Freeing our Indigenous Soul
Indigenous to Mother Earth article by Sandra Cosentino: nature connection, tribal culture, western culture awakening ancestral knowing, sharing our stories, rationalist mind and native soul, indigenous expression of community.
In our roots, lies an indigenous soul.
Inherent within each of us is direct connection to source of life, no matter what our cultural upbringing might be. Many of us carry an awakened sense of love of Mother Earth and deep longing for more connectedness and creative expression in our lives that flows from our authentic source. Mother Earth has impressed deep into my psyche that I am birthed of her and she is my real Mother.
“It is not the woods I hike through. I hike through the field of power around me that I call my soul, even though at this moment, in this place, I may call it “the woods.” (Tom Cowan, Yearning for the Wind)
Indigenous to Mother Earth
In ecology, an indigenous species is an organism which is native to a given region or ecosystem.
Pre-modern earth-based cultures carry a heritage that grew out of a direct relationship to the living spirit of the natural world. The great inter-related circle of life is expressed in stories, songs, art, ceremonies, spiritual and healing practices and are a precious living human heritage.
While most of us in western cultures did not grow up with direct access to our tribal heritage wisdom, we still carry an innate sense of belonging from these ancestral roots. We can free this in-dwelling wild connectedness to life through:
Havasupai ceremony at Grand Canyon by Sandra Cosentino
|This concept of indigenous soul is eloquently expressed by Martin Prechtel:|
(Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Memoirs From the Living Heart of a Mayan Village):
Pathways to Awakening my Indigenous Soul
Childhood Summers at Mountain Ranch
Absorbed in exploring the rocky, juniper studded hillsides, the open meadows or the tiny creek, joy permeated my energy field—life was lived in the moment. Stories of pioneering times in this remote valley sparked a sense of pride and admiration. I had to meet my own challenges like fear of the horses biting me or throwing me off, of the rattlesnakes, of going back to the city where I felt like a prisoner.
Once any place comes alive in you, it is a magic connection to all of Creation.
Adult Discovery of Mystic Path
In my passion to see and feel primordial beauty and energies, I began sensing reciprocal flows of energy with the natural world around me. In this absorption, the worrying-doubting-overactive mind slowed down and I entered higher frequencies of consciousness which allowed simultaneously a heightened awareness of every sensory nuance around me and more insights from my own intuitive knowing to come forth.
I was instinctually coming into connection with the greater reality beyond that seen by my physical eyes. Signs and synchronicities appeared more often. The inner mystic arose from my own direct experience.
Native People as Role Models
Patience and Letting Go
Balance of Opposing Tensions
So many times, I have seen participants who came to experience the power of a solo overnight vision quest, also be deeply touched by the campfire circle sharing, freeing of their voice and the interdependence and friendship engendered by camp living.
Contemplate our Shared Stories
Time to Sing our Songs
I agree with Martin Prechtel, when he said:
“For there to be a world at all, every indigenous, original, natural thing must start singing its song, dancing its dance, moving and breathing, each according to its own nature, saying its name, manifesting simultaneously its secret spiritual signature….Deep in our bones resides an ancient, singing couple who just won’t give up making their beautiful, wild noise. The world won’t end if we can find them.”
Article posted September 4, 2008