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The Give Away
By Cinnamon Moon
I've read that the buffalo is considered
to be the symbol of the giveaway for the Native Americans because
every part of the animal can be used... nothing is wasted. I've
also heard that to be true of the turkey, which is why it was
served to the settlers as part of their harvest offering. But
I don't have those references here so I cannot site them for
you. Instead, I have asked for a message from the Ancestors
on what we describe as the giveaway. This is what they offered
me to share.
I was shown the vision of an apple
tree. It spends much of the year on its own development and
nourishment but in truth, it's also in preparation for the time
of fruiting. During this time, the tree flowers in it's beautiful
expression of joy. Some flowers find their fate in the winds
or birds. Some will flower into luscious fruit. But bloom the
tree does, in all its glory, unsure of how the product of its
labor will be manifested past itself.
From its life it shares with the
world. From its blooms and fruits it shares with the world.
From its seeds it shares with the world. From its bark it shares
with the world. From its branches and shade it shares with the
world. From its roots it shares with the world. From its death
it shares with the world. From everything it is or ever will
be it shares.
I was told, this is the nature of
the giveaway. In all its beauty, it's the offering of that which
is OF us. It is the returning of what is gifted from our fruits.
It is the sharing of our stability through roots of understanding
and compassion. It's the shade we offer one in other when things
become harsh and unyielding. It's the seeds we plant along the
way and nurture till they are strong enough to grow on their
own - whether within ourselves or otherwise in the world we
If we are to perform a proper giveaway
for what we have received... it must be OF us. It must be something
we consider of value to us - returned in love, gratitude, and
understanding of its gifts to that which created and nurtures
us. That is a ceremonial giveaway, as was told to me. It varies
from the traditional as I learned it but this is what I was
asked to write.
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