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Part 3 - Forgiving Columbus: Can a 500-year-old wound be healed?

The last part of the story of Forgiving Columbus brings us home to the Grand Mesa where a Thanksgiving celebration will focus the several hundred year-long tradition of gratitude. We will have a read around of the condensed version of the Thanksgiving Address, by Mohawk Elder, Jake Swamp. He published the Address so people of all walks of life to learn that we are all one. At sunrise the next day a hundred people came to the Ceremony of Forgiveness. They smoked the chanupa, pipe of peace, at the foot of Mt. Sopris. Our dear friend, Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein*[See Author's Notes], a Koyemsi—Messenger and keeper of the Hopi Prophesy, who lived just up the canyon from the vapor caves, spo

Part 2 - FORGIVING COLUMBUS: Can a 500 year-old wound be healed? (revised from Sacred Fire Magazine,

With Thanksgiving approaching Part 2 speaks about how I and we, as a people, need to forgive and bring home the importance of healing the wounds of the past. As we witness today, with ancestral wounds continuing to fester, peace is impossible. Thanksgiving is a time to set aside all forms of malcontent and give gratitude for our lucky stars, and of course, the basics of life. We can learn ancestral wisdom from the Original People of this land. Thanksgiving has European roots with the glad rituals of harvest time but we learned that the pilgrims couldn’t have survived without the help of the First Peoples. As I prayed in the dark cave with the others, the film had rolled back to when I was a

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Mind and Heart...

We tend to get lost, drifting in our mind and thinking, forgetting how to listen to our heart. The heart holds our knowing and wisdom and knows the path that resonates with us. It knows the next step we should take. It’s always present but it’s hard for us to hear when we’re busy in the mind. Sacred Fire helps us to discover this energy of heart again. The heart has an enormous capacity to make life sing again while the mind ministers the heart’s knowing. 


There are still many people on earth that live in communication with the world around them; they experience being part of it. When we are lost, we have lost our sense of connectedness and life is replaced by individuality and separation. Fire is the connective force that brings our spirit and soul back to life and even to the timeless place within. 

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