Oh Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me!
Chief Yellow Lark
We pray for change, we hope for a change, but we wait impatiently. Is
the great spirit not hearing us? We asked. Where is the answer?
If our prayers were suddenly answered, would be we ready? Or would we
look behind us for the familiar things, the people, the habits, the
If we were instantly healed, instantly prospered, instantly sought
after and loved, then what would we do? Attention, compassion and
self-pity are sometimes more important than having everything changed
for the better.
The fear of being without something to keep us working
with the same burden, dealing with familiar pain, can stop us from
knowing what it is to be free and well.
If we can envision life without a particular problem we can turn our
minds to real change and have it happen. If we can see change, receive
it, and know the joy, then gratitude and thanksgiving sets it in
Author: Joyce Sequichie Hifler
It is interesting how a simple conversation can induce thoughts of reflection and revelation in life. A friend of mine today mentioned feeling angry and I came up with the following reflection if not Revelation.
“Sometimes you have to become angry it helps a person redefine their strengths and provokes thoughts in people about things that matter as well as helps people strive for better in their life. There is a place for everything in life including anger. ” Anger can provoke and furnish necessities that are needed in our lives, communities, societies, countries and universal governance. Anger can prod the human conscious into an extravaganza of appealing solutions to better a person’s life and other people’s lives. Reflection and Revelation when one least expects it brings about awakenings and universal atonement
Author~ Aris-Arnelle Durocher ~
The Creator designed a very simple set of Laws for us to follow. If we follow these simple things, we’ll be happy. If we don’t follow these simple things, our lives become complicated.
Respect Mother Earth
Love one another
Give to your brother and sisters
Be gentle with each other
Following these simple Laws will have great rewards.
Great Spirit, let me lead a simple life.
“They must give themselves to Wakan’ Tanka and live a spiritual life. They will have the peace that frees them from fear.”
— Frank Fools Crow, LAKOTA
There are two wills available for us: self will and God’s will. Our choice is: figure it out ourselves, or have the Creator involved in our lives. If we are honest with ourselves and look at past experiences, what are our lives like when we try to figure it out ourselves? Is there fear, confusion, frustration, anger, attacking others, conflict, fault finding, manipulation, teasing others, belittling others or devaluation? If these things are present, they indicate that we are choosing self will. What is it like if we turn our will over to the Creator? What are the results if we ask the Great Spirit to guide our life? Examples are: freedom, choices, consequences, love, forgiveness, helping others, happiness, joy, solutions, and peace. Which will I choose today, self will or God’s will?
Creator, I know what my choice is. I want You to direct my life. I want You to direct my thinking. You are the Grandfather. You know what I need even before I do. Today I ask You to tell me what I can do for You today. Tell me in a way I can understand and I will be happy to do it
A new galaxy of shining promises made to oneself are resolutions made with the utmost faith that self is listening and will carry out the plans. But self is inpredictable as a child playing in the street; it may dart in any direction according to the mood and to wharever catches its attention.
At the first sign of a challenge, self may bck and lean hard upon the old ways of doing things, no how wrong it may be. Resolutons do very little to change a way of living. Tehy are easily made and easily forgotten. There may be a sincere desire to keep a resolutio, but if self has not changed inwardly, little can depend on the outward change. It is said that we promise according to our hopes and perform according to our selfhsiness. Failure ot keep our promises to others is a disappointment, but failure within oneself is disaster. A little peformance is worth a host of promises on nay day that starts a new year.
~ Joyce Sequichie Hifler~
QUESTION: What does “courage” have to do with being a person of good
character…with someone who stays true to their principles and their values?
You see, being values-driven means two things:
Doing what’s right – following our conscience; refusing to compromise our
principles, despite pressures and temptations to the contrary, and
Taking a stand against what’s wrong – speaking out, whenever we see others do
things that are incorrect or inappropriate.
Unquestionably, both of those require guts and fortitude…they require courage.
Following your conscience instead of “following the crowd”.
Refusing to take part in hurtful or disrespectful behaviors.
Sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of others.
Speaking your mind even though others don’t agree.
Taking complete responsibility for your actions…and your mistakes.
Following the rules – and insisting that others do the same.
Challenging the status quo in search of better ways.
Doing what you know is right- regardless of the risks and potential
I’d like to share the “Cadet Prayer” that is repeated during chapel services at
the U.S. Military Academy:
“Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be
content with a half truth when the whole truth can be won. Endow us with the
courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to
compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in
That is truly the essence of courage.
Author and submitted by: Edmond Lonewolf