"The Peacemaker taught us about the Seven Generations. He said, when you sit in council for the welfare of the people, you must not think of yourself or of your family, not even of your generation. He said, make your decisions on behalf of the seven generations coming, so that they may enjoy what you have today."
Oren Lyons (Seneca)
Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation
Artist credit Leah Dorion
The teaching of love is found in all of the other teachings. It is the eagle who mirrors these lessons back to us. The eagle is strong enough to carry all of the teachings and flies high enough to see all of creation. When we live by these teachings and see ourselves as the eagle does, we are able to love who we are. And once we have found that balance within, we can provide love to our family and community. For this reason, the eagle feather is one of the most sacred items and must be earned.
The teaching of honesty is taught to us by Sabe or sometimes the raven. Sabe is believed to be closer to the spirit world than humans and reminds us, just as the raven does, that we must be truthful to who we are. The Ojibwa expression Kitchi-Sabe means to walk tall, or to have integrity. It is only by being honest that we can have integrity.
The teaching of humility is taught to us by the wolf. The wolf is strong and powerful alone, but finds its greatest strength when part of a pack. Wolves are known to remain with packs for life, raising pups while protecting the group’s well-being. The wolf teaches us that humility imparts strength to families and communities.
The teaching of respect is taught to us by the buffalo. The buffalo provided Indigenous Peoples with everything they needed to survive: hides for warmth and shelter, meat for eating, muscle for sinew, and bones for tools. The buffalo reminds us to respect all living things, and in doing so we achieve a balance that keeps us alive.
The teaching of bravery is taught to us by the bear. Bears are known to confront threats they should be fearful of, especially female bears who will protect their cubs against larger bears and other dangers. The bear also reminds us to be playful and to rest when needed. It is in the balance of these teachings that we are taught when to be courageous.
The teaching of wisdom is taught to us by the beaver. Beavers use their teeth to cut trees and build dams; in doing this they have a positive impact on their community (the nature around them), their family (who live in the dam), and themselves (by finding purpose and health in doing what they are meant to do). The beaver reminds us that we all have gifts and a purpose in this world. It is through the love of knowledge that we find wisdom.
The teaching of truth is taught to us by the turtle. The turtle was here when all life was created and carries teachings related to the beginning of life on its back. There are 28 scutes around the perimeter of a turtle shell; these represent the 28 days of a woman’s menstrual cycle, which is key to the creation of life. There are 13 scutes in the centre of a turtle shell; these represent the 13 moons and the 13 times the Earth circles the sun each year.
There was a vision I received years ago of the splitting of the worlds. Visons are novels of insight given in a glimpse. It is very often that a vision takes years to wholly understand. Now as I sit here working diligently to put together the works of those passed and present, I find my clarity of this vision coming full circle. I was shown this vision to understand the birth of the ego and thus the birth of the fork in the road that led to the destruction of that which was – WHOLENESS and to understand the connection of the prophesies and how parts of their authenticity may have been lost or misinterpreted through religionism.
Before the continental drift, the world (Pangea) looked like a baby in a womb - as 'time' progressed the 'birth' was disrupted by the splitting of the worlds – the imbalance of the feminine and masculine aspect – the great division. This created great destruction with the shaking of the world, flooding, and climate change.
The prophecies express times as far back as when Mother Earth was ONE (Pangea). My understanding of the Eagle Condor Prophecy is that all Indigenous that stayed true to their hearts are named 'condor' and those that chose ego were named 'eagle'. This is where the masculine and feminine aspect became out of balance (the continental shift). So, neither condor or eagle are any better, as one needs the other and other needs the one. As a WHOLE, the feminine and masculine aspect regained balance a few years ago and we are now living this out physically. This is the understanding that within the unseen the feminine and masculine aspect have already rejoined in matrimony. Holding this understanding we can honor the return of the matriarchy and thus is why it has been said it will be the grandmothers – womb-en to lead the Human Tribe out of oppression. This prophecy is about fulfilling the physical act of the feminine and masculine aspect rejoining as ONE. It has to do with the awakening of those asleep! The ones we are trying to reach through our work as lighthouses, are the eagle!
The 7 Fire Prophecy gives us the insight into the splitting of the worlds and how the people were given instructions to set up camps (lighthouses) along the way as they travelled the continent to their instructed destination. Understand there are many indigenous tribes from all 4 corners of Mother Earth and each equal to the other which seems to be where religionism in the prophecies insinuate superiority. Meaning the Human Tribe were divided and guided with different instructional destinations, The Anishnabe being one of the tribes, with so many others such as; Hopi, Lakota, Kogi, Mayan, Aztec, Inca, Anangu, Hazda, Berbers, Sandawe, San, Adivasis, Ainu, Lumad, Evenkis and so many more. This is what has allowed for the preservation of ancient teachings and was foreseen by the Great Spirit to ensure that each corner would have representation in the sacred circle upon reconciliation of the Human Tribe. The continental shift occurred after the instructional destinations were delivered in guidance to reach their destination safely. Over time the ego had grown and fed the masculine aspect so much that tragedy befell in the most horrendous ways. Though as I write, I hear the Ancestors whisper, that their sacrifice was not in vain, yet with a knowing that some day they would return to support, guide, and protect the rebirth of what was so intended. They are here standing with us NOW as we stand at the fork in the road once again. We do not face extinction as a Human Tribe, though depending on the choice of the masses our sacrifices will be numbered.
In the Hopi prophecy it also speaks of the splitting of the worlds, continental shift, migration with instructions and the continued inflation of the ego which encouraged the masculine aspect to continue the road of greed. There were many opportunities of choice, to choose to heal for the greater good with the purpose of returning to that which was so intended, yet the mass chose greed over and over again. So, the few lighthouses followed instructions and have been waiting patiently for the opportunity to rise again with the hopes that the lighthouses will have gained enough brightness and serve as the beacon they are so intended to be, to help the lost one’s home. This is expressed as the White Brother bringing the physical balance of the feminine and masculine aspect together as ONE.
When the people from the four directions of the world come together in balance again, we will experience another continental shift that will re-connect the continents as ONE, fulfilling the birth – of the feminine aspect (turtle) and the masculine aspect (elephant) so we may know WHOLENESS once again. This will not come without growing pains and we must understand that WHOLENESS encompasses our return to living and loving with Mother Earth and all our relatives. With our re-connection to the Mother of all and the balance of the masculine and feminine aspect we will be able to combine traditional ways of the heart and innovation of the mind in a safe and ecological manner that will not imprint on Mother Earth in the same harmful ways. This new way of living will allow for us to enjoy the simplicities of life with some of the comforts we are accustomed to, though most importantly with reverence to All That Is.
(Thunderbird by Norvel Morrisseau)
For many years, a spiritual teacher named Jyoti had been making relations with Indigenous wise women elders. Suddenly she found herself carrying a vision of a circle of Indigenous Grandmothers. Carrying this vision, she was on her way to Africa to meet an African shaman and medicine woman named Bernadette Rebienot. While there, she mentioned her vision to Bernadette and was surprised to hear that Bernadette was having the same vision. They committed to manifesting it. After returning to her home in California, Jyoti and her associate Ann Rosencranz sent out invitations to 16 Indigenous women from around the world to join them in a gathering. The 13 Grandmothers who responded had all received their own visions and heard their own ancestral prophesies. They were told that they would be called together at a critical time in history when their ancient knowledge was needed for the survival of the next generations.