Meditations with the Elders

“Our religion seems foolish to you, but so does yours
to me. The Baptists and Methodists and Presbyterians
and the Catholics all have a different God. Why cannot
we have one of our own?”
Sitting Bull, HUNKPAPA LAKOTA

The Creator gave each culture a path to God. To the
Indian people, he revealed that the Creator is
everything. Everything is alive with the Spirit of
God. The water is alive. The trees are alive. The
woods are alive. The
mountains are alive. The wind is alive. The Great
Spirit’s breath is in everything and that’s why it’s
alive. All of nature is our church. We wake up in
church, we walk all day long in a church, we eat with
our families in church, we go to sleep in church.
My Creator, let us leave people to worship You in the
way You have taught them.
By: Don Coyhis

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Teaching our children

It saddens my heart to realize how many of elders are not being taken care of properly, it saddens my heart that there are not many elders that live in our old ways.

It is rare to be able to walk into a sparse home with wood burning in the stove and fragrant herbs drying from the rafters. The peaceful feeling of being surrounded by those things taken directly from the earth with gratitude creates an atmosphere of complete comfort and abundance in all things.  

 To all of those folks who are relearning our old ways and teaching them to the young ones I wish you many miraculous blessings, and tons of love. You are a rare gem of enlightenment and encouragement, thank you for letting your light shine. ~Kat

GRANDFATHER’S PRAYER FOR TODAY.
My Creator, when we pray we invariably ask you to give us something. Today I pray that I will have the wisdom to give something back.

For generations us humans have assumed we have the right to receive something if we ask for it. Even the Bible says, “Ask and you will receive”. Do we really know what these words mean? To many it can mean having a personal wish list that we can present to the Creator, assuming at some point he will look at with favour. I think it goes beyond personal wishes. Maybe it really means asking to receive the wisdom and understanding to know how to bring comfort, peace, wisdom and understanding in everything we do to ourselves, others and how it will benefit the whole.
This idea of asking and not giving back has led to disappointments and has led to us being more and more a race of takers and users, creating separation and disharmony. We just have to look at how we have used and taken from our dear Mother Earth.
We can do no better than learn from the old ones, in particular the role the Creator gave to the original peoples of the Americas.
A long time ago the Creator came to Turtle Island and said to the Red People – “You will be the keepers of the Mother Earth. Among you I will give the wisdom about nature, about the interconnectedness of all things, about balance and about living in harmony. You Red People will see the secrets of nature. You will live in hardship and the blessing of this is you will stay close to the Creator. The day will come when you will need to share the secrets with the other people of the earth because they will stray from their spiritual ways. The time to start sharing is today.”

Are we ready to give something back today!

Grandmothers Speak

This has a wonderful resonance to it. Author is unknown, but many blessings to her. ~Kat

Greetings,

With all the frightening upheaval taking
place in our world right now, I journeyed
to the Grandmothers to ask what those of
us who wish to serve at this time can do.

Judith.

“Speak out,” they replied, “but speak from
a position of power. Never speak in anger,”
they said, “but hold a sacred space, stand
proudly in it and speak. If you cannot maintain
equilibrium and hold a sacred space, do not
speak,” they said. “Do not contribute to the
present agitation in the world. Speak in wisdom,
speak of peace and most important, be peaceful.
But until you are peaceful, hold, live, and
breathe a sacred space and do not speak,
they said.

“Whenever you catch yourself going into anger
or fear, stop what you are doing, retreat inside
yourself and call on us. These times you are
living in are a great test for you,” the Grand-
mothers said, nodding seriously. “Everywhere
you look now you see the excessive energy of
the masculine ways running amok. It pulls and
grabs at whatever stands in its path, and it
is greedy, always greedy for more. It would
like to attach itself to you too,” they said.
“It would like to whip you into a frenzy too
but being whipped into a frenzy will simply
feed the run away energy of masculine ways
that are out of control, ” they said.

“As the energy of masculine ways gets more
out of control it becomes seductive and smart.
But,” they each said, holding up one finger,
“whenever you find yourself losing your peace,
losing your sense of rooted-ness, and your
stance of power, retreat!” they said, holding
up their hands. “Think of your original
decision to claim a sacred space and hold,
hold, hold it,” they said.

