01.02.2015 Holistic Health

Restoring Mother Earth

The Kogi people of Colombia share their pledge to heal Mother Earth. Story by Jeremy Ball

At the Uplift Festival in Byron Bay last December 2014, along with an eclectic mix of Western spiritual teachers were three men in hand woven white tunics from the remote Sierra Nevada mountains in Colombia, South America.

These men were Kogi elders known as the Kogi Mamas, who had left their high altitude villages and meditation huts to make a round the world trip praying for the restoration of balance and harmony within the natural forces of the earth. It was a mission shown to them in visions direct from the soul of the Earth.

The last place they had visited was Uluru in the centre of our continent, where Anangu Elder Uncle Bob Randall and his wife Barbara met them and took them to their sacred places to perform ceremony for all of us, with the intention of limiting the damage being done to the earth. They then all flew to the Gold Coast where they were met by a delegation of Bunjalong Elders (the indigenous people whose traditional land covers much of Northern NSW) who took them straight to their most sacred mountain Wollumbin. This is where the first rays of the sun greet the continent of Australia each dawn, a mountain made famous by Captain Cook who named it Mount Warning. As the group of elders from this land and those from the other side of the world walked together up the mountain to sit in ceremony as one, they were greeted by a beautiful big python, a welcome from the spirit of the land and an acknowledgment.

Following ceremony at Wollumbin, the Kogi attended the Uplift Festival over the weekend sharing their message with all present, a call to the children of the earth to return to living in sacred balance. These deeply wise yet simple people, who would far rather be in their remote mountain villages doing ceremony to enhance the beauty and energy of their patch of our planet, first came to the world's notice in 1990 when Alan Ereira made a film for the BBC called The Heart of the World: Elder Brother's Warning. You can watch it in full and for free here: http://vimeo.com/103812927 and I urge you to do so.

We of the modern Western world are little brother, playing with toys while neither understanding nor caring for the consequences. We are gathering wealth and gobbling up resources, showing a lack of global maturity, like a bat colony destroying a forest, except there are no more forests to fly to.

"We are now living outside of the laws of nature where nature is now turning against man and becoming the enemy."

- The Kogi Mamas

The Kogi Mamas and other indigenous cultures who have remembered their roots and teachings are big brother. Despite the Kogi's plea in 1990, nothing has changed. In fact, the avalanche of global destruction has become much worse, as the number of middle class consumers across the world has grown phenomenally.

Over recent years, the Kogi have began to garner support in their homeland and appealed to politicians. Now they have called on Alan Ereira once more to make a new film to share the importance of their message. The film is Aluna named after the Kogi word for the vital force of Earth from which all life springs. You can download it for a nominal fee from iTunes via: http://www.alunathemovie.com/find/ - please watch this film and spread it widely.

The Kogi, and our common sense, tell us, if we have the courage to look, that it is already too late to restore balance. Too much destruction has already occurred (the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the devastating Fukushima nuclear disaster simply top the list) and there is much more yet to come as the forces of nature swing back in an attempt to find balance.

While it may be too late to avoid disaster, it is never too late to reduce the level of the disaster. That is the reason the Kogi are travelling the world urging little brother to wake up to the Earth as a living being and the Earth as our source of life, our mother. Slowly but surely some of us are.

The Kogi ask each individual to make a pledge, from the centre of their heart, to be a vehicle for the restoration of natural balance on Earth. In the filmAluna you will witness the Kogi read a detailed, yet profoundly simple statement, to the UN from their own spiritual heartland. In essence the Kogi are calling for a

"Unification Process for Awareness of Original Principles in Collective Consciousness

The Universal Unification Process is intended by the Great Mother to lead us to the original principles by guiding us to the realisation of self at the individual and collective levels, allowing us to awaken to higher dimensions of awareness and thus clearly see the consequences, subtle effects and impacts on nature arising from our human behaviour, which are creating the great imbalances we are witnessing in all aspects of life."

And the pledge the Kogi are calling you to make is:

THE KOGI:

"WE RECOGNISE THE EFFECTS WE HAVE BROUGHT UPON MOTHER EARTH AND HER NATURAL ORDER.

WE RECOGNISE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE IMBALANCE IN ALL DIMENSIONS OF LIFE.

WE CALL UPON HUMANITY FOR THE UNIFICATION AND RESTORATION OF MOTHER EARTH.

WE INVITE EVERY INDIVIDUAL TO MAKE A COMMITMENT TO THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:"

YOU:

"I COMMIT TO THE RESTORATION OF MOTHER EARTH"

I urge you to take a sacred moment, to do this in reverence in your garden at home or by a tree important to you or a sacred place near your home. Feel into your heart, connect deeply with the spirit of the Earth and usher forth the pledge with the deepest feeling you can muster.

Then see what change ushers forth in your life. And really walk it; stop supporting companies that destroy the earth, get stronger with your recycling and demand more support for it from your local government authority, no longer use harmful products, begin to kindly educate others, support your local indigenous elders, join ecological groups, support those political parties or independents who are true warriors for the Earth and human rights and decency, and continually pray with both feet and every fibre of your heart.

I also ask you to register your pledge on the Uplift website:

http://upliftconnect.com/declaration-to-restore-mother-earth/

Your pledge will be added to groups right around the world collecting names of people who have made the declaration and will be presented to the United Nations. Politicians do heed the weight of numbers in deciding policy so it does work and is worth it. Of course it's not enough - you too must empower yourself to act.

Jeremy Ball

At 26, following a “shamanic intervention”, Jeremy closed his business and left London to visit sacred sites and elders, later creating Transformational Tours and SacredFire.

When not roaming mother earth, you will find Jeremy at home in Byron Bay's hinterland, playing with his children and planning the next adventure. jeremy@transformationaltours.com.au

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