Published on December 2nd, 2013 | by Judith Byrne0
For the Next 7 Generations By Jude Byrne
December’s Natural Awakenings theme is “Awakening Humanity” and I cannot think of a better film to see than For the Next 7 Generations which was one of the featured films at the Albuquerque Film Festival this summer. Directed by Carole Hart and The Laughing Willow Company, the film authentically and lovingly portrays the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers weaving a world that works.
The title is based on the Great Law of the Iroquois Constitution which states, “In all our deliberations, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” What a powerful statement of social responsibility and awareness of the interconnectedness of the sacred web of life. Imagine what a difference if all our decisions were made in this consciousness. The film inspires us to do so.
In 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. The film is their story. It was four years in-the-making and was shot in various locations including ceremonies in our own backyard in northern New Mexico, as well as the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, and a private meeting in India with the Dalai Lama.
The film follows these wise women as they share with us their visions of healing and a call for change now, before it is too late. It documents their unparalleled journey and timely perspectives on a timeless wisdom. As New Mexico resident Grandmother Flordemayo states, “We have no walls. We want people to take this knowledge and really move with it”.
When asked for a brief comment about the film, Director Carole Hart stated, “It’s a magical journey into a new consciousness”. I wholeheartedly agreed. Carole went on to say she “…hopes that the audience can feel their hearts open and experience a newly awakened sense of compassion and unity in the universe. She generously has said that the movie is available for public screenings and asks that interested parties contact her at ForTheNext7Generations.com.
Her own journey prior to making the film is an inspiring one as well. Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer she was invited to a service at a Native American Church. After hours of ceremony that included sacred plants administered by holy medicine people, she was told that she was healed; that it would take some time for her body to catch up with her but the cancer was gone. When she went to her oncologist and refused further traditional treatment, she encountered initial resistance. But then astonishment as the tests showed that she was indeed free of the dis-ease.
Through a series of synchronistic and serendipitous events, she was introduced to the Center for Sacred Studies and Joyti, a spiritual teacher who was in deep connection to the 13 Grandmothers. Spirit arranged the meeting and the filming began with the intention of sharing earth wisdom, bringing harmony, peace and love to the world on a larger scale and mending the sacred hoop of life. The movie emphasizes the power of sacred group intentioning. We are One. Aho.
Jude was blessed to meet the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers in Santa Fe in 2009. For more information and to purchase this remarkable and important film, go to ForTheNext7Generations.com.