I AM I am the universe The universe is me I am the future The future is me I am the present The present is me I am the past The past is me I am the blood The blood is me I end the feud The feud ends with me I am the music The music is me I am the ancient ones The ancient ones are me See the sun See the moon See the stars I am them They are me Hear the river It is me Feel the wind It breaths the ancestors The ancestors are me I sing the words My blood knows the lyrics and the rhythm I am the universe The universe is me
A THOUSAND MORE I was born the way I was born and I was born the way I was born I will celebrate that and I celebrate that I’ve lived a hundred lives I will live a thousand more I know you now and I will know you then New York to Canada to L.A. We found each other along the way New York to Canada to East L.A and we’ll find each other again My brother My sister I know your face I feel your presence You are in my waking dreams If we haven’t met now I will meet you then I was born the way I was born and I was born the way I was born I will celebrate that and I celebrate that I’ve lived a hundred lives I will live a thousand more The hardship The love The laughing The time spent thinking Life, it could have been more When it came time to leave our lands It wasn’t the first time and it wouldn’t be the last The Earth knows where we have been and our travels can make amends To keep standing and not fall I was born the way I was born and I was born the way I was born I will celebrate that and I celebrate that I’ve lived a hundred lives I will live a thousand more
THE TIME He is sleeping Don’t wake him up He tells me about his dreams About the woman he has seen the mountain that he has climbed the stream that he has crossed If I wake him Then the story will be lost He is sleeping I won’t wake him up when night falls and the stars are in the sky Will I be in his memory To be dreamt of while he rests In my heart I do no different In my thoughts I keep him alive The sleep that he enjoys now Will not always be He is sleeping Don’t wake him up But if my time has come to join him Will he welcome me in peace I have woke him Not intending to be unfair But he felt my cry for help I thanked him just by being there
WOMANKIND Am I closer to humanity? I bleed. Do I feel a little more? I bleed. Are my thoughts within the universe? Will I see you, sense you because I give? My blood leaves my body Spills out into the world Because I know the pain, the lust, the urges More than man can even know or that he can ever, ever, ever experience. I bleed. My heart is tied to my gut. I bleed. I feel the earth within my being. I bleed. It returns to me two-fold. Only now do I see How it is that woman lives A conduit for life The platform for those who breath. I bleed. For you, for me, for those who have died. My pain, my pleasure, my sorrow is a sign for all. I bleed.
PLANTED I am not politically correct I stand with my feet planted in the earth The water of a cold stream rushing past my knees, up to my hips that I birthed this Nation from Between the ancestral mountain and the mighty ocean Beneath the greatness of thunder sky And the brightness of the Fire King The power of the luminaries Calling out to the ancestors The Oneness of the Universe How shall this day end And that the night brings light for my path into tomorrow And the day brings darkness Hiding the true story of the People
TALKING STICK We say our piece and I speak my truth Let go and release, yield to yourself and to others Our essence is passed between the walls of our life force Change and metamorphosis for all Telling stories and writing the future Bringing life and vision My heart burns with your meraki Knowing I am forever new I accept the talking stick from you Please accept my message and welcome my thoughts As I do Hear what the Grand Council has to say They plan and strategize for the nations and the small The mighty look to what is not shiny for the answers Do you answer the call Stand up and take the talking stick Say your piece Bring your vision to the council and wear the belt of peace We create and bring life to all that is new Bringing energy and humble words Laced with precision and sharp Cutting through layers of old to reveal what is beneath Shaping lives and what will soon be here Opening to the very center and revealing a benevolent outcome We say our piece and I speak my truth I yield
WOUND This wound is open and time has left its mark Put hearts to the ground and heal the nations Every elder of every tribal clan This call will now be answered Send your elder from each Nation From every corner of the earth, all across the lands The Grand Council will meet united Placing a shift and ripping through the cloak of darkness and revealing the cause Their energy will go out into the bones and send the final message The vibration will fill the universe and the tear will become a scar
CURATIVE CEREMONY Peace is the harmonious balance between fear and desire = FIRE. For every fear there is an equal desire. List six words that represent the essence of peace, which is three for fears and three for desire, and write them down. Create a 12-pie chart and write each word in a sentence to reflect both a fear and a desire. For example: DESIRE Acceptance Being Seen Understanding FEAR Fraud Lying Deception For every desire there is a fear, a yin and a yang. The harmonious balance equals PEACE. Take the equality of your fears and desires and burn them in the FIRE. Let the smoke of PEACE go into the universe to become part of the atmosphere. Add water to the ashes of PEACE and place the mixture at the root of a very large tree. Smear the tree root with the mixture and also let it seep into the ground to be absorbed into the roots of the very large tree. The energy and message of PEACE from the FIRE will go out into the atmosphere and become part of the universe affecting a change to create the harmony of fear and desire and a resounding message of PEACE. The people will breath in the harmony of fear and desire in equal parts and energy and absorb it into their body and create changes in their DNA by changing their thoughts and energy vibrations by experiencing the meraki of the FIRE. In this way we pass the talking stick and live under peace through a harmonious balance of desire and fear.
LOOKING FORWARD We hold our head high and keep our vision to the future, savoring the journey. Our travels complement what our soul has manifest Telling our story to future generations Letting in the light and opening our hearts wide Setting foot on land and drifting across the ocean floor Not yet knowing its depth, but the sea our labor. Without rest we continue on Seeking more Hungry for life and thirsty with lust, to experience even more. To know what is being written, all while resting in sleep Unaware we are creating the future and being prophet to those yet to walk the sands.
TODAY Today, as a gathering of souls, we ask, "What is love?" Love is the salve that heals the wound, the voice of reason, the warm embrace, a welcoming, a receptive heart, an open palm. Love is setting the ego aside. Love is unconditional and sees only the soul and through loves’ lessons my soul sees your soul and now the wound becomes a scar. In unconditional love the power of our energy is united across the entirety of Mother Earth, beneath the vastness of Father Sky. The coolness of healing waters run through the blood that has been spilled. The wind carries the voices of lament and sings a new song. The flame of fire burns brightly to ignite and power a spirit of joy and community where fear has no mastery and when we are vulnerable we are seen in beauty and stand in our power and let go of what things are not in support of the community path. We are rebuilding the former cornerstone foundations with unconditional love. We are establishing bridges of trust and paths of loving kindness that energetically creates a oneness of souls. As we heal, so does the universe.