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Thanksgiving Prayer, Native America, and gratitude.

I received this is email from NARF (Native American Rights Fund). The last part is one version of something I grew up hearing called the Thanksgiving Prayer, tho here it is an “address”.

They also mentioned that November is American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month. If you have an interest in Native Culture many nations and tribes have web sites with lots of info on culture and history, as well as locations and times for things like local museums, cultural fairs, pow wows etc.

I have lots of links to sites on language and culture, will create a page for reference here and hope everyone will post and share any interesting sites they find in the comments;-)

That is something I am personally very thankful for-the internet is a wonderful resource for sharing and learning about one’s own and others cultures, arts, music, food and best of all meeting one another across crazy distances.

I spend a lot of time in online organizing and political action and I appreciate the ability to do that-it is really helping to level the field for the people in relation to the 1% and corporations/governments etc but the real miracle of this technology is the ability to create friendships and community across oceans and continents-even for those of us who cannot afford a taxi to the next town over!;-)

Thanksgiving
Each November in America we celebrate the harvest festival of Thanksgiving. Over the years, much lore has evolved surrounding early Thanksgivings and feelings of brotherhood and good will between pilgrim settlers and the Native inhabitants of North America. Sadly, most of these stories are inaccurate at best, and serve to ignore or gloss over a broad history of atrocities. In our hearts, we cannot celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the way revisionist history teaches our school children. We still feel the pain and suffering of our ancestors as the Pilgrims celebrated their thanksgivings by theft of our lands and the genocide of our peoples.

Still, Native Americans are grateful for all that nature provides, and many of us celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in our own ways. Moreover, we give thanks every day as we greet the morning star in the eastern sky giving thanks to the Creator, our families, our ancestors and our survival.

We wish you and your families a happy holiday, and hope you are able to set images of pilgrims aside and join in gratitude for the bounty the living earth provides us. In that spirit, let us share with you the words of “Thankgiving” from our Mohawk relatives in belief that one day there will truly be a Thanksgiving for all.

Thanksgiving Address

Greetings to the Natural World

The People
Today we have gathered and 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 things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.

Now our minds are one.

The Earth Mother
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 greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Waters
We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms-waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.

Now our minds are one.

The Fish
We turn our minds to the all the Fish life in the water. They were instructed to cleanse and purify the water. They also give themselves to us as food. We are grateful that we can still find pure water. So, we turn now to the Fish and send our greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Plants
Now we turn toward the vast fields of Plant life. 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 thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants
With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Medicine Herbs
Now we turn to all the Medicine herbs 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 there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the Medicines and to the keepers of the Medicines.

Now our minds are one.

The Animals
We gather our minds together to send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us as people. We are honored by them when they give up their lives so we may use their bodies as food for our people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so.
Now our minds are one.

The Trees
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. Many people of the world use a Tree as a symbol of peace and strength. With one mind, we greet and thank the Tree life.

Now our minds are one.

The Birds
We put our minds together as one and thank all the Birds who move and fly about over our heads. The Creator gave them beautiful songs. Each day they remind us to enjoy and appreciate life. The Eagle was chosen to be their leader. To all the Birds-from the smallest to the largest-we send our joyful greetings and thanks.

Now our minds are one.

The Four Winds
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 thanks to the Four Winds.

Now our minds are one.

The Thunderers
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 are thankful that they keep those evil things made by Okwiseres underground. We bring our minds together as one to send greetings and thanks to our Grandfathers, the Thunderers.

Now our minds are one.

The Sun
We now send greetings and 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 greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun.

Now our minds are one.

Grandmother Moon
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 woman 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 greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon.

Now our minds are one.

The Stars
We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. With our minds gathered together as one, we send greetings and thanks to the Stars.

Now our minds are one.

The Enlightened Teachers
We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help 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 greetings and thanks to these caring teachers.

Now our minds are one.

The Creator
Now we turn our thoughts to the creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still 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.

Closing Words
We have now arrived at the place where we end our words. Of all the things we have named, it was not our intention to leave anything out. If something was forgotten, we leave it to each individual to send such greetings and thanks in their own way.

