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PostSubject: Re: Native American Wisdom Sayings and Discussion   Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:54 pm

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II. HONOR MOTHER NATURE :
Mother Nature is not for us...she is part of us and we, like everything else that
lives and breathes upon her, are her children. Your own direct connection with
Mother Earth is to be encouraged daily. Paint her portraits, swim in her waters,
tend to her flowers, stroll through her glorious forests, and care for her many
children : all plants, people, and animals.
We must live according to her principles and choose not to pollute her body. The
alternative is death to our mother-and death to her children.

lightsun,
i treasure your thoughts and the quotes given with them.
as to this one here:
"...she is part of us ..." my most exquisite experience has been being part of her.
the other way around i could only "think of".
understand the difference?


"The Great Spirit is our father, but the Earth is our mother. She nourishes us, that
which we put into the ground she returns to us, and healing plants she gives us
likewise. If we are wounded, we go to our mother and seek to lay the wounded
part against her, to be healed."
Bedagi (Big Thunder)
Wabanaki Algonquin, 1900's

maybe people normally into buying and selling
to make a living need to know
how can you be a caregiver having
forgotten what a caretaker is
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PostSubject: native   Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:53 pm

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PostSubject: native   Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:07 pm

IV. COMMUNITY CODE OF CONDUCT :
Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them
the best bed, and treat them with respect. Honor the thoughts, wishes, and words of others.
Never interrupt another or mock or mimic them. Allow each person the right to freedom of
opinion. Respect that opinion. Never speak ill of others. As you travel along life's road never
harm anyone, nor cause anyone to feel sad. On the contrary, if at any time you can make a
person happy, do so.






"Even as you desire good treatment, so render it.
Handsome Lake (1735-1815)
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PostSubject: native   Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:26 pm

V. THE MEDICINE WHEEL :
The Medicine Wheel is the symbol of all creation. This ancient emblem represents all of life's
forces. The Medicine Wheel explains our existence. It tells what is true and what is needed to
live.
The Medicine Wheel, is divided into four parts. Those four parts represent the whole of the person,
the whole of the creator, or the whole of the universe. A Medicine Wheel representing life would
include birth/death, childhood, adulthood, and old age.
The wheel may symbolize self-spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental. If a person lacks one
aspect of the wheel, or one section is sick or lagging, the Medicine Wheel will remain unbalanced
and the self will not be whole. Once the area is mended, the self can focus on its path.



"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to
the web, we do to ourselves. All beings are bound together."
Chief Seattle (Seathl) (1785-1866)
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PostSubject: native   Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:55 pm

VI. RESPECT :
Respect is to be given for all beings placed upon this earth by the creator. Respect is to be
given to elders, who are rich in wisdom. Respect one's privacy, thoughts, and wishes. Respect
human siblings by only speaking of their good qualities. Respect one's personal space and
belongings. Respect another's spiritual path and do not judge their choices.


"Trouble no one about their religion ; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect
yours. Love your life, perfect your life, and beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your
life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day
when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or
passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and bow to
no one..."
Tecumseh (1768-1813)
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PostSubject: Re: Native American Wisdom Sayings and Discussion   Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:06 am

even in some deep personal grief..
i rejoice in the revival of this ancient culture
in the touch by its unblemished beauty
in its restored innocence
in the generosity that shares with the world

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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:10 pm

That is very beautiful lavender orchid. I think that as society goes into materialism & pop culture, there will always
be one's searching for the truth. They may turn to Buddhism, Jesus or wise sayings of those connected to the
earth. There will always be one's who love Mother Earth.
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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:34 pm

VII. BANISH FEAR FROM YOUR HEART :
Fear stunts your soul and limits the amount of road needed to travel to reach the Tree of Life,
and to know the Great Spirit. Fear is nonbeneficial and leads to an unbalanced mind, body, and
spirit. To banish fear you must know your path and trust yourself-and the world around you. With
trust comes confidence. Self-confidence banishes fear.




