I just watched this video trailer for the new 3D movie Cave of Forgotten Dreams directed by Werner Herzog. The documentary focuses on the Chauvet Cave paintings in southern France, enabling the world to see images hidden for over 20,000 years.
I am incredibly moved whenever I see cave art. I can feel myself pulled toward the paintings—I yearn to touch them, to keep them close.
There are many aspects to the fascination—the strength of the artist’s connection to the animals (ritualistic if not shamanic in nature)—and the beauty and miracle of art still fresh after 20,000 years. I also feel envy that the hands that drew these haunting images on the cave walls belonged to people who knew these animals intimately, some long since extinct; it saddens me to know that never again will they walk among us.
Across many thousands of years the voices of the artist and the animals call to me—an ancient call filled with spirit and power that an older part of me knows so well—voices that have been silent too long. And my heart is gladdened that this gift of primeval energy has been made available to us once again. Our world sorely needs this vision of a world where once animals and people existed in spiritual partnership.
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Think Outside the Cage
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition. In addition she is also a Reiki Master Teacher, animal communicator, author of the acclaimed book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, and creator of Animal and Reiki Art. As an animal shaman, she views her role as a healer as one of building bridges between people and animals, and of empowering them to reconnect with Pachamama, Mother Earth.
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