Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
(And Plate and Pool and Crystal Ball)
The Crystal Tribe Instructs the
The animal tribes were concerned. One tribe, that of the Human
Beings, was killing without sense. That tribe of two feet and standing
up was cutting down forest-homes and destroying other animal tribes
not even for food.
The Bear tribe, chief among animals, had called the meeting. All
animals knew that the Bears were slow to anger but sharp when their
wrath was sparked. The Bears were brave and suggested that they,
the Bear tribe shoot back when attacked by the two legs. Sadly,
it was clear that a bear would have to die to provide the bowstrings
of each bow. Even then the claws of the bear would become entangled
The Deer tribe knew not the strength of the Bear nor even its courage.
For the Deer tribe, the idea of fighting the two legs with their
own weapon, was unclear. The Deer tribe was gentle and clear and
offered to bring disease into the world. The human tribe was destroying
the balance of food and shelter. The human beings were living out
of balance with the land, the sea, the air and all other creatures.
The Deer tribe, long familiar with how to evade and confuse an enemy
volunteered to bring disease into the world. The humans, they said,
were living out of balance with the earth, the air and the water.
As the humans lived out of balance so they would become sick. The
Deer tribe brought rheumatism and arthritis. With rheumatism the
humans would be struck in their heart. For only in heartlessness
could the humans slay another animal not even for food. With arthritis
would the very limbs become painful so that the two leggeds would
have to reflect upon their actions.
After the Deer Tribe, the other animals took heed. Each of the tribes
of Nature followed the Deer Tribe . Each saw disease as the lesson
for the two legs. Each animal tribe created a new disease.
The Plant tribe, vast and varied, had suffered much with the Humans.
But the Plant tribe was far older than the Deer and far wiser than
the Bear. When the Deer and the Bear were still spinning in the
stars, the Plant tribe lifted its face to the sun and sucked nourishment
from the earth mother.
The animal tribes had meted out harsh punishment to the Humans.
Diseases would fly down among the two legs like grasshoppers, sand
in the wind, poison in a stream. They would live with pain.
The Plant tribe felt the need of balancing the other animal tribes.
The Plant members were skillful. They had traveled to the depths
of the deepest waters and lived just below the bowl of heaven.
The Plant tribe offered that, for every disease a human suffered,
a plant would be present to cure it. All the humans would have to
do to cure their ailments is to use their eyes, their noses, their
All of Nature supported the Plants. It was then that the Rock and
Mineral tribe agreed to help.
They were the oldest, the members of the Rock and Mineral tribe.
They were the oldest and often the clearest. They were a close friend
of the Plant tribe.
Each mineral spoke for the power that it would give the two legs
to regain health. The Ruby, the color of blood itself, declared
that it would heal the heart of the stricken Humans. The Emerald,
green as the rolling fields volunteered to heal the liver and the
When Quartz, the chief of the mineral tribe, spoke all tribes took
heed. For Quartz was as clear as frozen light and Quartz was the
oldest and the most patient.
"I will be the sacred mineral," spoke Quartz. "I
will heal the mind and help the humans see the origin of their diseases.
I will help to bring wisdom and clarity in dreams. And I will record
the spiritual history, including our meeting today, so that in the
future if the Humans gaze into me, they may see their origin and
the way of harmony."
So it was.
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