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Patricia Anne Davis, MA

The Blessingway

by Patricia Anne Davis

Blessingwayhozhooji: a ceremony to awaken one to natural order (hozho); choosing constructive and life-affirming choices; healing from intentions and decisions that destroy oneself and others.

Navajo ceremonies do not require a conversion process of taking away the precious child within the natural order, and replacing this spiritual SELF-identity with a deficient self-image that has to be re-mediated to some desired end state of progress.

Once awakened to the natural order, we begin living the loving wayhozhooji: literal translation of the blessingway ceremony as translated by my paternal aunt. It is a way of living in reverent revolution, of making decisions that are constructive and life affirming.

Two main ceremonies: Protectionway and Blessingway

These two main ceremonies offer protection from contaminants like the maladaptive emotions of hate, jealousy, anger, guilt, fear, etc. and toxins from the environment.

Five major ceremonies: As five-fingered people, this corresponds to five major ceremonies that every child in the world could benefit by.

  1. Blessingway: the blessing way honors the divine feminine as a nurturer.
  2. Protectionway: divine masculine as a protector-provider.
  3. Purification and cleansing: numerous with specific names for specific purposes.
  4. Spiritual renewal: a nine-day ceremony for spiritual renewal.
  5. Journey to spirit world: the ceremony for a person on their journey to the spirit world.
For a glossary of the terms above, visit NativeAmericanConcepts.wordpress.com

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Altai throat-singers

These gifted young people are part of a renaissance of the sacred Altai culture, playing traditional instruments and throat-singing in the ancient style. These musicians, and several others that we  and others are assisting, come from families that are utterly without financial means, and a $30/month stipend is a godsend for them. Please e-mail Carol if you feel called to contribute, especially on an on-going basis.

Most of the singing is done by Viktor, sitting on the right. He is an 18-year-old student of music at the local college. Listen to him shift from his normal voice to the deep drone, and also to the overtone singing, which sounds flute-like.

He is playing a topshur, a traditional 2-stringed instrument.

Alan and Aylana, on the left, have just now graduated, finishing their formal education. They are married with a three-year-old daughter. Alan has been regularly winning contests, and is going to France in July to begin his international career with a contest there. Some of your contributions into Altai Mir University’s fund for sustainable traditional livelihoods helped him get there.

Alan is playing a topshur and well as the bowed instrument called an ikili. Notice the extraordinary horse-head carving above the tuning pegs. Aylana plays the humuz (mouth harp) and topshur. They both sing as well.

Before and after France, the musicians will work as volunteers to build two cultural centers near Tyungur this summer — a public one for children’s camps and facilitating sustainable traditional livelihoods, and a secluded one as a meditation and healing center at which they will use the throat-singing for vibratory healing.

Please excuse the fact that each song is in a different file. My internet connection here in Altai was not steady enough to allow me to upload them as a single movie.

Enjoy!!!

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Patricia's Graphic for the Ceremonial Change ProcessOpen vs Closed System

To the left, you will find a graphic representation of the transcendence that occurs when the Closed System of Disease that is designed for failure is re-framed into the Open system of the Natural Order during the Ceremonial Change Process.

The first thing to understand about the Navajo language is that it is spoken in an Affirmative thinking system within the natural order as described in the examples of time and cardinal direction correlated with blessing way principles moving clockwise.

Typically, English is spoken symbolically in a triangle and in a different thinking system.  It is in the context of hierarchy, patriarchy and describes everyone in their deficient self-image, which must be re-mediated into some end-state of civilization or enlightenment.

English is abstract.  It is a trade and commerce language.  Navajo is descriptive and exact.  Therefore, healing ceremonies are exact and actual in the natural order, which is not religion, philosophy or theory.

There are four phases to every healing process that leads to curing, not coping.  Before defining them, one must know that the healing process does not exist in the English language thinking system, but it can be described to convey the integrity of the sacred meaning of Navajo words.

The term “Navajo” is an imposed name.  We Dineh have several spiritual names that identify us to the creator as a precious child of divine creation, made of earth-physical, water-emotive, fire-mental and air-spiritual.  Corn is the symbol of food as social medicine within the economic relationships of the clan system.  Our spiritual names are inclusive and universal in application to all people. One name is “earth-surface people”, another is “five-fingered” people and another is the affirmation: “I am a precious child of creator”.

Consequences of Closed System Thinking

When a person makes decisions that are destructive and death-producing, this is considered misuse of thinking by using thinking for what it is not for.  All ceremonies correct erroneous thinking that “tell” the body wrong information.  Every out-of-balance condition is a consequence of saying “yes” to destructive and death-producing choices and saying “no” to constructive and life-affirming choices.

When a person denies the unifying principle that all creation is Inter-related, this is “stress”.  All of the diseases are a consequence of denying our oneness with the creator’s will-to-love.  All Navajo healing ceremonies reawaken a person to their true spiritual Self-identity as a precious child of creator made of the four sacred  elements: air-spiritual; fire-mental; water-emotive; earth-physical body.  When any one of these elements is out of balance, there is dis-ease with creator’s will-to-love that manifests as disease.

Living Hozho, in the Natural Order

The Navajo language is a spiritual language spoken with living words that manifest vibrations for affirming truth in the laws of nature or the natural order of time and direction from East-thinking, West-planning, South-decision making for collective survival and North-equity in restoring resources to the next generation moving clockwise within temporal time and cardinal direction.

For example: sunrise, mid-day, sunset, mid-night; spring, summer, fall, winter; child, youth, adult, and elder.  Also, white people, red people, yellow people and black people, all born equal in the sacred circle of life within the holiness and wholeness of hozho.  There is no concept of separation from creator or from the natural order.  There is only the principle of making constructive and life-affirming choices.

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