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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 07:12 PM
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A DUer's Wakeup Prayer -- The Hopi Elders Speak
Edited on Thu Jan-13-05 07:13 PM by Fly by night
This has been my morning meditation for the past year, a gift from a Montana friend. It has really taken on much more meaning in the last few months as, first, I worked as a campaign volunteer; and, later, as I have pondered what I (we) can really do to overcome the turn for the bad that our country has taken. This prayer reminds me that we have much to be thankful for, including the fast flowing river. See all who are here among us at DU and celebrate. We are the ones ....
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From the Hopi Elders

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

Here are the things that must be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?

Know our garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.

Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves!
For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lonely wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona, Hopi Nation
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greenmutha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 07:16 PM
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1. Hey Fly by night! I have this very message framed on my wall.
I participate in a lot of Sweat Lodge Ceremonies and this was passed out at one of them just prior to Y2K. (The Elders knew what was coming clear back then!)
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IndyPriest Donating Member (685 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 07:19 PM
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2. Love that line: "We are the ones we've been waiting for."
Didn't know where it came from. Thanks for the posting!
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 07:21 PM
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3. Thank you, Fly by night
I will add this to my meditations as well.
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 07:24 PM
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4. Hopi elders ...and also the Mayan Elders.....
Edited on Thu Jan-13-05 07:24 PM by Desertrose
The Hopi mesas are just awesome and the people are fascinating......I have been very blessed to spend time there......

The elders have certainly been trying to get the message out...

This is from the Mayans......
URGENT CALL FROM THE MAYAN ELDERS OF GUATEMALA, 1/10/2005
Monday, January 10 2005

Through the ancient techniques of divination and tools of prophecy, the Mayan elders are calling forth to humanity at THIS TIME to pay closer attention to the messages being sent forth by the mother earth and to immediately take the actions they have been calling for, to unite in an effort to bring balance again upon our planet. The recent destruction that manifested in Indonesia is predicted to now occur rapidly upon five continents of the earth. This message is not meant to induce fear, to the contrary, it is a call for bravery and for action. The elders are concerned about what has been presented in their recent divinations and they call to all humanity to warn their leaders and to work very hard at a spiritual level to prevent the impending destruction. This message, verified and brought forth by various Mayan elders in Guatemala, is for all of humanity. The hurricanes in the US and the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia have been warnings and we must now pay attention or the possibilities of floods in Europe, Los Angeles, earthquakes and other efforts of the mother earth to awaken us will manifest quickly.

There is a specific call for people around the world to join in prayer, meditation or whatever method of spirituality one engages in to unite on January 18th at the time of their local sunset (approx 6:00PM). This date is B'elejeb(9) Keme according to the sacred Mayan Cholqij calendar and has the potential for protecting humanity from disaster.

http://www.sacredroad.org/
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riverwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 08:24 PM
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8. thank you both for the Hopi and Mayan wisdom
and the great link ;)
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 12:05 AM
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17. One kick for ...
the Dineh and the Zuni and the Acoma and the Laguna; and the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho; and the Crow.

And to Indian people everywhere. Aho.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 11:49 AM
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23. One kick for ...
Joe Old Man and Burton Hutchinson and Paul Joe Hanway -- my Arapaho friends

And for Ivan Posey and Kelly Webb and Scott Ratliff -- my Shoshone friends

And for Ray Daw and Hedy Emery and Dan Freeland -- my Navajo friends

They civilized me well. Aho.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 01:33 PM
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25. And a kick for ...
Little Joe Duran, the Arapaho Keeper of the Pipe
and for Montana Jenna, who carries the water. Aho.
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Alizaryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 01:03 AM
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19. Very nice. I thank you for sharing.
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FreepFryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:06 AM
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40. Unfortunately, this message does not come from the indigenous Maya.
I'm not sure what 'sacredroad.org' is, nor what it claims to be, but this quote does not come from the indigenous Maya leaders.

