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Day 47–Trust Your Feet


Feather took us on a hike today. We went into Boynton canyon. Our first stop was Kachina Woman. Feather invited us to participate in a ceremony where we release what is not working and then say aloud what is. Or rather manifest what we want to have happen. I released fear. Just fear. All of it. I don’t want it anymore. It takes too much energy and interferes with my actions, intentions, decisions, and hearts.

We then climbed the Dome of the Dogstar. It was the most vertical climb yet! At one point, I had to hold on and bring one leg up by my head to move to the next level.  This Dome aligns with the same star configuration as the Pyramids. It was truly amazing.  It was so amazing to be up so high on such a small space and feel so proud.

Feather offered her wisdom that next time we feel as if we can’t do any more or go any further to consider this moment in how we made it to the top.  Both Tim and I agreed we made it to the top due to Feather’s calm guidance as to where we should put each hand and each foot as we rose. “Trust your feet” she said over and over.

At one point, I asked Tim to grab my hand and help me get up on a one part of the rock. I realized that asking for help when needed is what it is. I would have been a fool to not. On the rock, it was clear of the consequence, in everyday life not asking for help is not always so clear. Life is easier with help—we just have to ask—it is always there.

Then we headed back deep into the canyon to see an ancient rock dwelling. As we sat in this mystical place that was last inhabited between 500 and 10,000 years ago, we meditated and Feather played the flute. The beauty of having Feather as our guide is that her way is one of gentleness, inner calm, and the ancient wisdom of a rock crawler. She embodies her name as she floats with each step on the rock. It is pure grace.  It is an honor to be in her presence and be guided amongst such magical formations.

Asking to be guided, to learn, to open to something greater more powerful  yet experience it with such gentle strength is truly a gift.

About Joy Rain

Joy has been a diversity and inclusion consultant and mediator for over ten years. Prior to consulting, she was professor of Psychology and Women Studies. Joy has a Master of Arts in Psychology (Boston University) and a Master of Education in Social Justice Education (UMASS Amherst).


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