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The Healing Stones From the Snake

The Healing Stones From the Snake

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Published by Patrick McShane
Additional description of the power of Stones in the Native American tradition. First handed down the ages by word-of-mouth and then preserved as I encountered their power, first hand. I leave itt to the reader to decide for themselves whether or not I have described the experience with enough gusto that you will believe it.


Additional description of the power of Stones in the Native American tradition. First handed down the ages by word-of-mouth and then preserved as I encountered their power, first hand. I leave itt to the reader to decide for themselves whether or not I have described the experience with enough gusto that you will believe it.


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Published by: Patrick McShane on Feb 13, 2009
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The Patience Stone
Composition
: BasaltWeight 1 KiloNote: The stone was selected by the Shaman from the banks of the Snake River,near Celebration Point, Idaho.
Dimenstions
:135mm Wide431.8mm Diameter60mm Thick28mm Center Hole (Round)69.85mm in DepthHole: Bi-Conical and slopes from wide, at the edge, to 28mm in the center. Bychipping from two opposing sides I was able to cut a hole through the Basalt, taking afull, non-stop day, without breaking the stone. This took constant concentration andexacting care. The object was to teach me Patience. I prize these stones. When Ibecome impatient, I look at them, clear my mind, and meditate on Patience.
Quartz Cutting StoneComposition
: Hard Quartz, also from the Snake River.Began the size of a softball and when I was finished it had been chipped and worndown to the size of a small hen's egg.The
Healing Stone
is a well-worn piece of Basalt that fits perfectly in your handwith a smooth indentation worn by generations of using it as a Capstone for a Hand-Drill for starting fires or drilling holes in hided. It was given to me by the Shaman asa gift, my most prized possession. I have used it to make fire and drill holes, backwhen my health was better. I now finger it and think of my Vision Quest and as partof the Healing Process passed to me, in secret, by the Shaman.
My Quest Begins…
Having lived most of my life in the scientific world as a T-Type and/or A-TypePersonality, I seldom had time to ponder the Spiritual Nature of my bring, I wasbeginning to feel empty.One day I met Willie, a Sho-Pai Indian, and Shaman. Willie “took me under hiswing” and for the next five years he taught me the Old Ways. The more I learned,
 
the more I yearned to be allowed to go on my own Vision Quest…A milestone alongthe way to Native American spirituality.Throughout these learning years I was impatient and kept at Willie to allow memy chance at my Vision Quest. Willie would always kindly say, “You’re not quite ready yet…Be Patient.” But…I had been short on Patience all of my life and this particularoccasion didn’t help, after all, what did Patience have to do with a Vision Quest?One summer morning, during Coyote Hour, Willie came to me and with absolutesilence he bad me follow him. Wearing only a pair of shorts Willie and I went to theedge of the sacred Snake River – (Celebration Park, Idaho).Willie started searching for something along the banks of the Sacred Riverand after nearly half an hour came to me with the two Stones mentioned above.Willie said to me, “Take the quartz stone, break off part of an end, but not toomush because it is the only cutting stone you may have today…take away only enoughto make a sharp, cutting edge.”Willie continued, “Using the quarts you are to cut a Bi-Conical Hole throughthe Basalt without breaking the stone. You must be finished by sundown.”“What a joke, I thought; I can have this done in less than an hour…I began at apace as though the NunumBi were after me…I quickly slowed down to a morerespectable pace, to “save myself.” The task was harder than I had expected.Willie had taken me to a quiet spot where I could only see and hear the river.Taking a stick he drew a circle in the dirt approximating a meter in diameter. Williesaid to me, “You must remain inside the circle for the entire day without food orwater, working to make the Perfect Circle without breaking the Basalt. Break theBasalt and you will have to wait another five years to try again.Without haste I sat down, sharpened my Cutting Stone, a lesson learned yearsearlier, studied the Basalt with care, and began cutting from both sides, hoping tomeet in the middle without breaking the Basalt. I estimated the task would take butan hour or two.After the third hour came and went my level of Patience and Frustration wereat a breaking point. In addition I was extremely bored.It was then, with the hot sun beating down upon my naked body, that I beganto recall lessons taught to me by Willie years earlier.Take a deep breath, relax, become one with your surroundings, go to yourSacred Place (Mental), concentrate on Patience and continue with the task at hand.At once I felt euphoric and the growth of Patience from within made meeuphoric. Time faded into nothingness and it wasn’t until the Hole was completed,stone unbroken, that I notes the sun was setting.

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