Among many indigenous peoples, the stones are the most revered spirits. In fact, the most ancient memories are attributed to the stones as the stones are among the oldest beings on the planet.
Most indigenous teachings hold that it is in the heart where the living spirit can be seen, and within that spirit is the very essence of the Creator, or the divine force.
The simple act of picking up a stone, and holding that stone being in silence, changes a person in subtle and profound ways. Finding the worlds within stone spirit reveals further worlds within oneself, the Grandmothers teach us.
Having the courage to look within and without was an important attribute in most indigenous cultures. In fact, having such close contact with nature made such an inner journey unavoidable. Visions, dreams, prayer, ceremony and ritual are the means to access the sacred Spirit World through nature, the Grandmothers tell us. Ceremony and ritual allow participation in the myths or archetypes or ancestry of the culture and serve to take one out of any shallow ‘ordinary’ reality. Rituals powered by intention, focus, concentration, enabling access to more rarefied levels of the mind for communication with the spiritual realms for prophecy and guidance and to influence events.
That is how knowledge of the healing powers of plants was first gained, how understanding was developed about the importance of honoring the four directions and the five basic elements: earth, water, air, fire and light.
Anyone who has ever been swept away by the beauty of a sunset or found an answer to a problem while communing with nature has caught a glimpse of the worlds that are open to indigneous peoples who foster this true knowing.
Spirituality’s highest purpose is to touch a mystery beyond words, which is perceived only in silence and solitude, the Grandmothers relate. Listening within the silence puts one in touch with the energy, vibration and spiritual forces that are at the heart of Creation.
The realms are real, not of the imagination, and can only be reached by a quiet mind and by practice. This does not mean there is a lack of critical thinking, only that fighting the experience of connectivity, the now, while approaching that moment, blocks the experience of knowing. The Grandmothers show that we must return to our own inner spirit and the spirit of the all which we have abandoned while looking elsewhere for happiness.
The Grandmothers know there has been an undeniable corruption of humanity’s spirit. The global human family, a macrocosm of the tribal system, is lost in confusion and sickness. We are disconnected from ourselves and the planet that nurtures us, body and soul.
Violence and war have bred hunder, poverty, loss of culture, and a lack of understanding concerning basic human rights. Our waters, the blood of our Mother Earth, have become too polluted to drink, and the air in some places to polluted to breath.
Do we really want it this way, they ask? Do we not want a future generation? We have lost the most fundamental teaching: that all life is sacred. All life is One.
The Grandmothers say we will wake up from our trance now, as the Earth has begun shaking. Prophecies of each of the Grandmothers’ traditions state that we have entered the Purification times. The purification process is a natural cleansing of all the accumulated negativity caused by being materially instead of spiritually oriented.
All of life must be honored and protected again, allowed their natural source of shelter and nourishment. Since all of the living cosmos is connected, the Grandmothers teach that healing, quality of life, and spiritual evolvement are never separate from politics and consciousness. Culture that does not derive or base itself on nature’s harmony has no roots and can’t survive long.
Without a deep connection to nature, people drift into sickness, grow negative, and destroy themselves spiritually and physically. Deeply connected to nature, we witness beauty everywhere, including wholly within ourselves.
Each part of the world spectrum holds wisdom, a key to reigniting humanity’s pure spark. The Thirteen Grandmothers came in council to share their prayers, rituals and ceremonies to create global healing and forge an alliance creating one voice. They speak of ways of bringing about sustainability, sovereignty and a unified alliance among all the Earth’s people in the interest of life and peace.
~The Secret Prophecy of the Grandmothers – The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers