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
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
“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
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