"I fear no man, and I depend on the Great Spirit.
Kondiaronk
Huron, late 17th century
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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:43 pm

VIII. SPEAK THE TRUTH
Speak only the truth and do right always. You are what you say...and what you say needs to be
honest, forthright, and of your own personal belief. Without truth you cannot achieve inner
balance-balance within yourself, with other beings, with Mother Earth, and with the Creator.


"Good words do not last long until they amount to something."
Chief Joseph (Hin-Mah-Too-Yah-Lat-Kekt) (1840-1904)
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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:54 pm

IX. REJECT MATERIALISM :
When one is materialistic, one is not right with the Red Road. To value and appreciate what you
have and to know that you are loved and safe under the limbs of the Tree of Life is to reject
materialism and to live a life of virtue and appreciation. Materialism only fills your heart with
envy and greed, while appreciation breeds contentment, balance, and true happiness.

"...These are my young men. I am their Chief. Look among them and see if you can find among
them who are rich. They are all poor because they are honest."
Red Dog
Oglala Sioux 1870
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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:05 pm

X. SEEK WISDOM :
Those who are wise have lived a lifetime with ears open and a willingness to not only experience
truth, but to pursue it as well. Wisdom is gained by :
Listening to your elders. They have walked a longer path than you.
Seeking all that is true. Wisdom lies within honesty, not deception.
Realizing that education is never-ending. Even death is a final lesson.
Learning from Mother Nature. Her wisdom is infinite.






"The greatest obstacle to the internal nature is the mind. If it relies on logic such as the white
man's mind, the domain if the inner nature is inaccessible. The simple fact is man does not
challenge the wisdom of the Holy Mystery."
Turtleheart
Teton Sioux
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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:16 pm

XI. PRACTICE FORGIVENESS :
Your journey upon the Red Road will be filled with acts requiring forgiveness-forgiveness of others
and forgiveness of yourself. Mindfully practice this incredible act of humanity ad the Red Road
will be an easy path to follow. Also, absolution breeds the same in others. Be quick to forgive
and others will grant you the same kindness.

"Indians love their friends and kindred, and treat them with kindness."
Cornplanter (1736-1836)
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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:59 pm

XII. PRACTICE OPTIMSM :
It is easy to live within the shadow of fear, procrastination, and pessimism. But
these are bad habits and stumbling blocks that keep you from experiencing life,
the Red Road, and the Great Spirit. It is well known to the Native people that
optimism is the key to good health. Worry makes you sick-as do bad thoughts.
Replace them with happiness and optimism and you shall live a long, healthy life.

"Oh hear me Grandfather, and help us, that our generation in the future will live
and walk the good road with the flowering stick of success. Hear me, and hear
our plea..."
Black Elk (1863-1950)
Oglala Sioux
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PostSubject: Re: Native American Wisdom Sayings and Discussion   Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:07 pm

lightsun wrote:
IX. REJECT MATERIALISM :
When one is materialistic, one is not right with the Red Road. To value and appreciate what you
have and to know that you are loved and safe under the limbs of the Tree of Life is to reject
materialism and to live a life of virtue and appreciation. Materialism only fills your heart with
envy and greed, while appreciation breeds contentment, balance, and true happiness.

"...These are my young men. I am their Chief. Look among them and see if you can find among
them who are rich. They are all poor because they are honest."
Red Dog
Oglala Sioux 1870
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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:10 pm

You must tell me your intentionality. Do you find offense?
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PostSubject: Re: Native American Wisdom Sayings and Discussion   Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:19 pm

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You must tell me your intentionality. Do you find offense?

no no, i hasten to express my intentionality in as many translations as can possibly honor this pathway!




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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:25 pm

XIII. TAKE WHAT YOU NEED, LEAVE THE REST BE :
There is nothing placed upon this Earth that deserves to be destroyed or wasted for the purpose
of human convenience. To destroy trees a d leave them unused simply because they blocked the
view of the garden, or to kill animals only for their fur, is not a rightful way to share the world
with another. To waste and discard something due to your own selfishness is an act that goes
against the Creator.