Now our minds are one


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Israel-Hamas Ceasefire: Egypt Announces Peace Deal To Take Effect At 9 P.M.

Israel-Hamas Ceasefire: Egypt Announces Peace Deal To Take Effect At 9 P.M.
By SARAH EL DEEB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH 11/21/12 02:01 PM ET EST

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.
The deal was brokered by the new Islamist government of Egypt, solidifying its role as a leader in the quickly shifting Middle East after two days of intense shuttle diplomacy that saw U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton race to the region. Under the agreement, Egypt will play a key role in maintaining the peace.
Standing next to Clinton, Egypt’s foreign minister, Mohammed Kamel Amr, announced the breakthrough and said the deal was set to take effect at 9 p.m. local time. (2 p.m. EDT), capping days of intense efforts that drew the world’s top diplomats into the fray.
The agreement will “improve conditions for the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel,” Clinton said at the news conference in Cairo.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he agreed to the cease-fire after consulting with President Barack Obama.
Israel launched the fierce Israeli offensive in Gaza on Nov. 14 to stop months of intensifying rocket attacks, subjecting t. Even after the deal was announced, air raid sirens continued to wail in southern Israel.
In the last-minute burst of fire, Palestinian militants fired several bursts of rockets, Israeli authorities said. One rocket hit a house in the southern city of Beersheba, police said. No injuries were reported.
Israel launched well over 1,500 airstrikes and other attacks on targets in Gaza, while more than 1,000 rockets pounded Israel. In all, more than 140 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, were killed, while five Israelis died in the fighting.
According to a copy of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press, Israel and all Palestinian militant groups agreed to halt “all hostilities.” For the Palestinians, that means an end to Israeli airstrikes and assassinations of wanted militants. For Israel, it brings a halt to rocket fire and attempts at cross-border incursions from Gaza.
Hamas officials said details on the new border arrangements would have to be negotiated.After a 24-hour cooling off period, it calls for “opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods, and refraining from restricting residents free movement.”
Israel imposed its blockade of Gaza after Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel’s destruction, seized control of the territory five years ago. It has gradually eased the closure, but continues to restrict the movement of certain goods through Israeli-controlled crossings. Among the restrictions: a near-complete ban on exports, limited movement of people leaving the territory, and limits on construction materials that Israel says could be used for military use.
The deal was vague on what limits Israel would lift, and whether Gaza’s southern passenger terminal on the Egyptian border would be expanded to allow cargo to pass through as well. The deal was also unclear about a key Israeli demand for an end to arms smuggling into Gaza in tunnels underneath the border with Egypt.
Under the agreement, Egypt will play a key role. It said “Egypt shall receive assurances from each party” that they are committed to the deal.
“Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would break this understanding,” it adds. “In case of any observations, Egypt – as the sponsor of this understanding – shall be informed to follow up.”
The deal marked a key victory for Egypt’s new Islamist government, which is caught in a balancing act between its allegiance to Hamas and its need to maintain good relations with Israel and the U.S. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood.
The agreement came after Clinton shuttled across the region to help broker an end to the violence. She ended her meetings in Cairo, where Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi mediated between Israel and Hamas. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon also flew across the region as part of the diplomatic cease-fire push.
Hours before the the deal was announced, a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv near Israel’s military headquarters that wounded 27 people and led to fears of a breakdown in the shuttle diplomacy Clinton and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon were conducting in the region.
The blast, which left the bus charred and its windows blown out, was the first bombing in Tel Aviv since 2006. It appeared aimed at sparking Israeli fears of a return to the violence of the Palestinian uprising last decade, which killed more than 1,000 Israelis in bombings and shooting attacks and left more than 5,000 Palestinians dead as well.
The blast was from a device placed inside the bus by a man who then got off, said Yitzhak Aharonovich, Israel’s minister of internal security,
While Hamas did not take responsibility for the attack, it praised the bombing.
“We consider it a natural response to the occupation crimes and the ongoing massacres against civilians in the Gaza Strip,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told The Associated Press.
Bassem Ezbidi, a West Bank political analyst, said it was unlikely Hamas itself was behind the attack, since it would not want to risk losing any of the international support it gained in recent days.
“If Hamas wants to target civilians it would do so by firing rockets, but not by buses because such attacks left a negative record in the minds of people. Hamas doesn’t need this now,” he said.
The bombing came as 10,000 Palestinians sought shelter in 12 U.N.-run schools, after Israel dropped leaflets urging residents to vacate their homes in some areas of Gaza to avoid being hit by airstrikes, said Adnan Abu Hassna, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency spokesman.
The influx of displaced people came a day after the head of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, warned that the agency urgently needed $12 million to continue distributing food to the neediest Gazans. The agency runs schools, shelters and food programs for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Gaza.
Huge clouds of black smoke rose above the Gaza City skyline Wednesday as airstrikes pounded a sports stadium, used as a launch site for rocket attacks on Israel in the past, and a high-rise office building housing Hamas-affiliated media offices, but also Agence France-Presse.
AFP reporters said they evacuated their fourth-floor office Tuesday, after an initial strike targeted sixth-floor offices linked to Hamas and other smaller factions.
A 4-year-old boy was killed in the second attack on the high-rise Wednesday, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said. The boy, Abdel-Rahman Naim, was in his family apartment in the building when he was struck by shrapnel and died on the way to Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, al-Kidra said.
Washington blames Hamas rocket fire for the outbreak of violence and has backed Israel’s right to defend itself, but has cautioned that an Israeli ground invasion could send casualties soaring.
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Daraghmeh contributed to this report from Cairo.
http://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/Israel-Hamas-Ceasefire-Eg-in-General_News-121121-474.html


