The circle of life is a poetic expression for the interconnectedness of all living beings and to the elements (water, air and minerals, etc.) also necessary for life. It encompasses a sense of harmony and balance which maintains and regulates life sustaining conditions, viewing death as a necessary and integral part of the cycle. The circle of life also considers the spiritual dimensions of being and the immanence of God/Goddess or the Great Spirit. This year’s conference will begin to look at our multi-dimensional planet Earth and how we may exercise a greater gentleness with our home. We will consider the impact of nuclear energy, radiation, nuclear weapons, fracking and some of the effects of war both upon our environment and the human spirit.
[img_assist|nid=47|title=Sunrise Ceremony with Johnnie Bobb|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=480]We are delighted with our guest speakers: Johnnie Bobb, Bonnie Bobb and Randy Kelher.
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This year, Johnnie Bobb, a Western Shoshone spiritual person and Chief of the Western Shoshone National Council will join us. “It is the religious belief of the Western Shoshone that the earth is most sacred, this includes everything in it, upon it and above it. Therefore: it is the solemn duty of the Western Shoshone to protect Mother Earth from all forms of environmental destruction . . . . ” Johnnie will conduct a Sunrise Ceremony, Saturday morning, to honor and protect our Mother Earth and will speak from the heart and wisdom of the Western Shoshone tradition on living in harmony and environmental justice for all living beings.
Johnnie is a gentle man, perhaps a bit shy, with a sly sense of humor and a love for Newene Sogobia, the Western Shoshone Homeland, much of it now illegally occupied by the Nevada National Security Site.
Our schedule for Friday night and all day Saturday is just about completed. Please check it out. We are starting early with a Sunrise Ceremony conducted by Johnnie Bobb, gathering at 5:45 AM. Much more inside . . .