Kogi Elders Teach a New Kind of Activism

The Kogi are skillful energy readers.

When we arrived at the village where we were to stay they took each of us aside and scanned our energy field. Then they gave us balls of cotton to place between the thumb and index finger of both hands. We were asked to place any energy that was out of balance in the cotton. This went on for a while just releasing any projections, expectations, disappointments, judgments or frustrations — releasing them all into the cotton. It was a kind of psychic cleaning that needed to be performed before we could proceed. They took the cotton away when we were finished and did some ceremony for the dissolution of that energy so that we would not bring it into the village.

What an intense reminder that our thoughts and energies are part of a collective field and that we have a responsibility we share for the maintenance of the health of that field. The frontier of Western science is exploring the nature of fields. It is clear the fields around our bodies interact and affect each other deeply. The day will come when we will not only study energy fields we will practice deep energy mastery the way the Kogi do. In fact the day will come when we won’t just think of monasteries, churches, temples, synagogues and mosques as psychically clean zones but responsibility for thought forms and energy will permeate home life, school life and life at work.

Sometimes what we think of as the past is the future — this is a truth Native peoples understand very deeply.

One morning at dawn I slipped out of my hammock and drank in the early morning clean mountain air. Already up before me was a young couple. They were sitting opposite each other. They were looking very intently at each other: every now and then some energy would flicker in their eyes and it would get transmitted to their fingers where the cotton would receive it. They were literally cleaning up the energy field of their relationship. It was so beautiful to behold. I could see how they were getting mind out of the way. They were entering a deeper state of energetic flow. They were in communion.

Their young children, a boy and a girl, came to join them in what seemed simple and loving play but I had noticed that some objects that had been in front of the couple were now handed to the children with loving care. It was as if their toys and household objects had been energetically cleared and now carried the frequency of their parents’ higher bond. They knew that their household objects were not just stuff they were energy containers which were part of a larger energy field.

I walked up a hill and sat quietly with a cluster of men chewing their traditional cocoa leaf and lime paste mix. The Kogi understand that everything in creation has a dual nature. They believe that the dual aspect can be perceived in things and one can see which element dominates or whether they are in harmonious conjunction. Every object, as every living thing, has a mother and father. One of the men leaned over and touched a wristband I was wearing. He sent his energy into it. He was looking for its mother and father. He smiled approvingly and his eyes shifted as if they were looking to a far off place. The band was from Lhasa and I had bought it myself on a visit to Tibet.

The day we left the village I went over and gave him the wristband. He received it with an acknowledgment that seemed to reverence its origins — its mother and father — rather than exhibiting personal gratitude to me. He removed my sense of ownership. It was a perfect egoless moment. It was also a masterful teaching moment to the western mind so obsessed with ownership — -in the end we own nothing. We are called into a consciousness which itself must be developed into a higher knowledge of our sacred trusteeship for all matter — all energy that we interact with in the form of matter. And more than that, to recognize our responsibility to clean up when we pollute; whether the pollution goes into the rivers or flows through our minds.

Now that’s a new activist agenda: to clean the world from the inside out; to cease all contamination at the source and root out ego’s proprietary claims to ownership. There are plenty of Native peoples who have been waiting patiently for the penny to drop so that we can finally all agree on the basic curriculum needed for humanity to take up this kind of human homework assignment together.

From: The Conscious Activist by James O’Dea

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James O'Dea

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Author of The Conscious Activist, Cultivating Peace and other works. Former President of IONS, DC Office Director Amnesty International, CEO Seva Foundation.

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