Video Spotlight: Student Promotes Regeneration Festival to Show Youth They Are Sacred

Marc Dadigan

Lyla Johnston’s tribal name is Tate Uha Omani, meaning She Carries the Wind, and she said it reminds her of her purpose as a poet.

“The wind is the word,” she said.

The former director of the Spoken Word Collective at Stanford University in California, Johnston has been writing poetry for most of her life, and recently used her talents to make a video promoting the upcoming Regeneration Festival, being held August 31 to September 3 in her hometown of Taos, New Mexico.

Johnston started the festival last year to send a message to the youth that they are valued after a series of youth suicides, and the event was success, she said. This year’s festival will include a Native fashion show, a heavy metal concert in which the musicians pledge sobriety, a take-off-work-to-be-with-your-kid and many moments of prayer and silence for healing.

Johnston said she is still looking for volunteers and donations for the festival, and she also wants other communities to show solidarity by holding their own festivals for the youth, she said.

“Through this event we’d like to help young people of all ages—from infants to people in their 20s—feel cherished, celebrated, supported and honored as the sacred beings that they are,” she said.

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Cindy Lindsay
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I am offering this Simple Prayer approach from my tradition that Mothers can do for their Children to help them release addiction. "Especially when a child is sleeping, the mother can heal. For a child who is a drug addict and is really suffering with bad habits, she can command on their soul when they are asleep to be healed through the Atma Khandana process. Suppose a mother wants to heal her daughter who’s a drug addict, “Oh, my divine spirit,” it means I’m talking to the divine spirit that is in her. “Oh, my dear divine daughter, oh my dear divine soul, right now, I’m commanding on your soul. I’m totally blessing you with happiness. Right now, I’m sending the God energy in you. You’ll be totally fine when you wake up.” We must repeat that five times." Sri Kaleshwar