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TAO/MITAKUWE OYAS'IN  Vol. 19 (April - May 2009 Issue) 


Contents:

From Denean:  The Fire Prayer Story

Affirmation Prayer

This Issue's Featured Song: "Spiral to the Center"

Current News & Announcements: Re-release of Fire Prayer, The Weaving and Thunder!!!



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The Fire Prayer Story



In celebration of the re-release of "Fire Prayer", "The Weaving", and "Thunder",

I am going to take the time in each of the next three newsletters to tell you a little of the story behind each of those albums.


For today, we will begin with "Fire Prayer":


I was living in Nashville, TN at the time...writing, recording and performing on the country/pop scene.  Facing life or death in a deeply challenging personal life put me in touch with the more important questions of life.  Why am I here?  What is the greater reason I have been given the gifts that I have...and how can I use them for a greater good?


In asking these questions, the world of Spirit surrounded me, and music began to flow like never before.  I remember I had bought my first hand drum, but a few days later (because of financial challenges) was going to return it.  Well, the store wouldn't accept returns! How fortunate that was in that the hand drum turned out to be instrumental (no pun intended :-) in the birth of many of the songs on "Fire Prayer".


These songs were flowing like water from some place deep within me that I had never touched before. Though I don't talk about it much, it seems the energy of my native roots surfaced profoundly in the expression of this music. 

 

My voice also underwent a transformation.  I completely lost my voice for over a month...couldn't even squeak!  I kept getting the message from Spirit that a "re-calibration" was  taking place and that the vibrational frequency was being adjusted for the purpose of healing and opening hearts.  I didn't want to claim anything in regards to what I was being told, but in time it revealed itself to be the truth.

 


Of course, with songs like these, I wasn't exactly fitting into the Nashville scene anymore!  I had a country deal at the time, with a label out of Memphis.  But my path in music was taking a profound turn.  As a new label was presenting itself, giving me the opportunity to express this new music, I asked to be release from the Memphis label deal.  They graciously honored my request.

 


The spirit world was making itself very present in my life at this time. Because my life truly was in danger as I navigated my way out of an abusive marriage, Spirit was letting me know beyond any shadow of a doubt that I was protected.  I have to say that at times this was quite challenging for my psyche to accept.  It was like living in two dimensions or two worlds at the same time.  It stretched me spiritually in a way I simply do not know how to describe here.  I guess the best description is the energy of musical expression in "Fire Prayer".



The internal conviction to this new path was such that it didn't matter whether there was a record deal or not.  All I knew was that I would send my voice whether it be from a mountain top, to one person, or to many.  I would do it because it was the Creator's calling.  My job was simply to "show up" and let it flow through me, allowing the energy of this to do whatever it was intended to do.



The creative process in the creation of "Fire Prayer" was much the same way.  It wasn't about "developing a concept for an album".  It was about showing up creatively and allowing Spirit to  flow into expression.  The form of the album called "Fire Prayer" manifested as a natural movement of simply being willing to stay present with the Divine and be the "hollow-bone" Spirit asked me to be.

 


The chant "Passage to the Earth Mother" began as an instrumental piece.  In the recording studio, the producer asked me to go chant.  I had never "chanted" like that before.  It was unrehearsed and pure prayer.  I don't think it could have been "rehearsed" and carry the same energy that it did in that sponaneous expression of prayer.


Many of the other songs on "Fire Prayer" came spontaneously as well, as I would walk and commune with nature.  There was an amazing connection with Grandmother that was taking place through all of this...my hands were buzzing with energy and I felt expanded far beyond my physical body.  It was the call of my own heart to heal...a calling from some primal place as though this music had always been.  I was just revealing it.


"There is a Dream" was actually written a little earlier than some of the others.  It was originally done with more piano accompaniment and a faster driving rhythm.  It was also orignally a part of the Memphis deal as a somewhat country/pop arrangement. One evening at an outdoor prayer circle someone asked me to sing it.  I wasn't sure I could without the piano, but decided to be creative and try it slower with just the vocal and a drum.  Well, the rest of that story is what you hear on "Fire Prayer".

 


You can see in this story of Fire Prayer that it was my healing too.  In it's second birth, I pray this music will continue to bless all of you.


Thank you for allowing me to share a part of my journey with you...


Mitakuwe Oyas'in



 

 


The following will be our Affirmation Prayer.


Find some quiet time to create inner “sacred space” for yourself.     

Soft music can help…the Passage To The Earth Mother chant,  perhaps, if you already have it. 


Calm your mind, relax your body, and connect your being to God as you understand it.


I encourage you to daily read this slowly, speaking it out loud if you can. 

Allow spaces of silence between each phrase of affirmation, accepting with

humility and faith that the word you speak is taking place now.


Affirmation Prayer


In the center of my being burns the flame...

the sacred fire. 


With every breath I breathe...

With every sound I utter forth in expression of myself...

the Divinity that I truly am resides within.


Every breath is sacred...

Every sound I make is sacred...


I am the Divine expressing itself in and through my unique individual life.


While I honor my own unique individuality...

I must equally hold to my bosom the truth of my oneness with all things...with all life.


True peace comes to me in knowing and honoring always

this Divinity that I am and the Divinity that

all of my relations are equally.


From my heart I now radiate forth the beautiful light of this truth...the light of pure intention.


I bless this truth with my entire being!


And so it is!


Let it be so!

Amen!

Mitakuwe Oyas'in



This Issue Featuring:



From  Fire Prayer   



This song will be available for listening until the next newsletter issue

(approx. June 1st, 2009)

 

The song, 'Spiral to the Center' has become a favorite from the "Fire Prayer" album.  I usually perform it a cappella however, and much slower...in a more prayerful manner.

 

During my time in Nashville, I was also studying to become a licensed practitioner of Religous Science (which is simply cultivating the consciousness of oneness with Spirit and all things for the purpose of healing and knowing wholeness).  That study has greatly impacted many of the song lyrics I write.

 






 

Current News & Announcements

 

CD's are now shipped directly from the manufacturer so for those of you who have ordered before, your packages will look a bit different when you receive it.

 

As you may remember from previous years, I will be taking a sabbatical in early June where I will participate in Native American Ceremony and Ritual.  I would like to extend to you through these couple of months leading up to my departure, that if you have any special prayer requests, you may use the Prayer Request form by clicking on this link or on the Prayer Request button below.  Your prayers will be taken into the circle of this most sacred ceremony.  Please hold an attitude of faith that the answers to your prayers and healing are taking place now.  Stay alert to any messages or dreams from Spirit that come to you during this time.  Please know that whether you make a request or not, I will be holding each of you in my prayers especially during this time. 

 

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Mitakuwe Oyas’in (Translated "All My Relations Included"),

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