A Great Purification and Earth Changes
By Medicine Grizzly Bear Lake-Thom
Traditional Native Healer and Spiritual Teacher
www. nativehealer.net (April 2006)
In March 1975, I had a shamanistic visionary experience on a sacred coastal mountain, Trinidad, in northwestern California; (refer to “Tsurau” Yurok Myths, Krober, 1976 for an anthropological study about the power center as a sacred place; also refer to Park, 1932. Shamanism In North America: Eliade, 1964. Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy; and Halifax, 1979, Shamanic Voices for an understanding of the role, function, and meaning of shamanism; (and in Bobby Lake, 1992. Native Healer, Quest Books; Bobby Lake-Thom, Spirits of the Earth, Plume/Penquin, 1997 and Medicine Grizzly Bear Lake, Call To The Great Spirit, Bear/Inner Traditions for a cultural background on the author here.)
The spiritual vision and prophecy involved a UFO type encounter with a Flying Saucer, and the prophecy and teachings were given to me by ancient ancestral spirits. Although I have been laughed at by the public, scorned by my colleagues at the university, and even ridiculed by some of the Native American people for bringing the experience to the public eye, I realize, now that the symbols in this vision, i.e. the example of the flying saucer were appropriate in this era. The experience changed my whole life because it made me emotionally and psychologically ill, the stress from it caused a divorce in my marriage, and the embarrassment to my employer cost me my teaching position. Several months later, after the alleged “Close Encounter”, I found myself unemployed, broke, sick, homeless and destitute. I had nowhere to turn but to the Elders and Medicine people of my tribes for therapy. The experience served to be a death sentence of the old self, it completely changed my life and life-style, and it also proved to be a calling into the spiritual-cultural profession. It was during this time that I went through one of my most intensive shamanic trainings, called in Yurok, hokep, (for elaboration on the concept, refer to Spott and Krober, 1942; Buckley, 1980). If it wasn’t for the open-mindedness of the Native elders and the use of traditional healing methods, I would probably still be sick, or locked up in a mental hospital. But the burden and responsibility of this knowledge still weighs heavy upon my mind, socio-cultural life, and the academic profession I used to support my family. It is not fun being stigmatized as a “Doomsday Preacher”.
The shamanistic visionary type experience, UFO prophecy as I call it, and the predictions I was given about future Earth Changes was first documented in a New Age magazine, Psychic Times (Eureka, 1975), then it reappeared in other publications such as Hohokam Press (Mesa, Arizona, 1976), Akwasasne Notes, (1978); and almost a decade later after some Native American leaders had a chance to evaluate it, the original experience and prophecy was reprinted in Akwekon Literary Journal (Rooseveltown, 1985). The Prophecy, Predictions, and Earth Warnings via the UFO message had also been documented with different Elders Circles, numerous Native American Tribal Councils, numerous Urban Indian Centers; and copies were even sent to the Governor’s Office of California, and to U.S. Presidents at the White House, (Nixon, Reagan, Carter, and Clinton Administrations).
