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“A CIRCLE OF ALL NATIONS: A CULTURE OF PEACE”

Monday, July 30th, 2007

The Vision of Elder William Commanda to Create

“A CIRCLE OF ALL NATIONS: A CULTURE OF PEACE”

This difficult age we live in was foreseen by spiritual visionaries across the world. My ancestors warned us about the years of struggle that would lead us to a crossroad and to the choices we would be called upon to make at the turn of the century. This vision was inscribed in the sacred Seven Fires Prophecy Wampum Shell Belt in the late 1400s.

The Seven Fires Prophecy holds a vision for a future where we:

HONOUR OUR RELATIONSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY TO MOTHER EARTH AND ALL CREATION,

CELEBRATE OUR INDIVIDUAL GIFTS AND DIVERSITY, AND STILL

RECOGNIZE AND RESPECT OUR PLACE WITHIN A CIRCLE OF ALL NATIONS
The steps to this future are few:

FIRST WE LOOK WITHIN, SO WE KNOW OURSELVES BEST. WE RECOGNIZE, ACKNOWLEDGE AND FORGIVE OURSELVES OUR SHORTCOMINGS AND ANY FAILIURE TO ACHIEVE OUR BEST POTENTIAL

WE FORGIVE OTHERS FOR ANY HARDSHIP AND PAIN THEY MAY HAVE CAUSED US AND OUR COMMUNITIES; WE TRUST THAT THIS ENERGY WILL TRANSFORM THEM SPIRITUALLY

WE RECOGNIZE THAT OUR THOUGHTS, WORDS AND ACTIONS AFFECT OURSELVES, MOTHER EARTH AND ALL CREATION, AND WE EMBRACE PEACE MINDFULLY

WE LISTEN TO OUR MINDS BUT WE TRUST OUR HEARTS ABOVE ALL
This path will lead us to love, sharing, respect, responsibility, compassion, healing, justice and reconciliation.

It is of crucial importance that the people of the world:

RESPOND IMMEDIATELY TO THE PLIGHT OF THE MANY OPPRESSED BY EXPLOITATION, SOCIAL INJUSTICE, RACISM AND WAR;

ANIMATE THE HUMAN CAPACITY FOR FORGIVENESS, COMPASSION, LOVE AND RECONCILIATION; AND

CREATE A GLOBAL SYNERGY TO ENSURE THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE LIVES OF ALL
We shall then light the Eighth Fire together and we will become:

“A CIRCLE OF ALL NATIONS: A CULTURE OF PEACE”

circleofallnations.com/


Paul Gallimore, Director
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
POB 369 Big Sandy Mush Creek
Leicester, NC 28748
Tel. 828.683.3662
Fax: 828.683.9211
Email: paul@longbrancheec.org
Web Site: www.LongBrancheec.org
www.paul.sustainablewnc.org

“The same sun illumines us

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Dear Relatives,

This is a most extraordinary and powerful document.
Be prepared for great inspiration and upliftment!
If anyone has seen the BBC documentary or read Alan Ereira’s book, “Message from the Heart of the World: The Elder
Brother’s Warning “, please read on!
Read on even if you haven’t heard of this one!
The Kogi are a most spiritually attuned group of indigenous people
who’ve successfully resisted being dominated by colonialists.
You may hear echoes of HH the Dalai Lama or the Native American elders
Ted Williams or Grandma Bertha Grove or Sara Smith or William Commanda or Black
Elk in their words!
Perhaps the Kogi along with other indigenous peoples could recreate the overall United Nations?
Wow! Talk about ecological consciousness and spiritual consciousness in the same breath!
May it be so!
“And let it begin with me, and let it begin with me.”
— Ted Williams, Tuscarora Elder
In gratitude for All Our Relations!

