Below is reprinted the message entitled "A Great Urgency: to all world religious and spiritual leaders" from Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, dated May 12, 2010.
I think he means it's for all of you.
At about the same time I was listening to the great teacher of indigenous wisdom, Martin Prechtel on the radio. Both are reeling, as are many of us, from the continuing "disaster of biblical proportions" ongoing in the Gulf. While the MS&M media claims that 58% of 'murrikans' want to continue on the same old path of "all about self" and plunging the knife ever deeper into the heart of the Mother so to preserve some so-called "way of life", the obvious missing element here is well known and hardly needs to be said: Empathy. Just like Respect, the humans have fled from Empathy faster and faster for last 5000 years.
Prechtel was describing the event as a great "spiritual heart attack". He spoke of the Mayan view of Oil as the "neuron-deity of the memory of what it means to be a living creature". Their view of the Ocean is the Great Mother whose children we all are. They look at the Ocean, but don't Touch Her until they have been through a certain initiation. She is viewed with the highest reverence. The Mayan word is Ya. Ya for the Ocean, and all women have the prefix Ya before their names.
Empathy seems to be the test and the key and the line in the sand for this point in time in our spiritual evolution. I don't know if those who have put off rediscovering their sense of empathy with all beings have any more time left. It's gonna be a hard rain. Martin, as he has been doing for years, advises us to fully feel our grief, both for the creatures our brethren and for the Mother/Grandmother. His teaching is: to "metabolize the grief into beauty, of an active prayer for a time beyond our own, something that makes a human into someone worth descending from, and to become a neighbor to all other creatures and beings in the world." He also emphasizes that "the WAY you do everything absolutely MATTERS". Not "how big" your action is. We must love one another (and ourselves) for our "small greatness".
From Arvol Looking Horse -
Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.
We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened,
those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations. Eventually all will be affected by the oil disaster in the Gulf.
The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.
I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies.
I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth. As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc'I Maka).
We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.
As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.
So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children¹s future and well-being, and the generations to come.
Onipikte (that we shall live),
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe