I climbed a steep ridge covered in Chestnut Oak’s and dropped into Bear Country. A pair of ravens crossed shadows with mine as I passed through a Blackberry thicket and I followed their path into the woods. I was moving fast when a Box Turtle appeared underfoot. I felt, “Slow Down” so I got down on the ground with my face by the turtle. We watched each other for a while then the turtle turned its head and I followed the gaze. There in front of me was the track of a Black Bear. I said “Thank You” and stood up to follow. The tracks lead me through brambles and a creek and just as I thought I’d lost the line the shadow of a bear passed 30 yds in front of me. Everything was still until I noticed my breath and as the shadow moved on I began to weep. This is the path I am on.
As I felt my feet back on the ground I realized I had no idea where I was in relation to where I came from. I looked up and asked the Sky to help me find my way home. I looked at the ground and noticed a small red leaf. I walked towards it then saw another. Almost like rose petals, they lead me back to the trail. I could smell fire and I knew I was almost back. It was like my senses were open. I could feel the Earth’s spirit opening up around me. My spirit was opening up too.
Posted: Friday, June 25th, 2010