Earth People Magazine
Volume 1 Number 3
Sitting Owl’s Editorial
What Has Happened To My People
By: Melinda A. Mac Beth
May You Have
By: Thoughtful Themes
By: Dr. Rangimarie (Rose) Turuki Pere
Toning – The Art of Sound
By: Raven Wi’
In Life’s Garden
By: Thoughtful Themes
Dreams, Mythology and Symbolism
An Indian Prayer
The realization of your Bliss, which is your True Being,
comes when you can live any passing moment of your life
without being influenced by any Fears, Desires, or Social Duties
to live any particular way.
As adapted by Sitting Owl from the Quote
By: Joseph Campbell
Sitting Owl's Editorial
Just a short editorial this time.
I have been in contact with Frank Cullen of Thoughtful Themes, a supplier of some very thought provoking information. I have included some of this work, and hope to include more in future issues.
I am feeling very blessed to have permission from Dr. Rangimarie (Rose) Turuki Pere to reprint her Maori Teachings. I hope to make a regular addition of this wisdom.
What Has Happened to My People
By: Melinda A. MacBeth
What has happened to my people?
Has liberation overtaken us
So much that men have lost their identities?
And modern learned psychologists,
Following their books
With the reverence of a bible,
Gotten so socially blind
They cannot see the path to hell they pave?
What has happened to the value of
Life, property and privacy,
Helping thy brother, loving thy mother, and
Doing unto others?
What has happened to the right of
Parents, teachers and the common law?
As I lock my doors for safety,
I cannot help but wonder
What has happened to my people?
I AM VERY ACCOMMODATING
By: Margaret E. White
I ask no questions.
I accept whatever you give me.
I do whatever I am told to do.
I do not presume to change anything you think, say or do; I file it away in perfect order, quickly and efficiently, and then I return it to you exactly as you gave it to me.
I am the reservoir into which you toss anything your heart or mind chooses to deposit there.
I work night and day; I never rest, and nothing can impede my activity.
The thoughts you send to me are categorised and filed, and my filing system never fails.
I am truly your servant who does your bidding without hesitation or criticism.
I cooperate when you tell me that you are ‘this’ or ‘that’ and I play it back as you give it. I am most agreeable.
Since I do not think, argue, judge, analyse, question, or make decisions, I accept impressions easily.
I am going to ask you to sort out what you send me, however, my files are getting a little cluttered and confused. I mean, please discard those things that you do not want returned to you.
What is my name? Oh, I thought you knew!
I am your subconscious.
Regarding consciousness, it is unfortunate that today our mode of thinking is that consciousness only comes from the head, mind or brain. It doesn’t! The brain is an organ that directs consciousness in a certain direction, and the mind can ramble on in strange ways and want things that the body and soul do not want. There is also a body consciousness, for example, when we eat certain foods, the bile knows whether or not there is something there for it to go to work on.
In Dr. Peter O’Connor’s book; ‘Understanding The Mid-life Crisis’, he says:
"For the first half of their lives males have been heavily conditioned into believing that the conscious mind is the centre of their universe and that the ego in particular is the ruler of this universe.
"I find in this modern fixed-belief system, that the conscious mind is the centre of the psychological universe, and the ego the ruler of the system, a strange parallel with the ancient view (some 400 years) that the earth was the fixed centre of the universe and the sun, planets and stars rotated around it. It is as if man has simply shifted this erroneous belief into the realm of his personal universe… In many ways Jung can be seen as being to psychology what Copernicus is to Astronomy."
The problem in middle age, when the body has reached it’s climax of power and begins to decline, is to identify yourself not with the body, but with the consciousness of which the body is just a vehicle. And in growing old there is the fear of death. But this body is a vehicle of consciousness, and if you can identify with the consciousness, you can watch the body go like an old car. But it is predictable. And then gradually, the whole thing drops off, and consciousness rejoins consciousness.
Out in the bush, where I now live, you can see all sorts of different consciousnesses relating to each other. There is a plant consciousness, an animal consciousness and a mineral consciousness, and we as humans share all of these because we eat these things, we assimilate, absorb, these energies along with the matter.
