I’ve been thinking….

First things first.

I want to make sure and give CHI MIIGWECH to gimiwan! For aabijibiisaa (rains without stopping), for animikiikaamagad (thunder) and for waasesemagaad (lightning). Mii igo geget gii-gichi-gimiwang. (It rained really hard!) We so have needed the gifts from our more-than-human relatives: rain, lightning and thunder. Bebakaan igi mitigoog izhinaagoziwag. The trees all look different. I can see their stress more clearly now that the gimiwan has blessed us. On the one hand, I’m very grateful for the rain. And on the other hand, seeing that the situation is probably worse than we want to admit is something I can’t ‘unsee’.

I’m the person that can see. Not necessarily like a see-er. More like an observer. Well, except for some social situations. I can be totally clueless in some social situations, not observant whatsoever. Seriously, though, I’m that person who sees the centipede, the beetle and the slug on the path as I’m walking and tries to make sure to not step on them. I see birds when most people don’t. I hear them. I talk to the crows. Seals show up when I find myself on the beach and I speak a word to them on the wind.

For all my education, I’m still sorely ignorant when it comes to being clear about how to identify or translate what they are saying. However, I am certain that the noticing/listening/seeing is a big part of developing that reciprocal relationship between humans and our more-than-human relatives. So, when I say that I see the stress in the trees, I say this with confidence. They needed the rain. They need our prayers and our love just as much.

I don’t think this ability is uniquely mine. There are many other quirks that I can claim as uniquely mine, which we won’t inventory right now! HA! No, we are all born to this ability to hear, to connect, to listen. We are made of dust, both earth and star dust. We are inherently connected to the wild and undomesticated of our world. We have to learn how to become less domesticated without going feral. Undomesticated is elegantly positioned in the world. Feral is just fierce, without manners and without teachings. How do we adopt more of the elegant undomesticated elements and keep from going feral? I’m still trying to learn that. When i say that you can do this too, I say this with confidence. Not only CAN you do it, but you are being called to do it. To listen, to notice, to see.

I’m trying to learn languages that are in my DNA. On one level, it’s not easy, but the more energy I put there, the more graceful the effort becomes.  The more you do it, the less ‘crazy’ you will fee. Just be careful that you don’t lose perspective and become that weird hippy relative who hasn’t learned to live with paradox and duality. (she says quietly to herself)

I’m on my way to an adventure. An adventure that will put me in relationship with water in a very big way. I plan to pray and listen and practice the language. If you would like for me to carry your prayers and your energy with me, please message me and let me know. I will gladly and humbly bring these to the water on your behalf.

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Twylia (the 'i' is silent)

~ I am Anishinaabe-kwe with Scottish heritage and Sami DNA. I speak on the behalf of no one but myself. My ancestors inform and guide me. My voice is but one of many who are calling for change. We have much work to do to create a good space for the real human beings who are waiting to be born.

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