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.

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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)

Don’t Worry, it’ll be Coming Around Again

Chaos gives birth to stars.

I know, nothing stays the same

But if your willing to play the game

It’ll be coming around again!

What will be coming around again?  Another opportunity to learn compassion, another chance for Love AND all the lessons present themselves until learned. 

Painting on wood by Alex Williams

Now what would be the point of all of this if any of us refused to take the curriculum? None-no other point. We have fought wars together, loved and laughed for century’s, birthed and buried, through the perils of the tests of time. It’ll be coming around again. Chaos gives birth to stars. Just try and remember, we’ve been in this together from the beginning.  I am your Fathers brother, your sisters grandchildren, your wife in your last life and You. I Am the Hindu, the Buddhist, the Taoist and the Jew. Accept the Love lesson once and for all of us.

There’s nothing new under the sun. I’ll be with you always, and in all ways.

The eye in which I see The Divine, is the eye in which the Divine sees me. So that each eye you witness is your true self looking back. 

The sting of past regrets strikes deep to create unconscious guilt. In this case let it all arise, do not suppress it. Bring it to the light to be dispelled. Grievances with Yourself or others will be coming around within your mind, you can count on it. Eliminate each one as it arises by mentally giving it to Universal consciousness. Pretend there is an great and shining white marble alter. Lay all your hurts and pains, guilts and regrets on this alter.

Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what the universe is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this writing and come with wholly empty hands unto your Inheritance of love and peace.

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The Waves Bow Down Before You

Time alone, every month in nature, overnight and by yourself will work wonders in your life. Why? Lets assume for this article that you are made up of three parts. Spirit, personality and ego. Taking a brief look at each of these, one will see that Spirit is the all and the always, nameless, formless, it is before time was. Spirit needs no protection as it has nothing to protect or defend. Ego is what happened when we split off from the spirit. Ego dies when the body dies. Personality is how you express through the ego. Persona meaning mask is the face you present to the world.

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Klamath River -Alex Williams

Ego and personality are protectors or defense systems that are engaged and on duty when other ego’s are present. When others are not around the spirit can present itself if the mind is quiet. At that time the All and the Always come alive within us. Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed as well as Moses all freed the spirit alone in nature, see this article .

The ego and personality are always on duty when crowds of people are about. This is why so many are frightful of being alone and quiet. They are unfamiliar with the spiritual all and the always. They must fill in all moments with jabber or doing some non-essential thing and must always be around people or they feel alone. One will come to see that there is a difference between spending time with yourself and feeling alone or separated. If you will play with your spirit and become familiar with it, you will always have the most highest and loving friend with you. By spending time in nature with this part of you a guide and muse will appear.

The ego and the personality are like the wardens of your prison. They stifle and hinder the Spirit from arising. They are not fit to run your show and are prone to reaction to surroundings. Cult-ure is the biggest cult of all. Ego and personality are continually attempting to franchise the world. How can I profit from this, is the modus operandi. The world of ego and personality is a world of desire, wanting and seeking. They search for glory, prestige, wealth, happiness. When one is around lots of people continuously he can become caught up and swept away with the group thought system and energy. The spirit is content….

I wear a crown, my crown is not decked with diamonds or indian stones. My crown is called content. It is a crown seldom kings enjoy.   -Willie Shake-a-spear

The spirit is always content and unaffected by the ego/personalities doings. It takes a lot of  energy to keep all the worldly seeking and doing going. Many people never catch a glimpse of the spirit while rushing about the world shows at full speed. To live without this Spirit is to be among the walking dead. The Spirit is always accessible and waiting patiently, outside of time.

Religion is for people who do not want to go to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been and are not going back.

One will never plan his escape from the prison cell of the mind,  unless he first acknowledges that he is in hell. This sometimes sounds like an outlandish remark to the ego. But the ego does not have any frame of reference to what true happiness is. All it really sees is a label he has placed on an experience based in the past. This is relativity. Happiness is then based on how I feel now verses yesterday. Most people only experience this small bubble of

How would it feel to be carried quietly down a warm summer path needing to  do nothing. Nothing to be accomplished, no to-do list, nowhere to be and no time.

