When the Man Comes Around/”It’s Time To Make Your STAND”

*I write these blog posts from my heart..about my work with the First Nations People, about my teachers such as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, about my time spent with terminally ill patients, about life off the grid in northern New Mexico. Though in some ways, I write for myself, I try always to share information and experiences that may be helpful to others, that are universal.

If you would like to contribute to to the continuation of these posts, there are 3 ways: the donate button on the side of this post, my gofund me page or poohsstore where we offer sacred and visionary art for these times of transition and transcendence

I don’t usually put up Bible verses however I am interested in the prophecies of the world religions and how they seem to be coming together in these very times. “When the Man Comes” was the last song written by Johnny Cash before he died and it is based on Revelations. The Stand written by Stephen King is also based on Revelations.

Hear the trumpets hear the pipers

One hundred million angels singin’

Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettledrums

Voices callin’, voices cryin’

Some are born and some are dyin’

It’s alpha and omega’s kingdom come

~Johnny Cash/When the Man Comes Around


It’s time now to give over your will to the will of God. It’s time, to make your STAND.”

~Mother Abigail Freemantle/THE STAND


Yesterday I met with some friends in Taos.mary-and-scottI had originally met Mary and Scott Childers a few years ago at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs where I had gone to recover from some things that were happening in my life.early-morn-ojo

I had resolved not to talk to anybody while I was there…I wanted it to be like a retreat. But when I looked out the window in my room, I saw a couple in the parking lot, sitting next to where my SUV was parked-they had a very large motor cycle and they were each drinking a beer.

Biker people I thought in my judgemental way and yet for some reason [divine manipulation Elisabeth Kubler-Ross would call it] I felt that I should break my silence and go out and talk to them.

It turned out that they were really wonderful people-friendly and easy to talk to.alpine-alleyThey own Alpine Alley a much loved coffee shop in Mountainair, New Mexico. As we were talking, I happened to mention that I was working on a documentary on prison reform.

They didn’t say anything then but later they came to me and told me that their older son was facing prison time for drug related offenses.

Later when we started choosing the people to interview for The Light in the Shadow, I asked Mary if she wanted to be a part of it. mary-childers_1She did and so I interviewed her in April 2015. Her interview is the last one in the preview posted below.

We stayed in touch, then lost touch and then a month ago I heard from a friend that their 32 year old son, Eric had died suddenly and unexpectedly. I had met Eric twice briefly-he was so happy and full of life and I was beyond shocked. I got back in touch with them immediately.eric

Mary and Scott told me they were coming to Taos for a weekend so I drove over to meet them. We talked about a lot of things: how Eric’s death had happened, the tremendous support they had been getting from friends and family, their struggle to deal with the pain and suffering as the teacher [it is]. They went on to tell me that Eric had completed a lot of things in the last 6 months of his life and one of his main goals had been to get rid of a lot of his possessions. He had planned to move back to Oregon to be near his 2 boys but in doing so, he intended to live very simply–back to basics. Mary and Scott told me they had all of Eric’s belongings in one small box in the garage.

They talked then about how they had also been feeling the call -to live more simply. When we had first started talking Mary had asked me what I had been doing. “Trying to survive.” I said. She said that that didn’t sound like me and I told her that we-Jody and me- had been put in a position where we were living on almost no money, eating a lot of beans and tortillas, relying more on the vegetables and herbs in the greenhouse..greenhous april 16 chard.jpg…and as always the sun for electricity and wood from the land for heat. A year or so ago the on demand hot water heater had gone out and I wasn’t able to get it fixed for several months.I had felt very discouraged-have to have hot water-but we heated the water on the stove for baths and it hadn’t been that bad.

I told Scott and Mary that it had been hard lately but I thought maybe we were being prepared for something that’s coming.

“Prepare for the hard times that are coming. Don’t waste time in trying to fight a system that will not change. Rebuild yourself, your families and your nation, with your way of life the Creator has given you.

Stop thinking negatively and fill your mind with positive thoughts. Depend on the land again, for all that you will need to survive. Prepare for the times when people will come looking for help. Prepare to receive the land with your leadership as the true stewards of the land.”

