Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Great Law of Peace


Chapter 6; THE GREAT LAW OF PEACE


The Confederacy arose centuries ago among separate warring communities as a way to create harmony, unity and respect among human beings. Implicit to Iroquois political philosophy is a commitment to the highest principles of human Liberty, where laws in recognition of individual liberty and justice surpasses any European parallel. Faithkeeper, Oren Lyons, an Onondaga, states that "the Great Law of Peace includes freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right of women to participate in government.  Separation of power in government and checks and balances within governments are traceable to our Iroquois Constitution, ideas learned by colonists".   The central idea underlying Iroquois political philosophy is that Peace is the will of the Creator and the ultimate spiritual goals and natural order among humans. The principles of Iroquois government embodied in the great law of peace or transmitted by a historical figure called the Peacemaker, his teachings emphasize the power of reason to insure righteousness, justice and health among humans. Peace came to the Iroquois not through war and conquest but through the exercise of reason guided by the spiritual mind. The Iroquois League is based not on force of arms or rule of law but spiritual concepts of natural law applied to human society. By David Yarrow

At the planting of a Tree of Peace in Philadelphia in 1986, Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp explained, "in the beginning when our Creator made humans, everything needed to survive was provided.  Our Creator asked only one thing, never forget to appreciate the gifts of Mother Earth. Our people were instructed how to be grateful and how to survive."

When the people forgot the Original instructions to survive, there was a dark age of war, and injustice.
 "The creator sent a Peacemaker with a message to be Righteous and Just and make a good future for our children, seven generations to come. He called all warring people together and told them as long as there was killing there would be no peace of mind. There must be an effort by humans for peace to prevail.  Through logic, reasoning and spiritual renewal, he inspired the Warriors to bury their weapons, and atop planted a Tree of Peace.”

Legend of the Peacemaker and the Founding of the Great Law of Peace

A long time ago an event took place on the shores of Onondaga Lake in upstate New York that was to have far reaching effects even to this day.  The event took place long before written history, long before Europeans came to America.  It was so paramount in fact that we can envision all of creation being present.

There was much bloodshed among the five separate warring nations that the people lived in fear of death.   Everywhere there was death, mourning and pain, the people had no hope. The Peacemaker, born of a virgin, heard of the distress of the people and was sent by the Creator to put an end to war.  He held the Vision for Peace on Earth.

Traveling from nation to nation he first came to a house where a woman lived on the path between the warring nations. As she listened to the Peacemaker speak of his idea of peace, a seed was planted in her mind and she took hold of the idea saying, "I agree with you, this is indeed good news that you bring."  Because she was the first person to take hold of the idea of Peace the Peacemaker honored her as the Mother of Nations and therefore the clan mother's held the honored position of holding the titles for the Chiefs and appointing new chiefs.

Again the Peacemaker set out to spread the good news from nation to nation saying, "tell your Chiefs the Peace is on its way.”  In the wilderness, the Peacemaker met Hiawatha, an Onondaga chief who was grieving the loss of his daughters. His mind was bent low in sorrow as he built a fire each night he wove words into wampum saying, “if only there was someone to console me with these words, I could get my mind up and see the light of a new day".  Hearing the words of Hiawatha, the Peacemaker came and speaking the words of condolence held in the wampum, he dried the tears from Hiawatha's eyes using the white fawn skin, wiping away the clouds from his mind, so he could think clearly once again. As Hiawatha listened, he took hold of the idea that there is no death.  The Peacemaker honored Hiawatha, the man of fire, to be his speaker and together they sent out word to all First Nation peoples to gather on the shores of Onondaga Lake to await the Great Peace that was coming.

The event was so great in time that it took many days for the multitude to gather around their council fires on the shores of Onondaga, the animals too drawing near.  Legend states that as the people gathered awaiting the arrival of Hiawatha a great darkness came over the sky blocking out the smiling face of the Great Spirit or the Sun.  Arriving in his mystical canoe made of white granite, the Peacemaker and Hiawatha arrived on the third day.  There were reports of a sound of great wings flapping overhead but because of the darkness, people could not see and fear surrounded them.

The Peacemaker gathered all the people who were at war in a great circle around the tree of War.   Selecting the Great White Pine of the North East woodland he then uprooted the tree and instructed the people to bury all their weapons beneath the upturned roots.  A stream ran beneath and washed the weapons away so that future generations would never pick them up again.  Then the tree was made to stand upright, it became the Tree of Peace with white roots spreading in the four directions. Placing the eagle at the top of the tree, the people were to be like the tree made upright in the Law, and to use the high mind of the Creator, like the Eagle that sits on top of the tree.   Appealing to the highest and clearest thinking of the Chiefs of the five nations, the only evil blocking the formation of the Confederacy was Atotaro, an Onondaga chief whose mind was so twisted that it was as snakes growing out of his head and his body had 7 crooks in it.  To complete the peace meant all of the people must put their minds together in agreement for peace.  To bring about the new man the new mind in Atotaro meant that the Peacemaker and Hiawatha by singing the song of peace so perfectly as to reach deep into the heart of the man and by appealing to his high mind, the spirit of the man, bring about the new being. Together the Peacemaker and Hiawatha traveled to where Atotaro was waiting for them; the Peacemaker sang the song of peace and Hiawatha explained the words of the Law, so that the spirit and the Law worked together bringing about the change of mind in Atotaro.

