She calls us into healing.
Jean is co-founder of Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee. Her current project is leading global ceremonies to heal the multi-generational and multi-lineal effects of massacre, holocaust, and war upon humanity, other species and our beloved planetary home. On this 125th anniversary of Wounded Knee, she is leading the call to end the transmission of wounding, asking us all to honor the endless lineage of our Ancestors & Relatives who have sacrificed their lives in war, violence and massacre. Jean calls us to pledge to End Massacre, End Genocide, End Racism, and End War. We can participate by holding a healing ceremony on December 29th in our hometowns, by supporting riders with our donations, by participating in the historic ride this December, and more.
It is as simple as starting where we are.
Let us start where we are. If you have been around us at Earth Shamans for any time at all, then you know that we believe all human beings have the power to shape the world in alignment with Spirit, and that it is humanity's job to aid in the restoration of wholeness by consciously bringing spirit and matter together within us. While the stakes are high and the breadth of Jean's call may seem overwhelming, it doesn't have to be. Remember that the memorial ride started 24 years ago with 19 Chief Big Foot Band Memorial riders, and has grown to the hundreds. It is really as simple as starting where we are. Begin by ending the transmission of wounding in yourself. Look in the mirror and pick one thing you see that you normally dislike. Choose instead to like, maybe even love, this aspect of yourself. Or the next time you hear that critical voice in your head berating you about something you should have or shouldn't have done, stop listening and replace that criticism with gratitude for what you have right this moment.
And feeding into that which heals us.
This may sound like an optimist's pep talk, but it's not. This is about filling the spaces within us and the places around us with the fullness of our imperfect selves in gratitude, love, compassion, respect, hope and joy, so that there is no longer room for thoughts, feelings, and actions that feed the wounding that suffers us all. It reminds me of the well-known tale of a wise, elderly Cherokee who told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside each of us: "There is a battle between two wolves, my son, inside us all. One inflicts pain. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other offers healing. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, serenity, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."
The grandson sat quietly awhile and then asked the grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee replied simply, "The one that you feed."
Welcome Jean. Thank you for leading so many to feed the healing wolf.