Here in Tkaronto, Chi Miigwetch is the first word that many of us learn when we join the Anishnawbe Health Traditional Indigenous healing community. And, those of us who are taking our Medicine Walks very seriously have learned that Chi Miigwetch opens peoples' hearts in a way that other medicines cannot.
Salmon comes to us during times of great transformation, giving us her fierce determination and will and the strength Creator has given her to equip her for her upstream journey to return to her home.
When we use our Good Mind to explore and understand the obstacles in our paths (often brought to us through conflict with our brothers and sisters), then the Spirit will slowly lead us to see the blockages within our Selves - in the different quadrants of our Medicine Wheel - that are asking for our attention.
Because humans have forgotten that we (all of Chi Manitou's children) are related and connected, we have begun to think we are superior to our relatives in the other families of beings. We jeer at Pigeon and call her mean names like "flying rat" instead of taking the time to get to know her and to learn her lessons. We elect leaders who allow cruel spikes on windowsills and rooftops, glass-walled skyscrapers that kill hundreds of thousands every year instead of learning how to love and live in harmony with her.
The Ancestors will use songs, words, numbers and animals to get our attention. They will show us the lessons they're asking us to learn by repeatedly reminding us of an animal, bird, plant, stone, element or other Sacred gift of provision that Creator has given us for our journey here with Mother Gaia. In this particular Medicine Walk, I have found some lessons about Cedar and am happy and honoured to share with you.
At every moment, every point in your life, you have the power to choose - whether you will walk forward into the light or walk backward into the darkness. Which path do you choose today?