We enter this world through the womb struggling to take our first breath. It is not hard to understand why we believe life should be a struggle. Have you ever stopped to ask: What are my greatest fears, what drives all of these struggling actions. Indeed if you are courageous and patient enough to ask you might find that struggle is overrated. If the Spirit is freed then it will direct your steps. The steps you will be directed to take are as light and easy as floating down a quiet mountain path in full bloom.alternative-perspectives-2

Once you get a taste of your connection to spirit and nature, nothing else will do to take it’s place. Once the three are working in balance together…

 a light in you which cannot die; whose presence is so holy that the world is sanctified because of you. All things that live bring gifts to you, and offer them in gratitude and gladness at your feet. The scent of flowers is their gift to you. The waves bow down before you, and the trees extend their arms to shield you from the heat, and lay their leaves before you on the ground that you may walk in softness, while the wind sinks to a whisper round your holy head. -ACIM

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Free the Earthlings!

You don task too much of life, but far too little

What is this blog site about you might ask. Ultimately it is about eliminating the blocks to the awareness of happiness – which has never left you. One might say that happiness can get blocked or covered up with all our seeking, getting and defending.. It is when we simply stop and ask “why am I doing this”, does it bring me happiness, that we might elect to chose differently. Inherent in all of us is complete bliss! Might it be a worthwhile goal, learning to uncover that bliss.

Some might ask about the virtues of struggle and sacrifice and if you feel led to do these things, just understand what it is for. For example, many times it is for the satiation of your very own guilt that you choose sacrifice. In essence one says, I am going to help this person or situation because I feel guilty about not helping this other person from the past. I’ll make up and atone for it here.  Never in a million years did you think to look at your own guilt as cause for your sacrifice.

If one can come to understand the inner workings of the mind, he will give up any voluntary struggle, besides, struggle is highly overrated. He will come to realize that no-one is keeping score, he is not guilty, and has full permission to move about the world in happiness and joy. YOU ARE NOT GUILTY! You owe nothing to anyone, and in fact you will bring about much peace by learning to be happy. It is your single greatest gift to the Universe. Today and everyday from this point forward remind yourself of this and give yourself full permission to be completely happy and guilt free.

Q: I was always taught that God IS keeping score, and that we have to atone for our sins and ask forgiveness.

A: My child, believe what you will,  but God will never have any need to offer you forgiveness, because he has never condemned you in the first place. What has never condemned, has no need of forgiveness. Unconditional Love is just that – Unconditional!

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Trust would solve all of your problems NOW!

A business owner sits at his desk in the rear of his shop. Sales are slow, inventory was ordered that was sure to sell but has not. Advertising bills pile up while no customers come into his store. Stressed, he spends more time at work attempting to remedy the situation. His home life is a wreck. He leaves for work before his family awakes and comes home after they are asleep. Finally he makes a decision to sell his shop. Soon he finds a buyer but with one hitch, this buyer wants him to stay on and run the store. He agrees, and sells the shop. The same problems exist but somewhere in his mind he acknowledges the idea that they are not his problems any longer. While in fact nothing has changed, he is at peace now. He leaves home at a reasonable time and arrives back home unstressed and able to spend time freely with his family.

This is the power of the mind. This exemplifies the idea of giving up ownership, of giving up the illusion of control, of submitting to a power greater than oneself.

Trust would solve all your problems NOW!

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From my own personal tried and try experience, I can tell you directly and without a doubt that one may experience a tranquility, joy and peace that is NOT of this world. It just takes practice. Thoughts turn into actions.  Since we are in constant practice of one form or another by the thoughts we think and act out, it is with our thoughts that we must work with.

 Learning is for change, and those who cannot change their mind cannot change anything.    -ACIM

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Self Concept VS. Self

 

ee77525ed5c6f27c39d1bc68b145838dThe state that the Who-man finds himself in may be referred to as the split mind.

