In its mission to restore a new sacred economic model, The Fountain is following the direction of Nature through ceremony and prayer, in accordance with the Original Principles of the world’s indigenous peoples. Each step is bringing us closer to evolving a new paradigm of reciprocity and collaboration, join us in this walk!
During the Fountain’s first year, Jyoti was led to individuals, both native and non-native, with whom she shared the Fountain vision, as directly received from Nature.
Through these discussions the visionaries gathered together began to hold the vision collectively. Each brought to the table inspiration guided by the wisdom of Nature. Ceremonies were held and a strong prayer was formulated that would continue to guide this process. Each visionary had to be willing to accept the evolving mission without expectation of any specific outcome. Each was to understand that the vision would guide us as we peeled away old wounds and outmoded ideas, and an established paradigm that had so long encased us in a patriarchal system.
Each visionary had to be willing to cultivate their relationship with the Divine, so that each seat represented could align itself to the Original Principles. Then and only then would we be able to see the field of Reciprocity that Nature intended so that balance could be restored.
We began to understand that the economy of a system touches all levels of itself—the spiritual, the emotional and the physical. A whole system is not just about money, but the valued currency of a shared system. Calling on our rich resource of First nation wisdom combined with the knowledge of western economists with heart and vision, we came to understand that Unity is a medicine of our times, a medicine that is helping us remember. Our next step was to begin meetings deepening our relationships with each other while embracing the discovery stage of this project, as outlined in the ensuing Timeline of Fountain Gatherings.
Timeline of Fountain Gatherings
1. La Sierra Nevada, Colombia, South America 2011
The original principles for The Fountain were articulated by the group, creating a foundation for the new economic model to be seeded. In this first phase, as the group set the intention for Nature to proffer further allies to direct us in developing the model, an opening came via an elder of the La Sierras in Colombia, for a small group of Fountain representatives to travel to Colombia to meet with the Mamos and Sagos, the spiritual leaders of the Four Nations of La Sierras (Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo).
Fountain visionaries on this important journey to Colombia included Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook of the Lakota, pioneer of The Fountain’s Earth Initiatives, which include the Black Hills Initiative with its mission to return the Black Hills to the guardianship of the Great Sioux Nation. Also accompanying the group were Bethany Yarrow as interpreter, Paul Jeffery, advisor to the Fountain, and Darlene Hunter, Director of the Center for Sacred Studies. The Colombia journey seeded a deep alliance among the Fountain group, furthering its aim of unification and the return of global sacred sites to land preservations and the stewardship of our First Nation peoples. Representatives from the Four Nations came on board as Fountain visionaries, and their contribution to The Fountain is being supported by a local interpreter and advisor.
2. Geneva, Switzerland 2012
The first official Fountain Gathering took place in Geneva, Switzerland at the home of Nikki Kilmer Barber, the Fountain seat holder of Economic Models that Flow Sacred Economy. The gathering was an opportunity for us all to get to know each other and our work, and explore what guided each of us to want to collaborately contribute to the Fountain. The meeting was attended by Jyoti, Loretta afraid of Bear Cook, representatives of the Four Nations of La Sierra, Molly Harvey, Julia Hausermann, Matthew Englehart and some supporting assistants. We shared a ceremony lead by the representatives of the Four Nations to support the evolution of the Fountain‘s work.
3. The Waterfall House, Upstate New York, North America 2013
Our meeting at the Waterfall House was hosted by Fountain assistants, Bethany and Mary Beth Yarrow. Susan Davis Moora and Walter Moora who sit in the Seat of Creative Financing joined the Fountain circle for the first time. The Fountain group adopted Susan Davis’s groundbreaking KINS innovation networks operating principals. KINS networks leverage existing ‘conscious sustainability’ initiatives with powerful new ones to manifest innovations faster, more economically, and with greater impact; the networks impart a ‘whole systems’ design for sustainability and are based on the understanding that we “are all one’.
Ceremony was an important part of this Fountain circle, as with all Fountain gatherings, and featured a ceremonial coming together at the Waterfall House prior to the main meeting. The representatives of the Four Nations of La Sierra carried out their sacred work on the land and lead the group in a guided meditation, honouring the spirits of the land.
