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In many ways, the forward and preface of this book, sum up most of the reasons underlying many of my threads, often referencing or quoting from books, that have inspired me, that share the common vision and themes I find in Avatar.

It is cold and dark,
the nights have grown longer and longer -
it seems the sun will never return,
the earth is barren and the fields are bleak.
Huddled together for warmth, the people wait,
eyes gleaming in the firelight, telling stories,
sharing dreams, honoring the dark time,
looking forward to the light.
Finally the special night comes,
the whole tribe, the adults and the children meet together -
on the hill, or in the square, or in the great hall -
because tonight is the longest night of the year.
Every person is needed to make the sun rise again,
so they build a huge bonfire in honour of the sun,
and they dance, and sing, and make noise,
with rattles and drums and bell, all night long.
And when the sun comes up on Yule morning,
each person there knows that she or he
was actively involved in bringing this about.
Joyful, tired, and deeply satisfied, the people greet the dawn.
They have shared something that will warm them
for the rest of the long winter: a living sense of magic.
With their help, the Earth Mother Goddess has laboured all night
and birthed the sun once more.
The days will grow longer now, and in a few months,
the fields that are her body, will flower.
The wheel, the great cosmic cirlce, has turned itself again.

Once, cultures worldwide held community celebrations
to mark the longest ngiht of the year,
celebrations that honoured each participant - woman, man, and child,
as equal sharers in the mystery.
Festivals such as these are rooted in prehistory,
and though much has been lost, enough has survived
to give us a good start if we want to explore and reexperience them.
What we are seeing now is a great movement towards
doing just that.

Celebrating The Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-Honouring Activities
by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw


Forward

How do we share a spiritual path
In today’s glittery and fast-paced world?
How do we remember, rekindle feelings
Of kinship and sensitivity to all life?
How do we teach mutual respect and peace-making?
The rituals and practices of the spiritual traditions,
Once shared and passed on to the younger generations,
Had a common foundation of nonharm and loving kindness.
We need more people who are not afraid to live fully:
to be kind, to have self-respect, to share, and to respect others.
The spiritual path is a means to open the heart.
The rituals and practices are only guides to the truth.
They are not the truth.
Spiritual practice is demonstrated by the way we live.
Are we kind and respectful?
Do we create clear boundaries?
Without gentleness there is no room, no freedom.
Kindness and clarity create the space where truth can emerge.
For us to survive on the spiritual path we have to learn
To deal with obstacles and difficuluties,
How to process doubts,
How to transform our suffering and emotions,
How to work with and integrate the practices,
How to evoke and enact compassion.
We need a foundation for joining together
To mark the changing seasons and to connect to the earth,
Our ancestors, and one another.
By celebrating the ancient holy days
And cultivating caring, gratitude, and respect for all life,
Children and adults can learn to embody the clarity,
Insight and compassion so needed in the world.
Celebrating the Great Mother is a nourishing guide,
Of possibilities offered, that may be of a great benefit to all.
To once again allow the sound of children’s laughter
Bring happiness to all that lives.

Preface

We are currently in the midst of a great resurgence,
A rebirth of earth-honouring community.
People everywhere are awakening to the magic of Circles,
The ancient, sacred shape of spiritual celebration
That gives us such a powerful way to heal the alienation
From self and from the earth
That the prevailing culture has fostered,
With its teaching of domination over nature
And separateness from deity.
Circles have no hierarch – they are all-inclusive,
The great shape of acceptance and spiritual possibility.
In Circles we can celebrate the renewal of the earth,
And our own inner power.
For many of us, joining with others to honour the seasons,
The ancient holy days that mark the year’s progression,
Is becoming a vital way of life.
By celebrating these ancient, powerful festivals together,
We make connection to the earth,
To our ancestors, and to one another,
Affirming our own unique place on the ever-turning wheel.
And we affirm the return of the Goddess,
The feminine value that sanctifies nurturing, creativity,
And community-making,
Rather than exploitation and power-over.
The Goddess path celebrates our bodies as wise and holy,
And this planet as a living being,
Calling forth our devotion.
It is a path that offers hope for world-healing.
There is so many of us who yearn to inhabit
The numinous in our daily lives –
Who are beginning to recover a sense of oneness with nature –
And who long to share the healing and beauty of the earth-based path.
This book, filled with Goddess centered activities and celebrations
To inspire and delight children and adults of all ages,
Helps one to begin.
We need to begin to find our own place on the great wheel,
By giving ourselves joyous experiences
Of our oneness with the earth, with other people, and with the divine,
We need a key, not only to personal wholeness and health,
But to the health of this planet, which future generations will one day inherit.
We need hope for a more life-affirming, earth-honouring, and joy creating culture,
The authors invite you to join the ancient sacred dance
That is renewed year after year.

