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References to a new Era, a Golden Age characterised by harmony, stability and prosperity, do not just belong to the Native Americans, but can be found in myths and legends from all over the world.  It is known as Chryson Genos in Greek mythology, the Kali yuga in Vedic and Hindu culture, and gullaldr in Norse mythology.  One aspect that is common among many legends of the Golden era is the return of beings or gods that will aid in the restoration of the Earth.

In classical Greek mythology the Golden Age was presided over by the leading Titan Cronus. In some version of the myth Astraea, also ruled. She lived with men until the end of the Silver Age, but in the Bronze Age, when men became violent and greedy, fled to the stars, where she appears as the constellation Virgo, holding the scales of Justice, or Libra.

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William Commanda


William Commanda was a famous Canadian Elder who lived a very long life. He hosted people from all over the world. From Ancient Origins: In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders, who they would ask to guide them on their journey. If the New People remain strong in their quest, the sacred drum will again sound its voice. There will be an awakening of the people, and the sacred fire will again be lit. At this time, the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road is the road of greed and technology without wisdom or respect for life. This road represents a rush to destruction. The other road is spirituality, a slower path that includes respect for all living things. If we choose the spiritual path, we can light yet another fire, an Eight Fire, and begin an extended period of Peace and healthy growth. 
Grandfather William Commanda, Circle of All Nations Prophecy of the Seven Fires of the Anishnabe, From Ancient Wampum Belt

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Rainbow Prophecy Second Part


Again from Ancient Orgins. 

A particularly interesting part of the prophecy relates to the choosing of leaders.  According to the story, a leader will not be the one that talks the loudest, boasts of successes, or has the support of the elite. Leaders will be those whose actions speak the loudest, the ones that have demonstrated wisdom and courage and have proven that they work for the benefit of all. Isn’t this how things should be?

The Rainbow has always held special significance among the different Native American Indian Nations. It is connected to the Spirit (Supreme God/Creator) in all things. Apart from the Cree prophecy there are many prophecies and stories from the Hopi, the Zuni and the Cherokee related to the rainbow warriors.

There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.

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Rainbow Prophecy


Ancient Origins is a fascinating website. This is how the ‘Rainbow prophecy’ begins, as retold by a woman of the Cree Indian nation of America over a century ago.

The Cree are one of the largest groups of the First Nations Native Americans in North America. There are over 135 bands of Cree living in Canada, with a total population of approximately 200,000 today.

The Rainbow prophecy, as it has come to be known, refers to the keepers of the legends, rituals, and other myths that will be needed when the time comes to restore the health on Earth.  It is believed that these legendary beings will return on a day of awakening, when all people will unite and create a new world of justice, peace and freedom, and they will be named the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’. They will reteach the values and the knowledge that has been lost in time, demonstrating how to have wisdom and extra-perception, and how unity, harmony and love is the only way forward.

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Ojibwe Offerings


Ojibwe people have varied customs, but generally they use colored cloth and tobacco to make basic offerings. They make them in ceremony and they place them in sacred fires. Ojibwe customs like this are not generally discussed with the general public and certainly are not for use in promoting retail sales of windsocks or spiral mobiles.

However, Rainbow Makers is interested in more than the sales of garden ornaments. We truly have seen  that our windsocks and mylar holographic mobiles can be meditation points of focus, add the beauty of the rainbow to a garden, landscape or home, can prevent birds from hitting windows and can attrach hummingbirds and butterflies.

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Ho'okupu


Ho'okupu in Hawaiian customs means to sprout or grow. It refers to making an offering to a source or a diety as opposed to giving a gift to a person. Your ho`okupu could be your voice [oli], a kinolau [physical manifestation of deity i.e. awa, kalo, i`a] or something that is valuable to the individual or group making the prayer

 The offering symbolizes the meaning of the occasion.  You can choose food, a song or chant, unless you are in a particular ceremony.  According to the website of Hawaii Community College, "during the offering, one asks for growth; that one’s request be granted; that there be a reciprocation; that there be an exchange of mana or life force."  Rainbow Makers spirals and holographic windsocks attempt to capture the life force also, as represented by the rainbow.

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Zenning Out Continued


Meditation revolves with the cycle of life, of the sun and the stars. Once you begin there is no beginning and no end. So meditating in the evening before the sun goes down is really connected to morning meditation and its good to do both for that reason. At the day’s end, we can reflect upon our accomplishments with Rainbow Makers mobile holographic spirals. The waves of rainbow bands of color and sparks of jewel like colors create a perfect visual meditation focus to relax and put your cares away for another day. Celebrate what you have learned, or what you have taught, and be positive when you have reflected what you see as the best in others during your daily pursuits. You can even create a sharper meditation focus with Rainbow Makers holographic windsocks and your favorite meditation music.


















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Zen Out with Rainbow Makers


Rainbow Makers spiral mobiles and streamer windsocks catch the sun and deliver prism rainbow colors that glitter in small sparks from the windsock streamers or in bands of color that run along the surfaces of our wind toys and mylar mobiles as they turn in the wind. Here in Eureka Springs summer is in full force and we look forward to meditating in the cooler mornings or as the sun goes down. Our Rainbow Makers suncatchers are a perfect accessory for meditation focus.

Meditating in the morning hours when the chill of the evening is starting to burn off and the sun is just rising is a time for setting the tone for the day. We had a very rainy and windy Memorial Day here, and our tough mylar windsocks survived. It just requires running your fingers through the holographic strands a few times to get them waving and reflecting their rainbow colors in the sun again.

Sunrise is of course the beginning of a new day. We have an opportunity every morning to approach life differently, or consistently -- utilizing the lessons we have learned from the previous day or days. You need just the right combination of raindrops and sunlight to make a rainbow, and we are always trying to approach the right combination of life’s lessons and utilizing them in our endeavors for the day. However we choose to approach the new day, it is a new day to pursue rainbows.

 

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Golden Summer


As you may have noticed, our most striking garden and meditation mobiles and mandalas are based in gold.  Especially in Tibetan Buddhism colors symbolize a state of mind. The Buddhist concept of the rainbow body is the highest state that someone who mediates can attain before they reach the white light of Nirvana. Rainbow Makers mylar holographic mobiles and silver and gold windsocks reflect the colors of the rainbow in sparkling reflections that provide a focal point for any type of meditation.

Rainbow meditation is a highly personal form of meditation where you select a sequence of colors to focus on, one at a time. You can gaze upon one of our many spiral mobiles, including our Heavenly Angel or Crystalite Butterfly Spiral Mobile and the holographic colors will inspire you to pick a color to continue your meditation with. Although color has many traditional interpretations, it also has particular significance according to the individual and to the culture. As an individual, you eventually will develop the order of rainbow color that you prefer to follow in sequence as you meditate.

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Silver Nights


The history of color and meditation are the topics for this week. Our Facebook page covers many colors, thanks to a wonderful website on the history of pigments. Our rainbow holographic mobiles, mandalas and garden sparkler rainbow ornaments are made on bases of silver and gold. Silver in many cultures was the attribute of the moon and of feminine energy. While moonlight provides clarity, it also masks the true nature of things that are more obvious by day, but the occult is not necessarily obvious to us. Rainbow Makers hold nuggets of wisdom as beautiful as this mineral specimen and as fleeting as moonlight.

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