Centuries of bigotry and violence are not healed overnight. It requires much effort to mitigate the great harm that has been done. But to truly put an end to so much hatred and violence, our efforts must not be fueled by angry; we must have love in our hearts. Ultimately the only way we can conquer hated and bigotry in the world is by practicing love and tolerance. The only way to bring an end to darkness in a room is to introduce a source of light.
We began an initiative to perform yajnams across the state to heal the energy of slavery from the land. Yajnam is a Vedic ceremony for healing that helps to purify the atmosphere. Yajnams can help open channels for souls caught between realms to move toward the light. It removes negative energies reverberating in the land as it brings about higher spiritual vibrations of love, light, peace, health, and prosperity for one and all. This initiative is organized by Dominique Gay, owner of East Flora Healing Arts.
The specific intention for our ceremonies in Mrs. Gay's words:
"To perform a ceremony to heal the land, to release the energy of suffering, to honor the people who were enslaved, and to assist if they are trapped between realms to uplift their souls. To release the trauma of those who were enslaved for the benefit of their descendants who carry with them the heavy burden of the ancestral karma of slavery. And to heal the bigoted views in people them that made such atrocities possible, and to help release the guilt of those who were slave holders, and to free also the generations of decedents suffering on account of the deeds of their ancestors. So that all people can live in harmony and mutual respect. Our hope is that by performing this ceremony we will be able to help heal racial prejudice across the South and America at large."
Please contact Dominique Gay at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or own or manage a historic site where enslaved people lived or worked and are interested in hosting a planation healing ceremony.
The Inaugural Ceremony at
Over the course of two days we performed many rituals. We broke 108 coconuts as an offering to help absorb and transmute negative energies still present in the land and buried in the Earth. We offered 10 ash gourds to the guardians of the cardinal direction, the intermediary directions and above and below to help send our intentions all around. Offerings were made with specific herbs and other substances suitable to help manifest the desired results. 108 herbs were offered along with countless other offerings specific to the needs of the world at this very moment to fulfill the intention of this ceremony. The ceremony itself was scheduled after consulting the astrology to ensure supportive planetary energies will grant an auspicious result. For ceremonies designed to bring about peace, it is traditional to use white flowers as we have done. Our intentions for healing have been greatly empowered by the Vedic tradition of yajnam which incorporates the prayer and intention of dozens of individuals, the financial contribution and labor of dozens more, the sacred vibrations of the healing mantras, along with various offerings, procedures, meditations and visualizations all designed to empower our intentions for this event. It has required more than than $1,000 to purchase all the offerings for these ceremonies. It has required weeks of work to coordinate and accomplish the needed preparations. The rituals themselves are extremely complex and difficult to accomplish. It requires many years of dedicated study to learn the Vedic hymns offered in worship and the complex procedures for worship. Specific healing mantras have been used for this ceremony as indicated by the Divine through a complex system of auguries which requires many more years of study to master. The result of all this is to bring about positive healing energy to displace and replace the energy of human suffering and violence and bigotry which stains the land and atmosphere here at this former slave plantation which was owned by a Civil War captain and which is located just a few mile from several of the bloodiest battles of the War.