Elemental Awakening – guest blog post from Samantha Herbert

On desert winds…comes a piece of writing from scholarship recipient, Samantha Herbert.

ELEMENTAL AWAKENING

PRELUDE
From a place of loss and confusion
The memoirs of her upbringing administered a shot of pain to her heart
On a daily basis
Uncertain
Repelled to the life society laid out for her
She ventured up the coast
On a journey
Deep into nature
Across wild vast terrain
Accepting those invitations
Entering into initiations
Experiences
Women’s Culture and Lore Camps
With aboriginal mob
Aunties
Wierda Jandhu
Powerful Women
Her heart was open
Her barriers came down
Tumbling down
Her ignorance unveiled
Identity shaken
She was ready to listen
To learn
From the elements
All of the elements
And the experiences they presented

Enchanted
She fell in love with this great land

GROUNDED IN EARTH

Covered in red dirt
Head to toes
A different colour
The red red soil
Visible on my skin
Breathing in the colour
It in turn breathing me

On country
Uluru in sight
Feet bare
Soft soil
Dry soft soil
Red dry soft soil
Red red dry soft soil

Playing in it
Lying in it
Intentionally rolling in it
Consciously placing it on my forehead
Welcoming me to country

FANNING THE FIRE

Fire keeper

New Way Fire
Old Way Fire

Keep them alive
For ceremony
All day
All night
Four days
Vows made

I am with you
Let me serve you
Interconnection
Greater than mind can understand
Comprehend

Searching, collecting, piling, sorting, cracking, placing, manoeuvring, gently pushing, quickly poking

Fire igniting
Brighter

Fire slowing
Middle of the night
Sitting up
Half asleep
Half awake
Coals moving and shifting
Gently stoking the fire back to life

Language of respect and love
I hum under my breathe
The fire revealing faces
Whispering insights

Forever keeping the fire alight in my heart

REMINISCING IN WATER

Pure moments with the women
On rocks
Staring out to the vast ocean
Salty spray
Crashing waves
Standing strong
Singing
With passion and honour
Relentlessly repeating the chants in language
Honoured through the sharing of ancient wisdom
To sing up the connection to the creatures of the water
Calling to our friends
The dolphins
Their love and acknowledgement deeply felt

Power in honour
Connection through song
Joy and laughter overflowing

WHISPERING WISDOM OF AIR

Vision

New Way Dreaming

Old and new coming together

Rising above

Wings Spread

Scanning the landscape

For evidence of this truth

That will emerge when respect returns

POSTLUDE

I am longing to deepen this connection with nature through the Animas Valley programs.
To refine my communication.
So I can share the profound depth of rightness and belonging I feel to the land with others.
Using Imagination and expression.
To guide others to discover the rightness in themselves.
Connection and re-connection.
To their true centre.
Through connection to the land.

Samantha Herbert 2018

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