Russell Means and The Republic of Lakota

I would like to point out that we are all human beings here on this earth. We all have our own stengths, weaknesses, faults, motives and dreams that enable us to learn our lessons here upon mother earth.

I believe the video above speaks of Russell’s dreams. The article below will show you a little more about Russell and his character. I ask that you keep an open mind and not judge this man. Recognize that he, like us, is human and reaching toward his dreams.  ~Kat

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Lakota withdraw from US treaties

Lakota Indians, tribe of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, withdraw from treaties with US
December 20, 2007
Lakota Freedom DelegationWASHINGTON (AFP) — The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday.

“We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us,” long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means told a handful of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy, gathered in a church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a news conference.

A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old.

They also visited the Bolivian, Chilean, South African and Venezuelan embassies, and will continue on their diplomatic mission and take it overseas in the coming weeks and months, they told the news conference.

Lakota country includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

The new country would issue its own passports and driving licences, and living there would be tax-free — provided residents renounce their US citizenship, Means said.

The treaties signed with the United States are merely “worthless words on worthless paper,” the Lakota freedom activists say on their website.

The treaties have been “repeatedly violated in order to steal our culture, our land and our ability to maintain our way of life,” the reborn freedom movement says.

Withdrawing from the treaties was entirely legal, Means said.

“This is according to the laws of the United States, specifically article six of the constitution,” which states that treaties are the supreme law of the land, he said.

“It is also within the laws on treaties passed at the Vienna Convention and put into effect by the US and the rest of the international community in 1980. We are legally within our rights to be free and independent,” said Means.

The Lakota relaunched their journey to freedom in 1974, when they drafted a declaration of continuing independence — an overt play on the title of the United States’ Declaration of Independence from England.

Thirty-three years have elapsed since then because “it takes critical mass to combat colonialism and we wanted to make sure that all our ducks were in a row,” Means said.

One duck moved into place in September, when the United Nations adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples — despite opposition from the United States, which said it clashed with its own laws.

“We have 33 treaties with the United States that they have not lived by. They continue to take our land, our water, our children,” Phyllis Young, who helped organize the first international conference on indigenous rights in Geneva in 1977, told the news conference.

The US “annexation” of native American land has resulted in once proud tribes such as the Lakota becoming mere “facsimiles of white people,” said Means.

Oppression at the hands of the US government has taken its toll on the Lakota, whose men have one of the shortest life expectancies — less than 44 years — in the world.

Lakota teen suicides are 150 percent above the norm for the United States; infant mortality is five times higher than the US average; and unemployment is rife, according to the Lakota freedom movement’s website.

“Our people want to live, not just survive or crawl and be mascots,” said Young.

“We are not trying to embarrass the United States. We are here to continue the struggle for our children and grandchildren,” she said, predicting that the battle would not be won in her lifetime.

Blue Kachina is here – Part II

Part II – The Nine Signs Hopi Prophecy

and Something About a Twin

by Mitch Battros – Earth Changes Media

First a word about the unfolding events regarding comet 17P/Homes. It continues to brighten and is visible with the naked eye in the northern skies. New photos are being released daily. The latest shows a slowly growing tail, and due to the enormous size of the “coma”, we can bright stars right through it.

I just got off the phone with NASA scientist Dr. Casey Lisse, lead co-investigator assigned to Hubble Telescope. It is Dr. Lisse and Dr. Hal Weaver who points the Hubble telescope and takes the photos. In this case of course it is comet 17P/Homes. In our brief conversation while setting up our coming interview, Dr. Lisse stated: “I can tell you, this is the strangest shape (comet) I’ve ever seen.” Lisse acknowledges the “coma” is larger than the Sun, and at this time they are gathering information to get an accurate measurement of the nucleus (core).

Dr. Lisse also made a questionary comment. He is uncertain, and very interested to see if there is a co-nucleus. I am very interested in this notion as it may reflect upon Hopi prophecy of a twin. But there is more to this question of twin of which I will elaborate further down.

The Nine Signs of Hopi Prophecy

From White Feather, Bear Clan, Hopi Tribe

“These are the Signs that great destruction is here: The world shall rock to and fro. The white man will battle people in other lands — those who possessed the first light of wisdom. There will be many columns of smoke and fire such as the white man has made in the deserts not far from here. Those who stay and live in the places of the Hopi shall be safe. Then there will be much to rebuild. And soon, very soon afterward, Pahana will return. He shall bring with him the dawn of the Fifth World. He shall plant the seeds of his wisdom in our hearts. Even now the seeds are being planted. These shall smooth the way to the Emergence into the Fifth World.”

