Thursday, June 17, 2010

Grandmother's Hemorrhage

On Monday, June 21st, I will walk to the Peace Garden in Sebastopol, a National Peace Site about two miles from where I live.

There I will offer a healing prayer to Mother Earth as called for by Chief Arvol Looking Horse in his letter to Spiritual Leaders copied below. You can see Pollinatrix's post on the same topic on her most excellent blog, The Whole Blooming World.

I think it's important to use words and images that more accurately convey the magnitude of this disaster. We must reframe it. To call it an "oil spill" is to miss its reality, its meaning, its urgency, and its importance.

Spills are accidents, usually minor, and easy to clean up. Like spilled milk. Spills are nothing to worry about or get excited over.

What's going on under the Gulf is not a spill.

It would be more accurate to call it Grandmother Earth's life-threatening hemorrhage. We are way too greedy for Grandmother's blood, her oil, which she needs inside her skin. B.P.'s greed is a concentration of our collective greed for Her blood. We must stop burning Her blood.

To help me understand how to respond skillfully, I'm spending the morning of June 21st praying outdoors.

On that day, I will notch another car free day on my 2010 calendar.

I will think about notching a whole, whole lot more car-free days.

A Great Urgency:  To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders 
My Relatives,

Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders.  I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things.  As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations, eventually all will be affected from the oil disaster in the Gulf.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.

I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies. 

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue.  I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth.

As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc¹I Maka).

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected.  And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.

So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.  Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children¹s future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Here's a less than 3 minute video with pretty music that might make you cry.

Don't watch it if you're already feeling blue.


Paul C said...

This is a most meaningful post. Thanks for including the appeal of the Chief. June 21 is a most poignant day to reflect on this hemorrhage.

neighbor said...

Thanks Dan. I saw this letter over on the Pollinatrix's blog as well and am also going to do something mindful and appropriate. I'm not sure what, quite yet, but I'll figure it out :-)

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Paul--

You're welcome. I'm glad to be able to pass along the call to prayer.



Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Neighbor,

I love calling you neighbor because we're all neighbors, even the fungi underfoot.

I saw this over on Polli's blog, too, and left a comment there. I think I'll go back and give her a mention.

The Pollinatrix said...

This spiritual solidarity I'm feeling with you and others now is the only positive experience I've had around this disaster. I feel hope burning in me again.

Thanks for the video. So beautifully sorrowful. I put it up on Facebook.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Polli. Same here. I'm really quite sad around this and it seems not to have changed much behavior around here yet. We still drive and fly about as if oil is an infinite resource. Finger pointing isn't going to accomplish much, I'm afraid, from Grandmother Earth's viewpoint.

Thanks for your post. I just installed an overdue link to your blog on this same topic.

Kass said...

Very meaningful post. I'm thinking long and hard on it.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Kass. Thank you. I hope you arrive at a place where you can do something to make our Earth and yourself healthier and happier.