Medicine Bundle Ceremony – building of community

I am preparing for a Medicine Bundle Ceremony and reflecting on its meaning to community. We can learn alot about community in studying the native traditions.
In the Plains Native tradition, community was an integral part of life, everyone worked together to hunt and gather, to prepare food, as well as to celebrate together. In our modern society, we seem to have lost that connection, and people are craving human interaction.

people are craving community

people are craving community

One of the facets of Medicine Bundle Ceremony is about building community and practicing reciprocity (the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit). People who come to ceremony bring items that they have in abundance, and it is shared with others in the community. It is a perfect example of reciprocity in community, and an opportunity to share a profound connection with people you meet.
Let your mind wander to a time  when those you know may be struggling during an economic downturn, how beautiful would it be to be part of a community who practices reciprocity. Community food redistribution (part of the ceremony) allows all in the community to share in the abundance.

Reciprocity

practice of reciprocity in a Medicine Bundle Ceremony

 

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About Deanna Wind Haven Shaman

Deanna Strandquist is a modern day Shaman who practices Simple Living that feeds your Soul. Find tips and ideas that help you on the journey to simple living. Wind Haven Shaman
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3 Responses to Medicine Bundle Ceremony – building of community

  1. Ron Mensaghi says:

    Just love this information. Great job! Love Ron

  2. Allan says:

    I’m in need of ceremonial tobacco for clearing and smoking, does anyone know where I can get some? I live in Calgary

    Allan

  3. Deanna says:

    In journeying to tobacco, it asks that we be respectful and reverent while handling it, so I think any tobacco can be used in ceremony to take our prayers straight to spirit.
    There are tobaccos available that don’t have as many additives and preservatives. You might search in cigar shops in Calgary. Please let us know what you find.

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