Traveling in the Whitestone canoe, the Peacemaker and Hiawatha set out to persuade Atotaro of the Great Peace. The Peacemaker singing the peace hymn and Hiawatha holding the wampum in his hand, thus the words of the Law were spoken:

“These are the words of the great Law, on these words we shall build the house of Peace, the Long House with five fires that is yet one household, these are the words of righteousness and health and power, the words we bring constitute the new mind which is the will of the Holder of the Heavens.  There shall be Righteousness when men desire Justice, Health, when men obey Reason, Power when men accept the Great Law.  These things shall be given form in the longhouse where five nations shall live in quiet as one family at this very place, Atotaro, where the Chiefs of the five nations will assemble, I shall plant the Tree of Peace and its roots shall extend to far places of the earth so that all mankind may have the shelter of the great law.".   from The White Roots of Peace by Paul Wallace

Moving swiftly, the Peacemaker and Hiawatha returned to the awaiting Chiefs, saying, "come quickly, the time is now arriving on the shore where Atotaro was waiting. The Peacemaker explained, “here is power, these are the five nations, their strength is greater than your strength but their voice shall be your voice when you speak in Council, and all men will hear you, this will be your strength in the future, the Will of a United People."  then the mind of Atotaro was made straight and Hiawatha combed the snakes out of his hair, the Peacemaker laid his hand on his head and said, " the work is finished, your mind is made straight your head is now combed, the seven crooks have been taken from your body, now you have a new mind, now you will henceforth preside over the Council, and shall strive in all ways to make Reason and the Peaceful Mind prevail. Your voice will be the voice of the Great Law. All men will hear you and find Peace. “Then the Peacemaker placed the antlers on the heads of the chiefs in sign of their authority and gave them the words of the Law”.

Quotes from White Roots of Peace, by Paul Wallace

Significance of the Great Law of Peace

Perhaps it was at that time when the Great Peace was established that the disc blocking the sun moved, and the Light of a new Dawn for the Human being and for all the sacred circle of life.  The Tree of evil was uprooted and the Great Law of Peace, was planted in the Planetary heart and consciousness of Mother Earth.

Using nature and the atmosphere of the forest to set the pattern for peace, life, unity and equality for eternity, the Peacemaker continued.  Holding the Sacred Wampum in his hand, he gave the condolence of the confederate lords appointed as chiefs to represent the 5 nations. Stating, "the designs signify the fourteen sachems who are the keepers of the Central Council Fire of the Five Nations Confederacy and it shall be the duty of Tadodaho, the principal Onondaga Chief and his colleges to be the keepers of the Great Council at Onondaga.".  The Central Council fire symbolized the Fire that never dies, the eternal flame of love that is the spiritual essence or "orenda" residing in the heart of every human being. 

Continuing, the Peacemaker spread out a great white belt of wampum under the Tree of Peace, signifying Purity and Peace.  And a great wing to use whenever any evil approaches the great white wampum, the great wing will be used to sweep it away.

Continuing, the Peacemaker said, "Now we shall combine our individual power into ONE GREAT POWER which is the Confederacy. And we shall symbolize the union of these powers by each Nation contributing one arrow which we shall tie together in a bundle which when it is made and tied together, no one can bend or break."

Therefore, bringing the people together in a Circle, the Peacemaker continued, "You Chiefs shall be symbolized as Trees of the Five Confederate Nations.  We therefore bind ourselves together by taking hold of each other's hands firmly and forming a circle so strong that if a tree shall fall on it, it could neither shake nor break it, and thus our people and our children and grandchildren shall remain in the circle in security, peace and happiness"

"And if any chief who is crowned with the emblem of the Deer's horns shall break through this circle of unity, his horns shall become fastened in the circle, and if he shall go through it, the horns shall remain in the circle and he shall no longer be a chief.  You chiefs shall always be guided in all your councils and deliberations by the good tidings of Peace and Power.  You chiefs of the different nations of the confederacy, I charge you to cultivate the good feelings of friendship, love and honor among yourselves.  I have now fulfilled my duty in assisting you in the establishment and pattern of the Confederacy, and if this confederation is carefully guarded it shall continue and endure from generation to generation and as long as the sun shines."

"The pure white wampum strings will be the emblem of the Council Fire and it shall be that when the firekeepers open the council, he will pick up this string of wampum and hold it on his hand while he is offering thanksgiving to the Great Ruler of the Heavens.  (The Formal Thanksgiving Address is offered before and after every council meeting.) And there will be a custom that whenever the annual confederate council meets, we will smoke the pipe of Peace."

"The Pattern for Peace given first Nations People by the Peacemaker is rich with symbolism. The Circle represents the Universe and all sacred life forms, within the circle all the kingdoms of Nature are represented as sacred, each with it'[s sacred point of view.  The Peacemaker set a foundation for Peace based on Communication.  That by putting their minds together as the "One Mind of Creator" all problems could be solved through reasoning.  As agreement is reached, the identification becomes one of Peace."

