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ME: Sometimes, when things are hardest, it feels like Creator’s not listening.

OLD WOMAN: Creator can do whatever Creator chooses. When we are in doubt or confusion or fear, She could send us thunderbolts or lightning or a huge pile of unexpected cash. But most of the time, she sends people. People are the miracles that emerge from the ripped and worn pattern of your life and help you stitch it back together. You learn to see the pattern better then.

Richard Wagamese – Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations

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Mozart digs a hole – Photo by Kersti Abawi

I remember sitting in the meditation hall at the ashram in India, listening to our teacher, Saraswati Vasudevan, talk about digging holes. The lesson was so effective that it is still with me today, over a decade later. She was describing what she had observed in many students, an attitude and set of behaviours that serve as blocks to effective practice and transformation. It’s something I witness as well, so I would like to share this lesson with you today. It went something like this (Actually it went nothing like this. I’ve put my own spin on it. 😉 ):


You are told that, without a doubt, if you stand on the spot where you are and you begin digging, you will find water. You are thirsty to your very core and you have no water. It is an absolute guarantee that you will find water right…..there. All you need to do is start digging. With great enthusiasm, you begin to dig. You know the person who has led you in this direction and you trust them implicitly. In fact, you know that they too have been thirsty like you. They have stood on that spot and have dug a hole. They have found water and know, without a doubt, that it is still there. You will do as they do. Why would they lead you astray?

Dig….dig…dig…..

Okay, I’m an inch down now. No sign of water.

Keep digging. It’s there. I promise.

Dig…dig…dig…

One foot down. No water. Okay, I’m getting irritated now. Where’s the water?

(Doubt starts to creep in. Maybe my guide has steered me wrong. Nah, that can’t be right. They wouldn’t do that to me.)

Dig…dig…dig…

2 feet down. No water.

(I start to look around at other spots. Maybe it’s over there? Maybe I heard wrong? Maybe this is all a joke?)

Dig…dig…dig…

6 feet. No water.

(Now I’m angry. THIS IS RIDICULOUS! I jump out of the hole. And run over there ——-> and start digging. Nothing. Then I run over there <———- and do the same thing. NOTHING! No water. NO WATER! What a joke! So I give up and walk away and tell all sorts of people all sorts of stories about how “this stuff” just doesn’t work.)

If only you had known that the water flows freely at 6 feet and 1 inch.


Think about it. 😉

Blessings,

Tabitha

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Erica and I on retreat – 2008

Erica Ross

Years ago (more like decades ago) there was a tiny ad on the side of a page in Vitality magazine that read “The Gate of the Goddess”. It was a dance series for women that centered around embodying the energy of various Goddesses. There was something about that ad that I couldn’t get over. I kept going back to it, and back to it. It struck a chord in me and ignited a longing that I had buried since my feminist theology days in university. I wanted to go to that series but I felt scared. I paced around the house for hours trying to find the courage to make the phone call (Yes, we actually had to CALL one another back then!) and register. It took a long time but I eventually dialed the number and connected with a woman who would change my life forever – Erica Ross.

I sometimes look at her website or her Facebook page and wonder, “What doesn’t this woman do?” She’s a dancer who has facilitated embodied movement workshops for women around the world. She creates music sets for an online movement group called Rise and Shine…Shake Online. She’s an artist who designs clothing and jewelry. She paints and is taking offers for commissioned work. She has written a book, She Reflects. And now she’s taking her experience of over 40 years in the creative arts and is companioning people like me who are working to bring their own creative brilliance out into the world.

Erica Ross is my Spirit Mumma. I have sat at her feet and learned from her. I have danced with her, retreated with her, performed ritual with her, laughed with her and cried with her. I have pushed against her. I have rebelled. And always she is there, ready to wrap me in her warm arms and reflect back to me the absolute best of who I am. As she says, “We are divine mirrors for each other.”

Do you need to get your groove on? Maybe you need to relax in meditation? Or need to remember who you are? Or desire a unique piece of art? Check out Erica’s offerings: www.ericaross.com. As I said about her, “Her space is a safe space.  I would recommend time with Erica to anyone.

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