~Elder Dave Courchene, Anishnabe Nation, Eagle Clan ~ from a presentation at Treaties 1-11 Gathering Brandon,Manitoba – August 30, 2016

dave-talking-june-3I had recently called my friend, Dave Courchene, an Anishnabe Elder and founder of The Turtle Lodge in Manitoba. I called him because things were so hard and I wondered if he would do a ceremony for me. Dave told me “You’re in the right place and you need to stay there. We’re telling people now to live as simply as possible. We don’t know what’s coming-a natural disaster, economic collapse, terrorist attack, and we don’t know exactly when but as the Old People say ‘The Earth is about to change’.”

I felt better after talking to Dave and I felt somehow I have to hang in there – I can definitely feel something coming. Mary and Scott can too..they feel this is the time spoken of in Revelations.

I think many people can feel this whatever it is that’s coming–many feel it as fear, as an uneasiness and I think the majority of people use every possible means/distraction to avoid thinking about it and there are plenty of distractions: sports, the ‘news’, TV, Facebook….

Here we’re not living in fear but rather working to become more and more self sufficient. A couple weeks ago, my internet was down for 3 days and I found out how addicted  I am and how dependent. What if it all goes: the grid, cell phones, internet..what would life be like? Every time there’s a big storm which happens more and more often, there are thousands of people  left with no power and I wonder why people, at least some of them don’t turn to solar.. It’s such a simple and beautiful way to live and it’s easily accessible to many people.

Like the Old People say: “The Earth is about to Change.” “It’s time to make your STAND.” At least that’s how I understand these present times.

Below are the Johnny Cash song, When the Man Comes and the trailer for The Stand – they are both somewhat ominous but also true I believe. Also the trailer for our documentary, THE 8TH FIRE  which is a little bit more positive and the preview of our film on prison reform, The Light in the Shadow in which Mary Childers appears as I mentioned above.

The Light In The Shadow – Preview from Andy Pickard on Vimeo.


*I write these blog posts from my heart..about my work with the First Nations People, about my teachers such as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, about my time spent with terminally ill patients, about life off the grid in northern New Mexico. Though in some ways, I write for myself, I try always to share information and experiences that may be helpful to others, that are universal.

If you would like to contribute to to the continuation of these posts, there are 3 ways: the donate button on the side of this post, my gofund me page or poohsstore where we offer sacred and visionary art for these times of transition and transcendence

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. gerri-ezra-alainaThese persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD


 “A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth — that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. alainaThen I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still knows bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved.”

~Viktor Frankl from Man’s Search for Meaning  [Life in a Concentration Camp]

I really hate it when I’m in deep despair and someone says to me “Count your Blessings” but I know they’re right and I usually try to make the effort.

 So a few days ago I thought I would write something on St Francis of Assisi…st-francis-and-the-chippermunkI love St Francis and all he represents-I have several statues of him at my place and I had just seen this quote I really liked :

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~Francis of Assisi

But then I thought I would rather write something about the other evening when I had clearly seen the many blessings that were surrounding me, all of them little things…like some beautiful roses blooming outside my sun room window & I can make a cozy fire tonight in the woodstove-there’s a huge pile of wood already cut and it’s free..the blessings of  this land….. & my wolfdogs are playing together…wolfdog-eve-all-3 after a fight for dominance..finally resolved.

In the meantime however, I happened to read a headline: “Here are nine of the safest places in the world to survive a third world war” [I just saw another similar headline last night] and so I wrote “Winds of War?

It turns out though, that at least for me, all these are connected in a way.

