Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle
The work of the reconciliation of
the American Indigenous peoples is known as the
"Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle."
1. Human beings can transform their world
The web of our relationships with others and the natural world, which has given rise to the problems we face as a human family, can be changed.
2. Development comes from within
The process of human and community development unfolds from within each person, relationship, family, organization, community, or nation.
3. Healing is a necessary part of development
Healing the past, closing up old wounds and learning healthy habits of thought and action to replace dysfunctional thinking and disruptive patterns of human relations is a necessary part of the process of sustainable development.
Every person (regardless of gender, race, age, culture, religion) must be accorded equal opportunity to participate in the process of healing and development and to receive a fair share of the benefits.
5. No vision, no development
A vision of who we can become, and what a sustainable world would be like, works as a powerful magnet, drawing us to our potential.
6. Authentic development is culturally based
Healing and development must be rooted in the wisdom, knowledge and living processes of the culture of the people.
Everything is connected to everything else. Therefore, any aspect of our healing and development is related to all the others (personal, social, cultural, political, economic, etc.). When we work on any one part, the whole circle is affected.
8. No unity, no development
Unity means oneness. Without unity, the common oneness that makes (seemingly) separate human beings into "community" is impossible. Disunity is the primary disease of community.
9. No participation, no development
Participation is the active engagement of the minds, hearts and energy of the people in the process of their own healing and development.
10. The hurt of one is the hurt of all; the honour of one is the honour of all. The basic fact of our oneness as a human family means that development for some at the expense of well-being for others is not acceptable or sustainable.
Human beings are both material and spiritual in nature. It is therefore inconceivable that human community could become whole and sustainable without bringing our lives into balance with the requirements of our spiritual nature.
12. Morals and ethics
Sustainable human and community development requires a moral and ethical foundation. When morals decline and basic ethical principles are violated, development stops.
Human beings are learning beings. We begin learning while we are still in our mother's wombs, and unless something happens to close off our minds and paralyze our capacities, we keep on learning throughout our entire lives. Learning is at the core of healing and development.
To sustain something means to enable it to continue for a long time. Authentic development does not use up or undermine what it needs to keep on going.
15. Move to the positive
Solving the critical problems in our lives and communities is best approached by visualizing and moving into the positive alternative that we wish to create, and by building on the strengths we already have, rather than on giving away our energy fighting the negative.
16. Be the change you want to see
The most powerful strategies for change always involve positive role modeling and the creation of living examples of the solutions we are proposing. By walking the path, we make the path visible.
These sixteen principles are summarized as four "guiding principles" essential for the formation and functioning of any community. Adopted to our needs, these principles are:
1. "Starting from Within" - Development comes from within; take responsibility yourself for your relationships; vision is the basis of development; culture is the basis of all healing and development. To make culture real practice time as art, learn from your elders and from nature.
2. "Working in a Circle" - All community, like the path of nature, forms a circle. Make a daily circle and dissolve into one. A circle is a whole system. All approaches must be used and balanced. A circle is unity. A circle means we all share and participate. A circle means we are all equal and maintains the justice of our equality, regardless of age, sex, race, religion, etc.; make decisions from consensus - move the circle, and keep the circle moving.
3. "In a Sacred Manner" - Spirituality is the center of healing and development. Practice daily salat prayer and/or vipassana meditation; make ceremony that integrates the natural elements in natural time with our mind, prayers, and needs. Connect with the Creator. Cultivate a heart-centered approach in all matters. Listen to spirit. Know with whom you are speaking and act and behave accordingly. Walk in balance. Do not violate ethical or moral boundaries. Think before you do anything. Work from principle. Let your principles reflect the order and plan of the universe. Do not sacrifice principle, but remain flexible.
4. "We heal and develop Ourselves, our Relationships and World." - Learn to live in ways that promote life and uplift others in your environment. Practice sustainability and non-codependence. Do not be afraid to be humble. Seek help when you need it. Respect all living systems and relations. Move to the positive. Be the change you want to see!
There is much to learn. But if we are not ethically attuned, nothing will matter. If we learn and live by such principles as are herein enumerated, nothing will sway us from our path. Let the circle grow. Let the Circle move us. Love is vast, everywhere, and in everything - but belongs to no one. Let the circle move us. We are ONE.