"The Great Peace was founded upon the sovereignty of a common Law of Truth, as statesmanship lies in the Will of the People for Peace.  First United Nations people were united in spirit for the purpose of Peace on Earth. Given the sacred duty as Peacekeepers, their function was to maintain the Peace in their own Six Nations while extending the Peace to all Nations".  Through their ceremonies, they maintain the balance of the Earth by reciting the Thanksgiving Address, giving thanks to the Earth and giving thanks to their Creator and acknowledging the Creator's Law of ONE.

Quotes from: “Great Law of Peace” by Yvonne and Jacob Thomas Dec. 14, 1990

 




Saturday, May 27, 2017

SUMMER SOLSTICE PEACE CEREMONY AND DRUMMING

SUMMER SOLSTICE PEACE CEREMONY AND DRUMMING CIRCLE






SUMMER SOLSTICE PEACE CEREMONY
JUNE 21, 7:30 pm - 8:30pm
Dunedin Causeway Beach **** (First Left turn off the Causeway before the Bridge.)
Joining hearts and faiths to celebrate the longest day of the year and to welcome summer
in our hemisphere.
Lighting the World Peace Flame and Extending the Peace around the Globe
Meditation - Journey to the New Earth
Drumming for Peace, Harmony, Unity and Compassion for all.
Gratitude offering appreciated $5. sugg.









Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WESAK FULL MOON CEREMONY AND DRUMMING


WESAK FULL MOON CEREMONY AND DRUMMING
May 10, 7-8:30pm Dunedin Causeway Beach
Left side of the Kayak Rentals. Pl. bring a chair and instrument.


Wesak is an Annual Event signifying the importance of the Taurus Full Moon and Buddha's Birthday, Death, and enlightenment. Join us in Circle , for the Wesak Ceremony as we become a living Chalise in alignment with the incoming energies of the Buddha.. This is a yearly ceremony in the Himalayan valley when the Buddha hovers over the Water and downloads energies of enlightenment to the Masters and to those in alignment to receive. Meditation, Drumming, to raise the consciousness of humanity, and Water Blessing Ceremony. Gratitude Offering appreciated. Rev. Carolin Dawley


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

FULL BUDDING TREES MOON, TEACHING, DRUMMING AND MEDITATION




FULL MOON TEACHING AND DRUMMING CEREMONY
April 9, 7-8:30pm On Dunedin Causeway Beach. (left of Kayaks)

Teaching: SEE THE TRUTH. Learn the animal, plant and mineral totem for this moon cycle.
Drumming: our intention is to raise the vibration for ourselves and the Earth.
Meditation: Journey through the Sun to the New Earth.
Bring an instrument
Location: Dunedin Causeway Beach. Left side of Kayak rentals.
Gratitude offering appreciated.


East Gate: Illumination and Wisdom
EAGLE IS THE SPIRITKEEPER 


Budding Trees Moon - Lesson: See The Truth   (March 21 to April 19 


Animal: Red Tail Hawk, Mineral: Fire opal, Color: Yellow, Plant: Dandelion, Clan – Thunderbird, Element: Fire
Hawk people born under this moon are fiery and filled with energy; are friendly, open and intelligent.   They are natural leaders and a symbol of hope for any new idea struggling to manifest.  They are catalysts, who make ideas into realities, and influence others with their positive and fiery energy.  They  have a direct connection with the Sun and with fire, a connection strengthened because they are of the Thunderbird Clan. Not only do these people begin projects, but also keep them going with the strength of their energy.  They must learn to deal with their emotions, which is more difficult for them, but this is the fire of their energy and they must learn to express themselves and set their emotions free.
Opal is a fiery stone that has water added to it. Because of the fire in the stone, it is connected to the powers of the Sun.  It is considered to be a stone of hope  and has the power to sooth the emotional body. Opal illuminates the positive actions of the self, enhancing the good and true and fostering one's highest potential.
Dandelion greens contain large amounts of vit. A, B, C, and calcium. Used as a tonic to rid the body of toxins in those organs, as a diuretic and to balance the blood sugar level in the system.
This position is directly influenced by the Thunderbird clan. The fire opal can teach people in this position about the need for water, for the emotions in tempering their fiery energy. The dandelion can show them the advantages of taking root as well as flying. The red-tailed hawk can demonstrate the joy of freedom and of a long, clear view. The Budding Trees Moon will teach you about energy, intensity, catalyzing change, fearlessness, and optimism. Being in this position will show you your leadership ability, the enormity of your own spirit, and the extent of your Clear sightedness. People experiencing the Budding Trees Moon need to learn to channel their energies, contain their emotions, and be more patient with others.
Moon Lesson: - See The Truth: Budding trees moon is the fourth Moon cycle of Truth.  We learn to See the Truth when we experience all Colors on the Medicine Wheel, we learn to respect and see truth from other points of view.  Each Moon cycle has a different color or vibration, when we see the truth in all colors we are able to create substance of our Dreams and Prophecies and manifest them on Earth..
April Full Moon Cycle is connected to the Medicine of Prophecy also called "Seeing the Truth". This is the Moon of the Healer, Seer and Shaman who guides people on their soul journeys. This Moon empowers the gifts of the Shaman as Seer, Dreamer and Visionary..  Teaching us to trust our Dreams, intuition and feelings as they exist in ourselves. She teaches us how to read the symbols that we find on our pathway and how to see the truth in every vision we receive.  The energy of this Moon cycle assists all people in the ability to See The Truth in all dimensions.  When we know the truth and see the truth, we honor the truth in all our relations on the great Medicine Wheel and regain our place in the Sacred Circle of Life.