The Fourth World shall end soon, and the Fifth World will begin. This the elders everywhere know. The Signs over many years have been fulfilled, and so few are left.

First Sign: We were told of the coming of the white-skinned men, like Pahana, but not living like Pahana — men who took the land that was not theirs and who struck their enemies with thunder. (Guns)

Second Sign: Our lands will see the coming of spinning wheels filled with voices. (Covered wagons)

Third Sign: A strange beast like a buffalo but with great long horns, will overrun the land in large numbers. (Longhorn cattle)

Fourth Sign: The land will be crossed by snakes of iron. (Railroad tracks)

Fifth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed by a giant spider’s web. (Power and telephone lines)

Sixth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed with rivers of stone that make pictures in the sun. (Concrete roads and their mirage-producing effects.)

Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it. (Oil spills)

Eighth Sign: You will see many youth, who wear their hair long like our people, come and join the tribal nations, to learn our ways and wisdom. (Hippies)

Ninth and Last Sign: You will hear of a dwelling-place in the heavens, above the earth, that shall fall with a great crash. It will appear as a blue star. Very soon after this, the ceremonies of the Hopi people will cease.

“These are the Signs that great destruction is coming. The world shall rock to and fro. The white man will battle against other people in other lands — with those who possessed the first light of wisdom. There will be many columns of smoke and fire such as White Feather has seen the white man make in the deserts not far from here. Only those which come will cause disease and a great dying.

“Many of my people, understanding the prophecies, shall be safe. Those who stay and live in the places of my people also shall be safe. Then there will be much to rebuild. And soon — very soon afterward — Pahana will return. He shall bring with him the dawn of the Fifth World. He shall plant the seeds of his wisdom in their hearts. Even now the seeds are being planted. These shall smooth the way to the Emergence into the Fifth World.

“But White Feather shall not see it. I am old and dying. You — perhaps will see it. In time, in time…”

Part III – Does Hopi Prophecy Speak of ‘a Twin’?

If So, I Know What It Is

COMING IN TWO DAYS – In the third and final part to this series on Hopi Prophecy and Comet 17P/Homes, I will disclose for the first time publically what I believe the “twin” (if there is one) to be. My hint to you is that is most likely a ‘second comet’ separate from 17P. However, now after speaking with Dr. Lisse, I am exploring the possibility that comet 17P/Homes may have a second nucleus.

From what I have gathered, the prophecy of a twin may go something like the statement below. Please note—I have not been able to verify the source of this statement below.

“The return of the Blue Star Kachina (blue sun) who is also known as Nan ga sohu will be the alarm clock that tells us of the new day and new way of life, a new world that is coming. This is where the changes will begin. They will start as fires that burn within us, and we will burn up with desires and conflict if we do not remember the original teachings, and return to the peaceful way of life.

Not far behind the twins will come the Purifier ‘The Red Kachina (red sun), who will bring the Day of Purification. On this day the Earth, her creatures and all life as we know it will change forever. There will be messengers that will precede this coming of the Purifier. They will leave messages to those on Earth who remember the old ways.”

Rather ominous, but in many ways consistent with Mayan Prophecy telling of the “Transition” which is occurring now, and will ‘apex’ in December 2012.

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Meditations with the elders

Meditations with Native American Elders Nov. 6

“It is well to be good to women in the strength of our
manhood because we must sit under their hands at both
ends of our lives.”
He Dog, OGLALA LAKOTA

The woman brings us into this life and nurtures us as
we grow up. When we reach our manhood, she supports us
and sings the songs to help the family grow. The
Elders say we must look at the woman in a sacred way.
We must realize how special her powers are in bringing
forth life. The woman will bring balance to a man. The
woman will help him see. It is said, behind every
successful man is a supporting woman. Maybe we should
examine how we are thinking about women. The Great
Spirit says we should honor them. Are we resepecting
and honoring our women today?
Grandmother, Grandfather thank you for our women.
Today, let me honor them.
By: Don Coyhis
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A Cherokee Feast Of Days – Nov. 6

We all handle hundreds of decisions every day—dress
or pants, cereal or pancakes, coffee or tea, this
project or that, shopping or banking, park here or
there, and so on. If we really knew how many decisions
and details we attend to each day, we’d be
overwhelmed. Sometimes we’re over-whelmed even without
knowing the exact number! But few decisions are more
important than this one: what words we use with those
around us. Even on our busiest day, we can find time
to say, “Great job!”, What a lovely dress!”, “Thank
you!”, and most important of all, “I love you!”
Remember to keep life and love at the top of the list
of decisions you have to make each day. You’ll be
happier, and others will be too.
Is not kindness more powerful than arrogance; and
truth more powerful than the sword?
CHIEF LUTHER STANDING BEAR, LAKOTA

