Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man
– is a teaching from the Eskimo-Kalaallit people, a peaceful culture thousands of years old that has never known war. It summons us to bridge the distance from our minds to our hearts through strength and gentleness; through compassion and love; through courage and grace, bringing about personal transformation and global healing for the times to come.
The time has come to unite our voices and our hearts, to walk our spiritual paths with practical feet, to restore the balance that’s been missing on the earth. It is time now to melt the Ice in the Heart of Man.
Qilaut – the wind drum
Qilaut, the Eskimo Wind Drum, is a circle that has no beginning nor ending, in which we all belong. Only The Man Who Made Us – The Great Creator – holds the handle, and every time He touches upon the rim, He hears the heart beat of mankind. The stronger the heart beat the healthier mankind is.
There is an old prayer that says – my prayer is that we will all have a strong heart beat so we can be healthy together – and since it is your heart beat, every time you talk to your heart, she will always speak back. So now it is for you and I to learn to listen to our hearts.
Creating smoke is a sacred cleansing ceremony performed for over twelve thousand years by indigenous people in the North. Also known as smudging, it is a tradition shared by all cultures and religions around the world. This ceremony connects us to a spiritual tradition handed down from countless generations. It is a means of powerful cleansing, which calls on the plant spirit to take away what does not belong to us and restore balance.
When you invite the smoke to come to you, it will take away defilements, words, thoughts, and attitudes – all things that do not belong to you.
You can perform this simple ceremony regularly for yourself and your environment to maintain harmony, turning any space into a sacred place in which to live and work, creating a soothing sanctuary – a place of renewal and calm.
We can create smoke to ground ourselves, calming the atmosphere before and after a healing, initiation or ceremony, and to help purify sacred objects before using them. The smoke from the plant is used for purification, spiritual preparation or when giving thanks and lending support to our intentions and prayers.
The process of creating smoke serves to still and focus the mind on the ceremony and on your intention. Its’ fragrance employs our sense of smell and deepens our conscious experience engaging multiple levels and channels within us allowing a fuller experience to unfold during our spiritual practices.
Knowledge of the Eskimo-Kalaallit culture has been kept alive for thousands of years and generations through the art of storytelling. By telling stories with skill, detail and accuracy, the storyteller preserves the heritage that would otherwise be lost and forgotten, passing along spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions exactly the way they have been for generations.
I remember the story being told with such love that I thought – if only I could capture that love, I would have made it. I remember you telling us the story many a time.
The Story of Spring
When the sun returns and begins her battle with the darkness of winter, her powerfully and beautiful warmth begins to melt the snow and ice, drop by drop. It is as though the frozen tears of Mother Earth have been released…I pray that you will be better prepared than I ever was to melt the ice in the heart of man, because as your Great-Great Grandmother would say – if we do not do so, the time of summer will be no more…
The Story of Summer
Your Great-Great Grandmother assured us, the most powerful time in your and my life, is the time of summer. Not much time was spent in the house or tent. As children we spent our time out on the land with the newborn animals, observing them, learning who they were and what it was that we needed to do with those beautiful animals in times to come…
The Story of Autumn
Your Great-Great Grandmother said – the fall, as she arrived, was erasing the time of plenty, making room for the Mother Earth to rest. If you are not prepared, when the autumn of your life has arrived at you, you will enter your winter in great despair…
The Story of Winter
Then one morning, we would awaken from a deep sleep and see the mountains covered with snow, as though they had aged overnight and their hair had become white, just as the Elders around us with their beautiful white hair.
Such a powerful sight of beauty in a moment will be changed into a fury of winds which no one can ever stand up to – becoming stronger and stronger, until nothing is visible within and without, and it becomes apparent that you do not know which way to go…The winter in your life is such…