How can the everyday consumer get bailed out of credit card debt they just can't afford to pay? More families are stressing out over credit cards and other debts and want to know their debt relief options.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
You have the ability to make a positive difference in the world. This has been a roller-coaster time of miracles and challenges. It seems as though these extreme experiences are being used to wake Humanity up at warp speed. No matter how hard people may try, their I AM Presence is not allowing them to push the snooze button in order to go back to sleep. It is time for people everywhere to remember who they are and why they are on Earth during this auspicious moment. Important changes are taking place, and in spite of outer-world appearances, we are beginning to see evidence of people in every walk of life reaching out to make a positive difference.
2009 is numerically an 11-year. Eleven is the Master Number that reflects the transformation of the physical into the Divine. The many activities of Light that have taken place this year have provided us with amazing opportunities to move into the highest level of consciousness we have experienced since our fall from Grace aeons ago. November is the eleventh month in 2009, so we are blessed with the powerful 11:11 numerical frequency throughout this entire month. On November 11 and 29, 2009, we are blessed with 11:11:11 numerical frequency, which will be an incredibly powerful time for all of us.
Whether we consciously remember it or not, each and every one of us has been preparing for a very long time to assist during this unprecedented time. We all have unique skills and abilities that no one else on the planet possesses in exactly the same way we do. We have volunteered to assist in helping to change the old, obsolete behavior patterns that are responsible for the pain and suffering Humanity is enduring. This is being brought to our attention by our I AM Presence, our God Self, because the time for us to begin fulfilling our Divine Missions is NOW!
The only reason we have not been co-creating lives of joy, happiness, prosperity, loving relationships, financially and creatively rewarding jobs, vibrant health, fulfillment, enlightenment and every other positive experience is because we have forgotten that we can. Not only can we create the lives we dream of, this is our purpose and reason for being. We are Children of God, and we have been invested with the gift of free will. Our thoughts and feelings are creative. Whatever we focus our thoughts, words, actions, and feelings on, we bring into physical form. It is time for us to remember this Divine Truth and for us to consciously choose to create the lives we want instead of inadvertently manifesting, through our fears, the experiences we do not want.
It is time for us to reclaim our Divine Birthrights and to fulfill our Divine Potentials. As we take charge of our lives, we will be effective examples for our loved ones and friends. We will be positive catalysts, and the results of our efforts will be exponential. We are all One, and the Universal Law is “As I Am lifted up, ALL Life is lifted up with me.” We can each make a positive difference. As we change our lives, we will change the direction for Humanity and for all Life evolving on this planet. Never underestimate your ability to be a powerful force of good on this planet.
You have been preparing for a very long time to fulfill the mission you agreed to accomplish in this lifetime. Not only do you have the skill, talent, wisdom, courage and strength to accomplish your mission, our Father-Mother God and the entire Company of Heaven are standing in readiness eagerly awaiting the opportunity to assist you. These selfless Beings of Light are with you now. From inner levels they guide and protect you, and they intervene to help you every time you ask them to. You are never alone. If you ever feel doubtful that you have the power to make a positive difference in this world, just remember the entire Company of Heaven is there to help you every time you ask for their assistance.
When you begin to create a plan to make a positive difference in your life, the first step is to take a good look at your life as it exists right now. In order to change your life, you must first be aware of what presently exists. So take some time to evaluate your life as an objective observer. This is not a time to berate, criticize, or condemn yourself for past mistakes. That only adds more negative energy to the situation. The purpose of this evaluation is to help you see what it is you like about your life, and what it is you would like to change. Usually people know their lives are not what they want them to be, and they may be aware of some major problems, such as finances or health, but they have never actually taken the time to evaluate their overall lives. This is a crucial step toward making a positive difference, so invest the time to take a thorough inventory of your life.
In order for you to succeed in transforming your life, you need to plan where you are going. You need to have objectives and goals. Most people spend so much time worrying and dwelling on the things that they do not want in their lives that they have not taken the time to figure out what they really do want. Remember, what you think about, what you hold in your mind and put your attention and energy into, you draw into your life. So it is time to stop worrying about the things that you do not want and start focusing on the things that you do want. Patterns of thinking and emotional responses are usually habits you have allowed yourself to develop without much conscious awareness. Now that you have decided to take charge of your life, you no longer need to just muddle through the day. Instead, you can deliberately control your thoughts, words, actions, and feelings. Since it is a natural law that what you put your attention and energy into, you draw into your life. It is only logical that you take the steps necessary to let go of destructive programming and begin creating for yourself a fulfilling, happy, harmonious, abundant, and peaceful life.