Regarding consciousness, Fred Alan Wolf says that: “I realised that my body is a materialisation of my unconsciousness. My body is not a symbolism of my unconsciousness. It is my unconsciousness.” This gave him the connection between how addiction and the unconscious are related, saying; “Our bodies become addicted to material substances. In the same way, our consciousness becomes addicted to material form. It is an addiction or, perhaps less strongly put, a desire to have something rather than nothing.” But this opens up a whole new subject about a social problem that can be solved with an understanding of Shamanic Consciousness.
A brief description of this altered state of consciousness can best be described in the following passages. The first of which is from ‘The Truth About Shamanism’ by Amber wolf, and the second is from’ Shamanism – A Beginners Guide’ by Teresa Moorey:
"To understand the sacred, other world journey of the shaman, it is necessary to first understand shamanic consciousness. To begin with, consciousness is usually divided into two primary types:
"1. The focused, waking consciousness in which we are alert and aware of our surroundings,
"2. The unfocused, non-waking consciousness in which, we are either dreaming or unconscious of our surroundings."
"Simply put, shamanic consciousness blends the focused awareness of waking consciousness with the unfocused flow of dreams, inner vision, and non-waking consciousness….
"Shamanic consciousness is a special altered state of consciousness in which the shaman is able to view his/her surroundings as a non-ordinary reality. The shaman is aware of the concrete levels of reality that include the everyday world of humankind. The shaman is also aware of the abstract world of Nature energies and Spirit.
"For the shaman, both the concrete and abstract levels have significance, meaning, and validity. The shaman has the ability to draw information and wisdom from all levels, and the abilities to not confuse them with each other….
"Carl Jung, the great Western psychoanalyst and mystic, once compared the mind of man to a large apartment building. While most people in an apartment building are familiar with a few floors and a few other residents of the building, very few know them all. The shaman, as an explorer and experimenter in mind and consciousness, strives to “visit all the floors and residents.” He/she is then able to return to his/her own “apartment” without getting lost."
"The shamanic state, especially at its inception, has been likened to forms of mental illness, such as schizophrenia. There are several points in connection with this. Firstly, while the shaman may begin her career in crisis, she certainly does not remain so, for the point of shamanism is controlled spirit-flight and effective use of transcendent states. Secondly, any ‘dualistic’ perception within society, such as good/bad, spirit/matter, light/dark, which occurs in many cultures, is bound to provoke crisis in one whose mystical experiences go beyond this resolution into opposites, at once unifying them and rendering them meaningless. Third, our attitude to such illnesses as schizophrenia may just be misleading, for though these conditions entail an undeniably great degree of suffering, we totally fail to consider any possibility of the sacrality of these states or the possibility of spiritual revelation in connection with them – for instance, Mongolian lamas may advise the mentally unbalanced to become shamans…
"As a mediator between the comprehensible and the non-comprehensible, the unnameable, the shaman could make a perilous world seem manageable."
For a detailed understanding of shamanic consciousness I would recommend reading ‘The Eagle’s Quest’ by Fred Alan Wolf.
Joseph Campbell says that the whole world is informed by consciousness and that meditation is the transformation of consciousness. Saying that:
“All of life is a meditation, most of it unintentional. A lot of people spend most of life meditating on where their money is coming from and where it’s going to go. If you have a family to bring up, you’re concerned for the family. These are all very important concerns, but they have to do with physical conditions mostly. But how are you going to communicate spiritual consciousness to the children if you don’t have it yourself? How do you get that? What myths are for, is to bring us into a level of consciousness that is spiritual… Every God, every mythology, every religion is true in this sense; it is true as metaphorical of the human and cosmic mystery.”
This Great Mystery can never be explained in any other form because myths and dreams come from realisations that have to find expression in symbolic form, and because they are manifestations of the energies within us, moved by the organs of the body including the brain.
The following, I believe is the crux to understanding life and why we have all the problems that we do. If you can follow it, it will also explain the importance of understanding the duality of our existence.
People say that seeing is believing, but they have it wrong because believing is seeing. Each of us creates the reality we see from our beliefs. Recording a clear image of an object in our mind creates an object clearly in the world. We see what we want to see. This is something like thinking of an ice cream. If you think it clearly enough and often enough, you will go and get one at any cost. Creating one in the real world.
