Tonight was the first time I ventured out into the night alone here in Saratoga Springs, New York. I wanted to attend a program at Tang Museum and Art Gallery, at Skidmore College. The bus comes by my building and so I rode to next stop, Skidmore College. I attended the Film Screening and Discussion, “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians.” I saw first hand the sacrifices Curtis made in order to capture the Native People of the west. He didn’t bother to photograph east coast Native People because they were now influenced by settlers. Out west, it was still pristine and primative. Curtis felt that Native People would disappear because of white settlers and he desperately wanted to capture a noble people.
Ian Berry, Tang Museum Director, and Jill Sweet, retired professor of Anthropology, led a discussion about their experience in co-curating the 2002 Tang exhibition, “Staging the Indian: The Politics of Representation,” which featured work from Skidmore’s extensive holdings of Curtis’ work. I had no idea that Skidmore College had this vast collection, which is currently not available for view. It is held at the library and only a handful of professionals have seen it.
There are going to be further programs as part of Saratoga Reads!. One of the books read was The Round House, about the Ojibwe people and the topic was rape. It is a very sensitive subject because a number of tribal women are victims of violence and rape on tribal land, and yet it is not talked about in the open. There are many secrets. A young man tries to find out what happened to his mother and why doesn’t the tribe come out in the open and do something about it. He tries to find the answers himself within his culture. It is a brave thing for Louise Erdrichto bring this subject out into the open. She did so brilliently.
To: Members in 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all over the world
Join Us! October Travels with The Grandmothers Council grandmotherscouncil.org
October 1st -3rd
The Indigenous Grandmothers’ Call to the Women of the World
We will be celebrating the Grandmothers and many other indigenous women from around the world, with a women’s conference, sponsored by the Global Mother Divine Organization (GMDO), the women’s wing of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement.
Global Mother Divine Organization honors the revered indigenous mothers as those who hold the seat of Mother Divine on Earth in the humility and dignity of their nourishing power. www.gmdousa.org
October 8th -11th
Four Days of Drumming and Prayers: Turtle Women Rising in Partnership with the 18th Annual Prayer Vigil for the Earth
Washington Monument, Washington, DC
UPDATE: 24 September – * Update * Correction* Members of the Grandmothers Council will be present to offer prayers on October 9th.
(not the 10th)
We Cannot Demand Peace. We Can Only Become It. We invite you to join us in Washington D.C. as we build community for 4 days of drumming, singing, praying and honoring our Veterans- past, present and future.
The heartbeat of the drum begins at sunrise on October 8th, with the lighting of the ceremonial fire. Join us as Turtle Women Rising hosts the Grandmothers Council in our Stand for Peace as we raise vibration together. www.turtlewomenrising.com
October 10th -15th
Wisdom of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York
This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the timeless wisdom of indigenous elders joining together in sacred space to pray for all life and for the next seven generations to come.
This special week of traditional prayer, meditations, silence, ceremony, and council is open to all women and men of goodwill. Throughout the retreat, the 13 Grandmothers offer prayers and teachings from their own unique wisdom traditions—traditions that have served their people for hundreds of years, and are needed now more than ever—in an effort to ease war, environmental degradation, and social ills. www.eomega.org
To learn more about The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Please Visit their beautiful Website : www.grandmotherscouncil
September Newsletter Message From the Grandmothers
Oh how we love you all! Please know that we are with you always! Ready to offer you whatever you need in your times of beckoning.
Our message comes from the conclusion of our last council gathering…..yes we need to take care of business too! It seems as though several of us have connected to serve with added information for the Medicine that needs to be dispersed out at this time.
These are the times when Grandmother Bear stands very close to her children. Giving strength and courage to venture out on their own. New leaders and Lightbears as you are finding yourself in an overload existence.
The members of all Sisterhoods and circles are truly stepping forward as leaders. A lot of you are establishing new relationships in many facets of your lives. Do not forget your relationship with our Holy Most Divine Mother/Father.
Our Mother needs our Love to be sent deep into her roots systems. Our loving relationship with her feeds and nourishes her. In return her love will help all of you to grow into your Divine gifts. She gives them to you freely but they are not so out in the open. Sometimes they are hidden within the layers of what is beyond our eyesight.
We Grandmothers stand guard for your future. We stand ready to serve. At this time great discipline in remembering is needed. You will remember who you are through knowing your ancestors as they have nurtured you throughout time.
Changing times are upon us. You need to be able to flow like the ebbing tides of your Mother!
