Sanctuaries of the Earth Mother
By Sharon Bar-Or of Haifa, Israel, board member
A sanctuary, in its original meaning, is a sacred place, such as a shrine. The use of such places as a safe haven, by extension the term has come to be used for any place of safety.
We walk on this Earth for millions of years; as animals, as trees, as stones and rocks and now, as our ancestors have walked on this Earth, we are being asked to walk, step by step, one hearted spirit, as ONE.
We have survived, but not flourished. Now we must live through a time of united work and energy, not just between human spirits but also by connecting to our animal roots and animal guides, with the history and stories that are hidden in the essence of our Earth Mother. The past experiences are being recreated like an unstoppable heart beat so we will be able to learn, to teach and to create a truthful, colorful and harmonized future for the seven generations, because we are a part of them.
In the first days of our Earth, all seven continents were united as one continent. As the years went by, the Earth Mother changed her appearance but not her spirit as the continents started to form. The colors of the rainbow the people represent even today: White, Red, Yellow and Black evolved and populated the continents. As the colors of the rainbow are connected to each other, so are all the colors of the human spirit. We complete one another in a circle because deep within, we are all part of the Earth.
We are not here to own our Earth but to learn from it, teach from it even as we are meant to learn and teach from one another, from all living things around us. By sharing the wisdom that our Earth Mother is so determined to show us, and with our ability to learn and teach one another, and to stand equally in our circle with no judgment or expectation, we help by empowering the balance with these connecting lines between the links of our circle we create the Sanctuaries of the Earth Mother, or to make things a bit shorter – SOTEM.
We believe in the form and the power and energy of the circle. It's not a coincidence that in the first days of our planet Earth, the seven continents were one. Now, as we come full circle, we are asked to be one between the seven continents for the good of the seven generations.
Sanctuaries of the Earth Mother is not a destination but a journey – A cornerless circle that has begun as a vision and will never end. SOTEM is to be timeless and limitless.
It's the beginning of a synergy that contains the old and the young, men and women, animals of all kinds, trees, rocks, stones, oceans, seas, rivers, night skies and day skies, Red, Yellow, White and Black all covered by the Green of our Earth Mother and only then the door to the road of the Rainbow will be opened to us.
"I have always seen the Sanctuaries as places where humans and other creatures have a safe haven as the major changes now enveloping our planet play themselves out. In these places humans are to learn to again live in harmony with the Earth Mother, taking only what we need. The primary, over-arching goal being to pass on to our descendants a more sustainable, friendlier more humane place to live then current legacies we seem to be creating. In the way of Native Americans, and many indigenous people around the planet, every action we propose making should never be made without considering the impacts seven generations forward. That is, what will the action mean to our children’s children?" ~ Jim Graywolf Petruzzi.
Legacy for 7 Generations
Look behind you. See your sons and your daughters. They are your future. Look farther and see your sons' and your daughters' children and their children's children even unto the Seventh Generation. That's the way we were taught. Think about it: you yourself are a Seventh Generation. — Leon Shenandoah, ONONDAGA
Sanctuaries of the Earth Mother – the Lands
Jim Graywolf Petruzzi, President
After two years of existence that began with a few people talking around the table, Sanctuaries of the Earth Mother has grown to a non-profit with thousands of followers and a board that circles the globe. The time to acquire physical land where we can welcome people to come and teach and learn is here. We have been exploring many parcels around the U.S., mostly in the Mountain West and Southwest by the board members. Yet others have been seeking land elsewhere around the globe, ready to join forces and create the vision I saw so many years ago of places where we can re-learn the wisdom of the elders, find new ways to work in harmony and create a healthier legacy for the seven generations.
These Sanctuaries would serve as places where many more could learn the knowledge of the ancestors from elders of all races and go out and teach in other places. A train the trainer place, where all are teachers and all are students.
We are focused on Colorado for the first physical Sanctuary and have found several properties that would serve the organizations needs well. We will now seek the funds to acquire the land and build the space needed for the next steps in our mission. We will continue to grow in the virtual realm with the physical Sanctuaries being places people can come together to learn in the flesh. Places for advanced study and practice. Places we can share the traditions and ceremonies of races around the world. Truly places the four colors of people can come together and share all our knowledge as we create new models. This coming together has been spoken of in the prophesies of many cultures – cultures dotted around the globe. As I have heard and learned these prophesies I began to see how similar they are and how important we realize now is the time for these stories to become a reality.
Now, as our world is damaged by our overly consumptive ways and as we still fight and kill each other, we need new ways – change – before we reach a point of no return. Before we reach a point when there will be no seven generations.
We ask you to visit this site and all the other resources that are part of Sanctuaries and join this group of people walking in the light and energy needed to affect positive change.