Monday, January 14, 2013



Picture of "Within the Within" on Manniquin

Years ago, I took a correspondence course with Yehwehnode Two Wolves-Twyla Nitch, clan mother of the Seneca tribe in New York. She named her followers “The Keepers of the Stones” and even sent me my own special stone in a little leather pouch. I have kept it through the years and think of her often. She passed away a few years ago. I was glad that I sent her a story I had written about the Seneca’s and her in particular. titled ” Within the Within,” I sent it to Twyla for her approval. She read it and told me that she approved of all but one word. The last word in my story ended with the word “power.” Twyla explained to me that if I changed that name to “withinness,” more “power” would be invoked into my story because it was the “withiness” that takes us to our center and our truth.


Here is the story I wrote.

Within the Within

At a very young age, she had learned to speak the language of the stones and the language of the trees. Her people, the Seneca, Keepers of the Western Door of the symbolic Longhouse, had taught her.

They taught her of the foundation of truth which is called "within the within.'" She learned of the sanctity of the circle and how it symbolizes perfect truth and is considered the pathway of peace and harmony.

But of all the many truths that she was taught, he sould knew a truth that her mind was just beginning to comprehend..HER truth. For there is no collective truth. The truth of one soul is not the same as that of another. She knew that truth's purpos is growth...soul growth. She would be open to all truths but true to her own. She knew that by being true to herself, therein she would find her withiness.

Chain Detail

Within the Within is 3” w x 10 1/2 “ long with 81/2 “ chain measured from neck to top of necklace. This particular necklace, unlike some of the other ones I have created, would work well for a shorter gal. I’m very tall and tend to make them all geared toward my height.

I used turquoise and other embellishments and sculpted an original clay face as the focal point of the necklace. I hope whoever receives my necklace wears her with power and withiness.

I have priced her at just $89. You can purchase her from Etsy or from me.

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  1. Twyla is right. The "power" of the story reaches depths. Your necklace speaks volumes as well.

  2. within-ness...made me think of witness...
    a witness to your own truth...hmmm,
    lots to think over.
    You have created a thing of beauty Cheryl♥♥

  3. Oh Cheryl,
    What a beautiful piece and story! Your inspiration and talent is such a blessing to your readers and those lucky enough to own a wonderful piece created by you!Thanks for all you continue to share with us. Peace& hugs! Bridgette

  4. LOVELY!!!!!!!!!! Miz Trish

  5. You pieces always talk to me and your stories always add more.

    Open to all truths but always true to our own. I love that and will remember it!!


  6. I LOVE your goddess, she is so regal and beautiful within her within-ness. LOVE her!

  7. Cheryl, Your necklace is Stunning! Truely a Work of Art!!!! I love how you used the stones to frame her face.
    Wonderful story as well.
    You are gifted in so many ways!
    Hugs Lynn

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