Thursday, February 16, 2017

SPRING EQUINOX PEACE CEREMONY/ DRUMMING


SPRING EQUINOX PEACE CEREMONY AND DRUMMING

MARCH 19TH, 6:00 Sunset; 6:30-7:30 pm Ceremony
Dunedin Causeway Beach, left side of Kayak rentals

Spring Equinox is a time of bursting forth of the Sun's Light and initiation of the spiritual light in our hearts. Spring is the season of new life, of vision and new beginnings. As we join together, we create sacred space and a vortex for change; for rebirth, and an invitation to Eagle and our spiritual helpers to Bless us with vision, renewed spirit and energy. Join us as we light the World Peace Flame and hold the vision for the New Earth. Drumming to raise the energy of the Earth and ourselves, and for Meditation. $5.00 love offering appreciated.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

IROQUOIS PROPHECY TO THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH



PROPHECY FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH
IROQUOIS DELEGATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
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Chief Leon Shenandoah and Delegation at the UN Cry of the Earth Summit 1973
Chapter 7: The Iroquois Delegation to the United Nations
and Iroquois Address to  United Nations on Environment, Chief Shenandoah, in Moscow

United Nations “Cry of the Earth” Summit for First Peoples Nations November 21, 1993
I attended the United Nations "Cry of the Earth" Summit in November, 1993. Where, for the first time in history, First People Nations were invited from the four directions to speak Ancient Prophecy to the world before the UN General Assembly.  Native American delegations of Spiritual elders from the four directions spoke prophecies in their native language that was interpreted into English. I was invited as assistant to Chief Shenandoah, to record the prophecies.  When I asked him if he knew what he would say, he said, "I've held this prophecy for most of my life to give to the world, but I don't think they are ready to hear it, I don't think they are ready to change."

Algonquin, Iroquois, Micmac, Hopi, Navajo, were some of the Nations speaking from East, North, West and South.   All different yet each one was strangely similar bearing the same message: that man was destroying the Earth and that if he did not change his ways, then trees would begin to die from the top down, animals would begin to mutate and eventually leave, and the Earth would fight back, the Earth would shake and shake and a large wind would come from the east, a wind so strong that it would blow almost everything off the face of the earth. Only a few would survive. “If we do not change then the Earth will be destroyed as we know it.” Chief Leon Shenandoah Tadodaho, Iroquois Delegation, Speaker

Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations Moscow

Document of the United Nations spoken by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Delegation)

Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations Moscow, by Leon Shenandoah, Tadodaho, Haudenosaunee

October 25, 1985

On Environment and Sustainability 

Brothers, listen to the words of the Creator given to the first United Nations -- the Haudenosaunee -- over 1000 years ago.

"The Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee shall be mentors of the people for all time. The thickness of their skins shall be seven spans; which is to say that they shall be proof against anger, offensive action and, criticism. Their hearts shall be full of peace and good will, and their minds full of a yearning for the welfare of the people. With endless patience, they shall carry out their duty. Their firmness shall be tempered with a tenderness for their people.  Neither anger nor fury shall find lodging in their minds, and all their words and actions shall be marked by calm deliberation."

In every nation there are wise and good men. These should be appointed Chiefs. They should be the advisors of their people and work for the good of all the people., and their power comes from the "Great Peace." A chief must never forget the Creator of mankind, never forget to ask him for help. The Creator will guide our thoughts and strengthen us as we work to be faithful to our sacred trust and restore harmony among all peoples, all living creatures, and Mother Earth...

We were instructed to carry a love for one another and to show a great respect for all the beings of this earth...

In our ways spiritual consciousness is the highest form of politics...When people cease to respect and express gratitude for these many things, then all life will be destroyed, and human life on this planet will come to an end.

These are our times and responsibilities. Every human being has a sacred duty to protect the welfare of our Mother Earth, from whom all life comes. In order to do this, we must recognize the enemy -- the one within us. we must begin with ourselves.

We must live in harmony with the Natural World and recognize that excessive exploitation can only lead to our own destruction. We cannot trade the welfare of our future generations for profit now. We must abide by the Natural Law or be victim of its ultimate reality.

We must stand together, the four sacred colors of man, as the one family we are in the interest of peace.

We must abolish nuclear and conventional weapons of war.

When warriors are leaders, then you will have war. We must raise leaders of peace.

We must unite the religions of the world as the spiritual force strong enough to prevail in peace.

It is no longer good enough to cry, "Peace." We must act peace, live peace, and march in peace in alliance with the people of the world.

We are the spiritual energy that is thousands time stronger than nuclear energy. Our energy in the combined will of all people with the spirit of the Natural World, to be of one body, one heart and one mind for peace.

We propose, as a resolution for peace, that October 24th be designated as a Day of Peace, and a world cease-fire take place in honor of our children and the Seventh Generation to come.

