Be grateful for your health. For your ability to love. For your ability to be here. Honor yourself and be grateful for your integrity, and your choice to expand your own consciousness. Be grateful for the people who love you, and whom you love. Just feel what happens inside of you when you’re not fighting and angry and pointing a finger and blaming. We seem to live in a society of blame. It’s never our fault. It’s their fault. When in reality, we’re all responsible for everything that happens on one level or another. It’s that gratitude that opens your heart. And when your heart is open, then you are made of love. And God is made of love. And you are the reflection of God, the Great Spirit. And so we are all love.
We’re going to be working with the art of communication. The Painted Feather Talking Stick is a sacred antenna with which you can move through the universe, through the extraordinary landscape of your life, and find a way to be heard without judgment, without pain, and without difficulty.
We are going to be painting symbols on our talking sticks. You pick symbols carefully from your heart and from your spirit because symbols have great, great power. Because symbols are like a battery – they store energy. In shamanic work, the storing of energy is one of the most important aspects of what you learn here.
Excerpt from JT 1995 Painted Feather Talking Stick.