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Ancient Festival: A Sense of Coming Back Home!

The opportunity to guide that enthusiasm and energy is open to us.
In earlier times, the community included the rituals of daily life –
The songs and stories told by elders,
The traditional ways of planting and harvesting,
The creation of beauty in everyday things
To honour the Earth Mother for her gifts.
But our present Western society, in which so many of us were raised
Creates a culture that discourages all but the most controlled aspects of spiritual practice.
Most of us may not have many workable ideas about how to bring ourselves
Into spiritual awareness’s in an enjoyable way.
We may want to share the joy that a connection with a spiritual power
Greater than oneself can bring, but how can we as individuals learn to reach out
And reclaim our innate sense of the mystical?
The simple answer is this:
Go back to the beginning.
Incorporate into our modern lives the sacred harmony of “living in the present”
That our ancestors practiced, and that as young children we possessed so naturally.
Create traditions for singing and dancing and celebrating
The wonderful gifts of life on our planet.
Honour the circle of seasons, year after year, with activities and rituals that will repeat
And also change as we grow older.
In doing these things together, we will begin to reshape the future.

In recent years, pioneering scholars have uncovered and articulated
A body of evidence that suggests the existence of whole societies
Based on the values of the Earth Mother Goddess –
Values of community, nurturing, and creativity
Rather than a hierarchy of power and powerlessness
And the desire for gain-at-any-cost of the later sky-god cultures.
And while some consider these Goddess cultures to be utopian fantasies,
The reality is that we, as a society, are in dire need of transformation,
And these values are the very ones we need to encourage and support
If our cultures are to survive at all.
In remaking our sense of the spiritual, we remake society.
This is the work in which many of us, sometimes unconsciously are involved.
In rediscovering the ancient Goddess way,
We have found a way to re-member parts of ourselves
With which we have been long out of touch and that are waking up at last.
The Great Mother offers us healing for ourselves and for our diseased planet.
And it is the earth-centered festivals that connect us with her
In very real and tangible ways.

We return to the ancient festivals that mark the quarter an cross-quarter days
On the great wheel of the year –
Festivals that our ancestors honoured and celebrated with rituals and customs,
Some of which have survived, more or less recognizably, today.
In a sense, renewing our connection to these timeless holy days is a coming home,
A way to recover something that we are, deeply –
But that our society has lost or forgotten.
Although technology has mushroomed past any person’s to comprehend it all,
Our inner selves are not much different that they were thousands of years ago.
We all share an instinctual, deep self- an inner landscape populated by myth and archetype,
Nurtured by fairy tales and legends from a distant shared path of consciousness.
These ancient celebrations speak to that inner self and its need –
The need to take a living, active part in the great drama that nature plays out
On our planet year after year.
When we honour the annual cycles of sprouting, growth, fruiting, decaying, dying and sprouting again,
We give ourselves the gift of serenity.
There is something deeply satisfying and reassuring about those cycles,
A promise of rebirth and renewal, while honouring the processes of death and decay.
By consciously aligning ourselves with the pattern,
We honour our own processes –
And we make a deep and powerful connection with our planet.
It becomes a kind of sacred trust to share that connection.
These are special events that we celebrate here,
Moments in time created by the sun and earth together.
They teach us gently about embracing the moment –
And then gracefully letting go.
At Mabon, the autumnal equinox, day and night are equal –
But only for an instant.
Between one breath and the next, our planet has whirled away,
And we must wait an entire year for this particular moment
Of balance and harmony to come again.
The festivals mark important pauses and the seasons honour gradual changes.
Both have much to teach us about living in the moment and living wisely.
Celebrating the yearly pattern gives us a way to recover our sense of the earth,
As deeply sacred;
The earth becomes the body of the Great Goddess who teaches us so much.
She is knowable – we have direct, personal experience of the great mysteries,
Of a living spirituality – and the world becomes filled with magic.
Far from the alienated and alienating views of cultures
That teach us dominance over nature –
Giving humanity the license to pollute and destroy the planet –
And that make the earth a sterile wasteland devoid of spirit,
This ancient way breathes spirit into all things.
The very rocks and trees become our guides,
The animals our allies.
All are sacred and vitally important to the whole.

