Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.
Play outside? Yes! Pray outside? Absolutely. The wild blue-green yonder is where it all begins.
Iznami and Iznagi: A Creation Myth from Japan
retold by Carolyn North
You are a tree. This is not a metaphor.
Hold out a limb. Be aware of your trunk.
Sway from your roots.
Your hands are leaves.
The end of the Book of Revelations says,
“The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
With one hand you create beauty.
Let a hand move slow and smooth.
Move your hand smooth and fast.
Move your hand in a jerky way.
Move it jerky and slow.
Place your hand in a still shape.
Move your hand from shape to shape.
Move your hand into contact with your own skin.
Now, move any way you want—crazy, wild, chaotic or free.
This is a way to play as creator and creation.
Now raise that hand and dance on behalf of water, wind, fire and earth, and all directions.
You do not have to think about this. Be the tree whose dance is enough!
Dance with AH Rahman’s “Incredible India”
Dr. Masaru Emoto’s “Healing Prayer for the Gulf”
I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living
creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales,
dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton,
coral, algae, and all living creatures . . . I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
I love you.
We are excited that InterPlay friend and wise, improvising elder, Carolyn North, has two important books to share. “Hearken back to what our long-ago ancestors knew—the indigenous ones from whom came the myths of Creation; and the ones lost in pre-history who erected the Standing Stones. Delve into how ancient knowledge is relevant—if not essential—for our times. In the Beginning: Creation Myths From Around the World, and Voices Out of Stone: Magic and Mystery in Megalithic Brittany are now both available from Amazon.com.