By Lara Trace
I feel like I have a hangover from bad news. Every day, every protest, every blip about climate change, every conflict killing and shifting people around the planet, every major earth change, every environmental disaster, makes me want to crawl back into bed. Instead I purify and smudge myself with sage and cedar.
I haven’t been sleeping well since Ben, my brother-in-law, died on Sept. 13. His service is planned for Oct. 14 in NYC. Then we can have some closure. Then I can sleep better. So many people I know have lost friends and relatives recently. We are all in this together. Many souls are crossing now.
I know bad news is affecting me on many levels, hitting me at different stages. Many people like me are in the throes of grief and bitterness for the damaged environment and for the health of our planet. I know I’m more angry than sad. What we could have done 30+ years ago was thwarted by greedy oil men, bad banksters and bought politicians. Apparently they didn’t think ahead, how they live on this planet too, how their own families will suffer. (Reminds me of a story I heard that the Bush family built a compound in Paraguay, hoping they’d survive what’s coming south of the equator.)
I have never been so sure that the balance on this Mother Earth can be restored. If we humans act swiftly. The power of Big Money has influenced and corrupted too many leaders and they collectively lost their soul. To me it feels like we are on a prison planet, and we can’t stop their control over everything.
But there is always hope!
Hopi Prophecy says:
…it is imperative for us to recognize the futility of war and recognize all races and all colors are our brothers and sisters. It is also a time to bring the misuse of the technology and industrialization back into balance with nature and the earth. If we don’t do this ourselves, Martin Clashweonoma, the Hopi Prophecy Keeper, warns us that Mother Earth will do it for us. “Mother Earth will survive with or without the two-leggeds (humans).” There are many good people out there, doing good work, praying for balance. Many “primitive” Indigenous Nations are praying for our safety as “two-leggeds” and the healing of us and the planet, like the Hopi and Zuni…. They suggest:
We can change the Earth if we can manage to rebalance our communities. We can change events on Earth by purifying ourselves. The more we purify ourselves through meditation, through forgiving others who have hurt us, by loving those who do not love us, and by seeing the God in all of nature, the more impact we will have on the planet…
Most importantly, pray that people around the world will recognize that they each hold within them the pure heart that can save us all. What is said in Hopi prophecy is “do our prayers at home” which means to meditate and pray in God’s name, and in this way, we can raise the vibration, not only of ourselves, but of the whole planet.”
In the News
£7.5 trillion for slavery
Reparations commission says Jamaica would be due £2.3 trillion of total for Caribbean
THE National Commission on Reparations (NCR) says Jamaica would be due at least £2.3 trillion (approximately J$416.3 trillion) from any slavery reparations paid by Britain to the region.
This money would be able to pay off Jamaica’s national debt of $2 trillion and set the nation on a new economic path.
The figure was based on the NCR’s calculation of Jamaica’s 30.64 per cent of the £7.5 trillion calculated by British academic theologian, Dr Robert Beckford, as being owed by Britain to its former colonies.
How ordinary petitions helped end slavery and make women into political activists
By Daniel Carpenter | September 22 | Washington Post
Democracy needs activists, gadflies and, yes, “community organizers” both left and right. Ours is a democratic republic, one in which most lawmaking and policy are in the hands of elected officials. But those officials are elected or appointed by citizens, and citizens communicate actively with those who hold power. As political thinkers have known since at least the Roman Republic, however, this requires an active citizenry. Alexis DeTocqueville warned his readers about “individualism,” that “calm and considered feeling which disposes each citizen to isolate himself from the mass of his fellows and withdraw into the circle of family and friends; with this little society formed to his taste, he gladly leaves the greater society to look after itself.” If everyone isolates, if everyone is content to stay a great “family man” or “family woman,” DeTocqueville worried, then who will keep tabs on the powers that be, not least the government itself?
DeTocqueville’s worry raises another problem: If a society needs activists, whatever their political persuasion, how does it grow them? Where do they come from? It turns out that petitioning – the most common form of engagement with government at all levels in early America – was very effective at doing just this. When anti-slavery activists began to send dozens of petitions into Congress in the 1830s, they could not have predicted the immense, nationwide transformation that ensued.
Be well everyone and pray peace…. Lara