In exploring and celebrating the ancient ways,
We affirm our commitment to healing the planet and each other,
Since if we see the earth as the body of our sacred Mother,
We are much less likely to wound and damage her.
And if we honour our own ability to know, to be wise and powerful –
If, in fact, we celebrate our own Goddess-essence –
We heal the split so many of us have sustained between our daily, conscious selves
And our inner deep selves.

It is vital to emphasize here that following the way of the Goddess
Is not a prerequisite ...
Because whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs may be,
The one thing we all share is existence on this planet,
An existence that is becoming more and more threatened and precarious.
For many the idea that earth-based spirituality offers hope and healing is nothing new,
walking this path, is simply a celebration of the great cosmic dance
a celebration of our place on the wheel.

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Experiencing the Earth as Sacred

Goddess, or Earth based consciousness often starts with the natural world and our attitude towards it.
There is a growing impulse for change, as we open to the sacredness of life –
To the spirit teachings that all of Earths beings have to offer, if only we look at them
With open eyes, we rediscover our own place in the whole picture.

The full moon shines brightly
On the sacred gathering.
There are five of them,
Holding hands around a very old oak,
Its trunk twisted and furrowed with age.
One by one,
Each approachs it.
One hugs the tree.
Another rubs their cheek against its rough bark.
A third kisses it and strokes it trunk.
They name it,
Using a syllable from each of their names.
They sing it a song.
They dance a dance around it,
Watching the moon
Make silver shadows on its leaves
And acorns just beginning to swell
Beneath its branches.
Later, after the Circle,
They will return,
One at a time
Or in groups of two or three –
To give the tree a little love-gift
Of tiny silver bells
Tied to its branches,
Or to nestle a small statue
Of the Goddess
In its hollow.
One woman
Reads a poem she just wrote.
Another sits with his back
Touching its trunk
and can feel his tension headache ease.
To them,
This tree is a friend,
Inspirited and holy.
Because this is so,
Each of them
Has become more aware
Of the terrible waste
Going on all around them.
They are committed
To using recycled paper products
Whenever possible;
They participate
As a group
In a tree-planting project
In their community;
And two of them
Are active
In the struggle
For rainforest preservation.

***
Alone, tired, and drained
A woman sits on a riverbank.
She takes off her shoes
And allows the cool water
To lap gently
Against her feet.
Gradually,
The peace of lapping water
And warm wind,
The quietness –
Only wind in branches,
Birds weaving their songs
Above her head –
And the spirit of water and wind
Begin to fill her
With peace.
Her feet become
Thirsty roots,
Drawing up the nurturing water
To her parched inner self.
She sighs deeply
And feels herself filling
With a sense of the Goddess.
She notices that her toes
Are touching something
Heavy and hard
On the river bottom
And she leans over
And pries up a rock,
Dripping, from the water.
She turns it over an over,
Marvelling at its color,
Its solid smoothness.
As she stills her mind
And continues to focus
On the stone,
She sees
That it has a shape
Like a crow,
Her power animal,
Half-hidden
In its intricate whorls
And patterns.
She returns to work
Refreshed and renewed.

quoted from Celebrating the Greath Mother: A Handbook of Earth Honouring Activites
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Such beautiful and powerful passages! Irayo, Mika, for sharing them with us!
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“Enchanted worlds still exist
and the doorways to them
are hidden within Nature.
These doorways
may be more obscure
than in times past,
but we can still seek them out.
At the change of the seasons,
Nature reveals the doorways
to those whose hearts are open.”
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Thank you very much for sharing,our desire to reconnect to nature and our humanity is shared dream and a part of all of us.

Mother I feel you under my feet:
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Nice song. We sang it in english, German and finally Austrian/Bavarian at last years HDE festival by the fire.
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Nice song. We sang it in english, German and finally Austrian/Bavarian at last years HDE festival by the fire.
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In looking at Avatar I see a very strong connection to Ancestory almost like the film trys and reconnect us to a part of us long sleeping, while it may be our basic desire for some to retuuen to a strong sence of place in the world I would not be at all suprised if some of the tools used in Avatar involve ancestral healing and reconnection, I ran accross this video
and while I know Na'Vi represent far more then just native americans they are an example
of native peoples as a whole, Cameron has said this was his intent, I would like to know if there is intrest on this subject and if there is a fealing the video has any truth behind it
'Avatar' is also a story of deep DNA within many Americans - YouTube
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Happy Earth Day, everyone!



