celebrate the approaching spring season each year on a
day when periods of daylight and night are near
equal -- (equa nox - equal night), symbolizing balance in nature and
its great bounty. We give thanks in sacred
ceremony so that balance and bounty may continue
for the sake of our children's children.
This date is also
the New Moon and a solar eclipse. The New moon is a good
time to begin a project, plant seeds, etc. With a solar
eclipse, the benefits of the New Moon are enhanced,
increased and elongated.
year, the Seed and Water Blessing Ceremony will
be led by Mike Eye-of-the-Eagle-Feather Burton,
Chairman of the Manataka American Indian
Council. He will be assisted by Lee
Standing Bear Moore, an Elder of Manataka.
Bob White of Adamah Kedoshah will lead the
sacred Fire Ceremony and Monroe Loy, Vice
Chairman of Manataka will assist as Fire
Keeper; Rocky Miller and Kanil Guenwaldena will
serve as Water Keepers. Ceremonies will begin
after everyone is smudged and blessed. Pray Ties
and Prayer Flag will be made and the
sacred fire will be lit and drum songs and
chants will be offered. Participants will form a
long processional to the creek bank where the
Water Blessing Ceremony will be conducted.
Sacred waters from around the world will be
combined with the sacred water of Manataka.
Special seed packets for personal use will be given to everyone
A Pot-Luck Picnic Lunch will be served at noon.
Bring your favorite dish and beverage.
Singing and dancing will continue into the
Bring lawn chairs, blankets,
drums, flutes, and rattles.
parking are free.
The Despacho Ceremony
by Meg Beeler, Earth Caretakers
describes the Andean practice of making offerings to the mountains (apus),
Mother Earth (Pachamama), and other spirits of nature in reciprocity, reverence,
and thanksgiving. A despacho is an act of love and a reminder of the connections
we share with all beings, elements, spirits, and sacred places. At the deepest
level, it is an opportunity to enter into the essential unity of all things, the
living energy of the universe.
A despacho is created during a celebratory ceremony. In the cosmology of the
Andes, all life is perceived as one grand, infinite ceremony. Because physical
survival is so hard in the high mountains, life is experienced as a true gift to
be lived, not a problem to be solved.
There are at least 300 variations of despachos in the Quechua-speaking Andes
(primarily Peru and Ecuador). While there are certain elements common to all
despachos, the particular healing intention--such as bringing harmony and
balance to the earth, honoring new beginnings, or getting rid of an
illness--determines the design of the offering, some of the contents, and even
the way that offerings are added.
The ceremony brings participants into alignment with their personal intent, the
group intent, and gratitude to the earth, which supports us in all our
endeavors. It also brings participants into internal alignment with the "three
bands:" physical (yankay), feeling and heart (munay), and spirit, or energetic
wisdom (yachay). (The alignment of these bands is comparable to alignment of the
seven chakras or the fifteen chakras of other cultural frameworks.) Finally, the
despacho harmonizes the community through the sharing of coco leaves and gifts
of stones, all of which strengthen the luminous fibers that connect us all.
of the Wind
by Sandy Stevenson
I was recently asked to write an article with important key points that make a
major difference in our individual evolution and ascension. I’ve done similar
articles before but this may give some new insights.
We often rush through when reading articles. But maybe instead of squeezing this
in between coffee and the family wash load, we take the time to listen to the
message with our hearts and make a positive difference in our life.
Many paths are available. Choices to suit everyone: sacred geometry, work on our
light bodies, breath work, meditation, guidance by the stars /moon/ channels/
masters/ famous workshop presenters, books, fasting, various methods of
meditation, prayer, chanting, yoga, martial arts, fasting, sweat lodges,
dancing, decrees, listing goals, pilgrimages, sensory deprivation, oxygen,
visualization, affirmations, herbs, forgiveness, inner child work, past lives,
worship, silence, acupressure, dowsing, alchemy, alternative medicine, angel
contact, astral projection, astrology, Bach flowers, tapping, shiatsu,
reflexology, breatharianism, Qigong, color therapy, yoga, retreats, crystals,
divination cards, hypnosis, vibration medicine, I Ching, iridology, Feng Shui,
subtle kingdoms and essences - or one or more of the thousands of spiritual
practices and procedures. You can think of more, I bet. Read More...
"They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds."