Struggling these days to feel happy, to find the light in this dark world, to not get caught up in the fear and hate promoted and spewing out from the mainstream news which is mainly propaganda…. I came upon a miracle, one of the most beautiful stories I have ever heard or read. Probably a lot of people read this story too-the story of Jadon and Anais McDonald, conjoined twins joined at the head.
And reading this story and watching the video which I have posted below, I was transported out of the world of hate and violence into a world of beauty, courage..faith [Real Faith not the phony “I go to church every Sunday”used by the politicians to get more votes] .
And I thought back to the time when I used to provide occupational therapy [my own brand] for Hospice patients. I made home visits and as I would sit down with them, they would take me into their world..the world that really mattered. peterTime was short and so most of them had no patience for the superficial, meaningless problems and worries that occupy much of our lives. I always came away from these visits so inspired and renewed…for a while I Understood. I loved that ‘work’.tedals
I believe this is a way many of us could live much of the time but we would have to change our perspective, our values, our focus.
When I was working with dying patients, I wanted to get a grant to bring teenagers in as volunteers to help and to learn from hospice patients. I thought if they could see that life is so short and death so close, they would appreciate life a lot more, that they would not take things for granted as much and would use their time to make more meaningful contributions. I didn’t ever get that grant but this short story from Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who wrote Man’s Search for Meaning……expresses in a way what I was hoping to convey..

The story of the young woman whose death I witnessed in a concentration camp.

It is a simple story. There is little to tell and it may sound as if I had invented it; but to me it seems like a poem. This young woman knew that she would die in the next few days. But when I talked to her she was cheerful in spite of this knowledge. ‘I am grateful that fate has hit me so hard,’ she told me. ‘In my former life I was spoiled and did not take spiritual accomplishments seriously.’ Pointing through the window of the hut, she said, ‘This tree here is the only friend I have in my loneliness.’ Through that window she could see just one branch of a chestnut tree, and on the branch were two blossoms. ‘I often talk to this tree,’ she said to me. I was startled and didn’t quite know how to take her words. Was she delirious? Did she have occasional hallucinations? Anxiously I asked her if the tree replied. ‘Yes.’ What did it say to her? She answered, ‘It said to me, I am here — I am here — I am life, eternal life.'”

~Viktor Frankl  Mans Search for Meaning

Below is the story of Jadon and Anais McDonald and their parents, Nicole and Christian. This video was my inspiration for this blog today.


Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While the young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

~Bob Dylan, from Masters of War

I usually try to write about peaceful, beautiful, hopeful things..I try to write to inspire but I’m writing this tonight because of a news headline I saw on Yahoo yesterday. The headline read:

Here are nine of the safest places in the world to survive a third world war

I’ve been reading a lot about the possibilities of WWW III recently but I hadn’t seen anything quite this blatant…..preparing the people for what’s coming. Of course none of these places are options for most of us…..Iceland, a remote island off of Scotland..are you kidding???

Almost 20 years ago, I did a project called The Gathering of the Wisdom People. I interviewed and photographed people in their 90s and then combined their interviews and old photos with my photographs…. to make large framed, collage like pieces.

The exhibit was a great success…CALVIN:ME.jpg…people seemed to love reading the stories and looking at the old photos..it was sort of  a romanticized vision of another time….almost a fantasy..not real.alvin9reg4trejo1st


All of the ‘Wisdom People’ had lived through the world wars and the Great Depression and many of them shared their experiences. These experiences were very real & they had been changed by them but to me they were stories: a World War, a Great Depression…that can’t happen now……Except they can and they are.

One woman’s story in particular, made the greatest impression on me. rw3This woman whose name was Rose Hanauer, was born and raised in Berlin in an upper middle class Jewish family. rose4Her father owned a pharmacy. As Hitler came into power, things were taken away, Jews could no longer own businesses and later they could no longer work at the businesses they had once owned.

For her interview, Rose wrote:

My brother-at that time-the year was 1938- still thought Hitler would not be in power very long, one should wait.
My husband and I left Germany as soon as we received our permit to get into England. We left Germany Aug. 11, 1939 which was less than three weeks before England declared war against Germany! Of course we had to leave everything of value behind!

We would have loved to apply for my mother to get out of Germany too, but she did not want to leave as long as my brother and his wife and two small children were still in Germany. Well none of them got out, and they were all taken to Concentration Camps and killed by the Nazis.rose9fam The day before we left for England, my brother said to me, “I guess you were the smarter one, it looks pretty bad now!” ~Rose Hanauer

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

~Bob Dylan,  from Masters of War

 So now World War III is maybe looming on the horizon. This is what ‘The Masters of War’ [the ‘leaders’] want and they will do their part by telling us we can be safe in the Yukon.