Fall Equinox Water Blessing Ceremony
September 22, 23rd….At Medicine Creek, Laytonville, Ca.
Hosted by the Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites
Sponsored by the Bear Clan of Medicine Creek Métis
Judith K. Moore
This gathering is an offering for initiation for Keepers of the Ancient Ceremony of the Water Ways. For those that cannot attend and carry the Vow for the Keepers of the Ceremony of the Water Ways you will be initiated through Spirit at this initiation ceremony.
We will hold your intent and sacred space with a lit candle…..know that you will be honored and felt among us all!
It is also a completed prophecy through Judith’s visions as the sixth ceremony to complete the Seven Sacred Ceremonies of the Morning Star. She was call to initiate this ceremony on this Fall Equinox through Spirit, calling it the “Birthing Waters”…we are all honored to be able to be a part of this most wondrous event.
ON THE MEDICINE WHEEL
OAKTRAIL BOOKS, PALM HARBOR , FL
Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 7:00-8:00PM
THIS IS A GLOBAL GATHERING OF ALL NATIONS
AND ALL FAITHS
JOINING HEARTS FOR WORLD PEACE AND GLOBAL HEALING
DRUMMING * LIGHTING THE WORLD PEACE FLAME candle
*MEDITATION; Visualizing and INTENDING PEACE, harmony, love for all people
RECITING THE GREAT INVOCATION
Rev. Caroline “Whitefawnstar” FACILITATING
From: May Peace Prevail On Earth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: A Call To Peace – September 25, 2010 at The World Peace Sanctuary
Bright Ideas is a place with no limits, no preconceived boundaries. We welcome any thought or idea, any new invention, any fantastic partnering idea–whatever. One of the great things about this site is that we are open to suggestions regardless of your expertise or educational background. We will do everything we can to monitor ourselves as we go forward to be sure that we never fall into a place where we become elitist. We believe in creative intelligence and entrepreneurship. If you have a terrific way you think the world’s water can be improved, then we want to hear about it.
A teleconference Line For the Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites Members….Coming Soon…..when we get the dates and number set into a schedule we will announce our first Communication Date and Time……..It will make is so much easier for us to discuss our Water Ceremonies and share our experiences…….
Please visit our Blog site on our Water blessings Web site… Leave a comment on the Message of interest….
We update our website each week…..please review…..
There are some great articles and related information!….Let Grandmother Whitedeer know if there is something you would like to post on a new subject and she will enter it for you…..
WISDOM OF THE ELDERS 16th Annual Gathering – Everyone Is Welcome October 1-3 -2010 Marion, Kentucky
New Beginnings – There is new beginning every day with the tip of the sun rising over the horizon. There is a new beginning with the changes that accompany each season. In reality every moment of every day is a new beginning. However, it feels in our fast paced world we miss most of these moments because we are to busy doing. This weekend is for you to experience new beginnings. The real purpose is to take the lessons learned from the weekend and have you apply them moment to moment in your own life. Take time to come sit, listen, and learn from respected elders from many cultures and traditions. Experience a community that focuses on the traditions of the past as a way to walk into the future and will help you create meaningful new beginnings.
FACILITATORS: Momfeather Erickson, Steve McCullough, and Bruce Hardwick
DATE AND TIMES:
FRIDAY, October 1, 2010 Arrival – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Program from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. *PLEASE do not arrive before 4:00 p. m. Friday afternoon as people will be preparing the center. SATURDAY, October 2, 2010 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Seminars and programs go all day and night. SUNDAY, October 3, 2010Sunday program from 8:00 a.m.- 10:00am – Sacred Water Ceremony
FEES: $125.00 per person includes registration and meals only.
$100.00 per person for just Saturday with meals included .
*Let us know if you have any dietary needs.
REGISTRATION: EVERYONE MUST REGISTER to attend this weekend. This is a fund raiser for the center as well as a gathering. Walk-in registrations are welcome, but you must call in advance for the purpose of food. Contact: Dan Creely, Jr. at email@example.com or (773)442-5564.SPECIAL GUEST
SPEAKERS: Tony Calabrese – Keeper of the Sacred Cave and Medicine Wheel Teachings. Momfeather Erickson – Teachings from the Rainbow Prophecy. Bruce Hardwick & Duane Kinnart – Fire Teachings and Sacred Songs. Jim Yellow Horse Man – Peace Elder and Medicine Teachings from the Heart. Steve McCullough – Lakota Teachings. Ohsamin Judy Meister – Elderof the Miniss Kitigan Band of the Ojibway (Grandmother Kee). Magdala & Mario Ramirez – The Return of the Feminine Energy to the Earth. Dan Raven – Sacred Geometry and Walking the Labyrinth for World Peace. John Sweeney – Teachings of the Tong Ren (the role of consciousness in healing). Ann Wells – The Peruvian Despacho Fire Ceremony
MANTLE ROCK FIELD TRIP – on Saturday morning a special 4 hour field trip as part of the conference is being arranged. Requirements: you need to be in good physical shape to hike at least 3 miles. Equipment: for safety reasons you will need to have hiking or gym shoes, a small backpack, and your own water and snacks you will be responsible to carry. SAFETY THROUGH RESPONSIBILITY is the focus experience.
