Barry Brailsford

Barry Brailsford has done much to rewrite the history of the colonization of New Zealand in ancient times. The Waitaha were/are a people of peace who found their way to these emerald isles some 2000 years ago. Barry’s books are a glimpse into a past and future imbued with qualities this nation and this world long for. The following is from StonePrint News  February 2012  Number 37

Kia ora friends

This news comes to you from Castle Hill Village, New Zealand on a bright, sunny summer’s day. This morning, a tree feller came to bring down a tall cedar on the land we tend. It was a sad occasion, but necessary, because some thirty years ago it’s seed had been blown into the centre of our beech forest. Now it was seeding its own kind, creating its own generation, which would smother this last remnant of native beech.

So the howl of a chainsaw was going to impinge on the beauty and silence of the day. I decided to handle this in the old way, in the way of those who tended the forests long ago. Remembering the elders’ teachings that they brought to the felling of a tree, I broke off a small branch and approached it and told the tree, and the forest around it, what was about to happen. Then I gently struck the place of the impending cut several times with the little branch and explained a deeper blow would follow and its life would end. All that it was would still be honoured for it would heat a home in the time of the winter snows and keep a new baby warm. Its leafy branches would be shredded to mulch the family garden and its wonderful scent would fill the air with the memory of what had been.

The chainsaw screeched. Silence. No shudder ran through the forest even when the tree fell. Did what was offered and the karakia help? I can’t say but it was done and I hope, done in a good way. Now, in keeping with the old ways, fifteen little trees of the beech kind will be planted to honour the passing of a tall tree.

The elder’s once told me the beech trees carry messages. For a long time I’d not understood the depths of what that might mean. However when they encouraged me to write Wisdom of the Four Winds, to bring the kaitiaki or spirit guardians back into our lives, I saw a little deeper. If wisdom is simply growing into greater awareness, then everything around us, the mountains and forests, the rivers and oceans, the birds and fish, the thunder and lightning, the Sun and the Moon have things to tell us.

Our modern age has become the message age. When I carried Pounamu, the healing stone of Aotearoa/New Zealand, to twelve North American tribes in 1992, the first elder I met asked me, ‘What is this age?’ Stunned by his question I gave an instant reply that still amazes me. Seemingly out of nowhere, I was filled with these words, ‘It’s the age without secrets.’

That was a strange response. One that bewildered me yet brought forth an answering smile. That question was asked of me again and again when I met the old ones. Looking back I wonder if the first elder seeded the answer in my mind to see if I would accept it and offer it back. Perhaps it was a test of a certain kind.

Anyway, the concept of an age without secrets has been a very important part of my journey since that time. If there are no secrets then truth marks the trail of our days, our conversations with friends and strangers, personal relationships, business transactions, government policies and international exchanges.

We may seem far from the Age of Truth, today. Yet, the seed is sown and as witnessed in recent times, the ability to hide the truth within the iron fist of dictatorship and hide corruption and torture behind walls of silence has been swept aside. The technological revolution that has placed cell phones with cameras in people’s hands is constantly changing the world. That device has already overthrown tyrants. And when we bring the world-wide-web into play — how I love that phrase — we open unlimited pathways to knowledge, truth and change.

“Honour the dream

that embraces the spirit of all

and know the flame of hope

burns brightly still. “

Song of the Old Tides

‘Honouring the Dream’

After thirty years devoted to driving my computer back through ancient knowledge I was called to share, I realise it’s time to help it move with the aid of the latest technologies.

So here I am, excited about starting up my own website; offering more on Facebook and You-tube, creating a blog site to answer frequently asked questions and planning to have ten of my titles available as E books within a year.

As well as my Facebook page I now have two blog sites in place  and  It’s a kind of experiment. Those who have received my recent newsletters know I wrote the novel, Only a Hut in the Mountains, last year. This novel will not be published for some time, so I thought it would be good to share the beginning. You, see I’d love to have feedback and if enough readers wanted more, I could release more and more over the next few months and maybe we might get to the end of it. So that’s the thought behind this blog site. You are invited to have fun with Koro the old one!

‘Throwing the doors wider’

This is a steep learning curve for me. Please, bear with the process as it unfolds. Here are some of the topic I’m eager to share…

What is wisdom? Who were Waitaha? What evidence supports their story? Polynesian origins. Did they reach the Americas? Polynesian voyaging secrets. How the Moon influences our lives. Finding your People: be they Stone People, Bird People, Fire People, Water People or Tree People or one of the many other Peoples. Healing the past. The power of Pounamu. Opening the Peace Trail of the Pounamu. Maori trails. Maori sea-gardens. Our spirit guardians.

Wherever you are and whatever you walk at this time, remember…

‘Even the darkness brings learning to the light.

The balance is torn apart

but a wondrous new garment

may be woven in the mending.

Hope walks tall into tomorrow.’

So be it.

                                                            Song of the Circle

Kia Kaha! Walk in your truth!


Barry Brailsford


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2012 has taken on almost mythical qualities, fuelled by the hype of films and books, many prone to the fears inherent in uncertainty. A dear friend of ours, Nevi Morrison, has been giving talks on 2012 and the nature of these times for many years. He recently wrote articles for a couple of newspapers here in New Zealand, one in the Far North and the other on Waiheke Island, where Nevi now resides. He has kindly emailed a draft of one of these articles to me which, with minor editorial changes, I post below:

By Nevi Morrison

I am sitting at the computer almost exactly two years from possibly the most powerful event in the history of our planet, occurring on December 21st, 2012. There is much misunderstanding around this event from fear to fundamentalism, without a clear understanding of what the ‘Wisdom Keepers’ of many of the world’s tribal traditions are really saying, and what messages they were leaving us . This has given rise to extreme views at both ends of the spectrum. At one end ‘Doomsday cults’ are predicting the ‘End of the World’! At the other end the many scientists feel nothing of any great significance will happen. What was really foretold thousands of years ago rests somewhere in the middle. 

