I only want to share this with you for possible verification. And more importantly because you were a school teacher.
The videos on Drunvalo remind me so much of one of the many conversations I had with my ex-Jesuit mentor. [Not the typical Jesuit, as we are learning many of them to be. . . ~J] A question was asked about his thoughts for what the right educational paths should be taken to reverse all the disinformation being promoted in all our school systems.
His answer was we must teach at the earliest of ages starting at 4-to-6 years of age how important We are as a People. we must go back to the earliest times in tribal cultures and especially those cultures that revered and respected mother earth and the heavens. Pulling on what I can remember he said:
We are special/unique, we are the mysteries, all living things are our equal for survival, we are the mentors and protectors of each other and the students of what is nature and natural, we are the spirit and energies of the real power and when we know this, we become mature.
He gave some examples for how mature we once were as a FREE people — speaking about the not so ancient North and South American native people and the fact that this was sabotaged. By the time a native child was 7 or 8 they were already contributors within the tribe as a productive member. Their mothers were their LOVING and NATURAL spiritual mentors during their most informative/impressionable years. By the time they reached their teens they knew what it took to provide for their family and village and were the mentors of those behind them. Water, Food, Farming, Clothing, Shelter and the caring for others was known. The values for living in harmony with all that is nature and natural was known by their mid-teenage years.
The other example he gave us was the first settlers educational methods in the days of the schoolhouse that had all age groups and grade levels under one roof. Everyone was or became a mentor of others. These children were much more advance in their knowledge of reading, writing, arithmetic, health and sciences than the children of today. What they lacked was the spiritual nature and what is natural knowledge as that had been sabotaged from them in Europe — where they came from.
So, you Jean as a past school teacher — I thought you may have some understanding of this. What do you say?
My answer is that I agree with these words that he has shared, and that I believe in returning the indigenous people to their rightful place in the world will also be the healing of the ‘white man’. Incidentally, I hope to create awareness of the truth of their story — and our story of misunderstanding — on my new blog. I think we may well find that our new way forward will actually embody many of their ways.
I stood in the Canyon Lands in Arizona several years ago and spoke with a leader there, but not a leader as we know our leaders to be. He had none of the outward appearance of our leaders, because the outer is not important to these people, and on this day he was acting as our guide.
What he told me opened huge doors in my thinking: I’d paid a huge fortune in healthy insurance money to work with a therapist, who taught me how to parent myself. She told me I’d had to raise myself, and there were lots of holes in how I’d figured things out. When I heard this man say among many other things that he was living his passion, that his grandmother had taught him about the right and left brain, that he had a dark side – as do we all – and must always watch it, I was really shaken. In my work with Drunvalo, I learned toe value the indigenous people and tcame to understand that they know the way through this shift. So far we have not really turned to them to understand their way, and I hope we soon will choose to take a look.
There are many books to read about these people and their understanding of life, but some of the best I have found are by Kent Nerburn, whose work I have featured here on my blog. His novels that share in tory form what we did to the indigenous helped me to walk in their shoes and to understand them.
Another important book is called From the Heart, Voices of the American Indians.
Editorial Review From Booklist
Miller has expertly culled hundreds of remarkable excerpts from Native American speeches given over the course of four tragic centuries. From 1500 to 1900, as explorers, settlers, soldiers, and government agents attempted to eradicate Indian civilization from the North American continent, a rich cultural legacy of endurance, pride, and resistance was forged by outspoken and heroic representatives of virtually every Indian nation. Arranged by region and chronology, these extraordinarily moving extracts are placed into appropriate historical context by Miller’s descriptive narrative. In addition, pertinent quotations of non-Indian witnesses are also included. A haunting and eloquent anthology that serves as a testament to the courage and the nobility of Native Americans in the face of physical and spiritual genocide. Margaret Flanagan
A good basis for understanding our misunderstandings of these people is, of course, Howard Zinn’s classic, A People’s History of the United States