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April, 2009

We are happy to present new articles and messages for April issue of Spirit of Ma'at.

The Return Of The Ancestors Gathering in Northern Arizona
April 18th — April 28th, 2009

"We are at a pivotal time in the history of humanity. During the ten days of ceremonies, prayers, and celebration, nine stone tablets will be brought to the gathering and a new direction will be set in stone by elders and youth alike using glyphs, symbols and words; a set of guide stones that will shine a light on the interconnectedness of all things, inspiring mankind to walk lightly on the earth once more and leave a legacy for future generations to come."

The Institute for Cultural Awareness is busy making the final preparations for the return of the men of wisdom. Elders from all over the world are about to convene, here in Arizona, for the fourth reunion of the Continental Council of Indigenous Elders and Spiritual Guides of the Americas. Their intention is to unite and share the invited wisdom keeper's visions, and to perform the ceremonial rituals that will restore peace and harmony to Mother Earth and all of her people. This event is so huge, there are no words for the sense of awe that comes up at the mere thought of what's about to take place — but our hearts understand — and if yours is speaking to you in a way that makes you want to know more about where you might fit into all of this, it might be calling you to participate, in Spirit or in person. This has been a long time coming; many of us have known that it would come. We give thanks to the ones who have returned to guide us through the coming changes and pray that through their wisdom we will emerge from the darkness into the Light of a whole new world.

The Astrology of the Ancestors Gathering

By Cal Garrison

Back when the Ancestors Gathering was just an idea, our friends at the Institute for Cultural Awareness asked Cal Garrison if she would look at what the stars have to say about it. After analyzing several charts it became more than clear that the dates between April 18th and April 28th are auspicious from any perspective. That this gathering is happening now, at this singular moment in our evolutionary process, is reflected in lunar and planetary configurations that are as powerful and meaningful as the event itself. If you're interested in understanding more about what the Ancestor's Gathering is all about, or you're someone who's thinking of attending and would like some insight into what you might do to prepare yourself, Cal's overview will offer you plenty of food for thought.

Why Do We Have Emotions?

By Sarah Biermann

We aren't what we feel any more than we are what we do. Sarah Biermann looks at our emotions from a perspective that totally removes the need to classify them as good or bad. The ability to detach from feelings that lead us to create thought forms that perpetuate patterns of separation, moves us into a state that allows us to 'Be' with whatever is. According to Sarah, this is fundamental to the spiritual path. When it's all good the emotional component can be used for bigger and better things. Check out Sarah's April article; it's full of pertinent, helpful information.

Experiencing the Heart Chakra

By Julia Griffin

When we first read this piece we wondered if Julia Griffin had been comparing notes with Mellen-Thomas Benedict, the man whose near death experience is described in another one of our April articles. Both of them seem to agree that what we have long forgotten and are beginning to remember is that love is the "First Matter" that connects us all. That 'substance' emanates from our hearts and fills us with life. Julia's account of what happened when her heart opened will remind you of yourself. In her clear and forthright style she uses the language of the heart to describe an experience that is beyond words.

What Are You Thinking?

By Stephen Thomson

What we are thinking matters more than anything right now. All of us know this — and it helps to be reminded every now and then. To what extent do we understand that our visions have everything to do with how the new paradigm unfolds? Underneath all the positive thought prescriptions, it is the desire to raise our thoughts that brings our affirmations into manifestation — and that desire has nothing to do with our thoughts, or the mind; it comes from the heart. Steve Thomson's April article underscores the need to be as mindful as we can, not just of our thinking but of the spiritual desire that yearns to go beyond it.


By Norma Gentile

Sound is a gift from the Angelic realms. The sound of love is what we want to hear more than anything. We seek to find that place within ourselves that allows us to feel ultimately received. This internal space is where we are truly loved, just the way we are. This month, Norma looks at that yearning, puts it into words, and follows it up with her April Sound Healing.