And I know many people are thinking, probably the majority, that this cannot happen..but it already has happened.. ..Twice!

So it seems to me that the choice now is to take the red pill and look at what’s actually going on, to wake up, to say  NO WE DON’T WANT THIS!.. or take the blue pill and remain or try to remain in a pretend world which I don’t think will be possible much longer.

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

Bob Dylan from Masters of War

You will probably need to take the red pill to watch the film clip below

A Life or A Lifestyle/I’ve Done Everything that I’ve Come to Do

“It is very important that you only do what you love to do. You may be poor, you may go hungry, you may lose your car, you may have to move into a shabby place to live, but you will totally live. And at the end of your days you will bless your life because you have done what you came here to do.”

~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross MD


“In those days, a phrase kept coming in my head and didn’t let me sleep. Everybody keeps talking about the California Lifestyle. The question that came up was “Do I want a life or do I want style?”

~Nisha Srinivisan


“I knew that it was coming,” she revealed. “He said it a couple of years ago. ‘I’ve done everything that I’ve come to do.’

~from an interview with Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson


Yesterday I read two articles that were very meaningful to me and seemed to fit together. The first titled *Lessons from Living in Nature is the story of an East Indian couple who had high paying jobs in Silicon Valley and made the decision when their son was born, to move back to India, to live off the land and leave their high paying jobs and that lifestyle behind. *This article is very worth reading.

The second article I read….

prince-holding was an interview with Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson who talked about how she had been expecting her brother’s death because he had told her 2 years before that he was going to die soon, that he had done everything he came to do.

So I’ve been thinking about all this recently, looking back on my own life/life experience. At a certain age, I think most people do …there’s much more past than future. I remember a 96 year old man I interviewed for a project I was working on.alvin-copyHis name was Alvin Ivy and when I asked him about the future, he smiled and said “The future don’t look too bright anymore.” It was funny-he laughed and I laughed but it was true.

So I look back at my life, the choices I made..the choices I could have made..


Growing up with my dad and my stepmother, we had a lifestyle [when I think of the word ‘lifestyle’, I think of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”…maybe the word means something more but that’s what I think of]

Anyway we had a lifestyle or actually my parents did, that involved belonging to several clubs….argyle eating at the best restaurants….food_wine living in beautiful places, houstonian-pooltraveling to Europe, Russia, Africa, sending all of us to private schools…the-hill-school and playing golf at country clubs in the US and the UK etc., etc.17th-hole-the-royal-and-ancient-golf-club-of-st-andrews

And this lifestyle worked for them for most of their lives…until they got older, when in her late 80s, my stepmother would often say to me “You’ve done so much and I’ve done nothing.”


Anne Lewis David, my stepmother at my Between Now & Forever event~ Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, Texas

Her lifestyle was no longer meaningful as death came closer, when my dad was in the nursing home and when most of her friends had died. And I thought then of this quote from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross:

“To grow is the sole purpose of existence on this planet Earth. You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden, but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose.”

~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD

Elisabeth often talked about death as a graduation. jason breathing tube 2She did not believe that even babies or young children who died, died ‘before their time.’

“When we have passed the tests we are sent to Earth to learn, we are allowed to graduate. We are allowed to shed our body, which imprisons our soul.”
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD

johnnyAnd a patient we once took care of, a wonderful black woman who was dying of pancreatic cancer told us many times “When it is your time, you are goin’ !!!”

So for me, when I look back at the choices I made, I know I could have had pretty much the same lifestyle as my parents. But I made a very conscious choice when I was 28, a choice between 2 paths:  a life of ease with no worries about money, a life of luxury… or the survival of my soul, my spirit. If I chose a life of luxury, my body would live but my soul, my spirit would die and for me there was no middle ground. I knew I would have a hard road ahead-I was married then and I didn’t know how to do much of anything, didn’t even know how to write a check…but I chose the path my soul/spirit needed and when I had made the decision, I  remember that I went out and planted flowers.yellow-roses On this path I chose, there has been a lot of hardship..a lot and not much of a resting place but I have followed my intuition always and tried to do as Elisabeth said: “Always take the highest choice”.

