Went To The River & Found Spirit

(This blog I dedicate to the Memory of my brother, Joey, who while on earth was a messenger of Love as God asked of him)

Once upon a time, a spiritualist, came to town to motivate people, by giving them the tools necessary to achieve a joyful life and how to appreciate each day they are given on this earth.

However the church did not like the idea of this spiritualist coming into town and corrupting the population. Corrupting?

Leo Pfeffer is quoted, “”…if you believe in it, it is a religion or perhaps ‘the’ religion;
and if you do not care one way or another about it, it is a sect; but if you fear and hate it, it is a cult.”

So, according to you, which is the cult?

Myself, I don’t fear a person or a group that empower and motivates people to live successful, happy and enthusiastic lives. I do fear a religion that says..

Deuteronomy 18:10-13
New International Version (NIV)
10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

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Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. (Ephesians 5: 22-23)

I do a lot of reading about different subjects because I like to write and I also talk to people about a lot of subjects for the same reason, just take out the titles Master and Slave and you have, another group that believes the same, that the man aka husband is the head of the wife..

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Masters and Slaves in the world of Dominance and Submission where, a slave’s primary purpose in life is to serve the needs and desires of the Master. The slave relinquishes all control to the Master, because the slave knows the Master has her well-being totally at heart.

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A spiritualist beliefs are about personal well being, both physical and psychological, which is a very important part of modern spirituality. A person develops inner peace and happiness. Spirituality has played a central role in self-help movements such as Alcoholics Anonymous also. Having worked in that field, I have seen what being spiritual guidance can do for a person and it does not tear down a persons self worth like a cult of certain, “religions”, can do.

As far as I am concerned, there is ONE God, which we all pray to, it is just we, as humans, who pray differently, depending on what church you attend or don’t attend. And I don’t think one can judge another because they don’t pray a like or believe alike.

Why do certain religions try to scare people into believing that they will be punished for any act that is labelled a sin according to man? In the beginning, the native praised the world, the water, the animals, we praised it all and were thankful for what was before us. Then the Europeans come along and poison the waters, the earth, the animals to extinction and pollute the minds of the native who took care of their world. I found a quote by, Annie Dillard.

Eskimo: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?” Priest: “No, not if you did not know.” Eskimo: “Then why did you tell me?””

We were not broke, so what was there to fix?? And now we have people who are following the Spiritual path and helping others to tend to the spirit, only to be condemned once again by certain churches

I know there is an entity greater than myself out there and HE has nothing to do with who is master, who is slave, who is husband or who is wife. HE loves me no matter what my role or title is on this earth.

And I do not believe God detests anyone!!.. I do not fear God, I welcome him, love him and there is no relation among the 2 words, FEAR and LOVE.

I will not judge anyone and their beliefs and I don’t expect anyone forcing their beliefs onto me or judge me for what I believe in.

For some reason, the moral of this story is leading me to feel, FOOTLOOSE and fancy free. J

Wonderful Wednesday: Thoughts From And Of Art Solomon, Anishinaabe Elder

Snowy:

Amazing man!..

Originally posted on Reflections On The Outdoors Naturally:

“The traditional way of education was by example, experience, and storytelling. The first principle involved was total respect and acceptance of the one to be taught, and that learning was a continuous process from birth to death. It was total continuity without interruption. Its nature was like a fountain that gives many colours and flavours of water and that whoever chose could drink as much or as little as they wanted to whenever they wished. The teaching strictly adhered to the sacredness of life whether of humans, animals or plants.” - Art Solomon, Anishinaabe Elder

“There comes a time when we must stop crying and wringing our hands and get on with the healing that we are so much in need of” - Art Solomon, Anishinaabe Elder

Grandfather,
Look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation only the human family has strayed from the sacred way.  We know that we…

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Divorced/Separated? Who gets the friends and family?