Paul Gallimore, Director
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
POB 369 Big Sandy Mush Creek
Leicester, NC 28748
Tel. 828.683.3662
Fax: 828.683.9211
Email: paul@longbrancheec.org
Web Site: www.LongBrancheec.org
www.paul.sustainablewnc.org

Message Delivered by the Mamas Koguis To the Shamanic and
Ecological Association of Colombia

INDIAN PEOPLES AND THEIR PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL AND
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The same sun illumines us
Your need is my need
Both of us feel thirst
Both of us need shelter
Both of us feel hunger
Let us be done with our individualisms
and think of the collective need

I. TERRITORY AND ENVIRONMENT

Territory is a space designated by the spiritual parents before
the material existence of the universe. It is the place wherein the
spiritual laws and principles that keep balance are consecrated. The
fulfillment of these laws and responsibilities ensures the
preservation of the natural order.

The sacred character of territory justifies the right of
indigenous peoples to complete autonomy in managing our territory.
Reserves, protected areas, and natural parks have been conserved by
our communities, and nothing should be superimposed upon them.

The right of indigenous people to freedom of determination
regarding our ancestral territory — our archeological legacy, our
sacred sites, and the spaces that hold our cultural tradition, on the
surface and under the ground and even in the air — is essential to
maintaining the cosmic vision of our territory. Any decision about
programs and projects in these territories must be determined by
indigenous peoples themselves.

We urge governments and other entities to recognize our rights
regarding natural resources, biodiversity, and the traditional
knowledge associated with these things. This will prevent the
realization of actions in indigenous territories that do not have the
approval of the communities.

II. ECOLOGY

We make an urgent call to governments and to all sectors of the
planet that they take firm actions regarding these emergency matters,
that they do not continue with the models of excessive production,
and that they return to the natural law of using only those resources
that are necessary for the maintenance of the human species.

Humanity needs to re-establish its original relations with the
laws of Mother Nature. For this reason, taking Agenda 21 signed at
the Rio de Janeiro convention to be presently the most representative
document of a global character for the preservation of the
environment, we call for the swift direct application of effective
action. We reaffirm, as recognized in Agenda 21 that a cause of the
present problems of the planet is the focus on technological
development. The indigenous concept of development is based on
Original Law, which tells us we should receive the fruits of Mother
Earth with an attitude of gratefulness rather than of exploitation.
A change of attitude about misunderstood development is urgent. We
urge a halt, a pause on the road, in order to reflect and make
decisions with more wisdom.

We send a call to governments and scientists all over the planet
for an awakening of consciousness and humanity, since we are now in a
critical moment, a time of decay in which humanity can make the
decision for life or for extinction. We make a special invitation
to the scientific community and to multinationals to work in concert
to reformulate the model of development.

Nevertheless, in our experience we have witnessed a preoccupation
with taking economic advantage of our traditional knowledge. We ask
that respect for our peoples be demonstrated by not using our culture
and tradition for commercial purposes. Our stay on this planet must
not be used for commercial or special interests. For this reason, it
is important to guarantee the protection, and to denounce and control
the violations associated with patents and brand names, of our
knowledge, sacred objects, symbols, names, and biogenetic resources.

OUR ORIGINAL LAW TELLS US IN PRINCIPLE THAT EACH ELEMENT
OF THE NATURAL WORLD HAS ITS RESPONSIBLE MOTHER OR FATHER,
AND THEREFORE NO ONE CAN BE ITS MASTER.

In order to continue our work to conserve the environment and to
repair affected ecosystems, it is necessary to strengthen our peoples
and to facilitate the organization and recuperation of our ancestral
territories, especially sacred sites and the so-called archaological
sites. For example, in Guatemala, there exist approximately 68,480
places that are today occupied by construction, and in Colombia, an
important sacred site, Teyuna — miscalled the “Lost City” — is
today dedicated to tourist exploitation.

If we may be permitted, we ask that the white man fulfill his own
Original Law: the tablets of Moses. End the spirit of domination
over other nations and reduce the exploitation of the natural
world. What our ancestors left us is for the purpose of generating
life, while the inventions of man are made only for facilitating our
activities, or even for domination, subjugation, and finishing off.
This is why we ask you to reflect on the results of the invention of
the great machines. We see that they have destroyed the Earth, the
air, the water, and even human life itself. It has become impossible
to reestablish the natural course of natural phenomena, and human
beings find ourselves condemned to live in a world of suffering and
desperation.

