Though I use the term medicine bags for what I make they
are not traditional bags. They are loosely tied into the Native
American tradition of medicine bags through design and materials
used. My bags are probably considered more trendy and of a
wild woman or witchy woman nature.
Medicine bags, as I have come to understand them, are deeply
honored and sacred to their caretakers. There are several
different types of medicine bags for different purposes.
Medicine bags are pouches or bundles of sacred objects that
are tools for doing specific jobs.
Medicine bags are considered ‘living’ things
and honored as such. Objects kept in the bag are often referred
to as power objects and all are considered sacred. Medicine
objects may also be kept in medicine bowls.
Generally speaking most medicine bags through out history
contained a clear quartz crystal. This is a stone that most
shamans feel is the most powerful to use. The quartz is usually
referred to as ‘living rock’ because it has memory
and can be programmed. Now a days you find quartz chips in
radios, televisions, computers, watches among other things.
Other sacred objects kept in the bags range from stones,
gems and minerals, herbs, teeth, claws, fur, feathers, corn,
beans, squash seeds, (the Three Sisters; corn, beans and squash,
represented abundance and a deep connection with Mother Earth)
Objects that connected you with your personal totem were the
ones that found their home within the medicine bag. (A totem
is something you strongly identify with and you feel an undeniable
Traditionally, personal medicine bags were worn around the
neck (and out of sight) or on the belt close to the body.
Native Americans felt that by wearing the bags close to the
body the sacred power of the bag was stronger, and that your
personal power was enhanced.
Objects kept in the bag are often referred to as power objects
and all are considered sacred and treated with respect.
This is a quote from Loren Cruden’s book ‘The
Spirit Of Place’ that I think is quite fitting-
“The quest for spiritual foundation and direction stems
from the natural desire of life to unfold in a purposeful
manner within transformative manifestation. When consciousness
awakens to purposefulness, there is awareness within participation”.
*see Nora Beeman's Medicine Bags in our Bookshop
The Month of Harvest and Gathering
The Gifts of our Mother Earth are honored at
all times especially in the harvest and moon of plenty. .
At this time of thanks giving and harvest let us all take
a moment to consider the freedom we enjoy. As we pray for
peace to come to all things let us share our bounty and abundance.
The "Give A Way", is our way of sharing the prayer
for peace and harmony. Look around you and if someone is in
need share with them and help them by listening or just by
being a friend. Small acts of kindness are not expensive but
can change the thinking of many who are in need. No one in
this land of plenty should be hungry or cold, if one of us
is hungry, then we all are hungry. This is the way of thought
that the people have had for centuries. The mind thought of
one for all and all for one is still alive and well in the
people, we do what we can to help each other in all ways.
The greatest thing you can do is share with a neighbor it
will be the first step in world peace.
The promise to our Mother the Earth...
Creator each day when I awake, help me to love
and honor the Earth Mother for her many blessings that insure
Let my walk on this our Earth Mother, bring
peace and harmony in all things that I do.
I will keep each day sacred too the Earth Mother
and celebrate the turning of the seasons, with prayer and
I will not hold myself above other living things
or drive them to extinction. I will protect them and respect
them in all ways. Let my childrens children see the beauty
and wonder that I see each day of my life.
I will give thanks for the food, the creatures,
plants, and all living things that nourish me and my children,
on this Earth walk. Never will I waste but share all that
I have with my sisters and brothers.
I will educate my children in the ways of peace,
for many people are a blessing on the Earth Mother when we
live in harmony.
Let my hand reach back and help another in need
or in pain for we all must walk strong.
I shall honor life and will not kill, or waste
the Earth's riches upon weapons of war. Each day of my life
I will pray for peace and healing.
I will not pursue profit at the Earth's expense
but work to restore the damage done to her, by war and greed.
I will not support those governments
or people who distroy life.I shall not hide from my self or
others the truth of my actions upon the Earth, I shall be
responsible for all things in my life, good or bad, and honor
the lessons they bring.
I will not steal from the future seven generations
by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth Mother. I will work
for her waters to run clear and sweet, for her air to be pure,
for my grand children, and great grand children for times
yet to come.
I will take only that which I need in moderation,
I will share the abundance I have been give with all who come.
When we all enjoy the beauty and gifts on our Mother Earth,
then will we all live in harmony and walk in peace.
Many Thanks and many heart felt blessings for
all of my family and friends in this time of harvest.
Love Waynonaha and Lynn
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