Friday, October 31, 2014

Consider Changing To Organic Milk

Organic Milk

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Messages From Higher Self - It Is Not So Much About........

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Ten Reasons We Don't Need GMOs

Foto: "10 reasons we don't need GM foods", a short report from the authors of "GMO Myths and Truths", is published today as a free download by the sustainability and science policy platform Earth Open Source.

Claire Robinson, co-author of the new report with genetic engineers Dr Michael Antoniou and Dr John Fagan, said: "At just 11 pages plus references, '10 reasons' is designed for people who may not have the time to read 'GMO Myths and Truths', which extends to 330 pages. '10 reasons' is ideal for giving to friends, family, politicians, and journalists, when a longer document is not appropriate.

" '10 reasons' explains that GM crops do not increase yield potential or reduce pesticide use. Nor can they help us meet the challenges of climate change any better than existing non-GM crops, or deliver more nutritious foods. GM crops have been shown to have toxic effects on laboratory and farm animals.

"There is only one way in which GM crops outperform non-GM crops: they are easier to patent in a way that guarantees ownership not only of that GM plant variety but also all plants bred from it. This process enables consolidated ownership of the seed and food market by a few large companies on a scale that has never happened before.

"That is a recipe for loss of food sovereignty and security. It is the opposite to feeding the world – the line we are constantly fed to justify the introduction of GM crops."

“10 reasons” is based on the extensive evidence collected in "GMO Myths and Truths". THE TIME FOR GMO TRUTHs IS NOW.

Download "10 reasons we don't need GM foods":
http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/10-reasons-we-don-t-need-gm-foods

Download "GMO Myths and Truths" (2nd edition published 19 May 2014):
http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/gmo-myths-and-truths

#GMO #GMOMythsandTruths #BanGMOs #LabelGMOs #NeedToKnowGMO #EarthOpenSource #pesticide #herbicide #Roundup #toxicity #superweeds #nutrition #yield #allergenicity #GMOFreeCanada #GMOFreeUSA #GGFC


"10 reasons we don't need GM foods", a short report from the authors of "GMO Myths and Truths", is published today as a free download by the sustainability and science policy platform Earth Open Source.

Claire Robinson, co-author of the new report with genetic engineers Dr Michael Antoniou and Dr John Fagan, said: "At just 11 pages plus references, '10 reasons' is designed for people who may not have the time to read 'GMO Myths and Truths', which extends to 330 pages. '10 reasons' is ideal for giving to friends, family, politicians, and journalists, when a longer document is not appropriate.

" '10 reasons' explains that GM crops do not increase yield potential or reduce pesticide use. Nor can they help us meet the challenges of climate change any better than existing non-GM crops, or deliver more nutritious foods. GM crops have been shown to have toxic effects on laboratory and farm animals.

"There is only one way in which GM crops outperform non-GM crops: they are easier to patent in a way that guarantees ownership not only of that GM plant variety but also all plants bred from it. This process enables consolidated ownership of the seed and food market by a few large companies on a scale that has never happened before.

"That is a recipe for loss of food sovereignty and security. It is the opposite to feeding the world – the line we are constantly fed to justify the introduction of GM crops."

“10 reasons” is based on the extensive evidence collected in "GMO Myths and Truths". THE TIME FOR GMO TRUTHs IS NOW.

Download "10 reasons we don't need GM foods":
http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/10-reasons-we-don-t-need-gm-foods

Download "GMO Myths and Truths" (2nd edition published 19 May 2014):


http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/gmo-myths-and-truths

#GMO #GMOMythsandTruths #BanGMOs #LabelGMOs #NeedToKnowGMO#EarthOpenSource #pesticide #herbicide #Roundup #toxicity #superweeds#nutrition #yield #allergenicity #GMOFreeCanada #GMOFreeUSA #GGFC



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GMO Free USA

Right Memory - The Wisdom of Rudolf Steiner




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eloba Vaccine Testing - Do You Wish To Be A Lab Rat For Pharma?


