Friday, May 26, 2017

13 Indigenous Grandmothers Work for Wisdom & Healing


13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Courtesy photo


We are thirteen indigenous grandmothers who came together for the first time from October 11 through October 17, 2004, in Phoenicia, New York. We gathered from the four directions in the land of the people of the Iroquois Confederacy. We come here from the Amazon rainforest, the Alaskan Tundra of North America, the great forest of the American northwest, the vast plains of North America, the highlands of central America, the Black Hills of South Dakota, the mountains of Oaxaca, the desert of the American southwest, the mountains of Tibet and Nepal and from the rainforest of Central Africa.

Affirming our relations with traditional medicine peoples and communities throughout the world, we have been brought together by a common vision to form a new global alliance.

We are the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. We have united as one. Ours is an alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children and for the next seven generations to come.

We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth, the contamination of our air, waters and soil, the atrocities of war, the global scourge of poverty, the threat of nuclear weapons and waste, the prevailing culture of materialism, the epidemics which threaten the health of the Earth’s peoples, the exploitation of indigenous medicines, and with the destruction of indigenous ways of life.

We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, believe that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking and healing are vitally needed today. We come together to nurture, educate and train our children. We come together to uphold the practice of our ceremonies and affirm the right to use our plant medicines free of legal restriction. We come together to protect the lands where our peoples live and upon which our cultures depend, to safeguard the collective heritage of traditional medicines, and to defend the earth Herself. We believe that the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.

We join with all those who honor the Creator, and to all who work and pray for our children, for world peace, and for the healing of our Mother Earth.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Finding the Positive When Feelings are Hurt



From a post by author Kari Kampakis:

“Everyone in your life serves a purpose. Everyone has something to teach you.

And while people who are kind and friendly help teach you who you do want to be, those who are not kind and friendly teach you who you don’t want to be.

So when you encounter someone who hurts your feelings, lean into that feeling. Ask yourself what they did to make you feel that way. Was it the words they chose? Their tone? The way they picked favorites and then ignored everyone else?

Whatever they did, make a pledge. Promise yourself that you’ll never treat anyone the way they treated you. This is how you become a kinder and more compassionate person. This is how you learn from their mistakes.

And when you meet someone you really like, lean into that feeling, too. Ask yourself what they did to make you feel so good. Then make a pledge to yourself to be more like them. This is also how you become a kinder and more compassionate person.

Regardless of how anyone treats you, you stand to benefit. While some people teach you who you do want to be, others teach you who you don’t want to be. And it’s the people who teach you who you don’t want to be that provide some of the most lasting and memorable lessons on social graces, human dignity, and the importance of acting with integrity.”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Begin With Gratitude



The Daily Prism has slightly edited (for space purposes) the following thoughts on gratitude, love and compassion from the Center for Action and Contemplation.

In a most succinct and perfect summary, (the apostle) Paul says that you should “Pray with gratitude, and the peace of God which is beyond all knowledge...” (Philippians 4:6-7). 


  • First, you must begin with the positive, with gratitude (which might take your whole prayer time). 
  • Second, you need to pray as long it takes you to find “peace,” to get to a place beyond agitation (whether five minutes or five hours or five days). 
  • Third, note that he says this is a place beyond “knowledge,” beyond processing information or ideas. 
  • Fourth, you must learn how to stand guard, which is what many call “creating the inner witness” or the witnessing presence that calmly watches your flow of thoughts (mind) and feelings (heart). 

Finally, you must know what the goal is: your egoic thoughts can actually be replaced with living inside the very mind of Christ (en Christo). This is not self-generated knowing, but knowing by participation—consciousness itself (con-scire, to know with).

Paul then goes on to suggest that we fill our minds “with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good, everything that we love and honor, everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). Norman Vincent Peale called this “the power of positive thinking.” I call it “replacement therapy.” If we don’t choose love and compassion, the human mind naturally goes in the other direction, and we risk joining a vast majority of people who live their later years trapped in a sense of victimhood, entitlement, and bitterness.

We are not free until we are free from our own compulsiveness, our own resentments, our own complaining, and our own obsessive patterns of thinking. We have to catch these patterns early in their development and nip them in the bud. And where’s the bud? It’s in the mind...Any later behaviors are just a response to the way our minds work. We can’t walk around all day writing negative, hateful mental commentaries about other people, or we will become hate itself.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Former 1st Ladies Push for Women's Museum



Former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton have joined together to press forward on the idea of having a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C.

Bush added her name to the cause during a Women Making History Awards event on Tuesday night at the Carnegie Institution for Science, where she was honored for her advocacy work. Bush said at the event it was important to “redouble our efforts to make sure there’s a women’s museum right here in our country” The Washington Post reported.

