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GOD MADE LOVE
copyright 2010 shannan suzzette taylor

I love what is now
before me
I see you
in my morning
sun
my heart holds
the sweetest smile
blue eyes
come to wake me
words
to soothe me
kisses
to leave me
breathless
undone
melted
spent
taken
completely
owned
I love you
before me
above me
beneath me
within me
I love you
creating me
in the ecstasy
now
every moment
sacred
with you
I love everything
everything
we are
a new earth turning
you into me
me into you
yin and yang
spark a fire
this brilliant heated creation
birthing a sweet new world
inside this love
we are making
as we wish it to be
not imprisoned
by the past that held us
too long
captive
the future awaits
to set us free
this love
we make
ours
in passion
intensity
redefines
what is real
no duality or conflict
in the now
we are
always and forever
no beginning
no end
always were
always will be
light
for each other
all eternity
soul to soul
God made love
and we were born
One
whole
so shall we return
inside each other
the flame
the Life
Ours
Forever
In Love

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HEAVEN IS IN OUR HEARTS
Copyright 2008 shannan suzzette taylor

Heaven is in our hearts if only we have the eyes to see. Heaven is a vibrant city of light that lies dormant in our hearts until we are able to slay the dragons of false pride and self doubt that guard its mighty gates. We must not fight the obstacles that cross our paths, but find the lesson in each thought, action, and deed to reach this glorious paradise. It is a journey that cannot be rushed. It is journey that has much to teach at every turn. It is a journey into the depths of our own becoming.

We spend the first few years of our lives just living, being, loving, laughing, crying and becoming. Too soon we become conscious of our reflection in the eyes of those we love and those we don’t. It is in one swift moment when we are transformed from a carefree creative child at one with our sensitivities, our world, and our Divinity into a fearful, judgmental, lost soul, disconnected from our creative source, our world, and our Divinity. In an instant, our Spirit becomes submerged beneath the waters of our Ego and begins to travel into the murky world of self-doubt and false pride. When does this happen? There is no definite time, but when we retrace our steps and rise above the small talk and small dramas, we are able to see the separation of Spirit that led our creative Soul into the world of Ego.

If we were able to always see the big picture of our lives, we would make our journey back to Love rather easily. If we could see into the hearts of those we have made fun of, jokingly or not, the hearts we have cheated and betrayed, we would be able to see the pain we have caused them. I don’t believe that anyone wishes to cause harm to another’s heart intentionally, yet it happens. It is when we are young that this vicious cycle begins, our inner child can remember and has empathy for those we have hurt. This empathy changes quickly into guilt-ridden defensive actions and words, as we grow more intolerant of the self that we are becoming. Yet, we do not stop long enough to feel the pain that we have caused others and try to make amends. So, we carry the burdens of our cruelty in our heart’s memory until we have completely covered the doors of heaven. We in essence, have locked ourselves out of the heaven from which we came and placed ourselves in a hellish fearful place of darkness.

The journey back to heaven, back to Love, is the path of Truth. There is no magic carpet that will take you back; the price of your ticket is facing yourself. That is it. Face yourself and make amends. The often talked about Dark Night of the Soul, is a journey through the forest of the pain that you alone have created. Take responsibility for the life that you have created and have the courage to acknowledge your mistakes. Mistakes are not failures, they are opportunities for growth; you are learning what not to do and what doesn’t work. That is a good thing. That is positive. If you expect to only acknowledge what works, then you are denying absolutely half of your life. Life is about understanding and accepting the process and the journey. You must find the lessons and beauty in all things, all that you may perceive as good and bad. Judgment is a tool of the fearful Ego, which cannot survive when you reach the paradise of Love. Love knows no need for the treachery and emptiness of Ego. Ego needs the armor of manipulation. Love does not.

Loves stands strong in the garden of compassion and sees the Heart of the Divine. Love teaches through tears and comforts through the joy of empathy. When we are able to see the reflection of Love in all that we greet, we are ready to enter the garden of paradise, the Heaven that God has poured into the Heart of us all. It is there that we become One with Love and One with All.

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Now And Forever

NOW AND FOREVER
copyright 2010 Owen Joseph/shannan suzzette

there are things I cannot know
the days and nights
you struggled in silence
crying in your dreams
trying to make sense of life
all its tragedies
you always believed
there was something
you could have done
to make it good and right
safe
solid
for all of us
you tried to build
a life
that would hold
our love
I wanted to hold you
so many nights
that I couldn’t
touch you
I wanted to talk
without crying
I wanted to love you
completely
without dying
to myself
but I didn’t know how
I didn’t know me
I have struggled
in my own way
traveling so far
away
from you
to find the missing pieces
of my soul
you didn’t take
anything
you just didn’t want
to see
what was really happening
to me
I was so lost
in a deep forest
I couldn’t believe
you really loved me
still
you held on
as you do today
my heart sees you now
with complete trust
wishing no escape
where I belong
as I know myself
in your arms
because we have struggled
together
with this love
I found strength
in the mirror of your heart
I never knew I had
in mine
I grew
slowly
deeply
in this love
sculpted
by your eyes
into the woman
I am now
all because you loved me
all because I wanted
to love you
honestly
now and forever
in truth
I do belong only to you
no more tears
in the night
we are home
together
forever true in love and light
I do love you
with all of me

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Heaven Is In Our Heart
copyright shannan suzzette taylor

heaven is in our hearts
a place no mortal can touch
without consent of love
but for those who know not of love
a book or class will not change you
only love can pierce a heart of stone
and open the gates of heaven
only love can offer eternity in peace
love is our rainbow bridge to one another
between worlds, between people
between hearts
love is the harmonic convergence of forever
resonate in beauty and grace

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Warriors of the Rainbow

The story and legend from the Native Americans People about the Tribe of people from many walks of life, that will rise to save the Earth

“let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.” rabindranath tagore

Warriors of the Rainbow by Lelanie Stone

There was an old lady, from the “Cree” tribe, named “Eyes of Fire”, who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans’ or Yo-ne-gis’ greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.
There would come a time when the “keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs” would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankinds� key to survival, they were the “Warriors of the Rainbow”. There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.

The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or “Elohi”. They would teach them how to live the “Way of the Great Spirit”. They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is “Sick”.

The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would show the peoples that this “Ancient Being” (the Great Spirit), is full of love and understanding, and teach them how to make the “Earth or Elohi” beautiful again. These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path right with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four comers of the Earth.

Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of color, race or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become as one with the entire human race. Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding and respect for all mankind, Nature, and the Great Spirit. They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts. They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life – the Great Spirit! They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitudes of life.

Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth. Free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed. The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life.

The poor, sick and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives.

The leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way – not by their political party, or who could speak the loudest, boast the most, or by name calling or mud slinging, but by those whose actions spoke the loudest. Those who demonstrated their love, wisdom, and courage and those who showed that they could and did work for the good of all, would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs. They would be chosen by their “quality” and not the amount of money they had obtained. Like the thoughtful and devoted “Ancient Chiefs”, they would understand the people with love, and see that their young were educated with the love and wisdom of their surroundings. They would show them that miracles can be accomplished to heal this world of its ills, and restore it to health and beauty.

The tasks of these “Warriors of the Rainbow” are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning “Mother Earth” to beauty and plenty – once more.

The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to “harmony” with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our “Key to our Survival”.

This is the story of the “Warriors of the Rainbow” and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day “Eyes of Fire” spoke of – will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task.The task of being one of the……..”Warriors of the Rainbow”.

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This version comes from Lelanie Stone, off her web site. Her contact information is:

Lelanie Stone
P.O. Box 1139
Salina, OK 74365

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The Hopi Message

The Hopi Message
AN ADDRESS BY THOMAS BANYACYA, KYKOTSMOVI, ARIZONA
by The Alpha Institute

milo@scicom.alphacdc.com.

The presentation by Mr Thomas Banyacya, the final speaker, was preceded by three shouts by Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Six Nations, and first speaker of the day. The shouts were a spiritual announcement to the Great Spirit of the people assembled and the intention to give a message of spiritual importance.

