“MY HOME IS ALTAI”
A story about one cultural and educational mission at Altai
Novosibirsk • Biysk • Gorno-Altaisk • Chuysky village • Gorno-Altaisk Biysk •
(4-11 December 2006)
By Nina Goncharova
Our truly legendary meeting with Carol
Meeting with Carol Hiltner appeared to be a real gift for both of us and for Altai’s Future. I do know for sure that her story will move everybody. To say more, it is a bright example of deep faith and trust in her Star in order to awaken her mission and go forward to her New Happy Fate and her real Home.
“When I came back
I realized that
My home is now Altai.
And if it is my home, I must take care of it.”
Carol Hiltner told me that, several years ago, she was like the majority of American women, heavy and ill. But one morning she had a dream, and woke with an invitation: “Please, come.” She got up and went over to her computer naked, almost sleeping, and asked: “Where?” And she wrote down the answer: “To Altai.” “Why me?” she wondered. “Why not you?” was the answer. Carol speaks about her adventures at Altai and about her mission, gotten from her Masters, in her Altai Chronicles: Tablets of Light book. It shook me with its sincere openness and her inspiration to fulfill her destined mission.
So, Carol trekked
But still she had to translate the
Tablets, so she came back to Altai the next year. This time she saw the
Tablets, but there were no words—only light. Several times she came to
She felt the healing forces of Altai
after her very first visit there. And after she came back to
This was time for us to personally
meet. Carol said that they would try to obtain another grant to come in
November, but she added that if there was no grant she would come anyway. And
here she was in
We lived in Gorno-Altaisk together for
a week and I observed the way she acted and we both created this Legend. All day
long, we were meeting people—students, nongovernmental
organizations, members of Altai Government and El Kurultai (the Altai
legislative body). This might seem to be a usual thing, so why
do I call it unusual? I knew that all these things were done according to her desire
to serve Altai people, her newly awakened great inner
responsibility to help them awaken their own abilities and
faith in their own inner forces. To say more, I
knew that she sold her own house in
Carol told me that now she felt herself healthy, young and happy. You see her in this photo, becoming a slender woman without any artificial means.
From left to right: Pavel Pahaev, Nina Goncharova, Carol Hiltner, Victor Trutnev in the Ministry of Education of Altai Republic
Every day I admired her capacity to be very self-organized and to appreciate her Altai mission every minute. And she had to act and do everything without knowing the Russian language, in another, very different country. When we alone before going to bed, we made a summary of every day, created a plan for the next day and spoke about life, laughing and feeling joy. One day she said: “To say the truth, it is not so easy to start my life in another country and to feel myself a guest in my own country.” But never have I heard a shade of grief, sadness or doubt. My heart sang that we had met.
And we joked that now we were already two
“crazy” women, who walked along the corridors of Altai Government, offices, and
banks to help Altai people to see their own new horizons, as we both knew that a
view from outside always gave new energy and new understanding. And I also knew
for sure that as soon as we live together within one of our events either at Altai
or any other place of
Meanwhile we had to move from the private, rather expensive hotel to our friends’ (Nataly and Nogon Shumarovs) flat. There we were setting ourselves up as small Altai Keepers. Carol played with Murat, Nogon and Natalie’s grandson, like a small girl, and they understood one another by speaking each their own language.
Murat Shumarov, a
Young Altai Keeper, Gorno-Altaisk,
(Carol took the photo)
At the end of the week, our Altai-Planet 3000 team arrived at Gorno-Altaisk to join us. They “came down from Mountains”—Ust-Kan and Onguday. They are devoted to Altai’s future people. We have been doing our accomplishments together—our Altai-Planet 3000 network of informational and ethnocultural educational centers all over Altai on the way to AKKEM international village.
Together for Altai future—with Alexander Alchubaev—director of El Bank,
Altai-Planet 3000 part of the team: Masha Sotnikova - Byisk, Ival Chintinov - Ust-Kan, Ekaterina Eshova - Onguday, Svetlana Matina - Ust-Kan, Zhanna An - Ust-Kan, Nina Goncharova - Novosibirsk, Alexey and Galina (she is taking the photo) Sotnokovs - Biysk, Carol Hiltner - USA, “Altai-Mir University”
What are the results of our Altai visit? They are:
Altai Spirit accepted us and took care of us, as the weather was rather warm.