She added: “It's really important to have a museum that focuses on women because half of the population is left out from American history. We need to figure out how we can encourage women to run for office and to run for president.”

... The push to see a women’s museum on the National Mall has been ongoing for several decades, with the National Women’s History Museum—which sponsored the event—attempting to find a spot on the mall that would accommodate the space.

The museum currently exists only online. The website states: “Once housed prominently among the other great museums of Washington, D.C., it will create better understanding and greater partnerships among men and women. The National Women’s History Museum will be the first museum in any nation’s capital to show the full scope of the history of its women and will serve as a guiding light to people everywhere.”

---From Newsweek

Monday, May 22, 2017

Third Easy Qigong Exercise for Healing #3




By Mingtong Gu
Founder of the Chi Center
There is an invisible energy which cannot be seen, but it can be felt and experienced....

And as it travels through your body, it makes your heart beat, it nourishes your tissue and organs, and it even contributes to the conscious activities of your mind.

The role of Qi — this energy that animates all life —  in health, wellbeing and consciousness originated in the far east over 5,000 years ago. And with deep roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, we can call upon the practice of Qigong to release energy blockages and cultivate and balance our Qi.

(Qigong is pronounced "chee-Gong," with "Qi" = energy, and "Gong" = practice of.)

If you’re unfamiliar with it, Wisdom Healing Qigong is a special form of Qigong developed by Dr. and Grandmaster Pang, a skilled western medical doctor and eastern Chinese medical doctor I was fortunate enough to study under in China.

And what makes it so unique is that it blends many age-old teachings into a gentle practice of movement, visualization, sound and meditation in order to help you awaken joy and healing from within.

I hope you enjoy these exercises which are designed to be easy to learn, yet intensively effective (and can be done at any age).

Reconnect with the energy which flows through the body and spine through this simple, yet powerful healing sound and movement. This Wisdom Healing Qigong practice moves blocked energy held in your organs and body, releasing stress and illness. For thousands of years, Qigong has recognized the importance of healing emotional health for whole body wellness, and with every practice, you’re making possible a new opening for more energy, happiness and joy.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wisdom Healing with Qigong #2


Mingtong Gu is the founder of the Chi Center, based at the Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wisdom healing is the key phrase for today. With that, the Daily Prism will feature 3 easy how to videos for the next three days on simple techniques for Qigong.


From the Chi Center:

With the Wisdom Healing Qigong and Conscious Aging Series, you will:
  • learn simple tools to regain energy, enhance health, and improve wellbeing
  • rediscover ageless, joyful living by connecting with the potent life force you were born with
  • improve your vitality and resilience with easy and accessible practices
  • contribute to the new paradigm of aging consciously, creating a memorable legacy, and facing the challenges of dying with dignity and peace
  • reduce your dependency on medications, on others, and diminish physical limitations
  • connect with a community of supportive and like-minded people 
  • make a meaningful contribution to the wellbeing of yourself, others, and the world – especially needed in these uncertain times
  • experience living a deeper and more purpose-filled life through inner reflection and self-empowerment
Welcome the healing potential within through chanting the healing sound of Haola (from Wisdom Healing Qigong). Haola means “All is Well and so be it!” You are born with the ultimate goodness of life and harmony within. Throughout each moment of life — even through worry, illness, injury — on the deepest level, our body, mind and heart can activate this aliveness.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Qigong for Wisdom and Joy #1


Mingtong Gu is the founder of the Chi Center, based at the Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wisdom healing is the key phrase for today. With that, the Daily Prism will feature 3 easy how to videos for the next three days on simple techniques for Qigong.


By Mingtong Gu
Founder of the Chi Center


There is an invisible energy which cannot be seen, but it can be felt and experienced....

And as it travels through your body, it makes your heart beat, it nourishes your tissue and organs, and it even contributes to the conscious activities of your mind.

The role of Qi — this energy that animates all life —  in health, wellbeing and consciousness originated in the far east over 5,000 years ago. And with deep roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, we can call upon the practice of Qigong to release energy blockages and cultivate and balance our Qi.

(Qigong is pronounced "chee-Gong," with "Qi" = energy, and "Gong" = practice of.)

Awaken new sensation and vitality in your whole body through this Wisdom Healing Qigong practice called Chen Chi. Because many of us work many hours sitting at a computer in poor posture, our shoulders and back can absorb and hold onto tension and stress. This energy practice activates and opens the shoulder joints, chest and the Meridian channels. Follow along with me and allow the chi to continuously open, awaken and flow throughout your body.