14 October, 2006
I'Itoi ` THE MAN IN THE MAZE` JOURNEY THROUGH THE CYCLE OF LIFE
The story of I'itoi is also the story of every human being, traveling through life as though through a maze, taking many turns while growing stronger and wiser as death, at the center of the maze, comes closer. Trace the light path. You will find one more turn at the end, away from the center. Here we can look back on the trail and have one last chance for reflection and an opportunity to find acceptance of the last step.
The figure above is known as the "Man in the maze," an emblem of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Southern Arizona (formerly known as the Papago Indians). The design, depicting a man exiting a labrynth, is most often seen on basketry dating back as far as the nineteenth century, and occasionally in Hopi silver art. Labrynths are common motifs in ancient petroglyphs (Native American rock art), and often resemble those found in ancient Greece and other parts of the world.
This symbol is said to represent a person's journey through life. Although the design appears to be a maze, it is actually a unicursal figure with many twists and turns; these are said to represent choices made in life. The center is dark, as the journey is one from darkness to light.
There is a Pima Indian legend that explains when a
person is born into this world, they enter a maze of
life. The entrance is at the top where Se-eh-ha (Elder Brother) is waiting to show the way. The legend tells of the dead ends, detours and obstacles. It's the struggle to understand what can affect the physical, emotional, and spiritual growth that can guide them through the maze. At each turn, there is an opportunity to understand and appreciate the cycle of life, and to gain strength to move toward their goals. If the path is traveled in harmony and with a balance with nature, the legend says that dreams and ambitions will be found at the center of the maze, where E-e-thoi (Sun God) waits. He then passes them on to the next world.
There is no one meaning to the Man in the Maze.
Interpretations of the image vary from family to family.
A common interpretation is as follows: The human figure stands for the O'odham people. The maze represents the difficult journey toward finding deeper meaning in life. The twists an turns refer to struggles and lessons learned along the way. At the center of the maze is a circle, which stands for death, and for becoming one with Elder Brother I'itoi, the Creator. Other O'odham see the image of a man as representative of an individual, or all of mankind, or I'itoi himself.
The "Man In The Maze" is a visual representation of the Tohono O'odham Indians belief in life, death and the life after death. The man at the top of the maze depicts birth. By following the pattern, beginning at the top,the figure goes through the maze encountering many turns and changes, as in life. As the journey continues, one aquires knowledge, strength and understanding. Nearing the end of the maze, one retreats to a small corner of the pattern before reaching the dark center of death and eternal life. Here one repents, cleanses and reflects
back on all the wisdom gained. Finally, pure and in
harmony with the world, death and eternal life are
The Tohono O'odham refer to the Man in the Maze as the T'itoi. The design depicts the story of each human being traveling through life as through a maze, taking many turns while growing stronger and wiser, but always approaching death, as represented by the dark center. In the Maze, the path of life begins at the periphery and progresses towards the center, but each major turn of the path is away from the center. Despite this seeming contradiction, the end of the path is the center of the maze, which is death. As one approaches death, one is able to look back on the completed journey with its many turns and to find acceptance of the last step.
The Gila River Indian Community -- the Akimel O'odham -- refer to the Man in the Maze as the Se:he or the Elder Brother, who is their Creator. The journey of life is a journey through a maze, beginning at birth and continuing through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and finally ending in old age. The four major turns in the path represent the four directions, and the center of the maze represents death. Death is the beginning of a new journey and, thus, the cycle repeats itself.
One of my favorite pieces of artwork. Look into the maze and figure out how much of the above rings true to your soul, for it is the circle of life that we must all endure in this human form on the physical plane. Hoping we all enjoy our little "trip" through the maze and have fun while doing it. Remember harmony and balance will keep you on the path you were meant to be on...all is as it should be, until we return "home" to the stars" from which we came.
