Ceremony for Unity, Indigenous Peoples

By Glenda | June 9, 2011

The following message from Sheila Collins in Pittsburg invites us all to join in a prayer ceremony for unity among the peoples of the earth, indigenous peoples and those of us who have forgotten our indigenous roots, a ceremony to be held this Sunday, June 12, 2-4 pm EST, at the confluence of three rivers in Pennsylvania. Here is Sheila’s message, followed by a number of prophesies of indigenous peoples calling for unity among all people to allow the healing of the earth and her children. This is a remarkable series of readings which I encourage you to share, including the ancient Mayan prophecies of Unity, Hopi prophecy, the words of the Kogi (Co-gee) of northern Colombia, the Algonquin Nations, Taino Prophecy of the 24 Generations, the Lakota, the International Council of 13 Grandmothers, the Cree Indian nation, and the prophesy of Crazy Horse. I also ask you to join in prayer with everyone this Sunday. First, here is Sheila’s message:

My deepest desire is to have the Fellowship and those on the prayer web to connect about a larger communal issue. Our Ceremony of Unity, what has lead up to it, and what will follow, seeks to heal what our ancestors have done, and what we have continued to do, to our country, to one another, to ourselves and to the mother of us all, the earth.

Our women’s prayer circle has been meeting at the point here where three rivers come together and a fourth underground river comes from the earth in a fountain. It has been lead by a Lakota Sioux woman Susan Ferraro who also is one of the keepers of the white buffalo which was born nearby a few years ago. The purpose of this prayer circle was to clear the negative things done to the indigenous peoples of this geographic area, when colonists broke treaties, traded small-pox infected blankets, and began a process of systematic destruction of Indigenous Cultures. I was able to attend last Monday night when men were also invited and the chief of the Lenape tribe was there. Our prayer circle is based on protocols rooted in the traditions of the medicine wheel where all races and faith traditions are respected and needed for mending the Web of Life.

Here are the prophecies which are being read at the ceremony on Sunday.

1) In his “Statement of Revelations and Prophecies,” given to Pittsburgh in 2007, confirming our 3 Rivers link with the ancient Mayan prophecies of Unity, Mayan Elder Don Alejandro said:

“In the passage of time we find out what the Creator left for us since creation: We see the three rivers. The rivers show us this unity that is the future. Now is the time of 13 Baktun and 13 Ahow, when the prophecies of this unity are being fulfilled.

If we look up above, we see the three guiding stars in the sky. If we look down to Earth, we find the three humans holding hands, engraved in [the rock] petroglyphs. If we look down, we find the three rivers of water.

All this symbolizes that we are all brothers and sisters: those of the North, those of the Center, those of the South. Those of the Center, with their mystical bird, the quetzal, unite with the eagle of the North, with the condor of the South. We come together, for we are one—like the fingers of the hand. Mayan prophecy tells us the dawn is coming for this unity. This is the predicted time of the return of the Ones of Wisdom.”

2)Thomas Banyacya of the Hopi brought the ancient rock drawing to the United Nations in 1992, explaining the Hopi prophecy of the choice humanity must make at the crossroads we are currently facing.
“This rock drawing shows part of the Hopi prophecy. There are two paths. The first with technology, but separated from natural and spiritual law, which leads to these jagged lines representing chaos. The lower path is one that remains in harmony with natural law. Here we see a line that represents a choice like a bridge joining the paths. If we return to spiritual harmony and live from our hearts, we can experience a paradise in this world. If we continue only on this upper path, we will come to destruction. It’s up to all of us, as children of Mother Earth, to clean up this mess before it’s too late.”

3) The Kogi (Co-gee) are an ancient indigenous people living in the remote mountains of northern Colombia, in South America. They are the only civilization to have survived the Spanish conquests and to have kept their original culture.

They call themselves the Elder Brother and refer to the new- comers as the Younger Brother, who they see are destroying the balance of the world.
In 1990 the Kogi decided they must speak out to the rest of the world. They had survived by keeping themselves isolated but they decided that it was time to send a message to the Younger Brother. These are their words:
“The Younger Brother is doing too much damage. He must see, and understand, and assume responsibility. Now we will have to work together. Otherwise, the world will die.”