Even when trying to summon the wisdom of the indigenous peoples, we exploit them.
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 07:33 PM
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5. "At this time in history..."
"...we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves!
For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt."

With you and your friend's blessing, I would like to use this meditation in a UU church service I'm doing in about a month. The topic will be along the lines of "What Have You Been Doing While Fascism Grows In Our Country?"

I don't want them to feel like I'm attacking them, I don't want them to take it personally. But there is a proliferation of clubs in this country that make individuals feel good personally, but do nothing (or little) to promote the common good.

For example, my church has a mother's group. Now I agree it's important to have parental support groups, but when they get together it's to do things like making Halloween costumes. It may be that costume-making enhances their children's lives for an evening, but what about the future they are creating to pass on to their children? Couldn't they use that time to work for accessible health care for all children or something? We have a million things that distract us from the struggle, but if we ignore or forget the struggle, we risk the continuation of human rights and the survival of the planet.

Anyway, this prayer has called to me strongly. Thank you for posting it. I needed it today!
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 11:00 PM
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14. You're right. We all have to deliver the wake-up call to everyone we know
and this issue of a fair and free democracy is an easy one to sound the alarm around. Because it could not be more fundamental to our way of life than a fast-moving river is to Indian people living in a desert land.

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indigobusiness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 07:39 PM
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6. That's beautiful. It reminds me of this prophecy:
There are two water serpents, one at each pole
with a warrior sitting on his head and tail. These
command nature to warn us by her activities that
time is getting short and we must correct ourselves.
If we refuse to heed these warnings the warriors
will let go of the serpents, they will rise up, and
all will perish.

- Hopi Prophecy
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 08:04 PM
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7. Thank you Fly By Night...Words to inspire. I too will have it framed and
placed here at my computer, so all I have to do is look up And feel it's message. :grouphug:
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 08:54 PM
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9. "And do not look outside yourself for the leader."
I've posted the following several times....one of these days I will verify the person and the words, but here it is anyway...

I believe it was John Kennedy's friend, Larry O'Donnell, who said (sometime after the assassination) that we should not place all our devotion on a person - place it on an ideology (so that when a life is ended, the ideology lives on).

All paraphrased. I hope I referenced it correctly.

So the words , "And do not look outside yourself for the leader" connects with me.
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NationalEnquirer Donating Member (571 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 08:57 PM
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10. I like that line alot.
Not just that, but each of us needs to be motivated enough to lead himself when needed.
I, personally, have not been that way until recently.
I was happy to lose and be sad over our losses, convinced that fate didn't like me.
I know better now.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 09:18 PM
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11. I think we should all be leaders, but also colleagues too, because ...
we are the ones we've been waiting for. There is so much that we are caught up in now as a nation, but what we (WE) are doing will be the difference. I am counting on that. And from the "looks" and the keyboard-tapping "sounds" of you guys, I am not afraid. Just determined to keep gettin' on with it.

But the river will take us there, swiftly I expect. Let go .... and celebrate.
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 10:02 PM
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12. "We are the ones we have been waiting for."
"And do not look outside yourself for the leader."

"The time of the lonely wolf is over. Gather yourselves!"


I could hardly believe these words as I read them. They are thoughts that I have been thinking lately. Strong thoughts, frequently occurring to me.

People so disappointed in Kerry. But what has really been happening? A fabulous, unprecedented democracy movement in the U.S. of A. I never thought I would see it. It is far deeper and wider than anything that happened in the '60s--and that certainly was a time of vast progressive change.

This is different. It's an outgrowth of that, but it's bigger--and it seems aimed at more fundamental change. It took a severe blow on 11/2, but it is recovering. The election was never really about Kerry. It was about US--we citizens, realizing our strength, recovering our country's founding principles, and really, really re-evaluating who we are, and what is being done in the world in our name.

The '60s antiwar movement got rid of major overt war for a couple of decades, and got rid of the Draft, but it did not fully address or change the militaristic underpinnings of the country, or the vast, powerful military apparatus that the BushCons have now seized and are using for their personal enrichment, among other things.

