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
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.
In retrospect, we have ignored common sense in favor of doing what we wanted to do. We wish we had not done it, but we said what we wanted to say, spoke out when it would have been better to stay quiet – we have overruled our common sense. Looking back again, when did we get off track? What little thing stung us into action? If we learn to hear the voice of wisdom we can overcome our foolishness. Wisdom never lets us down, but ignoring it will put away from us the best friend we can have.
~ I am tired of talk that comes to nothing. ~
CHIEF JOSEPH – NEZ PERCE
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Wado, for the Reminder of the Sacredness of this Action…Creating The Eagle on the Highest Tree….There will be a Womens Council Happen on this Site a Short time after we get over 10,000 Peeps and thats Just two More Peeps…I am seeking those Women right Now….For Women, as the Iroquois, Will Lead the Way
I am just an Elder and this is a Selfless Action…As the Clan mother’s of the Iroquois Elect the Chiefs and Lead the Way, the Same will be the Way of the Red Buffalo Recovery and the Renovation of the Housing on the Rez…
So Lets Get the A*Bun*Dance Going, For when you Shake your buns you live ABUNDANCE….A LONG TIME….Shaking the Calories often Yer Butt So the Fairies and Angels can Sweep them into the Compost, to Grow Flowers…
Some quotes that have inspired …
“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
“It is belief in many native cultures that on the path of healing as each individual heals, that we heal seven generations back as well in healing. ” ~ Aris~
The Tree of Peace
The Tree of peace originated at a time of great conflict and war. Its story is one of the keys to the path of light and peace in native tradition and culture. The tree of peace is the pacifist symboloy, the peacemaker is believed to have been sent by the creator to restore love, peace and harmony back to the people and the earth ~ Aris~
“The sixth nation, the Tuscaroras, migrated into Iroquois country in the early eighteenth century. Together these peoples comprise the oldest living participatory democracy on earth. Their story, and governance truly based on the consent of the governed, contains a great deal of life-promoting intelligence for those of us not familiar with this area of American history. The original United States representative democracy, fashioned by such central authors as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, drew much inspiration from this confederacy of nations.”
“We now do crown you with the sacred emblem of the deer’s antlers, the emblem of your Lordship. You shall now become a mentor of the people of the Five Nations. The thickness of your skin shall be seven spans — which is to say that you shall be proof against anger, offensive actions and criticism. Your heart shall be filled with peace and good will and your mind filled with a yearning for the welfare of the people of the Confederacy. With endless patience you shall carry out your duty and your firmness shall be tempered with tenderness for your people. Neither anger nor fury shall find lodgement in your mind and all your words and actions shall be marked with calm deliberation. In all of your deliberations in the Confederate Council, in your efforts at law making, in all your official acts, self interest shall be cast into oblivion. Cast not over your shoulder behind you the warnings of the nephews and nieces should they chide you for any error or wrong you may do, but return to the way of the Great Law which is just and right. Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground — the unborn of the future Nation.”
MAY YOU HAVE THE STRENGTH
OF EAGLES’ WINGS,
THE FAITH AND COURAGE TO
FLY TO NEW HEIGHTS,
AND THE WISDOM
OF THE UNIVERSE
TO CARRY YOU THERE
You are my sister, you are my brother because we were born of the same Great Spirit; conceived from the same mound of Earth – slept quietly together in the cradle of unknowing until He,in His gentleness set us in the midst of humanity.
You are my sister~ You are my brother.
I Love You
You and I are destined companions of the path of life. Together or apart. If the color of my skin is different from yours, it matters not, on the beauty of our souls be kindred.
You are my sister~You are my brother.
I Love You.
I will honor your wisdom and understanding, as you will mine. Together we shall seek the seeds of truth in the distant rooms of the Great Spirit; the reflection of inner knowledge shall wear as beauty upon our faces.
You are my sister~ You are my brother.
I Love You.
I will be human and fall down in rough places, but thy hand is near mine I will reach for it. I shall not be alone, I will embrace you when the rains of sorrow visit you; I will befriend your soul as if it my own.
You are my sister ~ You are my brother .
I Love You.
Authors & Source~ The Echota Cherokee Tribe Of Alabama
These are no longer ordinary times, and many circumstances we thought would never change, are changing. The innocent times, the good natured humor of life has been covered over with suggestive jokes empty of meaning.
The ground is shifting under our feet and we are having to learn to walk a new way. Few things are permanent. We are born of change, but we still have to keep a commonsenseattitude or we can lose our footing.
We need to prove, long before we accept something as fact, that it is true. If it is right, it can be proved.
Much is a mystery to us. But to the Tsilagi – Cherokee – silence is golden. We speak little and listen long. Words are important in songs and in ceremonies – and in general conversation as well. It is wise to save words and use them only when they can be effective.
~ Good works do not last long until they amount to something. ~
Cherokee Feast of Days Volume III~ Joyce Sequichie Hifler