future of COVID Meditation

Going back to some of the prophecy of there’s going to be new medicines that will come and help us during this time. And flowers/berries, there’s some that are identifiable, some medicines, and there’s some that are not. And those ones, I just intuitively were creating as being that new medicine, representing that new medicine that we each have to learn. And there’s teachers, you know, the goose in the one, the fish in the other painting, and in this one other birds and little animals, little beings, like the butterflies and ladybugs. As being our teachers of learning about, again, that humility, and that beauty that they also represent. And also, when you’re that small, and connected to the sun, to those elements, to the temperatures, to the climate, the environment. Being that sensitive to and connected to the land that we rely on and that we need to return to being stewards of. And so we need to come back into this place of connecting to that knowledge and then passing it on. And learning, always being open to learn and translate knowledge so that it’s always helpful, even if it’s harmful. Because when you stand up to talk about these kind of things in a different way you’re often attacked. I made the beings dancing in the water faceless, unlike the first piece where you can obviously see the faces. And there is a little bit of elements where you can definitely see, maybe that’s a nose/eyes, to represent that they are people celebrating, of being in joy, of helping one another and so there’s that movement. I wanted to make sure that is part of that we’re moving together, and helping one another and honouring that water within. And that they’re non-gendered beings, so enough with those genderizing roles and power over each other. But that we start seeing each other through our values of kindness and compassion and truth and sharing. Like getting to that level of being able to be so intuitive, connected to that intuition, that grandmother spirit actually, even as whatever gender you are. And so water is such an important way of connecting, like the rippling effect, in that because we are made out of water. But I see water as also something that is really threatened in our world, from our oceans, to our lakes, to our rivers. Like thinking about all of that, and all of those water beings that teach us a lot about feeding ourselves in a good way, with knowing our own water system. So yea, this is my way of just, you know, wanting to make sure of taking that medicine of Covid and transforming it into being a medicine that is helpful, that will have lasting impacts of us becoming more human. I think had I not had this conversation, I would have been a little bit more in fear, I mean in part of me kinda felt like this is what the world needs. And I hope that things don’t go back to normal, the way it was because we wouldn’t be honouring the teachings of Covid. It’s definitely telling us this way of living is hurting so many living elements that as people, we are just one tiny little speck of this whole creation. And thinking about these different medicines, I’m like oh my goodness, the water, like how all of those water beings have been suffering, those birds that live off the water, and you know like the moose, the buffalo, all of that, those little bugs. I don’t even see certain plants or medicines anymore that we used to always pick. It’s not good, and it hasn’t been good. And so we need to, I mean, I feel like with Covid it’s telling us please change. This way of living isn’t good for all living beings.

By February, a lot of our First Nations people, Covid rates went up. So when I was working on the middle piece, my auntie; who is my mentor, she’s my little mother, she’s been like an incredible big rock in my life, she kinda took over the role my grandmother had when my grandmother passed away, and has just been a huge force in my life; and so, when she got Covid she – I mean she is the most busiest retired grandmother/great grandmother ever because she just carries so much knowledge and she’s done a lot of work around addressing and resolving trauma from her residential school days. But I found that Covid really was/has been a huge trigger for those resolved trauma issues. And for certain people, you know, their default for triggers varies. And for her – and me, I know when I get triggered I usually try, of course calm, to sit with it, I’ve obviously done a lot of work around that. But for others it was a lot of anger. A lot of anger. And as someone again who’s supporting and wanting to be there, for her – I love my auntie so much – and so scared, being scared for her. So I was kinda happy she was angry, cause i’m like, okay that fire, keep feeling, keep moving, don’t carry it, you know, let it go. They isolated her in an empty trailer in my reserve that had hardly any heat, like she was basically put back into a space that she was at like 60 years ago as a little girl who went into residential school. Being alone, being cold and all of those feelings. And oh my god it was so hard for, you know, that I couldn’t do much except pray, and listen, and connect. Thank god she has cell service, cause you can’t get a whole lot of cell service on the reserve. Again, like being isolated but wanting to help my family and just hoping there’s some kind of magic and energetic tsunami going to pray all around this world to help with people who are suffering that way and scared. After isolation, she went home and her husband and granddaughter ended up having it and so she had to isolate more with them. And now my uncle is actually in the hospital right now with pneumonia. So it’s, you know like, lots and lots of suffering.

– Lana Whiskeyjack

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