So I thought, Well, isn't it this acting with integrity what shamanic testing might be all about? (Special Musing Alert: I understand there are rigorous and intense initiations involved in many if not all shamanic traditions. This is merely a glimpse of my thought processes.) How do I handle certain situations? Do I stay centered and calm? Do I know when to stand up or when to walk away? Am I response-able? In that sense, we are always being tested by the Everyday. There are always opportunities to make better choices ~ even if choosing the lesser of two proverbial evils. It is the Everyday that makes us shamans, like the tempering of steel, like the eroding of rock by water. The near death initiation tests, irrevocably changes, but it isn't the Everyday. I suspect an initiate has to come back from that experience response-able. Can't stay in the Land of the Fae.
What a blessing to create in my Everyday . . .
|The First Gate diorama for SummerQuest . . .|
|BadgerMum and Groundhog Gardner from my visionary visit . . .|
|Replete with velvet hills . . .|
|and an Inner Glow.|
|The Garden Gate, diorama closed.|
(I love cigar boxes!)
|Mother . . .|
|Daughter . . .|
|Pomegranate . . .|
|Mother~Daughter, Demeter~Persephone, Ereshkigal~Inanna . . .|
Call Them what you will, They are completed.