I found out about the council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers through The Omega Institute. I never heard of them before, but I wanted to find out more. The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. They are traveling around the world, encouraging and promoting projects that will save our lives and our future through preservation of the planet, and our indigenous ways amongst other things. They would be at Omega soon, but I just couldn’t afford to go there. There was the commute, the cost of the event and lodging. Just a few days ago, I read a tweet from Urban Zen announcing an event at their location in NYC, with the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, and I could get a discount on the ticket. This was my chance! I got so excited. I started to spread the word, trying to get someone to join me. Unfortunately, none of my friends were able to go. I nearly changed my mind about going, but I am glad I did go after all. I bought my ticket on the day of the event (June 10, 2011). I also got caught up on some work at the office and was almost late to the event.
These wise women don’t just share their experience and wisdom with us, they also share their wonderful, positive, loving, caring amazing energy. The night started with inspiring, energetic music. The Urban Zen space is really stunning. I took a few photos but I didn’t want to interrupt so just a few without flash. If you’d like to see them check out my Photostream at Flickr. I walked by the grandmothers while they sat not far from the main stage, and then I looked for a good place to sit. The energy in the space was really positive, very strong. I felt very emotional and teary eyed.
Donna Karan came onstage after the music show to introduce the 13 Grandmothers. She shared her vision for Urban Zen, and the terrible pain of losing her husband. She really is doing great work with Urban Zen. May the Goddess and God bless her.
The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers slowly made their way onstage, with their translators and helpers and took their seats. Each grandmother took the microphone, one by one, and shared with everyone present, their thoughts and feelings regarding the environment, community, our responsibilities to our Mother Earth, and much more. Grandmother Agnes was the first one to speak, and she talked about water. She called us Water Babies. “Think about the water in your body. Talk to it, give it thanks every day” was one of the things she said. This resonated with me, as I’ve been very interested in how water responds to thoughts and feelings. Grandmother Agnes said we should drink lots of water, and we should revere water as a God because it gives us life. She even guaranteed that if we communicate and are thankful to our body’s water every day, we’ll feel much better overall and we’ll notice the difference after a few weeks.
Grandmother Flordemayo shared a vision she had while she was at a Crop Circle. She said that her father-in-law appeared to her, in a ball of blue light. Then he said that he brought her in a roundabout way to that place. And then she said that this same night, a guard who was doing a night shift at a place where there was a watch put on to avoid the forgery of crop circles, saw a blue light appear, and then there was a new crop circle. Very interesting.
Mona Polacca also stressed the importance of water, just as all the others did. She spoke about the sacred foundation of the 4 Elements which are the key to life and should be the focus of our prayers, our respect and care.
Two grandmothers were not there in person, so videos were presented with a message from each. Grandmother Bernadette Rebienot shared a positive message, letting us know that she has hope for the future which is great. She also mentioned how important prayer is. In fact they all pointed out how important it is for us to pray, for Mother Earth, for the 4 Elements our sacred foundation.
Clara Shinobu Iura’s video was very inspiring. She is a healer at Santa Casa de la Cura in the Amazon. She reminded us that the forest is our pharmacy, and we should respect and care for it as opposed to destroy it. The forest is essential for us to breathe, feed, and heal our bodies. The pharmaceutical industry ignores and turns its back on the deforestation, and yet their wealthy industry wouldn’t exist without the forest to begin with.
After all the grandmothers spoke, we all participated in an ancient Inuit ceremony. It was exhilarating! The music, the song, the howling! It was an amazing experience. After that, each and everyone attending the event had the opportunity to be personally blessed by one of the grandmothers. To be honest, I felt blessed since I walked into that place, just being there, listening to them talk, sing, and bless everyone in general. As I stood in line, waiting for my turn to receive a personal blessing from one of the grandmothers, I knew I would cry, because there was just so much positive, beautiful energy around me, I felt emotional. Margaret Behan Red Spider Woman blessed me. She did so quietly, and I quietly walked back to my chair, with tears in my eyes. I sat down to meditate, as more tears streamed down my face, and my hands and chest felt very warm. In my mind I saw grandmother Red Spider Woman hand me a flame, placing it in my hands.
Agnes Baker-Pilgrim gave a final prayer, which was full of love, compassion and emotion. She cried, and I cried. As Grandmother Jyoti said, I was “having a moment with my water”. I walked out of Urban Zen feeling light and relaxed, affected by the presence of The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
“We have to Be the New Vision, and live the New Vision.” -Grandmother Jyoti