Day nay toh.  Chief Leon Shenandoah

IroquoisDelegation before the U.N. General Assembly, New York

United Nations Document from the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Delegation; Chief Leon

Shenandoah, speaker, Audrey Shenandoah, interpreter, Clan Mother, Chief Oren Lyons,

Firekeeper, and Chief Jake Swamp, Mohawk Nation, Iroquois Delegate  also called

Haudenosaunee.  This is the most important document as it eloquently expresses the

Prophecy woven into the words of the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address.  Chief

Shenandoah speaks of the destruction of the earth by man, if he doesn’t change. And,

at the same time he gives Thanksgiving to the nations that they continue to do their

duties.  For example, if we forget to give thanks,” then the Sun will begin to withdraw

from his duties and instead of being helpful to the people and the plants, it will become

something that begins to do harm. Chief Shenandoah describes how “ the Earth will end

as we know it if man forgets to be respectful and show gratitude”.

Iroquois Delegation before the U.N. General Assembly, New York

“CRY OF THE EARTH” SUMMIT for First Peoples Nations

Leon Shenandoah, Haudenosaunee, at the U.N.

 November 22, 1993

Haudenosaunee, which means “People of the Longhouse”, are known by European-

Americans as the Iroquois Confederacy’. The Confederacy consists of the Mohawk,

Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora nations. Leon Shenandoah,

Onondaga, was the ‘Tadodaho’ or ‘Chief of Chiefs’. He passed to Spirit on July 22, 1996

at the age of 81.

Delegation: Leon Shenandoah, Tadodaho, Haudenosaune, Audrey Shenandoah, Oren

Lyons, Jake Swamp

Leon’s statement was delivered in his language and translated into English by Audrey

Shenandoah:  STATEMENT

The following is an excerpt from the United Nations Document of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Delegation; Chief Leon Shenandoah, speaker, Audrey Shenandoah, interpreter, Clan Mother, Chief Oren Lyons, Firekeeper, and Chief Jake Swamp, Mohawk Nation, Iroquois Delegate also called Haudenosaunee.  This is the most important document as it eloquently expresses the Prophecy woven into the words of the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address.  Chief Shenandoah speaks of the destruction of the earth by man, if he doesn’t change. And, at the same time he gives Thanksgiving to the nations that they continue to do their duties.  For example, if we forget to give thanks,” then the Sun will begin to withdraw from his duties and instead of being helpful to the people and the plants, it will become something that begins to do harm. Chief Shenandoah describes how “the Earth will end as we know it if man forgets to be respectful and show gratitude”.

Iroquois Delegation before the U.N. General Assembly, New York

“CRY OF THE EARTH” SUMMIT for First Peoples Nations, by Leon Shenandoah, Haudenosaunee

November 22, 1993

Haudenosaunee, which means “People of the Longhouse”, are known by European-Americans as the Iroquois Confederacy’. The Confederacy consists of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora nations. Leon Shenandoah, Onondaga, was the ‘Tadodaho’ or ‘Chief of Chiefs’. He passed to Spirit on July 22, 1996 at the age of 81.

Delegation: Leon Shenandoah, Tadodaho, Haudenosaune, Audrey Shenandoah, Oren Lyons, Jake Swamp

Leon’s statement was delivered in his language and translated into English by Audrey Shenandoah

 


Figure 15 Iroquois delegation to UN, Clan Mother Audrey Shenandoah, Chief Jake Swamp, Chief Oren Lyons, Chief Leon Shenandoah

Chief Leon Shenandoah’s Statement:

As we are all gathered here today, in this place, it has become my (or our) responsibility to bring a message to the people about how we should care for our Mother the Earth.

Our Creator has given to us our Mother the Earth, and upon our Mother the Earth, from our Mother the Earth comes everything that people need to sustain their life here on Earth. We are given the Waters, the good, clean Waters, which our life depends upon, and the many fruits and vegetables, the food that we use to sustain our life we take from our Mother the Earth.

Our Mother the Earth provides for us the Medicines that we need in our daily lives as we move about on this Earth. These Medicines are provided for us to use and we look at them, or think of them not as something that we use only in times of sickness, but they are there as good medicine for us to insure that we might have a good Mind, a strong Mind, a healthy Mind, if we would use them rightly. And they have a principle one, just as all of the life-giving plants do; everything that sustains our life has a principle one. Then, also, along with the Medicines growing in the bush, and growing from the lowest bushes up into the Sky World we have the trees, the Woodlands, and we are ever thankful for the Woodlands that we have for they – again – are given to us as a gift that we might benefit from them, and live a good life. And they have a principle one, this being the Maple tree. And from this again we get the good Medicine for life:  we have the sweet water to drink when the air, in our part of the country turns warm again. This is our sign that once again the warm air has returned that we might have Life.

We have our Grandfathers, the Thundering Voices, who carry the Waters to the Land that our food will grow – what we depend on for Life, our sustenance will grow and be plentiful again.  And on moving about in the Sky World we have our Brother the Sun, who brings heat and light to the Earth so that we do not walk around and move about in darkness.  And so that the plant life will grow, and that life will flourish here on Earth.