Most people rarely feel that they are negative; so one of the things I have them do is keep a scratch tally for an entire week of every negative thought or feeling they experience. Notice I said EVERY negative thought or feeling. This includes the little, trivial, petty things that you allow to pop into your mind, such as the person that pulls in front of your car that you think is a jerk, or the service you received that you feel was lousy, or the lady at the supermarket that you think is a slob, or the disgust you have for yourself for overeating, or the anger you feel if the car breaks down, and on and on. My experience has been that by the end of the week even so-called positive people have several sheets of tally marks and are astounded at how often they were negative and shocked at how oblivious they were about their negative thinking. So, the next step toward your decision to make a positive difference in the world is to observe your daily responses for an entire week. Pay very close attention to your thoughts and feelings and keep a simple scratch tally of every negative thought or feeling you have. Do not empower the negative thought by writing it down, just keep a scratch tally of it.
This is a very valuable exercise because it clearly shows how many times every single day you are misqualifying energy without even realizing it. Many people are wallowing in the poor me syndrome. They feel that they are really good people, but all of these terrible things keep happening to them anyway. What this exercise reveals is that we may not be doing catastrophically negative things like mugging people or robbing a bank, but we are often nickel-and-dimeing ourselves to death with trivial pettiness.
Once you complete this exercise and acknowledge that you may not be controlling your thoughts or feelings, but just allowing them to happen, you can move on to the next step of changing those bad habits and begin to take control of your thoughts, words, and deeds. Each time you put forth the effort to deliberately program yourself into constructive thinking, the stronger you will become and the more natural the positive response will be. Before you know it, your pattern of thinking will automatically be positive instead of negative, and you will have established a new constructive habit.
While you are going through this process of gaining control of your thoughts and feelings, you need to be tolerant and forgiving of yourself. If you find negative thinking or negative feelings creeping into your consciousness, you need to stop, empty your mind of the negative thought or feeling, take a deep breath, regroup, and then look for the positive side of the situation you are dealing with. Don't give any more power to the negative thought by berating or condemning yourself for the transgression. Just let it go, flood it with the Violet Flame of Forgiveness, and focus on the positive side of the situation, no matter how small.
Begin your new habit of positive thinking by looking for the positive side of every person, place, condition, or thing you encounter. The general rule is that we can easily spot the flaws in other people, but unless someone is a genius or looks like a Greek God or Goddess, we rarely notice their positive attributes. In this exercise you must go out of your way to search for something good in every single person, place, condition, and thing you come in contact with. Sometimes this is a real challenge. Some people you know may seem so objectionable that the only thing you will be able to appreciate about them is the color of their socks, but you must find something good in every instance. After practicing this for a while, you will come to the realization that, no matter how bad things seem or how degenerate a person may appear, there is a spark of hope in every situation and a spark of Light in every person. By consciously putting your attention on that one redeeming quality, rather than giving momentum and power to the negative, you can turn that destructive situation into a positive experience, and you can often give the negative person the incentive he or she needs to find a better way of behaving. This may sound too good to be true, but I assure you that this is the natural Law of Attraction, and it is as accurate and as workable as the Laws of Mathematics, Music, Physics, or any other science.
The next exercise I want to share with you is designed to help you reprogram your thinking with positive affirmations. People who have used positive affirmations have always known that they work, but they have rarely understood exactly why. Now, with more and more research, we are learning how the process works. Through positive affirmations, we can deliberately send forth constructive thought forms that will accumulate additional positive energy and return to us, bringing with them what we are affirming. The difference between a prayer and an affirmation is that in prayer we are usually humbly asking for something, and in an affirmation we are actually invoking God and our I AM Presence to command Universal Light substance to flow through us constructively to create whatever perfection it is that we are affirming.
There is another very important reason why affirmations work. When we make a positive affirmation, we begin with the words I AM. These two words invoke our I AM Presence and connect us directly to our omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent Father-Mother God, All That Is. This all encompassing Presence of God is the Universal Source of All Life. Everything in the Universe is comprised of electronic Light substance vibrating at different frequencies with various densities. The words I AM reflect the all-encompassing Oneness of all Life. “I” represents Alpha, the beginning, “AM” represents Omega or the ending, meaning our Father-Mother God, the Universal Source of All Life, is the beginning and the ending of all that exists.
When we invoke the Light of God by using the words I AM the Light automatically responds. It flows through our thoughts, words, actions, and feelings and obeys our affirmations. Affirmations are designed to help us begin reprogramming our negative thinking into positive thinking. The longer energy is accustomed to flowing through the brain in a particular pattern, the easier it is to just keep flowing in the same pattern. For instance, if we are used to being critical or judgmental of others, that is a pattern we have developed and the energy flows very easily into that groove of the brain. If we want to change that habit, we have to consciously begin developing a new groove through which this energy can flow. The more we withhold the energy from the negative, critical pattern and send it forth through the new constructive pattern, the sooner we will have changed the bad habit.
