Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address

The Words That Come Before All Else~~

Today we have gathered and when we look upon the faces around

us, 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

beings. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give our

greetings and our thanks to each other as People.

Now our minds are one.

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 thanksgiving, love,

and respect.

Now our minds are one.

We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our

thirst, providing us with strength, and nurturing life for all beings.

Water is life. We know its power in many forms — waterfalls and

rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans, snow and ice. We are

grateful that the waters are still here and meeting their

responsibility to bring life to all of Creation. With one mind, we

send our greetings and our thanks to the spirit of Water.

Now our minds are one.

We turn our minds to all of the Fish life in the water. They were

instructed to cleanse and purify the water. We are grateful that they

continue to do their duties, and that we can still find pure water. So

we send to the Fish our greetings and our thanks.

Now our minds are one.

Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plants. 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 our thanks

and look forward to seeing Plant life continue for many

generations to come.

Now our minds are one.

When we look about us, we see that the berries are still here,

providing us with delicious foods. The leader of the berries is the

strawberry, the first to ripen in the spring. Can we agree that we

are grateful that the berries are with us in the world and send our

thanksgiving, love, and respect to the berries?

Now our minds are one.

With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we

harvest from the garden who feed us with such abundance. Since

the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and fruit have

helped the people survive. Many other living beings draw strength

from them as well. We gather together in our minds all the Plant

Foods and send them our greetings and our thanks.

Now our minds are one.

Now we turn to all the Medicine Plants 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 that there are

still among us those special few who remember how to use these

plants for healing. With one mind we send thanksgiving, love, and

respect to the Medicines, and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

We gather our minds together to send our greetings and our thanks

to all the Animal life in the world, who walk about with us. They

have many things to teach us as people. We are grateful that they

continue to share their lives with us and pray that it will always be.

Let us put our minds together as one and send our thanks to the

Animals.

Now our minds are one.

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. The Maple is the leader of the Trees, to

recognize its gift of Sugar to the People when they need it most.

Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and

strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and our thanks to

the Tree of life.

Now our minds are one.

We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who

move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them the gift

of beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and

appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader, and to

watch over the world. To all the Birds — from the smallest to the

largest — we send our joyful greetings and our thanks.

Now our minds are one.

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 us 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 our thanks to

the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.

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 our greetings and our thanks to our Grandfathers, the

Thunderers.

Now our minds are one.

We now send our greetings and our 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 our greetings and our thanks to our

Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.

We put our minds together to give thanks to our oldest

Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night‐time 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 our greetings and our thanks to our

Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.

We give our thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like

jewels. We see them at night, helping the Moon to light the

darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing beings.

When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds

gathered together as one, we send our greetings and our thanks for

the Stars.

Now our minds are one.

We gather our minds together to greet and thank the enlightened

Teachers who have come to help us 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 our greetings

and our thanks to these caring Teachers.

Now our minds are one.

Now we turn our thoughts to the Creator, the Great Spirit,* and

send our greetings and our thanks for all the gifts of Creation.

Everything we need to live a good life is here on Mother Earth. Let

us pile up our thanks like a heap of flowers on a blanket. We will

each take a corner and toss it high into the sky. So our thanks

should be as rich as the gifts of the world that shower down upon.

For all the love that is 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.

We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all

the things we have named, it is not our intention to leave anything

out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to

send their greetings and their thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one.

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Poem

Percy Bysshe Shelley

“I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.
For after the rain when with never a stain
The pavilion of Heaven is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams
Build up the blue dome of air,
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,
And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb,
I arise and unbuild it again.”

Face the Darkness

Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. – Henry Miller

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When shadow-work is neglected, the soul feels dry, brittle, like an empty vessel. Then, people suffer depression rather than embark on a fruitful descent. When shadow-work is denied, the soul feels banished, exiled from its habitats in the wilds of nature … But when shadow-work is attended to, the soul feels round, full, sated. When shadow-work is invited into a life, the soul feels welcomed, alive in the gardens, aroused in passion, awake in sacred things. – C. Zweig & S. Wolf

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Be Love <3

Oh, Had I A Golden Thread

Eva Cassidy~

Oh, had I a golden thread
And a needle so fine
I would weave a magic spell
Of a rainbow design
Of a rainbow design

In it I would weave the courage
Of women giving birth
And in it I would weave the innocence
Of the children of all the earth
Children of all the earth

I want to show my brothers and sisters
My rainbow design
Cause I would bind up this sorry world
With hand and heart and mind
Oh, hand and heart and mind

Oh, had I a golden thread
And a needle so fine
I would weave a magic spell
Of a rainbow design
Of a rainbow design

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Spiders are NOT the enemy …

I love it when people make videos like this.  There is so much that most people think is ‘truth’, when it really is mis-information, or rumors, or just exaggerated stories handed down through generations.

Spiders are extremely important for our environment.  The help us. Yet people will just kill them out of repugnance and fear.  They are not the enemy. Our fear is the true enemy.  Be Love <3

Hidden Life of Trees

“It all starts with the wolves. Wolves disappeared from Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, in the 1920s. When they left, the entire ecosystem changed. Elk herds in the park increased their numbers and began to make quite a meal of the aspens, willows, and cottonwoods that lined the streams. Vegetation declined and animals that depended on the trees left. The wolves were absent for seventy years. When they returned, the elks’ languorous browsing days were over. As the wolf packs kept the herds on the move, browsing diminished, and the trees sprang back. The roots of cottonwoods and willows once again stabilized stream banks and slowed the flow of water. This, in turn, created space for animals such as beavers to return. These industrious builders could now find the materials they needed to construct their lodges and raise their families. The animals that depended on the riparian meadows came back, as well. The wolves turned out to be better stewards of the land than people, creating conditions that allowed the trees to grow and exert their influence on the landscape.”

~~Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate.

Trees

“So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”
~~Hermann Hesse