The article below has been re-printed with kind permission of the author, Sharon Pacione. It is an attempt to wake people up out of their complacency and ignorance and see what's really happening around them, right at this very minute. The US launched an attack on Iraq, regardless of the many in the world who opposed it, including most of the nations of the UN. Do we really believe this bullying will stop at Iraq? Country after country will follow the same fate as Iraq, until we wake up to what is going on.
History books are written by the victors, and is never an indication of the truth of what really happened, and the Native Americans are but one example. We are not being told the real truth, whether it be about history, or about current events.
But now, more and more, courageous voices are speaking out against war as a solution to anything. The first step to creating Peace is to arm yourself with the Truth. The second step is to do something about it. Each of us individually has the power to create the Peace we all wish for. And not just the power, but we have a responsibility as Global Citizens. As long as we sit back and do nothing, whether out of fear or out of ignorance, we will all be victims in the end.
I encourage you to arm yourself with Knowledge. Then rid yourself of your fears and start to do something, before it is too late. Let's give our children a world to look forward to. The native americans have the custom of basing all their actions on how it will affect 7 generations into the future; that is, the future we leave our children with. What a wonderful idea for governments to implement before they make any policies.
Start to become aware of what's happening, and look behind the scenes. Start questioning. The article posted below is only one of many ways we can begin...........
War does not determine who's right,
only who's left!
THE LITTLE WHITE LIE
There is a little white lie...that we call history.
It appears that as a nation, the United States government has never considered the original people of the continent of North America to be among "all men" mentioned in the following portion of the Declaration of Independence:-
As our government continues to try to go to war against the wishes of ever-growing opposition all over the world, I ask you to consider the recommendations listed in this post to educate yourself about Native American Indian cultures. I believe that the United States government has become addicted to war and it started a very long time ago!
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- that to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever Any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government."
~~ The U.S. Declaration of Independence ~~
It is through awareness and understanding that humanity can purify the individual and collective hearts and minds, necessary components to bring about peace on this planet. The great purification spoken about in Native American prophecy can be as kind and gentle as humanity wishes it to be. We can either wake up and do the internal work on ourselves, manifesting peace...or continue harboring the fear and anger, manifesting war. It's as simple as that...and it's our choice! It is our actions (or lack of them) that are determining this very minute the type of world in which we CHOOSE to live.
Mankind cannot become healthy unless there is the realization that we're ill and, as a species, we are very, very sick...having spread the cancers of fear and anger rhat we carry within our collective conscious, manifesting these diseases in our outer world for all to see. Our outer world is but a mirror of our inner world. And, we are a world of pretenders, a great majority ignoring the pain brought about by unjustness in the world in which we live. Most often, we deal with what we see and hear through apathy and anesthetizing ourselves with our addictions.
Perhaps the time has come to silence the drums of wars raging within by diligently working on ourselves. Peace within is the only path to peace without. The vibrations of war enslave not only individual souls but the collective soul of humanity as well.
The following information is being highly recommended to the masses on this planet, especially here in North America. If we can begin to see how our government has treated the original people, those we often call Native Americans, perhaps we can see how prevalent the divide-and-conquer mentality has been since the first moment that colonists set foot on this continent already inhabited by millions of people. Most of these videos will not bring about a warm, fuzzy feeling, but having one's story told and being heard is part of the healing process. Please consider educating yourself and your family and friends, especially the children, so that the big fat lie that became the little white lie we call history can be corrected. Even if it isn't pretty, we should start telling the truth.
Those of us who work for peace care deeply about Mother Earth and what kind of world we are creating for all children, for people of all cultures. Knowledge continues to be power, but let's no longer choose "power-over" in our ways of dealing with people and countries, but power used in a wise way for the greater good of all of life, including the planet herself.
This is the time of a great awakening by humanity, but we must not just wake up if we wish to effect positive change in the world, we must get out of bed!!! We have unlimited opportunities to educate ourselves about what's really happening in the world and be a voice for peace. We can also make ourselves aware of real history that never made it into our history books. And, once we become aware, we might start to wonder just what the agenda really is on our planet by those who continue to enslave the spirit of humanity through the vibrations of fear brought about by war and oppression. There seems to be a constant need to feed the beast of oppression to make a few people rich and comfortable.
Here's one last bit of food for thought. The masses have always been controlled through fear, and what better way to continue the vibrations of fear than through war? It is serving the agenda of the divide-and-conquer "powers that be" (in their minds) to make the prophecies concerning what has been called the "end times" come true. And, we should remember that war is a BUSINESS. How does one justify feeding the beast, if there is no war?
