Global Challenges and Opportunities
During the past year, the emerging global issues and opportunities for change and transformation have clearly been demonstrated to us. The increasing global environmental disintegration and natural disasters, unforeseen calamities to many who experienced them! The growing instability and inevitable collapse of the world economic system! The increase in the extremes of wealth and poverty! The unraveling of humanity’s social and cultural fabric! Deepening ethnic and inter-religious strife! The growing impotence and gridlock of outworn political systems and governance structures! The debilitating behaviors associated with competing ideologies that are increasingly unable to meet humanity's basic physical, social, economic, environmental and spiritual needs.
On a positive side, we can clearly see dynamically increasing ecological and social movements for protecting and restoring the sacred! Recognition that market fundamentalism can not address the climate crisis, an economic system which encourages massive consumption and has resulted in an economy that is hostile to the health of the planet. The rise of women's leadership in movements such as Idle No More that is protesting the abuses of Indigenous Peoples Rights! The Black Lives Matter movement in response to the violence towards African-Americans! The ongoing efforts of the Indigenous Peoples, and allies, everywhere on Mother Earth, to bring environmental justice issues to humanity's awareness. Most importantly there is a growing involvement of young people, who represent more than 50% of the world’s population, who are stepping into the global dialogue centered around the need for fundamental change.
For instance, in the United States, young people are resonating with a call for a political revolution to address an ineffective political system that has resulted in the extremes of wealth and poverty in which 62 individuals have as much wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion. As well, at the same, we have begun to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for all people and all purposes. For the first time, all the nations of the world will recognize, through the Paris Agreement, that climate change is a massive, critical collective problem that we all must work cooperatively to address.
“A critical mass of people in every sector, in every geography, at every age, with every conviction decided to rise to their higher purpose.” Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
As well, new scientific discoveries, technological breakthroughs, digital communications and innovations are dynamically increasing everywhere on Mother Earth. For instance, the Internet is bringing about a dramatic change to cultures and peoples everywhere. The direction and harmony of these changes depend on upon the values that are inspiring the change. If these values are life preserving and life-enhancing, we will move forward to a new, just global civilization. If these values are solely about short materialistic gain, then this continues us in a cycle of death and destruction. It is becoming clearer and clearer, with every passing day that walking a spiritual path is the way forward to a just, sustainable, and harmonious world.
Global Storm and Wave of Transformation
Without question, there is a growing, Global Storm, unprecedented in its violence, unpredictable in its course, catastrophic in its immediate effects, unimaginably glorious in its ultimate consequences, presently sweeping the face of our Beloved Mother Earth. It's driving power is gaining in range and momentum. Its cleansing force, however, much undetected and misunderstood, is increasing with every passing day.
As we can clearly see, Humanity, gripped in the clutches of its devastating power, is shocked by the evidence of its unrelenting fury. Humanity can neither perceive its origin, nor probe its significance, nor discern its outcome.
Bewildered, agonized and helpless, Humanity watches this great and mighty wind of the Creator invading the fairest and remotest regions of Mother Earth! Rocking its foundations! Deranging its equilibrium! Sundering its nations! Disrupting the homes of its peoples. Wasting its cities and pulling down its bulwarks! Uprooting its institutions, dimming its light, and harrowing up the souls of its inhabitants. There is no place on Mother Earth protected from this Global Storm.
Certainly, there is no lack of recognition by national and international leaders of the global character of these challenges, as we observed at COP21 in Paris, which is self-evident in the mounting issues that confront us daily. And there are accumulating studies and solutions proposed by many concerned and enlightened groups, as well as, by agencies of the United Nations, to remove any possibility of ignorance as to the challenging requirements to be met.
There is, however, from our perspective, a paralysis of will to make the enviable decisions and changes needed to move forward positively and constructively. This paralysis of will must be examined, in detail, and dealt with resolutely.
This gridlock is rooted in a deep-seated conviction of the inevitable adversarial nature of humankind. This gridlock led to the reluctance to entertain the possibility of subordinating national and personal self-interest to the needed requirements of unified global actions and solutions, of any form, and an unwillingness to face, courageously, the far-reaching implications of establishing a United Global Civilization.
This paralysis is also traceable to the incapacity of uninformed masses of human beings, who speak different languages, denied basic, universal education, and who are, thus, unable to articulate their desire for the world in which they can live in peace, harmony and prosperity with all members of the Human Family. Many do not believe that we are capable of addressing these challenges and adopting new solutions.
