Latest Videos - The Four Worlds International Institute 2018-05-28T02:58:43Z http://www.fwii.net/video/video/rss?xn_auth=no Wopida: A Global Ceremony of Gratitude tag:www.fwii.net,2017-12-25:2429082:Video:159959 2017-12-25T03:43:15.766Z Phil Lane Jr. http://www.fwii.net/profile/phillanejr <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/wopida-a-global-ceremony-of-gratitude"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/cJh1O3ZfBGr8eed0Q8DZp4m-yE4VhxAQ6YqwdGwe1C*CGgv3WFW*ZkwTAmucZDyEEYoHNXTaJ4-7woDpmhzI73uXRB7wkOBj/1693458453.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Wopida: A Global Ceremony of Gratitude and Thanksgiving!<br></br> <br></br> It is time for our Human Family to act as a unified force of nature, to live life as a prayer of gratitude and service for all Life on our Mother Earth and our future generations. It is time for a Global Wopida.<br></br> <br></br> The Dakota people have a special Thanksgiving Ceremony . It is called Wopida, or Wopila… <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/wopida-a-global-ceremony-of-gratitude"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/cJh1O3ZfBGr8eed0Q8DZp4m-yE4VhxAQ6YqwdGwe1C*CGgv3WFW*ZkwTAmucZDyEEYoHNXTaJ4-7woDpmhzI73uXRB7wkOBj/1693458453.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Wopida: A Global Ceremony of Gratitude and Thanksgiving!<br /> <br /> It is time for our Human Family to act as a unified force of nature, to live life as a prayer of gratitude and service for all Life on our Mother Earth and our future generations. It is time for a Global Wopida.<br /> <br /> The Dakota people have a special Thanksgiving Ceremony . It is called Wopida, or Wopila in the Lakota dialect.<br /> <br /> Wopida is a sacred sharing of gratitude, a connecting with all beings and our Great Spirit, through giving thanks. It is is an expression of wisdom, strength, and compassion.<br /> <br /> Our Indigenous relatives and other members of the Human Family have survived centuries of genocide yet we still carry this sacred teaching that helps us navigate turbulent times. This is the core teaching of Wopida:<br /> <br /> This spiritual understanding of Wopida requires each of us to live with honor, compassion, love, respect and harmony with all life. This spiritual understanding recognizes that the Hurt of One is the Hurt of All and the Honor of One is the Honor of All and that we are intimately related as an integral part of all Life. We are all relatives!"<br /> <br /> In April of this year a small group of the Oceti Sakowin “Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po”, started a peaceful and prayerful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Slowly people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds flocked to stand in support with these Native American relatives to protect their land and water. These Water Protectors have a message for the world to protect the sacred, Mni Wiconi, “Water is Life”.<br /> <br /> This is why Chief Phil Lane, Ihanktowan Dakota, has called for a Global Wopida Ceremony, in support of Standing Rock, to occur 10 December, which is United Nations Human Rights Day.<br /> <br /> The webcasts from both previous events had over 40,000 people listening and almost 300,000 have listened to the recording online. United Religions Initiative Director, Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr., Jon Ramer of the Charter for Compassion, Hawaiian Teacher, Pua Case, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and others will be offering words of wisdom and gratitude in the presentation on Saturday December 10, 2016.<br /> <br /> Wopida is the understanding that we are blessed regardless of life’s circumstances.<br /> <br /> "When we strive to make our lives, every thought, word and action, a living Wopida, we are given a great spiritual gift. For whenever our soul and the inmost chambers of our heart are filled with thanksgiving and gratitude it also naturally becomes filled with compassion, love, understanding, forgiveness, joy, happiness and oneness. When our lives are centered in this State of Consciousness, there is no room left for the experience of fear, hate, prejudice, revenge, jealousy, loneliness and disunity. There is no room for anything that separates ourselves and our oneness with our Beloved Creator, our Human Family and all Life, seen and unseen!