It is better for one to conquer himself than to win a thousand battles on the field. Then the victory is yours! No one can take it from you, not angels or demons, Heaven nor hell.   –Buddha

As in this example,  there is the self and the one that can conquer that self. First decide if this is true for you. Have you ever wanted to either accomplish something or to quit something? Did you notice two opposing forces at play. One who wants to do it vs. one that thinks it can’t, is afraid or wants to fall back in the conditioned patterns of life.

It has become the human way to take the path of least resistance. And this is perfectly fine, but for those who want to push the limits of the mind, see what is possible and be projected out into the Omniverse, other paths will appear.screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-10-56-59-am

As we travel along the timeline of life, we formulate a concept of ourselves. We could call this -self concept vs. Self. I capitalize Self because it represents our true Self that has never, and cannot ever be lost. It is your face before you were born.

The Conqurer has no fear because it has nothing to lose and therefore nothing to defend. I like to joke about the Conquer. It’s motto could be “freedom is just another word for nothing left but shoes”.  In this sharing today, I invite YOU to identify with this one. This one has nothing to lose, He cannot get back again. Fearless, a thought is given to him, he takes action and it is done. No bickering, debating or analysis paralysis. screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-3-39-22-pm

And so I say to you NOW,  ” You do not ask to much from life, but far to little”. YOU are the limitless, timeless and infinite water. Dive deep my compadre, take all the self conceptual limits off and dream big dear reader, dream big.

Now if I believe this as I tell it to you, what must I also believe about myself.

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Nirvana or Haites

This world is both Heaven and Hell and neither and everything in between.

Why? How can it be both?

Listen closely.

 Nothing you see means anything! 

How is this so?

Everything is neutral. Body’s, oceans, Mountians – everything. The only meaning anything has is what you give it. Because you have given everything you see all the meaning that it has for you, you can withdraw it also.

Do Not seek to change the world, but change your thoughts about the world, and all the world changes with it!

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P.I.P.O    – Peace In Peace Out

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Show Me the Way

I remembered one morning when I discovered a cocoon in the bark of a tree, just as the butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to come out. I waited a while, but it was too long appearing and I was impatient. I bent over it and breathed on it to warm ít. I warmed it as quickly as I could and the miracle began to happen before my eyes, faster than life. The case opened, the butterfly started slowly crawling out and I shall never forget my horror when I saw how its wings were folded back and crumpled; the wretched butterfly tried with its whole trembling body to unfold them.

Bending over it, I tried to help it with my breath. In vain. It needed to be hatched out patiently and the unfolding of the wings should be a gradual process in the sun. Now it was too late. My breath had forced the butterfly to appear, all crumpled, before its time. It struggled desperately and, a few seconds later, died in the palm of my hand.

That little body is, I do believe, the greatest weight I have on my conscience. For I realize today that it is a mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature. We should not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm.

I sat on a rock to absorb this New Year’s thought. Ah, if only that little butterfly could always flutter before me to show me the way.

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The Shepherd and The Buddha

The Shepherd: My meal is ready, I have milked my ewes. The door of my hut is holted, my fire is alight. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please!

Buddha: I no longer need food or milk. The winds are my shelter, my fire is out. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please!

 

The Shepherd: I have oxen, I have cows. I have my father’s meadows and a bull who covers my cows. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please!

Buddha: I have neither oxen, nor cows, I have no meadows. I have nothing, I fear nothing. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please!

The Shepherd: I have a docile and faithful shepherdess. For years she has been my wife; I am happy when I play with her at night. And you, sky, you can rain as much as you please!

Buddha: I have a free and docile soul. For years I have trained it and I have taught it to play with me. And you, sky, can rain as much as you please!

 

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Seeking and Finding -and all that jazz

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One goes to the beach, draws a circle in the sand and then sits in the middle. he then says “I’ll sit here until God comes”

Q: Why?

A: Because infinite patience produces immediate effects.

Q: What effect will it produce?

A: Peace – Make that your God- or not

I am not among the living, therefore cannot die, yet I am not dead.

