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Skulls, Claws &
First I want to say I think you were
a little hard on Khala the Hermit IMHO! By the way, I didn't
get a sad feeling from the picture Khala posted. I got the impression
of pride (a cat trait/medicine on many levels) I haven't personally
killed anything, but I have honored what has crossed my path.
Spirit has told me "Do you not honor all gifts I put in
your path?" I thought the roadkill was a skunk and wasn't
about to pick it up! It turned out to be the best gift Spirit
can bestow on me.
But back to the "cougar skull."
I was going to say it looked a little small LOL! If you have
ever seen a cougar they aint small cats!!! I couldn't
even picture how you would get a cougar head on a stick that
wasn't smaller then a fence post. LOL! A cougar skull must weigh
about 35 lbs. for a small one! *still LOL!* And the rest of
you getting so defensive that you couldn't even see there had
been a misconception in the first place. *rolling on the floor
Okay! on a more serious note. Cougar
is not an endangered species! In fact out in the west they hunt
them and still get paid for it! *Down Kitty, I'm not agreeing
with this* I'm just stating facts. Khala the Hermit was not
making an unreasonable request. (US government allows the hunting
P.S. Selling and buying of animal
products. This is my opinion, how I justify it to myself. And
In my defense, I have very few boughten tools. When a gift crosses
my path I am drawn to it in some way. If it is a sales item
I will ask it's history, thus honoring the reason for its death.
If it is a found item I say prayers and ask it how I can best
serve the spirit. When I get it home I smudge and clean the
item. Again asking how I can serve the spirit. And if it wants
we get artistic and dress it up! Now here is where the "selling"
comes in. *Since we are in the classified section the place
to find these item* I could wait until Spirit places the people
in front of me to gift them with these things. Thus, collection
more and more until I have not room in my closet. Or I could
use the new improved handy dandy Spirit friendly, Opened Minded
message board . There is always those of us who have their own
opinion and I will honor that also. This is just my opinion.
I actually did try NOT to be hard on Khala. I stated my opinion
based on information that my Cougar gave to me. I did feel sorrow
and distance from that picture, I still do. That doesn't mean
I'm right and you're wrong...just that we're different. IMHO
the medicine of that wand was not being honored properly, the
identity of the skull was not even known at the time of the
posting. Perhaps the reason you didn't feel that sorrow is because
when you saw the picture, it had been given back its proper
identity. Bobcat is now being honored instead of Cougar. Khala
needs to understand the medicine of what she's already been
given, and why it's been given to her, in my opinion. What I
was told was that she was young, just starting off on her path,
and meant no disrespect, but didn't have much of an idea yet
how to work with the bones, feathers, skins etc. If my impression
is incorrect I apologize to Khala, and I will step back and
keep quiet next time. My intention was never to cause her any
harm or pain Tarra.
And for the record,
I do actually work with bones, feathers, and fur...in whatever
manner they happen to come to me, and I have done so for years
now. I have picked up roadkill or animal kill and have either
buried it or brought it home. I am not in the least bit squeamish
about that. But that didn't happen until I understood the Spirit
behind the act and could honor it.
that we're different.
is what I find so meaningful about the exchanges here. Everyone
will be different and that's how it's created to be. As we each
present our path and/or methods - those differences either become
less and less, we learn and grow, or we feel understood and
not judged. Coming from the perspective that I do (mostly trained
by Spirit) these differences in how we walk are very important
for me personally in walking my path. While Tarra's medicine
appears to be to honor as she's described - mine is to allow
communication and understanding with whatever remains I'm gifted
with. The collective efforts of members here, in their sharing,
have enabled Kala several different views that will hopefully
enable further understanding of her medicine. And that's how
it's supposed to work. It never ceases to fascinate me and I
just wanted to share that.
And with that, I know why
my last post was 'censored' by Spirit . SEDD said it better
than I did. "The collective efforts of members here, in
their sharing, have enabled Kala several different views that
will hopefully enable further understanding of her medicine.
And that's how it's supposed to work. It never ceases to fascinate
me and I just wanted to share that."
Well I like the fact that
people in the community are free to voice themselves here. It's
important to the freedom and growth we all cherish so much.
I must agree that through different points of view a bigger
picture comes into play and brings greater understanding. I
don't feel anyone was hard on Khala, we spoke what we have been
taught and believe. It was meant to enlighten honestly and it
drew that response for a reason.
All of us want to honor the creatures
that share their Medicine with us and we don't always know how.
Some good points were raised and the lessons were shared. What
Khala chooses to do now is up to her. I think it was all good.
She knew we were not attacking her, but trying to help her see
things for what they were. I also agree that the proper spirit
of the Staff was needing to be honored. It's hard to tell from
a photo the size and weight of something. I've never seen a
Cougar skull so I don't know how massive they are, but I do
know I had been taken aback at first and the more we discussed
the matter the better I began to feel. I hope that continues
to be the way of this community on the whole. Each voice is
important, there are many levels of knowledge to be shared,
and different views to consider. By sharing them we learn about
making good choices and we all continue to grow. Yay Spirit
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