An Opportunity for Healing and Reconciliation
In 1492, when the European explorers started coming to the beautiful and pristine New World of the Americas in wave after wave, the universe was arranging a very special meeting of the hearts and minds of two very different peoples. The Indigenous Peoples received the “White Man” with open arms, open hearts and a reception fitting for a king. The Europeans were not of the same spirit and had an agenda that prevented them from understanding the true purpose of this divinely ordained reunion.
What ensued was certainly one of the most unfortunate chapters in both North and South American histories. What could have been one of the greatest exchanges of culture, wisdom, and abundance in human history, instead became an exercise in exploitation, stealing of lands and genocide. The true history irrefutably shows, time and time again, that the Native Americans were virtually always on the losing side of this ongoing battle, while the Europeans were on the winning side in the mundane sphere of life.
For many of us European descendants, this ongoing saga is even too painful to write about, so you can imagine how much we share your pain and suffering and anger. Like so many Indigenous Peoples across the world, the legacy of oppression, racism and victimization inflicted by the “White Man” is a stain that will be borne for eons. Because of this, we come to you this day in the spirit of humility, remorse and repentance.
Above all, we come to you to ask for your forgiveness for unspeakable offenses, committed over centuries, against your forefathers & foremothers, as well as your brothers and sisters to this very day. We come to you in peace and love and good will with the hope that we can be reconciled during these end times. Many of us now possess a profound reverence and deep respect for all that you are, and do, and offer to the other races of humankind.
Yours is a destiny that was clearly meant to teach us all about the sacredness of all life, the underlying unity of all peoples, and the divine manifestation in all earthly and heavenly beings. You possessed, and practiced, a body of ancient and sacred wisdom that we were meant to embrace centuries ago, but failed to understand or appreciate. However, the time has now come for us to come together so that we may receive this wisdom that is necessary to heal and save Mother Earth.
As you all know, we have before us an earthly challenge of epic proportions. The ongoing Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico has presented humankind with an unprecedented opportunity for all of us to come together in prayer and worship as the first and necessary step toward healing our Mother Earth. As She bleeds her lifeblood into the Gulf, and it begins to enter the Atlantic Ocean, the Seven Seas will then be at risk. The future of humanity, therefore, now lies in the balance.
By showing us Her blood in the water, She is alerting us to the necessities before us. As the great caretakers of this land known to us as the Americas, we understand that it was your wise stewardship and reverence for Mother Nature that ensured the blessed future destiny of North America, and especially of Canada and the United States of America. We fully recognize that our nations have enjoyed a fortunate destiny of abundance and prosperity due to the multi-century sacrifices, respectful practices and wise management of the Indigenous Peoples. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Now it is time for us to come together in the spirit of love and brotherhood and peace. We are all children of the same Mother Earth, as we are progeny of the same Father Spirit. About this there is no doubt, so it is time for us to stand together in union as we approach the Divine to seek the solutions and answers that will heal the planet. Before we stand together, however, perhaps it is more appropriate in keeping with your traditions that we first sit down to “smoke the peace pipe together”.
We invite your Wisest Elders, Greatest Chiefs and Gifted Shamans to come to the Emerald Coast of North Florida, which caresses our beloved Gulf of Mexico, to conduct your most sacred fire and pipe ceremonies in an effort to invoke the Great Spirits of your sacred traditions. We know that the time has come for you to take your rightful place at the table of humankind. We understand that yours is a place of leadership within the community of nations and among the many traditions and tribes around the world. By your extraordinary forbearance, perseverance and patience you have earned this right many times over. You are the rightful heirs to the mantle of planetary stewardship.
One from among you has wisely offered the sacred Summer Solstice as a potential day of prayer and ceremony. The 21st of June is very special to many traditions, particularly within the spiritual traditions of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. In preparation, your Chiefs and Elders have quite generously answered our invitation by performing ceremonies and creating sacred spaces in global forums, as well as by participating in upcoming events around the Summer Solstice. Sunday the 20th has also become a global focal point that will draw down powerful energies from the universe that are desperately needed at this time. These unparalleled and sublime international celebrations have been made possible by the magnanimity of your great Chiefs, and for this we are deeply grateful.
Our Dear Brother and Sisters of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, and beyond:
Thank you for rising up to this glorious, yet solemn, occasion. A defining moment is before us. May we seize this day together, and make our Mother Earth proud. She has been waiting for us to transcend our differences and collaborate as never before to heal Her, ourselves and every living thing.
May we come together in the spirit of harmony, peace and good will, now and forever.
With deepest respect,
Your American Brothers & Sisters