There is an old Guarani Indian legend that relates the origins of the Guarani in the Forests of Paraguay. According to the legend, the ancestors of the Guarani at one time in the distant past crossed a great and spacious ocean from a far land to settle in the Americas. They found the land both wonderful yet full of dangers; through diligence and effort they subdued the land and inaugurated a new civilization.
The Guarani tribes worked the land and became excellent craftsmen. They… Continue
Added by Carol Petersen on December 11, 2009 at 10:42am —
I am in love with trees. They sit as quiet sentinels in our forests and attest to the glory of life. We connect with then on our walks in the forest. They are stout and silent. But in a pine forest they speak profusely. I have been halted in my tracks by the overwhelming perfume of their essence.
Not to diminish the glory of the Creators work in producing other trees; I have to admit a special connection with pines. The cone is food for squirrels and also makes for a… Continue
Added by John Francis on December 10, 2009 at 9:30pm —
My thoughts are with the Grandmothers. They, in their end time are connected with Creator. They manifest this as Love. In this regard they are a well-stream of information. Our last words tend to be Mom related. So many of us spring upright from our death bed and in our last breath say “Mommy.”
But mommy is the daughter of Grandmother. She learned her ways from her mom. Caught up in the knocks of an indifferent life stream, our moms did the best they could to… Continue
Added by John Francis on December 7, 2009 at 9:31pm —
I wanted to share this letter I wrote to my dear Mama and Papa. I believe sometimes a letter to a loved one provides a much more intimate and heartfelt description of the places and experiences one has! Hope you enjoy sharing my encounters in the Philippines! Much Respect and happy reading to you all!
Nov 30, 2009
We have been having a wonderful time here in the Philippines!!! The program was a huge success, so much that the… Continue
Added by DYC Francisco Grant Violich on December 2, 2009 at 4:00am —
Watch this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DhHXoIC0iU
See my blog at RED ROOM:
I Appreciate Life to learn lessons
My soul yearns to experience
I Appreciate Love that leads me in Divine Spirit
I Appreciate Joy of a new day
I Appreciate eyes to see beauty
Added by Diva JC on November 29, 2009 at 8:22am —
Center for Sacred Studies
By watching and sharing the current Maya nation's 2012 address, we are asking for your help to energetically
COUNTER-BALANCE the FEAR created by the 2012 Hollywood film.
Please consider this a sacred and urgent mission to help the Shift of the Ages film project disseminate the Maya's true message about 2012 to the world.
This is an exclusive release, and you are the first… Continue
Added by Firewoman on November 28, 2009 at 7:03pm —
Thursday Nov 26, 2009
As I write this I can hear the roosters communicating from across the village. I hear dogs cheering each other on as they welcome in the new morning and young children laughing as they walk to school. The air smells crisp with a slight sent of pine. These are all characteristics of Kin-iway, Besao. Francisco and I have been blessed with yet another great adventure here in the Cordillera Mountain Range of the Philippines.
We are currently… Continue
Added by DYCdeloriamgh on November 26, 2009 at 3:19am —
It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me
what planets… Continue
Added by Carol Petersen on November 25, 2009 at 4:21pm —
THE IROQUOIS THANKSGIVING ADDRESS
GREETINGS TO THE NATURAL WORLD
Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.
Now our minds… Continue
Added by Carol Petersen on November 25, 2009 at 4:03pm —
Doors to Diplomacy: Youth Envisioning the Preferable Future
By Yvonne Marie Andrés, Ph.D.
“Students investigate controversial issues with an unbiased view, present various perspectives for diplomatic solutions and then select the solutions that they believe to be the most viable.”
If you construct your vision of reality from the daily print and broadcast media information stream, you might be convinced that humanity is doomed. How can we possibly rise… Continue
Added by Yvonne Marie Andres on November 24, 2009 at 8:28pm —
I have yet to get up to Wakans and feel that I am long overdue. I live in North Seattle and have no car. I am wondering if anyone travels up from Lake City who'd be interested in me handing them some gas money in exchange for a ride up and back. If necessary, I can likely bus over to Northgate or even up to the Shoreline Transit Center and meet someone there.
If not, no worries -- I'll get there when I'm meant to.
Added by Byrdie on November 23, 2009 at 2:37pm —
I've known of my new masseuse long before he had that title with me: he's tall, goofy and sometimes vibrate while sitting still. The first massage I got from him was a casual affair: a table set up at a party, him working on me and a friend of mine.
It has come to my attention through several people that almost all of my muscles that commonly receive massage are a tad tight. Well, really tight. Really, really
tight. I suffered a back injury a few years ago (squashed a lower… Continue
Added by Byrdie on November 23, 2009 at 2:30pm —
It has been an incredible experience teaching these smart, young, talented, Indigenous Students of this small yet powerful town of Bontoc, Philippines. We started the social networking workshop on Saturday with a powerpoint explaining the power of social networking and open source media. There were 45 Indigenous Peoples or IP's as they refer to themselves here, with numerous NGO's represented as well, all with one common goal: Creating their own Social Network!
We used Ning as our… Continue
Added by DYC Francisco Grant Violich on November 23, 2009 at 3:30am —
We are One
A Mist Obscures our Vision
To Blind us to the One
The Mist is Thin
See for Yourself
The All is Here
Black and White
See It Now
I am You
You are Me
I See your Hands
They are Mine
Mine are Yours
Work them to See
We are Love
The Product of our Mothers
We are the Spirit of Us
Kiss the One
It Loves You
Added by John Francis on November 14, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Words that have power and then comes the silence.....
Silence that holds power
We have much to learn
and I have had to learn humility...
When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy,
that is the time which you must not do it.
There will come a time, in many instances,
when the person who hates you most,
the person who has misused you most,
the person who has… Continue
Added by Carol Petersen on November 4, 2009 at 9:17am —
What do you hear???
Added by Diva JC on October 28, 2009 at 6:33am —
As I have mentioned I work with youth. Many times we wonder as youth workers whether what we say and do for the kids we work with is enough and how much of an impact we are having. Do those seeds take root in the lives of those we touch when seemingly the youth isn't making progress? I received a wonderful update from a young man whom I had worked with for a number of years and although he seemed to drift for a time and has moved out of our province he wrote me to update me on where he is in… Continue
Added by Ruth Wyllie-Gillingham on October 26, 2009 at 11:42am —
Say It as a witness
Say It in your walk
Say It in your touch
Say It in your look
Say It in your dreams
Say It in your heart
Say It to yourself
Say It to your neighbor
Say It to your children
Say It to your ancestors
Say It to your Creator
Say It in the gracious spirit of love to all of us as Family
Added by John Francis on October 25, 2009 at 9:34pm —
Blessed are the persecutors they have lit a fire in my heart.
Blessed are they who tear your image and curse it for you.
They come sweeping in with scythes to glean impurities.
Blessed are the tormentors they have touched through to my soul
Beloved Peacemaker Mother until we have our Father Creator in our hearts
We are homeless wandering in the landscapes of the minds of the… Continue
Added by Carol Petersen on October 22, 2009 at 7:59pm —
I was invited by a Cree Chief to a Treaty 6 -8 meeting. Afterwards we drove to his reserve where I stayed making friends with his wife. I scrubbed their house walls and floor with plenty of time on my hands. He told me of a sweat lodge and gave me tobacco wrapped in red cloth then sent me on my way. A kindly man and woman were raising their grand daughter a precocious child with fetal alcohol syndrome. The named her White Buffalo Calf Woman a… Continue
Added by Carol Petersen on October 22, 2009 at 1:00pm —