Unity 2020! The Third Great Synthesis
As we approach 2020 - the 400th anniversary of the landing of The Mayflower and the First Great Synthesis between Europeans and the American Indian - we have the opportunity to look at American history through a new lens - the role of the US of A in the evolutionary upward spiral of human consciousness. Yes the US of America. All of US and the role we are going to play in realizing the original vision of the human potential to bring liberty, justice, equality and abundance for all: The True American Dream!
Our work is aimed at moving the conversation between the European Americans and American Indians to a level where we explore a synthesis of our two paradigms, enabling something new to emerge.
Below are links to our work, mission and vision and the people and ideas that have come to us over the 25 years we have been creating forums for visionary elders, with the understanding that this synthesis will occur in our lifetime - We are calling it "The Third Great Synthesis" and are doing what we can to catalyze it. (First Synthesis - Fifty-four years of peace and friendship at Plymouth Plantation 1621-1675) Second Synthesis - The Iroquois Great Law integrated into the U.S. Constitution.)
An extraordinary exception to the human condition unfolded when the visionary leaders of two radically different cultures met and worked together to maintain an inter-cultural exchange that became the "First Great Synthesis” between Europeans and American Indians during the first fifty-four years at Plymouth Plantation. This melding gave birth to American democracy and to the American mind and spirit. The "Second Great Synthesis” occurred when aspects of The Great Law of the Iroquois were integrated into the United States Constitution in 1787. A third synthesis is possible as our cultures come together again to realize the great promise America made to the world in its freedom documents The Mayflower Compact, The Declaration of Independence and The U.S. Constitution: The True American Dream - Liberty, Justice, Equality and Abundance for all.
Chris Peters (Pohlik-lah/Karuk) expresses the importance of integrating the indigenous worldview into the modern paradigm very well in his talk at UC Davis in May 2013. "The Enduring Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery." The perspective that Chris speaks from confirms the importance of the work Connie has done for decades to bring indigenous cosmology/way-of-life to the table; we believe the Western paradigm has missed important keys to understanding the nature of the Universe and therefore has created a world out-of-balance for all people. Chris expresses this very articulately.
Bishop Samuel Ruiz whom Connie knew in the 90s in Chiapas, Mexico expressed the vision of societal transformation very well in an interview titled "Of Times New, Possible and Dreamed." He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 for his work with the indigenous peoples of Mexico.
Here is an excerpt: "In this dream we find a society that considers the indigenous experience. When indigenous people demand the right to participate in the new society, this does not mean having a seat to partake from the common banquet, but having a place for their own values, so as to contribute to the transformation of this society. For the Indian, participating means giving his share, not just taking what is his by right, but to contribute with his own values."
Bishop Ruiz also expresses this articulately in his talk at UC Santa Barbara in 2003: The Pursuit of Justice Bishop Ruiz actually directly addresses the situation that Chris Peters points out - Christianity vs Indigenous Earth-Based spirituality. He is looking to expand the Catholic Church to include the indigenous way of knowing.
"We glimpse the possibility of a civil society enriched by all the contributions that are now suppressed; the indigenous voice that is stifled, at least here in Mexico, and which, for that very reason, is so new and striking that when we hear it for the first time we will realize how many things it questions, and it will enrich us from many points of view." from the "Of Times New, Possible and Dreamed” Article.
Pope Francis visited Chiapas, Mexico the day after Valentine's Day 2016 to honor Mexico's indigenous peoples as well as Bishop Samuel Ruiz. Pope Francis has brought the Liberation Theology of South and Central America to the forefront with his views of the importance of serving the oppressed.
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"The visit, at the halfway mark of Francis' five-day trip to Mexico, was of great personal importance for the pope. He insisted on visiting San Cristobal de las Casas, where the late Bishop Samuel Ruiz ministered to Mexico's poorest and supported blending their indigenous culture into Catholic rituals, much to the dismay of Mexico's church hierarchy and occasionally the Vatican."
"Today's world, ravaged as it is by a throwaway culture, needs you!" he told the crowd that included many indigenous people.
"On many occasions, in a systematic and organised way, your people have been misunderstood and excluded from society," the 79-year-old pontiff said after citing Popol Vuh, an ancient Mayan text.
"Some have considered your values, culture and traditions to be inferior. Others, intoxicated by power, money and market trends, have stolen your lands or contaminated them. How sad this is," he said.
"How worthwhile it would be for each of us to examine our conscience and learn to say, 'Forgive me!'"
Betty Booth Donohue (Cherokee, Americanist)'s important book "Bradford's Indian Book" demonstrates the depth of the intercultural synthesis and its influence on American literature in Pilgrim Governor William Bradford's "Of Plimoth Plantation," which has been noted as the first piece of American literature.