According to Fred Alan Wolf, it is in Mythos, Mythic Time or Mythic Reality that nothing physically exists except as all possibilities. This is the Quantum Body, or consciousness, where will and intent live together in our conscious mind. However everything exists physically in Cronos as the real truth in our unconscious, mechanical ‘body-mind’, with cellular memories, desires and fears, but no will or intent, or heart and soul. So everything that actually exists, does so at the price of having no conscious knowledge of itself, and therefore relies on sending messages to our conscious mind that only acknowledges, or sees, what it wants to. So everything in our conscious mind is in the form of symbols and metaphors, and is factually false unless it has a direct communication with the unconscious ‘body-mind’. This communication is what is known as Shamanic Consciousness, and can be accessed when the body-mind is dying or thinks it is dying, as it prepares for it’s next stage of the universal cycle of consciousness.
May You Have
By: Thoughtful Themes
May You Have
Enough happiness to keep you sweet,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
Enough hope to keep you happy,
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough wealth to meet your needs,
Enough enthusiasm to look forward,
Enough faith to banish depression,
to make each day better than yesterday.
By: Rangimarie (Rose) Turuki Pere
Te Aorangi – The Universe
A person’s education is based on his or her experiences and understandings.
The University of Ancient Hawaiki is the universe. Education in this context knows no boundaries.
Aroha – Unconditional love is derived from the presence and breath of the Godhead.
Aroha is critical to survival and true strength of whanaungatange (kinship ties, extended family across the universe.) It is essential to survival and total well being of the world community.
Te Reo – Language, Communication
Language is the lifeline and sustenance of a culture. It provides tentacles to link up with everything. It is a form of empowerment as well as a mode of transmitting values and beliefs of a people.
Mauri – Life’s principle, thymos, psyche
Each individual and all living things have a mauri or life principal that needs to be appreciated and respected. How carefully we feel for and consider the mauri of each person and thing affects health, self-esteem and fruitfulness.
Toning – The Art of Sound
By: Raven Wi’
Toning, Over-toning, Chanting, and Drumming have been used for eons by indigenous peoples of the world. In addition to the above mentioned techniques, crystal and metal bowls are still used today by the Tibetan monks to create healing by using a padded mallet around the rim of these special bowls. The didgeridoo, an ancient aboriginal wooden instrument, is widely used for healing ceremonies as well as entertainment. Tuning Forks, which are said to stimulate the vestibular nerves, the basis of our sense of space, proportion and balance are, sometimes, the tool for modern-day therapists.
Sound therapy is being revisited as an extremely powerful tool for personal growth and transformation. Many holistic practitioners believe we are each a vibrational energy system whose patterns of intention, consciousness and information can be expressed dynamically through the human voice. It is believed that sound vibrations can directly align all energy fields, especially when using our own voice. Not only will toning increase energy in the body, well being and healing, but also if used for positive means, can help with the healing of another.
As noted in Sound as Medicine, “Toning is a practice, which refers to the intentional elongation of a vowel sound using the voice. In other contexts, it is a term used to refer to stimulating health, invigorating the body, or as in a ‘tonic’ a medicine to balance the body. Toning is usually done with one tone, which differentiates it from chanting which involves multiple notes in sequence. This is a process of allowing one’s own voice to find and produce notes needed by one’s own body. Don Campbell states that when we do this for long periods “…we can stimulate the limbic area [of the brain] to reduce stress and give us a sense of well-being.
“Toning creates a deep sense of being bonded within ourselves. We can reach a state of contentment in a safe and fully aware state of mind.” Stephen Halpern suggests singing in the shower: “The hard reflective acoustical surfaces in the bathroom enhance the voice. Just toning certain vowels by hitting a low note and creating a gradual glissando to a high pitch will trigger some interesting responses in the body.”
