River Song for Kira — Cherokee-inspired Song for Gentle Birthing
Gentile had a Cherokee-inspired birth song come through during pregnancy after praying to ancestors for medicine called “River Song for Kira.”
In the native tradition, women take pregnant mothers to sacred space and ask the unborn child and Creator to bring forth a song for gentle birthing. Mother sings the song to the baby in her belly during pregnancy and again at birth, which comforts the baby and eases the transition from womb to the world.
Donna visited a sacred site along the Farmington River in Collinsville, Connecticut for several days over the span of a few weeks, immersed her belly into the river and asked Creator and the unborn babe to bring forth a birth song to help with the trauma that mother and child were enduring throughout pregnancy. River Song For Kira was born. It is a sacred song to be shared. So mote it be!
Crossing Over — Honor Song to Give Our Loved Ones Wings
When Donna’s father (Fred Gentile) was home on hospice, She prayed to ancestors for medicine to help him change worlds and received a teaching by Tecumseh called “Life Your Life,” which she read to her father. Tecumseh is Shawnee.
In the teaching, Tecumseh states —
“Prepare a noble death song for the day you go over the Great Divide… and sing that song like a hero marching home.”
Gentile told her Dad she would write him such a song. Then realizing the depth of the promise, she prayed to ancestors for medicine.
Crossing Over came through just three days before Fred passed, and Donna was able to sing it to him as his soul took flight.
Fred told his family, “I’m coming back as a bald eagle, so look out for me!” Donna did a sacred stone ceremony with her Dad in which she instructed him to put medicine for family members into river stones. The Eagle and rock medicine made their way into the song.
Crossing Over is an honor song that is meant to give our loved ones wings.