I am an artist, writer and traditional Māori healer from New Zealand (Aotearoa). I am a Māori (Te Rarawa, Ngati Wikitoria) from the Hokianga region of Northland,New Zealand (Aotearoa). My geneology (whakapapa) traces back to an ancestor named, Tiirairaka, who arrived on the first voyage of the great Polynesian navigator, Kupe, around 975AD.
For the last 28 years I have been following the traditional Māori healer path called tohunga, often without realiseing it. About 28 years ago, I met another tohunga, who introduced me to IO Matua Kore (I:ɔ: Ma:tu:ʌ Kɔ:reɪ), the ancient spiritual tradition of my people. After a brief learning, he left me to find my own way for the next seventeen years. Then one day he phoned me. It is time for you to come and learn.
My mission (kaupapa) (kəʊpa:pᴧ) from that time has been to integrate what he taught me into a way and a form that is accessible to people from all traditions. Te Kete O te Ao Maarama are the product of that long journey.
2 1/2 years ago I came home to Northland, to be among my own people, to sit at the feet of my kaitiaki ( kaɪti:a:ki:, spirit guardians) and tupuna (tu:pu:n ʌ), and follow their guidance.
Wellness, Strength, Wisdom and Peace to you all
Water is life and life requires the presence of water. In abundance. Without it all life perishes and becomes dust. Without it all life ceases to exist. For we live on in the curling sweep of a single blue ecosystem, where every creature is intimately and intrinsically connected to every other creature. Water provides connection and it provides balance. Water is the way in which life transmits itself and joins one form to another. To understand water is to understand the physical reality of life.
We are energy beings, energy slowed to a crawl. We are pure energy, and a tiny section of a great energy field, in fact of all energy. Our cells and atoms vibrate in tune with the universe and with every other thing, animate or inanimate. Animals vibrate; plants, rocks and trees vibrate, for they are all energy, and in no way separate from all that is around them and all that is. That is a powerful thing to contemplate, for it means there is no separation, either between us or everything around us. That means that even when we are standing apart from another person, we are part of them and they of us. We are joined intimately to each other, to the rest of the planet and in turn to all the stars and galaxies.
What is important is that we open the channel to the Divine/God/ IO, and that we work hard to both enlarge and keep open that channel. One way of doing that is through Nature, and our connection to the planet. We are a part of the planet, made from and fed by it. In time, each of us will return to it and be reabsorbed by it. Our physical self will no longer exist, and yet it will have become a part of the planet, as it was before it appeared. In so doing we will be connected to all those who have passed and all those yet to be formed from it. There is no physical separation, either past, present, or future. We arise from our mother, the earth, walk upon and with her, and then return to be with and within her once more....read more.