Earthprayers for our loved one’sThe earth heals and is our mother and father really, I know it to be true in my life and many people over the years reported to me it gave them comfort when they held the earth prayer (a golfball size little earth with a heart drawn on it) in times of difficulty or stress.  It is composed of sacred earth and a small amount of straw.  An idea that is new to me is to put a person ‘s ashes in the earthprayer that is transitioning to the other side and for their families to have something to hold to give them comfort when they want to feel a sense of their loved one.  We forget but we are made of earth and no matter how sophisticated or technological we have become that will never change.  And holding one of the earthprayers with their loved ones ashes in it, will bring comfort and a sense of holding an essence of them.  Hard to explain in words but feeling the earthprayer with their ashes it becomes easier to experience and understand.  My friend Bernard mixed the mud and mixed the ashes and made a heart to contain his wife’s ashes and when he feels lonely for her he picks up the heart and always feels better.

This could be an idea for putting Pet’s ashes into one of these earth containers.  I like the idea of a small earth ball with a heart drawn on it, but Bernard had his whole family put some ashes into different earth containers [he made a heart for his wife ‘s ashes] with another friends ashes became a small [or larger earth sculpture} and as the story continues most people have a sense of the presence of their loved one in the earth container, and it brings comfort.  We can also do ritual and say prayers to the person, as we are adding ashes to the earth and making benches.  In talking to a doorways meeting I mentioned an earth bench and the woman next to be liked the idea so well that she wants to work with her and her family to put her grandfathers ashes in an earth bench so she can be held by her grandfather when he leaves and she will feel held by him as if in a hug.  I like to play with ideas and as something that wi ll be affordable.  In most cases creating larger and more complex objects wi ll be negotiated with compassion.  robert francis “mudman” johnson 208 1/2 polaco street, Santa fe NM 87501.  505-954-4495

an earth prayer for a loved one
is love personified
in a sacred earth prayer
a great mystery of love and soul
is smiling with us on our journey home


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