What Would You Wish For?    by Jo Ann Taylor

In a land far, far away there is a tree...

a very special tree. 

 

Some might pass it by thinking it is another ordinary fig tree, even though it has a commanding presence overlooking the renowned Ngorongoro Crater of Tanzania fame. But for the Ilkisongo Clan of the Maasai, this special tree has historically held spiritual significance.

Oreteti is considered akin to a god and through time has been a place where older women have gone to pray and to make a wish for healing, ending a drought or other adversity. 

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To cement their wish they would leave a metal or beaded bracelet among the branches. Over the years their bangles have slowly become part of the tree, almost as if Oreteti is absorbing the misfortune to take any pain away. 

As tradition continues all those who pass

take a small handful of grass and place it at the base and sit quietly for a moment as a sign of respect.

 

Sadly at this moment in time, we can not walk to the shade of Oreteti amidst the stillness of Africa. Instead, we must #stayhome and #shelterinplace in our own corner of the world.

Yet as the planet takes a deep breath, we can still seek the healing power of nature. 

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As a stillness settles over the world, wherever you may walk, may the air be cleaner -- the sky bluer -- the grass greener. 

Your own Oreteti is there waiting to be discovered, just open your eyes...and make a wish...

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In reverence, it is called "Oreteti."

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