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"The first factor in
the revolution of consciousness is the mystic death of the ego - the death of
negative thinking, negative personalities. We must purify the soul of the inner
enemies. Every time a defect manifests - envy, gluttony, anger, lust, whatever -
that impulse to the heart. Ask, `Do I really need to invoke this?' And then
honor the heart." -- Willaru Huayta, Quechau Nation, Peru
Our egos have character defects. These
character defects we sometimes act out and they invariably bring results to our
lives that we might not want. If we continue to use these character defects, we
will continue to have undesirable results in our lives. How do we change
ourselves or get rid of a character defects? We can go to the heart and
ask a question, make a decision, then honor the heart. For example, say I get
angry today. I would go to the heart and ask, would I rather be right or would I
rather be happy? How we answer this question can have an enormous impact on how
our day goes. Once we decide the answer to this question, we need to honor the
heart by saying, "Thank you for the power of changing my thoughts. I choose to
be happy and to experience peace of mind."
Great Spirit, today, let me teach only love and learn only love.
We learned many
decades ago that humans cannot bring about the death of our
egos, regardless of how we may try. The ego is necessary to
our survival regardless of its flaws. Negative defects
in our personalities must be recognized, understood, and
accepted. Then, we must modify our behavior with
positive reinforcement and love.
~Lee Standing Bear
A 2015 Father Serra calendar is on sale in the gift shop of
the San Buenavista Mission, the last of the nine missions founded by
Junípero Serra in California. Photograph: Brian Cahn/ZUMA
As Pope Francis plans to canonize ‘the evangeliser of the west’, descendants of
those who first encountered the missionary recall a culture lost to violence
A story about conquest, religion and the Americas, central
to a founding myth of California, will end this year with the pope bestowing
sainthood on a man many see as guilty of “slavery” and “violent evangelism”.
Pope Francis announced last week that he plans to canonize Junípero Serra, “the
evangelizer of west in the United States”, in a ceremony in Washington this
fall. The 18th-century missionary would officially become a saint.
Yet many of the people descended from those who first encountered Serra have a
starkly different view of the Spanish friar. Sainthood for the friar would honor
the actions of a brutal colonizer, many Native Americans protest.
Ron Andrade, executive director of the Los Angeles
City/County Native American Indian Commission, compared Serra to Hitler and the
Spanish conquistadors who subjugated South America. Andrade, a Luiseño, said
Serra “decimated 90% of the Indian population”. “Why doesn’t the pope canonize
Pizarro or Cortez? It’s dumb.”
Why many Native Americans have concerns about DNA kits like
By Rose Eveleth
man in front of sweat lodge, 1924 ( NPS/Flickr )
The genetic sequencing company 23andMe recently tapped into
its vast bank of data to release a study on genetic origins,
producing the biggest genetic profile of the United States
ever conducted—big, but nowhere near complete.
Out of more than 160,000 genomes, only 3 percent of 23andMe
customers who authorized their data for the study were
black, compared with the approximately 14 percent of the
United States population who identifies as such. And while
the paper traced what percent of white, black, and Latino
customers’ ancestry led back to Native Americans, there were
few users, as far as the paper reported, who self-identified
as native people.*
There are a lot of reasons for this. The service isn’t free,
and not everyone wants—or can afford—to shell out $99 to
learn about their ancestry. But when it comes to Native
Americans, the question of genetic testing, and particularly
genetic testing to determine ancestral origins, is
In the past decade, questions of how a person's genetic
material gets used have become more and more common.
Researchers and ethicists are still figuring how how to
balance scientific goals with the need to respect individual
and cultural privacy. And for Native Americans, the question
of how to do that, like nearly everything, is bound up in a
long history of racism and colonialism.
Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than
America’s. For a country so self-satisfied with its image
of progressive tolerance, how is this not a
By Scott Gilmore, January 22, 2015
racial mess in the United States looks pretty
grim and is painful to watch. We can be forgiven
for being quietly thankful for Canada’s more
inclusive society, which has avoided dramas like
that in Ferguson, Mo. We are not the only ones
to think this. In the recently released Social
Progress Index, Canada is ranked second amongst
all nations for its tolerance and inclusion.
Unfortunately, the truth is we have a far worse
race problem than the United States. We just
can’t see it very easily.
Terry Glavin, recently writing in the Ottawa
Citizen, mocked the idea that the United States
could learn from Canada’s example when it comes
to racial harmony. To illustrate his point, he
compared the conditions of the African-American
community to Canada’s First Nations. If you
judge a society by how it treats its most
disadvantaged, Glavin found us wanting. Consider
the accompanying table. By almost every
measurable indicator, the Aboriginal population
in Canada is treated worse and lives with more
hardship than the African-American population.
All these facts tell us one thing: Canada has a
race problem, too.
How are we not choking on these numbers? For a
country so self-satisfied with its image of
progressive tolerance, how is this not a
national crisis? Why are governments not falling
on this issue?
