Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thoughts on today's Elder Meditation...

"A man should rely on his own resources; the one who so trains himself is ready for any emergency."

-- Oral Tradition, OMAHA

Man is designed to function independently and to rely on the Creator for his resources. If we build our relationship with the Great Spirit, we are ready when emergencies occur. We need to build a trusting relationship with the Creator. We do this by constantly talking with the Creator. It's good to talk to Him many times a day. Then we will realize, even though we can't see Him, that He is always with us and He is ready to respond to our requests.

God, let me remember to talk to You many times today.

Sometimes it is hard for me to be in a place where I can "constantly" talk with the Creator. Being a working mother & wife as many women are nowadays makes it difficult to take a break from the "Business" of life.
During the Winter months I cannot physically ground & connect with the Great Spirit as I enjoy doing in my gardens during Spring, Summer & Fall. So, it is very important for me to be more conscious of remembering to connect.
It is important to take those breaks; pause, breathe, ground & pray. I find myself needing to do this more often during this stressful time of year and it helps. Connecting with the Great Spirit several times throughout the day keeps me from loosing my temper, or from being frustrated or inpatient with others.
Connecting with the Great Spirit on a regular basis keeps me happy, calm, fulfilled. A better Mother, Wife, Daughter & Friend.
Warmest Blessings ~ Sheilia Canada

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sharing some wise words...

The following was shared with me today & I felt the need to share these wise words of Charles Bird King Red Jacket (Seneca) with others also.
His whole speech resonated with me such simple truth & is the best way I have seen as of yet, that describes my Spirituality & the legitimacy or right I have to be part of it over what other people may deem "acceptable worship".

In a discourse about Amerindian tolerance for the differences of others, Ronald Wright, in his history,* Stolen Continents, *relates a Seneca Chief'sresponse to the efforts of a White preacher to convert his people toChristianity: (can also be accessed at this URL http://www.danielnpaul.com/HistoryItemsAndCommunityEvents.html

"In a scene reminiscent of the debate between Franciscans and Aztec priests nearly 300 hundred years before, the formidable Red Jacket rose to reply. His answer is one of the best ever given to Christianity's claims. Which mentality, he makes one wonder, is the more primitive: that which believes itself to have a patent on truth or that which pleads for culturaldiversity, for tolerance, for mutual respect?" Wright

Chief Red Jacket's words: "Brother ... listen to what we say. There was a time when our forefathers owned this great island. Their seats extended from the rising to the setting sun. The Great Spirit had made it for the use of Indians. He had created the buffalo, the deer, and other animals for food. He had made the bear and the beaver. Their skins served us for clothing. He had scattered them over the country, and taught us how to take them. He had caused the earth to produce corn for bread....
If we had some disputes about our hunting ground, they were generally settled without the shedding of much blood.
But an evil day came upon us. Your forefathers crossed the great water and landed on this island. Their numbers were small. They found friends and not enemies. They told us they had fled from their own country for fear of wicked men, and had come here to enjoy their religion. They asked for a small seat. We took pity on them, granted their request; and they sat down amongst us.
We gave them corn and meat; they gave us poison in return. The white people, Brother, had now found our country. Tidings were carried back, and more came amongst us. Yet we did not fear them. We took them to be friends. They called us brothers. We believed them, and gave them a larger seat.
At length their numbers had greatly increased. They wanted more land; they wanted our country. Our eyes were opened, and our minds became uneasy. Wars took place. Indians were hired to fight against Indians, and many of our people were destroyed. They also brought liquor amongst us. It was strong and powerful, and has slain thousands.
Brother, our seats were once large and yours were small. You have now become a great people, and we have scarcely a place left to spread our blankets. You have got our country, but are not satisfied; you want to force your religion upon us.
Brother, continue to listen. You say that you are sent to instruct us how to worship the Great Spirit agreeably to his mind, and, if we do not take hold of the religion which you white people teach, we shall be unhappy hereafter.
You say that you are right and we are lost. How do we know this to be true?
We ... only know what you tell us about it. How shall we know when to believe, being so often deceived by the white people?
Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it?... Brother, we do not understand these things. We are told that your religion was given to your forefathers, and has been handed down from father to son.
We also have a religion, which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us, their children. We worship in that way. It teaches us to be thankful for all the favours we receive; to love each other, and to be united. We never quarrel about religion.
Brother, the Great Spirit has made us all, but he has made a great difference between his white and red children. He has given us different complexions and different customs.... Since he has made so great a difference between us in other things, why may we not conclude that he has given us a different religion?... Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion, or take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own."

Friday, October 29, 2010

Been Awhile...

Yes, it has been a long time (Over a year.) since I have posted or checked in here. I am going to try to post in here more often. I am not sure anyone is listening, but it will just be a cathartic outlet for myself.
I just returned from a long journey to Topeka for Chris' court date. Then we continued out East to Ava, Missouri to retrieve the last of our belongings that were still in storage there.
It was good to leave that chapter behind. Closing the door on that part of my life felt good. Like I had made the right decision.
Honestly though being in Topeka made me keep wanting to head just a bit North to the Prairie Band Rez. I was looking continually for evidence of my Ancestors & only saw casino billboards.
I didn't stay long in Topeka as we were on a different mission, but I am confident if we ad stayed longer that 12 hours I would of encountered more information/connection. Topeka is not that far from here. (About an 8 hour drive.) So, maybe I can make another visit to the area. The drive through Kansas is so long though. I dread it every time.
I found an interesting website though http://www.wiskigeamatyuk.com/ that I am going to do some more researching on.
Back to work today & looking forward to Halloween with the boys.
I am also looking forward to working some more on my website & group & this blog.
Warmest Blessings,