When we first begin observing our behavioral responses, we are usually shocked and a little overwhelmed at how ingrained our trivial, petty patterns are, and it seems as though it will be a monumental task to overcome them. However, once you begin to consciously take control of your thoughts, words, actions, and feelings, the changes will take place much more quickly than you can envision at this time. Once you really develop the habit of positive thinking, the critical, petty, trivial things that so easily pop into your mind now will not be part of your consciousness. With positive affirmations, we form new constructive grooves in our thinking patterns. For this reason it is important to read your affirmations the first thing in the morning and the last thing before going to bed at night. The exercise in the morning will begin the constructive flow of energy through the brain and set your attitude for the new day.
The exercise at night will help by drawing the positive affirmations into your subconscious mind; so, you can reprogram yourself while you sleep, as in sleep learning. Research is proving that what we think about at night before we go to sleep is carried into the subconscious mind, so it is a good idea to put your attention on something constructive. For heaven’s sake, don't watch the news just before going to sleep.
I AM AN INSTRUMENT OF GOD
I AM weaving my gifts, talents, skills, knowledge, strength, courage, compassion and love into the tapestry of the Divine Plan for the New Earth. I AM responding to my Heart’s Call, and I AM God in Action.
I AM consecrating my thoughts, words, feelings and actions to be the greatest force of good I can be on this planet. I AM making a positive difference every day. Through the focus of my attention, I AM expressing the following Divine Truths:
I AM One with ALL Life. I AM Divine Love. I AM Infinite Abundance.
I AM the Harmony of my true Being. I AM Vibrantly Healthy and Eternally Youthful. I AM a Peace Commanding Presence.
The actions I take everyday improve my family, my job, my community, my city, my country and the world. I have a Healing Touch. I AM communing everyday with my Father-Mother God and the Company of Heaven. Through my thoughts, words, actions, and feelings I AM Transfiguring this planet into the New Earth. And so it is.
(From I AM Cocreating the New Earth. A Book of Invocations.
available on our website: http://eraofpeace.org )
Patricia Diane Cota-Robles
New Age Study of Humanity's Purpose
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The information in this monthly sharing is being given to Humanity by the Beings of Light in the Realms of Illumined Truth. The Divine Intent of these celestial sharings is to encourage, empower, uplift and inspire Humanity by allowing us to see the bigger picture during these wondrous but often challenging times.
Friday, October 30, 2009
"The honor of the people lies in the mocassin tracks of the woman. Walk the good road....Be dutiful, respectful, gentle and modest my daughter...Be strong with the warm strong heart of the earth. No people goes down until their women are weak and dishonored, or dead upon the ground. Be strong and sing the strength of the Great Powers within you, all around you. -Village Wise Man, SIOUX
"When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only 1 of 2 things will happen: either He'll catch you when you fall, or He'll teach you how to fly! 'The power of one sentence! God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor.
God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close. If you need God to open some doors for you have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing." from a friend of mine, Amani.
Concentrate on this Sentence
'To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.' When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'
“If you are a sacred being it does not matter where you live or what you do. All that matters is how you live, because sacredness is part of balance. If you live in a big city and maintain your balance and the purity of your spirit, you can live anywhere. It is not very difficult to live in a protected monastery as a monk and remain spiritually balanced. It is very difficult to have one foot in the physical manifestation of a chaotic city and to keep the other foot firmly implanted in the land of healthy spirit. It is the people of the cities who lose their souls first, and yet they are the one’s who make decisions for the rest of society. They are the one’s whose faces you see on TV every night. They are the one’s people tend to believe, even if they lost their souls long ago. So it is the cities that you need to work.”
~ Agnes Whistling Elk (from the book: “Women at the Edge of Two Worlds” p.136 by Lynn Andrews
French Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise 2
The wonder of beauty lies in its elusive qualities; the way it plays with time tricking one, then many, into believing it exist in infinity. The fact and craziness of beauty lies within its fundamental goal to teach, enchant, and lure us into a state of repose twitching with anticipation. Beauty creates cults, and defines itself by our possessive need to hold it. Beauty is not religion but Beauty is what we believe; what moves us, and frightens us into stories of the formulas to retain it.
But it like TAO and ALEPH cannot be contained. Like OBATALA it is a stream of consciousness changing form and tricking us into believing that old age loses Beauty. But beauty follows us as we change forms from youth to old age. Beauty is the magic, the spark, the breath of Life. Beauty comes from and returns to the Heart of Hearts beautifully like a song sung, or a poem composed. - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Keeper of Stories
I pay attention to the correlation between behaviors, incarceration, men raping women, women and girls living against the natural essence of the Sacred Feminine as a reaction and defense to men’s belief-systems, homosexuality, and the contradictions embedded within the tenets of Christianity in practice in the boys groups, and the men groups I facilitate. This is the simplest way I know to express complex issues around prison that surface in silent lives moving among us who have spent time in prison.
