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 defect? We
can go to the heart - 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."
Brown is a bright, fun-loving 8 year-old from South Texas who has leukemia.
The family needs your help with travel and medical expense. The family
home was devastated by Hurricane Rita and it must be repaired before Tyler
can return home. His family and friends are hosting a benefit
Saturday, March 17 in Port Acres, Texas. An account has been set
up at Gulf Credit Union. Call Theresa Blackwell 409-724-2086 or Diana
Casses 409-548-0657. Please help Tyler and his family.
Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship' celebrates our seventh year in
2007. In 2000 there was the Full Circle Celebration and the closing of the
Cherokee Longhouse. It was also the year Sharon 'Kamama' Baugh, Amanda 'Morning
Star' and Becky 'Flaming Owl' became friends, giving birth to the 'Circle of
Friendship' that has continued to widen and create new circles of friendship
throughout the Manataka organization.
We lost our
beloved Sharon in 2006; however, on the night before she crossed over 'Morning
Star' and 'Flaming Owl' were with her. Sharon spoke these words, "Thank you for
being my best friends. All I ever wanted was a friend."
cordially invite you to join us on the first Saturday of every month. Every
meeting of the Manataka Women's Council 'Circle of Friendship; is filled with
fun, laughter, learning, sharing, and sisterhood. As a group we have learned
many things this past year.
One of the
things we have learned is how to conduct ourselves with honor as a woman.
(Proverbs 31:31:10-31) In ceremonial situations a woman wears a long skirt, a
medium length dress or skirt with leggings or high boots, and at all times her
arms and legs are covered appropriately. Most of us have now acquired an
appropriate dress or skirt to wear to gatherings. (Boho skirts and t-shirts are
perfect--wear shorts or pants under them.)
necessary accessories are a shawl and a fan. The shawl is folded and draped
across the left arm. The fringe sways and undulates with each
movement. The fan is held in the right hand and is used in a variety of ways. As these items are expensive to purchase our project
during the winter has been to make our own.
One of our
goals in 2007 is to appear at the encampment, Turpentine Creek Pow-Wow, and the
Summer Gathering with honor and dignity as women. Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' says,
"When you know better-- you do better," and now, YOU know!
Crafting, Singing and Events
thing we have learned in the past few months is Peyote Beading. The classes were
taught by Patti 'Blue Star Speaks' and her prize pupil so far is 'Morning Star.'
The mantra seems to be "and let there be beads!"
thing we have been learning is how to rock and roll with Melinda 'Musical
Healer' Smith. Melinda has the voice of an angel and leads us in singing,
drumming, and rattling at every meeting.
two exciting -- do not miss it -- events scheduled for the 'Circle of
Friendship.' The Healing Retreat May 18 - 20 and our trip to the Turpentine
Creek Powwow in Eureka Springs, AR June 15 - 17.
the Manataka Women's Council held a "for WOMEN ONLY" Healing Retreat over the
three days of Mother's Day weekend at Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds in Hot Springs.
Thirty-five women attended the first event. We celebrate our fourth spring
'Circle of Friendship' Women's Healing Retreat May 18, 19, and 20. Our May
Retreats were so popular that three years ago we began holding retreats in the
fall as well. Our most recent Fall Retreat was held at the ceremonial grounds
and home of Cheryl Wilkinson and her mother, Anita, on November 11, 2006.
McBain has attended Manataka events for ten years. Until the first healing
retreat the only woman she knew was 'Flaming Owl.' Vicki really wished for
friends in her life, so she drove five hours from Dallas to attend the first
retreat. Vicki's wish was granted as she looks forward to reconnecting with her
sisters at gatherings and events. Join us and make a friend!
'Circle of Friendship' Healing Retreat is different and is operated strictly at
Creator's will. We have sang songs around the fire, drummed to our hearts
content, seen the sunrise from Goat Rock, and been made virgins again. We
have seen 17 hawks circle above our heads. We have performed countless
ceremonies, gone on journeys, and dug crystals from the mine. We have laughed,
cried, loved, accepted, and we have shared -- we have become sisters.
are born Sisters through their Moon time cycles. As potential Mothers of
the Creative Force women share a common bond. The union of the Sisterhood is
strengthened each time they meet with the sharing of new ideas and talents. The
Women's Circles have always shared the dreams of the People that need nurturing
by women, new techniques for beading, tanning hides, making foods and remedies,
and women's teachings." (Jamie Sams)
camp is located at Gulpha Gorge Campgrounds. The Healing Retreat event is for
women and young girls only. In June of 2006, thirteen 'Circle of Friendship'
member met at the Turpentine Creek Powwow in Eureka Springs. The trip was so
much fun that we are going again!
