dave_speaking“Now it’s time, It’s time for the people to wake up now, dave-staff-petroit’s time now for the fire to be lit within each and every human being…..


…..because what this is really all about is lighting the fire inside
~Anishnabe Elder, Dave Courchene


When I first started this blog in November a year ago [2015], I felt inspired; I always had something I wanted to write about and I never had to think about what would come next. Then last May, because of several things happening in my life, all my inspiration left and I got terribly depressed, lost…. I felt cut off from creating anything.

I talked with several people: people prayed for me, did healing ceremonies, gave me advice and I read books like The Magic of Findhorn about a couple who learned to exist on nothing but faith. But nothing seemed to’s the longest period of depression that I can remember since I was 19 and dealing with the suicide of my brother.

My friend Steven McFaddin who is a great astrologer explained to me over a year ago that I had been on what Joseph Campbell calls The Heroes Journey’.

The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development.  It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization.

According to Steven, The Heroes Journey began for me when I founded the non profit, RITES OF PASSAGE/AIDS Care and Assistance in order to provide care for people with AIDS. Steven told me my journey would end in January 2016 and then he said, a new adventure would appear.dark night_campbell

I waited and waited but no adventure appeared, nothing at all..I was just drifting, lost….the dark night of the soul… AGAIN

“Dark Night of the Soul is a term used to describe a specific phase in a person’s spiritual life. It is used as a metaphor to describe the experience of loneliness and desolation in one’s life. Though typically associated with a crisis of faith in the Roman Catholic tradition, it is commonly referenced by spiritual traditions throughout the world, and is generally accepted to be a universally inherent aspect of spiritual growth.”

But then this past month, came a little bit of light in the darkness as some small signs began to appear, signs which seemed random and didn’t mean much to me until now as I’m starting to put them all together.:

I was and am in the process of adopting another wolfdog SHILOH 10 WEEKS and for some reason, I started talking to some of the wolfdog rescue people about my tipi which has a wolf on it. I told them too, about the spiritual name I had been given, an Ojibwey name which means Shining Wolf.

tipi wolf

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my name:shining:trailerWOLF PRINT DOOR

Meanwhile a woman from Toronto contacted me and told me that she had just recently spent time with Noel Starblanket and would like to order Starblanket a Spirit Journey, our documentary on Noel Starblanket’s life and vision. star cover38 She told me that Noel had taken some time to teach her young boy a little about communicating with horses and she wanted to show her son the film when he got a little older.noel horse 2.jpg Noel Starblanket, at age 29, was the youngest National Chief ever of all Canadian Indians and he had been greatly influenced by the legendary Cree Chief, Robert Smallboy. Remembering the section about Chief Smallboy in our documentary,  I posted some  photos I had of Chief Smallboy which dated back to his childhood.smallboy-childsmallboy smile I was surprised at the huge response to the photos. Robert Smallboy had died in 1984 but I saw how great his influence was and still is.

At the same time, I was also posting The Seven Sacred Teachings on my Facebook page and I changed my profile picture to a photo of myself with Anishnabe Elder, Dave Courchene, a photo taken when my son and I were in Manitoba filming The 8th Fire. All these things, I was doing without thinking or planning..dave & meA few days later when I was cleaning out my FJ Cruiser, I found a little turtle pendent Dave had given me several years ago and I started wearing it again….I felt like I needed it

I had been out of touch with Dave for probably 3 years and suddenly I felt I had to talk to him. I wanted to tell him what I was going through and ask if he would do a ceremony for me. dave 13--blue skyWhen we talked he told me that this current period of time, filled with violence, insanity and ugliness has long been predicted in the prophecies of the First Nations People. The people have completely lost touch with the land, with Nature he said and thus the insanity.

The Prophecy of The 8th Fire
They will come to a fork in the road. One road will lead to Materialism and Destruction…..for almost all living creatures….The other road will lead to a Spiritual Way upon which the Native People will be standing…This path will lead to the lighting of the 8th fire, a period of eternal peace, harmony and a “New Earth” where the destruction of the past will be healed
Anishnabe prophecy


Then I happened to watch a recent video of David Icke talking about this particular period of time in which we’re living [or rather trying to live]. He was talking about the government and politics but his primary message was in explaining how we’ve all been programed and brainwashed by those ‘in power’. We come into the world as pure and innocent and then the programming begins. Many who have had near death experiences, ayahuasca journeys or deep meditative experiences he said, have reached a state of “freedom from the world” When we become aware that we’ve been programmed and ‘wake up’ David Icke said, then we have a responsibility to help, to bring awareness in whatever way that may be.

*This concept of waking up is the primary focus in the teachings of back to the Buddha.siddhartha-gautama2 It was the main message of the spiritual teacher, J Krshnamurti and now of Eckhart Tolle. This is a VERY critical time on Earth and I’ve heard it said that the caterpillar can crawl no longer.It must become a butterfly.

My adventures with the First Nations People had begun in the year 2000 when I went to a conference in Toronto on death education and heard Chief Noel Starblanket speak on the losses of the First Nations People. Later I visited Noel in Saskatchewan where I did 2 projects with him: his story was one of several included in my photo/oral history exhibit on loss and grief and my son and I later filmed  Starblanket a Spirit Journey. A year after meeting Noel, I traveled to Manitoba where I met Dave Courchene and went on to make 2 documentary films on his life and tipired shadow:turtle lodgethunderbird-dustin These were magical times for me: attending sweat lodges, ceremonies and powwows. They were always a part of me but in the last few years, they had been in the background as I had become involved in other projects.

Now, just in this last month, these experiences and teachings have come back in to my life in a very powerful way through one sign after another. I’ve always looked for signs to guide me and followed my intuition, so maybe it’s time to share these teachings on a much greater scale and with much larger group of people. Maybe I thought, this might be my new adventure, sharing these Teachings which are all contained and expressed in our 3 First Nations films.

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All three of our First Nations films are available and can be purchased here

The teachings can also be shared in other ways: Over the years, we have created t-shirts, hoodies, prayer flags pillows and posters, all of which carry a message and a reminder of our purpose…. .Ralph-danny truth-wisdomRALPH:TRUTHin these challenging times… flags far outPRAYER FLAGS3 7 ts pillow

All of these and more will be available by the end of this week on POOH’S STORE

Below are some relevant video clips: the trailer for our documentary, The 8th Fire, a film clip from the documentary, and the trailer for the film on John Trudell called TRUDELL. All are relevant to this present time on Earth, to waking up, to returning to the LAND and becoming FREE!

*If you appreciate this blog and would like to contribute , there are a couple of  ways: either by making a donation or by purchasing some of our stuff which will be available by the end of this week at POOH’S STORE
Recently though it isn’t in my nature, I’ve had to become a ‘self promoter

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