Indian Wisdom

CHIEF JOSEPH PICTUREI am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation.

We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right.

Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world.

We do not want riches. We want peace and love.

– Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota Sioux (1822-1909)

In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.

– Iroquois Maxim (circa 1700-1800)

When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

Cree Prophecy

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

CHIEF
– Chief Seattle, Duwamish
(1780-1866)

Eventually one gets to the Medicine Wheel to fulfill one’s life.

– Old Mouse, Arikara

High in the Big Horn Mountains at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, lies the Medicine Wheel (above) — a place of worship, a National Historic Site, and an archeological mystery.

It is believed that between A.D. 1200 and A.D. 1700, hundreds of limestone rocks were placed in the shape of a wheel roughly 80 feet in diameter. Twenty eight spokes radiate from a central cairn to six smaller cairns around the rim.

Who built this and why?

No one knows for sure, but Native American beliefs and archeological evidence point to its use as a spiritual site. Many people still come to the Medicine Wheel and Medicine Mountain for inspiration, solitude, meditation and vision questing.

The Medicine Wheel was given protection and nominated to the National Register by local Big Horn Basin communities. The site is protected by federal antiquity laws under administration of the Forest Service.

– site placard

The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the dust and blood of our ancestors.

– Chief Plenty Coups, Crow (1848 – 1932)

WARRIORThe song that I will sing is an old song, so old that none knows who made it. It has been handed down through generations and was taught to me when I was but a little lad. It is now my own song. It belongs to me. This is a holy song (medicine-song), and great is its power. The song tells how, as I sing, I go through the air to a holy place where Yusun (The Supreme Being) will give me power to do wonderful things. I am surrounded by little clouds, and as I go through the air I change, becoming spirit only.

– Geronimo, Apache (1829-1909)

DAN GEORGEThe time will soon be here when my grandchild will long for the cry of a loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles, or the screech of an eagle.

But he will not make friends with any of these creatures and when his heart aches with longing, he will curse me.

Have I done all to keep the air fresh?

Have I cared enough about the water?

Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom?

Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild’s fondness?

– Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh (1899 – 1981)

Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.

– Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux (1863-1950)

 

Children were encouraged to develop strict discipline and a high regard for sharing.

When a girl picked her first berries and dug her first roots, they were given away to an elder so she would share her future success.

When a child carried water for the home, an elder would give compliments, pretending to taste meat in water carried by a boy or berries in that of a girl.

The child was encouraged not to be lazy and to grow straight like a sapling.

– Mourning Dove (1888-1936)

SPIRIT WORLDBeing is a spiritual proposition. Gaining is a material act. Traditionally, American Indians have always attempted to be the best people they could. Part of that spiritual process was and is to give away wealth, to discard wealth in order not to gain.

Russell Means, Republic of Lakotah
(Activist, actor 1939-2012)

The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass,
speaks to me.

The summit of the mountain,
the thunder of the sky,
the rhythm of the sea,
speaks to me.

The strength of the fire,
the taste of salmon,
the trail of the sun,
and the life that never goes away,
they speak to me.

And my heart soars.


– Chief Dan George
, Tsleil-Waututh (1899 – 1981)

How to be in the Youniverse

We are the only species with the toxin of self doubt written into our genetic code. Unequal to our gifts, we build, we buy, we consume. We wrap ourselves in the illusion of material success. We cheat and deceive as we claw our way to the pinnacle of what we define as achievement. Superiority to other men. Supreme to the yellow man, the red man and the rest. Wars fought over gods, my god is the one true, most powerful high and not yours. Is there anything here in this place that one might hold up, put on a pedestal and point towards as his representation of something Divine.

I find the most profound sentence “I want the peace of God” in A Course In Miracles to be something one could center his entire Youniverse around for the duration of a lifetime. It goes on to say:

To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything. If you could but mean them for just an instant, there would be no further sorrow possible for you in any form; in any place or time. Heaven would be completely given back to full awareness, the memory of God entirely restored, the resurrection of all creation fully recognized.

