One is our Earth – Four Winds year 2019
The 23rd year of Four Winds has started with new ideas and a great power. This year’s theme is Earth, Emonen, Mother Earth, Our Blue Planet. We hope this will awaken in you the heartbeat that carries you and all your actions throughout this year.
- The Annual Meeting is 15.2.2019 at 18 o’clock in Oulunkylä school, address: Teinintie 8 A, 00640 Helsinki. Welcome to join us!
- Membership guidelines are at fourwinds.fi/en/join-the-association/
Your membership will support the work of Four Winds. Members will also receive discounts from event fees! Our membership fee is 20 € / person/year. If you are unemployed, a student or a senior citizen, the fee is 10 €/year.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what Four Winds really is? What is my relationship with Mother Earth?
The statement that started Four Winds 23 years ago makes me think about us and the reason why I do this work with great enthusiasm, open mind and heart. It was the message from Hopi grandmother Carolyn Tawangyama about an old prophecy that said: “A small group of people who overcome themselves will unite the profesies and bring back unity for all people.” Carolyn did her work for the people and for the creation, holding Sacred Circles and telling stories. It is a great prediction and a great thought.
We humans have an enormous intellectual capacity and great knowledge to do good with great love. Everything starts with us – from the inner desire to expand, evolve and heal ourselves and what is around us. It is a great gift to understand what unity means. With this year’s theme “One is Our Earth” we want to remember that we – 8 billion people, we all live on the same globe and we need to take care of it. 8,000,000,000 is a really wild number. And we all sit in the same boat (a Finnish saying) and we all travel on the same spacecraft called Tellus, sailing around the sun. We are part of a galaxy that is floating in the swirls of space inside a huge entirety. And we are all ONE, we are all equal and entitled to be here. When you think about this vastness and about the smallness of man it feels wild to think that we are just a small dot inside that vastness. The fact is, however, that man cannot live on the other planets of our solar system. We need all the elements that our planet provides: Air, Fire, Earth and Water. If any of these are missing, our life ends. This Unity embraces everything that this Earth carries, it embraces all other living beings and the breathing entity EARTH itself. How come this Earth produces everything that we need for living?
Unity starts with oneself and the acceptance of oneself as an entity that walks on this planet Tellus. So how are we using our time inside this spiral, this unique cycle of life? Are we demanding and criticising everything around us? Are we jealous, greedy and power-hungry? Do we think that our own thoughts and ideas are the very best ones? Is my God the best of them all? Are we downplaying ourselves and our skills, or could we show up and share our talents? Could we explore everything around us in order to learn from it and absorb those very things that support us and help us to deal with this unity? Could we be present in this moment, live in this great love, and take care of our own part in order for Mother Earth to be well.
The indigenous peoples have honoured these elements and themselves. They only took what they needed from the earth, respecting the Great Spirit that is present in everything. They understood that the earth does not need mankind, but the mankind needs the earth.
Do we have the will and the joint power to see beyond this destruction and abuse of natural resources? Can we see the Earth as a living, fertile, healthy and clean entity, without being attached with all the destruction and quarrelling? Can we work together, drum and breathe the healing power into ourselves and our environment? And above all, can we each contribute to our own wellbeing and that of Mother Earth by making our choices from the heart and by leaving the doubting mind behind?
This is Four Winds – an open and vibrant community helping everyone on their unique path. We bring together people from different cultures for dialogue and communal experience, to seek alternatives for self-development, to improve our relationship with nature, and finally to find ways to live in harmony with the universe.
“The wind doesn’t start anywhere, and is not ending anywhere. It is noted only by it´s touch.”
The Four Winds year “One Is Our Earth” brings along some great events.
9-10.2 Minä Olen -fair at Finlandia Hall. You can meet us at the table nr. 149 that we are sharing with Arto Ukko Hämäläinen.
28.3 “One is Our Earth” -movie night at Malmitalo, Helsinki, with two screenings. “Hundred Drums” is filmed at our 20. Anniversary Celebration Camp. It is directed and filmed by Ville Tanttu, the assistant director is Hedda Halinen, and it is produced by Sophia Ehrnrooth and Playart Productions. The other movie is called “The Journey” by Markku Lehmuskallio and Anastasia Lapsui. It tells about the life cycle of the Nenets people in Siberia. After the screenings we have a moment for sharing. Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio and Virko Kolulahti are present at the event as the initiators of the discussion. Tickets 7 €, buy in advance here.
10.5 “One is Our Earth” -concert at Malmitalo, Helsinki. On stage we will see Tuomas Rounakari, Charles Lawrence, Duo Hurme, Klava and Munnaripartio. The performers bring their talents to respect Mother Earth and to bring joy to our shared moments. Tickets 28 €, buy in advance here.
25-28.7 “One is Our Earth” summer event in Lappeenranta, Marjola
Wizards from around the world will come and share their new insights about the universe. Rainbow Eagle and his wife Mary will share the teachings of “The Peace Shield” and showing the crafting of traditional American Indian pearl jewellery. Charles Lawrence and Tuomas Rounakari will guide us on our personal journeys. Swami Atmananda Puri and Swamini Anuradha Puri are coming from India. And much more interesting!
The summer event is now a “luxury camp” that has been much hoped for. Accomodation is hotel-style with own toilets and showers. Now you can gather 2-4 friends to share a room! The venue is on a beautiful peninsula on the shore of Lake Saimaa. For children there is a playground and a sandy beach, and we will have a space for swimming.
It is easy to arrive by train and bus. We will eat vegetarian local food.
More information about the bookings will be soon available at our website.
During the year we will organize New Moon drumming circles, as well as celebrating the equinoxes. Our members call circles together spontaneously.
Our new home page is open at http://www.fourwinds.fi/
Have a look at the pages. I am grateful for all the feedback and whatever thoughts and hopes you have for the work of Four Winds.
Four Winds Tuki ry
Virko Kolulahti, pj.