For 13 years now, the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers has been holding, carrying, and walking behind a prophetic prayer for humanity and for the next seven generations that will walk upon the Earth.
At the end of this month, they are gathering to complete their work where they first came together to create it in 2004: the Menla Retreat Center in the Catskill mountains, the original land of the Iroquois Confederacy.
On the surface, this gathering is a healing retreat; below the surface, it is the fulfillment of a prophecy.
These women are midwives of a new time for Earth and her people.
They have answered a call to unify our species, across continents and cultures and colors and creeds,
to heal our people and planet so that peace may reign.
We have been so very ill.
For the countless generations now
we have been plundering the Earth
the animal kingdom
and our own kingdom.
We have been plundering our elders and our children.
We have been desecrating our bodies
these original temples of the sacred
these magnificent tools of creation
and the world around us
We have been asleep to compassion
and to peace
and our grandmothers have been watching.
Our grandmothers have been praying
They have been enraged
And they have been remembering.
They have held the power of their wisdom and wombs, and they have remained standing in the face of it all.
The prayer of their hearts has been kept alive.
The International Council of 13 Indignenous Grandmothers has acknowledged that we are now approaching a precipice, and that this is the time to unleash that prayer and power.
At the pinnacle of our ignorance and division and greed and sickness,
we can see our unwellness reflected in our minds, bodies, partnerships, families, communities, nations, and civilization as a whole.
Women of this planet, it is you who are the ones that carry life within the waters of your wombs.
It is you who are the walking, talking, breathing avatars of the planet herself
and it is you who are the ultimate healers of our people.
As this council comes together for their last time in this official capacity,
we are invited to witness these women manifesting myth within the physical plane.
This work is a beacon of Light
a revelation beyond hope
that shows us the abundance of transformational healing energies that are available to human beings at this time.
We are now sick and suffering enough to be humble
and being humble is the fundamental requirement to receive.
These grandmothers, and all the women they represent, have carried this prayer and this work as an incredibly powerful offering of service.
They do not carry it only for their own lives
as they do not have many years left here
and in fact, one of them, Grandmother Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance of the Oglala Lakota Nation,
passed through death into the realms beyond earlier this year.
They are carrying this for us,
those of us that will remain here beyond their bodies.
And they are carrying it for those that have yet to come
those that are coming in through the watery gate between heaven and earth.
As our grandmothers gather to lay down their prayer upon the Earth
we are called to receive it.
We are called to hold it within our own hearts and minds
to carry it forth with our own bodies
with our own actions
with our own words
with our own work.
They have done their part in the fulfillment of the prophecy of peace on Earth;
it is now our turn to do ours.
All are invited, welcome, and encouraged to join us for this gathering, and you will find details of how to do that below.
But for those that cannot join in person
you, too, are needed.
You are needed to receive the prayer
the blessings of these women.
The prayer, medicine, and blessings of their mothers and grandmothers,
of every one of our mothers and grandmothers
all the way up our bloodlines
right to the origin place
the one well from which we have all come forth.
I invite and encourage all to build an altar within your homes that can serve as a portal of reception.
Build this altar
and then listen
Hear the prayers for our healing
the medicine songs
and the very voice and breathe of the Earth herself.
Sit before this altar and pray prayers of thanksgiving for these women
for all womankind
these creatures that no matter what we have done to them over the course of the patriarchy
have continually welcomed us back home
cleaned us off
and nourished us
in the greatest human example of unconditional love and forgiveness.
These beings that God has sent forth to our people to carry a higher vision of humanity
a vision that speaks and lives the truths of balance
Yes, our grandmothers and their grandmothers and their grandmothers before them have done their part.
Let us come together to say YES to doing ours
not only with words
but with the very essence of our daily lives.
May we do this for our own lives
for the life of our ancestors that dreamt us into existence
for the life of our brothers and sisters of all species and kinds that walk the Earth with us
and for those that will inherit the world we leave behind.
We say YES by making our homes an altar
and our lives a prayer
that will heal our bodies and minds
and strengthen our families and communities
and unify our nations
in order to heal our waters
heal our soils
heal our air
and heal the very beating heart at the center of Life that has continued to carry us through.
Here, now,we say YES.
And thank you.
Tribe of Dreams
Grandson of Agnes Brzezniak Kozicz and Margaret Elin O’Donnell DeSantis
Great Grandson of Phoebe Peggy Cole DeSantis and Margaret Rouleau O’Donnell
And all those whose names I do not know but are written in the codes of my DNA
Alliance Statement of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers:
October 13, 2004
We are thirteen indigenous grandmothers who came together for the first time from October 11 through October 17, 2004, in Phoenicia, New York. We gathered from the four directions in the land of the people of the Iroquois Confederacy. We come here from the Amazon rainforest, the Alaskan Tundra of North America, the great forest of the American northwest, the vast plains of North America, the highlands of central America, the Black Hills of South Dakota, the mountains of Oaxaca, the desert of the American southwest, the mountains of Tibet and Nepal and from the rainforest of Central Africa.
Affirming our relations with traditional medicine peoples and communities throughout the world, we have been brought together by a common vision to form a new global alliance.
We are the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. We have united as one. Ours is an alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children and for the next seven generations to come.
We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth, the contamination of our air, waters and soil, the atrocities of war, the global scourge of poverty, the threat of nuclear weapons and waste, the prevailing culture of materialism, the epidemics which threaten the health of the Earth’s peoples, the exploitation of indigenous medicines, and with the destruction of indigenous ways of life.
We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, believe that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking and healing are vitally needed today. We come together to nurture, educate and train our children. We come together to uphold the practice of our ceremonies and affirm the right to use our plant medicines free of legal restriction. We come together to protect the lands where our peoples live and upon which our cultures depend, to safeguard the collective heritage of traditional medicines, and to defend the earth Herself. We believe that the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.
We join with all those who honor the Creator, and to all who work and pray for our children, for world peace, and for the healing of our Mother Earth.
For all our relations.
Aama Bombo – Tamang, Nepal
Agnes Pilgrim – Takelma Siletz
Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance – Oglala Lakota
Bernadette Rebienot – Omyene
Clara Shinobu Iura – Brazil
Julieta Casimiro – Mazatec
Margaret Behan – Cheyenne-Arapaho
Flordemayo – Mayan
Maria Alice Campos Freire – Brazil
Mona Polacca – Hopi/ Havasupai/Tewa
Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance – Oglala Lakota
Rita Pitka Blumenstein – Yup’ik
Tsering Dolma Gyaltong – Tibetan
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