My friend Swan Treasure gifted me this beautiful hat she hand-felted for my travels to the Middle East. My travels started early this morning when my partner Alan, drove me to Inverness airport. I boarded the 7 am flight to be at the Iranian Consulate in High Street Kensington before noon, when their offices close. However upon arriving there, it soon became evident that no one was going to open the doors.
I hear the land
and understand people
here in Tatvan
I delight in a language
born as a twin to my mother tongue
then the two languages, Farsi and Kurdi
flowed down the river of time
changing in accents
sounding sweetly familiar in my ears
my heart is here
I belong to the earth
and one with her people
I am not a foreigner
there are no foreigners
we are one people
belonging to the earth
Lying down on her bed
of moss and twigs
beneath the ancient araucaria tree
I heard the earth whisper to me
"I will heal you"
"Thank you" said my body
who is pierced with pain
"I am ready to be whole again."
Volcan Lanin, Chile, April 21, 2016
We converged in the beautiful ground of Gümüslük Academy near Bodrum in Turkey. Representatives from 4 countries gathered for one purpose : bringing our strengths and desires together to heal our damaged earth, and in doing so activate our own power and potential as movers and healers.
We mixed the soil we brought from Iran, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, and Scotland with an invocation to make our soils fertile and alive again. We mixed the waters from our countries with an invocation to remove all barriers on the flowing of our waters, both at the country and personal levels. We shared words of inspiration from our literature to share oneness of our humanity. We burned twigs and wood we brought from our land to light a sacred fire in each of our lives and for us as a group to have the fire we need for the Gathering.
Magical seeds appeared by way of Alp who had grown and saved them on his land. At the end of the Convergence we planted the seeds together in the Gümüslük Garden guided by Saad's expertise in agro-ecology. We planted the seeds in the soil of our countries, watered by the water we mixed from our lands.
I had this dream before the Convergence that we will come together - people from the 4 corners in the Fertile Crescent. We will make new seeds together. Seeds of Renewal, Regeneration, Restoration. We take the seeds home with us and plant them. The seeds grow and become trees, different trees in each region. In time the leaves and branches of the trees sway in the wind and the crown of trees pick up a resonance that is carried on the wind from place to place. The trees know that in our difference we are united. The trees grow, restoring the health and vitality of the Fertile Crescent.
The Convergence in Bodrum seeded this dream at the physical level.
I am ever grateful to all 18 of us seedy gardeners of our Fertile Earth.
What I am seeking in every encounter and experience is the essence of Love. This blog-page is home to photographs and writings reflecting my Seeking Love.