I just returned from receiving training on initiation of the Munay-Ki Nine Rites, held at Joshua Tree Retreat Center. I was delighted to be with 30 students from USA, Mexico, France, Netherlands and Germany. We received all the Nine Rites from two amazing Four Winds Society instructors, and also from the three beautiful Shaman/Medicine Men from Peru pictured below.
I was prepared to be grateful for these instructions on Munay-ki but not for Nature’s Desert Gifts. The healing started at sunrise and continued until covered by the most magnificent blanket of the Milky Way Galaxy every night. Each morning before class another path would take me to a desert healing gift.
On one of my morning walks before class, I discovered a labyrinth. I found myself walking the spiral and being very much pulled to Mother Earth. I wasn’t disappointed when I looked up the following meaning: A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.
Every morning I would see so much in the desert that reminded me of the following part of the Sacred Space Prayer dedicated to Mother Earth. “We are gathered for the healing of all your children, the stone people, the plant people. the four-legged, the two-legged, the creepy crawlers, the finned, the furred, and winged ones. All our relations.” I was quite sure all these relations were there to meet on the desert.
Boasting some of the darkest nights in Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park offers many visitors the chance to admire the Milky Way Galaxy for the first time in their lives. I can totally attest to the magic of spending two nights of celebration under the stars. Even the picture doesn’t give it justice. It was like an out-of-body experience.
Thank you for letting me share the desert healing gifts I received during my stay at Joshua Tree Retreat Center.