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Introduction to the Reunion of the Condor, Quetzal, and Eagle via the Fourth Way

The Fourth Way reflects the view that the Human Family is at a crossroad facing diverging paths; on one side lays the path of assimilation, resignation, conflict, militarism, economic insecurity and war, on the other, a Sacred Path,  the Red Road leading to healing, mutual understanding, reconciliation forgiveness, cooperation and sustainable and harmonious prosperity. 

“We”, the likeminded Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth, offer the Fourth Way based on the conviction that Indigenous Peoples, in the fullest sense of our understanding,  have the vision, the guiding principles, the values, the growing capacity and the collective resources to co-create a peaceful and harmonious future for our children and grandchildren. 

We submit that our Indigenous Peoples, who care for Mother Earth and all living beings, hold an important key to peace, security and sustainable well-being for all members of the Human Family. In the Fourth Way, we discuss the issues and outline a strategy for the constructive engagement of all concerned.  Our collective future is at stake.  

The implementation of the Fourth Way requires each to look at the world around us in a new way.  We are accustomed to seeing the world through a prism uniquely anchored in our background, experience, and to the narrative or founding “myth” of our Indigenous land or group. We are especially bound together by spiritual values,  traditions, prophecies and guiding principles.

 We must learn to respect both religious belief and religious differences rooted in mutual love and respect! The Fourth Way honors all forms of Faith Traditions but also respects freedom of conscience.  

We must learn to widen our prism to see and understand more than we did before, to see ourselves as others see us and to see the issues we face from differing points of view.  In the end, we must come to understand the true meaning of Black Elk's vision, that despite our differences, we are in fact, all related.

BLACK ELK’S VISION

Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I saw in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.

Then as I stood there, two men were coming from the east, head first like arrows flying, and between them rose the Daybreak Star. They came and gave a herb to me and said: "With this on earth you shall undertake anything and do it." It was the Daybreak-Star herb, the herb of understanding, and they told me to drop it on the earth. I saw it falling far, and when it struck the earth it rooted and grew and flowered, four blossoms on one stem, a blue, a white, a scarlet, and a yellow; and the rays from these streamed upward to the heavens so that all creatures saw it and in no place was there darkness.

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Comment by Rebecca Willmond on February 18, 2015 at 8:42pm

This reminds me of a Biblical passage

"Acts17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 

Comment by helen heronheart dusek on February 15, 2015 at 6:01am

thank you, Chief/Uncle/Brother Phil!  may ALL the people become One Heart One Prayer for our One Home!  so much gratitude for All you have shared with us!  heronheart

Comment by Shalahnia Riversong on February 14, 2015 at 5:38pm

Thank you so much Uncle Phil, THIS WAS SUCH A GIFT Arriving via email this morning.

Comment by Bruce Schuman on February 13, 2015 at 10:31pm

I love this -- of course.  Here's an idea about how to do some of this: http://infinitehoop.net

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