SATURDAY NIGHT FUND RAISER:We would like you to participate. Last year at the spontaneous silent auction we raised over $1000.00 for the Mantle Rock Center. We plan to have another fund raiser this year. If you have something that is valuable to you and would feel good to pass it on for a good cause bring it to the gathering. Place it on the table as part of the drawing. What a great opportunity to share something you value for a great cause.
LOCATION: Mantle Rock Native Education and Cultural Center 18 Sturgis Road, Marion, Kentucky 42064 www.mantlerock.org – for directions to Marion, Kentucky
From Illinois & Indiana: Route 1 South to Cave-in Rock. The ferry across the Ohio River only runs to 9:00 p.m. The ferry closes promptly at 9:00 p.m.
Video on Sweet Medicine and her program that educates children with the natural flows of our streams and rivers to keep the salmon migrating. Hoping that other interested people in all of our States and form like-programs through the knowledge of Sweet Medicine….
Our planet and all life forms are undergoing transformations very fast as we ramp up to the massive shift of consciousness in 2012. We will all have more stability through these times if we stay tuned to the new energy patterns of Earth and the cosmos as they change. 10-10-10 Activation Event
Stand up, shoulders back, brush yourself off and know yourself assured in the victory of light… it is time to celebrate! Our sleeping Splendor has awakened and we now advance into a brand new harmonic and focus of light activity.
This Equinox, September 22, inaugurates the Grand Opening of the PATH OF THE BECOMING!This is a new, awe inspiring journey of resurrection, the raising of the human self into our full glory as children of the Most High God. We, the Christed ones, shall soon walk upon this Earth in the full mantle of our illumined Presence and radiant expression of Divine-Human Perfection.
The clarion call has sounded throughout the multi-universe for a Great Gathering of the Flames in a grand convergence to the Earth this Equinox to unveil new dispensation in support of this transition. Through this full moon Cosmic Ray focus and time portal of incredible power and amplitude, we are directly experiencing initiation from the heart of Mother-Father God into The Great Becoming!
The Autumnal Equinox this year is September 22 at 11:09 PM EDT. The Full Moon in Aries is peaking on September 23 at 2:18 AM PDT.
New Moons and Full Moons, solstices and equinoxes are already very powerful doorways for celestial energy in the unfolding of the year. This Full Moon coincides 6 hours apart with the Autumn Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere and puts the spotlight onto a cardinal grand cross with eight oppositions and fifteen squares. There is a lot of tension, friction and challenge for us to grow beyond our fixed ideas and limiting beliefs. Each one of us is called upon to take steps to grow and expand, transform and rise from the ashes like the phoenix in mythology.
How Will You Handle This?
As with all transiting celestial events it depends on how they fit into your personal horoscope and which of your structures are triggered to tell about the personal impact it will have for you. If this Full Moon or any planet involved in the Grand Cross is activating one or more of your personal planets in your chart, you will feel it. Your world might be shaking and it is scary. Astrology can help you tremendously to understand and take active steps to evolve and grow into the direction which is asked of you.
And remember your personal journey is part of the future of mankind. How you proceed in your life with your life themes will set the tone for people around you, will impact your family and your friends. Some of you will be role models for others because of the big challenge you might have survived in a good way.
Moon Node and Pluto in Capricorn
Pluto has turned direct again September 13 and is moving on in Capricorn. The Moon Node is in a wide conjunction with Pluto. Whenever Pluto is involved deep transformation is demanded in the sign and house it shows up for us.
Pluto in Capricorn is reflecting the depth of self honesty we have to face relating to all matters of the state, politics, economy and society at large. Pluto brings to light and collapses the hidden structures of domineering and abusive power. I believe that is a good thing! We do have a chance to move into the direction of the Moon Node with his lesson of responsibility and accountability. With the involvement of Capricorn or Saturn the benefit of those lessons require hard work and effort and don’t come easily.