Turpentine Creek Powwow
nine women stayed at the Alpen Dorf Motel. We did not have a pool, but the
owners let us use his big fire circle, gave us all the red cedar we could burn
and gave us two grills. We drummed, sang, ate, and had a great time on Friday
night. We will return to the Alpen Dorf this year.
Dorf has many types of rooms, ranging in price from $40.00 to $102.00 per night.
We are currently making reservations. Four can stay comfortably in a room and
this year several of us plan to get a large room with a kitchen and living room
as a central headquarters. Please get your name in the hat as soon as possible.
Our plan is
to carpool, forming a caravan from Hot Springs up Highway 7 North to Highway 62
East early on Friday, June 15. We can meet others along the route. We will check
into the motel and spend the evening around the fire.
Saturday we will spend the day at Turpentine Creek Pow-Wow. If you plan to dance
you must bring appropriate regalia. Saturday night there will be a fire circle
On Sunday, we will
detour to the Blue Bird Factory, a very popular trip last year.
are the responsibility of each member attending. Expenses for this trip include
your portion of a room for two nights, gas, food, admission to the powwow, and
spending money. (The craft booths were really good last year!)
elder, acquired knowledge is a given, and there are a variety of subjects that
could be written about to pass on that knowledge. However, the things that are
closest to the heart are the most important, which is family and friends.
Besides faith in our Creator and thanks for all the Great Mystery does for us,
love, unconditional love has to be the most important thing to pass on to the
next seven generations. When the 'Circle of Friendship' gathers feelings of love
are indescribable in their intensity. So many of our sisters have grown, have
jumped over hurdles, or stumbled around blocks in the road and we've been there
for each other every step of the way. Sometimes the prayer list gets so long
that Creator is surely tired of listening as thanks is given for each one of the
women whose presence makes a difference in my life.
Circle of Friendship
consider joining our 'Circle of Friendship' and even if you cannot be here
physically know that you are loved and we are here for you. Think I'll close and
go sit on the carport with 'Morning Star' to wait for our Sisters 'Blue Star
Speaks' and 'DragonFlys' to get here. Peace, joy, love and blessings!
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are we too scared to ponder it? The word tolerance weighs heavy and thoughts of
prejudice are awkwardly linked. Is it unpopular to not tolerate certain
things? Some say tolerance is a discipline. If that is so, then tolerance and
education may have a closer affinity than tolerance and prejudice.
Dr. Theodore Zeldin, former dean of St.
Anthony's College, Oxford, says that tolerance has failed to capture the popular
imagination because it is not a passion. “The reluctant acceptance of a burden,
putting up with what one cannot avoid, is not exciting enough, nor has education
been of much help. The educated have as poor a record for tolerance as the
ignorant because it is as easy to be infected by intolerance as by the common
cold. However this does not mean that humanity is powerless. The taste for
toleration has deep roots, but it is not necessarily from one’s ancestors that
one acquires it.”
How can we dialogue about tolerance and
intolerance when we don’t know who we are, where we are going and what we
value? Some of this happens naturally, yet more creative steps can be made to
facilitate dialogue while seeking common ground of each others culture and
acknowledging differences. It creates a foundation for success in today’s
international work place. Tolerance not only touches on the visible, we must
look for what is invisible as well. Are any groups missing? Is conflict
resolution part of this more and more diverse society? What about justice,
social justice and education?
Steps like learning a language, finding a
foreign newspaper on the internet, and expecting student leadership in schools
to partner international students with U.S. students in group learning, family
life, local politics and leisure, choosing newspapers and magazines needs to be
an integral part of education for those that wish to study in the U.S. or
students going to another country as well.
Centuries ago Baghdad was a cosmopolitan
center for knowledge. On special days wise man and yes women from many
religious backgrounds, which included Christians, Muslims and Jews gathered to
ponder their philosophies and insights. This connecting of brains resulted in
the first libraries and discoveries that eventually connected with the European
Renaissance. What happened? History tells us that fundamentalist believes
stifled tolerance and slowly the freedom of research and discoveries
disappeared. It is therefore important to highlight and focus on the hard
question why religion and state should be separate in democracies.
