The Native American Spirit


"Religion is a manmade institution; spirituality is given to us by the creator." Those blessed to either be awakened or awakening to the beauty of spirituality will appreciate the authenticity of this old proverb.


Native American spirituality is one of many. A pearl of ancient wisdom, a magical connection between the natural world, animism, and the great spirit. Animism suggests every living and non-living existence has a spirit, such as plants, animals, rocks, mountains, rivers, oceans, etc. These creations are gently placed into the womb of mother earth, creating a life force of energy melted with different qualities, unique gifts, and powers from the creator, the great spirit.


"May you walk through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life."

Apache Blessing


Native Americans and nature are united as one. Although their origins are explicitly created for them, their unique habitats ensure each tribe forms a deep conscious connection with their land while seeking spiritual experiences through meditation, drumming, dancing, and singing in the hope of prosperity for all.


"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart"

Ancient Proverb


With no visual scriptures or worship temples, Native Americans simply view and appreciate the everyday miracles of natural life gifted to us through the creator / great spirit. Their sacred teachings, knowledge, and understanding of the connection between the cosmos and its energy have been passed on most naturally, orally, between themselves and the universe.


"May your life be like a wild flower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day"

Native American Proverb


It was hard not to feel a little envious of these humble people while reading various books regarding their history and teachings. It all sounds so simple, yet the world we live in today makes it seem an unachievable fantasy. The thought of each of us finding our "tribe," away from the hustle and bustle while connecting to our homeland and souls frequencies without any distractions of work and bills sound joyous. But, can it really be achieved?


"Those who have one foot in the canoe and one foot in the boat are going to fall into the river"

Tuscarora Proverb


Fortunately for us, Native Americans have begun to reach out, praying for humanity while teaching their knowledge and wisdom to those outside their tribes in the hope of us joining them on the "red road." The red road is a metaphor for living a spiritual life through an interconnected circle of people. To live each day walking our journey while acknowledging and practicing the seven sacred values of the Lakota;


Prayer

Honesty

Humility

Compassion

Respect

Generosity

Wisdom


Sadly for many, we end up walking the "black road." Unlike minerals, plants, and animals who instinctively feel the connection between the cosmos and its energy, the two-legged are lost in a blanket of smog polluted by the trappings of the twenty-first century. Despite their knowledge, it is hard to believe that various Native Americans have found themselves walking the black road, sadly due to the misguided information of interfering systems today. However, their journey on the black road is short-lived; as their souls start to remember who they once were, they begin the journey back to the road they were always destined to walk, the red road.


"Listen to the wind; it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows"

Native American Proverb


Native American's believe everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease has a herb to cure it, and death is not to be mourned but to be celebrated. The modern-day has lost its memory which is why Native Americans believe in living the "old ways." Sometimes to be able to move forward, we must look back either at ourselves or through the teachings of our ancestors, for the past may hold the answers to many of the questions our souls yearn.


' When man moves away from nature, his heart becomes hard. '

Native American Proverb


While these beautiful people pray for our souls to find inner and outer peace to join them on the red road, may we take a moment to pray for them? Pray that they are left in peace to enjoy the surroundings and beliefs their ancestors taught them, for their journey on the red road to remain graceful and tranquil without further interference and their admirable teachings to be taught far and wide. If the planet were to lose its spiritual identity, it would be an absolute travesty for humanity.


Sending love and light always.


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