Living With Common Sense Facebok,  27 October 2014

WOW! Please read! This is the craziness we are dealing with!!
Just had a very scary phone call when inquiring about the ebola vaccine trials. First, this trial is full and injections have already been given. Despite this being a live vaccine (which in animal studies showed shedding to be a problem) they have decided NOT to quarrentine recipients because they felt this would make it harder to find volunteers. They will only be following trial subjects for 4-8 weeks, with "quick non invasive check ins no more than once a week". When i asked if there was anything that would disqualify a candidate, she said no one with any form of an autoimmune disease would be allowed, because "those people are highly likely to have serious reactions, and we don't want to skew our results". People with mthfr (40% of the population) would also be disqualified from participation for that same reason. I followed this with a logical question "so then I guess people with autoimmune diseases and mthfr shouldn't be allowed to receive the vaccine once it's approved?" And she replied, " oh no, once approved everyone can get the vaccine"....as if she was reassuring me that I wouldn't be left out! So I asked her how they knew this vaccine to be safe for those with autoimmune disease and mthfr if they had been excluded from testing. She ended the call.

THIS MY FRIENDS IS HOW THEY SAFETY TEST ALL VACCINES!!!! Skewed results hand picked to show the result the want to show. Disgusting.

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Messages From Higher Self - Answers Come When Tou Least Expect......

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https://plus.google.com/u/0/116550793025117941917/posts



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Professor Olle Johansson on the "Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields"




Plight of scientists who "stand for truth!" Professor Olle Johansson - "The People's Voice" and the Karolinska Institute's attempt to diminish, banish and silence this humble, caring gentleman and honest, highly respected scientist!


Professor Olle Johansson has lost his laboratory and has been moved to a very small office by officials at the Karolinska Institute. Olle is being called "bad scientist" by his employer, "Karolinska Institute!" He has fought bravely for many years in spite of on-going threats to his livelihood, to be "voice of the people." Persons around-the-world have reached out to Olle for acknowledgement that their ES/EHS symptoms are, in fact, "real." Olle has conducted over 500 related studies, has been "honored guest speaker" at many conferences and has released many interviews and videos.

Roy Beavers posted on Support Prof. Olle Johansson's Wall (6-27-11).
"He is in the tradition of Copernicus and Galileo...... Newton and Jenner
Roy Beavers" 


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Right Deed - As Defined by Rudolf Steiner

Tuesday Right Deed1
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Dana Bieber vs. Ray Seidler - Who Do You Believe?

Foto: In a recent debate on Oregon's GMO labeling ballot initiative, Dana Bieber, Biotech mouthpiece, stated that "every farmer and every scientist in this state knows that's nothing more than a colored dye that's on a seed to identify it." She was referring to the seed "treatment", made of neurotoxic systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which have been scientifically linked to the collapse of our honey bee colonies and were recently deemed by the EPA to be ineffective and unnecessary. The agrichemical industry creates every opportunity they can to pump out more propaganda and more chemicals, and increase their profits at the expense of our health, our environment and OUR FARMERS. This woman, who says she is the mother of 3 children, spouts outrageous mistruths and claims that the campaign that supports labeling is shameful. What's shameful is the fact that she gets paid to deceive Oregon voters. We need to know if it's GMO.

WATCH the debate: http://vimeo.com/109854804

WATCH Ray Seidler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw0bkRq8_aM

READ EPA finds Neonics unnecessary and ineffective: http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/benefits-neonicotinoid-seed-treatments-soybean-production

Support GMO labeling in OR: http://oregonrighttoknow.org/

Support GMO labeling in CO: http://www.righttoknowcolorado.org/

#GMO #labelgmos #biotechpropaganda #needtoknowgmo #freedom2chooz #YesOn92 #YesOn105 #Oregon #Colorado #DanaBieber #QuackQuackQuack #RaySeidler #GMOFreeOregon #GMOFreeColorado #GMOFreeCanada #GMOFreeUSA


In a recent debate on Oregon's GMO labeling ballot initiative, Dana Bieber, Biotech mouthpiece, stated that "every farmer and every scientist in this state knows that's nothing more than a colored dye that's on a seed to identify it." She was referring to the seed "treatment", made of neurotoxic systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which have been scientifically linked to the collapse of our honey bee colonies and were recently deemed by the EPA to be ineffective and unnecessary. The agrichemical industry creates every opportunity they can to pump out more propaganda and more chemicals, and increase their profits at the expense of our health, our environment and OUR FARMERS. This woman, who says she is the mother of 3 children, spouts outrageous mistruths and claims that the campaign that supports labeling is shameful. What's shameful is the fact that she gets paid to deceive Oregon voters. We need to know if it's GMO.

