WINDHORSE 

   

EARTH  KEEPER

Sunday, October 18, 2009 revised December 2, 2009

Birthday of my beautiful God Daughter

This morning I walked into my back yard at 4am and told the Great Ones, "I am here...Please help me to help others; to support Earth and Humanity to keep  Integrity and Perfection as Creator has made them.  Help me to remain in and inspiring of the Light."  We are so challenged by the greedy dark energies who will do anything for money...destroying our food chain; creating such pain and suffering in the animal world as they are farmed for food with no regard for their Beingness...altering the biological balance of animals and people ... feeding cows corn to make them fat, while it clogs their perfect digestive tracks and causes them to become breeding grounds for eColi...farmers opening holes in their sides to be able to scoop their hand into the animal's body to pull out the rotting eColi infested undigested corn.  Chickens fed with hormones and antibiotics to cause them to grow in half the time normal for their maturity and to grow twice the size...so that their legs break under their own weight; they can take but two or three steps before having to sit, for their legs cannot support the gross weight...although, even on strong legs they could not move far, as they are kept wing to wing; crowded into sunless buildings where many die each day, lying among their flock.  Just a few corporations own these operations, and the food you eat each day comes out of these conditions.  What to do?  We must return to our authenticity...grow our own food; stop eating meat, or drastically reduce the amount eaten...buy Organic food...champion those who grow clean food, as they are being either bought up by corporations or hunted down and put out of business...do what you can to change laws that cow tow to corporate giants...backing up flimsy premises that say a farmer has violated some patent because in fact spraying and the natural course of pollination has infected the clean food the farmer tried to grow...then it is said that the farmer stole seed or crops...imagine that!

Then there is the issue of Advertising...ahh...keeping the People's attention on what Wall Street would have you buy.

So, our Holidays...once full of meaning for the Spirit of Humans; once meant to Honor the Earth and Creator; these are rushed by advertising moguls...Hallowe'en candy, costumes and decorations advertised a month before they are needed; if you wait till some days before, the shelves are emptied!  lol~then, before Hallowe'en arrives, Thanksgiving and then Christmas are diminished by fanfare over items to buy...the products are even appearing together at times.

SOOOO.....as I returned inside my home this morning, I saw on my desk the "Thanksgiving Address..." which I'd planned to put on the web...and I suddenly knew that my Prayer was heard, and my directive to start spreading the beautiful Mohawk Thanksgiving Address NOW~early of Thanksgiving...and in respect and honor of those who actually made Thanksgiving...the Indian people who helped the settlers of this land survive; who taught them and celebrated with them; only to be disseminated, de-socialized, their leaders murdered and tribes cruelly marched onto reservations by ignorant government officials of the invader colonists.

I hear my assignment of the day:  "Make your Thanksgiving Address page today...'Words Before All Else.' "

Even the Constitution of the United States came from the Iroquois Nations~known as the Six Nations.  I am proud to have Mohawk roots in my Ancestry.  So I quote the little book I purchased from:

Native Self-Sufficiency Center

Six Nations Indian Museum

Tracking Project

Tree of Peace Society

Thanksgiving Address

(Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen~Words Before All Else)

"These words of thanksgiving come to us from the Native people known as the Haudenosaunee (also Iroquois or Six Nations~ Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora) of upstate New York and Canada.

The Thanksgiving Address has ancient roots, dating back over 1,000 years to the formation of the Great Law of Peace by a man called the Peacemaker, and perhaps before that.  Today these words are still spoken at the opening and closing of all ceremonial and governmental gatherings held by the Six Nations.

A speaker is chosen to give the Thanksgiving Greetings on behalf of  the people.  They choose their own words, for we are all unique and have our own style, but the general form is traditional.  It follows an order in which we can relate to all of the Creation.  The Address is based on the belief that the world cannot be taken for granted, that a spiritual communication of thankfulness and acknowledgement of all living things must be given to align the minds and hearts of the people with Nature.  This forms a guiding principle for culture."

(Windhorse Note:  even if you are enamored of the easy way of getting your food, etc...think about when (and it will happen) your conveniences are unavailable because of natural, astronomical disaster...when that happens, Nature will gradually repair itself; but the food resources will take a long time to rejuvenate...probably too long for humans to wait.)

"We believe that all people at one time in their history had similar words to acknowledge the works of the Creator.  With this in mind, we offer these words in a written form as a way to reacquaint ourselves with this shared vision.  Our version of the Thanksgiving Address has been modified for a young, general audience~it has been shortened and many specific references to the culture of the Six Nations have been generalized.  We hope this will enhance the accessibility of the words for the readers around the world.

It was Jake Swamp's original vision that this Address would go out to the children of the world, "so that later in life, when they go out and meet one another, they will find that they are all coming from the same place."  This booklet is printed in the Mohawk and English languages.  Other editions are available in Mohawk and [many other] languages.

You are invited~encouraged~to share in these words, that our concentrated attention might help us rediscover our balance, respect, and oneness with Nature.

Now our minds are one."~John Stokes, The Tracking Project

 

"THANKSGIVING ADDRESS

Greetings to the World

Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen:  Words Before All Else

The People

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue.  We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things.  so now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as People.

Now our minds are one.

The Earth Mother

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life.  She supports our feet as we walk about upon her.  It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time.  To our Mother, we send greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Waters

We give thanks to all the Waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength.  Water is life.  We know its power in many forms~waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans.  With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.

Now our minds are one. 

