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 About the journey

I’ve been guided to the rivers. Never would I have expected this, yet when I look back over my life there were signs all along the way. Growing up I played for hours in and around Minnehaha creek that emptied into the Mississippi. During my 20 years of touring the U.S. as a singer-songwriter, I spent my down time hiking in the forests and mountains often along the rivers.

 

Whenever I toured west, I made it a point to stop at the confluence of rivers in western Montana that form the headwaters of the great Missouri River. Something about that place was profound and powerful and touched me at a deep level. Then in summer of 2012 as I was preparing for a long road trip and thinking of all the beautiful spots I was going to visit along the way, the Missouri entered my mind and a realization and knowing hit me like a lightening bolt. I had work to do with the rivers. It was a part of my mission and it was time I honored it.

 

I trusted this even though I had no idea what this work was to look like. My guidance was telling me to go to the source of rivers and lemurian crystals would be needed. So I bought up all the lemurian crystals I could find and headed west, knowing the first river would be the Missouri. On my way, I stopped at another place I had always been drawn to, the Black Hills, especially Bear Butte and Bear Tipi. I wanted to hike to the top of Bear Butte and offer my prayers for guidance as I embarked on this work.

 

It was at Bear Butte that I experienced my initiation into the mission. I was hoping I’d see the buffalo herd that often grazed near the mountain. As I entered the drive that ascended to the foot of Bear Butte, a huge buffalo was sitting at the side of the road as if to greet me. Only five feet away, I stopped rolled down the window and in silence stared into his eyes and he into mine. The Native American woman at the visitor center also came down to see the buffalo saying the buffalo never rested that close to the road. It was the first and most profound of the many animal encounters I would have. At the site of every river where I carried out the work, an animal would appear, antelope, deer, moose, elk, bear, eagle, hawk, and all variety of waterfowl. As I hiked the mountain in prayer, I experienced so much love and confirmation, that my insecurities and doubts about the work melted away and I fully committed to the project.

 

 

Five hundred miles further west, I arrived at the headwaters of the Missouri, the first river and my first experience of carrying out the work. As I approached the riverbank, I held a large golden lemurian crystal. I knew this to be my master crystal. In the other hand was a small lemurian crystal. I opened to Spirit and to my guides and called forth the spirit of the river. Immediately and spontaneously I began chanting in a language I did not recognize, but knew was specific to the river. It somehow felt familiar like a song. I could feel the spirit of the river rise up in joy and recognition. Then as I opened more, a huge download of energy entered me, entered the master crystal and transferred to the small crystal. This energy was expansive and full of love; it seemed to be coming from the earth, the sky, the river and my own heart. I felt the presence of star beings and the Lemurians assisting in the process. It all happened very quickly and when it was complete, I placed the small crystal into the river. I then experienced another wave of crystalline energy expanding through the river. I gave thanks and wept because the beauty of the whole experience was overwhelming. I went on, finding the source of the Colorado, Rio Grand, Columbia and Mississippi rivers, experiencing the joy of the work.

 

I continue my journey with the rivers. To date, I’ve gone to the source waters of 221 rivers around the U.S. leaving a crystal in each one. I find every river to be unique, each with its own ‘song’ that I’m able to open to and chant as I carry out the work. I feel blessed and honored to be carrying out my part in anchoring some amazing light on this amazing planet! 

It is my honor to share this work with you in the form of this website.  May all

be blessed and let us remember what our Lakota and Dakota brothers and sisters have stated, Mni Wiconi.

Water is Life!

Barb Ryman

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