"Now tell me this one little thing, I thou hast any sense : With of these two is the wisest and
happiest-he who labors without ceasing and only obtains, and that with great trouble, enough
to live on, or he who rests in comfort and finds all that he needs in the pleasure of hunting and
fishing?"
Gaspesian Chief
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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:33 pm

sunny flower To lavender orchid, much love. sunny
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PostSubject: native   Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:45 pm

XIV. THE GOOD RED ROAD :
Originally, the term "The Red Road" or "The Good Red Road" was used by the Plains people to
signify one's righteous relationship with their divinity.
When one walks the Red Road, one is living within the rules of the Creator, living a life of truth,
friendship, respect, spirituality, and humanitariansm. Today, the phrase is shared by numerous
people all over the world.


"Creator of the world, Maker of all men ; Lord of lords, my eyes fail me...for the sole desire (is)
to know thee."
Inca Hymn
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PostSubject: native   Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:26 pm

XV. THE MANY NAMES OF THE GREAT SPIRIT :
The Great Spirit is the name given to the life force radiating from all creation.
This energy is called many things by many different people : the Creator,
A'wonawil'onas (Zuni), Wankan-Tankan (Sioux), God, Tirawa (Pawnee), Great
Mystery, and Grandfather.

"We may quarrel with men about things on Earth, but we never quarrel about
the Great Spirit."
Chief Joseph (Hin-Mah-Too-Yah-Lat-Kekt) (1840-1904)
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PostSubject: Re: Native American Wisdom Sayings and Discussion   Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:01 pm

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XV. THE MANY NAMES OF THE GREAT SPIRIT :
The Great Spirit is the name given to the life force radiating from all creation.
This energy is called many things by many different people : the Creator,
A'wonawil'onas (Zuni), Wankan-Tankan (Sioux), God, Tirawa (Pawnee), Great
Mystery, and Grandfather.

"We may quarrel with men about things on Earth, but we never quarrel about
the Great Spirit."
Chief Joseph (Hin-Mah-Too-Yah-Lat-Kekt) (1840-1904)
Nez perce

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PostSubject: native   Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:55 pm

XVI. THE TREE OF LIFE :
The Tree of Life represents all that is life, encompassing all that exists upon the planet. When
we walk the Red Road, our journey ends under the protection of this Tree. It causes the rhythm
of the world to continue year after year, and with each cycle, fruit nourishes those who stand
under her boughs. The roots dig deep into history. Those dedicated to this energy know the value
of all beings, tend to Mother Earth, and live an honorable life in honor of the spirit of the ancient
Tree.

"The white man is too far removed from America's formative processes. The roots of the tree of
his life have not yet grasped the rock and soil...But for the Indian, the spirit of the land is still
vested..When the Indian has forgotten the music of his forefathers, when the sound of the
tom-tom is no more, when the memory of his heroes is no longer told in story...he will be dead.
Luther Standing Bear (1905-1939)
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PostSubject: native   Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:35 pm

XVII. THE CIRCLE :
The circle is an ancient symbol that represents eternity and life of all beings upon Mother Earth.
The almighty sun is round, Mother Earth is round, and the cycle of life-from birth to death/rebirth-
is also round. It represents unification and fulfillment, and is a powerful visual tool of the Medicine
Wheel.
"You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of
the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round...The sky is round, and I have
heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power,
whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours...Even the seasons
form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life
of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves."
Black Elk (1863-1950)
Oglala Sioux
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PostSubject: native   Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:50 pm

XVIII. THE MOON :
The moon, referred to as Grandmother Moon by various American Indian people, pertains to female fertility,
night activities, dreams, and, for most, lunar calendars and weather.
It is necessary to not only learn about the moon as a celestial entity but to also celebrate her celebrate her
rotations, rhythms, and importance to the world as a whole. Be sure to gaze upon her full face each month
and memorialize her grand beauty. Use this time to reflect on your life, and to plan for your future.


"My father explained this to me. "All things in this world," he said, "have souls or spirits. The sky has a spirit,
the clouds have spirits ; the sun and moon have spirits ; so have animals, trees, grass, water, stones-
everything."
Edward Goodbird
Hidatsa 1914
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