Thomas then sprinkled corn meal next to the podium of the General Assembly and made a brief remark in Hopi that translates as follows:

Hopi Spiritual leaders had an ancient prophecy that some day world leaders would gather in a Great House of Mica with rules and regulations to solve the world problems without war. I am amazed to see the prophecy has come true and you are here today! But only a handful of United Nations Delegates are present to hear the Motee Sinom (Hopi for First People) from around the world who spoke here today.

(In English:) My name is Banyacya of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote Clan and I am a member of the Hopi sovereign nation. Hopi in our language means a peaceful, kind, gentle, truthful people. The traditional Hopi follows the spiritual path that was given to us by Massau’u the Great Spirit. We made a sacred covenant to follow his life plan at all times, which includes the responsibility of taking care of this land and life for his divine purpose. We have never made treaties with any foreign nation, including the United States, but for many centuries we have honored this sacred agreement. Our goals are not to gain political control, monetary wealth nor military power, but rather to pray and to promote the welfare of all living beings and to preserve the world in a natural way. We still have our ancient sacred stone tablets and spiritual religious societies which are the foundations of the Hopi way of life. Our history says our white brother should have retained those same sacred objects and spiritual foundations.

In 1948, all traditional Hopi spiritual leaders met and spoke of things I felt strongly were of great importance to all people. They selected four interpreters to carry their message of which I am the only one still living today. At the time, I was given a sacred prayer feather by the spiritual leaders. I made a commitment to carry the Hopi message of peace and deliver warnings from prophesies known since the time the previous world was destroyed by flood and our ancestors came to this land.

My mission was to open the doors of this Great House of Mica to native peoples. The Elders said to knock four times and this commitment was fulfilled when I delivered a letter and the sacred prayer feather I had been given to John Washburn in the Secretary General’s office in October, 1991. I am bringing part of the Hopi message to you here today. We have only ten minutes to speak and time is late so I am making my statement short.

At the meeting in 1948, Hopi leaders 80, 90 and even 100 years old explained that the creator made the first world in perfect balance where humans spoke one language, but humans turned away from moral and spiritual principles. They misused their spiritual powers for selfish purposes. They did not follow nature’s rules. Eventually the world was destroyed by sinking of land and separation of land by what you would call major earthquakes. Many died and only a small handful survived.

Then this handful of peaceful people came into the second world. They repeated their mistakes and the world was destroyed by freezing which you call the great Ice Age.

The few survivors entered the third world. That world lasted a long time and as in previous worlds, the people spoke one language. The people invented many machines and conveniences of high technology, some of which have not yet been seen in this age. They even had spiritual powers that they used for good. They gradually turned away from natural laws and pursued only material things and finally only gambled while they ridiculed spiritual principles. No one stopped them from this course and the world was destroyed by the great flood that many nations still recall in their ancient history or in their religions.

The Elders said again only small groups escaped and came to this fourth world where we now live. Our world is in terrible shape again even though the Great Spirit gave us different languages and sent us to four corners of the world and told us to take care the the Earth and all that is in it.

This Hopi ceremonial rattle represents Mother Earth. The line running around it is a time line and indicates that we are in the final days of the prophecy. What have you, as individuals, as nations and as the world body been doing to to take care of this Earth? In the Earth today, humans poison their own food, water and air with pollution. Many of us, including children, are left to starve. Many wars are still being fought. Greed and concern for material things is a common disease.

In this western hemisphere, our homeland, many original native people are landless, homeless, starving and have no medical help.

The Hopi knew humans would develop many powerful technologies that would be abused. In this century, we have seen the First World War and the Second World War in which the predicted gourd of ashes, which you call the atomic bomb, fell from the sky with great destruction. Many thousands of people were destroyed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

For many years there has been great fear and danger of World War Three. The Hopi believe the Persian Gulf War was the beginning of World War Three but it was stopped and the worst weapons of destruction were not used. This is now a time to weigh the choices for our future. We do have a choice. If you, the nations of this Earth, create another great war, the Hopi believe we humans will burn ourselves to death with ashes. That’s why the spiritual Elders stress strongly that the United Nations fully open the door for native spiritual leaders as soon as possible.

Nature itself does not speak with a voice that we can easily understand. Neither can the animals and birds we are threatening with extinction talk to us. Who in this world can speak for nature and the spiritual energy that creates and flows through all life? In every continent are human beings who are like you but who have not separated themselves from the land and from nature. It is through their voice that Nature can speak to us. You have heard those voices and many messages from the four corners of the world today. I have studied comparative religion and I think in your own nations and cultures you have knowledge of the consequences of living out of balance with nature and spirit. The native peoples of the world have seen and spoken to you about the destruction of their lives and homelands, the ruination of nature and the desecration of their sacred sites. It is time the United Nations used its rules to investigate these occurrences and stop them now.

The Four Corners area of the Hopi is bordered by four sacred mountains. The spiritual center within is a sacred site our prophecies say will have special purpose in the future for mankind to survive and now should be left in its natural state. All nations must protect this spiritual center.

The Hopi and all original native people hold the land in balance by prayer, fasting and performing ceremonies. Our spiritual Elders still hold the land in the Western Hemisphere in balance for all living beings, including humans. No one should be relocated from their sacred homelands in this Western Hemisphere or anywhere in the world. Acts of forced relocation, such as Public Law 93-531 in the United States, must be repealed.

The United Nations stands on our native homeland. The United Nations talks about human rights, equality and justice and yet the native people have never had a real opportunity to speak to this assembly since its establishment until today. It should be the mission of your nations and this assembly to use your power and rules to examine and work to cure the damage people have done to this Earth and to each other. Hopi Elders know that was your mission and they wait to see whether you will act on it now.

Nature, the First People and the spirit of our ancestors are giving you loud warnings. Today, December 10, 1992, you see increasing floods, more damaging hurricanes, hail storms, climate changes and earthquakes as our prophesies said would come. Even animals and birds are warning us with strange change in their behavior such as the beaching of whales. Why do animals act like they know about the earth’s problems and most humans act like they know nothing? If we humans do not wake up to the warnings, the great purification will come to destroy this world just as the previous worlds were destroyed.

(Thomas and Oren Lyons held up a picture of a large rock drawing in Hopiland)

This rock drawing shows part of the Hopi prophecy. There are two paths. The first with technology but separate from natural and spiritual law leads to these jagged lines representing chaos. The lower path is one that remains in harmony with natural law. Here we see a line that represents a choice like a bridge joining the paths. If we return to spiritual harmony and live from our hearts, we can experience a paradise in this world. If we continue only on this upper path, we will come to destruction.

Its up to all of us, as children of Mother Earth, to clean up this mess before it’s too late.

The Elders request that during this International Year for the Worlds Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations keep that door open for spiritual leaders from the four corners of the world to come to speak to you for more than a few minutes as soon as possible. The Elders also request that eight investigative teams visit the native areas of the world to observe and tell the truth about what is being done and stop these nations from moving in this self- destructive direction.

If any of you leaders want to learn more about the spiritual vision and power of the Elders, I invite you to come out to Hopiland and sit down with our real spiritual leaders in their sacred Kivas where they will reveal the ancient secrets of survival and balance.

I hope that all members of this assembly that know the spiritual way will not just talk about it, but in order to have real peace and harmony, will follow what it says across the United Nations wall: “They will beat their swords into plowshares and study war no more.” Lets, together, do that now!

Epilogue

The night before the presentations of the native people from around the world to the General Assembly, there was a total eclipse of the moon over New York City and the sky was clear. The evening after the presentation by Mr Banyacya and the other native spokespersons, heavy rain and strong wind began. The weathermen had been calling for a snowstorm but what came the following day were the worst floods in New York’s memory. Major highways were washed away by the sea and the United Nations itself experienced flooding of its lower subfloors, forcing a shutdown of its heating and air conditioning and all personnel were dismissed at three o’clock.

In the ground floor meeting room, where on December 11, native peoples were meeting representatives of various UN agencies, Thomas Banyacya spontaneously called on all the participants, including UN officials, to form a great circle. All the Elders were in the center and Thomas called in some non-native people as well. Each silently said a prayer. The forming of the circle of unity of all people from the four corners of the Earth was more than just a symbolic act. One participant said she had never felt herself to be in such a safe place. Later, several people present noted that no further storm damage occurred in Manhattan and that the storm itself abated that afternoon

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