The Grandmothers Are Gathering

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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

plant kingdom

insect 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

our minds

these magnificent tools of creation

and the world around us

our home

our refuge

our Mother.

We have been asleep to compassion

and to peace

and our grandmothers have been watching.

 

Our grandmothers have been praying

working

protecting

loving.

 

They have been enraged

grieving

weeping

mourning.

 

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

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Grandmother Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance

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 medicine

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

our lineages

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

and hear.

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

harmony

justice

beauty

and love.

 

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.

 

Aho.

 

-Natavi Orion

Tribe of Dreams

www.tribeofdreams.com

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

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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.

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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

http://www.grandmotherscouncil.org

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She has Returned

The very first time I heard Bernie Sanders speak, I knew who he was

knew the energy he was representing

knew that he was being fed from the same wellspring of evolving consciousness by which so many of us have been being fed lately on this planet.

This wellspring offers the energy of community

fellowship

kinship

unity

wellness.

It offers the energy of equality

equanimity

truth

justice.

It offers the energy of love.

 

In a civilization that values profit about all else

this energy becomes revolutionary

but it is not by nature.

By nature, this energy is evolutionary.

There is only so long that we can continue to stumble blindly upon the Earth

eating her up faster than she can feed us

and creating so much suffering for ourselves, our kin in the community of life, and our future generations.

So it is not only unsurprising,

but also necessary

and expected

that as we approach this inevitable turning point as a species

voices carrying this energy would rise louder than ever before.

 

Bernie is a prophet.

Many of us are ready for a leader like him.

Many of us have been praying for leadership like his.

But we find ourselves on a cusp in human collective consciousness

and if we really get present

and feel, intuitively, not mentally, the energy of the planet

and the energy of humanity

and the energy of this country

we will likely feel that the tipping point in this change

beyond which we no longer need war

beyond which we no longer need poverty

beyond which we no longer need violence and control

this tipping point has not fully been crossed by the whole of our people.

We are, right now, standing in the crossroads.

 

What impatient creatures we can be!

And rightfully so, as the very lives and freedom of our brothers and sisters and children are at stake.

When we get a glimpse of where we are going

we want to be there immediately.

But are we here?

Are we present for the path from past to future?

Are we NOW?

For it is from this very place that we are able to be the most potent agents of change.

 

I advocated and believed deeply in the presidency of Bernie Sanders.

And yet, it has become clear that this is not what the energy of the planet is calling forth at this time.

Not yet.

Today, it is calling forth something else.

 

Through this election process, my rage and disdain has been provoked by and directed towards Hillary Clinton, probably even more so than Donald Trump, who has been far easier for me to simply dismiss

and I have seen the same in so many of my brothers and sisters.

We all carry a deep, underlying rage for the patriarchy, this imperialist, capitalist, mysoginist, racist captivity we have been inflicting upon ourselves for 1000s of years as a species

and we all carry a disdain for those in the public sphere that appear to embody or represent it.

Many of us have come to expect and even accept seeing this in men

but seeing all of this represented in a woman-bodied human reveals this rage and disdain in a way far more provocative than seeing it represented in male-bodied leaders ever has before.

When a woman

a daughter of the same patriarchy of which we have all been born at this point

stands and reflects these energies

we hate her even more deeply than we do the men we’ve come to expect it from.

 

I am guilty of this.

And I am sorry.

Hillary Clinton, I am sorry.

Women, I am sorry.

To all my sisters and brothers, I am sorry.

 

It is now time for us to take altitude

to zoom out and see the larger picture.

What is coming to pass on this planet beneath the surface is the tipping of the scales and the rebalancing of the masculine and feminine energies which have been severely out of balance for millennia.

What is coming to pass is that a woman is going to step into the apex of power of this civilization.

And in the symbolic, archetypal dimension

this step is an unbelievably transformative, powerful, and revolutionary moment.

 

This is a medicinal moment for humanity.

 

This statement is not an ignoring of Hillary Clinton’s sins or ignorances or dangerous choices or allegiances

nor is it a free pass for her to lead without continued immense pressure from those of us she leads to make choices that honor life, peace, people, and planet

but even with all of her shadows out in the light

Hillary Clinton is holding within her body right now an apex of the return of the Feminine

a center point of the tipping of the scales back into balance on planet Earth.

