I think over again my small adventures
those small ones that seemed so big
For all the vital things
I had to get and to reach
And yet there is only one great thing
the only thing
To live to see the great day that dawns
and the light that fills the world.
~Old Inuit Song
I have started to write something several times this past week but then came Hurricane Harvey and I got caught up in watching the footage. I lived in Houston for many years-not happily but I lived there.
I read that a newscaster was criticized for calling the hurricane and the devastation that followed ‘biblical’. Of course it was/is biblical…the ancient prophecies of all religions are being fulfilled NOW. I read too, that a man unable to get gas in San Antonio, Texas [there have been long lines and some gas shortages] made the statement “Well this is it..the end of the World.”
It’s a difficult time to be living on this Earth….so much has been destroyed and rampant corruption, insanity, violence and ugliness, fear and terror have become an accepted way of life.
I remember reading a book years ago called Border Healing Woman. It is the true story of an old woman, living down near the Texas/ Mexico border. She-her name was Jewel Babb- was a natural healer and she was able to see the future. One statement that she made, I’ve never forgotten. It went something like this “In the times that are to come, it will take the faith of all the saints to survive.” These are the times she spoke of.
“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
When I was watching the hurricane footage on my computer..usually on ABC, a commercial always came on beforehand..over and over and over. This commercial was filmed at a gym and featured an especially unattractive, arrogant woman in gym clothes. This woman was directing other women to find the ‘perfect exercise’ for her. This apparently was her top priority in life. The intent of this commercial was to inspire people to use a particular travel search engine but instead it verified the fact that we are living in the most selfish, self centered, materialistic and out of touch society that has ever existed. The image of this arrogant woman with her demands for the perfect exercise contrasted with the film footage of terrified people being rescued from rooftops, knowing they had lost everything is burned into my mind forever.
I am very lucky to be able to live far out in the country…..far from any city, off the grid.. and surrounded by our animal family.
But today I cannot find peace. All day I have looked forward to the evening and to watching [again] one of my favorite movies, Never Cry Wolf…. I think because of the purity which is represented not only by the landscape but also by the lifestyle..so far from civilization, surrounded only by the beauty of the Arctic and its creatures, mainly the Arctic Wolf.
And Never Cry Wolf is a reminder for me of the time I spent with the First Nations People of Canada. With my son, I made 3 documentary films there, in Saskatchewan and in Manitoba and I long to go back but I cannot. I want to go back to the teachings and a lifestyle that I understand, back to simplicity and laughter, back to the sound of the drum and to the Sacred Fire……back to The Light That Fills The World’
Final Scene from NEVER CRY WOLF
In the Ojibwey language: “The Old People Say ‘The Earth is About To Change.'”
If you’re still in doubt that The Earth Is About To Change, here are today’s headlines-September 3, 2017: