Clint grew up in Detroit, Michigan. But after attending Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, Clint was adopted in adulthood by a Lakota (Sioux) family who provided him a “simple spiritual way to guide his life.” He became a man of prayer and uses Native American practices daily. On his tour, Clint was able to connect us to the centuries old respect local tribes have for the natural world.
|Kachina rock formation in Boynton Canyon|
Boynton Canyon, the Garden of Eden of the Yavapai-Apache people, was our next stop. Their legend describes man as emerging from this canyon. But first was Kamalpukwia, the “Old Lady White Stone” who was impregnated by the sun. The nearby “ Kachina Rock” formation resembles this pregnant woman who later gives birth - by one account to twin boys and by another to a girl - from which all tribes came. Today, there are many coming home ceremonies in the Sedona area by various Native American tribes - of the same kind of desire to return to Jerusalem by the Jewish tribes.
Our last experience with Clint involved a Lakota Medicine Wheel he had constructed on a well-hidden lot. This formation is the “underpinning of all ceremonies”, a template for the story of creation. Each of the 405 stones in the circle represents one earth medicine. Vertical and horizontal lines of stones cross within and a second circle in the middle signifies the Eye of God or one who unites. The inner formation resembles a Jerusalem cross.
Any spiritual belief can be incorporated into the Medicine Wheel experience. The four quarters can represent the four seasons, directions or Gospels. The first instruction was to take a concern or prayer. We then stepped into the circle from the east, where life begins, and stated “all my relations” to honor all things as our brothers and sisters. As we circled three (usually four) times, our prayers were energized by the physical movement and Clint’s singing. After each of us chose a site to sit inside the circle, Clint explained the meanings of our selections. My quarter was associated with guardian angels, an image I liked a lot. We exited the circle next to where we began and gave each other a traditional embrace.
|Lakota Medicine Wheel|