 

 

We have been praying for this moment

for Her return

the return of Woman to her rightful place in the leadership council of our people.

We have been seeing this prayer being answered in all realms of our society as women have stepped into more and more roles of power

as women leaders in something like 22 nations have stepped into the helm

as countless mothers, sisters, and grandmothers have heeded the call from the Earth and stood up.

Many of us have raised a prayer and called for a grandmother to come and rebalance the scales here, too.

Well my family, she has arrived.

Love her or hate her, a grandmother has arrived and is actually positioned to lead this nation.

How have we received her?

She didn’t show up with an angelic grace

she didn’t show up carrying a lamb

she didn’t show up pure as snow

she didn’t even show up coming around the mountain riding 6 white horses.

And if she did, would she have made it this close to the gate?

No.

She showed up with blood on her hands

She showed up with battle scars

with mistakes made

with lies told

with promises broken.

 

But

she did show up.

 

And we have been turning our backs to her.

We have been scolding her.

We have been shaming her

threatening her

abusing her.

We have been hating her.

 

The Goddess has many forms.

Woman has many forms.

She has walked through 1000s of years of oppression and dominion and warfare

and she has not come out unscathed.

Not by a longshot.

But she was carried through nonetheless

and she is standing on our door

and now is our time

our opportunity

to welcome her in

with love

and warmth

and celebration.

 

And with Forgiveness.

For we, too, all have blood on our hands.

And it is only with forgiveness present that she has the opportunity to heal

and it is only with forgiveness present that we have the opportunity to heal

and together go forth and create a new world.

 

I forgive you Hillary Clinton.

I forgive you grandmother

I forgive you Woman.

I forgive you Man.

I forgive your unwellness

I forgive mine

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Madam President, Grandmother Hillary Clinton

What a time to be alive on Earth.

We have much to grieve, much to celebrate, and much work to do.

May we continue to walk behind a prayer for peace, harmony, truth, justice, and love  to reign.

 

I’m with her.

*Author’s note, added three months after original post, on the eve of the 2016 election:

To think that a woman preaching “peace, people, and planet” could ascend to the presidency of a military-industrialist corporate-oligarchy so steeped in patriarchy that no woman has held the position in its 200+ year history, before a woman that is speculated to have played just as dirty as the men and played by the secret rules of getting ahead in the system, seems truly absurd and deliriously impatient. And when the future female presidents, who actually are openly aligned with peace, people, and planet inevitable arrive, they will surely know they would not have had a chance to walk through the gates unless Hillary Clinton, or some woman just like her, had spent a lifetime being absolutely vilified and hated for being a woman reaching for the highest position in the world, and succeeding. Evidence that no woman could get even remotely this close to the Oval Office without doing every single shady thing Hillary has possibly done in her career is that she is the only woman to have gotten even remotely this close. I am wholeheartedly excited that she will win the election tomorrow, not because I have some delusion that she is going to do all the work for us of defeating the corporate, military stranglehold that our nation suffers from, or elevate our indigenous kin and brothers and sisters of color out of their systemic oppression and into their rightful place in our national family and leadership, but because it is time for women to start leading this nation, and we must start where we are, and where we are is with Hillary Clinton. May she be the first in a long, glorious string of women presidents we elect that will slowly but surely redirect our sick nation into a future of true peace, sustainability, wellness, and freedom.

May peace reign on Earth.
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The Slow Overcomes the Fast…

I laid by the Medina River yesterday, in a place I call the Blue Lagoon, in a state between waking and sleeping, listening to the conversations around me.  The topic steered into the “What is Wrong with the World” category, and I observed a piece of myself that wanted to shake the slumber from my body, take the topic like a fish would bait, and dive into the conversation.  But I just laid there and observed that thought arise and then fall away, and simply listened instead.  This topic excited me for many years, was a favorite of mine, in fact, and I used to love hearing young people discussing the [poisons of genetically-modifying food/patenting Life, governments outlawing rainwater collection, our corporation-owned government.  And while it does excite me to hear us collectively becoming more aware of these ills, the manner of which the topics were being discussed made me sad.  There was such anger and fear and hopelessness.

