The Healers' Creation Myth:
(A Story for Your Journey)
By Dan Buffo
Great Grandmother Walk-on
by Sally McQuaid
to all of the students, healers, and
teachers who continue to follow their longing to support
Healing and Healership, especially those of you with
whom I have had a chance to work. Good journey!
(Please send this story out to the people
you know and love who have forgotten the dancing Spirit;
feel free to share, but not sell, this story with
others, and shout your name. I can be contacted through
my website: www.healersforum.com,
or call 831 465-9297.)
THE STORY OF HOW THEY CAME
In the beginning there was only
Great Grandmother, "Walk-On." She was complete
within herself, yet felt within herself the impulse
to dance Spirit. She looked within and without herself
until she found Great Grandfather, "Lightening
They danced in joyful union. And so
our Grandfather Sun, and all of the stars were born.
Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather rested, and
all was good.
Another time, when the desire swelled
within them, they danced again. Grandmother Earth
and all of the planets were born. Again, they rested
There came a moment when Grandfather
Sun and Grandmother Earth felt the same desire to
dance Spirit that had resulted in their birth. They
too danced in joyful union. And so all the grasses,
plants, and trees were born. Grandmother and Grandfather
also rested in joy.
When the desire swelled within them
a second time, they danced again. And so all the animals
that sit, swim, crawl, fly, walk and run were born.
Later, they danced Spirit a third time,
and of this union were born our ancestors, the first
Our ancestors flourished under
the care of Grandparents and Great Grandparents. They
became many and shared the dancing Spirit of their
conception with their brothers and sisters, the plants
and animals and with the land of Grandmother Earth.
by Sally McQuaid
There came a time when some of the people
came to Great Grandmother "Walk-On," asking
her blessing to journey beyond Grandfather Sun and
Grandmother Earth to discover what was there. Great
Grandmother "Walk-On" smiled, for she understood
many things. She recognized their longing as the dancing
Spirit, within them. The very same longing that led
her to Great Grandfather "Lightening-Bolt"
and the dance of joyful union.
So she gave her blessing, and she told
them the story of how they came to be. She told them
the story held the wisdom they would need for their
journey. Great Grandfather carved them a wondrous
Spirit canoe from a brilliant lightening bolt. And
with proper rituals, celebration, and promises to
return with the wisdom gained on their journey, they
sat in the canoe and signaled Great Grandfather "Lightening-Bolt"
that they were ready to begin their journey beyond
the night sky. Instantly the lightening within the
canoe quickened in a great explosion of light!
The human beings in the canoe then experienced
a profound and mysterious darkness all around them.
They waited to see what would happen. Then they talked
while they waited. Then they ate and slept - many
times, while they waited. They did not know fear,
as there was the same friendliness, joy and power
of the dancing Spirit in the dark, as they knew within
themselves, their ancestors and all living things.
For a long time the Spirit canoe hurled through the
black velvet womb beyond the night sky.
Then one of the human beings saw a small
faint light in the distance. Over many sleeps and
many meals it grew brighter and began to break up
into a cloud of small lights. As they slowly approached,
it expanded to fill all of space; they entered the
cloud. It looked like the stars in the night sky.
They prayed to Great Grandfather "Lightening-Bolt"
to guide the canoe toward one of the lights and as
they drew near, it resolved into a cluster of tiny
double spirals. As they approached one of the spirals,
they saw that it too was composed of many tiny lights.
It too expanded as they journeyed into it. And lo!
Each light was as bright as Grandfather Sun. They
had found the stars of the night sky. The Spirit canoe
began to circle an immense swirling cloud of dust.
As they watched, it condensed. And then, within the
cloud a sun was born. The remaining dust collected
into planets. The canoe drew near the most beautiful
of these, blue, white and full of Life.
From the story of how they came to be,
they understood that they had watched the dance of
birth of Grandfather Sun, and Grandmother Earth. As
they watched Grandfather Sun, and Grandmother Earth
dance among the stars, they saw the plants born, then
the animals; and finally the human beings. As they
continued to watch, the history of their people played
out below, until they saw themselves and their Spirit
canoe disappear in a blinding lightening bolt that
leapt from their village to beyond the blue sky in
the blink of an eye.
As they continued to watch, the humans
multiplied; their numbers brought diversity and scarcity;
these brought disagreement. The people in the Spirit
canoe learned of crime, rape and war as they watched
the humans discover these things below. They watched
as humans used these against each other, and against
their little brothers and sisters, the plants and
the animals. They even saw human beings rape the land
of Grandmother Earth! They could not understand all
of what unfolded. But they did understand, when they
watched the human beings corrupt the very seed of
Grandfather Sun into a terrible weapon of light more
powerful than any lightening bolt! They were so stunned,
that they could hardly breath! The joy of the dancing
Spirit had faded from the awareness of the children
of Grandmother Earth!
As they watched, the spirits of their
people were flung into space with a violence as great
as the deaths of their bodies. The people in the Spirit
canoe were astounded and horrified! They circled Grandmother
Earth, gathering in the brightest spirits as they
prayed for help to Great Grandmother "Walk on."
She told them that they had the wisdom to help in
the story she had given them for the journey.
by Sally McQuaid
So they sat in council with those they
had rescued and each told the story as they remembered
it. The newcomers heard the story of how they came
to be - and they remembered! They felt once again
the joy of the dancing Spirit to know itself. And
so they resolved to return to Grandmother Earth to
restore this knowledge. They believed that the human
beings would then once again come to live in joy and
harmony with the dancing Spirit, with themselves and
with all things.
The newcomers asked Great Grandmother
to return them to Grandmother Earth so that they might
tell the human beings about the dancing Spirit. She
warned them they would have to travel a strange path,
reentering the world as all human beings do - through
birth. They would temporarily lose their understanding,
as all human beings do. But she would call them together
again, to hear the story of how they came to be, and
they would awaken again, just as had happened in the
They were resolved to go. So she sent
them to Grandmother Earth, dropping them into a wave
of births, following the war fought with the corruption
of the seed of Grandfather Sun, a war terrible beyond
thought or telling. They became children of every
culture throughout the land of Grandmother Earth.
As they matured they began to awaken to dancing Spirit,
to their purpose, and to each other.
Just as Great Grandmother promised,
they found themselves called together in groups and
heard the story of how they came to be. And just as
she promised, it awakened within them a deep awareness
of the dancing Spirit. So that each held him or herself
up straight and tall, and each sent the joyful light
of the dancing Spirit out into the world riding on
the shout of their name!
(When you read this out loud to your
group, leave time, at this point for each to have
a chance to stand up and announce their name. Help
them awaken by standing and anouncing your name, as
We, who hear this story, have come to
remember what many human beings have forgotten. We
are awakening to our Spiritual purpose. Let us look
upon each other, upon those here who have come to
awaken human beings to the joyful impulse of the dancing
Spirit to know Itself!
-Copyright September 2, 2004 by Dan Buffo. All rights