– Alejandre de la Williams

Just remember that ALL of the Aliens you meet will attempt to convince you that They are in control of the Multi-Verse. Whats behind it all is right in front of you.

One thinks he is a great wave rolling across an Ocean of energy. But waves have a ending as they crash against the rocks and walls of time. Yes, some crest as the ocean floor rise’s and gently wash the beaches of the finite. These are the ones to surf. And this is our dilemma. Am I the temporary wave or the infinite ocean, a ray of light or the Sun. To be or not to be. Surf that bitch!IMG_1668-1

We are all seeking our own absence, but we want to be there when it happens!

And that is the split – the Schism. We seek the best of both worlds. We want the Peace, Freedom, liberation of the infinite and yet we want to “be”. Can we have the best of both worlds, a little Heaven right here on earth, a happy dream. Can we dream ourselves right out of here by climbing the ladder of our own Double Helix in the DNA. Go to Golgotha (the place of the skull) and experience our resurrection up and out of the Crown Chakra. Hmmm, a resounding Hell Yes.

Time is the great illusion, a sleight of hand, an idea fabricated. Yet how can time come to circumvent eternity. How might one come to know this through experience. How can one be expected to lay down everything his world is built on, throw it aside and KNOW that he is infinite except through an experience of timelessness. To experience timelessness is to experience his absence.

If time were to be a picture from eternities viewpoint, what would it look like?

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If a Spaghetti noodle were to be our prop to represent linear time, then simply turn it on end to face you. That is time as seen from eternity.

This world is built on sand and the waves of this world are constantly shifting and changing the landscape. There is no certainty here, no justice. To have the experience is to experience absence. Do not make yourself as big as the world as to not have an experience of the infinite. Lay down your sword and shield and become a passersby or a purple chicken liver.

 

 

 

What is seeing, cannot be seen. What is hearing cannot be heard. The seeker is the sought.

Q: Become a passersby? Why do I have to do that?

A: Those whom have an investment in this world cannot be a reliable witness to the One Life.

Get to work, watch the stock market, perform the job, take care of the kids, save for retirement, maintain the friendships, mow the yard, mow over the flowers -because who even sees them anymore. Moreover each one of us has a huge investment in “me”. Look at my education, all the lessons I have painfully learned, all my struggling to get to wherever I am, my mortgage, my climbing the ladder at work………………………………”me”.

Q: All the lessons I have painfully learned- don’t they have meaning?

eyesopenA blind man learns his way around the world not through happy lessons but painful ones. Thus he learns which doors are closed and which are open, never to attempt the closed doors again. The world the sightless see must be imagined. Yet the lessons they have learned keep them blind!

One is before the senses. Yes, you are the wave that will eventually dissipate. The body is a communication device to be laid down when it’s usefulness is over. But one is also the universal ocean. To realize one is not only the wave is to come to know yourself as the ocean.

What is looking is what one looks for

Understand that you are the world and the world is you. Therefore seeking in the world will avail you nothing. Therefore turn inward. You know how to do this but have forgotten, because you do not believe anything is there. Seeking but never finding is hardly joyous. You will seek, for this you came. Where you seek is up to you. Surely it is apparent to you that the world does not offer what you seek for.images

Seek not for death, this is death. Be the One life. Be what you are.
Any going out will avail nothing. If one is everything how could he separate out one thing and then attempt to find freedom through that object. Any attempt to add a thing to him will only possess him.

What is the sound of silence? Does stillness speak? What is the sound of one hand shaking your face? Refuse to die, it will cost you mire than you can pay. It is completely necessary for you to be totally confused. Bringing chaos into order is never the case.

Now, Cupid shooting his arrow at the beloved is a criminal action. This is something that everyone should look at -or not. As soon as Love is attached to an object or in this case shot at a Human or animal and penetration is made, then a equal an opposite reaction will take place. If that object of love dies or you lose it them pain of loss occurs. imagesSo the only way to avoids that is to die before that object is taken. Just kidding. Don’t shoot your love at an object, Just be love, just be in love with life, which is no object.

You are the dreamer and I am just a dream.