The deaths of all of our best progressive leaders in the space of five years--JFK in 1963, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy in 1968--caused very serious demoralization. It was then apparent that peace and justice, no matter how much people wanted them, would not be permitted as the mainstream goal of the country. And all those progressive movements that had arisen out of the antiwar movement--impelled by it--fractured one from another, and began to pursue the limited goals of self-interested segments of the population (women, blacks, gays, environmentalists, etc.). No one was seeing to the NATIONAL agenda. And no leader arose to pull it all together.

And now, here we are again--with the biggest crisis our nation has ever faced: a fascist coup twice stealing a national election and waging a terrible war that the whole world is repelled at.

Wanting a leader. Begging for a leader. Finding a leader, Howard Dean--and then seeing him done in. And turning to another leader, Kerry, and hoping, hoping.

"We are the ones we have been waiting for."

"... do not look outside yourself for the leader."

"The time of the lonely wolf is over. Gather yourselves!"

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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 10:47 PM
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13. You know...three leaders were gone in a poof in the 60's, but their
Edited on Thu Jan-13-05 10:48 PM by higher class
essense and ideology is present and helping us along, collectively.

Many leaders. When you take a look at the Native American legacy - there is always a reference to our leaders, our ancestors, but they (Native Americans of the now U.S.) never crowned anyone...am I wrong? I'm ignorant here. Honest question.

Maybe we are getting closer to Of the People, By the People, For the People.

The heirarchy in the Constitution requires a name so our work is to find a person who represents us authentically and justly Us meaning US.

Instead of hearing someone say: I have a plan, I will do this...let's hear: we have a plan, we will do this.

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BanzaiBonnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 11:37 PM
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15. Awesome
A friend and I were doing some work a week or so ago and the part especially about the river is exactly what we were writing about.

It's the reason I'm coming to Washington DC next week.



She Who Walks Strong and Steady


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Helga Scow Stern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 11:45 PM
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16. This forum would do well to take these words to heart!
And so would I.

Thanks for putting this up.
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juslikagrzly Donating Member (646 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 12:43 AM
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18. That is the most beautiful prayer I've ever read
I'm passing this on to my email list - Powerful
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Silver Gaia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 06:39 AM
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20. Oh my!
I just wrote a post on another forum that I hoped would help to inspire some "doom and gloom" folks toward hope and taking action toward effecting positive change. I ended with this line: "WE are the ones we've been waiting for... and the time is now." And then, I came here and found this thread. Ummm... I've never read this before. So, is this serendipity or what?!? I'm just a little freaked out. LOL

Thanks so much for posting this, and to others who have also posted messages from the elders here. It is much appreciated!
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cilla4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 10:42 AM
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21. Leave it to the indigenous ones...
Edited on Fri Jan-14-05 10:44 AM by cilla4progress
not the usurper-oppressor-agressor-genocide-committers, to come up with a holistic, universal, philosophical perspective.

Is it apparent to anyone else that we Europeans, in contrast with indigenous peoples, take such a short-sighted and consumptive approach to everything? It makes sense, considering our oppressor/aggressor history. (Which is not to say there aren't certain admirable qualities in the pioneering spirit...)

Contrast that with the indigenous, who lived in and with places for thousands of years, in harmony with resources, and with a sense of permanence and no angst to quit and move on and take over! (unless nomadic; utilizing and then letting rest local resources). (Which is not to say there weren't and aren't' resource and geographical wars and conquest between indigenous communities.)

