WHO AM I?
" What's in a name? "
Misk'i Takiy is a name that was ceremonially gifted to me by one of my dear friends and teachers to mark the end of several years of apprenticeship. In the context the name was given, it translates from the Quechua language as "man who sings sweetly". I have wondered occasionally if "sometimes" should be added to the translation.
The name that I was given at birth is Gareth, a traditional British Celtic name which carries the meaning 'gentle and brave'. It is a name from my ancestral lineage that reminds me of the memory of my people and the deep magic of the land of my fathers.
The moniker Dr. Fox was bestowed upon me in good grace and humour by another beloved teacher one fine morning in our fox-frequented sanctuary in the UK. I lived and learned with him for over 3 years and will remember those good old days, and the twinkle in his eye, forever fondly.
My life and work is rooted in the exploration and clarification of the four elemental altars, the Earth, Water, Fire, and Air; and all of the relations and archetypes carried within each altar. This is an embodied practice of healing, sanacion in Spanish - healthy action, and a continuous walk of the spiral. In alignment with this, I have come to understand that every human heart carries the same prayer at its deepest core, that of unity, harmony, balance, peace, sovereignty, mutual empowerment and unconditional love... but for this to be uncovered from all the other prayers / desires / distractions requires intelligent discernment and compassionate, caring and careful communication - which entails listening as well as being heard - and being clear that we say what me mean and do not make assumptions. It is said that the good word is white magic, the bad word is black magic, and I think we can all agree that words have the power to heal or harm, depending on how we choose to use them.
There is too much vielonce in the world already without it being added to in the ways in which we relate, especialy towards those we love. Love and hate are a sadly tragic game to be playing at this point in time, when love is the only true essence of life if is to be lived as a medicinal practice.
It also requires a deep reflection on what lies beneath the letters and concepts that make up the words, lest they become mere buzz words and a means to spiritually bypass the deeper dimensions of life as a human. For every high principled word, there is one healthy manifestation, one true manifestation, and many thousands of interpretations that are fundamentally unhealthy and confused.
As a storyteller, songwriter, and musician, primarily I write songs that have been created as medicine for me or others, reflections of experiences encountered that contain tales comprised of - and encoded with - words and messages that have given me strength, hope, inspiration, and love when I have been in need. My path through this life has taken me to live in many countries and to the study of many areas of interest and these are woven into the fabric of the story of the songs.
There is no song that I sing that has not helped heal or shed light on something... this is one of my deepest prayers, that healing comes to those who are in need, and me too. In my life, whenever I have needed to understand something, to pray for something, to heal a wound or a false understanding, a damaged relation, then a song has shared itself with me with the intention to bring healing that specific area of conflict. I believe that through the power of song we are able to explore and share the depths of our being, find comfort, and whatever it is that is needed to achieve resolution, reconciliaton and true healing.
Many of the songs I write are inspired by ancient healing traditions from around the world, traditions that I have lived in, and that I admire and draw support, guidance, and inspiration from. To be able to share these words, stories and songs in a way that they may touch another person is a true and genuine honour.
May all my / our relations be held in love and right relation... Aho Mitakuyasin...