Le Ciel Foundation’s very 1st Mission
November 27 2017 – 12 Elders at the United Nations to create an energetic blueprint for Humanity based on Peace and Harmony
TWELVE AND ABOVE – THE WISDOM COUNCIL
In 2016, one of the co-founders of Le Ciel Foundation received, like many others around the world, a series of dreams in such detail that he woke up feeling missioned to create a council of 6 women and 6 men. Coming from wisdom traditions from around the world they would gather at the United Nations (NYC) in November 2017 to create a unique ritual together.
Throughout history, wisdom traditions have developed a true understanding of how to live in harmony with nature. These ancestral traditions hold practical and spiritual wisdom, an essential component to restoring the balance between nature and humanity in our changing world.
Our quest for the twelve began at the end of August 2016.
The Council of Twelve and Above was held on 26th and 27th November 2017.
During the Council, the 12 Elders meditated and, through their ritual, spread a new awareness to the whole world for an ecological society.
On the 26th, the opening of the ceremony was held at the Assemblage, a co-working space centered around collective action, unity and co-creating a new reality.
The Mohawk delegation, known as the Keepers of the Eastern Door, officially welcomed the Council in the Amerindian territory. Following their tradition, they “bundled” the Council together (to allow this group of people called together for a specific mission to work clearly and carry out the mission). They offered guidelines for the group to work together in peace, under spiritual guidance, with aligned goals.
Then a global meditation in support of the Council took place before each of the twelve introduced themselves to the others in accordance with their own tradition.
On the evening of the first day, we asked the Elders what they wanted to create through this meeting and the ritual to come. As we were compiling their answers, it became clear that they all fell under two words: Peace and Harmony.
On the 27th, we went to the U.N. and each of the Elders lit a candle as they began their prayers to personally connect with the different spiritual planes. At the end of the prayers, the circle of light was open.
The ritual could begin. (To learn more, watch The Twelve)
One year after this spiritual ritual, Le Ciel Foundation organized the Holistic Visions Symposium to ‘root’ this new awareness in practical and pragmatic initiatives. This symposium brought together innovators, investors, and influencers from around the world alongside some of the Council Elders.
This community continues to collaborate with the goal of providing means to transform our current social, environmental, and economic paradigms. Holistic Visions offers an opportunity to integrate primordial wisdom in every layer of the modern world, moving from a state of separation between humanity and Nature to genuine interconnectivity.
We are honored and filled with gratitude for having received this vision and for having the determination to make it come true. And of course, we respectfully salute and thank all the Elders we meet and collaborate with along the way.
Grandmother Aama Bombo from Nepal, Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein and Marie Meade from Alaska, Grandmother Julieta Casimiro from Mexico, Kgomxoo Tixhao and Kgao Qame from Botswana, Mamo Evangelista from Colombia, Hiroyuki Aoki from Japan, Barbara Gibson-Thorpe from Australia, Floriza Pinto from Brazil, Lyudmila Khomovna from Siberia and Maître Atome Ribenga from Gabon all took a seat at the Council.
THE TWELVE ELDERS
Nowadays, people are judged and compartmentalized according to a great number of limiting categories including their diplomas and studies, their appearance, where they live, their religious beliefs, etc. The Elders, presented below, have nothing to do with any of these references.
These individuals are free-thinking, free to be, free to have faith, they belong only to Nature, to the whole, to the universe. Each of them is able to connect, in their own way, to the vibrational essence of the Earth, their sole daily pursuit is to find harmony within themselves, harmony with their environment, and the Earth that supports us.
Their greatest quality is that of carrying within themselves the simple values of nature and of behaving with respect for those around them, learning from everything, accepting that each thing, each being creates according to its own “raison d’être”. In the greatest of humility each with their unique approach, they know how to preserve the purity of truth and the notion of unity.
To the Elders who have passed away, you remain forever in our hearts.
Grandmother Aama Bombo
Grandmother Julieta Casimiro
Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein
Master Atome Ribenga
Rita Blumenstein was a Yup’ik Eskimo and lived in Anchorage until she passed away in 2021. She is a recognized keeper and instructor of native languages and traditions.
Rita’s Yup’ik names, Canirraq, Pamyuran, and Tanqiar together mean “Tail End Clearing of the Pathway to the Little Light.” Rita was raised by three generations of wise women who shared their knowledge and from a very early age were able to see the light and knew that she was destined to be a healer. By the time she was nine she began receiving visions and started her lifelong work as a healer. Throughout her life, she adopted many cultures, but her roots remained with the Yup’ik.
Rita learned about plants and how to use them as medicine, not only for childbearing but to heal all ailments. In 1995 she became the first certified traditional practitioner at Southcentral Foundation’s Traditional Healing Clinic. She went on to become the manager for the Native Ways of Knowing at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium-Behavioral Health (BHRS).