“Call on us,” they said. “We will fill and
anchor you until you become a colossus, a
beacon of light that radiates sacred space.
Ommm,” the Grandmothers chanted together.
“Your commitment to hold a sacred space is
like the om. The stance you take will resound
deep & high, far & wide; it will reverberate
within and without. It will anchor the Web of
Life in colors of Light that strengthens the
elements of Being within the planet.

“What is happening in your world now will
test you. All you have previously been taught
and have experienced,” they sighed, “has come
from a out of balance masculine perspective.
Because of this, at a time like this you wish
to do something good. We tell you, ‘Be good.
Be good.’ Be yourself and live rooted in the
Divine. Be this,” they smiled and covered me
with their shawls. “The winds of change will
try to pull you left and right, knock you
this way and that. This masculine energy is
running crazed at this moment and inciting
all to riot.

“Do not blow with the winds,” they said,
“but hold, hold a sacred space. When you
feel yourself steady, and then speak. Speak
what comes to you at such times and give
voice to the words that arise. What you say
then will be right. You needn’t calculate
or plan it before hand.

“At all times call on the Divine and pray
for all beings. ‘Let everyone in all the
words be happy,” they said. “Pray this over
and over again or say other prayers that you
love; recite the lines that bring you comfort.
Such prayers hold power and do enormous good.
Hold a sacred space and call on us. We have
told you before and we remind you now that
often what seems to be wrong in your world
bears within itself the seeds of right. Things
are not as they seem,” the Grandmothers said.

“An enormous shift is taking place now-the
shifting of feminine and masculine. You are
called to a great work, to help anchor the
message we have brought. As you do this, you
will infuse your planet with the steadying
energy of gentle feminine energy. This will
happen whenever you open to the feminine side
and hold a sacred space. This war is not as
important as the work you have been given,”
they said and I stared. “There have been
thousands upon thousands of wars in the past,”
they said, “and now war has come again. “We
will not abandon you,” they said, “but
“hold, hold, hold, and they intoned.
Hold a sacred space.

Do not forget the commitment of your heart,
your commitment to be at one with the Divine,
to live in communion with the Divine. Hold
steady,” they said, “and then if you feel
drawn to action, go-as long as you can hold
a sacred space. When you are at a gathering,
pray. The good that goes out from prayers
like this, sent in the midst of a crowd is
immeasurable. But if at any time you find your
self becoming angry and losing your center,
withdraw until once again you hold that
timeless sacred space.

“Each time you choose to hold this space your
stance will get stronger. You’ll get stronger,”
the Grandmothers laughed. “At first you will
catch yourself slipping in and out of holding
sacred space especially Slipping out,” they
laughed again. “When that happens,” they said,
“return to your commitment to be at one with
the Divine, no matter what. This is the Desire
of your heart. This is why you took the vow
to hold the sacred space.

“We will help you develop radar and alert you
when you’re getting caught in the coils of
masculine energy. When you become aware of this,
call on us and we will bring you home to sacred
space. This is your home,” they said, nodding
and smiling.

“Holding this space feeds life,” they said;
“and this is your work.” They dusted their palms
as if to say, ‘that’s all there is to it.’
“Becoming a home place others can resonate to,”
they said, ” will help them. When you stand in
sacred space, you create a center of calm. Seeing
your example, others can more easily calm, center,
and come home themselves. But without your work,
without something steady to relate to, they will
be unable to remember who they are.”

“Enter into any activity that calls you,” they said.
“It is your heart calling you, after all. This work
is our mission, and you have enlisted in our mission.
We love you deeply and we will support you.” “We
will always help you.” I saw the depth of love in
their eyes and choked up. I was not accustomed to
anyone looking at me like that.

“Be aware that the pressure and pull of excessive
out of control masculine way is great now,” they
said. “For a long time earth has known nothing
but this pulling. All your conditioning has taught
you to live in a masculine out of balanced world.

“Recently, however, you have come to know the
steadying power of feminine and now it is time
for you to live more in this place of gentleness
At all times you can rely upon us,” the Grandmothers
said; “and upon the deep wellspring of the feminine
within yourself. We bless you. We bless you,
We Bless You.”