If humanity removes the "sheeple" robe it has so comfortably worn and becomes part of "we the people" instead of "we the sheeple", we can manifest peace instead of war. It is OUR CHOICE and this IS OUR COUNTRY...ISN'T IT?...ALL OF US!!!!
Let's not let the U.S. government mantra of "broken treaties, broken spirits" spread any further into the global scene than it already has!
The time of separation is over...the time of oneness, of knowing the connectedness of everything, is here. Please consider viewing the following to give even a small glimpse of the history that never made it into the history books because the little white lies did instead.
When we start to unpeel the onion of truth, we will realize that this is only the beginning. Be prepared to have this onion of truth make you cry. Part of the tears will come because of the realization of how we have allowed ourselves to be duped by the illusions that have passed (and continue to pass) for truth for so long!
The Native Americans (6 Video Tape Set)
*The Nations of the Northeast*
*The Tribal People of the Northwest*
*The Tribes of the Southeast*
*The Natives of the Southwest*
*The People of the Great Plains: Part 1*
*The People of the Great Plains: Part 2*
The music from the above series is fantastic. It is called "Music for the Native Americans" by Robbie Robertson and the Red Road Ensemble. Track number 3 "Ghost Dance" is especially powerful, part of which says: "you don't stand a chance against my prayers, you don't stand a chance against my love."
500 Nations (8 Video Tape Set)
*Clash of Cultures*
*Invasion of the Coast*
*Cauldron of War*
*Roads Across the Plains*
*Attack on Culture*
Please contact your local library and ask them to carry any of the videos mentioned in this post. I AM NOT affiliated with them in any way, just found them powerful when I viewed them. You can also call your local public television station and ask to have them added to the lineup of future shows. If you wish to purchase them, check with area bookstores or you may order on-line at Amazon.com. In my opinion, the materials mentioned in this post would be a great addition to any history class in any school in the world. Maybe some teachers will be strong enough to recommend and teach from them.
Here are a few additional recommendations (videos, poetry book, and websites):
In 1983, the first of a trilogy of "qatsi" movies was made. The third in the trilogy came out in late October 2002 but it has not yet made it to the big screen theatres and only in the largest of cities has it been shown at all. The first two are highly recommended and the third is much anticipated by those who have seen the first two. They are composed of striking visuals, accompanied by the music of Philip Glass. The titles are Hopi words. Please ask in your area to have this latest movie shown. Ask, ask, ask. The subject matter has never been more timely. The first two are available as VHS and DVD. I will add a fourth title that is the same vein (visuals and music) and equally as good.
. "Koyaanisqatsi" (Life Out of Balance) 1983
."Powaqqatsi" (Life in Transformation) 1988
."Naqoyqatsi" (Life in War) October 2002
."Baraka: A World Beyond Worlds" 2001 (Baraka is an ancient Sufi word which
translates as a blessing, or as the breath or essence of life from which the
evolutionary process unfolds. This movie was shot in 24 countries on
."Autobiography of a Hopi"
."The Pajaro Ohlone Indian Story".
Visit the following website: http://www.pelicannetwork.net/pajaropeople.htm
."Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the North Americas"
by Jerome Rothenberg
. The Tree of Peace Society, Mohawk Nation
. United Native America
. Website: Native American Resources
. Nanish Shontie (Meaning:"to ask the Creator for a blessing")
. Native American Links Page
."Bloodline Does Not Determine Identity"
"Only to the white man was nature a "wilderness" and only to him was the land "infested" with "wild" animals and "savage" people. To us, it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery. Not until the hairy man from the east came and with brutal frenzy heaped injustices upon us and the families we loved was it "wild" for us. When the very animals of the forest began fleeing from his approach, then it was for us that the "wild west" began."
Luther Standing Bear,
Chief of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (1868-1939)
Land of the Spotted Eagle, 1933
BTW, in addition to the above mentioned videos the movie "Rabbit Proof Fences" which opened in limited theatres in mid-December 2002 is EXCELLENT. It's a true story set in Australia about young Aboriginal girls who were kidnapped from their villages and taken 1,200 miles to a boarding school. Sound familiar????
Let's remember that one person DOES make a difference as we stand together FOR PEACE....peace of mind ... peace on Earth!
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the the appauling silence of the good people."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the spirit of peace and love for Mother Earth and all of life,
January 25, 2003
Re-printed here with permission