by Wenona Gardner
I am very open minded Spiritually.
I am Native American and follow
many of the Native American traditions.
Including using the spiritual protection
of white sage and cedar and
going to sweat lodge ceremonies.
I am also a Christian and have
gone to several Native American Christian churches.
I follow Jesus teachings but go
to churches where there are drums,
rattles and singing with sage and cedar.
I also been a part of the pagan ceremonies since I am Irish.
I was the person in the south door of a Beltane ceremony
that called in the fire element.
What I remember is how much similar Native American ceremonies
are so much like the Celtic ceremonies of the Irish.
I was part of Yule ceremony where we had a huge feast
and we exchanged gifts to each other.
I brought a braid of sweet grass.
I honor both sides of my ancestors the
Native Americans and the Celtics who are Irish.
They all believe in the circle of life,
sitting in a circle at ceremony,
singing and playing with drums.
They honor Mother Earth and Father Sky.
They have honor for the four directions.
They draw wisdom from nature.
I am blessed to have both sides of me
to express my spirituality.