Henry David Thoreau also expresses the importance of the indigenous worldview in his writings. We have a performance piece in which we bring forth these ideas and which we have performed in Concord, MA at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering and elsewhere around the country.
THOREAU THE FUTURIST AND THE EMERGING HUMAN
Suggesting a Humanity Living in Balance. The Evolutionary Upward Spiral
Performed at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering July 2011, 2012.
Set on the banks of the Allagash River in Maine after a long day's paddle, this performance piece shows you a Thoreau and the Indian he experienced. It gives you some ideas to ponder and suggest a synthesis from which we can all open to a larger reality and take the human potential up a notch to the place Thoreau dedicated his life to modeling. Readings from Henry David Thoreau's Indian Notebooks and Journals.
University of New England, Portland, ME. 2012
YOUTUBE "Thoreau the Futurist and the Emerging Human" Andrew Cameron Bailey as Henry David Thoreau James Neptune, Penobscot as Joe Polis, Thoreau's Indian Guide and Hero. Link to the script. Accompanied by YOUTUBE "Thoreau and Indians" clips from THE AMERICAN EVOLUTION:Voices of America DVD Series featuring Bradley P. Dean, PhD; Arnie Neptune, Penobscot Elder and Thoreau through Richard Smith, Impersonator/Interpreter. Link to Transcription
Connie's recent talk at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord July 2016
summarizes theses ideas:
ABSTRACT: Connie Baxter Marlow, author, filmmaker and futurist, discovered twenty years ago that both she and Thoreau the mystic, envision a future in which the cosmology of the Native Americans will be integrated into the prevailing paradigm. In this presentation, Connie shows how Native American scholar Chris Peters, Mexican Catholic Bishop Samuel Ruiz, and Pope Francis support this vision and foresee a society transformed by the melding of the indigenous worldview and the Western perspective on the nature of the Universe; with clips from Thoreau Scholar Bradley P. Dean, PhD. and Penobscot Elder Arnie Neptune.
BRIEF BIO: Connie has been bringing the mystical Thoreau to the table for decades. It began with her discovery that Thoreau resonated to the indigenous worldview and “could see what the indigenous people could see,” and knew that the Native Americans have something to bring to humanity now. “This arrow-headed character… to my mind it has not been deciphered. It was originally winged but for a short flight, but it still … wings its way through the ages bearing a message from the hand that shot it.” HDT. Having spent 20 years with visionary Native American elders, Connie has an understanding of the indigenous connection to an expanded reality, and in the late 90s Brad Dean’s articulation of Thoreau’s mystical nature, combined with Tom Blanding’s in-depth insights and resources gave credence to her discoveries. Full AG 2016 Bio.
The James Phinney Baxter Vision
Connie's great-great grandfather James Phinney Baxter (1831-1921), pre-eminent New England historian and philanthropist, had a grand vision for humanity. He saw that the core ideas expressed in The Mayflower Compact, written in the cabin of the Mayflower before landing in 1620, of a “civil body politic [formed] to enact, constitute, and frame just and equal laws for the general Good” and other principles and ideals of the early settlers of New England were foundational “to develop a form of government in which the best aspirations of men could find free play.“ He proposed that America could be an “inspiration to the world if we are able to live up to the ideals of our forefathers" which he believed are the “self-evident truths of the human mind.”
James Phinney Baxter was president of the New England Historic Genealogical Society for 20 years and in his will in 1921 gifted money to the City of Boston to build a "New England Pantheon to honor the early settlers of New England whose ideals were the seed of free government." This money has been committed to the Boston Public Library. The Baxter Project Team is expanding his vision to include the American Indian in its proper place in the evolution of American democracy and the American mind and spirit during the first fifty-four years of peace and friendship at Plymouth Plantation and the influence of The Great Law of the Iroquois into the U.S. Constitution.
Our Work to Catalyze The Third Great Synthesis
Our doc film/novel/screenplay projects "THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS: Freedom and Friendship at Plymouth Plantation" bring America's origin story into balance and honor the Mayflower Pilgrims and Native Americans for their role in the evolution of democracy and the American mind and spirit.
We premiered our 30-minute doc film SEEDS OF FREEDOM. A Vision for America with a forum and Call to Action! at the Boston Public Library on November 10, 2016. Along with the film screening we hosted a forum/council to inaugurate the proposed James Phinney Baxter Lecture Series. Pilgrim Scholar Gary Marks and Mohawk Elder Tom Porter presented aspects of Pilgrim and Iroquois way of life and thinking. WATCH 4 minute teaser of the film HERE. Watch the 30-minute film HERE. For a Playlist for Entire Premiere Event with Tom and Gary: Click HERE.