THE BEST OF KRISHNAMURTI ~ KNOW WHEN NOT TO COOPERATE
Know When Not to Cooperate
Reformers—political, social, and religious—will only cause more sorrow for man unless man understands the workings of his own mind. In the understanding of the total process of the mind, there is a radical, inward revolution, and from that inward revolution springs the action of true cooperation, which is not cooperation with a pattern, with authority, with somebody who "knows." When you know how to co-operate because there is this inward revolution, then you will also know when not to cooperate, which is really very important, perhaps more important. We now cooperate with any person who offers a reform, a change, which only perpetuates conflict and misery, but if we can know what it is to have the spirit of cooperation that comes into being with the understanding of the total process of the mind and in which there is freedom from the self, then there is a possibility of creating a new civilization, a totally different world in which there is no acquisitiveness,
no envy, no comparison. This is not a theoretical utopia but the actual state of the mind that is constantly inquiring and pursuing that which is true and blessed.
The Book of Life - November 5
CREATE A NEW WORLD, NOT THE ONE THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WANTING TO CREATE.
IT IS GETTING HARDER TO ACCOMPLISH WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, NO BORDER PATROLS CAN DO THE JOB THEY WERE TRAINED AND HIRED TO DO, IN FACT THEIR HANDS ARE TIED, (THANKS TO THIS ADMINISTRATIONS ORDERS FORCED UPON THEM.)
WE ARE BEING LED INTO THE NWO AND EVERYONE IS AFRAID TO STAND UP, SPEAK UP AND STOP IT, DUE TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. HEY, WE LET IMMIGRANTS INTO OUR COUNTY, ALWAYS HAVE, BUT IT'S TIME TO DO IT THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE, LEGALLY, BY VETTING THEM, ALWAYS, MAKING SURE THEY LEARN ENGLISH AND SPEAK ENGLISH, KNOW OUR LAWS, IF THEY DON'T WANT TO ASSIMILATE, SEND THEM BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM, WE DON'T WANT THEIR IDEOLOGIES, SHARIA LAW, ETC. WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW IS A TRAVESTY. IT MUST BE STOPPED, OR THE US WILL BECOME A THIRD WORLD SHIT HOLE, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT 'THEY' WANT, YA, I KNOW IT IS. TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT 2016, THERE IS 'NO' OTHER CLEAR CHOICE.
THE US HAS HAD ENOUGH, THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY MORE TAXES TO ASSIST THESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND ASYLUM SEEKERS WHO ARE LIVING OFF OF THE HARD WORKING AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE HAVING A HARD ENOUGH TIME TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN. IN FACT WE ARE NOT TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN, TAKE A LOOK AT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, NOT TO MENTION ALL THE HOMELESS PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY.
WHY ARE ALL THESE HEALTHY ILLEGALS NOT FIGHTING FOR THEIR OWN COUNTRIES STABILITY AND CULTURES IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES, INSTEAD OF LEAVING THEIR WIVES, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN BACK HOME?
ONE MORE QUESTION, 'WHY ARE THE RICH OIL SHEIKH'S/LEADERS OF THESE NATIONS NOT PROVIDING FOR THEIR PEOPLE? WHY ARE THEY SENDING AND TELLING THEIR PEOPLE TO MOVE INTO EUROPE AND THE US? THESE RICH COUNTRIES HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH LAND AND MONEY TO PROVIDE FOR THEM, SO WTF IS HAPPENING HERE?
WHY DO YOU THINK THE US BORDER PATROL HAS ENDORSED TRUMP, IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE FRONT LINES AND KNOW WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING ON OUR US BORDERS AND HAVE BEEN TOLD TO STAND DOWN BY THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION, NO DIFFERENT THAN MOST EUROPEAN NATIONS. WHY? THE MSM WILL NEVER REPORT THE TRUTH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR THE EUROPEAN PEOPLE.
NO, I AM NOT A RACIST, BUT I BELIEVE IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE RULE OF LAW. BTW, IT'S BEEN 3 1/2 YEARS SINCE I'VE POSTED TO THIS BLOG, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY, I'VE HAD IT, AS MILLIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE HAD IT. WE NEED TO STOP THIS NOW, OR SAY GOODBYE TO THE US AS WE KNOW IT, FOREVER.
MY MIND IS SET, ' I KNOW WHEN NOT TO COOPERATE.' DO YOU?
AT LEAST TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK ABOUT IT, OUR COUNTRIES FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!
TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!