This quote from Georgia O’Keefe has been very real and true for me:

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.”

~Georgia O’Keefe

and this little poem, Elisabeth so often read at her workshops, has helped me many, many times:

“Come to the edge,” he said.

“We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, We will fall!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”
~Guillaume Apollinaire


And this written by a friend who has lived with AIDS for nearly 30 years and whose brother, husband and 2 year old son all died of AIDS…. this is the way I understand LIFE:

“If I could relive my life and choose a completely normal life with no illness or death, I would choose my life today- without a doubt. The understanding I have gained far outweighs the option of living a normal life “

~Gerri Briggs

I’m posting 2 videos below, a video of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, “To Live Until You Die”. Elisabeth was my most important teacher for my work with death and dying and really my most important teacher about Life. If I had chosen the other path, the path of ease, I would never have met her or the many other teachers who helped me along the way. I would not have been able to do the work I have done and believe I was meant to do… and I would have wasted this lifetime.

I’m also posting a clip of Leonard Cohen “There is a Crack in Everything” because it’s beautiful and so relevant..to everything.

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DIY: The Wolf Food Freezer, Pooh’s Chair and Other Things

I love taking old things, things that somebody else might consider junk..and making them into something unique and beautiful.

About a month ago, we rescued two wolfdogs to be companions for Shiloh, our young wolfdog who had lost his companion to old age. wolfdog-eve-all-3When we rescued the two, Sakina and Apollo, a very generous friend donated a huge amount of frozen meat-elk, venison, chicken etc.

I had  inherited an old freezer  when I bought this house so we moved it inside to hold all the meat but in the living room/kitchen area, it looked ugly, very ugly and out of place–it needed color….badly!


this is not the actual freezer but this is how it looked

So first we painted it turquoise  jody-paints-shilohfreezerand then began adding wolf images…wolf prints:freezer.jpg


ravens and pine trees..diy-freezerlittle-bear

When we finished, it looked like this..diy-freezer-whole

No longer an eyesore, it fit  into the living room/kitchen area more like a piece of art..


A few years ago, I bought an old chair at a resale shop. It had come from an historic hotel, long since closed down. It was stained dark brown and kind of ornamental but I thought it would look better painted so I started painting…


I like using lettering..so I found this quote from Winnie the Pooh and it became part of the chair.

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh”

It’s not the most comfortable chair, more a piece of art but people always comment on itpoohhippie-chair

We’ve transformed other things too like the bottom part of a large pine tree that had to be chopped down. Rather than cut it up for fire wood, we turned it upside down and used it as an entrance, an arch..jodypetearch

then we painted it, added a gate and lanterns and now it looks like thisthose who wander archThe lettering on it which is not finished says

“Not all those who wander are lost.”~J R.R. Tolkien

 When I was in Texas, I bought a very small vintage trailer which I lived in.

When I bought it, it looked like this…plain inside and out..spirit-trailer-before

Over the years it has evolved….spirit-journey-trailer


til it looks like thistrailerblue-deck

we’re still working on the insidejody-painting-turquise-trailer

I painted clouds on the ceiling..


and I ordered a tiny wood stove called The Hobbit which is perfect for tiny spacesPAINTING THE HOBBIT

hobbit painted

Maybe it will be next spring before the trailer is completely finished because there is always one more thing to create ..time passes so fast here..no boredom, just not enough time

Even if I had lots of money to buy furniture and stuff, I would rather take the old and discarded things and turn them into something beautiful………..much more rewarding!


I’ve reached a point in my life where it’s the little things that matter… I was always a rebel and probably could have got much farther had I changed my attitude. But when you think about it, I got pretty far without changing attitudes. I’m happier with that.

