“True vision comes rarely and must be renewed, reaffirmed, and cared for like a precious sapling, so that it grows strong within one.”
- Doñ Eduardo Calderon
Day 39 - Monday, July 31, 1995 - Late Sunday afternoon I flew home from Minnesota to New Hampshire. Today, by phone from my home office, I was able to reconnect with the walkers.
Cool stream. Photo by Ian Britton
Tom told me that the walk has been encamped close by the home of Kathy Kiley in Sperryville, Virginia. In a cool stream that runs through the surrounding forest, the walkers have soothed themselves of relentless summer heat—walkers mutating into floaters and soakers. Record-breaking heat continues across North America.
Osho Genje Abe. Photo by Regula Vellacott
The Japanese monk Osho Genjo Abe, has been with the walk for several days. As Gaston reported in yesterday's e-mail, Osho has begun instructing the walkers in techniques of stress reduction and healing.
According to Naoko Saga—who translated for Osho—he's concerned that the walkers are becoming so tired that they are in danger of forgetting, or losing, their vision, their reason for walking. In support, Osho offered simple techniques from his Japanese tradition that, when applied at the end of the day, should help the walkers to release their weariness so that they do not carry it into the next day.
The Monacan Indian Nation has invited the Sunbow 5 Walk to a get-together this coming weekend at their traditional homeland further south at Bear Mountain, Virginia. The walkers will be welcomed by the chief and tribal elders.
Sitting at my desk and sorting through the ways I might re-engage to help coordinate the walk, I heard the phone ring. It was Gaston LaVoie. He was calling to say that he would no longer smoke the pipe, or even attend ceremonies where women were not invited or given full equal status.
Gaston said that Tom Dostou and Ned Pashene were giving him a hard time. He said that in essence they were making him a scapegoat for their frustrations and all the walk's troubles.
"I don't hate the people," Gaston said, "but I hate what they are doing to me."
Copyright 2006 by Steven McFadden
Read Day 40 -- Odyssey of the 8th Fire