By Maria Yraceburu*
I can vividly recall my first real encounter with my spirit guide, Kato’ya, when I was four. I had been playing out in the canyon my family shared with a herd of mustangs near Hawley Lake, Arizona. I had been playing for several hours, feeling very peaceful, and went to lie down in the grass near the waterfall and watch the dragonflies playing in the mist.
All of a sudden, it seemed like I was being talked to inside my head, yet from outside. I looked around me and saw a small rattlesnake near the pond, warming itself in Grandfather Sun’s light. As I looked into this creature’s eyes, it began showing me the Changing Mother, earth, explaining that she was going through shifts and changes to birth a new world, and that there was nothing to fear. The Creepy Crawler said that I would move to California to live, but that the majority of my family would stay in Arizona. I was quite comfortable living in the 1800 setting of our intimate lifestyle with Nature, and would miss my grandfather and cousins immensely, so I didn’t want to move and didn’t like the message. I didn’t remember what else was said, although it went on for a long time. As it turned out, when I was ten, after one of my cousin was murdered, I unexpectedly moved to Carmel to live with my father.
By this time, I was receiving messages from Kato’ya on a regular basis. On the reservation it had been easy to discuss these things with my grandfather, but now, in mainstream America, it was hard to know who to trust. I sensed whole realms of ideas behind every painstakingly spelled out word, but I didn’t feel confident enough to speak, and I was afraid to share with those that were not of my tradition.
Once I was able to express Kato’ya to others, my fear slowly left until one day it bid me goodbye, saying that as I became attuned to my Spiritual Guide it was difficult for it’s Shadow to come through, and that it’s purpose had been accomplished. From then on, Kato’ya guided me, giving direction, helping me teach, and assisting me with my spiritual evolution.
All that I share, is Kato’ya’s gift.
I am inviting those of you on a Path of Beauty – of light and joy – to join with the essence of One as you read my words, and feel the community of all who are sharing knowledge in this time of earthly change. There is much that can be accomplished by a group holding unified, pure intent in their joint mind. Whenever certain thoughts and beliefs are held and practiced by a group of people – and the focus here is love, spiritual growth, and higher purpose – they magnify tenfold the ability of each person to create them in their own life, and make those thoughts available to others who are reaching out for assistance.
I invite your soul to join with mine as we explore our greater potential. Kato’ya’s essence is in these thoughts and helps us open to our deeper, wiser selves. We are becoming who we always knew we were. Many of you have always felt different from those around, as if you knew you had a mission, something special to accomplish with your life. I hope my words help you unlock the keys to remembering that mission and purpose. I invite you to journey to the realms of light and love you came from, free of fear.
Joy is an inner note that you sound as you move through the day.
The Path of Beauty – of compassion – does not obligate you to love everyone regardless of how they act or who they are. It is a path of seeing the truth of who they are, acknowledging all their parts. It is the path of looking at people and asking is there anything you can do to heal, assist, or bring them in touch with their higher vision? If there is not, then you need to ask yourself, how will being in contact with them heal, assist, or bring you in touch with your higher vision? If there is no answer to either of these questions, then be on your way in peace and gratitude.
You may ask, what am I here to do that will bring me joy? Each one of you has things that you love to do. There is not one person alive who does not have something they love to do. What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do.
All of you reading this are healing and growing, for you would not be attracted to this information if you were not evolving and raising your vibrational frequency.
Hiyaa gozhoo dolee . . . May peace and love flow over you.
Maria Naylin iskiñihí Yracébûrû is Quero Apache Tlish Diyan diiyin – a storyteller, healer, ceremonial facilitator, and teacher of Snake Clan knowledge and philosophgy. As a diiyin trained since birth by her grandfather Ten Bears, she is the guardian of a wealth of ancient and mysterious knowledge that has been passed down through countless generations. Her awe-inspiring insights come out of a diiyin’s unique and special relationship with nature, with what can only be called a “spiritual earth connection.” A healer and teacher for over 25 years, Maria’s articles have been translated into 20 different languages. She is the author of LEGENDS AND PROPHECIES OF THE QUERO APACHE – TALES FOR HEALING AND RENEWAL (Bear & Company, 2002), and currently working on two other projects: CIRCLE TALK – WORDS OF POWER; and SKY HUNTERS RAPTOR EDUCATION & REHABILITATION, with life partner, Lynda, from their home in the San Diego mountains.
*Copyright ©2000 Maria Yraceburu
Maria Yraceburu is a diiyin (HolyOne/Lightning Shaman), an Elder, a Wisdomkeeper, a teacher and a traditional healer. Born into a lineage of shamans and trained from early childhood on by her grandfather Apache Juan Ten Bears Yraceburu, her work is centered on the ancient oral traditions of the Apache-tlish diyan teachings and practices of earth.