Somewhere last Spring I discovered Pixie Lighthorse through my teacher, Elena Brower. Elena read Prayer of Honoring Equality in a talk and Pixie's words and structure resonated with me and stirred something in my heart. I went to her site and found out that she lives in Central Oregon (my former and formative home - where I had my studio, met Nate, conceived my children). This discovery came at a time when I was feeling particularly homesick and Pixie's words, voice, and demeanor instantly made me feel cared for and held. I immersed myself in her site for a few weeks then ordered her first book Prayers of Honoring and read every word when it arrived. I started to share her prayers at the end of each class - prayers filled with earth-based spirituality and Native-American medicine. Her words began to work their magic on me.
Then, in the fall, I enrolled in Pixie's course, Honoring Grief with Owl - a grief course - or rather, a grief journey. I don't have the words to fully express what that course gave me, but suffice it to say, I grieved. I grieved for my childhood, the loss of my mother, the loss of me as my mother's daughter, past decisions, past identities, past trauma and pain. I grieved for my ancestors - my grandmothers and for all women, for it all - intensely, viscerally, madly, cathartic-ly all Fall. I emerged from my Death Lodge with a depth of experiential wisdom, release, and clarity I had not know previously.
So with the release of her new book Prayers of Honoring Voice, I am planning my classes with direct inspiration from these prayers. I want to put my class plans up for you to that you can work them into your home practice, but I will do what I can. If you feel called, I encourage you to get her book and let her words work on you too. Let me know what is working, how you are feeling, what is changing.