However, from experience I agree that a certain degree of experience seems necessary in order to say the words and mean them. For example, a young pup would yap at the idea. Why would a person of youth and vigor want or mean such a thing with his or her entire life in on the horizon. I recognize the spirit of challenge and accomplishment while young and energetic and still find it in myself at times. More and more I seek to fall into the radical path of peace. For you and I though, the ones who have been through the trials and tribulations, who look back with no regret but are wiser for it; can we say it and mean it?

I once found myself on the beach in North Carolina thoroughly enjoying the day. Soon I found myself thinking about starting a new venture for financial gain. And just like that my mind was transformed forward in time to what could be. On another occasion my mind wandered back to a time when I was in high school, it wandered through the day until it landed on some incident that had played in my mind before, and just like that I was in the past and not on the beach. I think this is the condition of most peoples mind. Always somewhere else. It is said frequently in these days and times to stay in the present. And in fact it is always only the present. ~The peace that passeth all understanding can only be found in the present as well.

Have you ever found yourself in a state of bliss. Sometimes you just fall into it and it washes over you, you might think that you want to stay there forever. Five minutes later it’s only a memory. The mind wanting peace but somewhere else most of the time.

It has been said that ”

“Desire is a trap; desirelessness is moksha, or liberation; desire is the creator, desire is the destroyer, desire is the universe.” I invite you to test this theory. I think you will find the next time that you fall into bliss the thing that takes you away form it is desire. But test it for yourself.  Does the desire for things to be different than they are now block you from the satisfaction of the moment. Do we all frequently drag the past over the preset and into the future?

Come on home now

  
This is Big Al Will- I Am broadcasting in High Definition on the Spirit Broadcast Network which is everywhere you want to be. 

May the Love, Light and Wisdom of the Divine shine forth Now!

In the declaration of; teach on the basis of what I want to learn because what I teach is teaching Me- here we go.

There is a proven method of contacting the one true Power Source of all there is, ever was and ever will be. May you find it Now!

     My Dear Brothers in Arms- lay down your sword and your shield for the foe you battle is in your mind. Where else could it be. The eyes are projectors and the ears are speakers and we travel only in dreams. I now call you out of the world of time and space to a new dimension called Now. Let’s look at it together.

     Stand outside the Universe and see that time is only a dash mark in eternity. There’s no rush, we have time- go ahead. 

How could time come to circumvent Eternity.             – ACIM

Time is the great illusion, a sleight of hand.                  – ACIM

     At the beginning of time you wrote a book called A Couse in Miracles with the instruction to give it to you now. To give it to you in this place and time. This is the time YOU chose to wake up from the dream.

         How can this be so? Because I am standing here in the middle of your dream telling you so. Here- I’ll give you a little slap on the face, a lil bucket of cold water- no, don’t want that. There is only one road and it leads toward your happiness and joy or away from it. Chose now but chose wisely. But what is the same and what is different? You will be told!

You may wonder how you can be at peace when, while you are in time, there is so much that must be done before the way to peace is open. Perhaps this seems impossible to you. But ask yourself if it is possible that God would have a plan for your salvation that does NOT work. Once you accept His plan as the one function that you would fulfill, there will be nothing else the Holy Spirit will not arrange for you WITHOUT your effort.

He will go before you making straight your path, and leaving in your way no stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar your way. Nothing you need will be denied you. Not one seeming difficulty but will melt away before you reach it.You need take thought for nothing, careless of everything except the only purpose that you would fulfill. As that was given you, so will its fulfillment be. God’s guarantee will hold against all obstacles, for it rests on certainty and not contingency. It rests on YOU. And what can be more certain than a Son of God?

                            – ACIM 

 Are you? Do you think that’s air your breathing? The body is never at any point real, it is but remembered or anticipated. Come with me on a journey through time and space but don’t blink or you will miss it. Your life is but a page in a great and shining Novel. Do you want to know the ending? Let’s start from the beginning for there the ending lies as well. We journey into a great and shining circle now returning to the place you never left. Say to me ” I intend to go there now”. I say to you ” you are there”. You have now hatched from your cacoon and the egg shells are lying on the ground as witness.

Welcome home!

