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Remembering Our Responsibility to Our Ancestors

Broadcast on September 12, 2022
With Great-grandmother Mary Lyons
Hosted by Michael Stone

Great-grandmother Mary Lyons shares that we come from the stars, we come here to this world as students, and we will leave as students. She shares that our ancestors' memories are within us, connecting us with our past and guiding us. She talks about resiliency, and that if we are not connected to our ancestors, we are not connected to our natural resilience, which is in our body.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The magic and power of love
  • The importance of building respect and connection
  • The seven teachings that have been handed down from our ancestors
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Great-grandmother Mary Lyons

Wisdom Keeper, empowerment coach, activist, and author

Great-grandmother Mary Lyons is an Ojibwe elder, known as a world-renowned wisdom keeper, empowerment coach, activist, and author. She is an international keynote speaker and seminar leader at such gatherings as the Parliament of World Religions, NYC Climate March, Global Elder’s Gathering on Climate Change, and she is also an elder observer at the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues, just to mention a few of her most important projects and activities. She is the author of Wisdom Lessons, focusing on self-development, self-care, and personal empowerment

Mary teaches seminars internationally, and has appeared on radio around the world. She has a passion for helping people to broaden their perspective of reality, and for helping empower individuals to recognize and step into their wholeness. 

She has dedicated her life to helping people take command of their lives in highly effective, powerful, positive ways. A pioneer in the human potential field, she has spent nearly 50 years teaching thousands of people meditation, prayer, affirmation, and intuition. 

Mary is a visionary co-founder of several global groups, including Women of Wellbriety, Int’l, a 100% volunteer, online wellness group with yearly gatherings that promotes sobriety and healing. Amongst her strong commitments, she's also one of the co-founders behind the global Grandmothers of the Sacred WE.  She developed a Circle Leadership style of organizational structure to bring the collaborative process to change the hierarchical structure in today’s society.

She continues to work at the intersections of criminal justice, environmental issues, and child welfare systems, and develops policy and advocacy strategies to help reduce the chances of family separation and MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.) 

She is a writer, storyteller, and has published books about spirituality, self-examination, and cross-cultural understanding. She is also a community organizer, world traveler, and has often appeared in the media as an activist for climate justice and social justice issues. As an Ojibwe elder, a non-violent direct action activist, she believes we can change the world for the better again if we come together as a community. 

Mary brings a de-colonial and anti-capitalistic framework to the mainstream environmental movement through spiritual wisdom lessons. She speaks at rallies, city council meetings, schools, women's prisons, and at global elder circles.

Being an activist and policy changer, she’s worked on issues including Native Lives Matter, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, LGBTQ issues, Moms Clean Air Force organization, and bringing awareness and action to protecting the four elements — water, air, fire and earth.


Great-grandmother Mary Lyons