SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
by Bill Arena
MCLA Wisdom Council
November’s catastrophic and calamitous fires, the deadliest and most destructive in California history, destroyed our beloved Gindling Hilltop Camp. Click here for Dr. Johnson’s powerful and soulful reflection of this terrible tragedy that has affected ALL of us: ”Gindling: Phoenix Rising From the Ashes.” On Saturday, Dec. 8th, a core group of MCLA Brothers & Sisters and Fathers & Sons conducted a sacred and respectful healing ceremony honoring the Ancestors and the Rebirth and Rising from the ashes of our Men’s Center retreat home.
RESPECT & REJUVENATION
ANCESTORS OF THE LAND __ A Sacred Pipe/C’anunpa ceremony was conducted on the soccer field at the camp base level followed by installation of a protective Waluta including seven directional prayer flags and the prayers of everyone in attendance and everyone connecting with us energetically from a distance. It was a good ceremony. The ancestors were with us.
MALE & FEMALE / FATHER & SON __ Special thanks to everyone who participated with us on the mountain in person: Ross Avery, Ralph Cavallaro & his son Leo; Paul Stanton & his son Dan, Christo Pellani, Gordon Fierman, Dr. Stephen Johnson, Anthony DiMaggio, Bill Arena, Ron Lynn and the beautiful divine feminine energy so nicely delivered to our group by Dan’s wife Hannah. Wopila tanka to everyone who participated in person OR from a distance.
AXIS MUNDI HEALING VORTEX
For many members and friends of our MCLA community across California and across the United States unable to join us in person, a powerful Axis Mundi healing energy vortex opened up at 12 o’clock noon as we ALL held the energy, perfectly balanced, Male & Female, Father & Son, Birth & Rebirth, and visualized the Phoenix rising from these mountain ashes connecting ALL of us. Mitakuye oyasin / We are ALL connected.
FIRE DEVASTATION __ The devastation we witnessed at our lower camp Hess Kramer is indescribable and we were told the damage and carnage on the upper mountain at the center’s sister Gindling Hilltop Camp is even worse. Our prayers and thoughts and healing energies go out to everyone affected by these terrible fires.
CROW MEDICINE __ Dr. Johnson graciously shared some of our amazing MCLA background on the mountain and the strong energy of Timothy Whispering Eagle who today often appears outside his Woodland Hills office in the form of crows who land in the trees and hold the energy there.
On Saturday just after we concluded our C’anunpa / Sacred Pipe ceremony I was intuitively called to stay behind in the sacred space by myself to complete a respectful fire ceremony on the sacred grounds.
Just after Dan Stanton and Anthony DiMaggio left the grounds, I was out there by myself singing my Lakota Sundance songs, drumming, connecting with the amazing energy of this place, connecting with the ancestors, dancing clockwise around the sacred fire, my feet sinking into the mud up to my ankles. It was so beautiful and empowering . . . when suddenly four crows swooped in and landed in the tree right above the fire. They stayed there the entire time until the fire finally went out and I was packing up to leave. Definitely felt the energy and healing presence of the ancestors there with all of us in a good way on this day. So grateful to hold that space and be in the powerful healing energy.
THE HEALING & PROTECTION HAS BEGUN
We extend special thanks to our very own, long-time Wisdom Council member and international sound healing maestro Christo Pellani who has also undergone severe stress and energetic attacks over the past several months as he was forced to relocate his home and sacred healing center and recording studio and musical instrument sanctuary after 19 years in the same location. With the help of his many friends he was finally able to move the last items on Friday and then graciously made the big drive up to the mountain on Saturday in his van packed with ceremonial drums to join us for our sacred ceremony. The next night Christo was involved in a major accident in this same drum delivery van. Luckily the air bag activated and Christo was spared serious injury. We send up prayers of thanks for our brother Christo and rapid and complete healing in all areas of his life. This man is a warrior and a healer. Wopila tanka Christo for ALL you do for the people.
32 YEARS OF POWERFUL MEN’S WORK
For those of you reading this article and savoring the amazing energetic ceremony we held on the mountain, please set aside 21 minutes of your personal time to relax and slowly, slowly savor this amazing video tribute to our very own Dr. Stephen Johnson and the incredible work achieved over the past 32 years by Men’s Center Los Angeles. Yes, we ARE moving forward. This men’s work started by Dr. J over 32 years ago is more important RIGHT NOW than ever before. The Phoenix WILL rise from the ashes. Mitakuye oyasin / We are ALL connected.
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BILL ARENA is MCLA ✍ Editor and Wisdom Council 🔥 Agitator.
Other articles include:
”My Crazy Escape from Alcatraz”
”Indigenous Prophecy of the Condor & Eagle”
”The Sacred Lakota Sundance Prayer Ceremony”
”Sacred Path Flash Flood Baptism on the Colorado River”