By: Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Meditations with the Elders

“Our religion seems foolish to you, but so does yours
to me. The Baptists and Methodists and Presbyterians
and the Catholics all have a different God. Why cannot
we have one of our own?”
Sitting Bull, HUNKPAPA LAKOTA

The Creator gave each culture a path to God. To the
Indian people, he revealed that the Creator is
everything. Everything is alive with the Spirit of
God. The water is alive. The trees are alive. The
woods are alive. The
mountains are alive. The wind is alive. The Great
Spirit’s breath is in everything and that’s why it’s
alive. All of nature is our church. We wake up in
church, we walk all day long in a church, we eat with
our families in church, we go to sleep in church.
My Creator, let us leave people to worship You in the
way You have taught them.
By: Don Coyhis

Teaching our children

It saddens my heart to realize how many of elders are not being taken care of properly, it saddens my heart that there are not many elders that live in our old ways.

It is rare to be able to walk into a sparse home with wood burning in the stove and fragrant herbs drying from the rafters. The peaceful feeling of being surrounded by those things taken directly from the earth with gratitude creates an atmosphere of complete comfort and abundance in all things.  

 To all of those folks who are relearning our old ways and teaching them to the young ones I wish you many miraculous blessings, and tons of love. You are a rare gem of enlightenment and encouragement, thank you for letting your light shine. ~Kat

GRANDFATHER’S PRAYER FOR TODAY.
My Creator, when we pray we invariably ask you to give us something. Today I pray that I will have the wisdom to give something back.

For generations us humans have assumed we have the right to receive something if we ask for it. Even the Bible says, “Ask and you will receive”. Do we really know what these words mean? To many it can mean having a personal wish list that we can present to the Creator, assuming at some point he will look at with favour. I think it goes beyond personal wishes. Maybe it really means asking to receive the wisdom and understanding to know how to bring comfort, peace, wisdom and understanding in everything we do to ourselves, others and how it will benefit the whole.
This idea of asking and not giving back has led to disappointments and has led to us being more and more a race of takers and users, creating separation and disharmony. We just have to look at how we have used and taken from our dear Mother Earth.
We can do no better than learn from the old ones, in particular the role the Creator gave to the original peoples of the Americas.
A long time ago the Creator came to Turtle Island and said to the Red People – “You will be the keepers of the Mother Earth. Among you I will give the wisdom about nature, about the interconnectedness of all things, about balance and about living in harmony. You Red People will see the secrets of nature. You will live in hardship and the blessing of this is you will stay close to the Creator. The day will come when you will need to share the secrets with the other people of the earth because they will stray from their spiritual ways. The time to start sharing is today.”

Are we ready to give something back today!

Spirit of the Trees

“To be one with the trees is to know Life within your own spirit”
– Chief Sequoia

In lush valleys and forests, where majestic Guardians stand tall, their awesome beauty a reminder of ancient settlements, the mystical realm of “Standing People” communicate a language and await our arrival. Perhaps because of their constant presence we take them for granted. Trees, however, are a vital and nurturing force representing the fabric of all communities providing us with nourishment, a constant source of medicine, and the very air we breathe is improved by their presence.

Trees hold a special significance as both practical providers and powerful spiritual presences and have witnessed life on earth over large expanses of time. Spirit breathes aliveness into their mystical individuality. These magnificent “Guardians,” belong to the Earth Element and are ruled by Gabriel. In many cultures a tree symbolizes the world center, where heaven and earth touch, where all times and places converge. For this reason trees are considered sacred and provide a focal point for meditation, enlightenment, guidance and prayer and if we are open to their energy, will converse with us.

Jeffrey Goelitz writes:
”The purest essence comes from the oldest trees who have peaked developmentally in their being-ness. Older trees communicate to younger trees a vibrancy that supports and encourages their growth. There is an intelligence on the other side from which life springs. The force of gravity helps us to live. Through gravity we receive light from the sky. Gravity is the bridge to the other world where earth connects to the sky. Trees act like magnetic funnels. Through their centers they draw heavily on the light. [The Mother of the Forest and I] have a deep resonance of peace. Our ages, sizes, and electromagnetic fields are very much alike. Together, along with other elder redwoods, we watch over the forest with our etheric radiation. Our rays interlace together in a way distinct from other trees because of our similarities.”

