Water Spirit Weekend: May, 2015
Welcome back wild and wonderful People of the bay— to the land of the free, to the lovers of labor, to the dirt of the earth and the grind of our tools… to a spirited spring weekend hosted by the costuroses: michael c, mama kim and puma…
may on the land was a weekend marked by the very sad loss and leak of 4000 gallons of our precious spring water from our mother tank and a humbling opportunity to learn and relearn the source and system of our spring water.
in perfect synchronicity (of course) may wAs also a time to be guided by our very own neoshaman michael c. who led deep visioning in which we connected with the great spirit of water, received gifts from our land’s own water spirits and encountered our animal spirits that graciously led us to the water’s source.
The precious water that sustains us… thanks to Johntaylor and Christopher, who got word of our water leak and filled up on their way to the Land, thereby saving the days by bringing up gallons of city water!
saturday morning begins with intentionality, meditation, visioning and a silent prayer walk…
Michael C, resident neoshaman gets into gear and his garb all ready to guide our group to meet our animal spirits who will lead us to the Land’s water spirits. Michael C leads a beautiful, quiet opening water spirit circle AND Michael S seems to be tying a noose to the tree as participants pause… Don’t fret Honey Badger, your animals spirit awaits you too. Michael C leading the silent prayer walk into the open fields…
the water inspection team unite in mind and might to solve the mystery of the great water tank leak…
Two fine Sires siphoning water circa 1707… WOW! It really does look just like Sergio and Johntaylor only three hundred years earlier! So, this smaller tank is situated just off the road where we turn our cars around, to the right of the sweat lodge. It is spring-fed and pumps water up the hill to the main 4000 gallon tank (see below, below) using a solar-powered pump motor. El Sassy Madame Presidente on a mission to quench her people’s thirst. Sing along: She goes to fetch the water… she goes to fetch the water… This is how it used to be in the old days of collecting water from the river! Well, kind of, except minus the plastic containers… and a river. The solar panels not far from the smaller tank that operate the water tank’s pump system … This is she! Our wizardess of Oz, our great emerald beauty, our magic tank that holds 4000 gallons of fresh, wild, precious spring water from deep inside mother earth. The smaller water tank (three photos above) pumps water to this beauty and she, in turn, pumps water to our cabin. So the next time you open the kitchen faucet and see the water run, please thank her! She works day and night to fill and share, fill and share (like we do) and this time we sadly found her empty. The Great Water Tank Whisperers… Sonya, Johntaylor and Sergio listening for the soft, gentle sound of the slow, steady drip of water… which means the pump in the tank below is working! This is the little wooden hut that houses our spring water source. So the next time we park our cars in front of her, let’s bless her! But she does prefer peace and quiet as she is focused on producing water, like a mama bird sitting on her eggs. And this here dear friends… is the humble SOURCE of our SPRING WATER that nests inside the little wooden hut in the photo above. This is the reason our neighbors are green for our Land 🙂 And this is our Water Inspection Team hanging out on the mossy tree branch after a job well done! Thank you Christopher, Sonya, Sergio, Johntaylor and me, Shani (who shot the photo) for solving the water leak mystery! And especially to Johntaylor and Sergio (with Gregory’s help via a Skype call) for really figuring it all out! We all learned a lot and will happily pass on the knowledge of our water system to whomever wishes to know. Just ask!
Some POWERFUL IDEAS that surfaced out of our WATER SPIRIT visioning:
- our water says: get to know me, swim in me, conserve me, learn about my source
- water, teach me what I need to know to respect you
- let’s dance around the great mother water tank and decorate her
- let’s bring more ritual, song, praise, prayer to our water and know everything is sacred
- let’s build solar water pumps to the feed barn
- let’s revere it, let’s erect statues for Tlaloc (Aztec, Supreme God of the Rains), portals for reverence, a celebration for the fountainhead
- build an honoring statue/altar at the water source
- continue to observe a small body of water and see if it stays all year
- deep, underwater watching
- something coming up from the center of the pond
meanwhile… back at the ranch…
…freshly-baked Polenta-strawberry-muffin buffet Breakfast, the beginnings of a kiddie’s geodesic dome, children’s story-time & adult’s stretchy-time, the art of organization, the zen of lawn mowing, the masterful measuring of our chaise longue and the gungh-ho clearing out of our barn/tool shed/warehouse/workspace/unlimited creative potential work-play-space!