What time is for by- Big Al Will-I-am

What time is for    

Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time?  Yet that is what time is for; to learn just that and nothing more.

T-15.I.1 – ACIM

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Have you ever had some time off and visited a place and thought; Okay calm down, don’t get too excited because there will be a let down when you return to the “real world”. I would like to invite you to examine all of your beliefs. By questioning all of them for example we can look at what we think sustains us in this world. Everywhere I go I see this belief that the body is the Hero of this dream. We think that it needs medicine, clothing, food, housing, transportation and all of our actions are seemingly based on this. I participate in this as well, I’m no different or better. I am suggesting that it’s all a cover, a defense against the truth. All of our beliefs are a shroud that keeps us mindless and in the loop of consumerism. Anytime we believe we are an individual personality in a world this leads to a letting down. Yes we experience some happiness but only at the cost of pain. Up one day and down the next believing that whatever caused the up has now been lost. Pleasures and pains of the world are two sides of the same coin when we believe the things of this world are our source of happiness. Do you see how “if the source is the world” then we are at the mercy of the world. Live by the sword (the world) and therefore die by the sword (world). So what other source is there of Joy peace and happiness . It cannot be explained, understood or put into words because there is a lack of method to describe it. Words are symbols of symbols twice removed from reality. But it can be pointed to and experienced. The only question now is How. The answer is the reverse of “how” and becomes somewhat how not to. HUH? By taking away the desires and things of the world, mainly time, we are left with “it”. This can be very fearful to most as they undergo this journey. Why? Because if you think that you are giving up something real for something unknown….I say give up what you cannot keep for something you cannot lose. Withdraw to your inner self where all happiness resides. The Universal mind of Love would not have put happiness where it cannot be found, that is, outside of you in the world of ever changing and shifting form. To be in this world of form is a limitation of what you are. That is to put your values of what you are in form. This spirit, Buddha nature, your true self, Christ Consciousness, You at the end of time, cannot be seen, held or grasped with the mind. Some things must be believed in order to be seen. Merely ask to be shown, say show me, I am open to be shown – and then start to look for the symbols. The truth comes to the open mind for a sealed mind cannot learn anything. It only takes an instant to drop into serenity, however it may seem to take time to decide that you truly want it. Over time you will see, that it is the only thing worthy of You, or you won’t and that is also fine. I’m not a salesman, I only attempt to teach myself and since we are one, I can only give ideas to myself thereby strengthening them. Time is nothing more than a dash mark on eternity. Eternity is not time forever but a moment in time that last forever. Fall into that moment that last forever. It may take some practice but that is what time is for. You have made time but you do strange things with it. One can waste time but it also can waste. Use it to escape it.

Who are you truly but an Avatar and what is time but a made up idea of past and future. If we were in eternity and flying over time we would have to pay close attention as to not miss it -don’t blink. In truth, the world lasted but an instant and is gone and we now re-live but a tiny instant long gone by. However there is no need to get involved in what is not needed to be understood at present. The one mind will go before you making straight your path leaving no stones to trip on and no obstacles to bar your way. Nothing you need will be denied you. Not one seeming difficulty but will melt away BEFORE you reach it. You need take thought for NOTHING, careless of everything except the only purpose that you would fulfill. CAN YOU IMAGINE (what it will feel like (what it felt like)  what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time?  Yet that is what time is for; to learn just that and nothing more.

 

This has been Big Al Will-I-am reporting  live and in High-Definition on the Spirit Broadcast Network which is everywhere you want to be.

Entheogens ?

