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Touching the Earth

Touching the Earth Ceremony at Pine Gate Thursday April 2, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Details below. The ceremony provides a safe environment for releasing the “hooks” from ancestors – genetic, spiritual and land. We choose to retain the virtuous, noble seeds passed on to us, but direct all abusive, negative seeds to pass from our consciousness into the Earth, where they will be composted.


This practice connects you in a loving way with both the positive and negative aspects of all your ancestors – biological, spiritual and land.  “I see that my ancestors suffered, and their suffering spilled over to others including me.  With this steady acceptance I am ready to transform the suffering and to cultivate the positive virtues of my ancestors in my daily life.”

1.Blood Ancestors
Pain/Suffering may be strong with this contact especially if there was parental abuse/neglect – so also think of parents/ancestors as 5 yr old children – innocent and who also suffered, rather than just as persons who may have caused us deep harm.
2. Spiritual Ancestors
Perhaps those who taught us in our spiritual tradition made mistakes, discriminated, abused us and were not able to transmit the teachings well or did not live up to their calling.  Allow this to pass through and retain the positive qualities of Buddha, Jesus.
3. Land Ancestors
Those who built our homes, hospitals, the original inhabitants in tune with mother nature.  People who offered refuge for peoples of other countries.  Present friends who work so hard to preserve the Earth. Also acknowledge bigotry, racism and cruelty passed on to us that we choose to release from our consciousness.

Retaining the positive qualities from these three roots fills us up with love and wholesome qualities.
1. Extend this energy first of all to those we love – including ourselves.
2. Last step is tricky – extend our wholesome, loving energy to those who have caused us harm or are difficult to be with.  This really makes our hearts more spacious.
3. Each person’s experience will be different.  Truth is in our own experience, not in duplicating the experience of others.  Provides a doorway to reconnect/ fill up with love/ forgive and understand.
4. Part of a timeless flow of life, connect to the no birth no death nature of yourself.  In the Touchings of the Earth we use our body to touch the Ultimate Dimension, to touch the ground of our being, to touch Nirvana and to heal and transform
5. We renew ourselves because we renew Buddhism, for we are applying the Diamond Sutra, The Discourse on Right View and the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing.  In this exercise the teachings of the Buddha come alive in us as experience.

Pine Gate Meditation Hall

BlueInk Review of Trailing Sky Six Feathers

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Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey with His Muse
Ian Prattis
Xlibris, 199 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 978-1493196791
(Reviewed: June, 2014)

In this spiritual exploration, a highly educated man becomes a humble seeker, works
painstakingly through the events of two fascinating lifetimes, and emerges with a
message for humankind.

British/Canadian author Ian Prattis has taught university-level religion and anthropology, but even with this impressive intellectual grounding, his journey was incomplete until he contacted
Trailing Sky Six Feathers, a powerful female shaman to whom he believes he was wed,
in the 1700s, in Arizona. In 1777, her final vow as he lay dying was, “I will find you, my

Prattis, whose childhood was marred by sexual abuse, set out to comprehend his
present life through his study of religious beliefs of indigenous peoples. This led him to
encounters with several contemporary Native American sages who forced him to drop
his intellectual approach and accept his lustrous spiritual experiences as real, not
dreams or self-induced visions. The merging of the parallel spirit world of Native
American religion into his current incarnation put many disparate elements of his life in
perspective and facilitated his reunion with Trailing Sky Six Feathers, “the greatest
medicine woman the Southwest has ever known.”

Though this fantastic tale leaves room for skepticism, most who read Prattis’ latest work
will be swept up in this saga of self-examination, revelation, and indeed, exhilarating
global adventure. Prattis writes with erudition, charm and humor, ridiculing his own
blunders as much as he praises his teachers.

Now a spiritual retreat leader, Prattis presents a unique viewpoint hewn from hard-won
exploration of traditional wisdom, offering all of us the overarching advice to “awaken
spiritually” so that we may “create a stable economy and way of life” and save Mother

Also available in hardcover and ebook.

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Peace Ambassadors

Peace Ambassadors

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As we prepare for the 11th Friends for Peace Day in Ottawa City Hall (See blog on Community Activism at Work in Ottawa), I recall our first Day in the autumn of 2003. Our two activist speakers scratched at the last minute due to illness.  As a backup I did my best to step into their shoes.  In the pouring rain this is what I said:


“I want to talk to you about our children and the kind of future we create for them.  Do we teach them peace?  Or through neglect do we allow violence to flood their minds, hearts and consciousness so they learn war?  Even worse, do they live out our own personal wars expressed through our violent attitudes, speech and actions towards them?  I ask every adult here, particularly men, and in our country to deal with their internal wars so that only the best in us is passed on to our children, not the worst in terms of violence. How do we deal with our internal wars, hatreds and fears that constitute our Wild Mind?  We must stop running; stop hiding behind our addictions and busyness.  We come to a stop, look deeply into the eyes of our children and make a commitment to face our internal demons and transform them by stepping on to the path of compassion.  Not by transmitting our wars and internal afflictions to the children of the world.  We need community for this, to support us in sacred ceremony, meditation and creative spirituality so that we raise our consciousness by retraining our minds, through refining our speech, attitudes and actions.  We show our children the way to peace by learning to be it.  Since 9/11 the level of hate and violence globally has increased dramatically.  Excessive violence has been used to suppress violence.  This is not the way to proceed.  There is no “them” and “us.”  We either learn to live peacefully together or we all suffer and die together.

All violence is injustice and we have to teach our children the truth about war.  Not about winners and losers, but about the long term suffering on both sides.  It is only citizens of the world standing together for peace and saying “No to War” that will stop it.  But the hatred grows and the suffering increases.  What can we do as individuals to change this?  We go to war – with ourselves. First of all we must uproot the violence and war within our minds.  To prevent war we nurture non-violence.  We practice meditation and prayer in daily life to transform the poisons within our minds and within our nation.

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We enter into true peace negotiations by learning the methods of deep listening, of respectful and non-violent communication. By understanding and bringing our mindless, selfish agendas to a stop.    We create peace by knowing that compassion is the antidote to violence and hatred.  We must also make peace with Mother Earth.  If we injure Mother Earth, we injure ourselves.  Our civilization has caused such deep harm to the earth that we humans may soon become an endangered species. We have imposed so much neglect and ignorance upon the Earth.  The solution is not political or economic – these are secondary.  The primary solution is spiritual.  Every faith and spiritual tradition must renew its  ethics and responsibilities and honour the interconnected nature of humanity with Mother Earth.  We must make it clear to our political and corporate leaders that the violence they commit in our name is no longer acceptable.  We must hold them to account and influence them with our clarity, wisdom and courage.  The actions we take now are shaping the possibilities for future generations.

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So here is our challenge.  Today, in the pouring rain and thunder storms we have experienced peace, a deep peace shared between many traditions, cultures and religions.  This experience evaporates into nothing if we do not translate it into action.  Begin the work on yourselves today, so that your attitudes, speech and actions become an example to your children, friends and communities.  Take the practical steps to make peace with Mother Earth in terms of what you consume and support.  Then represent your community, in coalition with other communities, to political and corporate leaders.  Show clearly that we are choosing peace and harmony within ourselves, within our communities and with Mother Earth.  Together we can do it.

We are Ambassadors of Peace after all.”