Walking The Red Road
Our Creator has a plan for all of us. We must try hard to walk the Redroad, and to stay on this path. We must learn to listen to what our heart's speak to us. We must pray and let the smoke take our prayers to Creator, daily. In the morning when the day is new and at night before we rest. We must always thank Creator for our food and all he has given us, as It is He who will always lovesd us and He who made us.
We must continue to take part in caring for Mother Earth as she is sick and in need. She has provided us with all we need to survive. The food we eat, the air we breathe. We must do all we can to make sure she can continue to provide, for the sake of the children.
We must love one another. Love means many things. It is caring, compassion, and sacrifice. and to do all we can to help each other. Whatever the need is, food, clothing, a warm
place to sleep, prayers or a hug, we do all we can for our brothers and sisters of this world. This love is all the time, not just when we want to, or when we have time.
We must teach the children to walk the Red Road, to care for Mother Earth. We must teach them their heritage and their their culture. The children are the future, and if we fail to teach them, their heritage is lost to them, and we as Native Americans may no longer exist as a people.
We must teach them to walk tall, to be proud of who and what they are. We must teach them to fight for justices of all our people ,as a whole. To band together as one people, one tribe, and to put aside their differences, and focus on the rights of our people as one. To stand together as one. To be one strong as one To agree to disagree for the good of our people as a
one. To stand up for the protection of Mother Earth, and all creations on her.
We should never judge another person as we have not lived their lives, nor do we know what their hearts speak to them. If anyone does us wrong, we need to pray for them, not show anger. Show love and teach by example.
We must never disrespect the beliefs of another as we all have to listen to what our heart's speak to us. We have no right to try to change their beliefs and should respect them as we wouldn't want another to do this to us and our beliefs. Always respect others beliefs, ideas, and pray that they will respect yours. Always treat others as you want to be treated. Try to be the best person you can be, and grow Spiritually everyday.
Always know the words you speak can have different meanings to others,so always chose your words so they will not hurt anyone, as they can never be taken back . Sometimes even though you apologize, and even forgiven, there can be scars
left by words can stay in the heart of those we hurt. Always remember this before you speak and ask yourself if your words will hurt anyone before you say them.
Try not to waste time with worry about things that one cant change . Keep thinking on more positive things.
"Melinda Strong Heart Woman"
Osda Iga (Good Day) I hope all is well your way..
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A great friend of mine sent me this and I thought I would share it with you.
The Old Shoe
I showered and shaved.............I adjusted my tie
I got there and sat..............in a pew just in time.
Bowing my head in prayer..........as I closed my eyes.
I saw the shoe of the man next to me.....touching my own. I sighed..
With plenty of room on either side......I thought, 'Why must our soles touch?'
It bothered me, his shoe touching mine......but it didn't bother him much.
A prayer began: 'Our Father'..............I thought, 'This man with the shoes,
Has no pride.
They're dusty, worn, and scratched. Even worse, there are holes on the side!'
'Thank You for blessings,' the prayer went on.
The shoe man said.............a quiet 'Amen.'
I tried to focus on the prayer.......but my thoughts were on his shoes again.
Aren't we supposed to look our best when walking through that door?
'Well, this certainly isn't it,' I thought, glancing toward the floor.
Then the prayer was ended...........and the songs of praise began.
The shoe man was certainly loud...... Sounding proud as he sang.
His voice lifted the rafters.........his hands were raised high.
The Lord could surely hear the shoe man's voice from the sky.
It was time for the offering.......and what I threw in was steep.
I watched as the shoe man reached....into his pockets so deep.
I saw what was pulled out..........what the shoe man put in.
Then I heard a soft 'clink'.......as when silver hits tin.
The sermon really bored me.........to tears, and that's no lie.
It was the same for the shoe man...for tears fell from his eyes
At the end of the service......as is the custom here.
We must greet new visitors..... And show them all good cheer.
But I felt moved somehow........and wanted to meet the shoe man.
So after the closing prayer.......I reached over and shook his hand.
He was old and his skin was dark....and his hair was truly a mess.
But I thanked him for coming.........for being our guest.
He said, 'My name's Charlie..........I'm glad to meet you, my friend.'
There were tears in his eyes.......but he had a large, wide grin.
'Let me explain,' he said.........wiping tears from his eyes.
'I've been coming here for months..and you're the first to say 'Hi.''
'I know that my appearance..........is not like all the rest.
But I really do try................to always look my best.'
'I always clean and polish my shoes......before my very long walk.
But by the time I get here...........they're dirty and dusty, like chalk.'
My heart filled with pain...........and I swallowed to hide my tears.
As he continued to apologize.........for daring to sit so near
He said, 'When I get here...........I know I must look a sight.
But I thought if I could touch you.....then maybe our souls might unite.'
I was silent for a moment...........knowing whatever was said
Would pale in comparison........I spoke from my heart, not my head.
