Joseph Beautiful Painted Arrow
Sacredness is when divine presence descends from the heavens into the earth and
it purifies that single moment in to an instantaneity
VOICE OF SACREDNESS
"Dancing is an expression of the physical body, and the physical body is like a
temple, like a holy place. So when we walk, when we talk, when we cry, when we
pray, when we speak, when we sing, when we laugh, it is the process of the voice
The whole idea in all my dances is to get people to meet God, to meet th Divine
presence within themselves; To become enlightened."
In Josephís tradition Divine presence is breath, matter and movement, and from
out of that came the dances.
Joseph and I had an in depth conversation about Dance Protocols prompted by
numerous emails on this subject. Here is an abridged version of Sun Moon Dance
protocols. A more detailed version is available upon request. ~Jennie
SUN MOON DANCE - BASIC PROTOCOLS
In the Sun Moon Dance we are dancing the Moon, dancing the Sun
The Sun Moon Dance begins with a commitment to 4 dances. This is an important
part of the Sun Moon Dance as it is a journey of healing with Breath, Matter and
Movement. It honours the four cardinal directions and in doing so, also honours
all the in between places. Since each of us is a microcosm of the planet, the
healing we bring to ourselves also brings healing to the planet. For these
reasons alone, the dance is a powerful gift that you give to yourself and all
that exists in this perceptual reality.
The dance is done over 4 days within a covered arbour and in some instances
without an arbour, using tents in a circle. The dance arbour is the sacred
Medicine Wheel. It represents the world, the life it contains and nurtures. A
pole or tree planted in the centre of the arbour is the centre of the circle of
life, the centre of the self. It is where we want to journey in conscious
awareness to meet Divine presence within ourselves.
According to Joseph's vision there is only one sweat lodge and that is done
before the dance, as a cleansing ceremony for the dancers, chiefs, moon mothers,
supporters and all the helpers
Each day begins with a sunrise ceremony and ends with the moon song. The only
songs sung at a Sun Moon Dance are those given by Joseph and Benito.
This dance is a dry fast. That means once the dancers enter the arbour there is
no eating, drinking or talking. When dancers leave the arbour they wear a white
sheet. All dancers wear modest clothing including a skirt. They refrain from
making eye contact with anyone.
The Chief is the intercessor. The Chief and only the Chief, starts and stops the
dance. The Chief holds the space for the dance to unfold and potential
possibilities to be planted.
The Moon Mother, wears a prayer shawl and carries a feather fan. She assists the
Chief. Her role is vast. She does or delegates various duties that need to be
carried out from the beginning to the end of the dance.
Dog Soldiers tend fire, assist the moon mother and keep the arbour and surrounds
in good order.
A complete list of Moon Mother/dog soldier duties and dance protocols is
available from email@example.com
The dance ends with a beautiful Water Blessing Ceremony. It is for those dancers
who have been without food and water for the entire dance.
A feast and often a giveaway is the final ceremony. It is the ceremony of
communing and gifting with peace, love and light before heading home.
Originally there was no talking, no drinking, no eating and no Sun Father.
Then talking happened even though that was not the original instruction.
Then drinking happened, even though that was not the original instruction.
Then eating happened even though that was not the original instruction.
Then Sun Father happened even though that was not the original instruction.
These changes were not from Joseph.
Joseph said, ďIn the end the point that I want to make, is that I received
originally, you donít eat food, you donít drink anything, you donít talk,
because what you want to achieve through the dance is powers to have a vision;
so you may be empowered to get a spiritual vision from God."
He added, "If people want to include eating, drinking, talking and Sun Father in
the dance they can but, it is not my dance. Then it is their dance and they need
to name it, own it and take responsibility for it."
Those who are called to the Sun Moon Dance come to make important changes in
their personal lives, as well as play an active part in global peace and
The Sun Moon Dance, as with all Joseph's dances, is a closed dance. There are no
spectators, photography, nudity, or any mind altering substances allowed.
The Sun-Moon Dance was brought forth from the vision of Joseph Beautiful Painted
Arrow. He is a visionary and mystic of Southern Ute and Picuris Pueblo heritage.
It is most important to understand that the Sun Moon Dance is NOT a Native
American Dance but, from the vision of a Native American.
For complete Sun Moon Dance protocols please email
BOOKS BY JOSEPH RAEL
Being and Vibration
Sound, Peace, Power
Mystery School of Joseph Rael
House of Shattering Light
Life as an American Indian Mystic
Tracks of Dancing Light
The Way of Inspiration
Mother Earth Is Calling
A beautiful little book printed in 1991. Handset and printed letterpress, with
all illustrations hand painted. There were only 100 copies printed. See if you
can get your hands on one.
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