point, is the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on the land that was treatied to the Great Sioux Nation in the 1800's. The building of this pipeline brought many things to my attention.

Number one, that our earth and our water is a very precious resource that is facing tremendous abuse from our human family. Number two, that as a white woman it is my duty to be an ally to the people who my settler ancestors displaced, stole from inflicted genocidal murder upon. Number three, in all of my privileged spiritual seeking it is very important that I always give credit where credit is due to the people and land from whom these practices came. It is not my place to step into a sweat lodge, tipi, pipe ceremony or other indigenous prayer practice without invitation and complete reverence for the lives of those that died so that these practices could be in place today. Number four, it is my job as an ally of my indigenous relatives to be a supportive presence to them now more than ever. I must put aside any guilt I feel from the harm my white ancestors put upon them and act now in solidarity with respect and honor for their struggle. Number five, that is my duty as a citizen of Mother Earth, Gaia, to be an ally to her now more than ever and release my dependency on fossil fuels as much as possible. It feels overwhelming to do consider this, when you really dive into how much of our resources are made with and brought to us by fossil fuels. Big Oil really has a hold on us as consumers. Where can we really begin? Hybrid cars, eating only local food, and investing in sustainable energy like solar and wind installed in our homes is one way. Those are big changes, and they are still baby steps.

The reason why the Lakota Nation (Oceti Sakowin) is standing so strongly with the movement happening at Standing Rock is simple and very important. WATER IS LIFE. Mni Wiconi in their native tongue, pronounced 'minn-ie witch-o-nie". The Missouri River and it's surrounding tributaries, like the Cannonball River on the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Reservation, has been a part of their heritage, culture and life force since the beginning of their people's time on that land. This dates backs too many generations to count. On that land, that is being desecrated as I type this, lies many sacred sites, included burial grounds. Before the Army Corps of Engineers commandeered that land (even though it is treated to them), that river produced plenty of fish, drinking water, and mystical sacredly formed stones. This land has been taken from them many times in many ways, and now they say enough is ENOUGH. I stand with them. I STAND WITH STANDING ROCK! It's more than a hashtag, it's a legit movement and legal battle that will change the entire course of history one way or the other.

I made the trek to Standing Rock. I will write more about my time there in the rest of this series of articles. There is far too much to convey, factually and emotionally, in one piece. What I observed at Standing Rock changed my life, my heart, and my mission in many ways. Thousands of people, of all colors, were gathered to protect clean water. I can only imagine how challenging it must be for many of our red relatives to see white people on their land, especially when some of those white relatives are acting disrespectfully with or without knowing it. I have learned the hard way that it requires a lot of self-education and LISTENING to be able to hold space as an ally. I will write an entire blog about my experience on discovering what it means to be a totally clueless white girl on the mission to become a strong, reliable and respectful ally. But for now...

WATER IS LIFE. I love water. I say many prayers to the water daily and in ceremony. Even still, it took this event, the construction of the "Black Snake" (the pipeline) on THIS particular land to WAKE ME UP! There are millions of gallons of oils being pumped through pipelines right now. Tons of natural gas that has been fracked from the earth being transported through pipelines to heart your house, so we can have hot water and food. The earth is being raped, and the water is the life giving fluid that is being affected most. Without water, we die. WE ARE BORN OF WATER, made of water, and to water we shall return. It is absolute and vital that we do all we can do bring awareness to humanity about just how dear and precious the sacred water is to our very ability to be alive here on earth. I will be the first to admit I use water all the time without really thinking about how scarce it is for others, how dirty it is in many countries, how far away it is for some families who walk miles to retrieve it. I am so blessed to be able to turn on a faucet with a filter and drink as much clean water as I want, make tea and tonic, and take long hot showers and baths with purified, holy water. I promise to pray for the water now more than ever. Will you please make that promise, too? To pray for our relative the water, and to use her with utmost respect, reverence and gratitude.

WATER IS LIFE. The seed from which we were born traveled through water as semen, was planted into the water of the womb, and grew us into a beautiful human body made of 75% water. We drink water to sustain our cellular stability, our organ function, the suppleness of our skin, the fluidity and flow of our blood, the electrical impulses in our brain...everything in our body is dependent on water as a medium for the metabolic magic that takes place every single second. We ARE water. Therefore, if the water on the earth becomes unhealthy, we as humans become unhealthy. It is our responsibility to tend to this most sacred of elements. There is more life contained within the ocean than on the land. There is more life contained in the water of our bodies than we could ever imagine. We are the water, the water is us. The First Nations, the indigenous that lived on this land before it was settled by Europeans, knew this. They knew, acted and lived by the reality that Water is Life. Mni Wiconi.

How will you honor the water in your body? How will you use the water provided to you? How will you show gratitude to the water you drink so freely? Make every interaction with water a sacred ceremony. Commune with it as a holy being. When I was a girl, I was taught in church about The Holy Trinity as the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Later in my life I adopted my own version of the Holy Trinity as the Holy Father, Holy Mother and Divine Child. From what I understand about water, it also exists in three forms, as it's own Holy Trinity. Solid, liquid, and gas. If it is true that we are created in the image of God, as God is the Holy Trinity, and we are also 75% water, then perhaps Water is God. They both exist in three forms, take all form, and are formless. We are made in the image of God, and also made of mostly water.

Water is Divine. Water is Sacred. Water is life. Water is waking us up and bringing us together!

MNI WICONI! MNI WICONI! MNI WICONI! MNI WICONI!