'Oh, you've touched me,' I said......'and taught me, in part;
'that the best of any man............'is what is found in his heart.'
The rest, I thought,...............this shoe man will never know.
Like just how thankful I really am...that his dirty old shoe touched my soul.
You are special to me and you have made a difference in my life.
I respect you, and truly cherish you.
THE LITTLE WHITE LIE
There is a little white lie...that we call history.
It appears that as a nation, the United States government has never considered the original people of the continent of North America to be among "all men" mentioned in the following portion of the Declaration of Independence:-
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- that to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever Any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government."
~~ The U.S. Declaration of Independence ~~
As our government continues to try to go to war against the wishes of ever-growing opposition all over the world, I ask you to consider the recommendations listed in this post to educate yourself about Native American Indian cultures. I believe that the United States government has become addicted to war and it started a very long time ago!
It is through awareness and understanding that humanity can purify the individual and collective hearts and minds, necessary components to bring about peace on this planet. The great purification spoken about in Native American prophecy can be as kind and gentle as humanity wishes it to be. We can either wake up and do the internal work on ourselves, manifesting peace...or continue harboring the fear and anger, manifesting war. It's as simple as that...and it's our choice! It is our actions (or lack of them) that are determining this very minute the type of world in which we CHOOSE to live.
Mankind cannot become healthy unless there is the realization that we're ill and, as a species, we are very, very sick...having spread the cancers of fear and anger rhat we carry within our collective conscious, manifesting these diseases in our outer world for all to see. Our outer world is but a mirror of our inner world. And, we are a world of pretenders, a great majority ignoring the pain brought about by unjustness in the world in which we live. Most often, we deal with what we see and hear through apathy and anesthetizing ourselves with our addictions.
Perhaps the time has come to silence the drums of wars raging within by diligently working on ourselves. Peace within is the only path to peace without. The vibrations of war enslave not only individual souls but the collective soul of humanity as well.
The following information is being highly recommended to the masses on this planet, especially here in North America. If we can begin to see how our government has treated the original people, those we often call Native Americans, perhaps we can see how prevalent the divide-and-conquer mentality has been since the first moment that colonists set foot on this continent already inhabited by millions of people. Most of these videos will not bring about a warm, fuzzy feeling, but having one's story told and being heard is part of the healing process. Please consider educating yourself and your family and friends, especially the children, so that the big fat lie that became the little white lie we call history can be corrected. Even if it isn't pretty, we should start telling the truth.
Those of us who work for peace care deeply about Mother Earth and what kind of world we are creating for all children, for people of all cultures. Knowledge continues to be power, but let's no longer choose "power-over" in our ways of dealing with people and countries, but power used in a wise way for the greater good of all of life, including the planet herself.
This is the time of a great awakening by humanity, but we must not just wake up if we wish to effect positive change in the world, we must get out of bed!!! We have unlimited opportunities to educate ourselves about what's really happening in the world and be a voice for peace. We can also make ourselves aware of real history that never made it into our his
American Indian Religious Traditions: An Encyclopedia
Suzanne Crawford & Dennis Kelley
Interest in Native American or Indian religions has increased among some non-Natives, usually in connection with the New Age movement. This book is not for New Age followers, though. It is for Indians and students of their religious beliefs. It does not, however, encompass everything about the Indian religions, as the editors state. The authors are Natives and non-Natives, and the unique aspect of this three-volume set is that it uses the first person instead of third person. Some of the entries are based on individual Native elders as authoritative sources instead of relying on non-Native sources. The editors wanted to be as inclusive of Native sources as possible, but at the same time they wanted to be sensitive to and reflective of the political and ethical concerns of the Native communities. There is a custom among some tribes of not writing or picturing some of their religious customs, rituals, sacred objects, and other items for the public, which the editors have honored in this encyclopedia.
The encyclopedia starts with an introduction by the editors, then another introduction is given that looks at various sections of the United States with maps showing where tribes used to be or still are. This ends with a very unreadable map - it is too small - of the United States that shows where the tribes are now. After the introductions come the entries of various lengths in the A-to-Z format. Some individual tribes or sections of the country are featured, like in the case of the topic Ceremony and Ritual, which is subdivided into entries on the Arapaho, Apache, Nez Perce, Southeast, and so on. This is usually done when a topic is a major one.
There are short biographies on certain people, like Chief Seattle. Other topics of various lengths include dance, dreams and visions, female spirituality, the Native American Church, oral traditions, reservations, and others. Each entry has see-also references and bibliographies that include books, articles and some have Internet sites cited. There are many black and white illustrations. The index is in the back of volume three.
Suzanne J. Crawford received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is the author of Native American Religions (2005) and is currently an assistant professor of Religion and Culture at Pacific Lutheran University. Dennis Kelley is a visiting lecturer at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The set is a great addition to reference works on Native Americans. It is recommended for any library with a Native American collection. It is a unique set since many of the authors of the entries are Native Americans.
© 2005 by Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B. for curledup.com.