WATCH the debate: http://vimeo.com/109854804

WATCH Ray Seidler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw0bkRq8_aM

READ EPA finds Neonics unnecessary and ineffective:http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/benefits-neonicotinoid-seed-treatments-soybean-production

Support GMO labeling in OR: http://oregonrighttoknow.org/

Support GMO labeling in CO: http://www.righttoknowcolorado.org/

#GMO #labelgmos #biotechpropaganda #needtoknowgmo #freedom2chooz#YesOn92 #YesOn105 #Oregon #Colorado #DanaBieber #QuackQuackQuack#RaySeidler #GMOFreeOregon #GMOFreeColorado #GMOFreeCanada#GMOFreeUSA

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Le Gardasil a-t-il tué la jeune Adriana, 17 ans ? par Guillame Atchouel

Adriana died at age 17.  Her parents blame the vaccine.
Adriana

Le Gardasil a-t-il tué la jeune Adriana, 17 ans ?


par Guillaume Atchouel


Le Gardasil, un vaccin contre le cancer de l'utérus, est-il responsable de la mort d'Adriana Kolbecher, cette adolescente des Hautes-Pyrénées décédée le 20 octobre 2010 ? Ses parents le pensent, même si, pour l'heure, aucune preuve n'existe.
Les plaintes se multiplient à l'encontre du Gardasil, ce vaccin contre le cancer du col de l'utérus que de très nombreuses jeunes filles reçoivent chaque année en France. De plus en plus de médecins doutent aussi chaque jour un peu plus de son efficacité et certains osent même évoquer sa possible dangerosité.
Adriana Kolbecher, cette Haut-Pyrénéenne de 17 ans, est-elle morte à cause de ce vaccin le 20 août 2010 à l'hôpital Rangueil de Toulouse ? Les médecins du service de neurologie ont diagnostiqué une «encéphalite auto-immune» sans parvenir à expliquer pourquoi le cerveau de l'adolescente s'était enflammé aussi violemment.
Les parents d'Adriana sont persuadés que c'est bien le Gardasil qui «a tué» leur fille.
Dans son dossier médical, un médecin a d'ailleurs écrit : «Imputabilité possible au Gardasil». Un neurologue de Rangueil leur a malgré tout conseillé la prudence : «La responsabilité du vaccin est une hypothèse mais nous n'avons pas d'élément permettant d'en dire plus», leur a-t-il expliqué.
Les époux Kolbecher ont tout de même décidé de porter plainte (lire encadré).
C'est un an après le décès de leur fille, par un article paru dans la presse et relatant le «calvaire» vécu par une autre jeune fille, qu'ils ont commencé à suspecter le Gardasil.

Une aggravation subite

«Par la suite en consultant internet, de nombreux témoignages accablants nous en ont apporté la confirmation, clament ces parents. Ce fut un choc pour nous car certains effets décrits étaient similaires à ceux qu'avait ressentis Adriana depuis sa vaccination, le 24 octobre 2008».
Comme la plupart de ces adolescentes, quelque temps après le vaccin, Adriana a commencé à se plaindre «de maux de tête, de ventre… rien de vraiment alarmant pour une adolescente, mais ils sont devenus progressivement beaucoup plus marquants après la deuxième injection (le 19 décembre 2008), poursuivent les parents : anxiété, bouffées de chaleur, fourmillements dans les jambes, douleurs musculaires, difficulté à marcher…, jusqu'à une importante syncope le 18 avril 2009. Après la troisième injection (le 24 avril 2009), les effets indésirables se sont poursuivis par intermittence et d'autres sont apparus : grande fatigue, évanouissements, sautes d'humeur, perte d'appétit… Bien que très sportive, elle n'avait plus d'énergie, plus la force de monter les escaliers pour rejoindre sa chambre». Un généraliste, quelque peu désemparé, leur a même conseillé de consulter… un psy.
L'état de santé d'Adriana s'est ensuite brusquement aggravé fin juillet 2010 : amaigrissement, perte de repères, trous de mémoire, troubles du comportement… «Hospitalisée début août 2010 dans trois hôpitaux successifs, Adriana a été placée en coma artificiel et n'a pu être réveillée, en proie à des convulsions irréversibles», rapportent ses parents.
En France, une cinquantaine de personnes se disant victimes du Gardasil et leurs familles ont déjà porté l'affaire devant les tribunaux.