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ASCENSION BALANCING INSIDE US

~ Angela Peregoff 11.19.12 http://www.angelaperegoff.com

“The dust of exploded beliefs may make a fine sunset.” -Geoffrey Madan

The Universe is in a natural cycle of revolutionary change as swiftly expanding numbers of earthly initiates plunge into conscious change to match the higher frequency expressions. Get ready to create a week that allows for stability and integration because of the alignment that happened within the deepest desires of your precious Self last week. You want to stay tuned to the concise, clear stirrings of your Soul Truth because we just crossed (on 11/11&13) a critical threshold in our evolution toward spiritual 5-D embodiment.

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Here is another, similar to the last, but more direct;-) I would like to add from my own understanding that not that long ago the area we know as the “Holy Land” of three religions, was a place of peace. It was one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the world the hub of trade between Europe, the Far East and Africa with such a variety of peoples living peacefully and even happily together. I know we have been told stories of hate and conflict and indeed some periods those things did occur, but they were only punctuations to much much longer periods of peace, tolerance and happy interaction and respect among the same peoples now said to be unable to tolerate one another. That is just a story we have all been told-one that breaks down whenever people of good heart get together. We are no more destined to be hateful to one another in that region or any other due to ancestry or religion than we are destined to eat nasty fast food and get fat and feel bilious! It is a choice, as are so many things. There is a wonderful writer I was exposed to in college, by the name of Edward Said, who writes about the “conflict” and the history of the area. His articles made me see it in a whole new light, not shadowed by the old story of thousands of years of hate-which after all is just a story told for a reason, which perhaps we should question, eh?
What I’m trying to convey in my usual circular fashion, is that the middle east is naturally peaceful just like everywhere else on Earth, war and hate are introduced ideas and can be dissolved like the surface scars they really are. The people living there now have indeed lived thru war and trauma that has surely hurt their hearts but they need love and healing, to be returned to the circle-not thought of as part of something negative.

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Linda DillonLinda Dillon asks our participation in meditating to shift the energy between Israel and the Palestinians.  Psychic Christina Mahler sends this along saying the same higher-dimensional being, Waka’na’taka, came to her as well with the same request.

Israel and Palestine ~ Urgent Peace Assignment

Linda Dillon, Council of Love Newsletter, Nov. 19, 2012

Hi There,

I was awakened rather abruptly about 4:30 this morning. The kind of wake-up call when you know someone is in the house. My first thought was the Chiefs are back – but that’s another story.

As I cracked opened my eyes only one Spirit Chief stood by the bed – Waka’na’taka, former Keeper of the Keepers of Gaia’s Council Fire and now Earth’s representative to the Intergalactic Council.