Now, in the 1990’s, almost twenty years later, a considerable number of the original predictions have proven to be true and accurate. Major catastrophes have swept across our continent, and throughout the many different places of the world, (just look at the constant news reports on television and in the daily newspapers). As a consequence, it has sparked a renewed interest about the phenomena and prophecies related to earth changes to the point that special documentaries are now appearing on national televisions and in New Age magazines and books (Jeffery Goodman, 1980; Sunbear and Wabun, 1982; Rolling Thunder, et al, 1992). It is for this reason that I have been asked to once again share my own vision and experience that was originally given to me back in 1975. Some researchers on the subject claim that the prophecy and predictions I was given back in March, 1975 has proven to be more accurate than that of Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, Jean Dixon, The Hopi Prophecy, and current revelations now being made by different New Age psychics. (I do not try to claim any personal credit for this message, it is not mine, it was given to me for the people, by the Ancient Ones, or the Star People as some Tribes call them. I am not looking for any kind of special recognition. I certainly don’t want to be anyone’s guru, and I don’t need or deserve any further ridicule in my life. Thus, I share it here with a sad heart but good intentions, and leave it up for you to decide about its value and credibility:
The Message and Predictions: Perhaps the most important
part of the shamanistic vision and UFO message came in the form of future
events and earth changes, which I in turn was instructed to share as a warning
and form predictions with mankind. Although I was given information concerning
possible worldwide events, the following schematic primarily focuses on areas,
which have potential effect upon the United States. Essentially, this is the
message I was told to share with my fellow human beings:
"Man does not govern Nature, Nature governs mankind. Human laws are temporary but the Creator’s Laws are permanent. This is a cosmic reality. The first time the world was purified by fire, the second time it was purified by water, the third time it will be purified by the Earth itself. Those who harm, hurt, torment, molest, pollute, and desecrate the Earth will be penalized according to ancient natural laws. Be forewarned of the following omens and subsequent events"
A New Vision and Message Received during 1990-1993:
On several different occasions I was given a new vision while praying and meditating in our sacred sweatlodge ceremonies. I have had the same vision three different times, in three different parts of the country. I did not seek these visions, they came on their own accord, and sometimes vague in symbolism and content. I received the vision for a fourth and final time while during a sweatlodge ceremony at Mt. Shasta, this time the vision was very vivid. I can’t tell you all of it, but I will tell you what it meant: I saw the Earth tilt twice, first to the west toward the Pacific ocean, then it wobbled, and major disasters beyond the human imagination occurred; this activity was followed by fierce winds raging across the Earth. Shortly afterwards, the Earth then tilted towards the east, toward the Atlantic ocean, with people, animals, cars, buildings, factories, cities and everything in nature started sliding into the ocean. It was disastrous beyond imagination, with large chunks of the continent being swallowed by the ocean. Several times, both on the west coast, then on the east coast, the ocean backed up, rose into the air, and like a giant hand, rushed toward the continent and grabbed masses of land. Then once again, fierce winds raged across the earth destroying everything upon the surface that wasn’t hidden underground, or blocked by a natural mountain range. The Earth wobbled, then finally settled. In the vision I desperately looked for a newspaper, something to give me a date; I saw 2012 on the headlines.
People who have heard about this prophecy, or other prophecies frequently ask me: “what can we do about it?” I don’t know if I really have the answer. They also ask: “Why will all this occur, if it does occur?” I don’t really know if I have the answer to that question either. I guess it’s like anything else in life, we can either believe and try to prepare for the possibility of it, or we can rationalize it away, or even ignore it. The answer I therefore believe is up to the individual, and even perhaps groups.
Our Native Elders teach us that the Universe and Nature operates according to a definite system of laws. The laws are both spiritual and physical. To start from the Western frame of reference, for example the Law of Physics states: “ For every action, there is a reaction.” This reaction can be positive or negative. Our Native Elders have also taught us that another principle to live by the Law of Reciprocity: “ don’t take anything without giving something in return, be it plant or herb for healing, animals while hunting, fish for subsistence and ceremony; or food, water, and resources needed for subsistence or ceremony; or when praying and requesting help.
Otherwise, the Circle is broken; the resources become depleted.
Everything in Nature has it’s own spirit, in addition to being connected
to the Great Spirit, therefore, our Native Elders have counseled us to always
show Respect. Which is another ancient Law; in other words, provide payment,
offer gift or donation, have a give away, in exchange for the privilege of
receiving something we need. In the traditional Native way, we always show
respect by offering tobacco and/or food to the Creator, Nature, the Spirits,
and our ancestors before taking the life force and spirit of any living thing;
and we practice conservation and cleanliness as part of this philosophy. This
philosophy is based upon the symbolic power, meaning, and purpose of the Circle:
Life is sacred and holy, always approach it with respect, because what goes
around comes around, be it positive or negative. We just can't keep taking
without giving something back to the circle, otherwise we destroy ourselves.
In conclusion, it appears that humankind has forgotten the fact that this
Mother Earth and the entire Universe is a Great Circle. They have forgotten,
or decided to ignore the ancient laws of Nature and the Universe, or what
some cultures and religions even call the Great Creator's Laws. They have
become too greedy, too selfish, and too far removed from Nature. As a result,
humankind has created its own problem. We have created our own sickness. So
the answer to the question, “why?” should be self-evident. Nature
goes through cycles; the "Great Purification" as some Native spiritual
leaders and prophets call it, is just another part of the universal cycle.
