Tea Master, fellow Native American brother and Author of Tea Medicine, Faces of the Master, and Zen & Tea: One Flavour, thank you for the cultivation of sensitivity and equanimity through the lineage that is Cha Dao (The Way of Tea). Thank you for passing on this tradition and entrusting me with the wisdom of the Leaf. Thank you for your humour, humility and the homage you offer to all life. You’ve made me aware of my linguistic ‘allergies’, and help create pathways for dealing with emotional triggers. Thank you for you. “Love is changing the world bowl by bowl.” www.globalteahut.org
Trappist Monk and Author of No Man is an Island, Seeds of Contemplation, Zen and the Birds of Appetite and many other titles, though we never met in this lifetime, your writings and sharing in the Christ lineage have brought me much reflection, inspiration and growth. I honour the direct lineage by which we are connected - your student the teacher of my philosophy lecturer. "My greatest joy on earth is to escape from the prison of my own false self, and to enter by love into union with the life that dwells and sings in the essence of all creation, and within the core of my own soul."
Timothy J. Waters
Philosophy Lecturer at Whatcom Community College (WCC), thank you for challenging my limited worldview at the ripe age of 19, for sharing the richness of many spiritual traditions while not neglecting the soil in which you were planted. You once said to your class “if you learn anything from me, you will be my revenge on death.”, and so when you pass, I intend to continue to honour your teachings as they live through me. Thank you for ‘epoche: the willing suspension of judgement’; and for making me aware of the direct lineage we share with Thomas Merton.
Jim & Laurel Diacogiannis
My parents, thank you for raising me with roots in the rich soil of faith and spirit. You provided me a foundation for growth and exploration, and I honour each of you for playing the great role of parent in my life. I honour each of your ancestors and lineages, and all that you have passed on to me. I love you both wholeheartedly. “Train up a child in the Way, and when they are old they will not stray from it.” (my interpretation of Proverbs 22:6)
Lauree Ellen Fletcher,
Friend and soul sister, ‘Thank you’ seems too small a word for your investment in my life. Thank you for the many many years you’ve poured into my life. Thank you for your honest reflections, your truth telling and your strong commitment to Love. Thank you for seeing me… time and time again. Thank for your mentorship and deep friendship, for the wells in your life you allow me to pour into, and for all that you pour into mine. Thank you for shared tea appreciation and for influencing my path towards Cha Dao. Thank you for lovingly accepting Sam. I honour the weaving of our paths and the many lineages we share, I give gratitude for all your teachers (husbands and children too). I love you dearly.
Previous partner, father of my child, and dear friend, Thank you for loving me. Thank you for the deep bond of friendship that continues to grow between us. Thank you for witnessing me from afar as I grieved the loss of our child through miscarriage. Thank you for finding and cultivating Tea with me. I honour your spirit and the natural pull to monastic life you possess and inhabit. I honour your lineage and the land you grew up on, I feel such a deep connection to Aotearoa. I bless you with a thousand thousand bowls of Tea, may your cup always be overflowing. Always loving you.
Friend, mentor and soul kin, Thank you for your dedication to art and self-expression, and the creation of Open World Theatre. Thank you for your wild spirit and the organic way we fall into ritual whenever we meet. You’ve taught me much about what it means to be human. I honour you as kin and chosen family; thank you for seeing me. I love you. www.openworldtheatre.org
Ahli - friend, inspiration and soul kin, Thank you for choosing sisterhood with me. Your honesty and wild nature inspire me in so many ways. Thank you for continually ‘having my back’ and actively creating space for my voice to be heard. Thank you for co-creating Gracewood Arts Sanctuary, for our visioning, intuitive creations and collaborations, for making fires and baths with me, for tending the hearth of heart and home. I love you. ‘Art + Honesty = Alchemy’ www.alicenight.com
Partner, lover and friend, Thank you for saying yes to a life that is counter-cultural, to ‘being’ relationship rather than doing. Thank you for giving language to what my spirit and body has known for so long in regards to deep and dark ecology. Thank you for your generous love, support, respect and care. Thank you for facing subtle (and culturally acceptable) addictions with me and pursuing a path of magic, growth and animism. I honour your traumas and how they’ve become your greatest gifts. I honour your ancestors and the way they animate through you. I respect you, I love you, I choose you. May our paths continue to weave between worlds, spreading seeds of love and mystery wherever we go. “There is no greater medicine than one’s own sensory awareness.” www.bioenergeticrelease.net