31 October, 2006
20 October, 2006
THE LIFE OF AN INDIAN IS LIKE THE WINGS OF THE AIR. THAT IS WHY YOU NOTICE THE HAWK KNOWS HOW TO GET HIS PREY. THE INDIAN IS LIKE THAT. THE HAWK SWOOPS DOWN ON ITS PREY; SO DOES THE INDIAN. IN HIS LAMENT HE IS LIKE AN ANIMAL. FOR INSTANCE, THE COYOTE IS SLY; SO IS THE INDIAN. THE EAGLE IS THE SAME. THAT IS WHY THE INDIAN IS ALWAYS FEATHERED UP; HE IS A RELATIVE TO THE WINGS OF THE AIR.
Black Elk Oglala Sioux holy man
ALL BIRDS, EVEN THOSE OF THE SAME SPECIES ARE NOT ALIKE, AND IT IS THE SAME WITH ANIMALS AND WITH HUMAN BEINGS. THE REASON WAKANTANKA DOES NOT MAKE TWO BIRDS, OR ANIMALS, OR HUMAN BEINGS EXACTLY ALIKE IS BECAUSE EACH IS PLACED HERE BY WAKANTANKA TO BE AN INDEPENDENT INDIVIDUALITY AND TO RELY UPON ITSELF.
Shooter Teton Sioux
Remember; your power is inside of you; don't give it away!
18 October, 2006
ALL LIFE IS EQUAL
"ANOTHER OF THE NATURAL LAWS IS THAT ALL LIFE IS EQUAL. THAT'S OUR PHILOSOPHY. YOU HAVE TO RESPECT LIFE - ALL LIFE,
NOT JUST YOUR OWN. THE KEY WORD IS "RESPECT." UNLESS YOU RESPECT ALL LIFE AS MUCH AS YOUR OWN LIFE, YOU BECOME A DESTROYER, A MURDERER.
Oren Lyons ~ Onondaga
THE GREATEST STRENGTH
"I MYSELF HAVE NO POWER. IT'S THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME WHO HAVE THE POWER. REAL POWER COMES ONLY FROM THE CREATOR. IT'S IN
HIS HANDS. BUT IF YOU'RE ASKING ABOUT STRENGTH, NOT POWER,
THEN I CAN SAY THAT THE GREATEST STRENGTH IS GENTLENESS."
"I AM WORKING FOR THE CREATION. I REFUSE TO TAKE PART IN IT'S DESTRUCTION."
"THESE ARE OUR TIMES AND OUR RESPONSIBLITIES. EVERY HUMAN BEING HAS A SACRED DUTY TO PROTECT THE WELFARE OF OUR MOTHER EARTH, FROM WHOM ALL LIFE COMES. IN ORDER TO DO THIS WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE ENEMY - THE ONE WITHIN US. WE MUST BEGIN WITH
Leon Shenandoah ~ Six Nations Confederacy
THE SOUND IS FADING AWAY
IT IS OF FIVE SOUNDS
THE SOUND IS FADING AWAY
IT IS OF FIVE SOUNDS
...I AM POOR AND NAKED, BUT I AM THE CHIEF OF THE
NATION. WE DO NOT WANT RICHES BUT WE DO WANT TO TRAIN OUR CHILDREN RIGHT. RICHES WOULD DO US NO GOOD. WE COULD NOT TAKE THEM WITH US TO THE OTHER
WORLD. WE DO NOT WANT RICHES. WE WANT PEACE AND LOVE.
Red Cloud (Makhpiya-luta) Sioux Chief
THE OUTLINE OF THE STONE IS ROUND,
HAVING NO END AND NO BEGINNING:
LIKE THE POWER OF THE STONE
IT IS ENDLESS. THE STONE IS PERFECT IN ITS KIND
AND IS THE WORK OF NATURE,
NO ARTIFICIAL MEANS BEING USED IN SHAPING IT.
OUTWARDLY IT IS NOT BEAUTIFUL,
BUT ITS STRUCTURE IS SOLID,
LIKE A SOLID HOUSE IN WHICH ONE MAY SAFELY DWELL.
Chased-by-Bears Santee-Yanton Sioux
WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN I WENT TO A MEDICINE-MAN
FOR ADVICE CONCERNING MY FUTURE. THE MEDICINE-MAN
SAID: "I HAVE NOT MUCH TO TELL YOU EXCEPT TO HELP
YOU UNDERSTAND THIS EARTH ON WHICH YOU LIVE. IF A
MAN IS TO SUCCEED ON THE HUNT OR THE WARPATH, HE
MUST NOT BE GOVERNED BY HIS INCLINATION, BUT BY AN
UNDERSTANDING OF THE WAYS OF THE ANIMALS AND OF HIS
NATURAL SURROUNDINGS, GAINED THROUGH CLOSE OBSERVATION.
THE EARTH IS LARGE, AND ON IT LIVE MANY ANIMALS. THE
EARTH IS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF SOMETHING WHICH AT
TIMES BECOMES VISIBLE TO THE EYE."
Lone Man (Isna la wica) Teton Sioux
GREAT SPIRIT, GREAT SPIRIT, MY GRANDFATHER, ALL OVER
THE EARTH THE FACES OF LIVING THINGS ARE ALL ALIKE...