By Jade Joddle
My experience of spiritual emergence was the turning point
in my life after two years of frustration, disappointment and
dissatisfaction. Looking back now, I can see that I had been
experiencing an angry kind of depression. I was trying to
get my career off the ground and encountered knock backs at
every step. Finally I came to the point of surrender and
stopped looking for work. Instead, I focused on my own
creativity and began to work for myself, at which point the
negativity I had accumulated began to lift.
On the day of my spiritual emergence I remember being in the
shower and having the sensation that all my disappointment
and pain was being washed away. I was freed from the heavy
emotions I had been carrying for so long – everything seemed
brighter and clearer.
After a magical day where everything flowed and was full of
uplifting emotions and energizing connections with people, I
returned home, where things took a strange turn. I was alone
in my room, full of energy in a way that I had never
experienced before. My senses went haywire – in addition to
the bright, magical color that everything had, I could
smell all the different foods in my kitchen fridge! I was
also hearing voices, which worried me, as that is something
I associated with madness.
"I prefer to be true to myself,
even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be
false, and to incur my own abhorrence."
yourself - your physical and spiritual bodies. Regenerate
yourself with light, and then help those who have poverty of
the soul. Return to the inner spirit, which we have
abandoned while looking elsewhere for happiness." --
Willaru Huayta, Quechua Nation, Peru
It is difficult to look inside ourselves, especially when we
see conflict or confusion. During times of conflict we need
to realize that we are talking to ourselves about our
thoughts. This conversation is printing in our subconscious
and forming our beliefs. During times of conflict we need to
ask the spirit to control our self-talk. Only thorough
finding that inner place and going there during troubled
times will we ever find happiness.
Great Spirit, You are my peace and you dwell within me. Let
me look for You within myself.
All around you from morning until night is
distraction -- the daily clatters of life draw your
attention away from the quiet search for spirit
within. Build an altar outside in
nature. Go there each morning and evening and
give thanks. The spirit within will find you.
It is the first and last step to healing our
physical and spiritual bodies.
Standing Bear Moore
FOCUS ON BEAUTY
Single White Rose
A single white rose is said to symbolize the love and
innocence of a longstanding love. Used as a gesture of
strong emotion and devotion, the tradition of sending one
single white rose is practiced by lovers, people who share
great esteem and love for one another, and others who want
to declare a message of love and hope.
The white rose meaning can also mean spiritual love, charm
and humility. It is sometimes used as a gesture of platonic
love. They can also convey loyalty and love in friendship.
In Scotland in autumn they were seen to represent an early
Girlhood and purity has also been used as the white rose bud
Due to the qualities the rose holds, it has been a number
one choice as an object to convey the expressions and
emotions of beauty, passion, respect and the most important
of all; love. White Roses are used in expressing the love of
a parent to their child. They are used to give to friends
and of course your significant other.
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IN THE NAME OF THE ANCESTORS
By Dr. Margaret Bruchac,
Northampton, Massachusetts (November, 1999)
Kwai Kwai. Greetings.
I write to you as an Alnobaskwa, an Abenaki
woman, questioning the motion to gut our
original language in the name of political
correctness. Over the past few decades, in my
travels as a traditional storyteller and
historical consultant, I have met many
indigenous speakers and elders who are concerned
at the efforts of otherwise well-meaning people
to erase all contemporary uses of the word
And yet, there are people who refuse to believe
that "squaw" could have originated in an
Algonkian language, or that it could ever have
had any meaning but a pejorative one.
Some seem to believe that
Europeans invented the word, and placed it on
maps all over the country, with the sole intent
of insulting Native women. Sadly, the
misunderstanding of traditional languages runs
so deep that contemporary Americans cannot
distinguish between modern insults and
traditional words. For many activists, the word
"squaw" has come to symbolize the systematic
rape and abuse of Indian women by white
"Growth and comfort do not co-exist. It's a
really good thing to remember." ~Ginni Rometty
OPINION PAGES - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Honoring the Wisdom
My name is Jarulah
which means " the
one who sees", I am
Goodjinburra clan of
the Bunjalung tribe
which a small
fraction of the
first nations people
of Australia, also
the first to see the
morning. I just
wanted to say thank
you for your wisdom
and knowledge and I
would just like to
honour you and what
you've shared. I was
actually sitting in
church on my phone
(not good I know
hahah) when I read
article and it was
inspiring to me and
it reminded me of my
calling. In my
culture we, like
yours are taught to
love the creator,
love the land and
the love the people
with out ego and
judgment, all fully
and then we will
have peace. I have
heard of these
prophesies from my
people from a small
boy a time when
warriors are coming
to bring unity and
again on earth and
it was also taught
the way we did this
was by cultural
principles, and all
principles point to
three things, love
the creator, the
people and the land,
unconditionally. So i just again like to
say thank you for
you and being you,
keep spreading love
Thank you. ~Jarulah