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4:57 AM  [25 Jul 2007 | Wednesday]

Elder's Meditation

"People need to wake up. They can't hear God's voice if they're asleep."
--Vernon Cooper, LUMBEE
Black Elk, a Sioux, talks about the hoop of many hoops. He says that above the people is a hoop, a conscience, the total belief of the people. If the hoop is sick, meaning dysfunctional, co-dependent, a lot of alcoholism, family abuse, violence, racism and sexual abuse, the people can get used to this and think this is normal. In other words, the people are asleep. If we have left the spiritual way of life, the people are asleep. If we are giving our power to another entity, the people are asleep. In most tribes, there are Coyote Clans. The job of the Coyote Clan people is to wake the people up. They need to become a nuisance and irritate the people. We must return to the spiritual walk.

Oh Great Spirit, keep me awake today. Let me hear the voices of our ancestors...let me hear the voices of the Grandfathers. Because everybody is doing it doesn't make things right. Let me hear the truth today and become a coyote for the people. Give me the courage to be willing to be different. Let me walk straight on the Red Road.

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3:39 AM  [15 Jul 2007 | Sunday]

Elders Meditation

Elder's Meditation of the Day - July 15
"We are nothing compared to His power, and we feel and know it."
--Black Hawk, SAUK
Inside of every man and woman is a place of knowing. In this place is the knowing that there is a Great One, the Great Mystery, the Holy One, the Great Spirit. We can deny this all we want but we know what we know. This place of knowing is at the very center of our being. It is gratifying to know that God cannot leave us. It is said we are spiritual beings trying to be human. With this power in our lives, we can accomplish much. We can do many good things for our people.

Oh Great Spirit, I know of Your power. I love the days when I can feel Your presence. Let today be one of those days. Let me walk today in Your beauty.

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1:19 AM  [23 Feb 2007 | Friday]

Disciple of Christ?

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians

and anxiously wait for my reply

thinking your words warm my heart.

Instead they send a chill down my spine.

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians.

Be my Indian guide; take me to your people.

Be my Tonto; I'll be your Lone Ranger.

I'll be your Custer; you be me White-Man-Owns-Him.

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians.

You've always dreamed of this:

A two-week adventure with lifetime bragging rights,

Indians left to live or die with the consequences.

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians.

Have you, your church, your denomination

ever opposed the slaughter, the theft of land,

the termination of our ways of life?

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians.

Is this the burden of Columbus and Smith,

of Bradford and Amherst and Sevier,

of Wayne and Harrison and Dawes?

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians

to kill the Indian but save the man?

The only good Indian is the one who died

or behaves as one already dead.

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians.

Is this the burden of the gospel of greed

that comes calling itself civilization

preaching the salvation of selfishness?

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians.

Is this the burden of a cannibal culture

prowling around, looking for one to devour,

crossing earth and sea for a single convert?

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians.

Who am I to pass judgment on another?

But, you will know them by their fruits.

Grapes will never grow on sawbriers.

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians.

Did Creator lay such a burden on your heart?

"My burden is light," the Great One says.

"You are the burden and I will cast you off."

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians.

The white man's burden lays a heavy load

that bends and breaks the backs

of all for whom he is burdened.

 

A burden for the Indians, you say

you have a burden for the Indians,

and you anxiously wait for my reply.

GET OVER IT! I say; then maybe we Indians can

get over 500 years of your burden lain on us.

 

For those non-Indians who feel they have a burden for the Indian:  The "white-man's burden has consistently made things worse for American Indian people.  You may be thinking that what you are feeling inside is different.  I hope it is.  Are you willing to help without seeking to control?  Are you willing to listen before you speak?  Are you willing to observe before you ask questions?  Are you willing to acknowledge the neediness of your own people and of your own self as well as the neediness or "plight" of the Indians?  Are you willing to acknowledge that the healing of your people and the healing of other peoples, including American Indian peoples, is intricately bound together?  Are you willing to understand that healing for Indian peoples does not mean Indian people becoming more like you?  Are you willing to lay aside the idols of civil religion and denominational or religious dogma that you may hear the voice of the Spirit and act on what you hear?  If you have answered "Yes" to, at least, some of these questions, there is hope.  Let's talk.

Native American Indian spiritual helpers live in poverty on a fraction of what white ministers or white missionaries to Indians are paid.  This disparity remains regardless of the level of education achieved by Indian helpers or ministers.  If you really want to help American Indians, encourage your church to get involved in financially helping an American Indian helper who is working within the culture (the only New Testament approach) of his/her own people.  To make this a reciprocal, helping relationship, encourage your church to invite that person to speak in your church periodically (not five-minutes before worship to explain the "plight" of the poor Indian but the whole worship time to meaningfully share in ways that will help the people of your church).

 

Bible References:  Matthew 23:15; Romans 14:4; Matthew 7:16; Matthew 11:30; Jeremiah 23:33

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12:54 PM  [18 Feb 2007 | Sunday]

Elders Meditation

"laughter is a necessity in life that does not cost much, and the Old Ones say that one of the greatest healing powers in our life is the ability to laugh."
--Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
Laughter is a good stress eliminator. Laughter causes healing powers to be distributed through our bodies. Laughter helps heal relationships that are having problems. Laughter can change other people. Laughter can heal the sick. Laughter is spiritual. One of the greatest gifts among Indian people has been our ability to laugh. Humor is natural to Indian people. Sometimes the only thing left to do is laugh.