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As always, Wes, and those he channels say things so much better;-) I was trying to convey something similar yesterday as to how we must all face these energies that are so painful to face, and instead of turning away to avoid the pain, or becoming angry and involved with one “side” or the other being right or wrong, that we have to simply accept all of it within ourselves and then transform it, transmute it and release it from ourselves and from the collective. Give it back to Creator, ask for help in integrating our shadows, in transforming and releasing the horror, violence, pain and suffering both “over there” and within us. I don’t know about the rest of you, but seeing the people going thru so much really makes the need to work on that within myself stronger, if I can in any way, contribute to ending the nightmare I want to do it!

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Thanks to: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/create-peace-you-seek-around-you-within-you-do-it-now

Love/Light Message from the celestial team

Greetings, Beloved!

Please forgive us for not indulging in the loving chit-chat we have come to enjoy beginning our messages with. Our reason for “getting right to the point” is that this particular transmission is of the utmost importance, and we don’t want to risk diverting either of our energies away from it before we even begin! Instead, we wish to place our complete focus on the “crisis of violence” that is currently erupting in a certain portion of your world. Neither the circumstances nor the causes of this eruption are new. In truth, they are ancient, and have been ongoing for many, many of your years on the planet. In this NOW, however, they have become inflamed to the point of exploding outward in a way that has captured the attention of the vast majority of your entire human collective.

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I am glad that there are powerful countries other than the one I live in, who are actually prepared to speak up and take action on this, while my own country so shamefully engages in foot dragging and unequivocal support for the more powerful combatant. The reason for the creation of the UN was to stop just such instances of blatant unfairness-that will always lead to wider wars when other countries can no longer stand the humanitarian abuses. With the structure of the UN we were supposed to be able to intervene in non-violent ways to stop such things BEFORE other countries felt the need to engage with the most powerful aggressor using violence.
It is highly unfair to the innocent citizens of both nations to allow unbalanced violence to continue, as even tho Israel is currently taking much less actual damage and death from the conflict, the end result for them can only be horrible-to “win” by destroying so many innocents can only destroy the country and the spirits of the people, and that is given the very big IF no other country chooses to intervene militarily, in which case the destruction and death would also be a big problem.
The leaders who think the people are blind to their machinations should beware, as the people are not so easily fooled as once we were. Both governments of Israel and the US think they are each using the other, and both are using the people (all of us) as pawns in vast games over money, resources and power they think we are ignorant of. I do not deny the leaders of Palestine(Hamas) may also have their own ulterior motives beyond simply defending the people, but at least *they* are putting their OWN lives on the line for their beliefs and goals, whether or not they are simply acting from love of their people or not. I personally have serious doubts that anyone anywhere is enacting war for any religious reason-war is ALWAYS about resources, land, water,oil, money, power, control. Sure people give all kinds of excuses but if you examine history there has never been a war for any other reason. It is convenient to claim that people are implacable zealots, but aside from the few who truly are power mad or obsessively greedy, most people simply want those they love to be safe, well fed, sheltered etc. As a descendant of some who gave their lives to fight the colonizer’s unfair practices, on several continents, I know that those forced to live in unbearable conditions will eventually escape, one way or another. The Irish who died with faces green from trying to eat grass were called a scourge by the British colonizers who took the food that was not rotted and sold it for a profit(during the “potato famine”). I know that a life is a life, and each one is worth the same no matter the skin, the name or the ancestry. When the circle is broken all are harmed, we are all one people-Earth People-and until we recognize that fact and act decisively upon it, we will all continue to suffer for that lack.


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The author of this is a former IDF soldier. After so many days of heart crushing feelings, it was nice to read an article that was made to inspire laughter instead;-) For some reason, NDN’s are the funniest people in the world. My grandparents used to say it is because if we couldn’t laugh we’d all go insane;-)

I am guessing the use of this *living-in-hell-learned-skill* is quite in demand in both Palestine and Israel these days. My heart goes out to the regular people in both countries who, with compassion in their hearts for their counterparts on the “other side” are just trying to get thru each day, in spite of the insanity around them. As we all continue to pray fervently that the leaders come to some sensible and fair agreement to stop the bloodshed and bombing soon, I leave you this satirical piece to distract from the seriousness for a moment.