Toning in a group creates a synergistic effect. When two or more people create separate harmonics, a third harmonic occurs. Barbara Marciniak, in her book, ‘Bringers of the Dawn’ states, “When you tone with others, you have access to the group mind that you did not have prior to making the sound. It is a gigantic leap in consciousness. The key word is harmony. When the entire planet can create a harmonic of thought, the entire planet will change and return to the power of the group mind and the simultaneous empowerment of the individual. Over-toning is another aspect in which we can learn to project these harmonics into another person with whom we are working. Just as one can project healing energy through touch, as in Reiki, the same can be done with the voice. This is a powerful aspect of over-toning learning to project sacred sounds for healing another.”
Toning and over-toning uses vowels to create the tones used. They are AHHHH, AAAA. EEEEE, IIIII, OOOO, YOUUUU. The EEEE sound is meant to reverberate in the throat. This is created by pressing the tip of the tongue up against the roof of the mouth while making the EEEE sound. It can actually be felt in the chest.
It is best to do each vowel sound three times using deep, full, breaths. I know some people who do this at the start of each day as way to ‘jumpstart’ their bodies and brains. This practice is said to be very healthy for the body, centring and rejuvenating and helps balance the energy centres (charkas).
The didgeridoo is the oldest known instrument in the world, dating back to at least 40,000 years ago. Before the Europeans visited Australia 200 years ago, this instrument was known only to the Aborigines of Australia. At ceremonies, or corroborees, the didgeridoo provided musical accompaniment to dances, telling stories of creation and other myths of their culture and of life on Earth. The Aborigines have described the sound of the didgeridoo as “recreating creation” through the continuous tone, insuring the cycles of life on Earth would continue and flourish. The Aborigines consider themselves as the care-givers of the Earth, stewards of this planet and all of its various life forms. Playing the didgeridoo is part of this continual prayer, which constitutes their cultural life focus.
Circular breathing is a process of taking air in through the nose while squeezing air out of the mouth to keep a continuous stream of air circulating. A good example of how to do this would be to take a mouthful of water, and squeeze a fine stream out like a fountain. While doing this, take a quick breath in through the nose while squeezing the cheeks to keep the stream going. Another example would be to put a straw in a glass of water and blow bubbles then keep the bubbles going as you take in a quick breath through the nose.
Once this technique is mastered, it can be applied to the didgeridoo or any wind instrument, which seals the lips completely (saxophone, trumpet, tuba, trombone, clarinet, etc.).
An important thing to remember is that it is not essential to circular breath in order to play the didgeridoo. It is more important that one can produce a tone easily, clearly, and begin to get creative with it before attempting to circular breath. It will be much easier to first get completely comfortable with playing the fundamental tone, and allow circular breathing to evolve later.
Typically, fine handcrafted brass and other metals are used to create bowls, which produce beautiful singing tones. Another type of bowl is made out of crystal, and sounds much like rubbing your finger around the dampened edge of a wineglass.
Michael Ferguson, therapist, states; “Some people have found that playing crystal bowls while toning or harmonising the voice with them, creates a sort of “internal massage” which seems to facilitate and activate the body's ability to heal itself and increase its vitality. My clients have told me that doing this helped them to feel more comfortable with their voice and enter into a deep space of silence and receiving. It seems that the sound creates a field of peaceful resonance, clearing the mind and fostering a meditative state.
“People have told me that playing bowls in their house helped to clear out any “dissonant” energies, and helped them to relax after a busy or stressful day.
“I have also seen individuals who never considered themselves to be “musical” but were greatly empowered by playing these bowls. They are quite beautiful to hear and simple to play. Some have also reported that it has assisted them in learning how to sing!”
Quartz crystal contains the full spectrum of light, reported to be related to the seven energy centres (chakras) of the human body. The human body is composed of mainly liquid crystalline structure bones, blood, DNA, as well as the crystal-colloidal structure of the brain.
Eva Rudy Jansen, in her book, ‘Singing Bowls 1990’, documented the effect of Tibetan singing bowls on the human brain. It was found that among tones produced by these bowls, there is a measurable wave pattern equivalent to the alpha waves produced by the brain state associated with deep meditation.
Quartz crystal is an extremely accurate transmitter of electromagnetic energies, and is therefore used as the foundation of timekeeping systems (for example, modern watches). This same electromagnetic field exists within all life forms, and listening to the pure vibration of these quartz bowls can potentially assist in balancing and integrating these energy fields of the body.
