Following the shaman. (2007)
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Still, stillness now
Quiet, center … centered now
Go deeply within
Slowwwwww … ly
Not hurtling … no, not hurtling towards the void. But slowly advancing.
Slowwwwly … condense all thought.
movvvve slowly towards
your opening. Be still.
Summon … your Power.
Summon your … Animal.
Now take you into the void. Void. VOID.
CIRCLE … find what you need.
bring it back. BLOW.
Rattle … feather.
Return now … open, open, open … your … eyes.
The rocks carved to imitate the mountains … an alignment happened when the sun reached a certain place in the sky.
An Alter used for ceremony long ago.
Standing with my feet curled over the edge looking straight down 2600 feet, this is where I chose to lose my fear of heights.
© 2011, 2012 poem and photographs, L. Rice-Sosne All Rights Reserved. No re-blogging or reprinting without the express permission of the author.
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OLD RAVEN writes poetry and memoir and shares her photography at RavenPress. She lives with her husband and several pets and writes extensively about war and the suffering that results, especially post-traumatic stress disorder. She also touches on her own spiritual healing, shamanic studies, and the outcome of her shamanic journey. Currently Old Raven is working on a major project: a book about her mother’s experience of World War II, which we look forward to reading one day. Her mother worked for the United States Office of War Information (OWI). Old Raven just completed a five-year study of the Second World War, combat PTSD, and her father’s war experience. She recently celebrated a birthday. We gratefully celebrate her here today. Please visit her blog to say “hi” and “happy birthday.” Happy Birthday, Liz.