Alder: Tree of Resurrection
Symbolic of Protection and Oracular Powers

Alders are members of the Birch family found along lowland rivers, growing with Aspens, Poplars, and Willows. The Alder is a most unusual tree, loving water yet extremely flammable making the Alder, a revered tree, as it combines the elements of water and fire. In folklore the Alder is known as the “King of the Water” with the “Willow” tree as its Queen. This association is due to their natural habitat near lakes, rivers and streams. The Alder is the bridge between water and fire, sea and land, winter and spring.

The wood of the Alder has many uses. When young it is brittle and pliable, easily worked but as the tree ages, its wood becomes tinted and veined. Due to the Alders resistance to water, in times gone by it was used in the construction of bridges and though it may surprise you, bridges erected centuries ago remain standing and continue to be a means of transportation today.

In Celtic folklore it was believed that doorways to the fairy realm were concealed within the Alder’s trunk. The Alder was sacred to the god “Bran” who is said to have created a bridge to span the dangerous waters from this world to the other … the chosen wood, “ALDER.” An old Celtic legend speaks of “Bran” carrying a branch from the Alder tree during the “Battle of the Trees.” Bran’s totem animal was the Raven who also became associated with the Alder. Ritual pipes and whistles were often made from Alder wood, many in the shape of the Raven.

Folklore also tells us, cutting down an Alder invited trouble as it invoked the anger of the tree spirit who would use fire to burn down the lumberjack’s house and his village would be cursed.
“I am guarded by very protective Faeries who surround and shelter me and when they leave take the form of a Raven. From the time of “Theophrastus,” the Greek philosopher, the bark of young Alder shoots have been used for dyeing and tanning leather. The next time you see an Alder overhanging some stream or a bed of flowers, look beneath its thrusting boughs of rustling leaves. You may get a glimpse of the “Faeries,” hiding in the wedge-shaped bark structure. Ponder the possibilities and consider what nature can teach you about life … let Spirit guide you.
Almond: Tree of Clairvoyance
Symbolic of an “Awakening,” a stirring of Spirit

Almond trees were growing in Israel, (Canaan), 2000 years ago and were mentioned in ancient Hebrew scripture, (Genesis 43-11, etc.). Moses crafted oil lamps in the image of an almond, and Van Gogh thought that blooming Almond trees were so beautiful that he created more than a dozen paintings of almonds in full flower.

In ancient societies, the Almond tree was valued for its supposed virtue in preventing intoxication and in Shakespearean times decorated many London gardens and orchards. The Almond grows freely in Syria and Palestine and is mentioned in the Scriptures as one of the best fruit trees of the land of Canaan. The Hebrew name, “SHAKAD,” is very expressive for it signifies “hasty awakening,”’ or “to watch for,” hence, to make haste, a fitting name for a tree, whose beautiful flowers appearing in Palestine in January, herald the wakening of Creation.

Come celebrate your life. Let the Spirit of the Almond tree be a conduit to put you in a reflective mood. Remember you are the one who holds the power, the key … to unlock the door. Discover within yourself the answers to what you seek. Nature is simply providing a place of pilgrimage.

Apple: Tree of Custodian Wisdom
Symbolic of the East, spring, the dawn and new beginnings

The profusion of perfumed blossoms occurs in spring and a feast for arousing the sensual sense of smell. If you peek beyond the delicately blushing, rosy and white-streaked, buds of the Apple tree don’t be surprised to find Unicorns playing hide-and-seek.

Over centuries, many apple myths have come to light, from the apple Adam and Eve ate to the Norsemen who use to bury their dead with an apple serving as a resurrection charm. But perhaps what lingers most in our minds is the ripe apple falling to the ground, a story we have all heard, reminding us in its fall of Newton and the discovery of gravitation.

Sit beneath the shade of an Apple tree’s splendor and let it speak to you. Allow yourself to move into a highly elevated state of being, visualizing the untapped force around you. You can use it to restore yourself. Be aware of thoughts and feelings dispersing and of the energy and light cursing through each part of your body. Hold this point of balance, the point between two world … experience the mystery … the gate is open wide.

Arbutus: Tree of Depth and Integrity
Symbolic of protection and safety

Canada’s only native broadleaf evergreen tree (known as Madrone in the US) is a wonderful metaphor for the spirit. In early morning or evening sunlight, this magnificent tree emits ancient energy, as it’s auburn boughs reach toward the dappled light filtering through the tight canopy of thick, leathery foliage.

I am an Evergreen without needles, the only deciduous tree that does not lose its leaves in winter! In the early spring bountiful white blossoms make me even more spectacular. During summer months, my reddish brown bark sheds its skin and underneath the younger yellowish green wood will turn a deep mahogany red during the winter months. In the fall my beautiful clusters of orange red berries feed the birds and deer. The energy surrounding me is powerful. Be still and attune to me, I can help you decipher the meaning of it all.