We have also in the Sky World our Grandmother the Moon, who shines down on us, and who has a direct relationship to the female life of all the species living on this Earth. She has a direct relationship to the rise and fall of the Big Waters on this Earth. She is the determiner of when new life will come, new life will be born here on this Earth. And also in the Sky World are the beautiful Stars, that we look on in the nighttime. There was a time when our people were pure enough so that they knew the language of the Stars, and they could communicate with the Stars. Today, in these times, there are few people who still have this power, this knowledge, of the Language of the Stars. But we give thanks that the Moon, and the Sun and the Stars are there still, moving about in the Sky World, as they were given at the Beginning of our Time, the Beginning of the Creation. And even if we don’t any longer know the full language of the Stars, we can look at them and again they are good Medicine, when you look at their beauty shining in the nighttime sky.

Within our Prophecies we are told that all of these things, all of these gifts for which we give thanks to our Creator are the ones who will tell us when a changing of the Earth is coming about.

For they will be – having been abused – they will be withdrawn from us and we can no longer depend on them. Among them will be our Grandfathers, the Thunderers, who bring the rain and who dampen the Mother Earth, giving fresh water to drink to the Earth, refreshing the springs of water that we drink. And when the time comes, and they will have finished their duty here on Earth, the People will cry, the children will cry, for there will be nothing to look forward to that will tend to and care for the Earth and everything that grows from it: our life support system.

And when the time comes, and our Grandfathers the Thunderers will no longer carry on their responsibility because people have lost respect; people have lost the ability to be thankful for the gifts that are given so freely from our Creator, that the Earth will become dry, and plant life will not grow anymore when the power of our Thundering Voices, our Grandfathers is taken from us. Our Brother the Sun, who gives us heat and light, will also become something that will begin to take life, from the pollution – in our language of today – the Sun will become affected, and this Brother of ours who has been a great help in bringing and supporting our Life so that plant life will grow, and so that Life will go on in the way that we are accustomed to it, will be begin to decrease – in the instruction that he has been given. Things will not be right with our Brother the Sun, and human people here on this Earth will suffer from the heat of the Sun, rather than it being a benefit to us. Our children will cry, and people will cry because of this that can happen to the Sun. We do not know if Mankind can change whatever the change is that is coming about. Our Creator did not tell us this. We are only told in our instruction that we must be ever be thankful, and respectful, and use these gifts wisely. And our Brother the Sun is one of these gifts that are so taken for granted. And so the prophecy says that people will suffer from the Sun.

And the People, the leadership – the governments, I’ll say – of this whole Earth, will no longer be able to sit together and talk in Peace. They will not be able to come to decisions; they will not be able to come together to talk. And this will begin – we are told – in the land far across the big ocean, in the land of the white sand. And this will spread and soon it will hit where our homeland is, and our leaders will begin in time not to be able to council and not to come to decisions when they sit and talk. And the People, again, will suffer from this. We are told that there will come a time when the People will come to the Original Peoples of the Earth asking –and then begging – for their help in how to deal with all of these things that will begin happening– or will be happening – to the People of this Earth, and to the Earth itself.

And we are told that the Peoples of the Earth who do not have an original way of life to follow will be making for themselves new ways to believe in; will be creating for themselves new guidelines to live by, that are not originally from the Creator. And we don’t know the outcome of this, except that People will suffer, and that they will be searching endlessly for a true way to believe in, a true way to follow.

The rains, the rainclouds that bring us the rain that moisturize the Earth and allows for plant life to grow so that we might have Life will have finished their duty. They will have become something that we won’t see anymore. But before that happens, we will have rain, and rain, and rain. And the rain will cause people to suffer. And the rain will cause people to be crying. And so at that time we do not know – again – what the outcome will be, except that people will suffer from the rain.

And when the rainclouds will become out of balance, and then the Earth will have cracks in it from the dry, dry weather – seasons – and the People will cry from this. And many, many different kinds of upheaval will happen from the natural phenomena, the weather and people will suffer from it. For we are told that all of these things that are gifts to us for our benefit are being misused – abused – and people take them for granted, rather than being thankful for whatever comes to us in the form of weather.

Within our way of life, we are instructed never to complain about any kind of weather that we have. When we hear our Grandfathers thundering –coming with a force of wind – there is surely some Elder, somewhere in our territory giving thanks, and offering our sacred tobacco that our Grandfathers the Thunderers are still with us and doing their duty, and providing for our Life.

And then will come times when the fierce, hard-blowing winds, along with the Thunderers, the heavy rains will come from the direction of the setting sun. And will take much land with it, it will take things that are growing along with it, and lay things flat, and the Earth will slowly die – I guess you say in English. For things will not grow where this land has been taken.  And after about three more years of this happening steadily in sequence, one year after another, then we do not know what our Creator will have in store for us.

And we are told that there will come a time when our good Medicine from the Earth – which has its own special Thanksgiving ceremony all by itself – the Strawberry, the principal of all the fruit, the Fruit Life on this land, will become scarce and then one time will come and we will not be able to see the Strawberry. For the Strawberry is good medicine to people. You feel very good when you see the fresh blossoms of the Strawberry every year. Then when you see the fruit ripen, everyone gets very excited and it’s a real uplifting of your Spirit to see this come about. But there will come a time when we will look for the Strawberry and it will not be there. We have this Thanksgiving for the Strawberry that I mentioned, and we are told that when that time comes to our people then we may use the red leaves – if there are only leaves – and give our Thanksgiving still, that the Strawberry plant is there, although the berry has not appeared. Then this will be acceptable as a Thanksgiving to our Creator.