Are we seeing change of perceptions about prison or is money; the chance to profit from incarceration the agent of change at work in how white collar criminals approach restitution, punishment, and predatory sex in jail? According to this website, (Wall Street Prison Consultants) and a few others white collar criminals have courses available to them before they go to prison teaching survival in prison. Among regular folk services like this are unheard of, and as far as I know, transitional programs for prisoners released from jail are ineffective and leave as taboo the face and fact of predatory sex among men and women in jail.
Buried deep in the wounds and lives of inmates, former inmates, and their families lurks the dark hand of a secret we joke about, and deny at the same time. I see its hand in the children I work with. It is the dark side of the political power of the Gay community.
…Our fear of asking the right questions of the issues of our times affects our children. ~ Dawn Wolf
“These pages from your life’s chapters are seeds becoming, growing into plants that expand into the deeper qualities of Life according to your needs, and definition of who you are. Maybe a tree will come forth over time bending in the wind with its waters flowing upward from Earth to Sky out of your womb to the tops of the tree you birthed. Atop the Tree of Life you have ushered into the world through honesty, and pain birds of all colors, and types, will fly into your leaves to play with each other. Perhaps the squirrels and their small relatives will add choruses to their play-songs, and contribute to the dancing leaves chattering under the hot Sun.
The Sacred Process of Birthing tills the soils of your Souls, and the harvest of your life is not the seeds you sowed, but the fruit the seeds your life planted that grew into other lives. Those folks’ growth spaces, their understanding of who they are and the Why of your existence will dance, one day, together. Somehow this makes sense only if one is in the process of unlearning, becoming and not in the anxiety of trying to control what they cannot control.” -Dawn Wolf
In this life, I've discovered that you're blessed beyond measure. Blessed because you've been given another opportunity to live for God and correct what's wrong in your life. Blessed because God's grace and mercy continues to shine upon you. Blessed because God has given you His Spirit to handle all the craziness around you. Anytime you fail to see that you're blessed, you're focusing on what you don't have instead of thanking God for what you do have. Let me say it this way. Whenever you're unappreciative of the blessings that God has deposited in your life, how can you expect to receive other blessings?
In this spiritual journey, you need to know that God blesses you everyday. Can you name a few of the blessings you've received? Let's move beyond the usual comments that He woke me up this morning, started me on my way, put clothes on my back, a roof over my head, food in my stomach, and money in my pocket. Trying going deeper with me for a moment and realize that God gives you peace in the middle of your storm, direction when there's confusion, safety in the midst of danger, and forgiveness when you've messed up. Being blessed is something you shouldn't take for granted. Often times, people don't realize they're blessed because they're so busy looking at the natural and forgetting the spiritual.
In writing to the people of Ephesus, the apostle Paul said, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." Please don't miss this. When you're part of God's family, you live in a state of continual blessings. How is it possible? Because God is your Heavenly Father and He supplies all of your needs according to His riches in glory. Receive what God has given you and be a blessing to others. That's my word for you. Live each day knowing that you're blessed beyond measure. When you do, you'll see yourself growing in every area of your life.
A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met a guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing. She believed him to be her dream guy so much that she fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number and could not find him. A few days later she killed her sister.
She was hoping the guy would appear at the funeral again.If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a test by a famous American Psychologist used to determine if one has the same mentality as a killer. Many arrested serial killers took part in the test and answered the question correctly.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
by Rainbow Eagle, Seventh Fire Peace Shield Teacher
I am a native person of Okla-Choctaw heritage, who has been entrusted and honored, in this Seventh Fire, to offer the teachings of an ancient Anishinabe (Ojibwa) Peace Shield of Truth and instructions to the Human Family one last time. The ancient truths of this shield are older than many sources including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Gathering and increasing truth's power to restore and amplify peace upon Mother Earth is the ultimate purpose of the Peace Shield. A bundle was opened in early 1996 in a special ceremony to begin the sacred mission of the Peace Shield. Contained within the bundle is a sacred prayer pipe and large elk hide upon which the Peace Shield is drawn.
"The Seven Fire Prophecy" foretold of this time to the ancient people. Seven prophets spoke of a Fire or Spiritual chapter, which described things, which would happen to the people. The Seventh Prophet said that native ways would be honored and the Elders would again speak. Also shared was, the light skinned race would be given a choice between two roads: destruction or the lighting of the Eighth and final fire, an age of peace, love, joy and oneness. In addition, the Seventh Fire foretold of the signals, which would be given to Native People so they would know when to act for the good of "All Relations." The signals would include environmental concerns, risks to the destruction of humanity, high levels of technology, Earth Changes, and finally Freedom for Native people to participate in their beliefs.