By: Raven Wi’
In Life's Garden
By: Frank of 'Thoughtful Themes'
In Life's Garden
Count your garden by the flowers,
never by the leaves that fall.
Count your days by the golden hours,
don't remember the clouds at all.
Count your nights by stars,
not by shadows.
Count your life with smiles not tears,
and with joy through all your life.
Count your age by friends not years.
In the beginning of all things,
Wisdom and knowledge were with the animals;
For Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man.
He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself
Through the beasts, and that from them,
And from the stars and the and the moon,
Man should learn.
Tirawa spoke to man through his works.
(Chief Letakots-Lesa of the Pawnee tribe to Natalie Curtis, c.1904)
The above passage was taken from: ‘The Way of the Animal Powers – Historical Atlas of World Mythology’ by Joseph Campbell. This and other works by Joseph Campbell are the major sources of my understanding of mythology and therefore of life. This is because, in my opinion, no one knows mythology, and especially primitive mythology, like Joseph Campbell. He understood life and the importance of myth so well that his work was the major influence in my own transformation as well as the movie trilogy ‘Star Wars’.
Myths, like dreams, visions and to some extent channelling, come from the energies of the universe and your own mind and body that are manifest in symbolic or metaphoric images. As Joseph Campbell says in ‘The Power of Myth’: “Myths and dreams come from realisations of some kind that have then to find expression in symbolic form.”
Carl Jung referred to dreams ranging from personal archetypes of the unconscious to universal archetypes of the unconscious. It is the personal archetypal images that come from our cellular memories, subconscious or unconscious. These create our personal dreams, and it is the universal archetypal images that come from our spirit, soul or higher consciousness and that are common to all human beings from all times and places, that can be considered mythological. Myths are society’s dreams.
Adolf Bastian (from Wikipedia - "Adolf Bastian (26 June 1826 – 2 February 1905) was a 19th century Polymath best remembered for his contributions to the development of ethnography and the development of anthropology as a discipline. Modern psychology owes him a great debt, because of his theory of the Elementargedanke, which led to Carl Jung's development of the theory of archetypes, besides influencing work of comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell.").
Adolf realised that in the mythologies and religions of the world there were universal themes that occurred everywhere, and he called them 'Elementargedanke' or 'Elementary Ideas'. And the themes that clothed these Elementary Ideas were local and unique in different places, different cultures, and different times, he called 'Volkergedanken' or 'Folk Ideas'. The local aspects are the concerns of Historians and Ethnologists and they make the point of the differences. The universal aspects relate to psychological problems and are associated with Psychology, and this I and Joseph Campbell sees as the most important part of myths. And he sees Carl Jung saying the most, but he called these Elementary Ideas, 'Archetypes of the Unconscious'.
According to Joseph Campbell, myths serve four functions, which are:
1/ The Mythical Function. Realising the wonder of the universe, and the wonder of yourself as a living symbol of the Creator. Also that behind the surface of the forms of the world there is a mystery that somehow supports the surface physical world. “If mystery is manifest through all things, the universe becomes, as it were, a holy picture. You are always addressing the transcendent mystery through the conditions of your actual world.”
2/ The Cosmological Dimension. This is today the concern of science, to show the shape and nature of the universe and it is this aspect that changes according a societies understanding of the world. Early societies related this to the visible world of the sun, moon, and seasons. But cosmology and structure of the world must be shown in a way that allows the mystery and the experience of awe to still come through.
3/ The Sociological Function. Where the myth is supporting and validating a certain social order. This is where myths vary from one place to another and from one culture to another. According to Joseph Campbell, it is this function that has taken over in our current world, and is out of date, in all the pages and pages of rules on how to behave and what you should wear etc.
4/ The Pedagogical Function. This is the function that everyone must try to relate to, and gain from the wisdom of nature, realising the brotherhood we have with plants, animals, minerals and all living beings of the universe. This function of myths is the one that can teach us how to live a human lifetime under any circumstances, as it teaches us the stages of life from birth through maturity and death to rebirth.