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In the past few years, one thing I have noticed is how many people/friends, 40 years and older are single, after a long term relationship, men and women and it seems to be growing. I bet in this town alone, just in friends, I can count 10 and the greater number of those is women. So when you think of those people and the friends they had when they were a couple in that long relationship, then there’s the break up for whatever reason, who gets the friends? How does a friend figure that out? This is not a perfect world, thats for sure. If it was, they say, those little elves would be baking cookies in a tree trunk!.. sorry, still hungry.. ;)..anyway, how do you sort.. friends and family.. when you leave a relationship? Or if you’re the friend, what do you do or did you do?

Simple As Spiritual

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Are you in a cult?, a questioned ask of someone who practices spirituality. I have said before, cults are feared, spirituality is something not to be feared. It is calmness, serenity, an inner peace and the greatest love for life. I hope the quotes and graphics below give some small insight to those who question the beliefs of someone who claims to be spiritual. It is not that difficult to understand, but for some, that first step of letting go of life’s dramatics can be really hard to do. Drama is addictive.. addiction poisons your mind body and soul.

10 Spiritual Tonics

1. Stop worrying. Worrying kills life.
2. Begin each day with a prayer.
3. Control apetite. Over indulgence clogs body and mind.
4. Accept your limitations.
5. Don’t evny. It wastes time and energy.
6. Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition.
7. Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves.
8. Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden your views.
9. Spend time alone for the peace of solitude and silence.
10. Try to want what you have, instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want.

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The Relation Between Long Hair & Extrasensory Perception
(by FactualEnlightenment)

We are conditioned to think that hair styling is important and how it makes a cool fashion statement. But in olden times it was a different story. An interesting find revealed that long hair in men was actually related to consciousness or the sixth sense. Does that sound alarming? Lets delve a bit more into this topic.

During the Vietnam war, special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to look for talented recruits among Native Americans, who were blessed with special supernatural and tracking abilities.

A couple of American Indians were selected and what happened after that is surprising. Once they were recruited, their natural skills and ability to access their sixth sense just disappeared. On conducting a test to find out what went wrong, the older native American recruits said that after undergoing military haircut they could no longer sense the enemy, they lost their intuition power and couldn’t access subtle extrasensory information.

So more native Indians were recruited and this time they were allowed to keep their hair long and on comparing performance of men with military haircut and ones with long hair, they found out that long-haired men were far better and skillful. The results stated that the Native trackers should be allowed to keep their hair long. A special thanks to Indian in the Machine for the truth on Native Indians and long hair.

While reading about this I also realised that Sikhism requires men to keep their hair long and is considered a symbol of spirituality. One of the five physical symbols of faith for Sikhs is, “The Kesh (or hair) reminds a Khalsa to behave like the Guru’s. It is a mark of dedication and group consciousness, showing a Khalsa’s acceptance of God’s will.”

Long hair has long been a common element of many spiritual prophets such as Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Shiva, or the story of Samson and Delilah from the Bible, when Samson lost his strength with the loss of his hair.

Hair is an extension of the nervous system and it emits energy from the brain into the outer environment. Its an information highway reaching the brain, so when hair is cut, receiving and sending transmissions to and from the environment is hampered.
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Leave a Unique Imprint on the Souls of those you meet. Make Deeper Spiritual Connections and Journey to Landscapes of Inspiration and Imagination. Walk to the Edge of the World and Touch the Heart of the Elders. Life is an Adventure of Holiness and Happiness. Sacred are they who Smile when they Love. ~ Micheal Teal / The Ancient One

What’s A Sweat Lodge?

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The center I worked at had a sweat lodge ceremony as part of the healing and recovery program. I know it worked wonders for all those who chose to enter and participate.
I thought I would post what I found with regards to what a sweatlodge is and also a couple quotes I found regarding, sweat and spirit.


“To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.” ~Gabrielle Roth

“When a man is faced with a life or death situation, his spirit detaches from him and remains on the battlefield,” said Staff Sgt. James L. Eagleman, former 1st Marine Division tanker and current resident at Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Camp Pendleton.