Current Human
Current Human

I had read and heard from dozens of speakers and writers about how research of the benefits of Psychedelics had been attempted in the 60’s and even recently with DMT The Spirit Molecule. I witnessed several documentaries about Ayahuasca and read accounts from Psychonauts such as Timothy Leary, Ram Dass and dozens of others on the web. Individuals were taking pilgrimage to the Amazon to heal mental and physical illnesses. There were books written and studies completed thoroughly and scientifically to the benefits. People had dedicated their lives to the legalization or at least freedom to use these alkaloids for spiritual healing. The medical field had grown to bloated heights and insurance reform was attempted. Indeed it is a monster on the same level as the Oil business. The fight to save the world’s energy resources vs profit for the very few was in full swing. I was witnessing Solar panels on the rooftops of houses and in fields across the country. The attempt to heal the body instead of the mind in the medical field regardless of what evidence existed to the contrary was still in full swing.  No, this is how we do it, this is what we know, was still the attitude of traditional medical healers. Along with the pharmaceutical company’s huge profits, the business world has no reason and no humanitarian interest whatsoever to approve or allow such things. Thirty-five thousand years ago there lived a tribes of we call primitives. Many of these ancient civilizations discovered that the use of an herb in the diet enhanced eyesight which was of ultimate importance. As he went to add this herb into the pot of stew the elders flogged him stating this is not the way it is. Many, many others who dared to defy the customary way or current system have been beheaded throughout history . This is how it is. If there is one thing man has learned from history, it is that man learns nothing from history. The past continues to repeat itself over and over. You, yes you can decide for yourself. Think for yourself, use your power of Socratic reasoning and it will be self evident. The mind is sick that thought the body could be sick would be a how some modern day spiritual teachings would put it ie. A Course in Miracles. Continually attempting to repair the body is only a temporary bandaid for a symptom. Patching up a symptom will not cure the issue but merely hide the real problem temporarily. All healing is of the mind. Just as alcoholism is merely a symptom of a greater issue. Sickness is a defense against the truth. What is that truth?

Based on Moustakas’s Heuristic research methodology seven categories are reported consistently among Psychedelic users.

Spiritual connection

Enhanced self-esteem

Emotional release

Sense of community

Physical healing

Environmental sensitivity

 

Mental clarity and solidarity, fellowship and love, unity and belonging. Sudden cures of dis-ease’s and physical ailments. In cases where the end of a patient’s life certain and entheogens are used the many patients have felt at ease, serene and accepting of the end. For eon’s these have been used. Ioboga in Africa, Ayahuasca in the Amazon, Mushrooms in Mexico and Peyote in Peru. Happiness is pursued by all but in recent times Enlightenment even though many cannot define it is of utmost importance. Many years of one’s life may be invested in spiritual practice and meditation and even then the experience of self realization may not come. Love seems to have been re-defined as a clinginess to another or the love of a possession. How many have actually had an experience of real Love? I’ve asked many people if they have ever felt real love that is not of this world.  I’ve witnessed the blank stares into space attempting to determine if it had happened, making the answer obvious. I think it takes a world of courage to be a who-man. Just look around, simple truths such as “one must love himself in order to love others and be loved in return”, are unknown by most. The lack of self -esteem in many of our brothers is incredible. Ask a sister about their spiritual practice and you’ll get the same blank look many times. Most people believe there is something wrong with their body’s and nearly all people do not have a sense of belonging. Most feel separate and all alone in this world. Even if they do have someone this relationship many times ends at some point and here I am all alone again. I say this is symbolic of our belief that we are separate from God. Separate from God, what does that mean. I remember going to church and Sunday School and learning that God was in Heaven with Jesus and we had to lift up our prayers and shout our songs of praise. It’s would be laughable but it’s a very hard thing to overcome if that is one’s training. If it is not overcome then one’s happiness is always going to be at the apparent judgement of this entity outside of him. There is a light in you that the world cannot perceive. I woke up last night in the middle of a dream. I was standing outside of myself and looking into my chest cavity which was open. A brilliant white/blue light emanated from inside. All of my organs were lit up and the esophagus was a tunnel for the light that went up into my throat and straight up thru the top of my head. I looked like an alien as surely I am. The point being that there is a divinity inside you and no, it is not a spark, it is massive and pure and limitless. But if you have not experienced it, can you or will you take the time to unwind yourself back to that which you truly are? To peel off all of the heavy blankets that blind you. Some would say “well if you don’t get it in this lifetime you always have the next few tries”. But we don’t know this do we. Now I am not a proponent of Ayahuasca however I have read many account of healing and insight.

In order to solve the significant problems we face today we cannot use the same thinking that created them.     

                                                                                     Albert Einstein

TBC’d