LOOK UPON THESE FACES OF CHILDREN WITHOUT NUMBER AND
WITH CHILDREN IN THEIR ARMS, THAT THEY MAY FACE THE WINDS AND WALK THE GOOD ROAD TO THE DAY OF QUIET.
Black Elk Oglala Sioux holy man
PEACE AND MAY WE ALL WALK IN BEAUTY ALWAYS
15 October, 2006
IN THIS LIFE THERE'S NO GUARANTEE
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN TO YOU AND ME
ONE DAY YOU'RE HERE
AND THE NEXT YOU'RE GONE
NEVER FEAR YOUR LOVED ONES
WILL CARRY ON
YOU'RE IN GOD'S HANDS NOW
IN A BETTER PLACE THAN YOU WERE BEFORE
YOU'RE IN GOD'S HANDS NOW
THERE'LL BE NO SUFFERING ANYMORE
CAN'T STAY IN HEAVEN
EVERYONE RETURNS HERE
UNTIL THEN YOU'LL NEVER BE ALONE
TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING
YOU'RE NOT ON YOUR OWN
THE TIME HAS COME NOW
TO REST IN PEACE
LET GOD'S LITTLE ANGELS
SET YOUR MIND AT EASE
AND AS THE FADING DARKNESS
HEAVEN'S LIGHT WILL SHINE DOWN
AND SHOW YOU THE WAY
YOU'RE IN GOD'S HANDS NOW
Copyright M. Avery 2005
14 October, 2006
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.
09 October, 2006
The word Druid means Tree. This meaning comes to us from the Age of Gemini which occurred 6,000 years ago.
The religion of Gemini was established under the leadership of the Maji who were being called Druids among the Celts. During this time the Maji were the people whom the Bible calls the "priests of the groves." It was commonly supposed they were ignorant people worshipping trees and performing all sorts of fertility rites with trees. This was far from true. Their religion was more of a "Johnny Appleseed" variety. They taught people that the highest religion was obedience to the first commandment of the Heavenly Father - to dress and keep the world as a Garden of Eden for man's happiness.
Therefore, every time an apple or fruit was eaten the people were taught to put the seeds in a pouch. Every time one sat down to rest he was taught to plant one seed. This they did throughout the whole continent of Europe and soon the entire continent was covered with trees and vines bearing fruits, nuts and berries. People walked from one end of Europe to the other living upon the fruits of the forest.
This they did, and there was no private property in all the world. People wandered hither and yon from the northern regions of Scandinavia to southern Italy. They followed their teachers in small groups, discussing religion and philosophy, as they wandered north and south, eating freely of every tree in the forest.
All of Europe began to resemble what the world will be like when people obey the first commandment of God, "Be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth and make the whole earth a garden of Eden."
Certain people then decided to stay in a certain place because they loved that particular area. And so they stayed there, lived there and took care of a particular grove. And they were known as the priests of the groves.
~ This Legend comes from the teachings of the Druidic Craft of the Wise ~ The American Rite.
Learning From Trees
"The trees are our teachers. Their silence speaks of wisdom and patience for these ancient spirits have persevered the centuries, witnessing human evolution. Take the giant Sequoia, for instance. Not only has this 'big tree' - the most massive of all living forms - been around for more than 135 million years, some of the living ones are believed to be close to 4000 years old. Trees - they are sturdy, poised, determined, and resilient. They always seem to know where they stand. They exist in the present and radiate presence. They express themselves with ease. These are just a few of the lessons that these wooded creatures have to impart.
The tree as an image of illumination and life has made its way to the center of many tales. The Buddha reached enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. According to Norse mythology, Odin became the God of Wisdom by hanging on Yggdrasil, the world ash tree that unites heaven, earth, and hell. And both the Kabalah and Bhagavad Gita describe a tree that grows upside down, with its roots in heaven and its branches in the world.
Trees show us how to strive. They connect with all the levels of the cosmos, simultaneously and harmoniously. Their roots burrow deep into the soil, boldly penetrating the unknown world of Under. Their trunks belong to Mother Earth. And their branches reach up, up, swaying fluently in the sky. May we also stand firmly grounded, bending effortlessly with the winds of change; always growing toward the light. In addition, the leafy guardians represent generosity: they regulate the magnetic field of the earth; they offer us shade, absorb our carbon monoxide and offer us fresh air. May we too try to nourish, shelter and protect one another as well as our fellow forests.
Next time you are in the presence of a magnificent trunk, thank it for its beauty and its teachings. Perhaps try placing your hands on its bark and breathing deeply - you may just feel its calm and ageless energy coursing through you."
For more on this see http://www.druidcraft.us/legends.htm
06 October, 2006
WHERE YOU SIT, YOU HAVE TO LIVE SPHERICALLY
IN MANY DIRECTIONS
NEVER LOSE YOUR CHILDISH ENTHUSIASM
AND THINGS WILL COME YOUR WAY
REGRETS ARE A WASTE OF TIME
THEY'RE THE PAST...CRIPPLING YOU IN THE PRESENT
NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, ALWAYS KEEP YOUR CHILDISH INNOCENCE
IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING
From the movie Under the Tuscan Sun