A Pledge to Planet Earth
This month The Four Winds Society leads expeditions to venerable ancient sites throughout Peru, including the Amazon, Via Illuminata in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Holy Mountain of Ausangate, and Lake Titicaca – birthplace of the Children of the Sun.
Revered by the ancient Inka and their descendants, the Q’ero Indians, these sites are equally sacred to modern-day practitioners of energy medicine. As keepers of the ancient rites, shamans believe their stewardship of the earth – through prayer and ceremony – has preserved gateways to our collective destiny that otherwise would have been lost forever.
Written for the 1992 Earth Summit, the following document reminds us of our solemn responsibilities as stewards of our fragile planet.
Declaration of Interdependence
This we know:
We are the earth, through the plants and animals that nourish us.
We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins.
We are the breath of the forests of the land, and the plants of the sea.
We are human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn cell.
We share with these kin a common history, written in our genes.
We share a common present, filled with uncertainty.
And we share a common future, as yet untold.
We humans are but one of thirty million species weaving the thin layer of life enveloping the world.
The stability of communities of living things depends upon this diversity.
Linked in that web, we are interconnected – using, cleansing, sharing and replenishing the fundamental elements of life.
Our home, planet Earth, is finite; all life shares its resources and the energy from the sun, and therefore has limits to growth.
For the first time, we have touched those limits.
When we compromise the air, the water, the soil and the variety of life, we steal from the endless future to serve the fleeting present.
This we believe:
Humans have become so numerous and our tools so powerful that we have driven fellow creatures to extinction, dammed the great rivers, torn down ancient forests, poisoned the earth, rain and wind, and ripped holes in the sky.
Our science has brought pain as well as joy; our comfort is paid for by the suffering of millions.
We are learning from our mistakes, we are mourning our vanished kin, and we now build a new politics of hope.
We respect and uphold the absolute need for clean air, water and soil.
We see that economic activities that benefit the few while shrinking the inheritance of many are wrong.
And since environmental degradation erodes biological capital forever, full ecological and social cost must enter all equations of development.
We are one brief generation in the long march of time; the future is not ours to erase.
So where knowledge is limited, we will remember all those who will walk after us, and err on the side of caution.
This we resolve:
All this that we know and believe must now become the foundation of the way we live.
At this turning point in our relationship with Earth, we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership; from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity, to interdependence.
© The David Suzuki Foundation
Events in October!
The Great Shamanic Initiation
October 10 – 12, 2014
Join Alberto and Marcela at the beautiful Omega Institute for a weekend of powerful ceremonies and energetic initiations. Click here for more information.
Annual Gathering of
Students and Graduates
October 24 – 26, 2014
Joshua Tree, CA
Join Alberto, Marcela and Special Guest Joe Dispenza for a weekend of talks, ceremonies and rites of passage. Catch up with friends and dream again the journey of the Shaman. Click here for more information.
Upcoming classes and events to begin
the journey and continue your education.
Advance Divination - Joshua Tree CA - October 26-31, 2014
Light Body South - Omega, New York - October 5-10, 2014
During the South you will learn how to create sacred space wherever you are, to empower yourself and bring healing to those around you. The anatomy and physiology of the Luminous Energy Field will be explored in-depth. (Read More)
Light Body North - Omega NY - October 5-10, 2014
Just as a hummingbird makes the seemingly impossible migration from Canada all the way to Brazil, we too can embark on the epic mythic journey when Spirit calls. Although we don’t know where we’re going or how we’ll get there, we will learn how to follow the soul’s guidance to the sweetest nectar to sustain us on our way. (Read More)
Rites and Initiations - Omega NY - October 12-17, 2014
Learn the passages that mark puberty, womanhood, manhood, and our sage years. Explore the great initiations of shamanism. Journey through the Medicine Wheel as you revisit each transmission of energy in the classic form. Let the language of the Laika flow through you… (Read More)
Reading the Signs of Destiny - Omega, NY - October 12-17, 2014
Learn to recognize and align yourself with the signs provided by nature, randomness, and chance events. As you study the art of shamanic seeing and perceive the world of energy, you heed the cautions and seize the opportunities that Spirit offers you. (Read More)
Dying Consciously, the Greatest Journey: Teacher’s Training - Joshua Tree, CA - October 17-19th, 2014
Death is the ultimate journey of liberation. We want to complete our unfinished business and be prepared to go on our greatest journey into infinity. We want to take the steps to journey home as cleanly as possible. Ancient teachings show us the way, describing the terrain and giving directions. In western culture there are not many teachings for after we die. (Read More)
Light Body West - Joshua Tree, CA - October 19-24, 2014
Just as the jaguar has no predators in the jungle, learn to have no enemies in this world or beyond. Leave behind the traditional archetype of the violent warrior and step into the shoes of the luminous warrior, who speaks only truth, walks truth, and calls truth. Break free from the grip of fear and prepare to journey beyond death. (Read More)
Light Body East - Joshua Tree, CA - October 19-24, 2014
Take a giant leap of faith. Come and be kicked out of the nest by Great Eagle so that you can spread your wings, soaring high above the world. Forget the minute details of your life and your old identifications, and let yourself see everything from a greater perspective. (Read More)
Annual Gathering of Graduates - Joshua Tree CA - October 24-26, 2014
In an intimate retreat ask new questions about courage, the evolution of consciousness, the unlimited power of healing and the nature of the Cosmos, while defining for yourself what it means to live the Medicine Way. (Read More)
Deepen your divination skills and align yourself even further with the signs presented by nature, randomness and chance events. Master the art of tracking, shamanic seeing, and creating maps on the level of the soul for individuals and for the entire world. (Read More)
Working with the Sacred - Joshua Tree CA - October 26-31, 2014
You will learn what makes people “get stuck” on the level of the soul. By working in ceremony, you will acquire valuable tools which allow you to honor what shows up on the mythic level, including the seemingly “negative” elements, so that you can bring healing, transformation, and balance to every situation and every encounter. (Read More)
The Women’s Altar - Joshua Tree CA - October 26-31, 2014
Have you ever written a love letter to yourself, expressing your deepest desires? Have you ever honored your mother as a queen, to allow yourself to achieve that status? Have you ever danced a sacred spiral with other women who are fully in support of one another? (Read More)
A Women's Medicine Journey
Embark on an intimate
journey of the soul with
Marcela Lobos in Chile!
November 10 - 21, 2014
Join Marcela and the Medicine Women of Chile as you pray, dance and discover your feminine power.
This event will sell out quickly due to the intimate size. Register today.
Click here for more information