"Although we are old ones, our voice is very
important for the world at this moment. The misunderstanding in this world
is that some men think they are very big. We are small ones with this love,
which is the only big thing we have. We can give good words for the world. I
have a very big faith that we are able to change something that we are going
to be able to give hope for our next generation. "
Maria Alice's other grandmother died when her own mother was
still a young girl. "I heard a lot about her," Grandmother Maria
Alice says. "She
died because she was taking care of so many people during a measles epidemic
that she had no time to take care of her self." Maria Alice's mother and 4
siblings then went to live with her own grandmother who was a very poor but
spiritual person. "All of my grandmothers lived on another level and
this is what I am, also," said Grandmother Maria Alice. "I live more on
those level, too. I live much more with the grandmothers on the other side
... [They] are my spiritual group and a very strong influence in my life."
As she grew up, Brazil saw much war and persecution. At
age 17 when pregnant with her daughter, Maria Alice was put in prison and
tortured. Her daughter was born after Maria Alice became a political refuge in
Europe. Soon she was advised to move to Africa
because her daughter cried all the time. When they arrived, her daughter stopped crying. It was also in Africa where Maria
Alice found her
spirituality, received instructions for her future, and first experiences
connecting to past lives.
In the Amazon, Grandmother Maria Alice met Padrino Sebastiao who had called to her in spirit. Sebastiao, a disciple of Master Irineau, led a spiritual community in the deepest parts of an Amazon Rainforest reservation. The community used sacred rainforest plants as traditional medicine.
People across the world visited Sebastiao to drink Santo Daime and learn
about their past lives and present tasks. "Humans have so much to clean out
psychologically to match the peace and beauty of the forest," says
Grandmother Maria Alice. "Our community is dedicated to bringing ...
happiness to people, to show that such joy is possible. We are happy,
because we are devoted."
Addressing the Grandmother's Council for the first time, Grandmother Maria Alice Campos Freire spoke of about the special moment. "I believe we have all been guided to be here," she said. "and we will be guided to do what we came here to do. We cannot say we are of this race or that one. We have all been everything in our many lives, and now our paths cross for us to connect from many different faiths and cultures. But we are all the same flame in life.
"I am thankful for this Holy Mother, our planet the Earth, who received all of us, for the destiny we have here to be this channel for eternal live in receiving the knowledge from our ancestors to give to future generations.
"We have all arrived at the point where we are very sure about what is good for us, what is good for humanity. ... We have this force and certainty about what is good for all of us humans. We know we don't need violence, money, struggle, or competition. We just need to surrender and consecrate God's Creation. We need to be happy, love one another, and receive what God has to give us
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FLORAIS DA AMAZONIA
A video of the forest medicine center founded by Grandmother Maria Alice.
INTERVIEW WITH GRANDMOTHER
Portuguese version -
AS CRIANÇAS E O CENTRO MEDICINA DA FLORESTA
Cool music video from one of Grandmother Grandmother Maria Alice's projects
CEU DA MAPIA: MEDICINA DE
WORLD TB DAY
Comments by Maria Alice
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Jenness Cortez Perlmutter
Grandmother Maria Alice Campos Freire Native Village Home Page