Desecration of Panther Spring, Our Genesis Place
The spring in Mt. Shasta’s Panther Meadows is where we first bubbled into the world at the time of creation. But now it’s threatened by spiritual tourism and over development that is using too much groundwater.
This short film from 2007 shows what happens when a sacred place isn’t treated with respect: Our sacred spring ran dry for the first time in our history.
We come from Mount Shasta, and our sacred spring that runnels through Panther Meadows is our genesis place. It is truly a sacred place, and unfortunately many outsiders, who don’t understand how to behave there, are drawn to it.
Many people who visit the meadows, sometimes in large groups, not only inflict harm to its extremely delicate ecosystem, but also desecrate our spring by depositing crystals, gemstones and even ashes into its headwaters.
Some might do this innocently, in a misguided attempt at reverence or to provide some peace for their deceased relatives, and we hope we can help educate those people.
As the indigenous people from the mountain and the caretakers of the meadows, we are the people who know how to behave there and how to interact with the spring. Depositing materials and ashes in the spring only causes damage, and the spring can’t’ take it.
We would prefer if traffic to the meadow and the mountain was drastically reduced, but if you feel you must visit these place, here are the following guidelines to show proper the respect and reverence: