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In the 90-day meditation retreat that I took part in, from Feb 9th – May 9th of this year, there was a man from Ecuador, and the couple who were running the retreat (which happened here in Charlottesville Virginia) both speak Spanish and go back to visit Ecuador once or twice a year – supporting an incredible, dynamic school in Quito Ecuador. For more on this amazing holistic school visit Inepe sites here: https://www.janetevergreen.com/inepe/ and http://inepe.net/
So it was like I was the North American representative, the couple were the bridge between North and South America (they were both born and raised in the U.S. but had many connections with South America) and then the Ecuadorian man was from South America and has strong indigenous connections down there.
I am not a typical American in the least – regular readers of my blog would know this. But I still have some subconscious prejudices and certainly have hidden biases. I got to see some of these on this retreat. I learned a great deal about the plight of the Indigenous people of Ecuador despite being in a noble silence setting (we did talk during the Zapchen Somatics session daily and twice a week we spoke more during the Dream Time session). I would even say that I am more in touch with my effeminate side (and I don’t mean that in any derogatory manner) than most American men. I have a tiny bit of Indigenous blood in my veins from a great-great-grandmother and I have at least a felt sense of a connection with the Indigenous people of Hawai’i (where I was born and raised) and Tibetans (my spiritual path). I mention all this because of the prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle. I was / am ripe for an education about social justice, social activism and increased awareness about colored people on this planet.
The prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle comes from the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle and its Indigenous shamans / medicine woman. The prophecy states that from 1490 or so until 1990 or so (about 500 years), the people of the Eagle – they are more logical, industrial and mentally inclined – would dominate and nearly wipe out the people of the Condor – more intuitive, more feminine and more in touch with their hearts. Obviously this has come to pass. The Indigenous people of the planet have had harrowing histories wherever they are located – whether South America, North America, Australia or the Phillipines, etc. The People of the Eagle have threatened devastation to the land, to the forests and the climate of the People of the Condor.
In the prophecy, the two Peoples – both the Eagle and the Condor – are potentially able to fly wing-tip to wing-tip in the 21st century (that would be now). They can unite their wisdom, intuition and their technologies to benefit the planet and Mother Earth. But this is just a potential, a possibility. This is why we have organizations like the Pachamama Alliance – organizations that work to keep big oil out of the Amazon among other vital, sustainable goals. http://www.pachamama.org.
It is time for us to wake up as a species. To wake up as a united people. To wake up to the devastation we are causing the planet. To wake up as Americans to the way in which we use South / Central American labor to stay one of the wealthiest nations on Earth – they harvest our roses, our bananas, our medicines for pennies – being subjected to chemicals and harsh unprotected terrifying conditions. And most Americans just take cheap flowers or cheap fruit for granted. And when the Indigenous people or the social activists of South America protest, the U.S. supports their violent subjugation. Putting down their protests with impunity. We must wake up to the global situation. We must take responsibility and move to be more in our hearts. Now.
We are one people. We are all brothers and sisters. There is no shame and no blame (except where corporations are influencing the government to commit evil deeds). We have done the best we can as a people. We were most likely kept in the dark about how our groceries are so cheap – being able to purchase foods from all over the globe for just a few dollars each. We all share the same fate along with Mother Earth. When one of us suffers, we all suffer.
I pray that this awakening happens swiftly (and with the virus-imposed isolation, we have all gotten the chance to look in the mirror and say, “what is it that I really want to change today? what have I really wanted to do differently?” Now is our chance!). May we choose fair trade items in our stores. May we become educated about the plight of the Amazonian people, about Indigenous people here in the U.S., in Canada, in Asia, etc.
May we live simply so that we all may continue to live on this beautiful, Eagle and Condor people supporting planet!
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