The events then of 2012, according to the ancient wisdom, rather than heralding the end of the world, mark the end of a ‘World Age’. This present one—a period of 5125 years—began on August 11th, 3114BC, and will end on December 21st, 2012. Many ancient cultures, including the Greeks and Egyptians as well as the Aztecs and Mayans understood this journey of our planet through 12 constellations of the zodiac, known as the ‘Precession of the Equinoxes.’  There are five of these world ages in equal length—of which this present one is the last—and together total 25,625 years, a ‘Great Cycle’.

The now famous date of December 21st, 2012, marks the end of the Mayan ‘Long Count’ calendar, and this new era which the Mayans called Job Ajaw,  or ‘Fifth Sun’, will be ushered in by the solar meridian crossing the galactic equator and the earth aligning with the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. At sunrise on that date, the sun will rise to intersect the Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic. 

The ancients knew thousands of years ago that we would reach this turning point and the great ‘cleansing’ of Mother Earth would occur. In the East Indian tradition we are coming to the end of Kali Yuga, the Dark Age. The end of each of the previous ‘world ages’ has been marked by some form of cataclysm. Unfortunately, our present ‘advanced technological’ culture has often the arrogance of believing that all previous cultures were far more primitive than ours. What a huge mistake that is!


Our Beautiful Planet

The ‘more advanced’ civilizations the world over, particularly the West, have led to a highly developed technological society, of an ‘externally based authority’ in society, science, politics and religion. . This period has mainly been one of ‘masculine domination’ throughout the last 2000 years. Rather than attaining wisdom to add to this amazing knowledge, we have been destroying our environment, believing we are all powerful, and have worshiped greed, reason and materialism, and become slaves to our amazing inventions.

The great correction is all but upon us. However, this ‘purification’ period is predicted to be very short, and, according to the ancient wisdom, we then enter the age that many have been waiting for—the ‘Golden Age of Peace’—once again.   The most important shift is, therefore, not what plays out in the physical realms, but the shift in consciousness which is to a much higher vibration. 

As we move towards the ‘Shift of the Ages,’ however, we are seeing an increase of dramatic geological and climatic events—including massive floods in Australia and Pakistan, droughts, huge snowfalls in Europe paralysing traffic and air transport., earthquakes (the recent Christchurch earthquake is bringing these realities much closer to home), volcanic eruptions, drug resistant diseases, tsunamis, wars and conflicts, etc., as well as the imminent collapse of our world economic system, which has not served humanity as a whole. 

Also between November 2011 and December 2012 there is expected increased solar flare activity–solar max—accompanied by a huge  C.M.E. (Corona Mass Ejection) which if greater than 250 nano teslas, would disrupt all communications, satellites , aircraft and ship navigation. In addition, the intense electromagnetic radiation could  burn out the cores of many of the worlds high voltage transformers at power stations, which in a matter of a few hours, would plunge the side of the world facing the sun,  into a pre-electric era. Imagine the chaos that would cause! This is a possibility.

Will it really happen and how will all this unfold? No one really knows, but something is happening, everyone is feeling it, the evidence is all around us. If the Mayans and the Intertribal Medicine Societies of Native American Indians and other Wisdom traditions were right; what happens on the physical level is far less important than the long foretold shift in consciousness, which will propel us into a whole new paradigm, where there will be a greater awareness of who we truly are. The above scenario can all be viewed as ‘gloom and doom’, totally apocalyptic as the 2012 Hollywood disaster movie (on steroids!) shows, or can be seen with an awareness of this great opportunity to change.

How do we prepare then? In parts of the world survival groups are storing food and weapons. This is not the answer. What we fear we will attract. This is the law of the Universe. Others are asking, ‘Where will it be safe?’ Once again the ancient Wisdom Keepers have provided the clues. It is not where we are physically in the world although some places there will be less devastation that others, but our states of consciousness; either we are coming from ‘fear or love’.  North American Indian elders, such as Grandfather Titus, Harley Swiftdear and Sunbear,  who have all now left this earth, affirmed that we need to recognise our ‘Oneness’, our connection with each other, Mother Earth, and our Source, whatever we choose to call that.

From leaders of the world to our personal relationships we are seeing this universal dance being played out. The fear of letting go of control shows the old Piscean age of male authority is crumbling, and resisting it is futile. In all of the world’s great tribal and spiritual traditions, beyond the dogma and religious belief systems that have divided and separated man for centuries, there is an underlying theme that we are all ‘One’, all connected. 

Does this sound all very New Age airy-fairy? Not if we have even a simple understanding of ‘Quantum Physics’. At the subatomic level, everything, every atom is interconnected with every other atom. Our bodies and their cells contain the holographic memory of the whole mechanics of creation of the entire Universe! Modern science doesn’t have all the answers, none of us have, but science and Spirit are finally merging. The ‘Wisdom Keepers’ of these ancient cultures were without doubt leaving us a message, to come to the realisation that our presently held belief, that we are separate from each other and creation, the cause of (all of our problems), is a total illusion, and now that we know that, we can change it. We have to; there is no choice if we want to survive! We can choose to react in fear or respond with Love. It is up to us, all of us. This is what the 2012 ‘Shift of The Ages’ is really all about!


Related Posts:

2012: The End of the World or the Beginning of a New One?

Carlos Barrios Explains 2012 and the Mayan Calendar

2011 Predictions from Astrologer Stella Woods

The Mythic Call: A Mayan Prophecy




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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

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