Aboriginal people revere the Arbutus. According to a Salish legend, the survivors of a great flood tied their canoe to an Arbutus atop Mount Newton near Sidney. B.C. To this day, as a mark of gratitude, the Salish won’t use Arbutus as firewood. Poet Richard Olafson shares another Native legend, writing, “The tree’s webbed roots hold the splintered earth together.” If the Arbutus should disappear, the myth warns-whether from fungal infection, habitat loss or some other cause, manmade or otherwise, the planet would fly apart and be utterly destroyed.

When you sit beside me, dirt beneath you and the wind blowing in your face, you are keeping company with an “Old One,” and I can help open many spiritual doors for you. If you are feeling somewhat barren, immerse yourself in the flow of Spirit, letting love soulfully touch your heart. Receive easily and graciously believing you are a channel of grace.

Ash: Tree of Humankind and Ancestors
Symbolic of the “Bridge” connecting the Spiritual and Physical realm

From my roots flow two limpid streams, that of the knowledge of things past and that of the knowledge of things to come. In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil (“The Terrible One’s Horse”), also called the “World Tree,” is the giant ash tree that links and shelters all the worlds. Beneath the three roots the realms of Asgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim are located where three wells lie at its base, the “Well of Wisdom,” the “Well of Fate” and the “Source of Many Rivers.”
Four deer run across the branches of the tree and eat the buds; they represent the Four Winds. There are other inhabitants of the tree, a golden cock rests on the summit observing all that passes in the Universe, a squirrel named Ratatosk, (Swift Teeth) a notorious gossip constantly ascends and descends carrying messages between the golden cock that perches on the topmost bough and “Nidhogg,” the serpent. Legend says, on the day of Ragnarok, “Doom of the Gods,” the Fire Giant, Surt, will set the tree on fire, never to be seen again.

In the midst of the Ash tree’s splendor recall your tender nature, and make peace with unresolved issues. If you can see the beauty of the world, in harmony and with deep appreciation, you will notice a warm feeling that is hard to put into words. Rejoice in this new perspective. Be attentive, open and reverent allowing yourself to be re-enchanted with the world.
Aspen: Tree of Loyalty and Harmony
Symbolic of the “Voice of Spirit”

The Aspen, considered part of the poplar family, has a habit of shimmering or quivering in the breeze making a distinctive rustling, whispering sound. In several Native languages, the name “Trembling Aspen” translates as “woman’s tongue” or “noisy leaf.”

The Aspen’s root is rarely killed during a fire, and Aspens are generally the first trees to grow in a burned out area. Aspen wood is very lightweight when dried, becoming very buoyant and was therefore a popular choice for oars and paddles also was used to make arrows in medieval times.

In many cultures and religions the wind is associated with the “Voice of Spirit,” and in the boughs and leaves of the Aspen, the wind finds a distinctive voice to inspire those who would listen with patience and sensitivity. The movement of the wind through the canopy and the sun dappling through the leaves can have a mesmerizing effect, encouraging a contemplative and meditative frame of mind. Like the hero and shaman who stand apart from the crowd, the Aspen’s sparse distribution often away from other trees, and its magical connotations has “done much over the years to facilitate legends of people disappearing from under it into the land of Faerie.” (“Tree Wisdom” by Jacqueline Paterson 1996)

Bring your drum, flute or your favorite musical instrument and sit under the Aspen’s canopy. Plunge deep into your soul letting your mind drift into nothingness. Open wide your arms, let the music shower you with pulsating radiance. Focus on the sounds, and listen to the rhythm of nature calling. Become one with the melody as it fills you. When you are ready, open your eyes and play your Spirit Song. There is always light in the darkness. Value your creativity and your connection with the Universe.
Birch: Tree of Fertility & Protection
Symbolic of renewal, and purification

