Marine-Botany and Standing Rocks
We are reminded of the weight of water; the power it holds. Water shifts equilibrium, re-orients completely. Water betrays, refuses to be controlled, knows all. Master teacher of humility, water will come first for your pride, then break your heart. Water refuses detachment, sustains consciousness, mocks the masculine threshold for pain. Water delivers a breaking only the feminine could withstand.
All year I’ve been subject to lessons from water. There is nothing more violent, more protective. Our relationship to water defines us unequivocally; water is mother.
This piece highlights the nature of aquatic plants, other plant species, and their relationship to water with hopes of better understanding our own.
…silent prayer, long meditation, stillness of breath, standing rock…
…feast on ocean flowers, cradle webs of light, spin beauty in astral planes…
…cheek to dirt, trade love songs for seeds and cardinal messengers…
…tend night fires, and burn pain…into art…then… into love…
…weave sacred water spells, black lives inside the pocket — dark matter, most…
Healers are known by their response to wounds:
In spring I received an invitation from a spiritual elder and teacher, who organized an inaugural spiritual healing (Soul Shifting) retreat in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. Stars aligned, and I was able to attend by subsidizing costs for photography and film-work. Soul Shifting centers indigenous technologies, and the apprenticeship model of teaching elemental healing and spiritual practice. Essentially a spiritual ceremony that lasts for days, there is time spent in instruction, and more time spent with water. Rituals initiate a chain of events that are relentless in the awakenings they catalyze. These teachings allowed me to hear my own voice, again. And, trust its guidance through trails and heavy darkness.
Early fall I visited Sojourner’s Land in the Tennessee mountains, a project designed to be a safe haven for Queer folk of color. Covered, though it was not filmed there, is inspired by my brief stay at Sojourner’s land.
Heal. Support. Invest in healing strongholds directed by Master teachers. Soul Shifting and Sojourner’s Land are invaluable, transformative spaces.
*A special thank you to Dr. Geryll Robinson and Dr. Zoe Flowers of Five Directions Wellness, Soul Shifting Retreats, and Soul Requirements for allowing the use of this footage for the purposes of this piece. Also a special thank you to Dezi Solèy, the dancer featured in Worship, follow her @dezisoley . A final thank you to Valencia Wombone and Rose Wonderfabulous for hosting my stay at Sojourners Land; and Tiffany Danielle Joseph for inspiration and unfailing support.
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