I sat at the edge of the shore, watching the sun rise above the water, As I watched the sun, I felt the Great Mother stir. She reached out, and I felt her energy again as I have these long days of summer. Her voice filled my head as she started to tell me a story.
“Long before the sounds of the waves, or the light of the stars or the rustling of trees. Long before all of these, all was silent. No life grew upon me. The only warmth I felt was from within. My womb was barren, and I was alone.
I yearned for that which I could nurture. I yearned for beauty, for the quiet peace and strength of life. But there was none. And I cried in my loneliness, tears of stone seeping through my skin.
And Father heard me.
He reached out his rays, for he knew the potential deep within me. His light blessed me, it brought me ecstasy. He healed my pain and filled my womb. His gentleness sparked my heart, and together we created the four winds.
The Wind of the North brought insight and strength in the quiet time
The Wind of the East brought forth new beginnings and intuition
The Wind of the South brought passion and courage
The Wind of the West brought transformation
Father was happy with these things, and he embraced me still. And together, we clothed my body.
The Ice of the North Wind formed on top of me
The East Wind pushed the ice onto my flesh and shaped me
The South Wind melted the ice and soothed my sores
The West Wind moved the water to its new home
And thanks to the winds, the green came! They were beautiful! Greens, the things that grew! I had not known that I had the strength to hold such beauty gently upon me!
But the North Wind blew again, and the green was afraid because they were not strong. So the East Wind told them, “Do not fear my brother of the North, for I will make you new again!” The Greens trusted the East Wind and released their seed to rest on my flesh, comforted in the knowledge that they would come again. And the East Wind blessed the seed and spread it around.
The North Wind cooled my flesh and the greens passed on. But I carefully protected the seed from the cold. And because the East had blessed it, the seed was ready when the South Wind blew his warmth. The West Wind also brought it’s powerful wind to clear the space of the dead green to allow the seed to grow.
As the East Wind had promised the Greens, the seeds started to grow. And as the seed, grew, colors appeared! Not only had the Greens returned, but this time they were also golds and reds and pinks and yellows! Colors I did not know I could give birth to – beauty beyond what I could ever imagine!
And that is why the East Wind brings life and intelligence.
The South Wind brings passion, courage and warmth.
The West Wind brings transformation and change.
And the North Wind brings the cold and rest.
I was very happy and cared for my Greens and Colors carefully, but Father was not done. He said, “You will birth even more wonder.” Father kissed me yet again and more life came! Four leggeds and two leggeds and the winged ones, the slippery ones and even the many leggeds came forth! And I loved them all.
Yet as they grew, I knew that they needed more guidance. So I asked the Winds to help me guide these creatures. And the Winds agreed, and they speak their truth into the hears of the living creatures. They teach the songs and tell the creatures what greens can help to bring balance and health, what greens can soothe and what songs and words to say, what dances to dance, and they teach the creatures to be happy.”
I smiled, my heart full upon hearing Machi-Ma speak her story, my eyes filled with wonder and delight. She continued on:
“Now, I am old, but I am still clothed in wonder and in beauty. And I am happy that I give birth to so many wonderful things. But now the time is come that many cannot hear the Winds anymore. They do not understand why they hurt and are sore. If they only opened up their heart to the Winds and heard their laws and stories again they would be happy.
I hurt for those that cannot understand. But I do not grieve any loss. For my strength runs very deep and will always be there for the ones who feel it. And should their hearts soften, the Winds will still speak to them of the ways of life and transformation.
There will be change, as there always is, and the Winds will continue to speak their song to all hearts, and someday, all of my life will listen again.”