Plainte pour «homicide involontaire»

Les parents d'Adriana Kolbecher ont décidé de saisir les tribunaux. Ils doivent, cette semaine, déposer plainte pour «homicide involontaire». Cette plainte sera la première sous cette incrimination, la plupart l'étant pour «atteinte involontaire à l'intégrité physique et tromperie aggravée». Il est vrai que toutes les plaignantes ne sont, heureusement, pas décédées.
André Dahlab, le directeur médical du groupe Sanofi Pasteur MSD qui produit le Gardasil rappelle que «le rapport bénéfices-risques du vaccin n'a jamais été remis en cause et que nous vivons une époque difficile pour les vaccins».
Source:
http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2014/04/08/1858904-pour-nous-notre-fille-est-morte-a-cause-du-gardasil.html


Did Gardasil Kill Adriana, Age 17 in Toulouse, France? by Guillaume Atchouel

Adriana died at age 17.  Her parents blame the vaccine.
Adriana died at age 17.  Her parents blame the vaccine.


Did Gardasil Kill Adriana, age 17?


By Guillaume Atchouel

Sane Vax, Inc.,  19 October 2014


Is Gardasil, the cervical cancer vaccine, to blame for the death of Adriana Kolbecher, a teenager from the French Hautes-Pyrénées region who died on the 20th of October 2010?  Her parents think so even if so far, there is no proof.
The number of lawsuits against Gardasil, the cervical cancer vaccine administered to many young French girls every year, is on the rise.  An increasing number of doctors are also questioning its effectiveness on a daily basis and some of them are even suggesting that it could be dangerous.
Did Gardasil cause 17-year-old Adriana Kolbecher’s death on the 20th of August 2010 at Rangueil Hospital in Toulouse?  The diagnosis by doctors in the neurology department was “autoimmune encephalitis” but they were unable to explain why this teenager’s brain became so rapidly and violently inflamed.
Adriana’s parents are convinced that it was indeed Gardasil which “killed” their daughter.
One of the doctors wrote in his medical notes: “Possible cause: Gardasil” but a Rangueil neurologist advised them to be careful: “Gardasil being the cause is a hypothesis but we have no evidence to substantiate this” he explained.
Adriana’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kolbecher, have nonetheless decided to take the manufacturer to court.
It was only after reading an article in the press reporting the “ordeal” of another teenage girl that they started to suspect Gardasil.

Sudden Aggravation

“Later, while surfing the net, it was confirmed to us by a large number of overwhelming testimonies”, explained her parents.  “It was shocking to read because some of the adverse effects described were very similar to what Adriana had experienced after her vaccination on the 24th of October 2008.”
Like most of these teens, sometime after the vaccination, Adriana started complaining of “headaches, tummy aches… nothing really out of the ordinary for a teenager but these complaints became gradually more pronounced after the second jab (19th December 2008)”, continued the parents: “anxiety, hot flushes, tingling in her legs, muscle pains, difficulty walking… until she had a major loss of consciousness on the 18th of April 2009.  After the third injection (24th April 2009), these adverse effects became intermittent and others appeared: total exhaustion, fainting, moodiness, loss of appetite…  Although Adriana had always played lots of sports, she no longer had the energy to do anything and couldn’t even go upstairs to bed on her own.”  One slightly distraught GP even advised them to consult…. a shrink.
At the end of July 2010, Adriana’s condition suddenly deteriorated: loss of weight, confusion, memory blanks, behavior problems….  “In early August 2010, she was hospitalized in three different hospitals and was finally put into an artificial coma, due to irreversible fits.  She never woke up from the coma”, report her parents.
Around 50 French youngsters claim to be Gardasil victims and their families have already filed lawsuits in the French courts.

