Reflections:   August 2008.    3rd Qtr 2008

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Greetings Relatives,

With the Hanbleceya in May, the Sundance in June and my recent pilgrimage to Mongolia in July, life has been rich and full, with great learning and Medicine - hence the delay in completing and sending this newsletter.

Mongolia - the birthplace of Chinggis Khan, the warrior leader who united more lands and cultures than any other human figure in the history of the entire world - was absolutely amazing. Copious gifts were shared and exchanged with the Shamans, Medicine People and nomads I encountered there, including being bestowed with a baby Yak! The people of Mongolia were generous, warm and gracious hosts. A horse culture (like the Lakota), Mongolians are truly the last extant nomadic peoples on the planet. Mongolian horses, though smaller than their European relatives, are equally swift and have considerably more stamina. There are no words to describe the exhilaration of galloping as fast as the wind for innumerable kilometers on the wide open steppe, with the vast Blue Sky overhead, sandwiched between steppe eagles, flying alongside, matching our speed… in July of next year I will be returning, intending to bring a small group with me to experience the magic there. If interested in this pilgrimage to Mongolia, please contact me as soon as possible for space will be limited.

Immersed as I was in the Nomadic way of life reinforced the understanding of the prophecies and underscores the Vision and knowledge transmitted from the Ancient Ones that in a very short period of time, humanity will be forced to return to a more tribal way of living and relationship. The "civilized", industrial world is fueled by and functions predominantly upon petroleum. Considering the rapid depletion of global resources and the projected timeline of complete exhaustion of all reserves, without a concerted effort on development of other sources of energy, the modern world as we currently know it will be hamstrung - a majority of manufactured products will disappear, non petroleum based merchandise will be cost prohibitive to purchase, transportation will slow and in some cases, be arrested altogether. Large corporations who rely upon vast amounts of fuel to disseminate their goods and services throughout the country and world will become anemic, crippled and bankrupt. Consequently, the lack of available goods and services will compel people, out of sheer survival, to adopt local based, sustainable economies and self-reliant communities - in other words, to become more tribal. Certainly, of any people on the planet, the nomads will be the least affected by the elimination of petroleum and serve as a viable model for the rest of the world. After all, they have existed for millennia without it. Wise it is to learn "primitive technology" - how to make fire from scratch, gather and purify water, build shelter, plant and harvest food, tend livestock as well as hunt. Rest assured, our survival will eventually depend upon it.

In light of these revelations on sustainability, though I have faithfully traveled to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico annually for thirteen years to observe the autumnal Equinox and to conduct Medicine Wheel teachings, the message from the Ancestors was crystal clear - I am not to journey there this year and to share teachings on the four elements instead. Situated in the foothills of the Mount Lassen range, the pristine site outside of Chico, CA (which is also the location for our biannual Hanbleceyas) is home to diverse flora and fauna and so is ideal for exploring the elemental world. Daily purification lodges and indigenous methods for communion will assist participants in gleaning the Medicine from the element they are focusing upon for that day. This intensive accesses wisdom carried by our most ancient elders - the elemental beings.

May this serve as a clarion call to awaken our indigenous heart, to protect our Mother Earth, to seek counsel from our elders in the Natural world and to draw inspiration, learning the gift of relationship and survival, from the tribal peoples of the planet.

Phillip

Last updated Aug 04, 2008