The primary question to be resolved is how the present world, with its entrenched patterns of conflict and resignation, can change the world in which harmony and cooperation will prevail. In essence, the shift to a new way of life that leads to the establishment of a new Global Civilization.
A New Global Civilization
This world change is what we would like to address, as we all step deeper into 2016. We will do this by drawing on the best spiritual and prophetic sources that we know of from Indigenous Prophecies, the Ancient of Days, Call to the Nations (a book that has been Phil’s constant companion for more years than he can remember) and the Universal House of Justice.
The manifestation of this new way of life leading to a New Global Civilization, based on the full spiritual recognition of the Oneness of the Human Famil, is promised by Spiritual Teachers and Faith Traditions everywhere on Mother Earth. This new life will become clearer and clearer over the coming days, months and years to each of us, in our way and at our own appointed time.
The only prerequisite, for our success in this journey, is our full commitment to the unfettered and independent investigation of the truth for ourselves. This prerequisite is the fundamental obligation of each human being to acquire knowledge and understanding through their "own eyes and not through the eyes of others!" We recognize that the “knowledge of knowledge compels” and that once people know for themselves, they will change the way they speak and act. This knowledge of knowledge obliges us to see that the world will be different only if we live differently.
The New Global Civilization, which Indigenous Peoples and other related prophecies speak of is not to be confused, even remotely, with the various new world orders fearfully alluded to by various contending sources! This New Global Civilization is not a new world order where the extremely wealthy or a secret elite enslave most of the humanity, for their own selfish and greedy purposes! This New Global Civilization is not a new world order where everyone is forced to look, act and think the same or a new world order dominated by any one nation state or a new world order created by an Anti-Christ before an Armageddon.
The advent of this New Global Civilization was foretold by our Indigenous Peoples the Ancient of Days and Family. These prophecies include the 2012 Mayan prophecies, The Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle, the Eighth Council Fire, the Return of the White Buffalo, the Prophecies of Black Elk, Deganiwida, Quetzalcoatl, Sweet Medicine, Handsome Lake, the Hopi`s, and many others. Prophecies firmly and unshakably rooted in the spiritual understanding and consciousness of the Oneness and the Human Family.
From this spiritual understanding and consciousness naturally unfolds the realization of the Equality of Men and Women! The Balancing of the Extremes of Wealth and Poverty! The Elimination of All Prejudices! The Unity of Science and Spirituality! Universal Education, the Independent Investigation of Truth! Unity in Diversity and a New Global Civilization where the voices, the wisdom, and vision of Indigenous Peoples are justly and respectfully represented.
The Oneness of Humankind
The teachings of all these prophecies that a New Global Civilization is evident. The New Global Civilization will be founded on an unshakable consciousness of the Oneness of Humankind, a spiritual truth which all the human sciences confirm. Anthropology, physiology, and psychology recognize only One Human Race, although infinitely varied in the secondary aspects of life.
The full recognition of this fundamental truth requires the abandonment of all prejudice -- prejudice of every kind -- race, class, sexual orientation, color, creed, national, sex, the degree of material civilization, everything which enables people to consider themselves superior to others. The abandonment of all prejudice a great spiritual challenge for all of us.
The acceptance of the oneness of humanity is the first fundamental prerequisite for the reorganization and administration of the world as one planet, the home of humankind. Universal acceptance of this spiritual principle is essential to any successful attempt to establish world peace. It should, therefore, be universally proclaimed, taught in schools, and constantly asserted in every nation as preparation for the organic change in the structure of society which it implies.
The recognition of the Oneness of Humankind calls for no less than the reconstruction and the demilitarization of the whole world, organically unified in all the essential aspects of its life. Its political machinery, its spiritual aspiration, its trade and finance, its script and language, and yet infinite in the diversity of the national characteristics of its federated units. This promised future will take some faith, vision, patience, and time.
The implementation of these promised far-reaching measures, given by the Ancient of Days and others, extend far beyond 2016 or even 2030. In essence, these prophecies said, “The time must come when the imperative for the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage will be universally realized. The representatives of the Human Family of Mother Earth must need to attend it, and, participate in its deliberations. They must consider such ways and means as will lay the foundations of the world’s Most Great Peace among all members of the Human Family.” Whether or not the all world leaders of Humanity are willing to attend or to consider these issues, these issues will eventually be considered by the Human Family!
These prophecies, given when our Indigenous ancestors still rode free on the high plains of North America, clearly outline the establishment of a world commonwealth in which all nations, races, creeds and classes are closely and permanently united. This world federation, it very relevant to note, ensures that the autonomy of each of its state members. As well, the personal freedom and initiative of the individuals that compose them are definitely and completely safeguarded.