Complaint of “Manslaughter”

Adriana Kolbecher’s parents decided to take her case to the courts.  As such, they will be filing a lawsuit for “manslaughter” this week.  This will be the first such case, since most of the others have been filed as “accidental damage to physical integrity and deteriorated deception”.  Fortunately, none of the other plaintiffs died.
André Dahlab, Medical Director of the Sanofi Pasteur MSD group who manufacture Gardasil replies that “the vaccine’s risk-benefit ratio has never been questioned but this is a difficult time for vaccines.”
First published in France:
My Source:

HPV VACCINE VAERS REPORTS UP TO SEPT 2014


DescriptionTotal
Disabled1,212
Deaths176
Did Not Recover7,364
Abnormal Pap Smear582
Cervical Dysplasia254
Cervical Cancer94
Life Threatening656
Emergency Room12,019
Hospitalized3,809
Extended Hospital Stay258
Serious5,097
Adverse Events36,710



Friday, October 17, 2014

Gardasil: Reclaiming My Life In Denmark by Anika Hjorth

Gardasil changed our lives
Hjorth Family

Gardasil: Reclaiming my life


By Anika Hjorth
Denmark


This is the sequel to Gardasil changed my whole life.
I have been in treatment for six weeks now. The first three weeks I only got IV C-vitamin, starting at half dose (25.000 mg). Glutathione was also given IV in half dose to begin with (See protocol here).
September 11th – after 42 days of treatment – 11 IV C-vitamin and 3 IV glutathione
I have listed my symptoms before and after treatment. The treatment continues.
  • Extremely low blood pressure (down to 70/43). Only a few days in the beginning of the treatment, none since that time
  • Nausea. Stopped after 8 treatments with C-vitamin
  • Fluctuating heart rate. A few days in the beginning
  • Burning pain in the body. Still some pain in the legs – but getting better
  • Heartburn. Disappeared after 8 treatments with C-vitamins
  • Pressure in the chest, difficulties breathing – often in the evening/during the night. Had a severe event as the body could not take the high dose of C-vitamin. Then the dose was lowered and the symptom disappeared
  • Short of breath even when doing light exercise. Still a symptom – Is really getting better
  • Disturbance in short-time memory. No problems any longer
  • Pain in the stomach. No problems any longer
  • Lots of pain the legs and the soles of the foot. Still lots of pain
  • Loss of strength in the muscles
  • Heavy pain during menstruation and strong bleeding. Still very painful but reduction of bleeding
  • Disturbance of vision of left eye. Still some disturbance
  • Oppression in the ears. Not any longer
  • Lack of B3, d-vitamin and calcium. Do not know
After startup of treatment I have a better appetite and a stronger desire to live. The bubble I have been living in for 1½ years has disappeared – I have a huge surplus of energy….
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Messages From Higher Self - Show Interest In Whoever You Are Talking To......


Finding Your Life's Purpose - by Roxana Jones





If you still don’t feel you have found your life purpose and you would like not only to find it but live it, please ask yourself and respond in the most honest way:



1. If you’re ready to stop putting your children, husband, partner or any other member of your family before you;


2. If you’re ready to stop believing bills or debts must get paid before you can begin discovering who you are and what you are here for;


3. If you’re ready to stop believing in ALL limiting beliefs that are not allowing you to experience the life you deserve.


You must become aware of the excuses you might be reproducing in auto-pilot. It is important to understand that the time for it is now, because your past is gone and your whole future depends on the decision you make today, right now.



My latest article:

Are you Ready to find your Life Purpose?
at http://roxanajones.com/inspirational-articles/ready-find-life-purpose/

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pilots, Doctors and Scientists Tell the Truth about Chemtrails Video



Published on October 1, 2014

Experts present revealing evidence of the dangerous effects of Geo-Engineering Chemtrails has had on nature and human health.