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THE SACRED NATIVE AMERICAN SWEAT LODGE CEREMONY

The “Inipi Wakan,” in Lakota “Sioux,” is one of the oldest rituals in North America

1. THE NATIVE AMERICAN SWEAT LODGE CEREMONY IS:
– A purification and balance of body, mind, spirit and emotions
– A prayer circle
– A healing circle
– A transformation of the Old Self into the New Self

2. WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE CEREMONY?
The Sweat Lodge is a round, domed structure about 10 feet in diameter and made with flexible
willow branches. It is covered with blankets and canvas. In the center is a shallow pit for lava
stones. These are heated in a fire and brought into the lodge by the helper or fire keeper.
When you enter the Lodge, you will sit in a circle around the rock pit. The leader of the ceremony
pours water on the heated stones, making steam. Cedar, sage, tobacco and sweet grass are burned
to help focus and balance the senses. When the flap door is closed it is completely dark inside. The
interior heats up, prayers are made and sacred songs are sung. The ceremony consists of four
“rounds,” each lasting approximately 20 minutes. The door is opened for about 10 minutes
between rounds.
A very sacred pipe (“Chanupa Wakan Cha” in Lakota Sioux), or tobacco rolled in a corn husk is
sometimes smoked. The smoke is believed to penetrate the realms of creation, moving from the
dense to the more subtle, thus carrying the prayers to the Creator. Tobacco and herbs are used in
the smoking mixture and are non-hallucinogenic. Indian Tobacco (Kinnikinnik) is a mixture of
Damiana, Coltsfoot, Uva Ursi, Lobelia, Osha root, and Red Willow bark.
Immediately after the Sweat Lodge you will share in a simple “feast” in the Sweat Lodge area. This
is a social time and the concluding element of the ceremony.
3. WHAT DO I WEAR IN THE SWEAT LODGE?
Modesty and comfort best describe the attire for the Sweat Lodge. It is respectful for men to wear
loose, long bathing suits. Women wearing bathing suits should wrap a towel around the waist and
a loose-fitting T-shirt. Traditionally, women wear long skirts and loose-fitting tops.
Shoes are not worn in the Sweat Lodge, but may be worn outside the lodge between “rounds.” It
helps if your shoes can be easily removed. Also, it is recommended that you take a large towel into
the lodge.
NOTE:
• Everything said in the sweat lodge is kept confidential.
• To prevent a chill, even in hot weather, it is wise to bring a jacket or other warm clothing for
after the ceremony.
• If the ceremony is held in the evening, it is advisable to bring a flashlight.

4. HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE CEREMONY AND WHAT IS RESPECTFUL BEHAVIOR WHILE IN THE
CEREMONY, AND NEAR THE SWEAT LODGE?
• The Sweat Lodge leader asks that no one consume alcohol 24 hours prior to the ceremony. He
also asks that no photographs be taken of the Sweat Lodge prior to or during the ceremony.
• Women on their “moon” (menstrual cycle) do not participate. In the Native American tradition,
when women are on their moon cycle, they are undergoing their own powerful personal
purification ceremony. Traditionally Native Americans do not mix ceremonies together because
they believe each neutralizes the other.
• For health reasons, pregnant women should not attend.
• Anyone with heart problems, high blood pressure, or other serious health problems should
consult a doctor before attending the Sweat Lodge ceremony. This is very important.
• It’s a good idea not to eat for a few hours before the ceremony.
• Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day of the ceremony.
• Beginning in the morning, it’s helpful to consider that the ceremony has begun. You will get the
best out of the ceremony if you prepare by being mindful and contemplative.
• Please, no cell phones or beepers near the ceremonial grounds.
• Individuals do not take water into the Sweat Lodge. Sometimes the leader will provide water
between rounds.
• Do not wear jewelry or glasses into the lodge. They can cause burns. For most, contacts are OK.
• The Sweat Lodge area is sacred and you will want to treat it with reverence. This means soft
voices and earnest intent. Please do not shine your flashlights on the Lodge or throw anything
into the fire.
• Please refrain from touching any feather, pipe, drum, fan or other ceremonial objects that are
not yours.
• Don’t walk between the fire and the Sweat Lodge unless the leader or his helper ask you to do so.
This is the energy path that flows from the fire to the lodge.
• When you enter the Lodge, kneel down and say “all my relations,” or, in Lakota Sioux, “Mitakuye
Oyasin,” (pronounced mah-tah-kee-o-ah-sin). This means, “we are all related.” It is a prayer of
oneness and harmony with all forms of life with whom we share kinship in the Circle of Life.
• Once you enter the Lodge, the leader will direct you re which way to crawl around the fire pit.
Traditionally, you go clockwise, however the leader may direct you otherwise.
• If you feel too hot, put your head low to the ground and cover your head and shoulders with your
towel.
• If you initially feel claustrophobic, consider that this is an opportunity to overcome discomfort.
• Try your best to relax into the intense heat. If you feel you must exit, wait for the ending of a
song, prayer, or other appropriate time, then ask to go. The leader will encourage you to stay in
an effort to help you overcome your discomfort. He will, however, let you out. If you exit the
lodge you can ask to reenter, but only when the door is open between the rounds. If you exit the
Lodge, know that you remain part of the ceremony, so try to stay near the Lodge and continue
your prayers. You can also join the others for food at the end.
We will share in a simple potluck meal immediately following the ceremony. This is traditionally called
a "feast," and is considered part of the ceremony.
You may like to bring a supportive "heart offering" of one or more of the sacred herbs to the sweat
lodge leader, Suggestions are: tobacco ("Top" or "Bugler" brands purchased in a small package at
drugstores), or sweet grass, sage or cedar (purchased at health food stores). Such offerings are
traditionally made at some point prior to the ceremony.
In addition, people traditionally make offerings of support by bringing items that are used in the
ceremony, its preparation, or caring for the ceremonial grounds. Examples are: wood, water, food,
and other items that you feel (and learn) will be useful. In contemporary times, money has become a
form of exchange and offering – especially for those not able, for one reason or another, to
bring material items such as those listed above. Money offerings allow maximum flexibility regarding
items most needed for the ceremony. The main thing is that any offering you bring be voluntary and
from your heart. Your offerings are not a requirement for participation. Whatever your offering
might be (other than the sacred herbs as explained above), please give them after the ceremony -
traditionally during the feast or give-a-way. This applies especially to money offerings.
There is no offering that is too small. It is all about your intent and respect.
Sweat lodges are run differently by different lodge leaders. Wherever you go, you follow the
instructions of the sweat lodge leader. He or she may, at any time, change things that you may have
become used to in the past. Changes are based on "being in the present moment

A Double Life, A Gap

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…..she got a palm reading done the other day.. the seer looked at her palm for a minute then looked at her with squinted eyes. She says nothing. She then bends her finger towards the center of her hand and looks at the side view. You have 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy.. Then she opened it up to a flat palm again. Looked at it and then looked at her. You poor child, have lived a double life and still do, don’t you? She grinned at the seer, said nothing. She then pointed at one of the lines, I see a gap in your life, a death, like you left this earth, you died but came back. Did you? She grinned at seer, said nothing.
When we live a life running, yet not knowing where we are running to, only know what we are running from, a double life is needed. The one that is expected and the one no one knows about, but you. Your own private hell, that balances out your heaven. She needs the enticement of her dark to open her eyes to her light. There are days, when the darkness is heavy, a week of no light. A self created world she lives and lives alone.
Some come and they go, but no one ever stays. Only because when they lay their hand on her being, she becomes invisible and they cant stay long enough to see her substance, the real her.
She don’t dream, she envisions the good and the bad and in her visions she fights her demons and wins.
Exhausted from the fight, she needs rest, and waits for that one who can fill that gap in her life, this life and who can rise above it all with her, with no questions.
Where are you? She will know when she finds him, when she touches him and they both become one at the crossroads in her death, then with him she will live again…..
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