<br /> <br /> This heartfelt understanding of the infinite unifying and healing power of Wopida, is to give thanks and gratitude at all times and in all places. This is the State of Consciousness that we always need to be, whatever unfolds at Standing Rock and beyond." – Ate, Dekshi, Lala, and Brother Phil Light up Gaza-Hanukkah Celebration Fundraiser tag:www.fwii.net,2017-12-23:2429082:Video:160236 2017-12-23T00:31:50.333Z Phil Lane Jr. http://www.fwii.net/profile/phillanejr <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/light-up-gaza-fundraiser-hanukkah-celebration"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/X4BQ*HrBWbXKlrY7lK3AbSz0GrC0-CwMjPcklaBe7cyrwHKI0BbadBu4VrjIDv8eZb6O1AemacdvJ6lCjaX9xCgnNL*hsF7T/1690368130.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Dec 16, 2017 Dr. Gabor Mate and Chief Phil Lane Jr. lit Hanukkah Candles together, in honor, support, and dedication, to the struggles of Indigenous Peoples, past and present, here and everywhere, who are resisting colonialism and foreign domination​.<br></br> <br></br> This Fifth Night of Hanukkah Celebration was hosted by the Independent Jewish Voices of Vancouver and was… <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/light-up-gaza-fundraiser-hanukkah-celebration"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/X4BQ*HrBWbXKlrY7lK3AbSz0GrC0-CwMjPcklaBe7cyrwHKI0BbadBu4VrjIDv8eZb6O1AemacdvJ6lCjaX9xCgnNL*hsF7T/1690368130.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Dec 16, 2017 Dr. Gabor Mate and Chief Phil Lane Jr. lit Hanukkah Candles together, in honor, support, and dedication, to the struggles of Indigenous Peoples, past and present, here and everywhere, who are resisting colonialism and foreign domination​.<br /> <br /> This Fifth Night of Hanukkah Celebration was hosted by the Independent Jewish Voices of Vancouver and was highlighted by the “ Light Up the Dark in Gaza” Fundraiser.<br /> <br /> Dr. Mate and Chief Lane shared insightful and healing messages, regarding the ongoing impacts of Colonialism and Intergenerational Trauma. They both emphasized that if we do not heal our hurt and trauma, individually and collectively, we may end up inflicting our unresolved pain and abuse on others!<br /> <br /> The “ Light Up the Dark in Gaza” Fundraising purpose is to buy small solar lights for members of our Human Family living in the dark in Gaza. Rabbi David Mivasair shared one of the current harsh realities being faced by the people of Gaza.<br /> <br /> “Israel bombed and destroyed their only electrical generating system in 2014, haven’t allowed repairs. People in Gaza have to get all their electricity by buying it from Israel. They have an average of 3-4 hours of electricity a day. There are two million people in Gaza who are living in the dark each night.”<br /> <br /> Rabbi Mivasair continued: “The way we celebrate Hanukkah, in Jewish communities around the world, is by lighting candles, it’s like bringing light into the dark. So our group, Independent Jewish Voices Vancouver feels to make this very meaningful and relevant in our time, is to help other Members of our Human Family, who are struggling against foreign domination, while being forced to live in the dark. That is what is happening to the Palestinian people.”<br /> <br /> At the Hanukkah Celebration, organized and facilitated by Sarah MacKenzie of the Haida Nation, five candles were lit and dedicated to five issues facing our Human Family.<br /> One candle was lit and dedicated by Gaza resident, Omar Mansour, whose family is among the hundreds of thousands coping with the darkness every night. A second candle was lit by Jack Gates, Haida Nation, and dedicated to the healing of all members of the Human Family suffering from intergenerational trauma, addictions and poverty in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and beyond.<br /> <br /> Ms. Hilla Kerner lit the third candle, dedicated to ending sexual violence against women. Ms. Kerner is a member of the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter and former Executive Director of the Association of Rape Crisis Centres in Israel.<br /> <br /> Long-time defenders of the Environment, especially the Salish Sea, as well as Human Rights, Yvon and Valerie Raoul lit the fourth candle, dedicated to actualizing Environmental and Social Justice in British Columbia and around the world.<br /> <br /> The fifth candle was lit by Dr. Mate and Chief Lane and dedicated to the resolution of the struggles of Indigenous Peoples, past and present, here and everywhere, who are resisting colonialism and foreign domination​.<br /> <br /> "We will be victorious not through Assimilation, Resignation, or Conflict, but through a Spiritual Path of healing up old wounds, rebuilding broken trusts, interfaith cooperation, reconciliation and ultimate forgiveness. Through the Grace and Love of our Ever-Abiding Creator, the Promised Day, not to be followed by night, is now rapidly unfolding! " said Chief Lane. 13 Grandmothers: First Gathering Part 1 tag:www.fwii.net,2017-12-10:2429082:Video:160186 2017-12-10T06:13:42.679Z Phil Lane Jr. http://www.fwii.net/profile/phillanejr <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/13-grandmothers-first-gathering-part-1"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/kgaqpV8NMS2CBGiNhFFE49dPwBAbDGwjkmebVQagImNnarRXFtjRACahw7Kr8V7dCOxBCzRCG6WgneqL7Ct-55HkobNiEfDa/1671809414.