Ki ngá whakaeke, haumi
Join with those who connect the waka together
Find your place, you are part of the action
Coming into deep belonging to self and deep belonging to your body demands self-loyalty, and this loyalty is born from self-trust. Only when we can do this fully do we find our waka, our canoe, to join with others in what is our place. It is always good to remember that no one else can take your place in the waka. It is yours alone to fill. This knowing is both an honor and a beautiful responsibility to self and the world.
Very often we need to leave where we do not belong, whether they are old stories we have been faithfully living out for years, or people and/or physical places. Our world feels like it is constantly jostling at the moment, that is, so much is shedding from every single person and family, religious and cultural values, and institutions that have been propping us up for generations.
Now, no more props. Just the sheer reality of our lives, for good and for ill. And always with the possibility of something other when we start rowing together.
I have just recently had someone pilgrimaging here from California. What magical blessings New Zealand gave her. The land here gently revealed all she needed to find her place of belonging - first and foremost to her own self and body.
The photo is from one of our journeys together. A tree that had fallen and was hanging directly over the lake. The way it split gave it the hollowed-out effect of a waka. I walked along, trusting I would be held with every step, and had my Titanic moment at the bow.
This place is inhabited by the Patupaiarehe - the children of the Mist from the Otherworld - and the Taniwha - the local guardian of the lake. It was pure magic here and one of my mana (power) spots. I look forward to taking more people here.
PLEASE BE IN TOUCH IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOURNEY TO NEW ZEALAND IN A SMALL GROUP, WITH A FRIEND, OR ON A SOLO JOURNEY.