Mass media could be instrumental in the
discussions that need to take place around tolerance. Individuals and
organizations together create a conversation that protects tolerance so research
and growth can flow freely. What are the ingredients of healthy tolerance?
Certainly the discussion of tolerance needs to be part of education throughout
"It's up to us to decide on the kind of
conversations we have. The way we talk at the office or factory shapes the work
we do; it's not just machines, which force us to be obedient. I want to show how
we could make our work a lot less boring and frustrating if we learned to talk
differently," says Zeldin
Is tolerance part of my personal
happiness? It certainly is part of my identity. Do I therefore have to tolerate
intolerable behavior? Of course not. Healthy boundaries are part of my
identity as well. My level of tolerance and boundaries are different from many
people around me, and make for different insights and conversations. It
includes respect, yet allows one to make mistakes as well. I’m an evolving
I celebrate the communications that take
place under the umbrella of tolerance; they allow me to search, fail, choose and
grow. The “dance” of tolerant and intolerant behavior in my opinion is directly
connected with identity, morals and growth. So what kind of identity are we
carving for ourselves? Do we know who we are, what we stand for? Does
intolerant behavior by others push me to a stronger identity?
Please direct thoughts, comments,
questions and opposing views to: Ingeborg Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaked EPA rule
allows pesticide experiments on humans, including pregnant women, nursing
mothers, and children. Three California legislators call on the EPA to
withdraw the rule. TAKE ACTION!
Human Pesticide Testing Rule Called Illegal, Immoral
WASHINGTON, DC, January 25, 2006 (ENS) -
Three U.S. legislators are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to withdraw a planned rule to permit pesticide experimentation on
humans, including pregnant and nursing mothers and children.
The final draft rule is set to be officially released later this week, but a
copy was leaked to leaked to the legislators by a concerned administration
official who requested that the original copy of the plan not be duplicated
in its entirety and widely distributed out of concern for anonymity.
Monday, California legislators Senator Barbara Boxer, and Representatives
Henry Waxman and Hilda Solis released details of the rule and called on EPA
Administrator Stephen Johnson to withdraw the rule, calling it a "profound
moral and ethical breach."
“This rule has not been signed by EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson yet.
It’s within his power to fix this regulation, and we are calling on him to
do so,” said Senator Boxer.
In August 2005, Congress enacted a moratorium upon the EPA using human
pesticide experiments until strict ethical standards were established. Boxer
championed the moratorium in the U.S. Senate. Solis pushed the moratorium
through the U.S. House of Representatives.
conversations with Creator are often done over a cup of coffee.
Yes we talk like old and trusting friends I can share my inner
most thoughts at these times. I have asked many times why life
has to be so hard but that question never gets answered. It
reminds me of when I would talk to my Father and he would just
ignore my question, or drift off into one of his trance like
states leaving me to sit and wait for the answer. Being younger
then I always looked outside for the answers, instead of taking
that time and trust to look within.
however had much more affective ways of teaching me lessons.
so in awe with the many things others consider every day
occurrences, that they miss the every day going on around them.
When I was little all my mother had to do to keep be busy was
point out the ants that were crawling across the porch. I would
sit and watch them for hours wondering where they were going and
if they had a home or little children just as we did. I saw many
amazing things that the ants taught me in these times of
observing them. My Mother would when she was done with her
chores, tell me stories of the ants and relate them to the way
humans once lived in communities. She would relate this to our
own big clan of aunts and uncles and to Grandmother being the
Queen ant that held it all together.
I know now
that my father and mother understood these things and just
waited for me to figure them out myself.
when I did not try to find the answers they would guide me with
a story or a teaching to the place where I could relate them to
the things that were happening in my own life. I was like a door
opened and you just stepped through to the light and truth of
the answer. After that you could always refer to this when a
similar thing happened to you. This made the processing of life
much easier as it became more and more complicated. Many times I
have had to bring out these teachings for my own children and
for my own use in these later years.
I miss those
talks and time alone with my parents and the wisdom that they
shared without even knowing how much I would need them in this
life. I was told to hold these in my heart as it would be the
last time we could speak of such things.
and we are busy with our lives and families. The raising of
children, school and work, can consume our days and nights.
