Summiteer and founding member of the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project, Cynthia Jurs, shares the story of the Earth Treasure Vase healing she lovingly offered at Findhorn’s New Story Summit which took place in September 2014.
Inspired by an ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project brings healing and protection to the Earth by filling consecrated clay vessels with prayers and offerings, and ceremonially burying them in the Earth in collaboration with indigenous elders, young activists and grassroots leaders in places where healing and protection are most needed around the planet.
Cynthia brought this practice to the Summit and offers this story of healing which was first published 6 November 2014 in the Full Moon Newsletter: Suffering, Grief and HOPE.
It was a privilege to attend the New Story Summit and experience being inside of a global community truly dedicated to being the change. I was particularly moved to meet Kahontineh Swamp, the daughter of the late Jake Swamp, a Mohawk elder. She shared with us that before he passed away, he requested that a Grief Ceremony be performed for indigenous and non-indigenous alike. She offered us this ceremony at Findhorn.
This ceremony helped me personally to grieve the sorrows of these times, and it released tremendous joy for the possibilities on the horizon. After traveling all around the world with the Earth Treasure Vases, I live with a sadness inside that sometimes seems untouchable – even if I have also witnessed many miracles and powerful signs of Big Change.
Acknowledging what we have done to each other and to our Mother Earth and grieving collectively, is a necessary step in order to move on together. It was an honor to share in this ritual which catalyzed an empowering release of all that we hold inside and keep quiet. I sense this ceremony is rippling out widely, affecting the subtle realms as all rituals do. From there, a new story is already being told.
The global community that gathered for the Summit inspired me to recognize that one of the next steps for us here at Alliance for the Earth in New Mexico, is to turn our attention more directly to being a vessel for awakened community right here at home. This beautiful land can become a watering hole for a global tribe of storytellers, healers and visionary stewards of life on Earth who are allied with us in service to Mother Earth through the Earth Treasure Vase practice.
Findhorn has become a new hub in the Earth Treasure Vase global mandala. One of the next generation vases was brought to this gathering and filled with heartfelt prayers and offerings in three ceremonies during the time of the Summit. Happily, two of Findhorn’s elders have accepted responsibility to steward this vase to its completion. Craig Gibsone and Dürten Lau will oversee the ceremonies with the vase over each full moon and the burial in the original garden at Findhorn.
Another dimension of the story of this Earth Treasure Vase came through Shay Sloan, fellow Summiteer and long-time friend, who during the Summit brought all of our attention to an unhealed wound that we now have a chance to address with our prayers for that vase. This is an area where “witches” – the healers and medicine people of an earlier time – were tortured and burned. This deep wound in our collective history is asking to be healed and our humble vessel has taken on the task!
Please let us know if you’d like a copy of the guided meditation to practice with each full moon from wherever you are. Share your prayers for this healing to be accomplished and for a new story to take root in the fabric of life on Earth – with Findhorn as the place to root these intentions. Go to our website to Make an Offering and we will make sure that your prayers are offered into the vase. Thank you.
Cynthia Jurs is an authorized Buddhist teacher in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, Director of the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Founder of the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project, a program of the nonprofit organization, Alliance for the Earth. Cynthia facilitates pilgrimages and retreats and leads groups in meditation, engaged buddhism and spiritual activism.