The chief of the Woodlands is the Maple, and we will see the Maple begin to decay and die from the top, from the pollution in the Earth, and from the disrespect that has been given to the gifts that Creator has given us so freely.

After some private discussion with the other Iroquois delegates, Grandfather Shenandoah speaks again in his language and Audrey Shenandoah again translates:

And there will come a time when you will see the male – the male portion of humankind –moving in places that we’re not accustomed to seeing, behaving in a manner that the male person should not be behaving.  For they will be in a bewildered state. Confusion has set into their mind, and not really knowing how to make a decision about what to do with whatever problems are at hand. They will be walking ahead of the leadership, they will be walking ahead of the leaders and showing great disrespect for the leadership of the Nations.

And there will be a time when babies –infants – will be born to this Earth and they will stay only for a little while. Their visit will become shorter and shorter, and there will be much more of this occurring. And pretty soon there will be no more infants, no more babies.

Leon continues his statement, and Audrey resumes translating:

There will come a time when we will see the clouds bearing the rain that will come from the East, rather than the West, from where we ordinarily see our storms coming from. And it will come with very fierce, strong force from the direction of the rising sun, and move westward, to the direction of the setting sun. And this, again, will cause much turmoil and fear. But to us it will be a sign that the changing of the Earth is near.  For this, these clouds will be gone into the western horizon, and we won’t see them any more bringing the rain. Da Nay Toh.

Audrey continues with a statement of her own:

I myself have a very quick message from the Women of the Indigenous Peoples, and – I would say – from the Women of this Earth. Our Mother Earth is crying from abuse and disrespect. And the Mothers of the Nations of this Earth are also crying. I’m speaking about the Mothers who have not lost the relationship to our Mother Earth. I’m speaking about the Mothers and the Women who still are connected to the things of Earth, to the Life-giving Mother Earth. I’m talking about the Mothers who in spite of all of the stress in today’s times that are hanging on, and really doing battle, that our Traditions might live on. That these true ways that were given to our People will live on. That our Grandchildren, our Great-Grandchildren, our children seven generations into the future will have clean water, will have water to drink. Will have clean food to take into their bodies, so that there will be life.

We are in very, very difficult times. And it becomes an individual kind of thing for people to change their lifestyle in order for what is going on this Earth to change. We cannot wait for large, huge amounts of monies from huge committees or organizations to make the changes for us. And in our Nation, the Women have a very noble, respectful place in our societies. And the Women are in the forefront of keeping our traditions. Of keeping our ways of life that were given to us in the beginning of our time. And this is the way we are told that it should be.

Our Leadership do not make decisions without input, without the advice, without consulting with the Women within our Nations. Because the Mothers, the Women, are Life-givers themselves. So as the Earth is crying, the Mothers of the Nations are bleeding in their hearts, and crying also for the future generations of our People.

Oren Lyons has a private discussion with Leon, then gives a statement which begins with words in his language which he explains in English:

The Original People of this ‘Turtle Island’ now called ‘America’, ‘North America’, ‘South America’, ‘Western Hemisphere’. With the Original People here, the Creator gave us instructions – all of us – each of us – many Nations, many people. We all have our own stories of Creation and they’re wonderful stories, they’re beautiful stories and they’re true. And we all agree with them and we believe them. And for the Haudenosaunee and for all the people at one time, gave us instructions of how to live and this is what you have heard. And after he gave these instructions then the leaders were supposed to carry out among their villages and wherever they were. And then for the Haudenosaunee in the time of great strife a thousand years ago or more, when we had forgotten our directions and we were fighting amongst ourselves, then at that time we received the Great Law, the Great Tree, the Great Tree of Peace. He gave us a symbol for Peace, he gave us a process for Peace that you call Democracy. Those we have long before the landfall of Columbus on these lands. People were free here. They lived free, they were a free people, a free nation, understood that, independent and sovereign. And so we are, yet.

And after we had a while and our White Brothers came across the sea not very long ago – some of our people say ‘five days ago’. Five hundred years is all that you have been here and yet look about and see what’s happened. And at that time, we were instructed once more on how to survive, on what we would have to do, to deal with. And we were told way back in 1799 by one of our chiefs – who had been given instructions in a vision – he told us at that time that there were four things that you would need to survive on. One thing, would be you must stay away from the strong drink, from the whiskey the White Man brought. That will destroy your Nation. He said the second thing that will destroy Nation is the Bible that he brings with him, the black book, that he himself cannot agree upon. That will destroy your Nation. He said the other thing that will destroy your Nation is the fiddle, or the culture of the People, what they bring. He said that will destroy your Nation. And the last thing he said was ‘and the playing cards will destroy your Nation.’ They will come. Any one of the four – together or singly – they will destroy your Nation. Those were the instructions we were given 1799.