The Peace Shield is a reminder to Native people that in the Seventh Fire it would be their responsibility to assist and help bring the Human Family back together again. "These original truths of the Peace Shield are to be given to the Human Race for the last time so that each person can have what they need to decide the future of our Mother Earth." The Peace Shield teaches the value, beauty, wisdom and wonder of walking into the future with great faith and absolutely no fear. In the past the Peace Shield provided community and personal stability, it now charters for human kind a journey into the blessed future. The Peace Shield brings this challenge to all Earth Walkers - become more aware of and develop respect for all religions and ways of reaching toward the Creator. The peace Shield has a specific circle that honors and holds the energy of those prophets, messengers and spiritual leaders who are the reflections or rays of light that emit the truths and glow of the Great Source/Creator. Unique to the Peace Shield is the bringing of a "sharing table" into the Lodge of the Creator.
At this table, the Human Family can become aware of our neighbors that share this earthly planet. As each person, group and community of believers’ talks with each other, the outcome promised in many prophecies comes nearer. I believe that spirituality lives first in one's personal expression of truth, second, in the choice to find companionship with others and third in the courage and self-discipline to walk one's talk in the next "fire" or dimension of existence. One reminder is presented here for all to consider.
Sacred scrolls and documents will be brought out of their concealment when the people return to spiritual ways, "By Faith Alone." We must take time to reflect upon our native warriors and aborigines who exhibited no fear in purer cultural times. A significant blessing, and gift, of the Peace Shield is its energy to balance oneself and groups. The task of spiritual beings in the Seventh Fire is the balancing or the strengthening of two aspects of our personal outlook on life. Having achieved this balancing of two truths, there develops within our spiritual being a totally new aspect within us. This new aspect, a third dimension of self, can assist and literally propel us into or towards a new reality of life, or step into the future. Many of us are standing at some sort of "Y" in the road. I believe the Peace Shield within us and the Peace Shield(s) by ancient ones can shed light upon our journey back to the side of the Creator and Community. The future will be created by each one of us. Let us all anticipate and prepare, even celebrate our Journey toward new realities of life.
"Others will use commitment as a means of avoiding God. And still others need validation from others to move closer to God." -Rev. Sinclair Grey 111
This is a remarkable observation, Sinclair! This phenomenon did not occur within indigenous cultures of the world in this manner. The existence of God and a relationship with God was not first an intellectual exercise. Spirit was the same as breath. Being close to Earth in an honoring relationship with the Earth is the line of demarcation between spirituality and religion and Christianity and the spirituality of the indigenous people before the blood bath of the missionary periods.
The missionary and the churches forced the notion that became a belief that the devil was everywhere in everything. The spiritual (natural) practice of native folks was outlawed and the custodians of Earth were forced to accept a belief system antagonistic towards the Goddess, honoring of the feminine, the give-away, offerings, ceremony and ritual, and the flowing relationship between Earth, people and Spirit.
Traditions came from intimate relationships and insights into the “Spirit-that-moves-within-all-things”. The approach to acceptance of callings on one’s life to serve God did not have the judgments and condemnations common to Christianity. The relationship between Spirit and a person allowed and expected the natural tendency to run from one’s calling to be a healer, a heyoka, teacher, or peace keeper, whatever. The questions of eternity did not start from a Western perspective where the acquisition of things held the highest value. The mind of the West (Christianity) needs to justify misdeeds and altercations between Mother (the Earth) and child but the indigenous spirit needs to seek balance. This is a fundamental difference between a Western and Christian approach to life, commitment and the natural Earth and the Earth way of indigenous cultures the world over.
~ Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories
Saturday, October 24, 2009
-Wallace Black Elk, Lakota
Inside every human being are the laws and codes by which we should live. These laws and codes are communicated to us through a little voice. When we are still, this voice guides us. If we choose to live out of harmony, our lives become filled with anger, hate, selfishness, dishonesty, etc... When these things appear in our lives, we give up accountability and blame it on something or someone else. If we want to live in harmony, we need to pray our way back to living the principles the Creator gave us.
THE TREE OF REASON
are like apples on trees
the best ones are at the top of the tree
The men don't want to reach for the good ones because they
are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead they get the rotten apples from the ground
that aren't as good but easy. So the apples at the top think that something
is wrong with them when in reality they are amazing. They
Just have to wait for the right man to come along
The one's who are brave enough to climb
all the way
to the top of
Friday, October 23, 2009
"Beauty is an inescapable part of living. Its pure form breaks down into divisible points of contact with our higher and lower senses, and our mature or immature understanding of Self. Where Beauty stands depends upon our relationships with the Mother Source: our Earth, the Sacred Feminine and the Sacred Masculine in ourselves, and the glow, almost imperceptibly, smiling at the daunting magnificence of our admiration of it: Beauty.
