“It’s the most precious thing…to know absolutely where you belong. There’s a whole emotional wrapping-around-of-you here. You see the same rock, tree, road, clouds, sun — you develop a nice kind of intimacy with the world around you. To be intimate is to grow, to learn…[it] is absolutely fulfilling. Intimacy, that’s my magic word for why I live here.”
–Tessie Maranjo, SANTA CLARA PUEBLO
Every human being, to be mentally healthy, must have the feeling of belonging. When we have a sense of belonging we can be intimate. We can feel. We can connect. If we cannot develop this feeling of belonging, then we will feel lost of disconnected. To be disconnected from life is like walking around during the day not knowing the Sun exists. To have the feelings of intimacy is warm, glowy, joyful, loving and connected. The feeling this Elder is talking about is available to everyone.
Great Spirit, let me be intimate.
SOMETHING EXTRA TO THINK ABOUT
Msit Nókmaq/All My Relations,
When a baby is born they are in need of special care by touch, smell and sound which become feelings. As they grow older they obtain more needs and feelings. The forming of intimacy is being done within the human brain and then it becomes a necessity. Being intimate does not mean a man and woman in a bedroom. It curtails many different things like being able to speak to others in a direct way one on one, or being able to have a close intimate time with Creator and the ancestors. We must learn these ways and not let them be lost forever. We can become intimate with the earth, the waters, the winds, and the fires of the planet. A good place to seek intimacy is a sweat lodge in prayer.
Arthur Medicine Eagle-Sonier, MEGAMAW
Gitsch Manito-Creator,Wásóq-Spiritworld, Thank you for the intimate time you give me to do work for you. Thank you for all of my yesterdays todays and tomorrows.
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