SYNOPSIS: Eminent philanthropist/historian James Phinney Baxter (1831-1921) believed that America must embody the high ideals of New England's original settlers if it is to become a global exemplar of liberty, equality and justice. In 1921 he left a bequest instructing Boston to build a Pantheon to perpetuate the founding ideals and principles. Baxter's great-great-granddaughter Connie Baxter Marlow adds a missing piece - the role of the American Indian in the evolution of American democracy, mind and spirit.
These projects also include Andrew's novel/film "THE MAYFLOWER REVELATIONS."
SYNOPSIS: The year is 2020. The 93-year-old patriarch of a wealthy New England family is dying. The estranged family gathers at his Barbados villa for their last Thanksgiving together. Seeking the hidden truth about the family history, his grand-daughter gets unexpected help – from the ghost of a 17th Century American Indian slave, an impossible lover and the long-lost diary of a famous Mayflower ancestor. What she discovers changes the family (and American history) forever.
We have spent decades with visionary indigenous elders throughout the world and have been bringing the Native American/Indigenous way of knowing/cosmology into the mainstream for over 20 years by creating forums for these elders and others to share their understanding of the nature of the universe through books, films and photography exhibitions as a way to align with what we call "the conscious loving universe" and bring Peace on Earth.
Here is a link to a conversation between visionary conversationalist Duncan Campbell and us on Duncan's show "Living Dialogues" in Boulder, CO 3.10.13 speaking on the synthesis concept of bridging Indigenous and modern cultures for a new future: Click HERE
Our book "THE TRUST FREQUENCY: Ten Assumptions for a New Paradigm" is a handbook to higher consciousness on the "High Road to Happiness." The Ten Assumptions are a unique synthesis of indigenous cosmology, quantum science and Eastern and Western mysticism. The book is a companion piece to our film "IN SEARCH OF THE FUTURE: What do the Wise Ones Know? Watch it online HERE.
Connie's Letter to the Editor “A Time of Synthesis” was printed in the Old Colony Memorial on November 21, 2016. She has been writing an uplifting Thanksgiving Letter to the Editor in Plymouth for over 10 years as an integral part of the research and relationship-building process she has dedicated to this perspective which brings balance to this important and inspiring origin story of The United States.
On the same subject we spoke at the Maryland Mayflower Society's Compact Day Dinner, November 22, 2015. Our talk introduces Andrew’s important discoveries and insights that will shift assumptions about this long out-of-balance origin story. YouTube Link: America's Origin Story: An Inter-cultural Synthesis. We also presented “The First Fifty Years and the Transformation of Consciousness” at the Highland Institute in Boulder, CO November 25, 2014.
Journey for Peace and Healing in the Americas: Mission/Vision
It is the destiny of the people of the Americas to come together as one family and show the world how to live in peace through freedom of the human spirit. The indigenous people of the Americas have been holding keys to the freedom of the spirit for all of humankind through their connection to the Earth and the unseen universal forces.
When we bring together what they know and what the modern cultures have learned by experiencing the scientific paradigm, a synthesis will occur which will create a whole new way of walking on Earth in harmony with all of Creation never experienced by anyone since the beginning.
At The National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, MA Thanksgiving 2015 and 2016 Connie handed out over 200 Turtle Pins which carry symbols and messages from The Reverent Journey for Peace and Healing in the Americas that she took with two men in 1995: WE ARE ONE, WE ARE FAMILY, JUST TRUST. This journey was blessed by elders of many nations including Wallace Black Elk (Lakota), Grandmother Bertha Grove (Ute), Martin Gashweseoma (Hopi), Chan K'in Cuatro (Lacandon Maya), Salvador Lunes Collazo (Chamulan Maya), Bishop Samuel Ruiz, Grandmother Guadalupe de la Cruz Rios (Huichol).
This country has not lived up to its great promise, and can't until we come together in our hearts and create A New Future. The United States is like a three-legged stool, missing one leg: the Native American heart and spirit.
"When we come together with the indigenous peoples as equals, as family, and we each open our hearts and our minds to the other, the melding of our gifts will bring a new perspective that is invisible at this time. This new perspective will allow us to see the path to true unity, peace and freedom." Connie Baxter Marlow
We are looking for ways to shift the focus of the conversation leading to 2020 to one of exploring how we might spiral the evolution of humanity up a notch by bringing the positive aspects of our cultures together in an open-minded, open-hearted dialogue/council and seeing what unfolds.
Onward to Peace on Earth.
Connie Baxter Marlow
Andrew Cameron Bailey
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