Scientists, doctors, pilots, meteorologists and more share their concerns with the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in a Hearing on Chemtrails and Geoengineering from July 15, 2014

Please send this video to your local politicians and anyone you feel can make a difference.

Original video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4WhY...

Watch the full 3 hour hearing here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugXhF...


Source:    http://www.chemtrailcentral.com/




Friday, October 10, 2014

We Are The Wayseers - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins Recited by Seldom Heard




I asked SH to read one of my poems in his special way to music.  What he created exceeds all my expectations.   I think he did a fantastic job rendering my poem to music.

Many thanks.  :)

Mike



"WAYSEERS"



POEM BY: M. N. HOPKINS +Michael Hopkins



VOCALS BY: SELDOM HEARD



MUSIC BY: SUGAM KHETAN AKA 4LIENETIC




Please click on the link below to listen to Seldom Heard's rendition of my poem:





Grandfather, Tell Me About the Land - A Guest Post by Pam Bickell

A Gurung villager with his grandson


Grandfather, Tell Me About the Land, Short Fiction


by Pam Bickell


Notes Along The Path Blog,   4 October 2014


“Grandfather, tell me about the land.”
“What is it you wish to know, grandson?”
“Why is the land so important to grandmother? She touches the plants and land like she touches my baby sister,” the child said, shaking his head.
“And this confuses you?”
“Yes, grandfather. How can dirt be that important?”
“I’m going to tell you a story and when I am finished, will you tell me if you’re still confused?”
“Of course, grandfather!”
“Once there was a young boy a lot like you. He had many questions, also. His grandmother had many dreams in the night of the white men coming to this land now called America. In her visions, she saw the light-skinned ones arrive and many of our people die. She often cried at night and her grandson heard her tears. The men in her dreams came across the land in swarms and killed everything they saw: the people like us, the trees, the beaver, the wolf, the elk, the buffalo. All this they did for money. She called all the families together and told them of her dreams. Her middle son, Black Elk, stood and said he had met some of the white men and that they would not do these things. He said that they prayed also to the Great Spirit and that killing was unacceptable to them. His mother only shook her head. “It is not these men, my son, but those who come after them.”
“What happened, Grandfather?”
“Black Elk left the tribe and became a scout for the white men. He took the boy, his son, with him. A kind woman, wife to one of the men Black Elk served, took the boy in and taught him English ways, how to read and write their language and how to use math. The boy, Little Bear, was quick like you and enterprising. He saw the ships the colonists built leave heavy with tobacco and rice and fish, animal pelts, and lumber—and how much money the white people made from the land. He saw their big houses and fine clothing and he knew he would never again live in a teepee.”
“So, Grandmother loves the land because of the money we can make?”
Grandfather had a hearty laugh. “Let me finish my story, grandson. Black Elk traveled a great deal and worried about the changes he saw in his son, who was now a young man and no longer using his Indian name, Little Bear. The woman gave him the name William and their surname, Smythe. He wore their fine clothes and helped the woman and her husband in their general store by keeping records of their purchases of sugar, and molasses which they made into rum, and their sales of foodstuffs, cloth and iron utensils. Little Bear excelled at business and gave them advice that helped his second parents to build their business. They were very proud of William.”
“But, what about–?”
Grandfather held up a hand and his grandson nodded.
“One day Black Elk, now with graying hair, came into the store. In halting English, he told his son that he had been wrong about the white men and the things he had seen happen to their people. The forests and wolves and buffalo were gone—all for the sake of money. He said he was going home and he wanted Little Bear to come with him. The woman stepped in front of Little Bear and said, “His name is William and he is my son now. Please take leave of our store.” Black Elk stepped toward the woman and William came to her defense. “Father,” he said with great difficulty in their native tongue, “she is my mother now. My second father is in the back of the store. This is my place now. I will not come with you.”
“I don’t understand. How could he do that, Grandfather?” the old man’s grandson asked.
“Little Bear was an Indian on the outside—but not on the inside. He was a white man on the inside. Do you understand, grandson?”
“I think so. He wanted the same things his white parents wanted.”
