Another wonderful and informative session on how to make friendship bracelets connecting with dying our strings last week.
We listened to a fantastic story as we drank our blackberry tea….surrounded by the wonderful trees with a little bit of an autumnal chill in the air!!
Here is the story to get an idea of what we were influenced by in creating our bracelets.
Grandmother Spider & The Web of Life
Stories of grandmother spider are found in many Native American cultures.
When the Universe was still so dark that not even shadows could be seen in the night, Grandmother Spider sat in her web in the Sky World, waiting and watching. No one knows how old Grandmother Spider is, or how long she sat waiting for the Universal Mind (feel free to put in a different word here if it feels better) to awaken. But, every Creature Being who has ever lived knows her song and dance as the weaver of the Web of Life.
From her web, Grandmother Spider observed the first thoughts as the Universal Mind awakened from the dream. Seven energy beings floated out from the shining light in the centre of the Universal Mind and solidified into bright, shining stars who went out to take their places in the Sky World. Grandmother Spider took a very deep breath and softly began to sing her weaving song while she danced across the Sky. As she spun her thread, Grandmother Spider envisioned the Web of Life. Within moments, she had woven her web connecting the seven stars and creating the Spirit Doorway through which all of the rest of life would enter.
The seven stars reflected the spectrum of all colours within their glow. Dancing with the coloured light, shadows came into being as the darkness took form. More thoughts flowed from the Universal Mind, entered through the Doorway of the Seven Stars, and took their places in the Sky World. These became more stars, suns and planets. Then, many other thoughts entered the Universe, each one taking a specific place according to the universal dream of harmony.
Singing her song and weaving the Web of Life, Grandmother Spider continued with her work. The Sky World filled with light and life as her creative process unfolded. As the stars, suns and planets prepared to give birth to their children, Grandmother Spider spun her cord even longer, so that all of the newly born could be included in the Web of Life. Grandmother Spider continues to weave the Web of Life throughout every cycle of creation.
Grandmother Spider is always busy with her work, as the creation of life is happening at every moment. After connecting each Creature Being within her vibrating threads, Grandmother Spider goes on to the next, spinning out a continuous cord in her never ending dance
All life, everywhere in the Universe is connected by the Web of Life. We are not separate beings. All life shares an equal place within the Web of Life. The gifts and contributions of each and every Creature Being are very important for the survival of Mother Earth. Each Creature Being, in following through with the performance of their specific life task, affects the welfare of all the other Creature Beings in the web. Without the benefit of even one Creature’s work, the Web of Life would lack the energy of wholeness necessary for the circle of life’s cycles to continue on with their rhythm.
As we stood in our circle to finish our session, we reflected on what we were grateful for . The laughter of the children as they made their bracelets and making the connection with nature from the previous week were mentioned. We all left the hill today feeling grateful and happy.