We learn how to position our lives into place positioned for its gifts, and wonder. Beauty changes form like the mythological creatures of dreams, and old stories of fairies, and little people invisible to practical minds. It is a safe place being beautiful, and in possession of knowledge of magic, and the science of intellectual achievement. Beauty of form creates a mind artists need to carry visions from one dimension to another dimension. Beauty is she and he like Obatala androgynous, and conscious of its various patterns weaving in and out of what we know, see, relate to and fathom.
Such is Beauty as she talks to me.” - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories, 2009
Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?"
And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.
And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.
So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.
God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good." Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food."
God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.
Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.
God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.
God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery. Then Satan created HMOs.
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Metis cultures, like the word "metis" or "mestizo" is mixed. The cultures are a composite of the ancestry of the individual with a heavy emphasis on a person's individual Native American heritage. The "culture" of a Red River Metis will be quite different from a Metis (mixed blood) whose heritage and teachings are Cherokee, Blackfoot, Seneca, Cree, Crow, Lakota, etc. Often the day-to-day mundane life of today's Metis can be described as mainstream blue collar or white collar. In the area of spirituality and religion, custom, manners and relationships with the world and its inhabitants, however, a true Metis walks within the Circle of Life.
There are variations in practices, traditions and ceremony among the various Metis groups or nations, just as there are variations among Native American tribes and nations. People who identify themselves as Metis are generally unique in that they honor all parts of their ancestry. A Metis may sit and play a lively tune on a fiddle, or solemnly light their personal prayer pipe. Today's Metis may run a business or dig ditches during the day, then spend the evening telling their children the legend of how the bear lost its tail. They may just as easily sing "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" as they can relate to the spirit of a tree in their backyard. The mixture of immigrant bloods and Native American cultures enhances who they are --- the people who own themselves, the people who take "honoring our ancestors" quite literally.
True Metis place high value on, give proper honor to, and hold sacred the aboriginal side of their ancestry. Ceremonies and rituals must be learned through the time-honored oral traditions of a person's particular native heritage. No secrets are revealed on this website; no sacred rituals written down. We share only the universal truths of the Sacred Hoop --- as described so eloquently by Black Elk in his own personal vision.
The Metis of MNS, our religions and our cultures, are as individual as the numbers of people who have joined our organization. We are joined together in our Native heritage and in our efforts to seek recognition for the victims of genocide. We are a family of castaways clinging together to rise above the flood of genocide --- to build a raft (foundation) for our children and our children's children.
Stories, general articles on Native cultures and traditions, and general information on these topics are provided for educational use. Contributions are welcome and the author will be given credit for their work. No rituals or ceremonies of any tribal nation will be published
Why Women Get the Last Word (Mi'kmaq)
Why Dog Stays with Man (Mi'kmaq)
The Young Girl Who Became a Wolf (Cherokee)
The Story of the Grizzley Bear and the Beaver (Tsimshian)
photo of African Indian man - Drum Keeper Of Gii Taa'se Gordy Williams Sr Mohican Oneida
I see our Earth Mother as she shifts and struggles to survive. I see my family as they hold on to the last of the ways and pray for the return of the Buffalo and Eagle Nation. Like the dry prairie grass the are holding on for the return of the healing rains.
The land is parched from lack of rain the plants hold tight to the dry breasts of Mother Earth, she cannot continue on this way to feed her children. Poison flows in her system and she suffers from this without tears.
With open arms, I put on my feathered eagle wings and prepare to fly into the moon lit night sky.
My strong wings take me high up to the stars. I once saw my people go there and they too became the stars. I feel their spirits all around me, watching us in sadness for the pain of the Earth Mother.
I see my son, my bothers, my sisters, mother, and father all my relations are the stars that shine. Each one is watching over us and protect us during the day and the night.
Tonight I will go and see my relation and ask them to send us the way to heal our Mother Earth.
May the thunder beings open up the clouds and wash her with healing rain. Let all this be so that our children and our children’s children will know the beauty that lies below me as I fly. I shall return in the rain with my spirit as the Eagle.
Blessing Waynonaha Two Worlds © 2005 by Waynonaha Two Worlds All publication rights reserved.
This song prayer echoes in all of us from Turtle Island as we work, build family, shop, and otherwise interact in the corporation (USA). I am going to buy cigars and walk as I pray in downtown DC. I will sing this prayer poem this afternoon. ~ Dawn Wolf
Creator, Without the women we would not have
Thank you and please watch over them and help men to stop
persecution and disrespect of women. The women certainly
are our equals.