Healing the Abandonment Abyss — Part II

By CC Treadway

To what extent do we deny our feelings of abandonment? In the midst of a collective transition process that is due to rub salt in a wound that all of us share, CC's article sheds light on the in's and out's of healing it. The abandonment piece is a big one — and whether we avoid those feelings or choose to wallow in them, it controls too much of our behavior for any of us to think that we could get through the Eye of the Needle with all that baggage. If your abandonment issues are on top of the stack, CC's April piece will help you figure out what to do with them.

Going Divine in 2009 — Part III: Courtney Milne

By Phoenix Rising Star

In Part III of her "Going Divine in 2009" series, Phoenix Rising Star talks with Courtney Milne about his work with Lenny Horowitz and Scott Huckabay. Courtney is the one who, accompanied by Scott's guitar resonating at the 528 frequency, dips into what he calls his "Pool of Possibilities" to create images that reflect the effect those tones have on water. The result is, as Phoenix tells us, mesmerizing and heart opening. Apparently Courtney's journey to the Pool of Possibilities was worth everything it took to get there. The muse that awakened his photographic eye has to be a healer of the highest order. For a good read and a look at one of these amazing pictures, click on the link.

A Life after Death Journey

Sent to us by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles

This article came through the wires a few weeks ago. After reading it, all we can say is "Wow!" Everyone at the office was floored by this piece. It is one man's account of his trip to the other side and back. Mellen-Thomas Benedict's tale of his near-death experience isn't one of those run-of-the-mill white light stories — but there's more light in what he brought back than anything we've read or heard in a long time. These words are a gift to all of us. Read this article. You will love it!

Indigenous Roots In Spain

By Mayte Abad Morente

Mayte's article brings up an interesting subject. A native of Spain she speaks to the idea that her ancestors spent much of their time killing off the Indigenous people of the world. In addition, Mayte raises questions about the absence of Indigenous roots in her country of origin. From the sound of it, a trip to New Zealand opened her eyes to what she's been missing, and to the vital importance of our Elder Brothers. Check out this article — it's a good one!

The Reality of Fema Detention Camps

By Lee Rogers

The detention camp issue is a hot one. Far be it from us to get political but this is a whole different ball game. In addition to the video interviews that discuss the matter we are including a written piece that covers the basics. This article by Lee Rogers came to us through Bill Coleman who found it posted on www.roguegovernment.com. It will be of interest to anyone who wonders why in God's name the Lords of Halliburton are building concentration camps all over the United States.

Links and Videos

The Spirit of Ma'at Film Festival

Videos from around the world

Consciousness raising films are all over the place these days. And it seems that they are serving a valuable purpose. Information that would normally require a lifetime of research is now available to anyone who is curious about the plethora of changes that are taking place on every level of our reality. The following video articles address issues that are pertinent to all of us; some of them are controversial but hey, if we're not pushing the envelope, we're not doing our job? Scroll down the list and give yourself plenty of time to pick and choose whatever it is that you're willing to open your mind to — grab the popcorn, and click on the links.

"One Heart Journey to Guatemala", "Time of Hope — with Barry Brailsford" and "Mayan Elder Gathering 2007" with Drunvalo Melchizedek & Don Alejandro

Three video essays from WorldViewz filmmaker, Robert Dakota

This triple feature includes a video overview of Drunvalo's journey to Guatemala, followed by Diane Cooper's interview with New Zealand author and historian, Barry Brailsford. The Guatemalan clip is a montage of ceremonies that were performed to initiate the reworking of the Mayan Teachings. Diane's conversation with Barry Brailsford speaks to the idea that what began in those ceremonies will lead us to a more hopeful vision of the future. Short and sweet, both videos are well worth a peek. The third video of the Mayan Elder gathering is pretty much beyond words, but trust us; it will definitely top off the other two! To tune in, click here:

One Heart Journey to Guatemala

Time of Hope Barry Brailsford 2007

Mayan Elder Gathering with Drunvalo Melchizedek & Don Alejandro

News and Announcements

For news about Drunvalo’s workshop and travel schedule please go to www.drunvalo.net. The Sedona event will be translated into Spanish. Registration forms for all of Drunvalo’s workshops can be found at www.drunvalo.net.



