Great mother Sky was crying the warm tears of sadness again. Kulma had left, slipped away, though she knew he’d be back. The tears fell into the world, healing all they touched and slowly melting the icy hardness that he had left behind. Mother Sky was relieved. His visits always touched her, even though she knew they would pass. It always seemed so tenuous, as her warmth and strength dwindled, so uncertain. She blessed his passing, turned her heart toward gratitude, and whispered “Thank you, Kulma, you are always welcome.” You see, she loves him, as she loves all who pass through her.
As her warm tears fell into the world, they healed Kulma’s imprint: they melted the great glaciers, thawed the frozen earth, extinguished the raging fires and washed away the clouds of ash. The melting glaciers flooded the earth, embracing and dissolving all that had been constructed. Soon the ocean and mother sky was all there was, and all was peaceful. Sun, Moon, and Stars had emerged as the dark ash clouds dwindled and resumed their mysterious dance. They soared, twirled, and played, moved by fathomless joy. The ocean sparkled under their gentle radiance.
Remember, the world is a reflection of mother Sky’s heart. So as life returned to her, deep currents in the ocean began to flow. Stronger and stronger they coursed, faster and faster. Under the dance of the Sky’s daughters, the ocean churned. The waters carried rich soil to the surface, forming the continents. The stones followed, pushing up into mountains.
Sky mother’s sadness was abating, her heart cleansed and fresh. One last tear fell from her eyes toward the world. Floating toward the earth, it was kissed by a ray of sunlight, casting a rainbow across the sky. Sky mother felt content with the perfection of all things. As her peaceful sadness expanded the rainbow too expanded. It spiraled and branched, running throughout the world. As it spread, it began to take on forms: owls, lizards, bears, beetles, humans (us!), and all the myriad animals. We crawled onto land, slithered into the waters, and soared into the sky.