This Global Commonwealth, as visualized, will consist of a world legislature. The members will, as the trustees of the whole of humankind, ultimately control the entire resources of all the component nations, and will enact such laws as shall be required to regulate the life, satisfy the needs and adjust the relationships of all members of the Human Family in a sustainable and harmonious manner.
A World Executive, backed by an international Force, will carry out the decisions arrived at, and apply the laws enacted by this world legislature, and will safeguard the organic unity of the whole commonwealth.
A world tribunal will adjudicate and deliver its compulsory and final verdict in all and any disputes that may arise between the various elements constituting this universal system.
These prophecies state that a mechanism of world inter-communication would be devised, embracing all of Mother Earth, freed from national hindrances and restrictions, and functioning with marvelous swiftness and perfect regularity.
That a world metropolis will act as the nerve center of this new global civilization, the focus towards which the unifying forces of life will converge and from which its energizing influences will radiate.
A world language will either be invented or chosen from among all of the Human families existing languages. This world language taught in the schools of all the federated nations as an auxiliary to their native tongue.
A world script, a world literature, a uniform and universal system of currency, of weights and measures, will simplify and facilitate unity and understanding among the nations and peoples of the Human Family.
In such a world society, science and spirituality, the two most potent forces in human life, will be reconciled, will co-operate, and will harmoniously develop.
The press will, under such a system, while giving full scope to the expression of the diversified views and convictions of humanity. The news will cease to be manipulated by vested interests, whether private or public. The press liberated from the influence of contending governments and peoples.
The economic resources of the world organized for the welfare of all members of the Human Family will ensure its sources of raw materials will be sustainably tapped and fully utilized without waste. Its markets will be coordinated and developed, and the distribution of its products and services will be equitably regulated.
National rivalries, hatreds, and intrigues will cease. Racial animosity and prejudice replaced by racial amity, understanding, and cooperation.
The causes of religious strife permanently removed, economic barriers and restrictions abolished, and the inordinate distinction between classes obliterated.
Destitution on the one hand and gross accumulation of ownership on the other will disappear.
The enormous energy dissipated and wasted on war, economic or political, will be dedicated to extending the range of human inventions and technological developments, the increase in the productivity of humankind and exterminating disease. Scientific research will be devoted to the raising of the standard of physical health, the sharpening, and refinement of the human brain and the prolongation of human life. As well, to the sustainable development of the unused and unsuspected resources of Mother Earth and to the furtherance of any other agency that can stimulate the intellectual, the moral, the cultural, the artistic and spiritual life of the entire human race.
A federated system, encompassing the whole earth and exercising unchallenged authority over its unimaginably vast resources. A Global Civilization that blends and embodies the ideals of both the East and the West, liberated from the curse of war and its miseries, and focused on the sustainable and harmonious development of all the available sources of energy on the surface of Mother Earth (On the Surface!). A global system in which Force is the servant of Justice. Whose life is sustained by its universal recognition of one Creator and by its allegiance to one common, never ending Revelation — such is the goal towards which humanity, impelled by the unifying forces of life, from our perspective, is undeniably and swiftly moving.
All of these future developments facilitated by a new distributed model of sharing power and resources described below.
A difficult challenge, But what is the alternative?
Emergent Innovation and Radical Hope
As distinct from centralized or decentralized models of organizing we see signs of a new distributed model of sharing power and resources. The internet is an example and not just a new technological innovation, and it is a new type of technological innovation; one that brings out the very essence of technology. What the internet will allow us to do is unlimited. For many, life online has become central and the Internet has become an “irresistible alternative culture.” However even though we are more connected than ever, many people experience being socially isolated and disconnected from each other.
What are the benefits and the dangers of living our lives online? Can we get along without our bodies? In a disembodied relationship, how do we establish, maintain and restore trust, relevance, meaning and involvement in shared local concerns with life-preserving and life-enhancing values? We are spiritual as well as physical beings. This capacity to be everywhere all at once is a direct reflection of our spiritual dimension as a Human Family.
This new medium of communication is moving us towards new ways of relating to each other and being able to go together toward unprecedented, unified action. We can all think of ourselves as spiritual explorers who have landed in a new hyperconnected world.
This movement of movements is a network of networks and “emergent innovation” is a critical practice for understanding and mobilizing new ways of organizing, communicating and cultivating the solidarity needed at this time. We are living in an era of accelerating historical change and uncertainty. We can choose to open ourselves to new ways of being to navigate this critical moment in human history, one that can take on the uncertainty of the present moment and make decisions that affect not only ourselves but have equal concern for future unborn generations. We must learn to live and act in new and creative ways. Literally, in this unique time of fundamental global change, we must move forward in unprecedented, unified action.
