The Amazon Earth Treasure Vase begins its Journey
Cynthia Jurs and Alison Fast with the Amazon Earth Treasure Vase
With the recent new moon guiding us, five of us converged in Santa Fe to do a ceremony in a cave at the center of the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Mandala. The cave is a deep womb of creation within the body of the Earth Mother. Just outside the cave is the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of the atomic bomb. It is a pilgrimage place for our long-held practice to bring healing, protection and renewal to the Earth — a place that asks us to hold in awareness both creation and destruction with loving attention in full presence.
Five friends brought the five Earth Treasure Vases they are stewarding into the cave to be empowered for the journey ahead; Cynthia Lazaroff and the Vase for Russia, Elizabeth Christine and the Vase for Korea, Jeff Vander Clute and the Vase for Antarctica, Cynthia Jurs and the Vase for Greece and Alison Fast who is co-stewarding the Amazon Vase with Clare Dubois. Alison and Clare had an auspicious meeting in CA just a few days before Alison came to New Mexico and Alison will now be bringing the Vase back to California.
Coming out of this experience, this is what Alison wrote about the Amazon Earth Treasure Vase
“The collective body of the feminine is not separate from the body of the Earth. The Amazon Earth Treasure Vase is a calling us to heal ourselves, to redress the wounds inflicted on us, our bodies and minds, to heal the diseases caused by greed, violence, oppression and war, and to stand for what is life-giving in our homes, ourselves as sacred vessels, our communities.
The power of TreeSisters is as a loving root system, holding a powerful medicine of restoration and healing that starts from our hearts and spreads to the heart of the Amazon, to nourish and be nourished, and remind us to remember how to heal ourselves and to offer healing and protection to the Earth.
Cynthia invites us to “Take refuge in the Earth, the vast connection of life that sustains us.” Many other wisdom practices return us to feminine, to our relationship with the Earth. Clare shares, “Let’s not be afraid to stop. To pause.”
We are are being invited to hold a story of wholeness, to heal from a place of wholeness, and to know that switching off from time to time to take care of ourselves, taking time to balance our body, mind and spirit, is not in opposition to our leadership response to Gaia. Both are in a process of emergence, and collectively as sisters, we can support each other with our collective prayer and our dreaming bodies with the Earth that we may move from one reality to another.
Loving Gaia with Clare Dubois and Cynthia Jurs
The Loving Gaia call including the Amazon Treasure Vase Ceremony remain open to participation until the Vase has travelled to the Amazon. The introductory call is free. The ceremony is available by a contribution to support both the Earth Treasure Vases and to plant trees with TreeSisters. You can find more information here: Loving Gaia
Cynthia Jurs is a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a Dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh whose source of refuge and spiritual inspiration is Mother Earth; Gaia. In 1990, she made a life-changing pilgrimage to meet the hermit and meditation master, Kushok Mangden Charok Rinpoche, a 106-year-old lama living in a remote cave in Nepal from whom she received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases when she asked him “What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?”
For thirty years, Cynthia has been building a global community committed to planetary healing and collective awakening in partnership with elders and activists around the world. Cynthia teaches an innovative blend of engaged buddhism and sacred activism through the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project, the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the international Gaia Mandala Community. Through her nonprofit, Alliance for the Earth, Cynthia has worked for ten years in Liberia, West Africa with former combatants and the women who stopped a war, building peace, teaching mindfulness and co-founding the Peace Hut Alliance for Conflict Transformation. Cynthia’s book, Summoned by the Earth, is forthcoming.