Care for Water Protectors
The resistance camps are still going to go strong in the Dakotas. As I watched what was happening at Oceti, it was clear that there needs to be someone who lives there offering deep, noninvasive, beyond the rational release of the constant pressure on them, the people of the Resilience Movement.
I'm organizing a month long teaching retreat in June, 2017 in Crestone, CO for my teacher, Gilles Marin, one of the foremost healers and teachers of Chi Nei Tsang in the world (Please check out http://bloomingbeing.com/gilles%20marin%20retreat%20in%20crestone/index.html for the list of classes and a little info about Gilles). The class itself is a unique way to help bring about the paradigm shift that we're looking for, to have people so intimately connected to the health of our water involved takes it up to 11.
When I asked Phyllis Bald Eagle and her husband, Amos Cook, aka Black Horse (the Elders with whom I got to camp at Oceti Oyate and who received the work I do and respect it) what they thought of the idea of having someone from the camp attend the classes, they were all in, because they understand how far reaching this work goes and what it means to have individuals in the healing process in the Resilience. It means the roots go deeper and are stronger.
My aim is to offer a scholarship to a Native person who is living with the people in the camps to give Chi Nei Tsang treatments to the Water Protectors living inside the movement. While I was at camp, I kept asking for guidance to know the right person for this. She came in the form of Laura Hinman, the woman in the picture above from the Kumeyaay tribe of California who moved to Oceti Sakowin last fall as a Water Protector and will stay on with Phyllis and Amos at the new resistance camp in South Dakota near the Keystone XL.
Laura is the right person to take this work to the Water Protectors. She is passionate and dedicated to this effort and is also grounded, creative, and intelligent. She understands the need for calm decision making and the importance of not being hijacked by anger, which is one of the many wonderful benefits of receiving Chi Nei Tsang: at a certain point you are no longer ruled by old emotion. Laura is also strong enough to face great adversity and to witness the pain of others with compassion, which are necessary qualities when you are helping someone come out of trauma. After I talked with Laura about this possibility, she talked with Phyllis and Amos and they all agree that it's a good thing for everybody involved.
Because Gilles also feels the importance of this movement and the need for health in it, he is waiving his teaching fee to make Laura's participation more possible, making the total for her attendance 3000USD, which will cover the cost for room, board, administration costs, and travel.
We have a long fight ahead of us and the Water Protectors/Warriors need to let the adrenaline and cortisol that gets built up with the constant stress of this fight OUT. Their health will have far reaching effect. Chi Nei Tsang is a powerful resource in this effort. Laura's presence and ability to help people release past and present trauma will be of service to all the Water Protectors and their allies for a long time to come.
The class is in June, so the time to get the funds together is now! We are so very grateful for any contribution, large or small. Every bit helps!
Mni Wiconi (Water Is Life)!