Reproduced with permission from the book Return to Creation c.1991 by Manitonquat)
I lie with my back upon the earth. I rest deeply, supported securely on the bosom of the Mother as she turns me toward the Father. The blue depth of my Sky Father’s mind absorbs my own mind. A few frail puffs of cloud fleet across his face like quizzical expressions. The salt wind from the low tide flats sighs through the marsh grass and rustles the silver poplars in a glimmering dance. Continue reading
This guest blog comes from Sanna Hellberg http://www.sannahellberg.com/55-2/ Reproduced with gratitude!
I met Manitonquat, Medicine Story, or simply Story, as he likes to be called, at my first Circle Way Camp at Mundekulla in 2013. At eighty-seven, the Wampanoag elder is still writing books and travelling the world with his wife Ellika, to share the wisdom of his ancestors and teach the art of listening. Continue reading
As far as money goes, I am in a transition process from the Old Story of a capitalist economy, which we all live under, and a New Story for a New World that I would like to model – an economy of giving rather than getting, which for me means that I tell folks that I do not price my income but I still must pay my expenses – I indicate what the expenses are, then leave it up to the recipients of the gift of my services to give back what they are able and would help them feel okay about the transaction.
For more on this see my friend Charles Eisenstein’s book ‘Sacred Economics’ and ‘The More Beautiful World our Hearts know is Possible.’
His descriptions are clear and precisely what I have been trying to say for many years – we got together for a combined interview on video last fall at ZEGG and I can’t wait to see it!
The Circle Way is an old ‘new’ story as it is based on the ways of all people before mass agriculture and the building of urban civilization, when communities were small and connected to each other and to the land and other life on the land and there was no concept of individual ownership because all was in relationship (how can you own your mother the Earth and your cousins the plants and animals?). Civilization changed that old story and everyone alive today has been affected with that individualist thinking of ownership and competition resulting in disconnection, isolation, separation, domination, war, law, police, prisons, lies, scams and manipulation etc etc.
None of that is anyone’s fault and blame only increases the separation.
What is needed is connection, seeking together commonality in our human condition and how we can help one another to fulfill our common needs
and desires. So every way in which anyone can make connections with the hearts of others and bestow the gift of understanding and compassion is going to help move us all in the direction of that more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
So every moment we spend listening to and sharing with others advances us on the journey together and we are strengthened with the love and the joy that comes with those connections. Gratitude and celebration bring us also closer and further together.
THIS MESSAGE RECENTLY GIVEN TO THE UN BY OUR NATIVE ELDERS – WHAT IS NEEDED NOW TO SAVE ALL LIFE ON EARTH
Excerpts from the address of Chief Phil Lane, Jr, Chairperson of the Four Worlds International Institute to UN Secretary General, Javier Perez de Cuellar & the World Commission on Culture and Development
Very Respected Friends and Relatives,
I have complete faith that, together, we will be able to build a new world civilization. Drawing on the collective consciousness of countless previous generations, we have the divine capacity to resolve and heal all past grief, fear, hatred and broken trust, while building a just, sustainable and harmonious world that will fully realize the unlimited potential of the human family, both individually and collectively. Continue reading
So it was the people who stayed in place as others moved on, who had to learn to live within their means, or they died. That is what I believe is the basis of indigenous knowledge that has built up over millennia and that will never be duplicated by science because it is acquired from a profoundly different basis (I wrote about the differences in a book, Wisdom of the Elders).
…..I have chosen to work with First Nations because in most cases, they are fighting through the value lenses of their culture.
Read more in his article in the Vancouver Sun
PLACE: MUNDEKULLA, SWEDEN
DATE: 6-10 JULY 2015
BOOKING AND PRICES: Follow this link
Circle Way Camp revolves around the North American Indian traditions as taught by Medicine Story and his Swedish wife, Ellika. To meet in the great circle, smaller discussion groups (clans), men’s circle, women’s circle, sweat lodge ceremonies, story time, dance and song games and more. Children have their own clans and playtimes. All this is combined with the best of the Swedish summer culture and the Transition movement; Open Space discussion groups, entertainment with open stage, sauna, swimming in natural lake, forest walks and long delightful evenings around the camp fire. As a special luxury campers are treated to a delicious vegetarian lunch buffet every day. (And there are rooms with separate, renewable energy heated bathrooms and showers for comfort lovers.)
See MUNDEKULLA home page
Gratefully passed on from creator Dave Pollard and his blog HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD, this graphic illustrates the phases a community can go through to resilience. We will have the opportunity to review the framework to see where the tools of theory T can help.