Even the well meaning can forget to sit for a few minutes each
day and have a good long talk with Creator. I would love to
have a garden some day for people to come and talk with
Creator. Perhaps in this way they too would understand that we
each hold in our hearts a Sacred Space for the keeping of these
One of my
Grand Mothers favorite sayings was to catch a song bird you must
first put salt on its tail. I never really pondered this logic
until I was older. In other words, you cannot sneak up on a
wild bird long enough to put salt on its tail so therefore you
cannot catch a bird. At one time to get me “from under foot” as
she put it, she did give me a salt shaker to try and catch a
bird. Need I say more here, it was the final lesson in bird
catching for me.
Mother was, (as were all of the old people) full of what she
called “hill sayings”, or hill wisdom. These teachings were done
in some story telling, but mostly in only a few words that
brought up whole stories to the mind. I think of it today as a
key word teaching, a few simple words that open volumes of
Now alone here
I will always be connected with them in my heart and through my
morning talks with Creator.
I still ask
why, and often seek answers to questions I should know and chose
not to see. Yes Creator can at times be harsh in letting you
know you have over stepped the boundaries. Or just ignore you
completely until you figure it all out yourself and come to
realize it was around you all the time.
are forced to look face to face at hard times and also sometimes
the good only comes after along suffering that makes us realize
that we are humans. It is in the understanding of the reason for
the teachings and they ways of our Creator that we grow and
learn a better way of life here on this Earth Mother.
In panic we
sometimes cannot process events that happen; but given time
for silence we can understand them. I am grateful for all the
many lessons in life they are hard and they seem long at times
but I know that they will also help me in the future to
understand life and help others find their path.
Life is an
ever open, never ending road, the true adventure is in the
traveling of that road. I look forward to my morning coffee and
my talk with Creator. The message that is given is to be patient
do not move fast or make decisions just yet. To make me listen
to this I was given physical, and financial reasons to not move
fast or make any decision at this time. I must at this time
focus on my every day needs and not look to far ahead into the
I wait to see
the reason behind the latest events, and look to for the signs
to be given that will help me find the answers.
The day of my
accident (fall in the market) I saw three red tail Hawks circle
in the sky over the post office of Lily Dale. Red Tails do not
often fly this way and in the winter months are usually out
hunting in their own territory.
So to see them
was an out of the ordinary thing on the morning of December 302006. For those of you who know the significance of the
Hawks as the messengers to Creator you will understand this
Glazier and I stood and watched them for a few minutes
commenting on the beauty of nature. Susan also ask what that
could mean and I had no answer for her at that time. Now I know
part of the answer but not all of it is being shown yet. The
three messengers in time will come and tell us what to do, of
that I am certain. . Lift up your eyes and look to the Creator
and the sky world for the answers, this is truly the place of
the Great Mystery from which all answers flow, my elders say.
In time as we are ready the answers will come to those who
seek guidance and vision. For now I put that morning before the
accident in my heart and hold it there for the future. For now I
must tend to the healing of my own body and finding a way to
stay quiet and in this place of healing.
I will always
remember the Hawks so beautiful flying and spinning in round
circles like Eagles on the wind. I will remember I had to look
twice to make sure that they were Hawks. There was no doubt in
this, as they were very close and the sun was shinning on the
red feathers making them appear to be on fire. I am truly glad
that Susan was there to see them and share in this, or perhaps I
would have thought it a vision. I await the message from the
Hawks and continue to have my morning conversations with Creator
love and blessings to all for the coming year may it bring peace
to Mother Earth and to all that live here.
Oyasin - May your spirit know
true peace and love.
Indians are usually represented
as being a silent, sullen race, seldom speaking, and never laughing nor
joking. However true this may be in regard to some tribes, it certainly
was not the case with most of those who lived upon the Great Plains.
These people were generally talkative, merry, and light-hearted; they
delighted in fun, and were a race of jokers. It is true that, in the
presence of strangers, they were grave, silent, and reserved, but this
is nothing more than the shyness and embarrassment felt by a child in
the presence of strangers. As the Indian becomes acquainted, this
reserve wears off; he is at his ease again and appears in his true
colors, a light-hearted child. Certainly the Blackfoot never were a
taciturn and gloomy people. Before the disappearance of the buffalo,
they were happy and cheerful. Why should they not have been? Food and
clothing were to be had for the killing and tanning. All fur animals
were abundant, and thus the people were rich. Meat, really the only food
they cared for, was plenty and cost nothing. Their robes and furs were
exchanged with the traders for bright-colored blankets and finery. So
they wanted nothing.