I heard someone say, “Well if we could grow our own food, then…”  Attention to any and all of my brothers and sisters out there that do not know this: WE CAN AND DO GROW OUR OWN FOOD.  I have visited places all over this country from Orlando, FL to Zion, UT to San Francisco, CA where we are growing our own food organically and communally, learning and practicing permaculture gardening techniques to work WITH the natural ecosystem instead of working against it or replacing it altogether.  

When we get together and talk about the ills of our current state of Being on the planet, and when we do so through language of “what people don’t see” or “people don’t care enough” or “people don’t understand” or “people aren’t waking up fast enough,” we are perpetuating a falsehood. Because if we are having that conversation in the first place, then we, ourselves, do indeed see, we do indeed care enough, we do indeed understand (at least partly), and we are indeed waking up, so isn’t that proof to the contrary of the words we are saying?

Everywhere I have traveled since hitting the road, I have met people who are waking up to the illness we collectively have been suffering from as a species.  It is an illness that allowed us to forget we are animals, too, and that we are integral parts of a whole organism we call “Earth.”  It is an illness that allowed us to forget we are interconnected with EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, and that separation is only ever an illusion.  It is an illness that allowed us to forget that we are divine, spiritual Beings, and that Life itself is the mystical experience of the Universe.  It is an illness that allowed us to forget how to differentiate between true necessities and our own desires or preferences.  It allowed us to forget what and how and how much to eat, and how to live in a way that does not destroy the very environment we are part of and dependent upon.  

I won’t pretend to know the extent of the root of the illness, but what I know is resonant as true in my own experience is that it comes down to falling under the spell of the following false belief: We are not ok and we do not have enough to face the present moment, and the present moment is not ok and is not offering us enough to carry on.  This is a lie that has led to a perpetual state of striving to be somewhere/someone I am not, and a perpetual state of trying to get more, and a perpetual state of trying to control circumstances and other people.

The truth is that we are ok, we always have been, we always will be, and we have enough to face whatever is Here in this moment.  We always have, as evidenced by our continued presence as a species on this planet.

It has been painful for many of us as we awaken, because when we first start to see as the spell falls away, we see all the atrocious and painful symptoms of our illness in forms of violence and oppression and poverty and hatred, and we feel them deeply, and can hardly help but feel an urgency to change it.  But it is changing, whether we like it or not, and whether we know it or not.  People everywhere are waking up and questioning, therefore casting off the spell.  And there is no need for us to fear that “other people aren’t waking up fast enough.”  

There is no such thing as “other people.”

I am waking up from that spell.  I am making the connection between what I breathe, drink, eat, and create, and how well my body, mind, and soul are as a result.  I am making the connection between living simply and close to the Earth and the easing of the ills of anger, addiction, and poor self-care that accompanies such lifestyles.  I am making the connection that anesthetizing myself to Life is not a sign of something wrong with me, but instead that the need or desire to do so is a sign that there is something out of balance about the way in which I am living.  And when I look around at so many of my brothers and sisters in this civilization and see us all anesthetizing ourselves via food or drugs or alcohol or technology or sex or shopping, etc, it tells me that something is not resonating on a large scale in this civilization we have created.

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

So again, if I am waking up to all this, and you who are reading this are waking up to all this, why would we think we are the only ones?  If I am waking up, everyone is waking up, for while we are individuals, we are also One, literally, and we are all reflections of one another.

There is no need for hope.  The Tao te Ching says that hope is as hollow as fear.  “What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?  Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self.  When we don’t see the self as self, what do we have to fear?”

Hope implies that “it” might not happen, “it” being the evolution required for the survival of our species, i.e. the complete reestablishment of a mutually beneficial relationship with the Earth and all its parts, regardless of the details or specifics of how we choose to do that.  That is pretty much the bottom line.  Re-attuning ourselves to the natural harmony of the planet.  

Life and evolution always win.  We are such impatient creatures.  We have only been living in what we call “civilization” for about 10,000 of the roughly 6 million years we have been an evolving species.  That is 1/600th of our life as a species.  We pretty much just learned to talk, and the divine sacred gift of conscious awareness was essentially JUST given to us.  We have been stumbling under the weight and cutting ourselves on the blade of this new gifted tool.  And it has not always been pretty, and there is much destruction we have reeked upon ourselves and the Earth.  And, we are learning to wield it.  One cannot create if it cannot destroy, and we have had to learn just how destructive we could be before its novelty wore off and that energy could be channeled to creating a new path forward.