The way the world works was not invented yesterday. We are in a process of constant change in our usual way of doing things as we adapt to changing circumstances, threats and opportunities. Immersed in individual, group, and community practices, we are not always consciously in our awareness. As we awaken and remember, we can design new ways of relating to ourselves, each other, and the natural world.
“Each movement bloc has its strengths and its limitations, which leads to the following proposition: collaboration that interweaves and amplifies the best that each has to offer is our best chance of creating the more beautiful, healthy, and just world we know is possible. We honestly can go further together, and we must — through a movement of movements created at a higher octave, a movement of movements (MoM) birthed from a whole new level of unity-in-diversity, so as to be capable of recreating humanity.” Jordan Luftig
To harness the tremendous potential of networks, leaders let go of conventional wisdom and shift their focus from organization-level goals to network-level impact. At this level, we can harness the power of the relationships we cultivate and develop. We need to create an extraordinary level of deep trust among network partners; emphasizing “return on relationships,” convinced that sustained, authentic relationships are the foundation on which all successful collaborative efforts thrive. For instance, in the Dakota worldview, the most important quality for building community is "being a good relative."
We need to expand and evolve our networks—far beyond the walls of our organizations—to make sure that our power fades and the capacity of others grow. This evolution is the shift from “Egocentric” to an “Eco-Centric” way of organizing better together.
This development all being accompanied and inspired by our growing spiritual awareness of the Oneness of the Human Family and all Life. This transformation of consciousness will continue to unfold in our collective journey in co-creating an ever advancing Global Civilization.
“Then a Voice said: "Behold this day, for it is yours to make. Now you shall stand upon the center of the earth to see, for there they are taking you." I was still on my bay horse, and once more I felt the riders of the west, the north, the east, the south, behind me, as before, and we were going east. I looked ahead and saw the mountains there with rocks and forests on them, and from the mountains flashed all colors upward to the heavens.
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 Mother Earth it rooted and grew and flowered, four blossoms on one stem, a black, a white, a scarlet, and a yellow. The rays from these streamed upward to the heavens so that all creatures saw it and in no place was there darkness.”
Hehaka Sapa, Black Elk
We must remember, though the path that the Creator has traced for us seems, at times, lost in the threatening shadows that are now enveloping a stricken humanity, the eternal light that the Everywhere Spirit is continuously shining upon us is of such brightness, that no earthly darkness can ever eclipse its splendor.
Though we are small in numbers, and circumscribed as yet in our experiences, powers, and resources, the Divine Force, which energizes our mission is limitless in its range and incalculable in its potency.
The enemies, every acceleration in the progress of our unified work will raise up, are fierce, numerous, and unrelenting. If we persevere, invisible Spiritual Hosts, will as promised, rush forth to our aid and enable us to vanquish any hopes of our destruction and annihilate the forces of disunity. A “faith above today’s reason” and a call for “radical hope”.
The ultimate blessings that will crown the consummation of our final victory are undoubted! The Divine promises given to us are firm and irrevocable, yet the measure of the goodly reward, which every one of us is to reap, will depend on the extent to which our daily exertions will have contributed to the expansion of the vision and mandate at hand and the hastening of its triumph.
Though this task will be long and arduous, the prize which the All-Bountiful Bestower has chosen to confer upon us is of such preciousness that neither tongue nor pen can fittingly appraise it.
The fulfillment of this ultimate vision and the fulfillment of the prophecies of our Indigenous Peoples, the Ancient of Days and Family, is assured! No matter what may happen in this temporal, plane of existence, we will be and are always together, both in this world and the spiritual worlds, yet to come.
Again our heartfelt thanksgiving to those countless Spiritual Visionaries and Elders of All Nations, that since the beginning of time, that has no beginning, have walked the Spiritual Path before us, and to the Call of the Nations by the Guardian, that have empowered our words and our Indigenous Prophecies!
As always, it is our prayer that you and your beloved ones are in the very best of health and happiness and that 2016 will be our best and most healthy and joyful year ever!
With Warm, Respectful and Loving Greetings,
Brothers Phil Lane Jr. and Jon Ramer
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, Chairperson-Compassion Games International, and the Four Worlds International Institute
Jon Ramer, Founder of Compassion Games International and the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities. Jon is a network entrepreneur, civic leader, inventor, and musician.