Breakfast is served! Thanks to the fruitful efforts of team ilya and Shani as the kitchen chefs… Shani’s Shakshuka eggs are a hit again… Sergio gathers everyone with a harmonica ? or a bird call ? The masterminds behind the construction of the geodesic dome… Thank you Michael S for leading the Puma and pink balloon and Lev and tiger suit baby boyz budding building team! Future Sergios and Gregorys in the making! The following is what I overheard verbatim: Puma: “Do you want me to read to you?” Lev: “Yah!” Puma: “Ok! Busy Train Book… Chookooochoookooochooooo… house… the end!” Thumbs up for starting the day on the freshly cut grass (thank you Johntaylor and Ilya) with a Kundalini yoga class led by Kim (while breastfeeding! That is Puma’s little paw besides ilya’s ponytail!) What a way to start a day! MAS PER FAVOR! Duchess Sige, Secretary of Organization, in the trenches of quiet chaos, alone in the cabin, getting every single little necessary thing in order, in its rightful drawer, with its purpose-full label in order to be found with ease. Thank you Sige! This is nothing less than an art, which you do with heart… and grace. Ilya has definitely discovered a new, albeit noisy, love… that he can also push around 🙂 Ilya, you took to mowing the lawn with the dignity of a tall blade of grass (before it gets slain..) you’re a natural mower, brother. Thank you for making our grounds more habitable. Hmmm… ‘do you Sergio, take this piece of wood, to be your lawful….?’ Something tells me Serg is genuinely thinking about it! Sergio you have been called amongst other things… The Connoisseur of Everything! Thank you for creating what you aptly termed “the plywood back-rest” to provide “the right ergonomic support for us in our late-night meals and snuggle evenings with cushions that Becca had upholstered in SF last year.” Our bodies thank you! Christopher, our devoted Tool Shepherd, showing a few lucky ones his second home… Thank you Christopher for spending hours and hours alone in the barn clearing out and cleaning out the giant shipping container soon-to-be tool shed and having to confront, alone, the mice that you said “scared the bajezes outta me!” We are all here for you if you need to debrief…over some wine and cheese! 😉
in closing, in closure, and in the quiet cloister that is the makings of our dear barn…
Bums up!: Michael S at the finishing line… drilling in the final bolts of the kiddie’s geodesic dome. Michael C alone with the water spirits at Dragonfly Pond/Lake, pond, lake, pond… ponder… pondero…. Our men (Chirstopher, Michael C, Michael S) gather to ENvision in the quiet cloister that is our barn.
SO, so, so many absolute fave quotes…
btw…everyone is really catchin’ on and gettin’ clever with them wild tongues:
“We need to get right with Water!” —Johntaylor
“The tools are rough and tough but they’re really sensitive too—like a man…” —Christopher aka Tool Shepherd
“Let’s eat the watermelon with a chainsaw!”—Lev, age 3
“It’s trippy…”—Puma, age 2 (referring to the new geodesic climbing dome)
Julia says to Lev, age 3: “Wow, you are getting a jungle gym!” and Lev says, “It’s not a jungle gym! It’s a geodesic climbing dome!”
“The Romans had cisterns, we have tanks.”—Michael S.
“…the atrocity of using our purest water to flush our poop!”—Sergio
“Christopher is like Baron Munchausen…”—ilya (watching Christopher hoist himself into a tree using nothing but a rope.. see video below for more details)
“God doesn’t make forty-five degree angles.”—Christopher (explaining why hills are bumpy)
“Our old water tank died of old age.”—Johntaylor
“This is the Oak’s assassin.”—Christopher (pointing to a baby Pine tree)
Shani to Lev, age 3: “Deer are herbivores…” to which Lev says, “That means they not meateors…”
“It’s about not hanging out only on the postage stamp!” —ilya (using a postage stamp on an envelope as a metaphor for the cabin on the land.)
video warnings: do not try this at home!
the following video was shot lopsided, oh well… and shows our resident tarzan ‘rapelling’ the tree he single-handedly climbed using only a rope by hoisting his body up one foot at at time …
…and to think this feat was all in the name of preparing to hang the kiddie’s recycled tire swing that he and shani are building! go, christopher!
Only Christopher would use nothing but a rope to bare-handedly haul his entire body weight up… and ALL for the children! Tarzan, you swing it!
the following was inspired by ilya’s conversation on shivambu (which actually means “urine therapy”)… trust ilya, our timeless medicine healer, to set out to publicly put soiled diapers to good use, to re-use! may we all be blessed with the glowing skin and the glowing personality that shivambu has given our ilya!
but ilya recommends starting slow—so immersing just the feet first, then working up to the facial.
Ilya wakes up to a fine morning only to discover the gift of Puma’s fresh Shivambu diaper for him to use… AND lo and behold, it even has his name on it!’—”For Ilya With Love”
Shani Raviv, June, 2015