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Now that the film For the Next 7 Generations has been completed, now seems like a good time to return to the first gathering of the Grandmothers at Menla Mou... <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/13-grandmothers-first-gathering-part-1"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/kgaqpV8NMS2CBGiNhFFE49dPwBAbDGwjkmebVQagImNnarRXFtjRACahw7Kr8V7dCOxBCzRCG6WgneqL7Ct-55HkobNiEfDa/1671809414.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Now that the film For the Next 7 Generations has been completed, now seems like a good time to return to the first gathering of the Grandmothers at Menla Mou... US AND THEM is free until, Sunday, Midnight, PST tag:www.fwii.net,2017-11-23:2429082:Video:158663 2017-11-23T18:36:30.967Z Phil Lane Jr. http://www.fwii.net/profile/phillanejr <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/national-housing-day-us-and-them-is-free-for-48-hours"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/rHPflTqecoWYuHs47LgwPvBTqPg2cmA7XOFOgSip55oM0S55kB39qF1lRwurKgxTcHtM-ZQXAMdmtbyIdoHtPQvoUe-9evmJ/1645790072.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>While filmed around downtown Victoria BC, US and THEM, could take place in any Canadian or US town or City. Through her compassionate style of documentary filmmaking, Krista Loughton lends a familiarity to all that she interviews. Krista's subjects aren't "just homeless." They are not faceless apparitions wandering the streets. These people are the friends and… <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/national-housing-day-us-and-them-is-free-for-48-hours"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/rHPflTqecoWYuHs47LgwPvBTqPg2cmA7XOFOgSip55oM0S55kB39qF1lRwurKgxTcHtM-ZQXAMdmtbyIdoHtPQvoUe-9evmJ/1645790072.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />While filmed around downtown Victoria BC, US and THEM, could take place in any Canadian or US town or City. Through her compassionate style of documentary filmmaking, Krista Loughton lends a familiarity to all that she interviews. Krista's subjects aren't "just homeless." They are not faceless apparitions wandering the streets. These people are the friends and family that we all know in our communities, who need our support.<br /> <br /> 10 years in the making, US &amp; THEM shatters misconceptions about why people end up on the streets, and reveals why the "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" narrative is heavily flawed. As one such interviewee, Dawnella Gautherier, reveals, leaving the streets is not as simple as going to the neighbourhood shelter. In the late 2000s, Dawnlella found herself banned from multiple shelters because of violent night terrors that she was afflicted with, caused by the death of her son. Dr.Gabor and Chief Phil Lane Jr. share different dimensions of the healing process.<br /> <br /> The goal of US &amp; THEM is to educate as many people as possible on the realities of homelessness, and to encourage proactive solutions. Filmmaker Krista Loughton wants “people to watch the film and never look at a street person, or themselves, in the same way again.” To organize a screening in your town, go to usandthemthefilm.ca or email krista@usandthemthefilm.ca. Energy Shift & Energy Concepts tag:www.fwii.net,2017-08-12:2429082:Video:157080 2017-08-12T18:07:27.685Z Bridgette Dolgoff http://www.fwii.net/profile/BridgetteDolgoff <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/energy-shift-energy-concepts"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/bDEXs-J9ubCnZTfZKulfj2TwOx5Hk*khP6izKWsHCxvyPMuVqH0IJEDqZdPSkskKIybcklvGWplPCTz4E7HhnnXFzybNyp6Z/1380878372.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />A conversation about how energy might look. Letting go of the expectation of how our healing should be used or what we might gain for ourselves. Information ... <a href="http://www.fwii.net/video/energy-shift-energy-concepts"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/bDEXs-J9ubCnZTfZKulfj2TwOx5Hk*khP6izKWsHCxvyPMuVqH0IJEDqZdPSkskKIybcklvGWplPCTz4E7HhnnXFzybNyp6Z/1380878372.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />A conversation about how energy might look. Letting go of the expectation of how our healing should be used or what we might gain for ourselves. Information ...