Natural Law with Helene Collard
I acknowledge the original custodians of this land the Widjabul People of the Bundjalung Nation
Greetings One Tribe,
We all belong to the One extended family, we originate from the same One Source. When we go back to this - our common, original roots, we realise our fundamental sameness, our shared values that have always existed naturally– this is the energy that will unite hearts and establish order on Earth - we are One family and blood is thicker than water after all…
The Solar Moon of the Jaguar
Sisters and brothers brace yourself, the Solar Moon of the Jaguar is here from March 7 to April 3. This is a time to step into your personal power and move forward fearlessly. This month work on balancing the kin relationships in your life. For Indigenous People, kinship began with the land and from that came all else, including; family, language, natural resources, law and lore, and furthermore life was spent consistently nurturing and maintaining each and every one of these relationships in order to ensure cohesion, wellbeing and therefore survival.
Now, in a time of gross toxicity (chemicals and cancer), irreversible contamination of our water (coal seam gas mining) and unconscionable cruelty to animals (factory-farming) – all factors that harm and destroy balance on Earth, it is useful to consider how the Aboriginal approach to balancing relationships can assist in our contemporary lives.
This will take 5 minutes… draw a circle on a piece of paper, now draw lines from the circle and list all your ‘kin’ relationships. Yours will hopefully cover; family, friends, job/work, study/learning, Self and partner/lover. Be creative and lateral! I had a hard time separating my ‘Self’ from the land, spirit and animals so they’re all included in there for me, but you may wish to list them separately. First, consider whether there’s any kin relationship that’s completely missing in your life, and act precisely and accurately to include it. Say if ‘study/learning’ is missing – go to the library and borrow a book on something, anything, you wish to learn about. Take simple and easy steps to balance your kinship system.
Next, ask whether the relationships that do exist are balanced? Perhaps you pour yourself too deeply into your work and feel you don’t have time for a love relationship. Bollocks!! Everyone needs love, companionship, touch and intimacy – mental, heart, spiritual, emotional and pelvic intimacy. Be on the lookout for someone to connect with in this way, or if you already know someone, ask them out. Spending time together in this way is very healing and rejuvenating, we’re human, we need this love and we need an opportunity to give this love too.
Know that certain kin relationships may occupy more of your time than others, for example you may have 4 children and a partner, so realistically that may require 80% of your time (perhaps even more?). The key is INTENTION. Even arranging to meet a friend once a month (and sticking to it) will have immense effect in balancing your kinship system – do it and do it now.
Examining your kinship system at this time is likely to highlight a relationship that needs to die, which involves action from you - to recognise it’s run its course and then having the courage to let it go. It could be a person or a job for example. Either way, this is hugely important in this process, as it will create space and free you up to build and cross new bridges into places you’ve never been before.
The Jaguar is comfortable in the full expression of its’ own power and draws on the energy of the Sun to shift things with focus and precision, so it can move forward clearly and fearlessly.