Some will survive in the cycle, and others will not. Whether it is a form
of punishment from a wrathful God, or from aggravated spirits and forces of
Nature, or if it comes about simply as a negative physical and spiritual reaction
according to natural law... is all a matter of one's perception, beliefs,
and concept of reality.
What can people do to prepare for the potential purification? The Native Elders offer the following advice. First of all, we as human beings must begin to individually and collectively take responsibility for our negative thoughts and actions against this Earth. We must begin to clean up the mess we have made, and try to restore those things that have become polluted, damaged, or depleted. We must learn to assume responsibility for our actions, and try to put political pressure on industries, the governments, communities, and individuals to help find ways to clean up the pollution and destruction now being made by so-called civilization and technological advancement. We should begin to purify our mind, body, and soul by use of the ancient rituals and ceremonies that, since time immemorial, have been done with the Earth, and according to sacred laws and natural cycles. It is now time to give back to the Earth to do healing ceremonies for the Earth, and to pray for and help each other. And the Elders further advise, perhaps we should begin to prepare for survival, by helping each other prepare for the Great Purification; let the rich help the poor, let the wise help the ignorant, let those who have plenty share with the poor. And this approach must be done with a good heart and in a spiritual way.
As for the Native American people, our Elders advise: We are the original caretakers of this land. Bring back your sacred dances, rituals, and ceremonies. Perform the religious activities with cleanliness and according to traditional custom and law: No alcohol, no drugs, abstain from sex, avoid Moontime (menses power and energy), do not record or photograph these activities, and do not sell the religion for profit; otherwise it will not be spiritual. The sacred dances and ceremonies are the tools and knowledge that was originally given to us in the Beginning to help keep the world in balance.
As for the non-Indians, the Elder’s advise: IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT OUR SACRED DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS CARETAKERS OF THIS LAND. WE NEED PROTECTION, PRESERVATION, AND PROPER USE OF OUR SACRED SITES, POWER CENTERS, TRADITIONAL RELIGION, AND CULTURE. IT IS FROM SUCH HOLY PLACES WHERE WE GET THE KNOWLEDGE, POWER, AND RESOURCES NEEDED TO HELP HEAL THIS EARTH AND EACH OTHER. (For further Information about the concept refer to Lake, 1990, "Power Centers", Quest Magazine: Swan, 1992, Sacred Places. Quest/Theosophical Publishing; and Deloria, "Sacred Lands", 1993, Winds of Change).
The sacred sites and holy places, (in many different parts of the world, for many different races and cultures of humankind were put upon this Earth by the Great Creator, for a purpose and reason, such as for keeping the Earth in balance; and as a means for dealing with certain potential natural disasters and diseases in a spiritual way. Thus, another way concerned people can help prepare for the alleged Great Purification and potential predictions is to help the Native American people with their aboriginal and legal rights: Make your governments sanction and honor the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (PL9S-341), make your government, large corporations, exploiters, and tourists leave the sacred sites alone, and help support the traditional Native healers and ceremonial leaders so they can have the respect and resources they need to help the people and this country during the forthcoming Earth Changes and difficult times. Nobody knows this Earth better than they do; and without their unique knowledge, power, and abilities it will be difficult for anyone to survive into the future. History has already proven that fact in many cultures.
FOOTNOTE: Sometime in the 1990’s a few people sent me information about a psychic whose name is Gordon-Michael Scallions. He made a number of predictions on Earth Changes and developed a set of “Future Maps of the World”. His future maps show the Pacific Ocean coming all the way over to Kansas area, with the majority of the Western states totally under water; and the U.S. split in half, divided by a super wide River, but with little devastation on the East coast. I don’t want to get into a competitive psychic game here as to who is more correct, but I was not shown that much destruction. If I had to make a map, I would show half of states of Washington and Oregon under water, with 3/4th of California under the Ocean; the Mt. Shasta-Ashland-Medford, Or. Region I think will look like a peninsula or a small island while some other parts of southern California will become islands. As for the eastern seaboard, I have seen half of the states from Main all the way down to Texas completely under water, with the bottom half of Virginia becoming either a peninsula or a small island. But I have also seen the middle of the U.S. almost divided by a very large River that will flow from the Great Lakes, down the Missouri and Missippi et.al.
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