The Fish

We turn our minds to all the Fish life in the water.  They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water.  They also give themselves to us as food.  We are grateful that we can still find pure water.  So we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Plants

Plants my Father grew...he was a great gardener, among so many other things.

Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant Life.  As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders.  They sustain many life forms.  With our minds gathered together, we give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants

With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden.  Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans, and berries have helped the people to survive.  Many other living things draw strength from them too.  We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Medicine Herbs

Celendine on left will cure warts....Egyptian Eucalyptus on right will keep you healthy from colds and flu

Now we turn to all the Medicine Herbs of the world.  From the beginning, they were instructed to take away sickness.  They are always waiting and ready to heal us.  We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing.  With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

The Animals

We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world.  They have many things to teach us as people.  We see them near our homes and in the deep forests.  We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.

Now our minds are one.

The Trees

We now turn our thoughts to the Trees.  The Earth has many families of Trees who have their own instructions and uses.  Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things.  Many peoples of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength.  With one mind, we greet and thank all Tree life.

Now our minds are one.

The Birds

We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads.  The Creator gave them beautiful songs.  Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life.  The Eagle was chosen to be their leader.  To all the Birds~from the smallest to the largest~we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Four Winds

We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds.  We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe.  They help to bring the change of seasons.  From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength.  With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.

The Thunderers

Now we turn to the west where  our Grandfathers, the Thunder Beings, live.  With lightning and thundering voices, they bring with them the water that renews life.  We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.

Now our minds are one.

 The Sun

We now send greeting and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun.  Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day.  He is the source of all the fires of life.  With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.

Grandmother Moon

We put our minds together and give thanks to our oldest Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the nighttime sky.  She is the leader of women all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides.  By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth.  With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.

The Stars

We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry.  We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things.  When we travel at night, they guide us home.  With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to all the Stars.

Now our minds are one.

The Enlightened Teachers

We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages.  When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people.  With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to these caring Teachers.

Now our minds are one.

The Creator

Now we turn our thoughts to the Creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of Creation.  Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth.  For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

Now our minds are one.

Closing Words

We have now arrived at the place where we end our words.  Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out.  If something was forgetten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

And now our minds are one."

 

I have copied this booklet out of love and concern for this planet and all life upon it.  If I have violated its copyrite, I will remove this page...in any event, I encourage everyone to purchase your own copies of ISBN 0-9643214-0-8 by writing to 

Thanksgiving Address Fund 

c/o the Tracking Project, P.O. Box 266

Corrales, New Mexico, 87048, USA

phone/fax 505-898-6967

Become an Earth Keeper.  Just about everybody has heard the alchemical adage, "As Above, so Below.."  That means, and modern Science now shows, that all the Universe is fractalized.  The patterns repeat through all things...that's why you hear that "All is One."  

So when you think of Earth... realize that YOU are Earth!  Respect and care for yourself and respect and care for Earth...without her, what/where will you be?  Simply flotsam adrift in the blackness of space!

Hit Counter

HONOR TO FIRST AMERICANS

EXQUISITE EARTH

HUMAN IGNORANCE CAUSES ENDANGERMENT

YOUR FOOD

ON SWINE FLU

FOOD CHAIN

WINDHORSE ON HEALING

BRING GRACE TO EACH DAY

 

info@w1ndhorse.com

About Reverend Windhorse

HOME     TRANSFORMATIONAL SVCS   YOUR UNIQUE WEDDING   CEREMONY YOUR WAY

MEDICINE WOMAN    WINDHORSE ON HEALING   ON SWINE FLU    AROMATHERAPY    ON DEATH     FANTASTIC IS LIFE

AVALOKITESVARA   GRACE   GRAND TERMINUS    FOOD CHAIN    TRIANGULATION    BE LIGHT

WHEN WE SPEAK    EXQUISITE EARTH   EARTH KEEPER  SPRING'S PROFUSION    IN THE BEGINNING

  NATIVE AMERICAN    NATIVE AMERICAN THANKSGIVING   ECLECTIC 1    ECLECTIC 2   

KAYO SNOMO     FRIENDS MEET    REAL FRIENDS   DRAGON SYMBOLOGY   

RIDE HIM     LET HIM LINGER    NOW OR NEVER    OFFER HIM FLOWERS    DRAGONS THREE

CREATION OF SELF    EARTH KEEPER    SPIRIT CALLED WOLF     SHAPESHIFT    WARRIORESS

SHIVAMOKSHANANDA  (Robert C. Sohn)   MATAJI  (Grandmaster Tina Sohn)   

 OTHER FOUR WAYS    LORD OF BEGINNINGS

WWII HEROS    WWII AIRBORNE    OUR YOUNG WARRIORS    ROTC CADETS     

BIRTHING A NEW SPIRITUAL WARRIOR     NATIVE AMERICAN THANKSGIVING ADDRESS

IN THE WIND (MOTORCYCLING)   BOULEVARD BOMBERS  (CLASSIC HOT ROD CLUB)

SUSTAINABLE   FOOD CHAIN   YOUR FOOD    WHADDAYA THINK    

LINKS    INDEX    WINDHORSE EVENTS    RENAISSANCE MUSIC

OUR WOLVES ARE ENDANGERED...THEY NEED HEROS!

 

Long Island Wedding Officiant     non-denominational    Long Island Spiritual Services  

   LI Officiant   LI Interfaith Minister   LI Wedding Officiant   LI Spiritual Counselling  

Aromatherapy   Energy Healing   Meditations   Biker Blessings   Events  About Reverend Irene Windhorse