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One World Wisdom by Carla Woody
I had long held a dream of bringing Indigenous peoples of different tribes together in ceremony and celebration. My intent was strengthened in Fall 2006 when Gayle Yábar, son of mystic Don Américo Yábar, visited the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to share traditions from his home in the Andes. Resulting from this experience, a Lakota man said he felt a sense of connection, less isolation, knowing there are other Native peoples keeping with tradition. What I heard between the lines was: Hope was instilled, perhaps restored.
Expression of spiritual identity is integrated into daily life for Indigenous peoples through art, folkloric traditions, ceremony, language, how food is grown, and more. Kenosis Spirit Keepers seeks to support these wisdom ways, build communities and educate the wider world of their value. Our first major community-building effort was building a school in the high altitude Q'ero village of Ccochamocco in the Cusco Region of Peru. Village spiritual leaders directly asked for this help to provide a place of learning for their children that also supported their traditional beliefs and sacred ways. It was completed in 2009. Other community-building support evolved from there, now in four countries.
It's no secret that most Native peoples are living in difficult situations. Many factors including extreme poverty and the most detrimental aspects of western ways are extracting ancient traditions that served to provide a foundational sense of connection and place. I believe that, if it continues to happen, we all lose, including those who come after we are long gone.
As people of western culture experience such learning opportunities, the ancient wisdom becomes a part of them. They, too, become Spirit Keepers, carriers of the sacred knowledge, and it informs the decisions they make upon returning home. The more who are exposed to these truths, the more influence those important values will have. And we all may remember who we are at the core and live with respect toward each other... and the planet.
If you believe in this powerful vision of renewal, I ask you to entrain to our intent and support these programs.
Holding all blessings,
Carla Woody has been involved with the teachings of the Andes since 1994 and credits Peruvian spiritual teacher Don Américo Yábar with opening the door to that deeper world. Her respect for the value of Indigenous traditions led her to develop relationships over more than twenty years with spiritual leaders and healers of the Q'ero, Maya and Hopi Nations who serve their home communities.
In 2000 Carla began sponsoring annual spiritual travel programs to Peru through her organization, Kenosis LLC, for those who seek spiritual connection and an opportunity for personal clarity and direction in their lives. Regular programs in Maya Land followed in 2007 and on Hopi in 2013 once the Hopi Tribe made it possible.
Programs seek to help preserve traditions through a show of respect, giving back to communities, and supporting connections between Indigenous peoples. To this point, funding in these efforts has come through the spiritual travel programs and private donations.
The creation of a nonprofit organization supports larger fundraising efforts and expansion of programs beyond the capability of Kenosis LLC to support these activities. Kenosis Spirit Keepers was incorporated on October 1, 2007 as a volunteer-run grassroots organization, the nonprofit extension of Kenosis. The Board of Directors is comprised of people who believe in the value of our mission and demonstrate so in their daily lives.
A circle unites in nature or by vision to hold a common intent. The elements along the perimeter act on each other in such a way that energy intensifies — and the organism flourishes through the strength of the circle. By direct collaboration or other supporting relationships, the organizations shown below are integral elements within our kinship circle.
Our mission thrives through those who believe in it and have taken an active role in widening the effect. We wish to acknowledge these individuals who have consistently supported the work of Kenosis Spirit Keepers through spreading the word, sponsoring events in their area and/or donating much needed funding. What they do matters greatly.
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