In her own words, ‘God said there is only abundance, and the only way through is to forgive. Holding on to negative emotions becomes cancer or other illness. Our healing is not just for ourselves, it is for the universe. We forget who we are, and that is the cause of our illness.’
In time, Rita would also become an artist with work that resides in the Smithsonian, a teacher who has taught in over 150 countries, and one of 13 Elders on the International Council of Grandmothers with the mission of healing our Mother Earth.
Marie Meade is a Yup’ik Eskimo and lives in Anchorage. Like Rita, she is a recognized keeper and instructor of native languages and traditions and both women worked together for over 20 years, spreading their wisdom around the world.
Marie’s Yup’ik name, Arnaq, means “Woman.” Her childhood was always in the company of elder women who showed her the way of being Yup’ik. This included the care and preparation of food, fish camps, spring camps, gathering berries and greens, and being the heartbeat of a family.
Following her studies, she was chosen by her community in 1970 to teach the first bilingual program in her village under the Bureau of Indian Affairs School. Marie has been an instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she teaches Central Yup’ik language, Yup’ik orthography and Alaskan native dance classes.
She dances with healing grace, trusts her intuition and has a grateful, open heart
In 2002, Marie received the Alaskan Governor’s Award for Distinguished Humanities Educator and in 2014 received the Meritorious Service Award from the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2015, she was inducted into the Alaskan Women’s Hall of Fame.
Whilst Marie has adopted many cultures over the years, her roots lie with the Yup’ik and she has taught thousands of people about the culture and language of the Yup’ik people of southwest Alaska. Her teaching materials and publications are distributed internationally. She shares her knowledge, wisdom, and insight with other indigenous elders from across the globe and her work has been shaped by her experiences with family and community.
Barbara Gibson–Thorpe is a Wiradjuri from the Origin People of Australia. She lives in Echuca.
Disconnected from her roots like millions of Origin people by the intrusion of one culture into another, her life purpose is to allow her original culture to, at the very least, have the same rights as those who took over.
She is the guardian of harmony between two worlds and two societies. One, is a tradition that is rapidly evaporating; the other, is a culture caught up in the turmoil of separation. In the utmost humility, she has a foot in both worlds and does her very best to bring forgiveness, meaning, and a sense of purpose into a new model of society.
Barbara works in a hospital a few hours north of Melbourne as an Aboriginal liaison. She works hand in hand with Origin communities riddled with drug and alcohol problems that prevent knowledge and cultural heritage from being passed down to the new generations. Threatened by the prospect of a second cultural genocide, Barbara is worried for humanity. What will happen to the Earth if all wisdom and tradition disappear with the elders who pass away and who are ignored globally?
Kgomxoo Tixhao and Kgao Qame
Kgomxoo Tixhao and Kgao Qame are two San Bushmen from the Kalahari Desert. These elders represent the polarity Male-Female, thus forming a unique spiritual entity. They work together as shamans and healers who receive messages through their dreams and trance dances where they connect with their ancestors.
They continue to live in complete accordance with Nature. Used to bringing together their resources without ego to create the best around them, they are part of a civilization based on joy, listening, observation, and experimentation. Their way of seeing life, of living life and of teaching without pretence puts us face to face with the many incoherences of being a ‘modern man’. Their simplicity mirrors the errors of educated men and the ease with which our society has created difficulties in all aspects of life. Their union highlights the separation between man and nature, men and women, and between mankind as a whole in our cultures.
Xai Xai, their home, has no electricity and is a six-hour drive to the neighbouring town. Though Kgao Qame & Kgomxoo Tixhao support scholastic education, they advocate that it is essential for the younger generations to learn how to survive in the extreme conditions of the bush.
Floriza Pinto lives in the Amazon rainforest by the river Maturaka on the border between Venezuela and Brazil. She is part of the Yanomami tribes.
At only 45 years old, Floriza was the youngest member to take part in the Council of Twelve and Above. She is also the first woman amongst her people to have started a women’s association that supports local women-made baskets in surrounding villages.
Life in her culture is based around nature, enjoying every positive aspect of this otherwise hostile environment. Time has no say; food and land are shared amongst each other, and children are free to roam.
Though she had never left the Amazon before going to New York for the Council, she could feel the effects of western influences. Particularly during outings to ‘civilized cities’ 10 hours away from her home: illness created by industrial foods, and younger generations disconnected from their cultural traditions and nature by the hollow promises of western culture.
Floriza, who radiates joy and life force, holds a deep appreciation of the beauty of her home and its surrounding nature. She believes that nature has the same rights as human beings and needs to be treated with a respect that has been lost in the modern world. She has a vision of where the world is heading and is worried for humanity.
