Generosity, giving, abundance and prosperity as well as the opportunity to give and be generous with others are the gifts that appear to be offered by Tsonokwa. I have always loved the idea of potlach practiced by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. I don’t remember when I first heard of it but it appealed to me. There is something very liberating about being able to distribute all of one’s wealth and possessions to others. It is also a bit scary because giving up those things can also symbolize giving up who you are as a person right at this moment. In American culture we often are our things. The joke “he who has the most toys wins” has much more truth to it than we admit. How many of us in this consumer society consider ourselves a success when we can buy whatever we want and can afford to discard items that are out of date? We become greedy and hoard our possessions. We want more. As soon as the newest iPhone is released people flock to grab up a new one even if their current iPhone is working fine. How many people fight and claw their way into stores on “Black Friday” to purchase items for themselves? Tsonokwa reminds us that giving to others is often more satisfying than giving to ourselves. Something I think we often lose sight of in our current world.
Gaia the Earth mother reminds me that I don’t near to fear that giving will leave me drained. I can recharge and find new and abundant ways to recharge my batteries. Looking at Gaia surrounded by the beauty and bounty of the earth, the idea struck me that spending some time each day just quietly sitting in nature might help me relax and recharge. Even on the coldest day I can take a few moments outside to just seek the quiet and stillness.
The thing I find most frustrating about much of what I’m dealing with right now is that I know what I should or could do but I don’t do it. I’m incredibly unmotivated. I need to nurture and tend to myself and not lose sight of the fact that it’s not selfish to make sure I’m not exhausting all my resources. They key to a successful potlach or the 6 of Earth is that there is reciprocity. You may give a lot but you can expect others to give to you when you need it. Perhaps I’m not being clear enough that I could use help. Sometimes I make light of the situation rather than making clear statements. If I want to manifest these changes then I need to change how I approach the situation too. Otherwise I’ll find myself left in an empty, barren garden with nothing left to give.