III. EDUCATION

Education must be a tool to teach human beings the principles and
responsibilities to function in and maintain the natural order. It
is critical for survival that the present system, focused on the
material, must change, because it generates ethical values that are
contrary to Original Law. The natural vision sees that the true
function and responsibility of humanity is to maintain the balance of
the world.

We ask that the educational system reform ancestral knowledge in
accordance with Original Law. Thus the white man can significantly
reduce the technological advances that degrade Mother Earth, and he
can begin to transmit and strengthen the fundamental spiritual
principle of respect and care of Nature, and construct harmonious
forms of development and living together.

IV. SELF-DETERMINATION

We invite international organizations and all the governments of
the world to value our traditional knowledge and our system of living
together; to conserve our territorial rights; and to make use of
our forms of administration in the use and conservation of natural
resources and biodiversity.

In order to strengthen the participation of Indian peoples in the
world agenda, so that we may take part in the great decisions of the
planet, [we propose the creation of] a representative organism of
international character, with its representatives designated by
traditional indigenous authorities and its function based on Original
Law. This organism would be a means of interchange with bilateral and
multilateral organizations, and through it we could participate in
Agenda 21. It could strengthen our local communities and the unity
of indigenous people.

In order to fulfill our self-determination, we ask the United
Nations, in the context of the International Decade of the Indigenous
Peoples of the World, to publicize to the world the sacred message of
the Original Law sent by our traditional authorities.

V. PEACE

They pulled off our leaves,
They took off our branches,
They cut our trunk,
But they couldn’t touch our roots,
And from there our strength returns.

We the Indian peoples, out of our thousands of years of
existence, offer to the discussion of peace in Colombia our
conviction that Peace cannot exist without the Original Law. The
ability of different sectors of Colombian society to live in peace
depends directly upon the concept of living in community under norms
of sustainable life.

It is urgent to work for peace, not just a peace written on
treaties, but a real peace born of a new state of consciousness about
life — a peace not only among human beings but also in our relation
with the natural world. Otherwise there may be peace among human
beings, but there will be no survivors.

For us, peace means not simply the absence of war. Peace is a
form of acting, of knowing, of creating, of listening, of thinking,
of speaking, and of living in harmony with nature and its laws.
Peace comes from within us, and it can be experienced only by the
capacity of the heart to remain open, serene, and free of fear. Each
person projects upon the world the peace or the discord that he or
she has within. We cannot create peace in the world if we are in
conflict spiritually, with hatreds, doubts, angers, or fears.

May all arise, may not even one or two groups remain behind. For
we are all brothers, like fingers on a hand. May the dawn come, may
the aurora arrive, may all people have Peace and be happy. Now is
the time that this work be finished.

May they play the great melodies,
May they play the small melodies,
May my dancers be set loose,
May my prisoners be set free.
They are my valleys, they are my mountains.

We, the Indians who have reunited in UMUMUKUNU (Sierra Nevada de
Santa Marta), declare ourselves to be the guardians of peace in all
of our territories; and though we have diverse tongues, cosmovisions,
and cultural and spiritual practices, we have one single Original Law.

Asociación Chamánica y Ecológica de Colombia.
Personería Jurídica 1388
Spreading and supporting the knowledge of the Peoples and cultures
of Pachamama [Mother Earth]

Happy Interdependence Day!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Happy Interdependence Day!

For All

Ah to be alive
on a mid-September morn
fording a stream
barefoot, pants rolled up,
holding boots, pack on,
sunshine, ice in the shallows,
northern rockies.

Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
cold nose dripping
singing inside
creek music, heart music,
smell of sun on gravel.

I pledge allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the soil
of Turtle Island,
and to the beings who thereon dwell
one ecosystem
in diversity
under the sun
With joyful interpenetration for all.

– Gary Snyder


Paul Gallimore, Director
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
POB 369 Big Sandy Mush Creek
Leicester, NC 28748
Tel. 828.683.3662
Fax: 828.683.9211
Email: paul@longbrancheec.org
Web Site: www.LongBrancheec.org
www.paul.sustainablewnc.org