Mamo Evangelista is part of the Wiwa tribe. He lives at the bottom of the Sierra Nevada, where the Kogis, Wiwas, and Ahuarquos guard the land and balance the planet through the spiritual work of the Mamos.
The Mamos are the spiritual leaders who are in charge of maintaining the natural order of the world through songs, meditations, and ritual offerings. It is their responsibility to maintain the balance of the universe and nature. Balance is achieved by making offerings to the sacred sites to give back to the Earth what is taken out of it.
From darkness, Mamo Evangelista creates light. In the night, he finds knowledge.
This is a man rooted in nature, who learns from his connection to the Earth, the stars, and the information they share with him- knowledge that we can’t find in books.
He can see a deadline for 2024, not for the Earth or humanity, but a deadline past the point of no return if mankind does not find its roots, its balance and the respect we owe the Earth, the sky, the four directions, the sun, and the moon. Beyond that point, if a change isn’t implemented, he can see the destruction of a world, the destruction of a planet by its own inhabitants.
Daily, his inner work is dedicated to creating conditions for awareness of what humans can still avoid and what they can still create.
Master Aoki Hiroyuki lives between Tokyo and Yokohama.
Through the rigorous practice of Shintaido, a martial art he developed, Master Aoki is completely connected to nature in total harmony. He allows each one of his students to find inner peace and to spread it around them by feeling the interconnectivity between us all. They develop a direct connection with nature and the universe to find absolute balance in precision.
Based on embodying the best of one’s self, joy, and the love of giving, Master Aoki’s culture allows everyone to find their true self. Bringing the spiritual back to the physical, he allows access to a place where time has no say, where the body becomes a temple of life.
Regardless of his connection to nature, Master Aoki has made the conscious choice of manifesting balance and harmony within urban spaces and their inhabitants. His teaching leads to enjoying life, forgiving everything, loving, and appreciating everything until the time comes to leave this world.
Abuela Julieta was part of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. She lived in Huautla De Jimenez, the heart of the ancient Mazatec culture until she passed away in 2018.
Huautla De Jimenez is the result of a peaceful mix of Mazatec traditions and catholic religion. This has given this community a different opening into spirituality. Abuela Julieta is the exact reflection of this spiritual collaboration. Her faith and catholic background mingle with traditional work with Los Niños Santos, the sacred mushrooms.
She was a healer, a gatekeeper of the sacred within and the connection with Mother Earth.
As part of her daily rituals, she used to go to mass, where she prayed and sang for peace on the planet. Whenever people came to see her for a ceremony, she and one of her daughters conducted a sacred ritual. In this spiritual context, Los Niños Santos enabled Abuela Julieta to heal, connect people to the Earth, and open doors to ancient and true knowledge. Her life was dedicated to being in service to the spirit of nature.
Her practice was very sacred; thus, she did not permit either the ceremonies or the mushrooms themselves to be filmed.
Aama was part of the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and lived and worked in Kathmandu until she passed away in 2022.
Her father was a revered shaman in the Nepalese Tamang tradition. He initially restricted Aama from practising shamanism, but after he died, spirits and other deities started visiting and teaching her. Despite the fact that women are not supposed to practice shamanism in the Tamang tradition, Aama has defied and transcended this cultural notion.
Her patients travelled from around the country, as well as from India and Tibet to her house in Boudhnath, near Kathmandu, where she treated an estimated hundred patients each day. From the very poor to the Royal Family of Nepal, she treated everyone with equal dedication and respect.
Every morning at 4 am, she would begin the day with prayers and offerings to nature, spiritually cleaning her house from the bottom to the top, and ending her prayers on her roof at sunrise.
Lyudmila Khomovna, of Ualta descent, lives on the Island of Sakhalin, at the most extreme point of East Siberia, in a very isolated part of the country. She is one of the last 60 people to speak the Ualta language and walks relentlessly every day, even on the coldest of days crossing a frozen lake on foot for over 2 hours to teach and preserve her culture.
Living in the most hostile climate imaginable, with temperatures plummeting to minus 50 degrees celsius in the winter months, her joy, strength, and resilience, just like an indestructible seed, enable her to keep going as a guide.
Maître Atome Ribenga, lived in Gabon between Libreville and Bittam at the Cameroun border until he passed away in 2022.
He studied monotheism and theology and was a consecrated Priest in the Bwiti tradition for 50 years. Knowledge and education were important responsibilities for him.
During his path, he discovered that his life purpose was to help people to reconnect themselves to the Spirit and the divine within themselves.
In full humility, with strength and determination and an inexhaustible curiosity for the cosmos, he taught in a mystic way: he allowed people to learn by themselves, through direct experience, to know their truth and not a written truth.