Wiggling bare toes,

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AllRock! Thank you for posting that piece! I am now sharing it on my Facebook page for those of my friends who wonder at my BOND with the "movie" experience.
MY TWO CENTS: I don't know why Christians and Jews have a hard time conceptualizing our Diety as being at least half female.(Except for misogynestic advantage) The Bible clearly states that God create human in his image MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM. And when God is speaking to JOB, HE says "From whose WOMB came the glaciers?" It is stated this way in the TENACH, the Jewish Bible. When Abraham dies he is placed in the BUSOM of the Earth. I know that Niri Te and I are the exceptions in this belief but more Christians need to study their Bible a lot closer. Niri Te is Half Cherokee, I'm at least one-eighth Tarahumara but participated in Lakota SunDance for three years. I agree that this movie speaks to our hearts because of this. BUT the explanation (in AllRock's video) must go further. All Ancient Cultures including Hebrew) were tied-in much more closely to the planet and our moon, the cycles,the weaving of life and times ... I am exploring all these concepts in my fanfic Ateyo Te SyakSyuk: Tsulfatu. In this way I am sharing and promoting these ideas, and "Keeping the Feeling Alive." Hiyalovay, Ta Ateyo
http://forum.learnnavi.org/fiction-f...k-tsulfatu/75/
Chapter 84 halfway down the page Mendelson is explaining his (my) views
Chapter 91 outlines the proposal for developing an Avatar community on Pandora
Chapter 152 Eywa reveals to Mo'at an intricate three dimensional web of life,which traces DNA ancestry of Na'vi and Avatars from their genetic composite!

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AllRock! Thank you for posting that piece! I am now sharing it on my Facebook page for those of my friends who wonder at my BOND with the "movie" experience.
MY TWO CENTS: I don't know why Christians and Jews have a hard time conceptualizing our Diety as being at least half female.(Except for misogynestic advantage) The Bible clearly states that God create human in his image MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM. And when God is speaking to JOB, HE says "From whose WOMB came the glaciers?" It is stated this way in the TENACH, the Jewish Bible. When Abraham dies he is placed in the BUSOM of the Earth. I know that Niri Te and I are the exceptions in this belief but more Christians need to study their Bible a lot closer. Niri Te is Half Cherokee, I'm at least one-eighth Tarahumara but participated in Lakota SunDance for three years. I agree that this movie speaks to our hearts because of this. BUT the explanation (in AllRock's video) must go further. All Ancient Cultures including Hebrew) were tied-in much more closely to the planet and our moon, the cycles,the weaving of life and times ... I am exploring all these concepts in my fanfic Ateyo Te SyakSyuk: Tsulfatu. In this way I am sharing and promoting these ideas, and "Keeping the Feeling Alive." Hiyalovay, Ta Ateyo
ATEYO TeSYAKSYUK: TSULFATU
Chapter 84 halfway down the page Mendelson is explaining his (my) views
Chapter 91 outlines the proposal for developing an Avatar community on Pandora
Chapter 152 Eywa reveals to Mo'at an intricate three dimensional web of life,which traces DNA ancestry of Na'vi and Avatars from their genetic composite!

I aggre the ancester connection is more "universal" then the video promotes
I have spent 2 years trying to grasp "why" I myself connected so strongly and why 2 years later still relate just as strongly ,I myself realized that attaching to the films fantasy was "pointless" after struggling for a year and at wits end I met a someone who understood ancester issues and spoke on the problem expecting the usual rolled eyes and attachment to fantasy routine, What I got back was a lot of honest questions about Avatar and ended up showing him the film , What he saw at least pointed in that direction, My experence as a whole realy changed my life and my viewpoint on the world Avatar at its heart is a mirror story and and mirror storytelling is very powerfull tool that reflects on our own actions tie that tool with our Ancestors and we relate from our hearts in a way that could move the world I feel it is a very powerful tool for global change.
I will warn people everyone's experence is diffrent and some people "do attach" to
the films fantasy,(its kind of hard not to the film has astounding artwork and story) I am just saying its a two sided coin here is another example
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