Elders Gathering for Humanity at Lake Titicaca, PERU, March 19-23, 2007


Elders Gather to Usher in Peace and Unity

by Eleanor Gallagher

The upcoming Spring Equinox offers people worldwide a chance to unite
prayers and intentions for a New Civilization, as two visionary bridgemakers
and Indigenous Elders gather to bring into reality an ancient prophecy of
uniting the Americas, thus spreading unity and peace to the whole world. In
Peru on the March Equinox of 2007, peacemakers will gather on the shores of
Lake Titicaca, uniting the hearts of humans with the heart of Pachamama, our
Mother Earth, through the divine Feminine which is the Lake. Incan prophecy
states that when the Condor (South America) flies again with the Eagle
(Central and North America), peace will reign on Earth. The intention of the
visionaries organizing this event is to bring Elders and Wisdom Keepers from
all tribes of the Americas together, to create a unified intention for peace
and understanding, to share song, dance and ceremony, to put aside past
suffering and separation, to say to the Mother, "Thank you. We are here as
One. We are listening."

The Gathering is the vision of Jorge Luis Delgado, a Spiritual tour guide
and Chacaruna or Bridge Person, with deep roots in Andean culture and Incan
spirituality. He has chosen Adam Yellowbird, founder of ICA, Earthdance and
Earthworks for Humanity, as his North American coordinator. The two have
worked for months to invite and secure funding for the Elders who will
gather on the shores of the Lake for nearly a week of Council, ceremony and
cultural exchange.

While there are only accommodations for 200-300 people to be physically
present at Lake Titicaca, the call is put forth to all those who dream of a
New Civilization to hold synchronous gatherings and ceremonies around the
world, linking intentions for peace and gratitude for Mother Earth through
her sacred sites, waterways and within our hearts. According to Yellowbird,
this Equinox holds a unique opportunity for humanity to listen to Mother
Earth, heal emotions and the sacred Feminine through the element of water,
bring all the elements back into balance, re-member our connection to the
natural world, and break through barriers with cultural exchange.

"We can all be sparks on the front line, giving the New Civilization a
foundation. We can become illuminated beings," explains Yellowbird. The
Gathering provides us with an "opportunity to come back together, to really
go inward where we’re at and catapult ourselves into the next place."

The process begins with purification, says Yellowbird: vision questing,
fasting, sweat lodges, taking care of the Earth, changing our diet,
respecting our fellow relations by purifying disagreements and arguments
through communication.  All this allows us to be more open to hearing the
Earth, and less caught up in the mind’s games of separation.

"We have a chance to re-member ourselves, bring our pieces back together,"
he says. "Old ways and experiences may block the new information. We must
vision goals and dreams of reuniting and not get sucked into old paradigms.
We have to decide where we want to look. We must reprogram our minds. Our
nature is to look at the negative. We must look into our hearts and share
the dream of making a difference."

Those gathering at Lake Titicaca will arrive with no agendas or preconceived
ideas of what the ceremony should entail, says Yellowbird. "Our job is to
purify ourselves to be hollow reeds for this important information that Lake
has stored for humanity."

The natural world is just waiting for us to ask for healing, to give
gratitude, to join back with her, our root, says Yellowbird. By going to the
Source within, we can access universal energy and let initiations happen
inside as we re-member ourselves.

Delgado offers an Andean ritual. "The new dawn, the first light, produces a
very important effect," he says, "which is to awaken and become conscious
and present with our own authentic being. This takes us automatically to
understand that we are all rays of the same Sun with our own gifts. And if
we expand that consciousness which lives in each one of us, we can transform
any situation in our lives."

The Spring Equinox energy coupled with the Lake (considered by many to be
the Feminine Center of the planet) provide ideal circumstances for humans to
heal and birth a new way.

"What better place to catapult ourselves to the next place than the Mother?"
says Yellowbird. All sacred sites are connected through the Earth’s
waterways, so ceremonies especially at rivers, creeks, lakes and springs
around the world will anchor the energy of the Gathering and the Equinox
over all the Earth. Water represents our emotions, and has a unique ability
to heal past wounds, especially those rooted in the last 500 years of
history in the Americas. Again, Yellowbird emphasizes that water holds new
vibrations and important information from Mother Earth about how to make our
transition into the prophesied 500 years of peace. All we have to do is
listen for it.