“That’s right, grandson. Black Elk returned to his people who had been moved by the white men to a small area of rocky land that held little value for the white men. Black Elk’s mother and father had passed on but an aunt was still alive and she took him into her home. He cried in her arms for days, telling her all the things he had done to help the white man and how Little Bear had betrayed him. Some of his people hated him, but he worked hard preparing the soil for planting and over time most of the tribe grew to accept him.”
“Did Black Elk ever see William again?” the boy asked.
“Black Elk took ill ten years later and when a cousin realized he was dying, he made the three-day ride to the town to tell Little Bear. He found him at his family’s large home and begged him to come at once, saying that Black Elk needed him. William sent his cousin away, but just when the cousin was almost off their property, William caught up to him. He apologized and said that he would like to see Black Elk one last time.”
“That was good, wasn’t it Grandfather?”
“Yes, grandson, that was very good.”
“Little Bear, or William, had always been so busy at the store and later in their ship building business that he had not traveled much. He was shocked to see the forests were completely gone—only stumps remained. Much of this wood he knew was used to build the ships his parents had sold to the Europeans and, of course, the wood was also used to build the white men’s towns. The native peoples were gone–dead or forced to move to unwanted land. But William could still remember the spirit of life that had lived in the forest before the white men came. He could remember how the growing things and the creatures all lived together in a circle of life, feeding each other and then the land when they died. The spirit of life was gone; the land was decimated. William’s heart grew heavy with sadness on the journey home.
You see, grandson, the land is the mother of all life. Everything comes from the land which has its own Spirit—remember when I showed it to you?—to feed, to shelter and to protect us. But we cannot take from the land and not give in return. Your grandmother knows how much has been taken from the land and how little has been returned, so she makes feeding the land her life’s work. That is why you see her tending the soil, planting soy beans and turning the plants back into the soil. She communicates with the spirits of the plants and the land, in addition to mothering her children and loving her grandchildren, of course,” he said with a smile. “So, tell me grandson, are you still confused about your grandmother and the land?”
The boy shook his head. “I understand. The land is like our mother.”
“The land is our mother, grandson, and your grandmother loves her mother.”
“I see now, Grandfather. What happened when William got home to Black Elk?”
“Black Elk was near death, but had held on to see his son one last time. People of the tribe stood and watched as William and his cousin rode onto the reservation. Some of the men tried to stop them and called William dark names, but the cousin insisted they let them pass. William went into the teepee, fell to his knees and took his father’s hand. Black Elk opened his eyes and said to Little Bear, “You did not betray me, son. I betrayed you when I took you at such a young age away from our people. I was young and my pride and ignorance were strong. Can you forgive me?” William sobbed and said, “Father, I did betray you and the ways of our people. I am the one who is sorry.” They embraced and Black Elk died happy, having made peace with his son.”
“Did William stay, Grandfather?”
“No, grandson. The ways of the white man were too strong in him, but when he returned, he began to write stories about the land and the native peoples, our way of life and what happened to our ancestors. Some of these were published in newspapers, which were sent to Europe and later in William’s life, a book was published with his stories. In this way, his heart was healed of the pain of what he believed was a betrayal of his people.”
“But he did betray his people, Grandfather!”
“Life unfolds in a circle, grandson, and everything on the great wheel happens for a reason. He was very young when his father took him away. It is hard for us to accept what happened to our ancestors and our way of life, but if Little Bear had not left his people and become William, the stories of what happened to our people may never have been told.”
“I think I understand, Grandfather.” The boy smiled. “That was a very good story,” he said as he stood. “Is there anything I can do for you, Grandfather?”
“Yes, grandson, there is. Check beyond those rocks. Is your grandmother in the garden?”
“I see her; yes, she is there.”
“I’d like you to go to her and ask her if she will teach you about the spirits of the plants and the land. Will you do that?”
“All right, Grandfather. I will go.” He ran a few steps and turned around. “Maybe I will like talking to the spirit of the land.”
“Learning to talk with the spirits is a very good thing for you, grandson. You have made an old man happy this day.”
“I love you, Grandfather,” the boy said as he ran off to join his Grandmother. “Thank you!”
“I love you, too, grandson,” the old man said, but the boy was already too far away to hear him. “You are a very good grandson.”
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