Ka mau te karakia – Hold onto your prayers
July 12, 2012
“Haji Ali never learned to read or write, and over the course of 7 decades left his home village only once, to perform a pilgrimage to Mecca. Never the less he understood that hope resides in the future, while perspective and wisdom are almost always found by looking to the past.” -Greg Mortenson talking of the Nurmadhur, Chief of the small Himalayan village of Korphe
Rain bounced off the solar panels. A flock of small birds wheeled and chirped around the canoe in the pale light of an overcast dawn. The end is nigh.
We’ve voyaged for a year and half on Te Moananui o Kiva, the mighty Pacific Ocean. We’ve grown and developed and shared Te Mana o Te Moana with thousands of people, shared thousands of stories, made many, many friends. As the rain eased and the clouds broke up we hoisted our sails and for the last time the entire fleet took to the seas. Three hours later we’d gone about 4 miles upwind working hard in a strong Sou’easter to get to the beach for our official farewell. We dropped the anchor and rowed ashore.
On this otherwise empty beach on an island in the western Pacific our circle was no longer blocks of colour; the colour of your uniform or the canoe or country you come from just don’t count any more. We’re whanau, family and we stand side by side with…whoever’s next to us. It’s a wonderful thing to have that sense of unity and belonging. We’ve done nothing more than make a start, but what a start. The work is still ahead of us, our world needs to understand there is another way to live, a better way. We will continue to take wisdom from the past, we get inspiration from the past and present, and though I find it difficult to let myself believe and perhaps that’s a sad indictment on our time, but for the first time in a long, long time I can see that despite the mountains of problems we face as a planet just maybe there is Hope with a capital ‘H’, just maybe we can turn it all around and create the world we want to live in.
There are a lot of good people out here and it’s all about the people.
For me it’s pretty simple, I want people like these around me. They care about the world they live in and the community they’re part of. They want to share life with anyone who turns up and wants to share it with them. They work to resolve their conflicts. They have varying levels of spirituality, but respect for the practices of others. They know how to party. They know how to stop and connect.
Dieter has said often that dreams are the language of the heart and if you touch someone’s heart they’ll understand the dream. Where ever our hearts lead us from here we will always be Voyagers.
Te Mana o Te Moana, Ka mau te karakia