For example, says Yellowbird, people in the Sedona, Arizona area are
concerned about development around Oak Creek. "We should go to the Creek and
listen," he says. "What does the Creek want? That’s where our answers are."

Yellowbird urges people to go to sacred sites near where they live, to
listen for a call from a particular site, to visit the sacred places of our
ancestors, many of whom lived in peace and harmony with Earth. He suggests
beginning with gratitude, making offerings back to the Earth to help lift
the heavy energy of greed and lack that prevails in many places and many
hearts.

"Give what you can. Nurture the Earth in a gentle way. We must be fruitful
and abundant to manifest it for ourselves," he explains. People can perform
simple rituals of remembering the Solstices and Equinoxes, Earth’s natural
cycles. Yellowbird says that a ritual can be as simple as lighting a candle
on the Equinox to hosting a 2- or 3-day event including meditation, council
circles, Earth Acupuncture and especially songs and dance.

One of the most important elements of the Gathering in Peru will be cultural
exchange among the various tribes. Karpay Ayni is the sharing of the unique
treasures of each community, "the gift that makes us happy," Delgado
explains. Through songs and dance, diverse peoples can communicate through
their hearts, bypassing the mental barriers that have created separation and
suffering.

"Celebrations are a really good way to bring about healing and unity," says
Yellowbird. "We can just relate to each other and feel our similarities
through stories and songs." He says it’s advised for people who are holding
gatherings to invite people from different cultures to share music and
dance.

Regardless of whether we choose to connect with others at this Equinox, all
are urged to pray and hold intentions for peace and unity.

"We must keep in our vision the praying and especially the happiness in
thinking that this (the fulfillment of the prophecy) is happening right now,
and this Gathering is a real manifestation in this reality," says Delgado.

For more information about the Elders Gathering in Peru visit
www.earthworksforhumanity.org or
email info@earthworksforhumanity.org.

[Eleanor Gallagher writes out of her home in Arizona.]

 
Earth Works for Humanity is honored to be the coordinating organization for
the Eagle tribes of North and Central America who will be traveling to the
Elders Gathering at Lake Titicaca, Peru, over the Spring Equinox, 2007. As a
part of The Institute for Cultural Awareness (ICA, an 18 year-old, 501c (3)
non-profit organization), we are dedicated to providing a safe and healthy
environment for cultural exchange and healing, bridging the gap between
Elders and the children and creating Peace throughout the world. We are
excited about this Elders Gathering and its mission to unite the Tribes of
the Americas. We share the desire for peace and unity.

It is part of Earth Works for Humanity’s mission to provide all funding
necessary for honored Elders to travel and participate in ceremonies like
this one. It is estimated that 50-60 Elders will gather in Peru, and it is
our intention to fully support them and their important work by raising the
funds necessary for their travel, lodging, meals, and other associated
expenses.

We ask for your financial support. The estimated cost for each Elder is
$3,500. Please support the Elders and the cause of Peace by returning the
attached form, indicating the number of Elders you will be sponsoring, along
with your donation. If you would like your organization to become a sponsor
of this event, please let us know so we can include you in our written
materials.

We are also asking all Indigenous communities of the Americas to join with
us in Spirit at Lake Titicaca by offering declarations of support for the
intention of unity throughout the Americas. Each tribe’s resolution will be
brought to the Gathering and incorporated into the ceremonies, linking your
community to the whole. In addition, many simultaneous ceremonies will be
held throughout the world on March 21, the Spring Equinox. If you are
interested in coordinating a local gathering, please let us know.

Thank you for your support of Peace and Unity,

Adam "Yellowbird" DeArmon
President, Earth Works for Humanity

The Institute for Cultural Awareness/Earth Works for Humanity is a 501c (3)
non-profit organization providing a safe and healthy environment for
cultural exchange and healing

928-646-3000 ~ www.earthworksforhumanity.org ~
info@earthworksforhumanity.org

POB 1502 ~ Cornville, AZ 86325

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