MESSAGES FROM THE FOUR DIRECTIONS
“Indigenous people are the source of a worldview and cosmology that can provide powerful guidance and teachings for achieving our vision — a thriving, just and sustainable world.” Pachamama Alliance
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MAINTAIN THE EARTH AS IT WAS CREATED ON THE FIRST DAY?
“If humans are going to have a future as caretakers of the earth, we must remember our origins.” Robert Lawlor
Robert Lawlor is the author of the critically acclaimed “Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime”. He presents a remarkably comprehensive and fascinating account of the Aboriginal worldview and its usefulness in imagining future directions for our own faltering culture. The book explores the oldest living culture on Earth and its legacy to the world, revealing ancient concepts as the creation of humanity, time and space, the power of the earth’s magnetic forces, kinship, life cycles, male and female roles, sexuality, death, and mysticism. He is also the author of Sacred Geometry and The Geometry of the End of Time.
HUMAN DESTINY – REMEMBERING THE DREAMING OF THE EARTH
RECLAIMING SEED POWER : RECLAIMING ORIGINS
“The Australian Aborigines speak of jiva or guruwari, a ‘seed power’ deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds.
The earth holds an infinite profusion of seeds. Seeds contain forms and worlds yet to germinate; the roots, leaves, and flowers of the entire plant are invisibly enclosed in the seed. Paradoxically, the unborn potential of future life is fused, within a seed, to primordial patterns that were laid down in the very beginning. The seed’s capacity to engender new life seems to derive from the imprint of patterns carried through the ages.
The shape of the land — its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and waterholes — and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that place into creation. Everything in the natural world is a symbolic footprint of the metaphysical beings whose actions created our world. As with a seed, the potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin. The Aborigines called this potency the ‘Dreaming’ of’ a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. “ Voices of the First Day.
“We have been here since the time before time began. We have come directly out of the Dreamtime of our great Creative Ancestors. We have lived and kept the earth as it was on the First Day. ” Aboriginal Elder
THE RETURN : COMING FULL CIRCLE
ANCIENT WISDOM FROM THE WHITE TRIBES OF THE NORTH
Old Norse (White Indigenous Lore) reveals ancient reference to “RAGNAROK”, the name the pre-Christian Norse gave to the end of their mythical cycle, during which the cosmos is destroyed and is subsequently re-created.
“While some scholars have attempted to portray Ragnarok as being much like the Christian “End Times,” where the world is destroyed once and for all and historical time is abolished, other scholars have realized that the tale of Ragnarok conveys a very, very different message. The accounts of the destruction of the world in the Old Norse primary sources are immediately followed by accounts of its re-creation. Ragnarok describes a cyclical end of the world, after which follows a new creation, which will in turn be followed by another Ragnarok, and so on throughout eternity. In other words, creation and destruction are points at opposite ends of a circle, not points at opposite ends of a straight line.
This cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth for which Norse mythology provides an archetype occurs at every scale of existence: the cycle of the seasons, of day and night, of the phases of the moon, of the life of any organism, and of the flourishing of life between mass extinctions. RAGNAROK or “Twilight of the Gods,” in other words, expresses the meaning the pre-Christian Norse perceived within every physical twilight, every autumn, every waning moon, and every ageing being. This, finally, is the heart of the pre-Christian worldview of the Norse and other Germanic peoples: by imbuing existence with these sacred meanings, they sanctified all of existence, and, if they kept the proper mindset, lived their lives immersed in the sacred at every turn.” www.norse-mythology.org/
“we are all created creators, carrying forward the world’s ceaseless reinvention of itself.”
1990 : “DREAMING” ALERTS SHAMANS IN THE AMAZON
“Deep in the Amazon rainforest, spanning the borders of modern-day Ecuador and Peru, the Achuar people have lived and thrived for centuries. Traditionally warriors with a fierce devotion to their land, they kept their sophisticated culture and worldview remarkably intact as late as the mid-20th century.
In Achuar culture, dreams are a guiding principle of life, shared each morning before sunrise. Shamans play an important role in the spiritual life of Achuar communities, including the interpretation of dreams. By the early 1990s, Achuar shamans and elders were having dreams of an imminent threat to their land and traditional way of life. From contact with neighbouring tribes, the Achuar knew that oil companies were poisoning the rainforest and everything alive in it, steadily moving closer and closer to their home. They then reached out to people who could help them to change the “dreaming of the North”, where these destructive oil companies were coming from.
The Achuar are influenced by their understanding of an ancient prophecy about the Eagle and the Condor, shared by many Andean and Amazonian indigenous cultures. According to this prophecy, we are at a moment in history when the Eagle – representing intellect and the mind – and the Condor – representing wisdom and the heart – must come together to ensure the continued existence of humankind. ” Pachamama Alliance
HOPI ELDERS SPEAK
“The time grows short….. My people have tired of the old ways — the great ceremonies that tell of our origins, of our emergence into the Fourth World, are almost all abandoned, forgotten, yet even this has been foretold…..Even now the seeds are being planted. These shall smooth the way to the Emergence into the Fifth World. ” White Feather, a Hopi of the ancient Bear Clan SEE HOPI BEAR CLAN PROPHESY HERE
“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of The river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
THE ELDERS, HOPI NATION Oraibi, Arizona , 2002.