Of course with the brilliance of our minds we are currently in the process of creating transportation and other technology that can serve our freedom to navigate the world AND that is in harmony with the natural rhythms of our planet instead of disruptive to them.

Of course we are learning to build homes that still keep us warm and safe and comfortable AND that are made of sustainable materials and energy.

Of course we are learning to procure real, whole foods in natural ways that support the wellness of our bodies and our ecosystems, remembering they are connecting and one and the same.

Of course we are learning to heal the man-made ill of poverty as our greed falls away.

On my 27th birthday back in March, Skye and I held a beautiful and powerful mushroom medicine ceremony in the woods of California and I was gifted a realization that has brought me a deeper sense of peace than I have ever known.  All the anger and urgency and fear that I have felt for most of my life when I see the pain of the current era of humanity is really due to my own self-centered, immature and impatient ego.  That is not to say the pain and sorrow isn’t real, for the heart feels all joy and sorrow equally, and it is feeling those joys and sorrows that allows us to Life fully and Love fully.  But the fear and anger is ego.  I had been wanting to see the full turn over…the full evolution from a civilization that hurts the Earth it depends on and values money over wellness into a global community of Life in harmony and mutually beneficial relationship.  I wanted to see it all in my lifetime and was willing to fight as hard as I had to and as hard as I could to make sure it happened.  And the mushroom medicine showed me just how ridiculous that is, and just how narrow and self-centered a vision I was using to look at Life and humanity.  Evolution and transformation and waves of change take hundreds/thousands/millions of years.  I live this life as this entity known as Gregory Richard Kozicz for 80-120 years, tops, if so blessed.  That is a blink of an eye in the life of a species or a planet or a Universe.  Our job is not to “finish” the work, for there is no “finish.”  Our job is simply to keep the fire alive, as our ancestors did for us.  Tend it and keep it burning as consciously evolving Beings and that is enough.

This lens is not always easy to look through, and it is not always appropriate to look through, for our individual, short lives and experiences are special and important, too.  Yesterday, my friend informed me that a gay refugee from Cameroon who now has asylum in this country after being abused and mutilated back home has just got word that his 4 year old grandson was attacked and has had his penis removed because his grandfather is gay.  Stories like this, and all stories of war and violence and hatred, shatter my heart for sure.  And when I hear them or see them or feel them, it puts these thoughts and beliefs that “all is unfolding as it must” to the test.  We cannot downplay or cast off the inherent devastation simply because of the larger picture that unwaveringly says “We are all ok and we have enough to face this moment.”  We must feel these horrors, let our hearts break, for that is what makes us One family, the truth that what happens to any of us happens to all of us.  There is no justification or explanation for such brutality, and you bring me that little boy, or his grandfather, or the families of children killed in war, or the young children that are raped, or the elderly who are neglected, and I will hold them and weep with them.  And at the same time, the only truth i know for sure is that all is as it must be right now, whether I can understand that or not, and what is occurring now is exactly what needs to happen in order to deliver us into the next phase of our humanity.  The sacrifices of Life and innocence and purity and youth are heavy sacrifices, and none of us “deserve” them.  There is no “fair” in it all, but by refusing to become calloused to them, and by saying yes to feeling it all, our hearts are able to grow and evolve into more compassionate Beings and it allows those that bear the heavier and more painful burdens to not do so alone and not do so in vain.

Someone asked me recently, “How do you define your work?”

That is a question that I will continue to always shift and explore and play with, but one thing is clear where I stand today.  My work is to share the message I most need to hear, and to teach the lessons I most need to learn.  

We have enough.  We are all waking up, and we are doing so just fast enough.  Not only are we going to be ok, but we already are. Here.  Now.  Together.  In Love.

Blessings to all on this path, may we Love each other fiercely as we walk through Heaven and Hell together.

Two more readings from the Tao te Ching:

“Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.

The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.

There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.”

“If you want to shrink something,
you must first allow it to expand.
If you want to get rid of something,
you must first allow it to flourish.
If you want to take something,
you must first allow it to be given.
This is called the subtle perception
of the way things are.

The soft overcomes the hard.
The slow overcomes the fast.
Let your workings remain a mystery.
Just show people the results.”