I find my spiritual nourishment in indigenous belief systems about earth and time and our tiny space within them. Thus my "signoff" from the great peacemaker, MLK, Jr., who we honor and recognize this coming week: "The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice."
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 10:49 AM
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22. beautiful n/t
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bunny planet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 12:47 PM
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24. this is magnificent. Thank you.
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WebeBlue Donating Member (415 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 03:04 PM
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26. I'm late getting to this, but sorely needed a shot of inspiration
Edited on Fri Jan-14-05 03:19 PM by WebeBlue
I've fallen into the sense of futility and I hate the feeling of it. I have always believed my spiritual beliefs were more adequately represented in NA beliefs and spirituality. Yet I am not of the culture and can only "borrow" what is made available. After election, we decided to end our affiliation with our white christian church, we are both preachers at our little church, but in finding their agenda more aimed at their own survival, after the war in Iraq was initiated, we have become disenchanted with finding our "middle of the road" church as a means of fulfilling our 'calling'. Perhaps it was an unsatisfactory settling for second best from the beginning when we decided to seek out this church. We live in a quite small town area and choices are somewhat limited but we also felt a need to find something that might meet some of our needs for spiritual expression.

We have 2 who were deployed to Iraq = 15 months, and we became Warriors for the cause so to speak, to speak out against the war in church, in our sermons, in our lives, in our families, among our community. While the speaking out helped me feel better than hopeless, it did not sway public opinion too much. Elections and I felt that John Kerry was the best immediate action course to bring relief to the carnage so we threw our energy and efforts into helping bring that about, and are still stunned by the outcome. We worked steadily here at DU and everywhere else we could for the 7 weeks after election to help push along and bring to light the vote fraud issue right up to Senator Boxer's contesting the electoral vote. We watched in horror as no other Senator stood with her in rightful duty to the country.

We continued working but lost heart over this last two weeks. We now know our loved ones will indeed be redeployed for second tours to Iraq and we dread the fear as we all know surviving the first tour was as much as we could hope for, a second tour is beyond terrifying.

I earnestly pray the great Ancestors are indeed shining a Wisdom beyond the 5 senses and that the last vestige of hope lies in Mother Earth herself in harmony with Grandfather.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:10 PM
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27. Another piece of Indian wisdom
My Arapaho teachers and friends say that, when we are working to do good things, the "devil" will always throw roadblacks, distractions and other impediments in our path. As a rssult, if our path is too smooth, we are likely to be on the wrong path.

Given how bumpy our national road has been lately, but how determined DUers are to "stay the course" until we remove this illegitimate regime from power, we must be on the right path. Together. Aho.
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many a good man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:20 PM
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28. Megwich
Thanks for the wise words.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 07:52 PM
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29. One last time through, for those who need wakeup prayers n/t
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juslikagrzly Donating Member (646 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:03 PM
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30. this really needs to be kicked
and read by all, over and over, as we travel this bumpy, twisting road to rightness.

so----:kick:

again, for those who missed it!
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 09:53 PM
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31. kick
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clovis29 Donating Member (279 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 10:16 PM
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32. This is a Cocopah Prayer I keep on my mirror...
I used it for affirmations every morning:

May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness---
the children, the age, the unprotected--
be guarded by the Great Spirit
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 02:56 PM
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35. Hi clovis29!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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clovis29 Donating Member (279 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 07:02 PM
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39. Thanks! :)
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-15-05 11:08 PM
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33. What an empowering message!
"We are the ones we have been waiting for." If only more will become inspired...
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 12:51 AM
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34. Metaquiasi -- to all my relations
We must be the models for inspiration. And we are having an effect. In just the last month, the number of Americans who believe the election was stolen has increased 50%, and that's with a media lock-down that should embarrass every competent, patriotic and moral person still working in the MSM and frighten every American who thought the media was a balancing force against tyranny. (No more, it seems.)

So it must be the "raging river" power of the Internet and our own one-on-one persuasiveness that is making the difference. We are having an effect.

The ball is starting to roll, and it will roll all over Bush-Rove and the rest of the Republi-Nazi mob before we are done. We just have to keep on keeping on ... keep celebrating and learning from and supporting each other in the process.

Metaquiasi -- all my relations.
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 04:36 PM
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36. kick
Because this is exactly the message we need to keep in mind right now. Thank you so much for posting it.
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Angry Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 05:00 PM
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37. Great post! Thank you!
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Quakerfriend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 06:02 PM
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38. Yes! thank you for this inspiration!
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