The word birch is thought to have derived from the Sanskrit word “bhurga” meaning a “tree whose bark is used to write upon”. When the poet S.T. Coleridge called the birch, “Lady of the Woods,” he was possibly drawing on an existing folk term for the tree. Its birch twigs were used to bestow fertility on newlyweds and cattle. Nearly every part of it is edible, and its sap was an important source of sugar to Native Tribes and early settlers.
Ojibway Legend: Winabojo and the Birch Tree.
Once there lived a spirit-boy named Winabojo who taught the Objibwa how to live in the natural world. One day he went searching for feathers to adorn his arrows. Climbing to the highest cliff, he discovered a nest of Thunderbird babies. Winabojo turned into a rabbit so the Thunderbirds would bring him to their nest for their babies to play with. Winnabojo stayed in the nest for a long time; the babies were cruel to him and tossed him around. Eventually Thunderbirds went away to hunt for food to feed their babies. 
Winabojo turned back to a boy; he clubbed the baby Thunderbirds and pulled out their feathers. Before the parents could return, Winabojo jumped from the high nest with the bundle of feathers and was knocked out, but not killed because he was a “manido.”
When they returned to their nest, the angered Thunderbirds flew after Winabojo!! Thunder rolled from their beaks and lightning flashed from their eyes. Winabojo ran for his life clutching his bundle of feathers, but soon grew so tired he began to fear he would be caught. As the Thunderbirds reached for him with their claws, Winabojo saw an old fallen birch that was hollow inside. He crept into the hollow in the nick of time. The Thunderbirds ended their attack because they knew they could not reach Winabojo through the birch bark. Winabojo was safe. After the Thunderbirds left, Winabojo came out and proclaimed that the birch tree would forever protect and benefit the human race.
You can still see the short marks on the birch tree made by Winabojo to commemorate the sharp claws of the Thunderbirds who almost killed him. The Thunderbird parents put “pictures” of their baby birds with out-stretched wings into the birch bark so the sacrifice of their children would always be remembered. Winabojo fixed his arrows and went home. With these arrows he was able to kill the great fish that lived under the rock ledge.
Winabojo has blessed the birch tree for the good of the human race. And this is why lightning never strikes the birch tree, and why anything wrapped in the bark will not decay. Birch bark is useful for house coverings, canoes, containers, utensils, and in many other ways.
[adapted from “The Legend of Winabojo and the Birch Tree ~ How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine and Crafts”]
Author ~ Frances Densmore

Walk your path with truth and honor remembering talk is cheap. It is actions and behaviors that determine integrity. The Source by whatever “Name” you call it longs to flow through you. Be receptive! Gently close your eyes for a minute. Leisurely wander through some of your blissful moments creating a strand of each memory. Weave the strand together, taking into your heart. Carry it with you throughout each day that you may add new memories to the strand.
Blackthorn: Tree of Destiny
Symbolic of “fate” and the influences it has on destiny

In ancient times, the Blackthorn was commonly used in healing remedies and magical potions. The “Blackthorn” tree grows in dense thickets and is barked with vicious thorns, the very thorns believed to have adorned the crown Jesus wore. Thought to be a tree of fidelity and independence, in Irish folklore the Blackthorn was both a source of fear and good fortune. Guarded by “Lunatasidhe” a small hairless faerie resembling a balding old man, the “little people” are said to haunt Blackthorn groves in groups.
Though I am barked with fierce prickles, you are welcome to rest a spell. Slow down and look around. Notice the colors and light playing with the shadows. Walk around and savor the fragrance of wild flowers, slowly and deeply. Still the busy-ness of your mind and listen to twigs cracking under your feet, the leaves rustling in the breeze, the birds singing, and the soft beating of your heart. Let yourself be tuned to nature’s call. Let this be a place of return, a safe haven, your quiet abode to nurture your spirit
whenever the need arises.
Bodhi-Tree: Tree of Wisdom
The symbolism of the Bodhi Tree comes from the story of the Buddha, who during the first week after Enlightenment, sat under the bodhi tree experiencing the happiness of freedom and peace. He was free from disturbing thoughts, calm and blissful.
Sometime during the sixth century BC a solitary, wandering ascetic sat to meditate beneath a shady tree, resolving not to rise until he had attained the ultimate knowledge of spiritual enlightenment, he was born Prince Gautama Siddhartha.
Gautama was the son of King Suddhodana raised in great luxury. Following the ancient traditions of Hinduism, Gautama sought out spiritual teachers, or gurus. Inquiring of their knowledge, he diligently practiced various yogas and meditations. Seven years passed, the last three in extreme asceticism, yet still he had not achieved his goal of enlightenment. He was inspired to leave his princely lifestyle behind and devote himself to penetrating the mystery of human suffering. For several years, he traveled through India as a mendicant holy man, but ended in disillusion.
Finally recognizing that such practices had served him well but were no longer appropriate, he journeyed toward the ancient sacred forests of Uruvela in north India with the intention of completely realizing the infinite. Guided by visionary dreams and following in the footsteps of Krakucchanda, Kanakamuni, and Kasyapa, the Buddhas of three previous ages, Siddhartha sat beneath the Bodhi Tree making a pact to stay there until he had realized his quest. Touching the earth, thereby calling it to witness the countless lifetimes of virtue that had led him to this place of enlightenment, he entered into a state of deep meditation. Three days and nights passed and his intention was realized.