It is but nine years since the
buffalo disappeared from the land. Only nine years have passed since
these people gave up that wild, free life which was natural to them, and
ah, how dear! Let us go back in memory to those happy days and see how
they passed the time.
Beautiful Sisters and Brothers all over the
It feel sooo
beautiful to be back in the temple where the water comes out from the
womb, we will be working in the land for preparations for ceremonies, as
well as decoding ancient codices that are showing the way ...so
beautiful! ..work and donations are very appreciated.... Sorry I
couldn't answer email sooner..
There is so
much commotion of the things happening everywhere, for the mother is
changing moving, balancing herself, she is truly speaking the ways of
the spirit...then people is feeling which is the right way? maybe this
maybe that, does it is truly about tradition, religion, color of the
skin, nationality? ...witch is the right way?
Mama, in her
journey to balance, is showing the way of the heart, it is not about how
to do the things in the outside but to put attention of the things in
the inside, for the heart is truly speaking, for the heart knows where
People is feeling
that their spirituality have come from a group, a tradition, a religion,
they truly think that! ...identity have become a powerful tool for a
disconnected heart, separation ...People have forgotten that their
spirituality comes from the spirit, that sacredness of life does not
come from an individual, or group, religion, tradition, recognition but
as a revelation from the spirit, and this revelation from the spirit is
where the spirituality resides, the unique connection between the self
and the spirit, that is a holly connection, and there is where the
sacredness resides, really is not in the outside.
Though love we
find the bonding, the connection to the spirit, the connection of all
life as sacred, the world of oneness.
If we see the bear's
tradition, is beautiful for the bears, the would tradition, is also so
beautiful for the wolfs, eagle tradition's is so beautiful...all is
beautiful.... all traditions were going to lead into the oneness, in the
the world of the enchanted flower, the world of beauty, for it is the
heart that gives the power to all traditions, then it is the heart the
one that holds the sacredness, there, in the place of sacredness, is the
place where we all must pray and honor that connection, for in each
human being resides, their own little tradition through that connection,
all connection is sacred and it has been a way of living...yet, human
being now, is finally understanding that spirit is everywhere, for the
time of searching has come to an end and the time of finding has become
the way of living... the way of oneness, is being found through the
heart, for love is the bonding.
I am you
Announcements & Upcoming
March - Creating Gathering Center, Kivas at
the Temple near Harrison, AR
April 04 to 10 -Vision
Embracing Ceremony, at the
Temple near Harrison, AR. Reserve a space via email below.
to 12 - Moon Calendar Seminar, Harrison, AR.
Reserve a space via email below.
Late in April - Wisconsin and Minnesota.
June 22 - 24 -Summer Gathering at Manataka, Hot Springs, AR
June 26 - Moon Dance -
Sisterhood Gathering, Harrison, AR
Think your religious freedom is protected? Think
again. As many people across Indian country are aware, American Indians are
the only ethnic group in the United States that require a federal permit for
religious freedom. The law upholding this is commonly referred to as the
''eagle feather law,'' referring to Title 50, Part 22 of the U.S. Code of
Federal Regulations (50 CFR 22), and it governs the possession and use of
Many people don't know how problematic the eagle feather law really is. To
possess eagle feathers, citizens must be able to legally prove their
ethnicity and only individuals of certifiable American Indian ancestry
enrolled in a federally recognized tribe are authorized to obtain permits.
Those caught without permits face imprisonment and fines up to $25,000 - for
practicing their religion.
But there's a problem. Falsification of state records in what has been
termed ''paper genocide'' has artificially decreased the true number of
indigenous people in the United States and terminated the ''official''
existence of many tribes. Consequently, many Native Americans cannot be
found on the Dawes Rolls (the major determinant of tribal enrollment and
application for an eagle permit) and many tribes are unable to win federal
recognition. As a result, many people lose access to eagles and the ability
to practice and preserve traditional customs otherwise protected for
''recognized'' tribes and their members. READ MORE...
No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.
Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's
but the woodpecker may have to go.
Don't miss the boat. 2.
Remember that we are all in the same boat. 3.
Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
4. Stay fit. God may ask you to do something really big when
600 years old.
5. Don't listen to critics; just get on
with the job that needs to be done.
6. Build your future on high ground.
7. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
8. Speed isn't always an advantage. Snails
were aboard with the cheetahs.
9. When you're stressed, float a while.
10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by
No matter the storm, when
you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting...
May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more, and
may nothing but happiness come through your door!