Great Spirit, allow me to laugh when times get tough.

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8:35 AM  [14 Feb 2007 | Wednesday]

Elders Meditation

"Sometimes, life is very simple, but it is we two-leggeds, we who are thought to be smart that make it complicated."
--Larry P. Aitkin, CHIPPEWA
Sometimes it may take years for us to find out what we are really after-it is to be happy. The Elders say, lead a simple life. This doesn't necessarily mean poor, it means simple. There are some things that makes life complicated such as needing control, needing power or being resentful or angry. These things make complications happen. We need to walk in balance in every area of our lives.

Great Spirit, let me lead a simple life.

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2:14 AM  [26 Jan 2007 | Friday]

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12:06 PM  [06 Jan 2007 | Saturday]

Elder's Meditation

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Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 6

"When we're through with this earth and all these problems, we don't have to come back. But as long as we're here we have a job to do and a purpose to fulfill and that means dealing with the circumstances around us."
--Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

We are put on the earth to participate in life. We have a beautiful mind, we have the ability to pray, we have the ability to change, we have the ability to accept, and we have choices. All things God created are constantly changing. This constant change causes our circumstances to change. Sometimes we say life is difficult. During these times we need to use our tools: the tools of prayer, and the tools of meditation. We are designed to change and live joyfully on this earth. The only requirement for living joyfully is to live according to the laws, principles and values given to us by the Creator.

Great Spirit, give me Your courage today, and guide my footsteps.

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12:12 PM  [04 Jan 2007 | Thursday]

Elder's Meditation

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Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 4

".because if you believe in something, and believe in it long enough, it will come into being."
--Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

We are created by the Great One to accomplish His will through our mental pictures or visions. Our thoughts are three dimensional: words, pictures and feelings. We create the vision by thinking the words and we create feeling for the vision by feeling enthusiasm, desire, commitment and other strong beliefs. Once we create the vision, we move toward and become like that which we think about. All visions are tested by our self talk; for example, "This isn't going to happen, where is the money coming from anyway?" When this happens, we need to let go of the test and focus on belief in the vision. Why? Because God said if we believe it long enough, He will guarantee it!!!

Great One, let my beliefs be strong today. Help me to have faith in my visions.

 

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12:40 PM  [31 Dec 2006 | Sunday]

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Last night it was extremely cold and windy, so I went out to my sweat lodge to get the chill out of my bones and pray in the new year with the Great Spirit.  Getting the fire was a challenge for this old man, but I finally succeeded and got some rocks hot as I prepared for my sweat.

While smoking, smudgeing and offering up prayer, my mind drifted back to the days of my youth during the seventies when the American Indian Movement (AIM) was in full power with Leonard Peltier, Dennis Banks, Russell Means and several other valiant leaders of our people here in the Lakotas.  It was a good time to be alive and proud to be indian, it was a time that we could once again be the warriors that Wankan Tanka had made us to be.

We lived for several years here on the reservation in a war zone as the AIM warriors creapt around from house to house in the dark after curfew at sundown.  Our tribal police had all been transfered to other reservations where they were unknown to the population of the tribe there.  On the Rosebud Reservation we had tribal police that had come in from another reservation.  They rode in police cars that had the windows blacked out and wore body armour and helmets with tinted full face shield so that they couldn't be recognized.  At this time I was living in an AIM house in Rosebud that had mattresses piled up against the walls inside to help slow down the police bullets if it came down to another shootout.  The takeover of Wounded Knee had been a tragedy, but yet some of us continued to continue fighting for our Paha Sapa (Black Hills) back and to be treated as normal citizens of the United States.  We had chosen to become an independant nation within the United States and that was our goal here in the Lakotas.

The wind continued to blow outside the lodge as I sprinkled more water on the rocks for the steam to rise.  It was a sad time for us, but it was also a learning experience for some of us that would later go on to become the elders of the people.  That learning experience was that we had come to the end of our trail, there was no way that the United States would ever agree to our terms and if we persisted all of our warriors and our people would be either dead or in prison. The trail that we were following had come to an end and it wasn't a good one.  We had walked the good red road and we could end it now and save our people at a later time. Even our own people turned against us and called us drug addicts, wineo's and trouble-makers.

I learned what my forefathers had learned. The Great Spirit will never lead you down the red road that He has chosen for you to a bad end, He will always leave a door open for you to choose. I learned at this time that the things that my people had been doing was wrong. The great Spirit came to me in a vision and told me more about His Son Jesus and told me that was the path that I needed to follow.  I have stayed upon that path, praying, witnessing, and interceeding for my people since that time.

It is a good path that I follow today and I look foreward to the year 2007 (Who would have ever thought it?) and spending it here with my friends on Xianz and witnessing to my people.  Thank all of you for your support and encouragement.

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9:45 AM  [29 Dec 2006 | Friday]

Meditation

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Elder's Meditation of the Day - December 29

"What you see with your eyes shut is what counts."

--Lame Deer, LAKOTA

Another whole world opens up when we close our eyes and calm our mind. Be still and know; be still and hear; be still and see; be still and feel. Inside every person is a still, small voice. Sometime it is necessary to close our eyes to shut down our perception in order to see. Try this occasionally; when you are talking to your child or spouse, close your eyes and listen to them. Listen to the tone of their voice; listen to their excitement; listen to their pain-listen.

Great Spirit, today, let me hear only what really counts.

 

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