Gautama spent the next seven weeks in meditation near the Bodhi Tree. When he emerged from under the tree, he believed he had found the secret of enlightenment (Buddha means “enlightened” or “awakened” in Pali), and he gave over the rest of his life to teaching all who would listen. Then, at the request of the god Indra, he began to speak of the great truth he had realized. His first sermon was given at Isipatana (modern Sarnath near Banaras). This first discourse, often called “Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Truth” presented the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path for which Buddhism is so famous.

Within itself, the mind is timeless, peaceful, unmoving. Rest in this natural state. If the changing sense impressions cause the mind to forget itself, to be deceived and entangled, your practice is to see this whole process and simply return to the original mind. © Jack Kornfield
Broom: Tree of Astral Travel
Symbolic of lucid dreams and flight

Also known as Scotch Broom or Irish Broom, grows in open spaces. According to the Celtic Zodiac, the reed or the broom is the tree sacred to the twelfth moon of the year starting on October 28th and ending on November 24th. This tree is useful in “cleaning up” spiritual or mental messes and was used to sweep outside ritual areas for purification and protection. The Irish called “Broom” the “Physician’s power” because of its diuretic shoots. Burning the blooms and shoots calms the wind. In the Language of Flowers, Broom signifies neatness or humility. The neatness is obvious for a broom-plant.

Today, the twigs and branches are serviceable not only for making brooms, but are also used in basket weaving especially in the island of Madeira.

http://members.shaw.ca/necommis/SpiritualElement%20of%20Trees.htm

Crop circles and sacred geometry

Ahhhh, what a lovely weekend! Saturday was spent lounging around by the river with a picnic basket capturing the beauty of it all with my camera. Sunday was a pow wow at Mohegan’s. Both days were a perfect mid seventy degrees with sun shine. What more could I ask for?!

There’s something truely amazing about the energy of a pow wow. I can’t quite place my finger on it, but where I’m normally reclusive of crowds I just glow at a pow wow. I can honestly say it’s the only kind of large gathering that I’ve ever attended where I’ve never seen any hostility. What do you think it is that makes the difference?

Is it the idea of many coming together to celebrate the same thing? Can’t be it…when folks gather to celebrate music there is often disrespect and hostility. Though maybe that’s the alchohol. I can’t say for certain, but I like to believe there is magic in the drums. It’s the beat of the drum through the earth mother that makes me glow. The vibration is so … so…. goodness it’s hard to find the right words. Inspiring? Grounding? Uniting? Healing even? Magical! That’s what I’m sticking to. There is no other way to put it. The drums spread forth a magical vibration of peace unlike anything else I’ve ever felt.

Much love and many blessings to the hoop dancer who left me in awe. I don’t know how I’ve never managed to see all the geometric symbolism in the dance! Astounding really, which brings me to an article I received just a few days before the pow wow. Enjoy!

Friends in the Fields

by Owen Waters

Images courtesy of Steve Alexander


Every summer, in the south of England,
grand and mysterious works of art
silently appear in the crop fields.

This magnificent crop circle was formed right in the heart of crop circle country, next to Silbury Hill in the county of Wiltshire, England.

Measuring hundreds of feet in diameter, it employs symbols from the Mayan calendar to predict that the Mayan Fourth Sun era will end in the year 2012. It actually makes the same prediction in two different ways, so that there is no doubt as to the intention of this message.

According to the Mayan calendar, a new era of human consciousness will dawn in late 2012. To paraphrase astronaut Neil Armstrong, the shift of consciousness in the year 2012 is likely to be, “One small step for each human, one giant leap for mankind.” Future generations will undoubtedly look back upon the pivotal year of 2012 as a turning point in the development of human consciousness.

 

A variation on the healing symbol of the caduceus can be seen in the above photograph on the left. Today, this famous Hermetic symbol is associated with medicine or healing. As a Hermetic symbol, it traditionally represented Hermes or Mercury. Mercury was the symbol of communications, while Hermes represented ancient wisdom and secret knowledge.

The white horse at Milk Hill can be seen behind the crop circles in the above photographs. It was carved into the chalk undersoil 200 years ago and measures more than 200 feet in length. The ‘tram lines’ in the crops are access lines made by farm equipment.

The question is, who makes these grand works of art? Nobody seems to know for sure. They appear mysteriously, often just before dawn. Eye witnesses have reported globes of light ‘dancing’ above the fields as they make their patterns by swirling and flattening precise sections of crops.

 


 

Crop circles are not a new phenomenon. They have been documented as far back as the year 1678. In recent years, however, they have multiplied enormously. Since the early 1990s, observers have logged over 10,000 crop circles.