We have to apply ourselves to the best of our abilities and persevere in the application of our highest aspirations. You have a special gift to give and you are part of the monumental changes happening all around you. And of course in the end it is all about waking up to your true nature and embracing the divine in yourself. Many spiritual teachers of our times like Eckart Tolle, Byron Katie, Almaas, Neil Donald Walsch, or the Dalai Lama are helping with their specific wisdom and point of view.
But the goal is to be so tuned in to your own inner divine guidance that you will be able to live a full life from that inner place and become your own teacher. I truly believe that this is what this whole transformation and the 2012 land mark is about. Each on of us needs to raise our personal consciousness.
The transition into the Golden Aquarian Age is a process of conscious individuation to a higher state of consciousness contributing and creating a new way of life.
I hope you will spend a splendid Equinox in the company of your friends and like minded souls. Use the power of this time quality to set your intentions for your personal life as well as your prayers for Mother Earth and an easy transition into the new level of consciousness rising.
Aloha and many blessings for your journey, Shakti.
This extraordinary event is the largest virtual peace summit ever created. It will offer you profound insights to create peace in your life, your family, your community and our world.
The Virtual Peace Summit offers you an unprecedented journey of personal growth and collective change, as well as an opportunity to come together with people from around the world who deeply care about the future of our planet and the potential for humanity to make a profound shift beyond violence.
We are excited to be featured as one of dozens of teleseminars during PeaceWeek alongside leaders such as the Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Aqeela Sherrils, Shiva Rea, and Ambassador John McDonald. You’ll hear about groundbreaking work from Israel to Sri Lanka to Watts, as well as emerging innovations such as a Peace Academy or the Youth Promise Act.
And you’ll get free access to the entire PeaceWeek library of calls to inspire you for years to come (and share with friends and allies).
You can participate live on as many calls as you like and interact with both the leaders and other participants via a state-of-the-art MaestroConference platform, which will connect you to people from around the world. Or even if you can’t make live calls, go ahead and register and you can listen to any of the recordings later.
Peace Week begins Tuesday, Sept. 14th and culminates on the UN International Day of Peace (Sept. 21st) as a free offering from The Shift Network and The Peace Alliance.
Join Us as We “Honor our Veterans” In this “Stand for Peace” We gather with the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers for the healing of the four hoops of life. ◦Ourselves ◦Our Families ◦Our communities ◦Our Mother Earth Turtle Women Rising held a gathering in Washington, DC in 2008, in a Stand For Peace. We are honored to share these images from 2008, and this song “New Way” with the invitation to join us in DC October 8-11, 2010.
New Way was a gift from a baby turtle, that was received by our sister Mz. imani white. We hope you will learn this song and sing with us. Whether in DC, or at your home place, please sing and drum with us in solidarity. Many Blessings to you, as we each do our part to help bring a new way to walk on the earth. Mz. imani has recently released a new CD, for more info please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE VISION We are called forth: To gather the feminine energies of all life. We call upon the elders, mothers and daughters of the earth. We see our brothers and sisters, our friends and lovers ready to answer the call. It’s all about you, it’s all about us, and together it is “We”. Imagine how powerful this can be, listening to our heartbeats growing strong. “One strong heartbeat standing for Peace”. We have no words only the heartbeat of the drum. We are Turtle Women Rising, rising for Peace. We rise in Love, in Song, and in Prayer. Our faith grows strong and our own knowing of the possibilities begins to reveal itself. It is the Power of Love, the Power of life. “Yes we can imagine that”.
We rise to support the tears of all life givers and hold in our hearts the pain of violence transforming the pain and healing all wounds. We are strengthened by faith and the knowing of our individual walk. With every sound of the heartbeat from the mallet we raise the earth’s vibrations bringing the Light closer to the mother who is healing herself. This is the Light that will heal the holes in our hearts and the hearts of all living things.
Turtle Women Rising shares an alliance and purpose with the work of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. We are honored to welcome the Grandmothers to DC as they join us in this gathering. We invite your participation to take action with us on site or at your home place consciously connecting the web of all life. We are a drum group led by Indigenous Women. We invite people of all nations who hear the call to join us as we reweave the web bringing the remembrance of our warrior and their ways. We Welcome Our Troops Home, We Welcome Our Veterans and their families into our community “You cannot demand peace you can only become it.” “You cannot fight for peace you can only live it.”