Finding Meaning in Haseya

Yesterday, I bundled up my family and decided that despite the physical illness wracking my body as the seasons change in New Hampshire, Bethel Farm Field Day—which I've been looking forward to for a month—would fill my heart and spirit in a way that would ease, or perhaps just distract me from, my body breakdown.

A dreamcatcher danced gently in the wind during Field Day at Bethel Farm.

A dreamcatcher danced gently in the wind during Field Day at Bethel Farm.

It was a stunning fall day, where the leaves transitioning to golden reds, oranges, yellows and browns sparkled under the sun and a bright blue sky punctuated by white clouds crowned the sky. It was too warm for a wool sweater in the sun during the day, and too cold in the shade for anything less than three layers as the sun set. An (above) average fall day in New England.

Field Day and all that the Bethel family and community offered—acro yoga, a sound bath, hula hoop making, vegetable fermentation and tea making workshops, tie-dye, tarot cards, face painting, and so much more—was amazing, and my heart and spirit were lifted.

But the highlight of the afternoon was listening to the musical magic of Ajeet Kaur and Ezra Landis. I am new to their music, only discovering their partnership when Audrey Bethel first shared on Facebook that they would perform during Field Day.

Their live performance of “Kiss the Earth” in Amsterdam was the video Audrey shared for context, and it quickly became a daily play for me. Each time I listen, Ajeet’s powerful words resonate with and soothe my being as I bathe in her sweet melodies and sway to Ezra and Raffa Martinez’s rhythms.

During the song, Ajeet calls for the healing of the masculine and the feminine in our human family, and for her audience to bring prayers to that healing. She invites the men in the room to celebrate the feminine lighting the way forward, as they sing, “La luna illumina.”

Then, Ajeet invites the women to listen deeply and with love and to feel the men’s love in song. The first time I listened, I closed my eyes, accepting her offering as I lay still, and tears began to fall slowly down my cheeks.

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That moment beautifully repeated itself yesterday as Ajeet and Ezra sang their final song at Bethel Farm.

But this time, I was not watching a recording of a show in Amsterdam from my couch, but rather, sitting upon the earth in New Hampshire, and it was my soulmate Ivor, who I took 36 and one-half years to find, singing, “La luna illumina” beside me, to me.

Photo of Ajeet Kaur by Brian Coy

Photo of Ajeet Kaur by Brian Coy

Just the night before in conversation, Ivor vocalized his support for my ability to lead and his belief in my entrepreneurial drive and passions. His words encouraged me to shine as brightly as I am called to shine and to never shrink. He was calling la luna to illumina. And now, he sang.

“Sing louder,” Ajeet encouraged the masculine voices across the field in Hillsboro. “Let the woman you are singing to really hear you,” she said as Ivor’s voice rose with those of the men around us. Then Ajeet brought in the voices of the feminine, and I sang in harmony with Ivor, “Ya, ya, ya, ya, La Luna.” I could cry again recounting it.

So rise up my sisters, rise up
Let us lift each other up
Sing it from your heart and from your soul.”
— Ajeet Kaur

I have not always felt held by, nor believed in the strength of, the sacred masculine. To truly feel it, and truly believe in its protection and partnership, has been something otherworldly and profound for me since I met Ivor. Our light was immediately reflected in one another, and the capacity of our future was evident very quickly.

Sága is an idea I have had for a few years, but it was always lacking something; enough to keep me from stepping fully into the calling. When Ivor walked into my life, it was clear that his wisdom, experience, presence and gifts were the missing pieces to complement my own. We have very valuable offerings to bring to each other and consequently, to the world.

Ajeet and Ezra’s performance of “Haseya” became an anthem for Sága yesterday. As she told the story of what the song means, I was struck by the parallel alignment of what inspired Ajeet to write this song and what now inspires us to manifest Sága.

“Haseya” means to rise up, or she rises, in Diné, the language of the Navajo people, but as a muse to Ajeet, Haseya represents the importance of embracing the divine feminine that empowers us rise from tough times.

That is everything that we want Sága to be, everything that we are giving life to, and trying to lift up here in Peterborough and the Monadnock Region. What Ajeet and Ezra express in “Haseya” and “Kiss the Earth,” encompass the reason we chose “Sága” as the name to represent our intentions (learn more about that here), and a “Circle” as the representation of our collective group of healers and wellness practitioners.

The time is now to embrace both the divine feminine and the sacred masculine within each of us. To come together as healers, and artists, and community members to help each other rise in the tough times, and also to seek that help when we need it. We all go through challenging chapters and therefore, we will always need one another to rise.

This region is particularly blessed by healers so rich in their gifts that I could not ignore the calling deep in my soul to make something beautiful of my own experience. Many healers here at the feet of Monadnock helped me to rise up when I was deeply suffering and bravely walking through a dark chapter on my path that, at times, felt too difficult to bear. Ivor has experienced similar darkness and rise along his own personal path, and has offered his gifts as a healer to others on their paths.

Now, we offer unity to the healers of our region, and to make their gifts known to our community so that those who need a hand can reach for Sága. Rise up, my sisters, rise up.