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Archive for December, 2007

For the Winter Solstice

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Dear Relatives,

This one comes to us from Grandmother Sara Smith, Mohawk Elder, Turtle Clan, from the Six Nations Reserve in Canada.
May Peace Prevail on Earth, and
May All Beings Be Happy!
All Good Medicine,
Paul

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Symptoms of Inner Peace

Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace.
The hearts of a great many have already been expose to inner peace and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions.
This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
A loss of interest in judging other people.
A loss of interest in judging self.
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom!)
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
Frequent attacks of smiling.
An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

WARNING:

If you have some or all of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition of inner peace may be so far advanced as to not be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.
– Saskia Davis

Paul Gallimore, Director
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
POB 369 Big Sandy Mush Creek
Leicester, NC 28748
E-mail: paul@LongBrancheec.org
Tel. 828/683-3662 Fax: 828/683-9211
Web Site: www.LongBrancheec.org
www.paul.sustainablewnc.org

“To restore the land one must live and work in a place.
To work in a place is to work with others.
People who work together in a place become a community,
and a community, in time, grows a culture.
To work on behalf of the wild is to restore culture.”
— Gary Snyder

Hopi Elder Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma’s New Website

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Dear Relatives,

Hopi Elder Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma, who turned 85 on December 7, has just put up a website on December 8 with significant information. I invite you to read it. It is at: www.thedreammasters.org/hopi/martingashweseoma.php
Please see an exerpt from his website below.

“I am the country, my eyes the sky,
my limbs the trees,
I am the rock,
the depth of water.
I am not here, in order to control nature or exploit her.
I am even nature.”
— Hopi

With much Gratitude and Respect,
Paul

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
E-mail: paul@LongBranchEEC.org
Web Site: www.LongBranchEEC.org
www.paul.sustainablewnc.org

“To restore the land one must live and work in a place.
To work in a place is to work with others.
People who work together in a place become a community,
and a community, in time, grows a culture.
To work on behalf of the wild is to restore culture.”
– Gary Snyder

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GRANDFATHER MARTIN
The Hopi Pages are under construction. More to come soon.
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Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma
Traditional Hopi Elder and Guardian of the
Sacred Stone Tablets of the Fire Clan

Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma is one of the last remaining traditional elders of the Hopi tribe, located on the third mesa in northern Arizona.
He remains steadfast in maintaining the traditional spiritual ways of his people, as assigned by Massau’u at the beginning of this current world.
We are now nearing the end of the great cycle, as foretold in the Hopi prophecy.
The purpose of this page is to respectfully establish a link for interested seekers to reach out and connect with Grandfather Martin.
Because Grandfather Martin deliberately lives in humble simplicity, without electricity or running water, he has no access to - or need or desire for - a computer.
Therefore, messages sent to this site will be printed out and mailed to Grandfather Martin directly.
We cannot and do not promise any response.
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Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma predicted 9/11 five years before it happened.
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Email Grandfather Martin
Messages sent to this site will be printed out and mailed to Grandfather Martin directly. We cannot and do not promise any response.

Happy Birthday
Grandfather!
December 7, 1922

A Note from Lisa Rhyne:
Today is December 8, 2007. Yesterday was Grandfather’s 85th birthday.
I spent 8 days out at the Cultural Center over the week of Thanksgiving. I spent my days visiting with Grandfather Martin. I picked him up and brought him to the Cultural Center for lunch every day and then we would take off on different journeys.
I spent many hours every day sitting with him at his house. We talked of many things, I was shown many documents, photos, artifacts and wonderful things.
Grandfather Martin has been visiting with me in the Dream Time for years. It was wonderful to be able to see him in this World. He came to me in a dream in late October and within 20 days I was out there.
I was given permission to photograph him at his house, at the Prophecy Rocks as well as photograph one of the Sacred Stone Tablets. I also printed out these pages and gave them to him for his approval.
He is very excited to get the information out there. He is not up for traveling much more because he said he is getting old. So now the people come to see him. If you would like information about visiting Hopiland, please email me for more information.
These webpages are under construction so come back and visit soon. And share them with your friends and family!
Love & Light to all of you ~ Lisa

In honor of the Buddha’s Enlightenment Day – December 8!

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Dear Relatives,

In honor of the Buddha’s Enlightenment Day – December 8!

The Dalai Lama has asked that the following practice be shared with as many people as possible.

A group recently spent days visiting with the Dalai Lama focusing upon what they believe are the five most important questions to be considered as we move into the new millennium.

The five questions were:

1. How do we address the widening gap between rich and poor?

2. How do we protect the earth?

3. How do we educate our children?

4. How do we help Tibet and other oppressed countries and peoples of the world?

5. How do we bring spirituality (deep caring for one another) through all disciplines of life?

The Dalai Lama said all five questions fall under the last one. If we have true compassion in our hearts, our children will be educated wisely, we will care for the earth, those who “have not” will be cared for. The group asked the Dalai Lama, “Do you think love on the planet is increasing or staying the same?”

His response: “My experience leads me to believe that love IS increasing.”
He shared a simple practice that will increase love and compassion in the world. He asked everyone in the group to share it with as many people as they can.

The Practice:

1. Spend 5 minutes at the beginning of each day remembering we all want the same things (to be happy and to be loved) and we are all connected to one another.

2. Spend 5 minutes — breathing in — cherishing yourself; and, breathing out cherishing others. If you think about people you have difficulty cherishing, extend your cherishing to them anyway.

3. During the day extend that attitude to everyone you meet. Practice cherishing the “simplest” person (clerks, attendants, etc.), as well as the “important” people in your life; cherish the people you love and the people you dislike.

4. Continue this practice no matter what happens or what anyone does to you.
These thoughts are very simple, inspiring and helpful. The practice of cherishing can be taken very deep if done wordlessly, allowing yourself to feel the love and appreciation that already exists in your heart.

For conservation and sustainability,


Paul Gallimore, Director
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
POB 369 Big Sandy Mush Creek
Leicester, NC 28748
E-mail: paul@LongBrancheec.org
Tel. 828/683-3662 Fax: 828/683-9211
Web Site: www.LongBrancheec.org
www.paul.sustainablewnc.org

“To restore the land one must live and work in a place.
To work in a place is to work with others.
People who work together in a place become a community,
and a community, in time, grows a culture.
To work on behalf of the wild is to restore culture.”
– Gary Snyder