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Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rock Cairn

Rock cairn in the meadow on top of Long's Peak, Colorado

I don't believe I'll ever think of a rock cairn the same after becoming familiar with the Russian dolmens. Anastassia's explanation of these sacred sites is so vibrant. I get a tingle all the way to the roots of my hair every time I read about her story of the forebears. Although there is a huge difference in structure between a dolmen and a rock cairn, I believe there are cross over concepts.

Some cairns were constructed to act as directional markers which would point the way home or to safety. I've seen these near sacred Native American sites in the U.S. Other cairns might have been placed as a symbol of the spirit of friendship and hope by builders who had been down a path and wanted to mark the way for others to follow--rather like the energetic wisdom and thoughts which circle in the space of the dolmens for visitors to access.

Whether a monolith like Stonehenge or the Russian dolmen or a small cairn of tiny stones, the balancing of the rock is integral to the structure. The mere practice of placing a stone so that the others do not topple is an exercise patience--really a meditation.


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