4) This next prophecy is kept by Grandfather William Commanda, Keeper of the Seven Fires Wampum belt, of the Algonquin Nations:

It tells of seven epochs of history to come, called The Seven Fires…
“In the time of the Seventh Fire a New People will emerge…They will retrace their steps to find wisdom that was left behind long ago, seeking help from the elders to guide them. At this time there will be an awakening of the people, and the Sacred Fire will again be lit.

It is during this time that the light skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. If they choose the right road, then the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth and final Fire, an eternal fire of peace, love, brotherhood and sisterhood. If the light skinned race makes the wrong choice of the roads, then the destruction which they brought with them in coming to this country will come back at them and cause much suffering and death to all the Earth’s people. This is the time of the Seventh Fire.”

5) Taino Prophecy of the 24 Generations

The year 1492 was the time of the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadores to the “New World” arriving first at the Caribbean Islands. Thus began a time of pain, turmoil and death for the Taino, the native people of the land.

Two Taino Indian women, Aura Surey of the island of Boriken (now called Puerto Rico) and Guaricheanao of the island of Cubanakán (now called Cuba) foretold with great sadness the coming of the end of native culture as they had known it in their homelands.

These two visionary women also spoke of a future time of rebirth, not only for the Taino people, but for all of humanity. Their prophecy states that after 24 generations (500 years), all of humanity would reach a time when we would have a chance to live in reconciliation, harmony and peace.

Will we continue to choose separation from one-another, from the earth and her creatures? Or will we choose healing, reconciliation, and unity?

The choice is ours, for we are the 24th generation.

6) Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, has spoken these words:

“Our prophecies tell us that we are at the Crossroads. The birth of the White Buffalo…is a sign signifying this crossroads, for with our thoughtlessness we are bringing disaster to all generations to come. It is time for humanity to choose….
Our instructions from [Creator] tell us to consider the welfare of the Seventh Generation yet to come…. Our instructions from [Creator] tell us to teach peace and harmony to the many nations of Mother Earth, to begin both a Great Healing and a Great Forgiving. We must teach all Peoples that Mother Earth is not a resource but is the very Source of Life itself itself. Unless we do this, destruction will overwhelm us.”

7) The Hopi Elders have told us this message:
“We have been telling the people that this is the
Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is
the Hour….
It is time to speak your truth,
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now, very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold onto the shore….
Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, and push off and into the river,
Keep our eyes open, and our head above the water.
See who is in there with you and Celebrate….
The time of the lone wolf is over, Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner
And in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
– The Elders, Hopi Nation, People of Peace, Oraibi, Arizona (2003)

7) The International Council of 13 Grandmothers relate to prophecies from each of their cultures about the Purification Times, that people will become cleansed through transforming themselves from being materially to spiritually oriented.[12] p6
In response to the prophecies from each of their 13 traditions, across five continents, the 13 Grandmothers came together to form the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers in 2004. They tell us:
“We represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come.
We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.”

9) In the last century an old wise woman of the Cree Indian nation, named “Eyes of Fire”, had a vision of the future:

She prophesied that one day, because of the white man’s’ greed, there would come a time, when the earth would be ravaged and polluted, the forests would be destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish would be poisoned in the streams, the trees would become sick, and mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.
Then the Indians would regain their spirit and gather people of all nations, colors and beliefs to join together in the fight to save the Earth. A time of awakening would come, when all the peoples of all the tribes and races would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom — and recognition of the Great Spirit. These would be the Rainbow Warriors.”

This prophecy was also told to Native author, Jamie Sams, by two Kiowa Grandmothers in Mexico, who call it the Cradleboard Prophecy…they also told of the emergence of thousands of Rainbow Warriors of both genders, who will assist in manifesting the dream of the Fifth World of Peace.

10)This is the Prophecy of Crazy Horse, an Oglala Sioux Chief:

“Upon suffering and beyond suffering; the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world …. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be as one”.

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