1000 Hummingbirds Welcome
The first 1000 hummingbird gathering took place in Spring 2009 in Coyote Hills.
Grandmothers from First Nations made the journey from their Homelands.
And, by word of mouth the women came; inspired by hummingbird, representing every decade of womanhood, representing near and far distant shores. Just as the elders had envisioned, and in keeping with the spirit of hummingbird, a vibrant scene unfurled. Women came with stories, songs, food & medicine. Women came with profound gifts of healing to share.
The uplifting nature of women gathered for an over-arching, life-enhancing common purpose, and drawing on the ancient ways that honor all Beings; the magnitude of this intention was felt and carried home, together with the knowledge that the Vision was now held by the many, and held close to the heart. The Weaving of a new Basket had begun.
“Through building creative partnerships among empowered, deeply unique individuals and groups, deep democracy enables real community wisdom to emerge. Peace, justice and fruitful, sustainable lives are natural concomitants of this process…” Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence
The 1000 Hummingbird Council is charged with spanning nations and continents to facilitate open channels; international communication and effective response mechanisms, particularly when women; mothers with young children, Send A Voice. Too often, such a voice has gone unheard, when the situation required swift resolution for a pressing environmental/ economic travesty.
It’s about the water, it’s about that which supports and sustains life. It’s about the women; the mothers…
It’s about our babies and children and all that we hold dear.
1000 Hummingbird Council
A council of indigenous and other nation women, who convened in response to the 1000 Hummingbird Vision, received in the wake of a profound concern for indigenous families subject to regional contamination of their drinking water.
1000 Hummingbird Vision called for Women to step up for Water; for that which sustains All Life…; for All Peoples.
Ohlone/Costanoan elders came together and concurred that an ancient protocol be enacted; the women would be invited to gather for 4 consecutive years, hosted here in Ohlone/Costanoan territory for the express purpose of applying collective wisdom to issues of environmental, social and economic equity.
This historic decision was made with stark knowledge of the vulnerability of women, most particularly mothers, confronted with hazardous conditions that can only be resolved through broad collaborations and civic action.
When Hummingbird suddenly hovers right in our space like never before, we are inspired to something heretofore unimagined.
“Hover little Hummingbird
Your medicine is Huge in these
dire and beautiful times…”
“I am not an alarmist but I knew something significant was going on. I couldn’t be on my porch for more than a minute without the hummer hovering overhead; the tiniest of all birds…the only creature that can stop dead while traveling at full speed…hover or fly forward, backward, up, or down, its wings flapping at 50 times per second in the configuration of an eight, the sign for infinity.” A.L.
Hummingbird characteristics are every bit as impressive as high speed internet! A seed was planted that effectively convened the 1000 Hummingbird Council. Comparing notes after the coalition was formed with astonishing acuity, the common factors between a surprising number of the women who had been drawn together were these:
- Movers and shakers in their own circles, especially in relation to social or environmental inequities
- Phenomenal & sustained encounters with Hummingbirds
While repeated and widespread environmental degradation is certain cause for alarm, the tiny bird who inspired the formation of the council is not. The nature of this wingéd thing is that it is felt, by all accounts, as a gift of Joy whenever it flits in; a prolonged encounter with a Hummingbird will reverberate long after this tiny creature has zipped away on its 50-flaps-a-second wings.
“How do we love all the children of all species for all time?” Asked eco-architect William McDonough; The response, in the Hummingbird context, came literally as a download:
“1000 Hummingbird All Women All Nations Rebirthing Ceremony for the Healing of the Earth.”
May you be inspired to lift your heart, lift your voice and lift your energy. Step forward and with absolute purpose, find a way to heal and protect Earth using the skills already born within you. “Through every action there is a reaction.” Let your actions move others to reflect upon their own. The time is now! Do not delay.