Please keep guiding me to this understanding. ~ Bear
A man should not hit women or beat them. He should seek to
all women with respect no matter what may have been
done or not done. Look
into the heart and mind not the skin
covering. ~ Arthur Medicine
Musicians crank up the volume on Guantanamo debate
Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails are among the musicians who have joined the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, which launched Tuesday.
On behalf of the campaign, the National Security Archive in Washington is filing a Freedom of Information Act request seeking classified records that detail the use of loud music as an interrogation device.
"At Guantanamo, the U.S. government turned a jukebox into an instrument of torture," said Thomas Blanton, executive director of the archive, an independent, nongovernmental research institute....
Dr. Bunn was Kirby Brown’s roommate. Ms. Brown died in the lodge, in a ceremony where people were not allowed to leave when the door was closed. Dr. Bunn said on the 5th round someone was unconscious.
"I can't get her to move. I can't get her to wake up," Bunn recalls hearing from two sides of the 415-square-foot sweat lodge. Ray's response: "Leave her alone, she'll be dealt with in the next round."
Her early morning interview describes a man, after the 6th round, whose eye blood vessels had burst. She saw people trying to resuscitate people for as long as fifteen minutes. She paired people up to sustain life, and created a system to keep people conscious by calling their names, and making sure no one was left alone feeling abandon. At this point she became more than a doctor. She became a mother insuring that the sense of abandonment dissipated into hope of living. How many of the survivors lived because a mother’s spirit resurrected the urge to live, and not wallow in the hopelessness of being abandon in the panic of darkness, and extreme heat?
At some point a discussion, and then action must begin among Wisdom Keepers, and others of similar kilt about the spirit, the mentality, and the consciousness of the Conqueror’s spirit dominate in white males. It is part of the spiritual responsibility of women, I sense, white women, in particular, to become deeply engaged in this work. It is fundamental to the change we need as a nation, as people, The world suffers from this aura. This paradigm dominated Mr. Ray’s lodge ceremony, and the abandonment Dr. Bunn painfully described is an attribute of white male entitlement, and the privilege of this paradigm. This paradigm rests in the bosom of conquering species, men, and brokers of power.
I am a man. I understand this paradigm. What man born in these times does not understand that this belief-system we are taught is a right to rule and dominate? But this paradigm is parceled out differently in American culture. Privilege goes to white men, and opportunity goes to other men, and hope of being a man to others. It was parceled out different to Black men. Until African-Americans were given full citizenship in the late 1960’s the right to protect our families hung on the whim of a white man’s or a white mob’s inclination. Native-American men were parceled out a different kind of male dominant medicine. It hinged on the brink of joblessness, and a deep sense of owning land with no ability to become a man who provides for his people as a warrior, a farmer, or a landowner. Chinese men were not allowed to have their families in the country as they built railroads. In place of wife and family prostitutes were sent to them after hard backbreaking work. And nowadays Chinese, Japanese, and Korean men operate from a different sense of privilege through economics, business and money. And this story goes on.
Being a man requires thought, and introspection. It, like patriotism, cannot be accepted superficially. So profound a state of being is manhood that it requires initiation, ceremony, and training from within the inner terrain of being to the outward touching of the world. Men, like me, need to perform as men, as Elders who understand, in depth their masculinity, their powers, their role, and relationship to Earth, Spirit, woman, family, children and the sacred spaces of the Wombs they come from and enter in a lifetime of being a man.
It is not an easy task being a man for ordinary men a mere breathe from a primal state of being a boy. But without our intervention how will women feel confident enough to enter into their powers, their medicine into the development of boys into men, and men into Men? It is a fearful thing for women to enter into this arena without the preparatory work of men like myself to pave the way into the core beliefs of men, and their creation stories. Without the balance of mother’s energies, mother’s words, and her own struggle against this structure the birth of a boy into a man is crippled, stunted by an ill constructed birth canal.
These are my words, my thoughts.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
"Trying to see other’s points of view can be learned intellectually, but ‘seeing’ is another dimension of spirituality. "
~Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories
WO NSA DA MU A
"If your hands are in the dish"
symbol of participatory
government, democracy and pluralism
From the aphorism, "Wo nsa da mu a, wonni
nnya wo" -- "If your hands are in the dish, people do not eat everything and
leave you nothing."
Source: "Cloth As Metaphor" by G.F. Kojo Arthur
The diyin diné, generally translated as Holy People, are the beings whose actions are recounted in the stories and myths that are the basis for the Navajo ceremonials [Diné binahagha'] and who are pictured in the sand paintings ['iikááh]. They are the powerful beings whose intercession is being sought, with whom the participants wish to identify and make common cause.
