As I sat here this morning working on what I would write to you about today, my mind reflected on Seven Generations. I found myself thinking about the grandchild that is about to enter this world. I am anxiously awaiting that phone call telling me it is time to start the drive to the hospital. As I wonder if today will be the day, I find myself getting very sentimental about the generations that came before me and the generations that will come after me. We Grandmothers often do that, think about the past and the lessons that were presented. We also dream of a good future for our families that are growing.
My reflections this morning went deeper than normal. My mind tapped into a memory of reading about the importance of Seven Generations in the Native American cultures that are a part of my ancestry. How it has been taught for generations that we should always look at our decisions and how they will effect and affect the seven generations that are on Earth now and the generations to follow. Will the decision we make today work well for those of future generations? A very important concept that we have sadly not given enough thought or respect to.
I also heard an Elder speak last week about considering the teachings of Seven Generations and how important it is for the elders of a community to pay attention to the youth of that community. We have to raise our next leaders. Not that we pick the leaders but that we recognize their natural gift of leadership and nurture that gift. I don’t know if my new little granddaughter will be a leader yet or not and it isn’t that I want her to be a leader of her generation. What I do want to make sure of is that I am able to recognize the gifts she has and that I will nurture them properly.
I am reminded, also, this morning of the wonderful work that 13 indigenous Grandmothers started back in 2004 to help heal Mother Earth and the people who live on it. A wonderful documentary was made showing their work, For the Next 7 Generations. This Grandmother and all of us can help the next generations by paying attention to what this group of women are teaching us.
So, as I wait for that call to come and meet my newest little grandchild, I reflect on what I can do as a Grandmother to teach this new little being about her ancestors, about the world we are in today, and to be conscious of what needs to be done for her future. I will be sure to let you know when she arrives.
For centuries the Native Americans have had prophecies of a time that I believe we are seeing come together now. Is it the 2012 events that are so widely looked at today? I think it is possible. I would like to share the prophecies of Black Elk and Crazy Horse that were seen in visions that they had back in the 1800s.
Both Black Elk and Crazy Horse were Oglala Lakota which many mistakenly refer to as the Sioux Nation. Lakota is the Nation and Oglala is a band within that Nation. Black Elk was a Holy Man or Medicine Man while Crazy Horse was a War leader. Both men had similar visions of the future during their lifetime.
Black Elk saw that his people would lose heart from the ordeals that they were encountering and that the Sacred Hoop of his Nation would be broken. He saw that his people would suffer from famines, sickness, and wars. Black Elk also saw hope for the future of his people. After seven generations had passed there would be a reuniting of not only his own people but of all peoples creating a new Sacred Hoop comprised of all nations of the Earth. He saw a star rising in the East that would bring wisdom. At the time Black Elk felt that meant there would be a great Prophet that would come to help the formation of the new Sacred Hoop.
Crazy Horse, the warrior, had a similar vision but his was a little more prophetic. He saw his people enter a great time of darkness. He also saw automobiles and airplanes (something not invented in his time) and also foretold of both world wars. In Crazy Horse’s vision he saw that after the last war (World War II?) his people would gradually start to come out of their darkness. He saw them begin to dance again under the Sacred Tree. To his amazement and astonishment he noticed that it was not just his own people dancing under the tree. There were members of all races of man dancing as brothers. Crazy Horse foresaw a time that the world would be healed and made whole again by all nations working together to make a better world.
There are many accounts of visions and prophecies across centuries of time by members of different Indigeneous People who lived on Turtle Island (North America). They all seem to foretell the same event with much the same outcome. After destruction and man’s disrespectful treating of our Mother Earth there will be a cleansing time and the birth of a new world where all races of man live together in harmony. If 2012 is the time of an ending, my feeling is it is also the time of a new beginning.
The fourth moon cycle of the year or the April Moon is looked over by Looks Far Woman. One of the original Thirteen Clan Mothers gives us the sacred totem or medicine of knowing how to See The Truth around us.
Looks Far Woman was given the gifts of being the Seer or Oracle to pass on to the humans when she first came to Earth. She became the Guardian of the Dreamtime and the Keeper of Inner Potential for all of us. Looks Far Woman is the Mother of visions, dreams, and psychic impressions.
She will help us to understand our feelings and impressions along with our visions, if we ask for her help. In helping us to See The Truth, Looks Far Woman will help us to use our gifts for the good of humanity. We can become healers for others and ourselves if we look to her wisdom. This does not necessarily mean that we can physically heal people but rather a person who can heal with kindness and compassion toward mankind.
The Clan Mother of the April Moon is connected with the full spectrum of pastel colors because we learn to see the truth in all colors in the Medicine of Prophecy. We all have the seeds of prophecy planted inside us, Looks Far Woman will assist us in finding our personal and planetary seeds if she sees that we are searching for them. We learn to observe everything around us and to recall every detail for helpful information for our own progress or the progress of humans in general. She will teach us when to follow a path and when to take a different road.
Looks Far Woman is always ready to work with those who have the eyes to see, the ears to listen, and the heart to understand.
Before we can get into the prophecies that might relate to 2012, we need to explore the wisdom of the Elders and the stories that have been told since the Great Flood. Different cultures have basically the same story told in their own way, we will focus on the Native American story for my post.
At the beginning of the age that we live in now, after the Great Flood, Great Spirit came to the earth and talked to the humans who were saved from the flood. He told them that he was going to send them to the four corners of the Earth and eventually they would be changed to the four races of man: Red, Black, Yellow, and White. At the time he gave them some teachings that are referred to as The Original Teachings. Great Spirit told them there would be a time when they would all come together again and share these teachings and there would be a great civilization born from this sharing. Each group was given two Stone Tablets that they were to guard and protect. When the time comes, the tablets will be presented to the others so that they know each others true identity. Each group of humans for each corner of the Earth were given a Guardianship or a responsibility that they were to uphold:
In the East the Red Race or Native Americans were given the guardianship of the Earth. They are responsible for learning the teachings of Mother Earth, what plants grow and can be eaten and what plants can be used to heal.
In the South the Yellow Race were given the guardianship of the wind. They are responsible for learning about spiritual advancement, the sky, and breathing.
In the West the Black Race were given the guardianship of the water. It is the most humble and most powerful of all of the elements. They are responsible for learning all of the teaching that this element gives us.
In the North the White Race were given the guardianship of fire. They are responsible for learning all there is to know of this element which consumes and moves.
Is it a coincidence that the Medicine Wheel of Native American tradition uses these same colors to signify each direction of the wheel? In future posts we will look more at these Guardianships and the prophecies the followed them.
A topic that is on many a mind is the Mayan Calendar that ends abruptly on December 21, 2012. Are the Mayans the only culture that has a prophecy of the ending of the world as we know it? No, there are several cultures that have shared prophecies over the centuries that call for a change in the world to come and there are many who believe that we are in that time of change now.
Native American traditions have many prophecies that foretell of the current world ending and a new world beginning. Depending on which tradition you follow, we could be seeing the coming of the 5th or 6th world experience for Mother Earth.
As the weeks and months get closer to December 21, 2012; I will be doing some posts on some of the prophecies that I have studied and share them with you. Many are quite fascinating and some seem to have already come true.
Last year around this time, I talked about Signs Of White Buffalo Calf Woman so we will explore that prophecy more in the next few weeks. I’ll also tell you about the Rainbow Warriors and other prophecies that we should be paying attention to.