The call of the hawk to her newly hatched chicks, kee-yeer, Kelei, our guardian lands, breakfast is served. Growing up, the hawk represented the adventure of youth and the transformation of humanity: “And the youngest of the sacred birds of prey screamed, ‘I had a dream. Pay attention, follow me!’”
The tie that binds us to the Earth is complex. The YEW Ranch provides a microcosmic container to develop a relationship to her. Indeed, according to the Kumyaay, this grotto where most of our gatherings happen is Sacred Ground. The shimas have grown up in the ways of guardianship. We believe that their ways and mystical knowing are vital to us as they maintain this place for us in integrity.
In this place, many receive healing, meet spirit, feel the Earth breath, and find themselves. According to the shimas, the Fairy Grotto is a container – outside of time and space – and for us, it is the heartspace of family, sacred and healing, where grounding brings transformation and happiness.
Guardian's Code Prayer
danlii hayaad daahiltsh Nakia. bee halkil ahhee hik ngodnaa beigzini hik ilijn echicasay hik esonkhsendehí… Looking to the South we see the Rainbow Serpent. We are filled with gratitude and extend understanding and compassion to All Our Relations and Changing Mother.
danlii onithy daahiltsh Eototo. bee hlkil baa kil nagowaah hik bil dagozih nowhi-nigosdzn hind hik ddaahatyu daa-gee bikehengee bil chilthgo. n hanndziih… Looking to the West we see Healing Bear. We are filled with vision and recognize our world is alive and evolving simultaneously with humanity. We are healing.
dan’l hadaazhi daahiltseh tuma. bee halkil nalwod, hik dahit dnohw yneldaanti ndlnih-y hike dad-y nadagodiaah ddii lni daa… Looking to the North we see Thunderhoof the Buffalo. We are filled with strength, and see ourselves in connection to all life forms, and in this, we find true validation of self.
danlii ya handahy daahiltsh Itz. ne ndagodiaah ishliigonteeh hike ngoditaa nohwinaidziig leh kehgo nanohwidnlish bil naisiig yike nohwinigosdzn ddii ha yinlsih yichi d dawa diyinih natsdakees leh dasha hek ydn all lzaa-yu tschisjin… Looking to the East we see White Tail the Eagle. We discover peace and accept our roles as responsible co-creators of our world reality, extending respect to all sacred points of view as valid and necessary to the combined whole.
dan hayaa, daahiltsh nigosdzan awolzaana hike dadinltsini idiyidanohwigha ida hik dbikeh yike zihichi sikee-yu bindidzol chinyihidli… Looking below, we see we come from the Earth Mother, and the sacredness of all life, and its right of birth to live spiritually free.
dan adahy daahiltsh yaa awolzaana hik doo isnaada dnohw dabighah-g hln dazhgo alhi-yydn alihi-y dagotsi dagoh zhl haaidiilyee, hik nadilchigo naghaa nohwi dndii… Looking above we see we come from the Sky Father and free ourselves from all attachment to illusional needs to be better than, or less than, and experience our authenticity.
dan bil yne daahiltsh dailts dagoyaana nigosdazn ildiizh ydildih nihwidawa ldaanli. Pinu’ echicasay, hik nohwi-nkegohenn… Looking within we see we have come into this circle to be all that we can be, and experience our total connection. We are All Our Relations, and we are peace.