Just as hope in Indigenous cultures globally seems to be snuffing out, new phenomena are arising to rekindle that hope more powerfully than ever.
Recently, in the course of discussion with Indigenous wisdom-keepers, great concern has been expressed about the future survival of Indigenous ways:
- The critical value of Indigenous cultures is the depth of their connection to, respect for, and “power with” Mother Earth — a way of being that is essentially invisible within the Western “power over” mind-set.
- As the tentacles of Western exploitation reach ever more comprehensively around the planet, Indigenous cultures are becoming radically more threatened, because Indigenous young people are being either forced or enticed into the exploitation in the Western job market. This trend is known as “assimilation,” and it is essentially genocide.
- Indigenous wisdom-keepers express horror at the trend, because they feel the critical balance that Indigenous cultures provide slipping away.
- Why should anyone care? Because threatened Indigenous cultures are keepers of the specific tools — a veritable “seed bank” of what I would call “soft technologies” — that are necessary for sustainability of human life on Planet Earth.
However, there are two emerging phenomena that are cause for great hope!
- In Altai, where the powerful shamans who were the wisdom-keepers of their ancient, sacred, planet-balancing culture were systematically killed by Stalin, a new generation of shamans is coming of age who are able to tap into the “global conscienceness” (thank you to Navajo wisdom-keeper Patricia Anne Davis for that term/concept) and “download” the ancient wisdom directly. So, the “power with” that Stalin sought to annihilate is bubbling up again. The concept of a such profound interconnectedness is subject of considerable disdain by the Western intelligentsia, of course, because it is not rational. However, the reason it is not rational is that it is beyond and inclusive of rationality. The huge power of this “global conscienceness” is that it incorporates both the heart and the mind. Thus, it is now demonstrated that there is a resilience to Indigenous wisdom that is beyond the reach of Western domination and genocide.
- All over the planet, young people are coming of age in Western-dominated culture who are also directly accessing this “global conscienceness” even though they have no “rational” means for this access — no training, no mentors, and in many cases, extreme hardship because of it. Somehow, though, they are finding their way to adulthood with their awareness largely intact.
These two groups are flowing together through their direct connection to this over-arching field of awareness.
I attribute this amazing emergence to “global conscienceness” itself, which has in myriad ways been informing us that we are in a time of great transition. What is being lost is only the accretions of material life, which is necessary to make room for greatly expanded awareness — in which all of us are our own shamans because we are all directly accessing the “global conscienceness.”
The “gate-opening” work that the Altai Fellowship will be doing in Altai this summer is an example of the flowing together of Indigenous and Western channels as part of this great transition. Our “gate-opening” is the facilitation of direct access. The power that will flow through the gate(s) and that we will transmit onto the global “light grid” for Grounding Groups around the world to “download” is the proverbial fertilizer for global heart-based flourishing that is beyond and encompassing of all divisions.
Now we come full circle, back to the Indigenous cultures: As the world awakens to the folly and unsustainability of our fear-based Western culture, we will need the “soft technologies” that the Indigenous cultures have preserved — the how of living in harmony with Nature. And then, Indigenous cultures will, themselves, shake off the stupor of victimhood that has spread upon their cultures like a Western cancer. And they will be glad to share with all, because all will be in harmony.