4. La Finca Sagrada, Ecuador, South America 2014
The Fountain Group gathered at Susan Davis Moora and Walter Moora‘s Biodynamic Farm in Ecuador, where everyone participated in ceremonies to tune into direction from Nature. The ensuing instruction (resulting from this and the previous Waterfall House meeting) seeded the founding of the Unity Concert as a platform to: unify the Great Sioux Nation in support of the Black Hills Management Plan; impel the reactivation of the world’s sacred sites; and to manifest collaborative partnerships for building supportive revenue streams. We also received instruction to create the Earth Mother Revitalization Fund (to source revenue in support of Fountain projects), and guidance from ‘The Living Relic‘.
The following article by Bethany Yarrow explains what this instruction was all about. (Link to Bethany‘s article).
5. Elk Creek Lodge, Piedmont, South Dakota, North America 2014 – The Fountain Group gathered in Piedmont, South Dakota to launch the first Unity Concert.
The gathering was a call to stand up for the Earth and was dedicated to the Unity of all Her people. It was a prayer for healing a long history of injustice, and a prayer in honor of the Earth, highlighting how important it is for sacred sites globally to be cared for by the Original Peoples and their ceremonies.
6. La Finca Sagrada, Ecuador, South America 2015
The Four Nations of La Sierra Navada, Columbia proposed the Fountain members all visited Walter and Susan’s biodynamic farm in Chirusco Valley outside Vilcabamba, Ecuador. The reason for the gathering, they said was because the energy center of the Earth had moved from the Himalayas to the Andes and because Chirusco Valley was a key energy center of the Andes, and the sacred sites on the farm and mountain needed to be revitalized. In their first visit, the group held ceremony in three sites held most sacred. One honored the divine masculine, one honored the divine feminine and another was to ceremoniously release all our “warlike” emotions into the Earth as compost. Always at these ceremonies, the Mamos led the group on an inner journey of purification to understand their crucial roles in revitalizing the Earth. In this process, they emphasized that the Fountain should work with the Original Peoples of Chirusco Valley, who had been forced to leave due to death-dealing droughts. The group identified the designated tribe to be the Palta and are now working with them to transform and revitalize Chirusco Valley.
7. Elk Creek Lodge, Piedmont, South Dakota, North America 2015
This concert was dedicated to the youth, for it’s the next generations and beyond that will be the Earth’s future caretakers. The elders came in large numbers to hold meetings during the day focussed on drafting a Memorandum of Understanding which will be delivered to President Obama along with the signed resolutions of all nine tribes of the Great Sioux Nation. The elders acknowledged the Fountain and the collaborative work that has been orchestrated for so many years to support the return of the Black Hills to its rightful guardians.
The Latest Step – The Fountain at the Parliament of World Religions
Jyoti, Founder of The Fountain, recently presented at the October 2015 Parliament of the World Religions, billed as “the oldest, largest and most inclusive gathering of people of all faiths and traditions”. Running globally since 1893, this year the Parliament took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, inviting attendants to work together to “Reclaim the Heart of Our Humanity” and create a world of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainability.
In her presentation, Jyoti called for a return to feminine based models of economy founded on collaboration, cooperation and reciprocity, as adhered by indigenous and ancient cultures. She explained how by rediscovering and utilising these Original Principles, we can powerfully redefine economics as the modern resource that Cares for Life.
Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook gave a presentation about the Fountain’s Earth Initiative for the return of the Black Hills, demonstrating how the Earth Herself is guiding this process of collaboration and reciprocity. This continued effort is healing historical wrongs. And it is bringing attention to the need for the world’s sacred sites to be returned to the guardianship of the Original Peoples, so their ceremonies for activating these sites can bring balance to the Earth and all Her Peoples.
In February 2016, a small Fountain group will be travelling to Nigeria to visit Chief Offia Nwali and Kate Onwe of the Ezza Peoples to establish a deeper relationship with these Peoples of Nigeria.
In September of 2016, the Fountain group will meet once again in South Dakota to help coordinate the Unity Concert in support of the Black Hills Initiative. This concert will be dedicated to the Elders and their Traditions. Come join us as we stand up for the Earth and all Her People! For more information, visit: www.theblackhillsarenotforsale.org