…in the grand scheme of religious thought, monotheism is very, very young.
…before monotheism, there was indigeny and it was a good thing.
…indigenous cultures the world over share certain elements in common, one of those is respect for the land. Another is honoring our ancestors.
…everybody has ancestors.
…our connection to our ancestors is our birthright, a treasure and it was one of the first things that monotheism attempted to destroy when it swept over Europe.
…we have an ancestral mandate to engage with our world. We have a mandate to do what we can to make it better, for our ancestors, ourselves, and those who will follow us.
…you are indigenous. Every single person comes from somewhere. Go back far enough and you will find your indigenous roots.
…recognizing your own indigeny, returning to that way of looking at the world does not mean denying modern conveniences and living in a hut. It means living in way that recognizes and respects the inherent sacredness of every living thing.
…there is enough room in this world for each of us to honor our Holy Powers in the way that They request. There is enough room for all of us.
…engagement begins by questioning the status quo.
…you are not powerless.
If you haven’t said thank you today, to your Gods, or ancestors, to the land itself, do so. It’s a simple thing and a good way to begin. Think about this land that sustains us. Think about the blood that it has seen shed. Think about the pain and longing, joy and celebration that has been poured out over this soil. This land we call our home existed before any human beings first walked upon it, before any of us drew our nourishment from it. The land we call home is alive, every atom, every stone, every tree, mountain, root, and cell. The land is holy. Go outside and say thank you and begin the process of connection because each one of us partakes of that holiness too.
Welcome to the start of the Turtle Island 42 Initiative.