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)

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