Ancient Wisdom, Contemporary Teachers
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Since: Jan 13
#1 Jul 2, 2013
At the age of 40 I was still seeking a modality in which I could help the earth by waking up my people. In my one lifetime I had witnessed the population of the world grow from 2.5 billion to nearly 7. I had witnessed what this meant to the health of our planet and to the psychological and spiritual health of my people. I returned to college to study Marine Science, thinking this may be a path to helping the earth, that through science and knowledge I might find ways of healing our oceans, and carry the credentials that would give what I learned credibility.
During my time in school I also took many classes in anthropology and was always moved by the ability of tribal communities to live so sustainably with our Mother Earth. After 10 years of working in marine science, I was still seeking an answer. I founded Tierra Sagrada, The Sacred Earth Foundation; a non-profit dedicated to conserving indigenous cultures, and began my work of seeking authentic healers and shamans from around the globe.
I realized that all I had learned about our indigenous brothers and sisters was really the key to our awakening. They are the ones living in union with our beautiful planet, holding ancient ways of healing and connection. The consequences of losing their wisdom are incalculable. Their children, who have been exposed to the “things” of western culture, no longer desire to carry the traditions of their elders. They are seeking more western ways, the riches and the "stuff".
Our authentic indigenous medicine people and shamans are the carriers of the wisdom to save the world and to bring joy and peace to our hearts. Today, most of the teachers who reach the masses with shamanic practices are from western culture. We must support those who have lived the authentic and indigenous lives of the shaman. They carry a way of life, a magical ability to truly dance with the elementals.
Through my work with these elders, I have walked in the forest with Walking Thunder, Dine’ Medicine Woman and watched as she called the wind. I have stood in the rain with a Shaman of Greenland and remained dry. I have seen those who left only one session of healing with Maile Ngema Lama of Nepal carrying a new light in their eyes and joy from the healing they received. These are our true teachers to the depths of their souls. Why is it that more of us are not seeking them out?
It is so beautiful that those of us who have the privilege of living with abundance are seeking this wisdom to help to carry it forth, but we must find a way to support those who embody this wisdom in every cell of their being. I am grateful that those of us who grew up in western society are realizing the need for new ways of being and honor those who are sharing the wisdom they gain but why is so much of our support for this work going to our contemporaries, who often have taken only a few workshops, who have grown up with western values and so little going to the last of our true teachers? I do not seek to gain riches for our tribal brothers and sisters, just to guide seekers to learn from the trees instead of from the acorns.
Over the last 8 years, I have found that the wisdom keepers who come from the areas where there was no electricity, no computers and few schools are abundant in their joy of living. These are our true teachers, those who have lived the life of shamanic practice, healing ways and deep awareness of the spirits and the elementals that share this world with us. Though they have few material things, they carry a joy and a faith in their hearts that lift us to our own highest self. Seek that which is beyond the media, and you may find your own indigenous soul in all its incredible glory.
It is only in our deepest soul where we find the shaman within and those who arise from ancient and loving cultures are our true teachers.
Meet some of these teachers at The Festival of Higher Awareness, August 4 in Lyons. http://www.festivalofhigherawareness.com
#2 Jul 11, 2013
all this sounds interesting
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