A Message from Drunvalo

This ceremony of the Mayan Council of Guatemala, representing the Mayan nation and joined by many other tribes from around the world, to be presented here in the Four Corner's area of Arizona is one of the most important ceremonies and gatherings of our time.



April 18–28, 2009

The Return of the Ancestors Gathering ~ Northern Arizona
Last year Institute for Cultural Awareness sponsored Bridging the Americas — Reuniting the Eagle and Condor Gathering in Peru. During this event, ICA's President, Adam Yellowbird committed to host the Return of the Ancestors Gathering in Northern Arizona in the Spring of 2009. This gathering will also host the 4th reunion of the Continental Council of Indigenous Elders and Spiritual Guides of the Americas, a Council formed by Mayan Elder Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj, "Wandering Wolf".

Yes it's happening! Indigenous elders from all over the world will gather to here in Northern Arizona this spring.

Those of you who wish to be part of the Return of the Ancestors gathering will be pleased to know that Diane Cooper is arranging lodging and transportation as a service to anyone who wants to simplify the logistics of getting around for this event. If you're planning on coming to the Elders gathering in April and you'd like to make it a smooth ride, contact Diane and Marcie at SOLARHEART@aol.com and solarheart2@aol.com for further information.


Request from the Institute of Cultural Awareness

Donations needed for the "Return of the Ancestors Gathering" — April 18–28, 2009
As we prepare for the Ancestors Gathering, there are many things, great and small, that need to come together. This request is being posted to ask all of you if there is anything on the list that you would like to contribute to this event. Whatever you have to give will be part of what it takes to return the world to balance — so look around; see what you have to share, and let’s do what we can to bring all that we are to this timely and important gathering.


New in the Ma'at Shop

The Geobuster Device

The GEOBUSTER is a neat little device that eliminates all forms of Geopathic Stress. Those of you who have an interest in clearing your space, your land, your life and /or the planet will be interested in Colin Stabile's new invention. To read more about it, click on the link.

"BREAK THROUGH POWER — How Quantum Leap New Energy Inventions Can Transform Our World"

A new book by Jeane Manning and Joel Garbon. Those of you who wish to better inform yourselves about the history of alternative energy and its long overdue emergence from the weird science closet will love this groundbreaking new book.

Sculptured Star-Tetrahedrons

Beautifully crafted in bronze, these sculptures embody the Creation Pattern; their geometries etch wavelengths that move outward from the center, like ripples in a pool, imprinting those frequencies in the surroundings. Great for creating Sacred Space, the Star Tetrahedrons can be hung in any corner of the house, or even in the garden, to generate a field of protection and light that uplifts everything in the environment.

Elements for Life

Life Enhancing Products — a source for Foods, Elixirs, and Supplements that have been carefully researched and developed with sustainability and a deep care for the Earth and it's inhabitants.

A Sound Healing

Where Tenderness
and Love abide,
God abides also.

Monthly Sound Healing
From Norma Gentile

Backed up with the tones that ring from Norma's voice her words are bound to ring even truer. To go to the place where love resides, click on the link. Ubi Caritas Et Amor, Deus Ibi Est.

See also Norma Gentile's CD 'Songs Of Spirit' — Live Sound Healings.

Sacred Earth

Sedona Red Rocks, Arizona

A photo essay from Martin Gray

Since the Ancestors are about to gather, and will commence their gathering here in the Red Rocks of Sedona, we thought you'd like to take a look at the scenery. This beautiful place has long been sacred to the Indians. It's been said that Sedona was never meant to be lived in or used for anything but ceremonial purposes; that the Elders are about to do ceremony here, once again, is awe inspiring. Let these photographs tune you in to what the Ancestors will return to when they touch down in the states — and thank Martin for giving you the opportunity to feast your eyes on one of the most beautiful places on the planet!

See Martin Gray's book Sacred Earth — Places of Peace and Power and DVD.

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