Guides for the Journey
"The "sacred" is not something primarily religious. It belongs to the primary nature of all that is. When our ancestors knew that everything they could see was sacred, this was not something taught but instinctively known. It was as natural as sunlight, as necessary as breathing. If we embrace the sacred within all of life, we will find that life will speak to us as it spoke to our ancestors. A veil will be lifted and this innate knowing will be present again. This is the ancient wisdom of the Earth itself, the Earth which has evolved and changed over millennia, whose wisdom we desperately need at this present time if we are to avoid an even greater ecological disaster."
- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi Teacher and Spiritual Ecologist. Quoted from his Article: Sustainability and the Sacred Posted on 22 April 2013 on the Huffington Post
Karie Garnier is a Canadian artist and humanitarian who underwent a near-death vision that brought him to Rolling Thunder who mentored him for fifteen years. Inspired by his wisdom, he put up the Elders’ Speak Project, a photographic tribute to Native Canadians and Americans under UNESCO. Karie is also a facilitator for the Water Cure Therapy which has helped him heal from a heart problem rooted from childhood.
Karie’s heart is close to the Philippines where his children’s ancestral home Fuga Island north of Ilocos has been the subject of his documentary “The Silent Natives of Fuga” revealing the plight of a community in malnutrition and 50% infant mortality rate. Currently he is about to release a documentary he helped film and produce about Dancing Bear, a Shuswap (Native Canadian) elder as he continues the work Rolling Thunder has inspired him to do. His photograph of Rolling Thunder appears in the cover of The Voice of Rolling Thunder, a recent biographical publication on the medicine man published by Bear and Company.
I met Karie when I was working for the Moonrise Film Festival, festival on culture and the environment back in 2006. His film the Silent Natives of Fuga showed the plight of his children's ancestors and descendants in the hands of poor social services and private armies by the business tycoon who owned the island. His ongoing work with self healing through Water Cure Therapy and assistance to the native peoples of Canada continue to inspire my life work.
[Book Cover Caption]: Karie's rare photograph of Rolling Thunder carrying an eagle after taming it is the cover of the Medicine Man's biographical book recently published by Bear and Company.
In his earlier journeys, Pi met several Babaylans and healers around the Philippines where he discovered that the inner dance has roots in many shamanic practices in the Philippines and around the world. In this video which he took, a Mindanao tribesman talks about his ancestors' ancient practice in using dance to manifest deep intentions in harmony with nature.
After a seven-year spiritual journey across the world, Pi Villaraza chanced upon a powerful life-altering healing vibration while living alone on a deserted beach island in Palawan in the Philippine Islands for two years on a coconut diet. He calls it "The Inner Dance" and has since taught many people how to heal themselves and others through this ancient healing modality. Many healers recognize this modality as a Kundalini rising experience and/or conscious trance which allows the body to expand its awareness of its true self. Pi's book Conscious Trance documents the first leg of his journey as a healer. To know more about Inner Dance, click here.
The dance has founded an ecovillage called Maia Earth Village which is modelling energy management principles based on the dance - energy consumption, conversion, conservation, and conversation. Currently the Philippine Ambassador for the Global Ecovillage Network Oceania and Asia, Pi and the Maia Earth Village community hopes to embody resilience and self - sustainability within the interactive levels of self, community, and the earth. I currently live in Maia in supporting transition community program for cities in crafting their energy descent initiatives. While here, I am also assisting Pi in his work with Doctor Romy Paredes and the Wellnessland Health Institute in Cebu for their partnership program called Transformative Medicine. Here I use the mandala as a soul mapping process for self healing in a special sub program called Healing by Design.
[Video Caption]: Energy School is a series of trainings conducted by Pi in Palawan where healers around the world come to learn the science and intuitive process of Inner Dance and go through their own healing journey along the way.
Perla Paredes Daly
Perla Ramos Paredes Daly is an activist and multimedia artist who has collaborated with artists, healers and activists around the world in digital collage, poetry, photography, painting, online communities & publications. She chaired the Filipino American Women’s Network FAWN2005 conference, Coming Into Our Own Spirit and Success, the underlying theme of which was 5 babaylan power roles or archetypes (www.fawn2005.com and www.babaylan.com). Perla Daly founded the first online community for Filipinas called BagongPinay (www.newfilipina.com) whose approach was radical and edgy, created for and by Filipino women to help shape Filipina identity online. She received the Fillipino American Women’s Network FAWN2000 Babaylan Award for that global community work. Through NewFilipina, Inc. she conducted networking nights for Filipina-Americans in New York City and Women’s Wisdom events in Manila between 1998 and 2004. With Leny Strobel she helped launch international online discussion groups for Pagbabalikloob (decolonization, or translated as return to deepest inner self) and for Tagipusuon sg Babaylan (Heart of Babaylan).
Around 2004, Perla wrote the Bahala Meditations, about pinay cyber-feminism and ethno-gender-activism in the anthology Pinay Power: Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience, and FabulousFilipinas.net. She launched the beta version of pinay.com this past Spring 2010. Perla Dalyis currently blogging withBaybayin Alive to help people understand baybayin as a tool for decolonization and exploring Filipino identity. She is the creator of the Babaylan Mandala Fine Art Series.
[Graphic Caption]: Perla Paredes Daly's Babaylan Mandala was the book cover for Dr. Leny Strobel's Babaylan anthology book. I am inspired by Perla's wisdom and scope of understanding of the sacred as an artist. I am honored to receive guidance from her on how to go about some mandala designs I'm working on with Janet Dolera particularly on the Babaylan cosmology and worldview.
[WEB PAGE BANNER PHOTO] The Path to Inner Peace, a Labyrinth Walk co-created by the lead artist for interfaith grassroots leaders in conflict affected communities in Mindanao in partnership with the Peacemakers Circle and the United Religions Initiative South East Asia and the Pacific