Today’s “New Age” movement has sparked a lot of interest in spiritual matters, because spirit is the healing force of life that creates harmony in the world. It’s therefore natural that healing and spirituality go hand in hand. And there is indeed a great need for this healing energy, not only for all of humanity, but for all of life on and within the earth. For our Mother Earth is the one that gives us all the matter and substance of the material world, and it is our Father Spirit which lives and breathes through this material world.
Enlightenment, Ascension etc. are all words used to explain the unexplainable experience of oneness with all life in the material universe or with the spirit of God, Great Spirit, Creator etc. Everything in our experience of life is an illusion because it is in symbolic or metaphoric form. Our physical body is a symbol of God; it is the manifestation, in symbolic form, of the never-ending circle of life.
When we quit thinking about our own preservation, and ourselves (our ego conscious, the "I" thinking) we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness, and what all the metaphors and symbols in dreams and myths have to deal with is that transformation of consciousness of one kind or another. Myths are, and have always been, here to help us understand life; the only trick is to find the message that is behind the metaphors and symbols of the mythological stories.
Because all native people worldwide relate intimately with the nature of earth and sky, they all have a shamanic base; in fact, all different religions began with a shamanic base, but in varying degrees have missed the messages within the mythological stories and religious texts. It is the native cultures that have kept their simple shamanic ways of understanding the nature of the universe.
The shamans of the world have been given different names in different cultures, just as the different cultures have different names for God. The Native Americans refer to them as Medicine Men and Women; the Traditional Aboriginals here in Australia refer to them as Clever Men and Women.
These shamans are those people who have been called to the spirit realms, often via a type of schizophrenic crack up, and from this time on they become personally familiar with all the natural forces, energies, or spirits of the universe. This is because their consciousness spends a lot of time travelling with spirit to the many realms of The World Tree, from the Under-world roots of birth, death, survival and unconscious energies to the Upper-world fruits of higher consciousness and being at one with The Creator, God etc. (see my article on 'Duality and the Order of Life and Energy'). Most people, on the other hand, spend most, if not all, their conscious time and effort in the Middle-world of conscious thoughts but visit these other worlds at night in dreams. The Middle-world is governed by our normal material five senses, but there are another five mythical senses that shamans use, which I will go into in 'Duality and the Order of Life and Energy'.
The shamans and mystics of the world are equivalent to the artists and poets of our modern Western culture. In fact, the shamans of the past have been responsible for much of the rock art and mythological stories that are still relevant to us today, if only we can understand the messages behind the symbolism. These shamans, mystics, artists and poets have experiences with the spirits or energies of the ‘Other-worlds’ in an altered state of consciousness. Then they come back to the Middle-world of physical consciousness to try to communicate to the rest of us what they experienced and learnt in the Other-worlds, which is an experience that can only be described or communicated in symbolic or metaphoric form. This shared experience is what will often become a tradition or religion.
It is because of this symbolic nature of dreams and mythology that I teach no belief system. As I only ask everyone to experience their own worlds, discuss or share their experiences as best they can, and to follow their own path of heart, or as Joseph Campbell calls it, their BLISS (see the home page).
The most important underlying aspect of Shamanism and all of the native mythology is the connectedness of all things, and the experience of nature, both the human nature within and the universal nature around us. The best example of discussing this connectedness is with the words Chief Seattle as follows:
“The president in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?
“Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.
“We know the sap which courses through trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man, all belong to the same family.
“The shinning water that moves in the streams and the rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each ghostly reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.
“The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness you would give any brother.
“If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all life it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also receives his last sigh. So if we sell you our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.
“Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother. What befalls the earth befalls the sons of earth.
“This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
“One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on it creator.
“Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the sent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted by talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is it to say good-bye to the swift pony and the hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.
“When the last Red Man has vanished with his wilderness and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Ill there be any of the spirit of my people left?
“We love this earth as a newborn loves its mothers heartbeat. So, if e sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land, as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children and love it, as God loves us all.
“As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you. One thing we know: there is only one God. No man, be he Red Man or White Man, can be apart. We are brother after all.’
An Indian Prayer
O’ Great Spirit Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
Hear me! I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty,
and make my eyes ever behold the red purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
You have taught my people,
Let me learn the lessons You have hidden in every leaf and rock,
I seek strength not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me always ready to come to You with clean hands and straight eyes,
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame.
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