To say, All My Relations, Misiwe Ni Wakoomahgunuk in Cree, recognizes our interconnection to each other, and is a prayer of oneness and harmony with all forms of life.
Thus, to truly support well-being we need to approach healing in a holistic way. We do this best as a community, through relationships and recognizing our need for each other.
"I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be one." Crazy Horse
I am the visionary and owner of Misiwe Ni Relations Healing Lodge. My name is Jenny Sutherland, Mihko-Asiniy-Kinepik-Iskwew (Cree for Red Stone Snake Woman) and I come from the Muskegowuk territory of the Moose Cree First Nation, the Mosoniw-ililiwak. I live in the unceded territory of the Alonquins, in Manotick, and it is an honour to serve here.
Most importantly, like all of you, I am a star seed of this Universe and am here to be of service. The idea for this lodge came from this place of offering, and was created with love, prayer and intention to support healing and wellbeing. Thus, Misiwe Ni Relations Healing Lodge offers sacred space for us to do so.
Rooms are available for healers to rent, artisans to showcase their creations, or the lodge can be rented in its entirety for wellness retreats. It is in this way that I believe I can give a needed platform to those who can bring healing and reconciliation to this Nation. It is a place that in itself holds medicine, which you will feel as soon as you step into its front doors.
I decided to name my Healing Lodge with the beautiful expression of All My Relations because I wanted a place where everyone on the medicine wheel felt that they could come together in Unity, regardless of ethnicity and religious differences, but for the purpose of wellness and healing. This expression also recognizes that we are interconnected and need each other on this journey. We must reach out to one another and help raise each other up.
The name I chose to write in both Cree and English to pay tribute to the fork in the road, the possibility of choice, the decisions that we are all called to make. We must recognize and decide that we are worthy of healing, and work together to create a future that supports this journey. I honour the 8th fire prophecy and believe we need to come together now to do what is in the best interest of our children and the generations to come - and that is, to heal ourselves and our Earth Mother whose lands and waters are in need of protection, and raise our children with this awareness and understanding.
I respect the two races that make me who I am, and pay homage to my heritage and how deeply my roots grow. My heart is Indigenous and the Lodge is a place to teach of this Spirituality, and may it welcome the teachings of other cultures. All which brings us together as Rainbow Warriors rising to the task of Unity by forging new relationships based on understanding, respect and compassion.
I am honoured to create space for the visions of many different healers. I encourage you all to allow your imagination to take flight and your purpose to unfold. Spirit is there to guide you, you only need to take the pause to listen. I believe this Lodge is a good place to allow one to do so.
Made of pine logs and surrounded by trees such as cedar, birch, oak and spruce, you are reminded to truly connect to the land and root to the Earth energies, and like branches reach upwards and rise.
I believe the below writing by Ojibwe author Richard Wagamese (October 14, 1955 – March 10, 2017), from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, beautifully describes what the expression All My Relations means.
"From our deck the world reveals itself slowly detail by detail these summer mornings when morning becomes the ultimate painter. There's a sublime elegance to the way things come together. Light chases shadow into recess and what emerges stands stock still in the slow spill of sunlight as though surprised at its properties and definition.
To be here as morning breaks is to feel unity. It's to feel connected to everything around you and to absorb it, bring it into the very fiber your being, like learning to breathe all over again. It's to come to understand that you are alive because everything else is. It is to comprehend what your people mean when they say "All my relations."
It means everything. It's not uttered in a casual way nor is it meant to be. In its solemnity it is meant as a benediction, a blessing and a call to this unity you feel all around you in the depth of morning. This phrase, this articulation of spirit, is a clarion call to consciousness.
It means that you recognize everything as alive and elemental to your being. There is nothing that matters less than anything else. By virtue of its being, all things are vital, necessary and a part of the grand whole, because unity cannot exist where exclusion is allowed to happen. This is the great teaching of this statement.
"All my relations," means all. When a speaker makes this statement it's meant as recognition of the principles of harmony, unity and equality. It's a way of saying that you recognize your place in the universe and that you recognize the place of others and of other things in the realm of the real and the living. In that it is a powerful evocation of truth.
Because when you say those words you mean everything that you are kin to. Not just those people who look like you, talk like you, act like you, sing, dance, celebrate, worship or pray like you. Everyone. You also mean everything that relies on air, water, sunlight and the power of the Earth and the universe itself for sustenance and perpetuation. It's recognition of the fact that we are all one body moving through time and space together.
To say these words is to offer a doorway to that understanding to those who hear you. It's to proclaim in one sentence that this experience of living is a process of coming together and that it was always meant to be.
When you offer that doorway, you offer the most sublime truth. You offer the essential teaching.
Your people say these words as an act of ceremony and here in this majestic light of morning you feel that ritual glow within you like an ember from a fire. All things connected. All things related. All things grown equally out of the one single act of Creation that spawned us. This is what you feel and this is what you mean.
You come to realize too, that if we could all glean the power of this one short statement, we could change the world. We could evoke brotherhood and sisterhood. We could remind ourselves and each other that we need each other, that there is not a single life that is not important to the whole or a single thing that is not worth protecting and honoring.
Here in the splendid light of morning you come to this truth again and seek to breathe it into you, to become it even for a fraction of a second. Truth requires only an instant from which to grow."
My heartfelt gratitude for this written piece of art. Gitchi-meegwetch Richard. It will be framed and posted proudly on the wall of the Lodge entrance way.
May you journey well in the Spirit world. My deepest condolences to his loved ones for his recent passing.