"In our way, a leader has to be humble and think about the Seventh Generation. Every generation must consider the welfare of the Seventh Generation yet to come. As we turn to the four cardinal directions, we hear our Ancestors in the winds, encouraging us to make decisions based on generations to come. Remember, seven generations ago our Grandfathers and Grandmothers prayed for our welfare, even though we weren't yet born. If they had forgotten those who were not yet born, if they had forgotten us, we wouldn't be here today". Chief Arvol Looking Horse
The wisdom of the Indigenous Tribes of the world is being recognized as a part of all of us that 'we' have forgotten. It is the necessary ingredient to give us the guidance that we need to steady our trim tab for peace and harmony on Earth.
If we think back 7 generations, in just our own families, we can trace many of the patterns and challenges that we now face in our present lives. There are wounds in our past ancestors that were not healed and that have been passed down through the generations and will continue to be passed down through more generations. How do we heal these wounds that live in our bodies, our minds, our souls, so that they don't keep going forward into the future?
These wounds from 7 generations back are in our society affecting decisions that we make today. Racism and sexism have reared their heads again and war and vengeance seem to be the answer instead of negotiations and peaceful resolutions,
We have also believed, if we are Euro Americans, that we are not Indigenous people and yet our ancestors were once Indigenous people generations ago, before we came to the Americas. How did we lose our native Earth wisdom and our respect for these wisdoms? Have we buried them deeply in the shadows of our souls?. How do we rediscover and reclaim the wisdom of our ancestors?
Our knowledge has produced many wonders, and many barbaric practices that are not in resonance with Mother Nature, such as factory farming, genetically engineered crops, fracking, human slavery, mountain top removal, and so on. What we consider necessities, such as air conditioning and indoor regulated heat, are really luxuries that are damaging our Spaceship Earth. Ancient cultures and their wisdom are in harmony with Earth, whereas our modern cultures are in disarray and out of harmony. The systems that have been set in place are in need of an overhaul, of our very being, our way of thinking, our priorities, our values and responsibilities to all Earth, all her sentient beings and each other.
We have those wisdoms deep within and it is time to create and birth them into NOW. Indigenous people following the path of ancient wisdom can guide us to remember.
If we are willing to
See with our Third Eye
Hear with our Third Ear
Open our Heart to
Grace and Gratitude
Humbleness and Acceptance…
We are on a new journey following diverse paths of opportunity and creative abundance, learning to be in resonance and harmony with Earth.
It may be a bumpy ride.
Are we ready? Let's go!
Photo from Trail of Tears Powwow, Hopkinsville, KY, 2012.