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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Get Back in Tune With the Spirit of the Land.

I wonder what would happen if we lived in a world of “no ownership of the land.” Reviewing the history of the United States, you will find the problems with the ownership of land started when the European settlers came to the Americas. They came with a consciousness of land ownership. According to English law, all discoveries were made in the name of the sovereign and all lands belonged to the monarch, to be disposed of at the will of the crown. The natives of the land believed that the land was a part of the universe and belonged to all and individual land ownership didn’t exist, since all were entitled to the fruits of nature. In those days, anyone could live on the land and it would remain in a family’s possession as long as they continued to use it. Once it was abandoned, anyone else could cultivate it. The land belonged to the universe and not man. In 1855, President Franklin Pierce offered to buy the tribal lands of the Suquamis tribe.* Chief Seattle's response illustrated how abhorrent the idea of giving up land was to his people:
The great -- and good, I believe -- White Chief sends us word that he wants to buy land. But he will reserve us enough that we can live comfortably. This seems generous, since the red man no longer has rights he need respect....
      So your offer seems fair, and I think my people will accept it and go to the reservation you offer them. We will live apart, and in peace.... It matters little where we pass the rest of our days. They are not many. The Indians' night will be dark. No bright star shines on his horizons. The wind is sad. Fate hunts the red man down. Wherever he goes, he will hear the approaching steps of his destroyer, and prepare to die, like the wounded doe who hears the step of the hunter....
      We will consider your offer. When we have decided, we will let you know. Should we accept, I here and now make this condition: we will never be denied to visit, at any time, the graves of our fathers and our friends.
      Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every hillside, every valley, every clearing and wood, is holy in the memory and experience of my people. Even those unspeaking stones along the shore are loud with events and memories in the life of my people. The ground beneath your feet responds more lovingly to our steps than yours, because it is the ashes of our grandfathers. Our bare feet know the kindred touch. The earth is rich with the lives of our kin.
Chief Seattle's words speaks to the karmic debt that is inherited in the numerical energy of the word land. I wasn’t surprised to find that it has a karmic vibration of 13/4 in both Chaldean and Pythagorean systems of numerology.
The key meaning of the 13/4 karmic debt is to abide by divine order and God's will. Divine order is how God orders things and not man. The karmic debt is that man's destructive nature and greed created imbalances in the very spiritual core of the Earth. In order to erase this debt, humankind has to get back to the consciousness of knowing we are one people of one land that need to work together to protect the land, and to love it. Then the land will provide more than enough for every living creature because that is its spiritual purpose as ordained by the will of God. Humankind is not listening to the cries of the land like the BP oil spill of the Gulf of Mexico or the devastating hurricanes and other disasters . We keep adding more debt. The question is how do we get back in tune with the spirit of the land?
* Present day tribe members live on the Kitsap Peninsula, including Bainbridge and Blake Islands, across Puget Sound from present day  Seattle. The city Seattle was named after Chief Seattle.

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