blue eyes of Vera looked at me and I heard her
voice, "We need to do a healing ceremony
for the Middle East." I remembered these
blue eyes - they brought me back to 1996, while
sitting in an 'Ancient Voices' workshop in Ireland
- at a time when there was much shooting in Northern
Ireland. Then I saw these eyes again - they were
bright and full of vitality while Vera visited
me in Israel two years ago. And now, this time,
I was in Munich for several days, enjoying every
minute in this beautiful city - the forests, the
lakes and the mountains that surround it.
Sunday evening with the Munich drumming circle
was the most powerful experience I had while in
Munich. It was not planned before I arrived, it
just came as an idea to Vera and in a second she
turned it into reality. It touched my heart to
see how Vera phoned and emailed each member of
her circle and how without any question, seventeen
people came this night to do healing ceremony
for the Middle East.
On Sunday nite, July 14th, the circle met in
a kindergarten (where the circle usually meets).
For me it was very powerful to do the healing
ceremony in a kindergarten because during this
awful time of violence and terror in the Middle
East I keep worrying about the children. After
smudging, rattling and calling the directions,
the evening was opened with a long powerful drumming.
I felt as if the beats of the drums and the beats
of our hearts opened the starry skies to our prayers.
The room was full of love and power and my eyes
were full of tears of gratitude.
Vera brought a heart-shaped stone and passed
it around the circle so each of us could feel
it. When I touched the stone, it was no longer
a stone, but had turned into a living heart and
I could hear its heartbeat. We put the stone in
the center while we journeyed to the Spirits of
the Middle East and asked them "what the
people and the land needs." Everyone came
back with an answer.
We shared our journeys in a special way. A blue
ball of wool was held while we shared our journey
and then it was tossed to the next person. Slowly
a special web, like a Spider's web connected us
all together. Our journeys were woven in the threads
of the web that now looked like a big Dream Catcher
catching and holding the messages we had received
from the Spirits.
When my turn came and I held the threads of the
web, I remembered the words of Fools Crow, "We
are only one part of a giant web whose assemblage
of strands, working cooperatively together, accounts
for its overall strength. Each strand is responsible
to and for the rest. When we fail to carry our
share of the load or when we abuse or destroy
another part, it injures, sometimes irretrievably,
all the others bringing unbalance to our lives
in totally unexpected ways." My eyes were
full of tears while I took the heart shaped stone
and wrapped the strands of the web around it.
Each thread held a journey, each thread was full
of love, each thread touched my heart. This special
heart stone, covered with the blue threads of
the web, I brought back with me from Munich to
Israel to share with my circle here.
Holding this special stone reminded me of the
story I heard from Karen Kelly about the web of
the Spider Woman. "Among the Nootka people
of the Northwest Coast of Canada, there is a story
of how when the world began to fall apart, Spider
Woman wove a giant web to hold it together. The
web touched everything and Spider Woman anchored
the web on tallest tree in the world." At
the end of this powerful evening when we sang
and danced together, my heart knew we are not
alone, there is a web of love that connects us
The circle journeyed to the Spirits of the land
and brought messages of healing for the Middle
East. Below are the messages, the Munich Circle
There is land for everybody.
Everybody will have joy and love to oneself
and to each other.
Everybody will understand the depression
and the sadness of the other. The image that came
to me is that every family will adopt a child
from another family.
The people will look at each other with
Everyone should listen to the beats of
the drums because it is like the beats of their
hearts and transformation will happen.
In the past I saw empty streets with no
plants. Now, from time to time, I see little plants
growing in the streets and people live in peace.
Peace will be in the land when people have peace
in their hearts.
When I came to the land with my power animal,
I saw shooting. My Power Animal said "Shalom"
and suddenly the shooting stopped.