From the beginning of time as we know it, reaching deep into the ancient histories of all nations, the Little People–bringers of tradition, medicines, songs, and a deep wisdom tuned into the voices of the earth–have been allies and teachers of human beings. Known as the Ancient Ones, the first humans, they are the Kontomble, the Duendes, the Menehunes, the Wa Tee Tas, the Kaukas, the Yunwi Tsdundi, the Huldufolk, and the Dwarves.
These Ancient Ones are guardians of life and gatekeepers of the sacred, helping to assist the flow of life force energy between this world and the Otherworld. They dwell and make their homes where dimensions weave and ladder, speaking in a primal tongue still in tune with the deified voices of nature–sharing in dialogue with the mountains, the trees, the stars, the waters, the animals and the plants, as well as spirits in the Otherworld, including our ancestors.
Liv Wheeler, as an initiated Kontomble Voice Diviner, stewards an age old tradition from Burkina Faso, West Africa, where the voices and messages of the Little People are physically brought through in service to the evolution, healing, and transformation of individuals and community.
This year, in these rituals at Symbiosis, we will be tuning in with Kontomble who will bridge us to the voices of the water here on these lands.
Water is life, all life. The same waters that flow today fed our ancestors and our ancestors before that. And these same waters will feed our children and our children after that. Kontomble talks of our Mother Waters as Star Medicine, as a gift from the stars. What might that say about the life force that flows through all things? As we seek to understand water, we understand ourselves. As we thank the waters, we give a gift to our past, present, and future. And as we listen to the waters, to what they are saying now, we calibrate our individual medicines, our purposes, into deeper rhythm and service to Life on Earth.
Liv Wheeler is a Shamanic Practitioner, focused mainly in the shamanic practices of the Dagara Tribe of Burkina Faso, West Africa. For eight years, she studied and apprenticed with Malidoma Some, PhD (Dagara Elder, Shaman, Author). Her path of study with healing work ranges from differing forms and traditions of energy healing to training in Somatic Therapy. Liv has maintained a shamanic practice for over a decade, consulting with the Spiritual realms to bring guidance to clients all over the world. Her passion is in guiding others in remembering their life’s purpose and encouraging them to step fully into it. She teaches workshops and facilitates rituals to help connect people with their ancestors, Kontomble, as well as other elemental forces. In April, Liv toured across the United States with Chelsea Wind for ‘Folk Medicine Revival’, an evening of conversation and ceremony created to heal the chasm that has occurred between the humans and ‘little people’.