Fourteen years ago, on our way back from Kathmandu via Bangkok, we bought this spirit house and had it shipped home. It is decrepit now, it’s trusses fallen away, the stairs rickety, the railings hanging. In Thailand and much of Southeast Asia, spirit houses are provided to house and appease unfriendly or troublesome spirits. Ours has stood unloved and tucked into a corner for a couple years until two days ago I looked at it and thought that in the effort to sell our house, the spirit house could be helpful.
So I moved it near a garden, in a place of prominence and honor. I figure it couldn’t hurt. Over the next few days, I will add some offerings – flowers or shells or stones. Something lovely for those troublesome spirits. I also plan to ask them to help us with our real estate efforts.
Six years ago, when we were moving from Martha’s Vineyard, looking at over 90 properties in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, we despaired of ever finding anything that we loved. We thought we were going to build a barn and have the horses at home. That was our focus. Only when I realized that the horses were not the first thing, but that great schools for the girls were what we were supposed to focus on, did we find our house, and within the same week, sell our Vineyard house.
I feel like I am groping my way toward a similar epiphany this time. What is our main focus now? What are we supposed to be putting as the main priority at this time? What am I putting at the center? My sense is that until the answer comes clear (and I will know it when it does), we will be waiting.
My dear friend and colleague Ingrid Schatz gave me this.
“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is THE HOUR.
And there are things to be considered…
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
Amado and Summer rehearsing with dancers Deanna Pellecchia and Chandrika Carl-Jones
Saturday afternoon is the Annual Gala for Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham, NY. Dancers Ingrid Schatz and Chandrika Carl-Jones will be dancing with Amado, the Mustang and his rider, Summer Brennan. That dance is part of a series of performance events that begin at 4 pm.
Amado has been lovingly trained by Summer over the past three months. He has gone from a completely green, completely wild horse to being a calm, balanced horse with an extraordinary tolerance and trust for all things human. Summer rides him bridleless and bareback for our performance.