Each crop circle is typically huge, often several hundred feet in diameter. One even measured 800 feet (240 m) in diameter. Their design is often artistically brilliant.

 

And yet, they are not just art. They portray symbols of great mystical significance. Some of them are more obvious, like representations of the ancient Mayan calendar of time, or the human chakra system in the above photograph. The popular system of seven chakras is shown as (left to right) the root, sex, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras. The symbolism of the crown chakra is easy to see, as are the third eye and heart chakras. Also, the root chakra symbol on the far left represents the fact that the root chakra powers the rest of the chakras with activated life energy.

 

Some crop circles have depicted formations such as galaxies, ancient Sanskrit letters, DNA-like double-helixes, asteroid belts, spiral nebulae and eclipses. Other crop formations are not so obvious to the left-sided, logical part of the brain, and yet hold tremendous right-brain symbolism relating to the shift of human consciousness. These symbols remind the inner consciousness of what it once knew but had forgotten. They are wake-up calls to a humanity in transformation.

 

Owen Waters, Editor
InfiniteBeing.com

When I researched back through the crop circle archives for 2004, I came across a most encouraging surprise.

If you look at the Infinite Being logo at the top left of this web page, you will see that it consists of, 1) the symbol for infinity, and 2) being, symbolized by a circle. I had always thought that a circle was the best way to represent the holistic, all-inclusive nature of being as a state of consciousness.

Well, on July 28th, 1994, at West Overton near Avebury, Wiltshire, guess what shape was formed in a field on that day? Here it is:

 

 

How about that for a message in the fields? Whoever is sending us messages through such transformational imagery is obviously helping us through a critical juncture in human history. Whoever they are, and however they form these beautiful crop circles so delicately and so quietly, I just call them, our “Friends in the Fields.”

 

For more crop circle photographs

The aerial photographs in this article were reproduced courtesy of Steve Alexander of www.temporarytemples.co.uk. Please visit his web site for more fascinating studies in crop circle artistry by our friends in the fields (click on Image Library when you get there and wait for the many images to download).

Steve Alexander is one of the most prolific photographers of the crop circles. His web site offers Yearbooks filled with his best photographs at just 12.99 UK pounds each. They’re just beautiful, real collector’s items, and they make great conversation starters when placed on your coffee table.

This article was written by Owen Waters,

UN FINALLY Recognizes Indigenous Peoples

This is very good news!!! Thank the Creator, it’s about time! ~Kat

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=23794&Cr=indigenous&Cr1

United Nations adopts Declaration on Rights of Indigenous
Peoples

13 September 2007 – The General Assembly today adopted a
landmark declaration outlining the rights of the world’s
estimated 370 million indigenous people and outlawing
discrimination against them – a move that followed more
than two decades of debate.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples has been approved after 143 Member States voted in
favour, 11 abstained and four – Australia, Canada, New
Zealand and the United States – voted against the text.

A non-binding text, the Declaration sets out the individual
and collective rights of indigenous peoples, as well as
their rights to culture, identity, language, employment,
health, education and other issues.

The Declaration emphasizes the rights of indigenous peoples
to maintain and strengthen their own institutions, cultures
and traditions and to pursue their development in keeping
with their own needs and aspirations.

It also prohibits discrimination against indigenous peoples
and promotes their full and effective participation in all
matters that concern them, and their right to remain
distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic and
social development.

General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa,
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for
Human Rights Louise Arbour have all welcomed today’s
adoption.

Sheikha Haya said “the importance of this document for
indigenous peoples and, more broadly, for the human rights
agenda, cannot be underestimated. By adopting the
Declaration, we are also taking another major step forward
towards the promotion and protection of human rights and
fundamental freedoms for all.”

But she warned that “even with this progress, indigenous
peoples still face marginalization, extreme poverty and
other human rights violations. They are often dragged into
conflicts and land disputes that threaten their way of life
and very survival; and, suffer from a lack of access to
health care and education.”

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban
described the Declaration’s adoption as “a historic moment
when UN Member States and indigenous peoples have
reconciled with their painful histories and are resolved to
move forward together on the path of human rights, justice
and development for all.”

He called on governments and civil society to ensure that
the Declaration’s vision becomes a reality by working to
integrate indigenous rights into their policies and
programmes.

Ms. Arbour noted that the Declaration has been “a long time
coming. But the hard work and perseverance of indigenous
peoples and their friends and supporters in the
international community has finally borne fruit in the most
comprehensive statement to date of indigenous peoples’
rights.”

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues estimates there
are more than 370 million indigenous people in some 70
countries worldwide.

Members of the Forum said earlier this year that the
Declaration creates no new rights and does not place
indigenous peoples in a special category.