Sacred Reciprocity

Don Oscar Miro-Quesada shares his experience of the recent total Solar eclipse on Shoshone land in Wyoming and offers Universal Shamanism practices and prayers in Quechua. Also included is an eclipse debriefing with author Susan-Alia Terry from Charleston, SC; Seeing the Wonders, a Sunset Windows practice by Elizabeth West; a State of Humanity update from Guy McPherson based on a recent Only Love Remains clip; and two contemporary topical songs in addition to Sequitur theme music by Zympht: Seven Directions by the Sami Brothers (recorded live on retreat with don Oscar) and Born to Love by Stephanie Urbina Jones.
Run time: 90 minutes.

Photo credits: above, don Oscar (center) with the Sami Brothers; below, Seeing the Wonders by Elizabeth West

03Seeing the Wonders

Seeing the Wonders
Elizabeth West

  1. If you are able, plan to take a short walk, preferably in a place that is near home or work, somewhere you can visit daily for a week or so. The walk need be no longer than three or four minutes, but it is important that you be able to give it your full attention during those minutes. It is best done on your own, without companions. And it is important not to alter your route much. If you cannot walk, you can do this in a car, or if you can manage a good vista from a window it will still work.
  2. Before you set out, pick a color you want to notice that day. It is good to choose one that is in relative abundance at the moment. Green works well in the springtime. Brown is marvelous in the autumn. Greys and blues are good to start with if you are near the water. You can pick a new color each day, or stick with the same one, if you prefer. Go out and take your walk with full consciousness, tuned into that color in the nature you encounter.
  3. Scan your environment, looking for your color in all its variants of hue, tone, texture. See the way that the light reflects or is absorbed, the gloss, the feather, the wet, the dry, the way one color shades into the next. No need for analysis – just allow yourself to be absolutely filled with all the many manifestations of that particular color which flourish before you. By the fifth or sixth day, if you have been looking at different colors, you will have covered most of them and can take your walk with eyes wide open to the profusion of all the colors, shades and textures. You will be able to see them all, having isolated each color on previous days, and at the same time, you may be able to feel the wholeness, the oneness of the landscape through which you are walking.

Seven Directions
Sami Brothers

To the Above, may you inspire us.
To the Below, may you sustain us.
To the Behind, may you protect us.
To the Before, may you guide us.
To the Left, may you purify us.
To the Right, may you strengthen us.
To the Within, may you re-member us.

Oh, Saywa Qori K’anchay
Oh, Saywa Khuyay

The Quechua verse seems to be an invocation of Saywa, the shaft of energy that connects the Heavenly and Earthly realms, into our ceremonial space. K’anchay and Khuyay can be nouns or verbs meaning light and caring, respectively.

Born to Love
Stephanie Urbina Jones

(I believe we were born to love.)

Have you ever wondered what you are doing here?
Well, the truth is, there’s a simple explanation.
It’s written in the starry skies above.
Take a look at all of god’s creation.
We were born to love.

[Chorus:]
Like a man loves a woman, like a woman loves a man.
Like a flower loves the rain, a farmer loves his land.
Like a cowboy loves his freedom, a dreamer loves to dream.
Like a mama loves her child, a choir loves to sing.
Oh, I believe we were born to love. (I believe we were born to love.)
I believe we were born to love.

From the bible to the Beatles to the old man walking down the street.
The scriptures, the singers, and the sages,
The children’s laughter keeps reminding us.
Seems like all the voices through the ages.
Are saying we were born to love.

[repeat Chorus]

[Bridge]

The angels are dancing up above,
Shouting halleluja, we were born to love.

[repeat Chorus]

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