“We have always been here. We belong to these places. They are sacred to us. Our collective memories go far back, beyond what the modern world considers history. We have shared this world in all the four directions for many thousands of years. This is the old world and there have been many nations here through the ages. Each of our nations has always had their own ways of life with their own beliefs and languages, economic, political and social systems and medicinal, ecological and other forms of knowledge. Every one of these nations has its own way to recognise its own way in the greater hoop that we are all part of. And all our diverse forms of knowledge lead back to that common circle. Through our various traditions we recognise that everything in the universe is connected. That everything has being and deserves respect. We do not worship the sun, the moon, the animals and forms of Nature as gods but rather recognise that the are symbols of mysteries that cannot be explained in words and they all lead back to the greatest mystery of all. Through these symbols, stories, traditions and rites we recognise the same ultimate creative force. I believe that these forms of knowledge can help address urgent matters for the world today.
The beings of the future are in our hearts. My life does not just exist in the present moment. My life is linked to those generations from now who will be inheriting what I am doing now. Something very wonderful can happen through us, for our community, for the world…if we dare to see what we are doing…this is such a moment for us….we can sleepwalk or we can awaken”
Emma Rich has worked in the healing arts for over 25 years. She is a U.K.C.P. accredited psychotherapist, a non stylised environmental movement practitioner and a rites of passage guide. After seven years apprenticeship she was given permission by the Lakota to be a ‘water pourer’ in the All Nations tradition. Her background training lies in meditation, yoga and bodywork.