want to speak of the new race, the coming race. The world is big with child, and
the present generation will look with wonder into the clear eyes of the infant
that shall redeem its parent.
Pin your faith to the standard of the new race, work for it, make
the garments that it shall wear, and be ready for its coming.
Already you are in touch with those who will help in its training,
who will be its teachers and guides. Give yourself also to the Great Work that
is planned for America in the coming days. No, you need not spend all your time
there; but do not remain away too long. Come and go, that going away you may
receive new impressions, and that coming back you may bring the romance of older
lands to entertain and inspire the new land.
But be ever loyal to the new.
In the untrodden wilderness of America there is
strength that shall renew you from time to time. The cities of America will be
redeemed by the wilderness. The cities are too worldly. They have forgotten God.
In the open air, under the open sky, the message may be received by the awakened
Send the children out to the wilderness to drink from the
uncontaminated springs. The water that flows through lead pipes may refresh the
body; but the water of mountain springs refreshes the soul.
Behind the veil of Nature is the face of the Great Mother, and
though she does not always smile, yet her eyes are full of dreams and mysteries.
Nature is not the devil. The devil is ever at war with Nature. Nature is
Isis, the Mother. Do not listen to the blasphemers. They have confused the
offices of Isis and of Typhon. It is Isis, Nature, which shall bring forth Horus.
Go back to Nature and ask her for her message. She waits in the silence of the
woods, and the voice of the brook is her whisper; when the wind stirs in the
trees it is the rustling of her garments. The Mother is coming, O children of
the new race! In her arms you shall know refreshing rest, and in her eyes you
shall read the love that knows no selfishness, the bliss of self-giving.
Too long have you dwelt in cities, forgetting
the Mother who bore you. Too long have you lived without the magnetism of the
kind earth in contact with your naked feet. Too long have you trodden the dead,
stony and unmagnetic streets, that take from you but give nothing. Go back to
the woods and the streams. Read your destiny in the eyes of the stars
themselves—not merely on a printed chart. Jupiter has a message for you which he
will give only face to face, and so has the gentle Venus and the eager Mars. Go
to them for your lessons, in the quiet of the hill-top alone with the Mother.
Do not set up your temple in the marketplace. Let your cathedral be
the aisles of the forest.
Go to the city when you must, for it is always well to know the
opposite. The cathedral is stiller after the voice of the mart.
Give honor where honor is due, to those who
have led the children forth to learn the mysteries of the primeval life. You
grown-ups are only taller children. Dance in a ring round the mulberry bush or
round the camp-fire. In the smell of burning wood the visions may come, as I
wrote you once before of your wood-fires in Paris. But what is a wood-fire in a
Paris grate compared with a camp-fire in the woods? Yes, I was there the other
night, on the outskirts of the gathering, and I enjoyed it, too.
My greetings to the Chief!
The salvation of America lies in this wild-wood movement! Movement!
Well may you call it that. It is stirred by the very forces of the earth
herself; it is inspired by the race-spirit; it will go on and on, in
Whoever puts a stone in the way of this work will stumble over it
himself. Whoever brings Satanism into this movement will be devoured by the
demonic forces. There will not be enough left of him to grease two sticks for
Rest you in peace. We watch, and with us the souls of all the
thousands and tens of thousands and millions of native Americans, who cannot go
on to their rest until they have passed on the torch of the Nature mysteries
that were their heritage from their remote ancestors.
They must be despised by those who despoiled
them; but their forgiveness shall redeem you, O America of the new race!
Do you not know that many of those who made their escape into the
rest of the “happy hunting ground” are already coming back to incarnation in the
land they loved before? Look at the high cheek-bones of many of the children,
look at the eagle eyes and the straight taut forms.
O America, you did a great wrong once in the pursuit of your
destiny! Yes, you did. Now strive to atone. Let the reincarnated red children
play in the wild woods, teach them the old code of honor and courage, and they
will work hand in hand with the reincarnated souls that came by way of Europe,
hand in hand shall they stand together in the Woodcraft Brotherhood.
My salutations to the Chief!