~Veronica Lake

new mexico morning:hollyhocks.jpgI was going to write about something else this morning but the morning light is so beautiful, making rainbows everywhere…sometimes I think that having a lot of money and possessions prevent one from appreciating the small things, at least that has been true in my life.  So I’m just putting up a few of my photos from here..and quotes I like about nature, about pets..about Life…


“Everything that slows us down and forces patience……


everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature is a help..

big orange flowers:tomatos

Gardening is an instrument of grace.”

~May Sarton


“For any writer who wants to keep a journal, be alive to everything, not just to what you’re feeling, but also to your pets, to flowers, to what you’re reading.”
~May Sartonmaggiemorning-light-816

little-bear-morn-roll“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault


corgissnow“You should see my corgis at sunset in the snow. It’s their finest hour. About five o’clock they glow like copper. Then they come in and lie in front of the fire like a string of sausages.”

~Tasha Tudor from The Private World of Tasha Tudor

shimmering woodstove with fire

“I enjoy solitude. It’s probably selfish, but why bother about it. Life is much too important, as Oscar Wilde said, to be taken seriously….


sunrise sept 1 '16 ….I feel so sorry for those mothers who are devastated by loneliness when their children fly the coop and don’t want to live at home anymore. They feel lost, but look what exciting things can be done.…..

~Tasha Tudor from The Private World of Tasha Tudor





 “When I’m working in the barn or house I often think of all the errors I’ve made in my life.


 …But then I quickly put that behind me and think of water lilies. They will always eradicate unpleasant thoughts. Or goslings are equally comforting in their own way.”
~Tasha Tudor from The Private World of Tasha Tudor 

roses-aug 15 copy

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else……

bright-pink-daisies …Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.

~Georgia O’Keeffe


Life isn’t long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege to be alive. In spite of all the pollution and horrors, how beautiful this world is.

rainbow-81216 …..Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!”
~Tasha Tudor from The Private World of Tasha Tudor



“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth…. the humble will inherit the land”Matthew 5:5, Psalm 37:11

*I’m not much on bible verses..I don’t really know where they come from but the 2 above seem real and true to me...

“Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and that by and by they got it back with interest. We are Indians and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them with interest, and our hearts feel good. Our way of giving is our bank.”  – Chief Maquinna, Nootka

Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten
~CREE Prophecy


A couple nights ago, I was talking to Dave Courchene, an Anishnabe Elder in Manitoba. A few years ago my son and I made 2 documentary films with Davedave-talking-june-3 and he came to several events and screenings that we put on both in Canada and the U.S.rainbow-flyer-santa-feSo I like to keep in touch with him and with the amazing work he’s doing at his lodge, now an international healing center called The Turtle Lodge.turtlelodgepic copytotem_water We talked about the change that may be coming,blue tipi which so many people are feeling and then I asked if he had watched the ‘debate’ between Clinton and Trump.

Dave said he couldn’t stand to watch it [I felt the same] but he laughed when he said that he heard that Trump was going to ‘Make America Great Again’. “That must mean” Dave said, “that he’s going to give back the land.”

So ever since the ‘debate’, I’ve been thinking about the huge, obvious and glaring differences between the politicians and the First Nations Elders and Chiefs. The shrill, ugly voices of the politicians spewing words of hate and separation, talking of war and money contrasted with the usually soft spoken, gentle voices of the First Nations leaders who speak of peace, of unity, coming together, of the Mother Earth…..

8th fire stills grandmother



The politicians..they will never change anything…..EVER ….they are all part of the old world which is ending..8th fire stills_pollutionthe ego based, self centered way of being….is ending…it has to. These are not the ‘meek who will inherit the earth’ or ‘the humble who will inherit the land’. HUMILITY? they don’t understand what that means nor do they want to.

AND AREN’T PEOPLE TIRED OF LIVING THIS WAY..don’t they know there’s a better way or is everyone so brainwashed they’ve just given up?sheeple

THERE IS ANOTHER WAY….IT’S HERE NOW and available to anyone who wants to look beyond the ugliness, to “wake up” as the spiritual teachers say and have always said.

Anyway rather than writing anymore, I’m just posting videos and film clips of some of the teachers-there are many- who are pointing the way to a new earth…just the sound of their voices, the music…peace