And then we were told at that time that we would receive no more instructions. We have what we need to survive. They told us we have our Traditional Ways, our Ceremonies, our Thanksgiving, to carry them out. And that’s how our people will survive; no other way. That’s how Life will survive.

Leon Shenandoah speaks privately to Oren Lyons, who then continues to speak:

My Uncle tells me, and reminds me, that what they said was that by keeping our Traditional Ways, our Thanksgivings and carrying this out we are supporting Life. That when we stop, when the Indigenous Nations stop giving thanks, then things will stop growing also. And the values of food will go down, the value of money will be nothing, and all of the things that we’re talking about will come about, and so it’s up to the People. And when he was given this message, he was in despair, he said ‘well what’s the use?’ ‘Why should we try?’ And they told him, they said ‘this will happen, to be sure. You make sure it’s not your generation. That’s all that you can do. It’s up to you, each generation must strive and do for themselves.’

And so Chief Jake Swamp will talk about the second message, the great symbol that he just planted in Central Park here in New York. Da Nay Toh.

Jake Swamps then gives this message in English:

I am going to talk about the symbol of the Tree of Peace as it relates to what it was prophesied in the time when our Peoples in those times were destroying one another through the use of weapons and warfare. When the Peacemaker completed and he saw the leaders, he asked them to stand in a circle with joined hands, and with the Tree in the center. He told them that one day, this would happen: somewhere, from some direction, a people will come. And they will bring with them sharp objects, and then they will start to chop at the roots of Peace. The Tree will weaken for a time. And then the Tree will start to fall. It will fall on the joined hands of the leaders. And he instructed them to be strong when that time arrives. ‘Do not lose your grip’ he told them, ‘For if you do, the Peace will never return. For in those times when you are burdened by its heaviness and its weight, there will be a great many children born. And when they observe you in pain, of the burden that you have carried, they will move forward and ‘they will help you to raise the Tree of Peace again.’ And at this time, the prophecy is being fulfilled. Our Leaders are tired, because everything in there has come to our Nations’ territories. All the elements of this course. But we are fortunate that many people around the world are now born as those children that were meant to be. So that we can promote the Peace, and make Humankind understand that Peace must prevail in the World if we are to survive as a Human race.

The audience responds with applause, then Jake continues:

It is true that we have many prophecies, maybe two hundred that I can think of in my mind. Many of these prophecies have already fulfilled. Many of our children were born deformed as it was predicted by our Ancestors. And it came to pass. Many other things are in store for our People. But one thing we should not forget is that we must have hope. Prophecies are warnings to us so that we must work hard to preserve our future for the benefit of our Grandchildren in the future.

Jake makes a statement in his language, then continues in his language:

I give thanks today before we close that all of you people that came here, and you stayed here all day long and sat in your positions, and you heard the messages of our Brothers and Sisters from North and South directions, West and East. It is very important that all of the children of the World get together now to work towards a Global Peace that we all desire for our children.

Thank you very much.
 



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PATHWAY OF PEACE FULL MOON TEACHING AND DRUMMING CIRCLE






PATHWAY OF PEACE FULL MOON TEACHING AND DRUMMING CIRCLE
February 11, at 6:00 gathering, 6:30 ceremony -7:30pm  Dunedin Causeway Beach (left side of Kayak rentals)
JOIN US FOR DRUMMING, TEACHING,  AND MEDITATION. $5.00 sugg. donation.

Lesson: HONOR THE TRUTH  Learn the Plant, Animal and Mineral for this Moon Cycle.
Drumming the Heartbeat of Mother Earth, Meditation. Bring a drum, rattle or digeridoo. 


Rest And Cleansing Moon -  Lesson: Honor The Truth
January 20 to February 18 


Animal: Otter, Mineral: Silver, Color: Silver, Plant: Quaking Aspen, Clan: Butterfly, Element: Air 
People experiencing this moon are considered as valuable as silver, as light-hearted as the music of aspen leaves, and as playful as the otter. The otter position can help you truly to like people, yourself included, and to be more humanitarian in your views. This is a time when you can excel in communicating, in developing your intellect, and in romance. The Rest and Cleansing Moon can help you both to develop your psychic abilities and to uncover the clever, bold, humanitarian, and gentle aspects of your own being. Although otter people have the potential to be noble and loving, they need to guard against dreaming so much that none of their noble ideas ever become reality.

Moon Lesson: Honor The Truth: Rest and cleansing Moon is the second moon cycle of truth.  The Lesson for this Moon is Honor the Truth found in each Sacred Point of View; and to honor our own truth.  As we stand on each step of the medicine wheel, we experience the sacred point of view of that Moon’s gifts and lessons.  When we complete the 12, we integrate all the lessons into ourselves.  Honoring our own truth assists us in honoring the sacred point of view of all others.


                            
Moon Lesson: Honor The Truth: Rest and cleansing Moon is the second moon cycle of truth.  The Lesson for this Moon is Honor the Truth found in each Sacred Point of View. and to honor our own truth.  As we stand on each step of the medicine wheel, we experience the sacred point of view of that Moon’s gifts and lessons.  When we complete the 12, we integrate all the lessons into ourselves.  Honoring our own truth assists us in honoring the sacred point of view of all others.