GREGORY E. WOODS
KEEPER OF STORIES
The coming together of understanding has never been separated by physical boundaries. Wisdom and the wise have always traveled the air paths and burrowed deep into the underworld to learn, to see, to restore life to the shattered ones upon the Earth, our mother.
Aug. 20, 2014 I needed to hear other voices deeply involved in reconciliation work. Online from New Zealand, Ngaronoa Mereana Taki put into the wind:
“When other original or indigenous or first nations peoples reach out to each other, try your very best not to blast them with the rage you feel for your oppressors and dominators. The world is already far too violent without tribal peoples (or whatever you prefer in the English medium we are using) shooting each other in the foot because we haven’t developed enough spiritual calm and necessary wisdom before we start lighting the fires of our oft’ legitimate rage for the situations we are facing. Let us not become the very dynamics and negative communicators of our predators and would-be destroyers by doing the job for them. Step back and think before you open your mouth if this is what you want to send into the future for your descendants!”
The commonalties of brethren
From Harlem, New York my friend, Adruma Victoria wrote, “The deep seated unawareness that blankets the planet makes it extremely difficult to see from our common parents perspective, thus the default to ignorance, fear, hatred and resentment is common as we pursue becoming beings free of antagonism. You will be lonely as you embrace the light within and share. Our common parent is the loneliest of all, 7 billion sons and daughters, who don’t behave like our loving parent. How must that feel for a parent?”
And from Georgia, Dr. Sinclair Grey III, another friend posted on Facebook these words: “If the people within your inner circle aren’t encouraging you, then you need to find a new inner circle.”
This is how it worked for our ancients. There are voices in the air we are responsible for. What we say feeds killers and children. Sometimes one word, one feel is enough of an impression to be made. Those voices are real. What do you say into the wind? –
Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories, is Native American & African. He works as a community activist and as a ceremonial leader in the Washington DC area facilitating in the reconciliation processes between races. He can be reached at email@example.com.