In this essay, I am exploring a theme I call, Spiritual Advocacy. This year in Fort Myers, among other activities on the Earthways Shamanic Path, I have been learning about the concept of Spiritual Advocacy starting with the Element of Water, since it is so central to our “Florida Lifestyle.” Southwest Florida is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. There’s Lake Okeechobee in the middle of the Southern end of the peninsula. The Caloosahatchee River runs from Lake Okeechobee, to the Gulf of Mexico. There is the Everglades to the South of us. We are not “land locked,” we are Water Flowing.
I am blessed to have several good friends with passion in their hearts and they began hosting a series of Water Blessings. The first one was in April. Then, they attended a Water Blessing conducted by people in another part of Florida, and brought back songs and stories. Last month, they launched our monthly Water Blessings ceremonies. I’ve attended these local Water Blessings as my schedule will allow, and they are very uplifting. They are nurturing. I feel replenished when I attend these Ceremonies.
And to me, that’s part of the whole point of these Ceremonies: we honor the Water and our land, when we conduct Ceremonies like this. And when we honor the elements, we honor ourselves. Ceremony is nurturing and it feeds our souls.
And by doing Ceremony, we then realize what active steps we must take (besides prayers and ceremonies) in order to protect the element we are celebrating.
Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, what do you do to feed your soul? And, when you have fed your soul, what mission is revealed to you? What action is required of you?
Share Your Peace With Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the Big Waters all Around You.
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