The core group of these beings contains First Man [Átsé hastiin], First Woman [Átsé asdz], Coyote [M'ii], otherwise known as "first scolder" [Átsé hashké], First Boy [Átsé ashkii] and First Girl [Átsé at'ééd], Talking God [Haashch'ééti'í] and Calling God [Hashch'éoghan]. Other members of this group are the cardinal light phenomena, the white [igai] light of Dawn [hayíík] in the east [ha'a'aah], the blue [doot'izh] light of midday ['aní'ní'] in the south [shádi'ááh], the yellow [itso] light of twilight [nahootsoii] in the west ['e'e'aah], the black [izhin] of Night [t'éé'] in the north [náhooks], and the Wind [ních'i]. This group, plus some unspecified others, were the group who emerged from the underworld into this world in the Emergence and who held the first Blessingway [Hózhójí] ceremony on the rim of the Emergence lake. They built the first hooghan and thereby established the properly built and consecrated hooghan as the site for all future ceremonies and as "the place home" for the Navajo.
First Man [Átsé hastiin], with the aid of his medicine bundle [jish], then created this world. After the first hooghan he placed the sacred mountains [Dzi Dadiyinígíí] and they were given diyin diné as their "inner forms" which amimated them. The plants [nanise'] were created and diyin diné were made to animate them. Corn [naad'] was given an especially important position. The same occurred for the animals [naaldlooshii nídaaldzidígíí], the clouds [k'os], water [tó], the thunder clouds [k'osdihi] that make male rain [níts bik'] and the clouds [k'os] that make female rain [níts bi'áád]. So Blessingway [Hózhójí] today describes the creation of this world by First Man [Átsé hastiin].
The older studies separate the diyin diné into good and evil beings or forces, placing many powerful diyinii, including First Man [Átsé hastiin], in the evil group, He is placed there apparently due to a later conflict with his "daughter," Changing Woman [Asdz nádleehé] over the possession of his medicine bundle [jish]. Changing Woman [Asdz nádleehé] is viewed as the source of all good for the Navajo. The recent work of McNeley and especially, Farella, take issue with this view. In particular, for Farella, First Man [Átsé hastiin] represents the distillation of what it means to be diyin.
"The essence of diyin is knowledge and, in a way, wisdom. In particular, this is knowledge of the future which enables you to predict and at the same time create, or at a minimum appear to create, future events. As already noted, such knowledge or such an ability is not an inherent feature of diyinii; it is something that is achieved ritually. Thus, if one wants knowledge of the future, he employs a divination ritual; if one of diyin diné wants to create something, he uses [Hózhójí] (or another ritual). First Man does this as do the other diyinii. And it is the same thing that earth-surface people do today in the same circumstances. First Man is exceptional only in the completeness of his knowledge; everything that came after him, everything that is known about today was known and, if not created, at least allowed by Átsé Hastiin."
These newer studies view the diyinii as representing a continuum of knowledge, and therefore power, along which the earth-surface people are also situated. The goal of the earth-surface people, by aiming for knowledge gained over a long and happy lifetime is to join the diyinii at the end of their lives. This is reflected in the fact that death at an early age is viewed with such dismay by the Navajo. A hooghan in which such a death has taken place must be abandoned and sealed with a hole left for the ghost or wind to leave. These ghosts or winds are thought to wander in the area and to be a possible source of witchcraft. However, a death occurring in a hooghan after a long and happy life is no threat to the peacefulness of the household and the windspirit if the person will undertake his trip of four [d'] days to the next word where he joins the diyinii.
The following excerpt is from the book The Magic Presence by Godfre Ray King.
Godfre is an Ascended Master who was a student of St. Germain. You can find the St. Germain books at templeofthepresence.org
Divine Love is the Reservoir of Life and the Treasure chest of the Universe. It automatically draws to the personal self every good thing. When the outer activity of the mind acknowledges the I AM Presence and keeps attuned to Divine Love , then all achievement is accomplished without struggle or strain and all creative activity become the continual expansion and enjoyment of Perfection
The more one studies Life and contemplates Perfection, the less he struggles with people and things and the more he adores the "God Presence"(I AM), for one who worships Perfection must of necessity become that upon which his attention rests. When mankind fills the outer activity of the mind with thoughts and feelings of Perfection, the bodies and affairs of humanity will bring into the outer that order and Perfection also. The more we understand Life and Perfection, the simpler all becomes, until we have to do only one thing and do it all the time: "Fill our thought and feeling with Divine Love"
Life never struggles, for that which struggles is the consciousness which attempts to limit life, and is but the interference with the Perfection which is forever trying to come through. If the personal or outer self will just let Life flow and keep at peace, the manifested result will be Divine Peace, the Divine Way of Life will be fulfilled. -Atiba