Saturday, January 12, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 12

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 12

"The first thing that we want you to understand is that spirit has no color or race to it. It doesn't matter whether your skin is white, black, red, brown - whatever. No one out there is any better than you, and you are no better than anyone else out there."
--John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG 

We are all created to be of equal worth. We may be different sizes, different heights, different ages, different colors, we may have different beliefs and be of different cultures. In the unseen world, we are all spirit formed into different shapes and colors but we are all worthy. For example, you can have water, you can have steam, or you can have ice. Which of these is not made up of H2O?

My Creator, today, let me see equal worthiness in all people.

Cavalry Remounts

The Training of Cavalry Remount Horses, by Capt. L. E. Nolan

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Message from Chief Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation - January 10, 2013


  • A Message from Chief Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation - January 10, 2013

    Indigenous Chief's Meeting With Prime Minister of Canada and Governor General scheduled for tomorrow - January 11, 2013

    Thank you to the hunger strikers Chief Spence, Raymond Robinson, Emil sock, the leadership, the Idle No More movement and everyone's work which all contributes to a new page in our People's journey towards justice.

    The Indigenous Chiefs have been meeting here in Ottawa since Tuesday working on a unified approach to bring to the table when we meet the Prime Minister and the Governor General on Friday. We as the leadership, have varying expectations and our deliberations were a difficult task. Our challenge was to summarize and focus in on key areas we wanted to take to Friday's meeting along with measurable outcomes/expectations.

    To complicate matters even more, the Prime Minister's office was taking complete control of the meeting including venue, who can attend, how long he stays, the agenda, etc. We tried to accommodate his expectations but by 3 pm today we rejected his assertion of control over the meeting by consensus by all the Indigenous Chiefs across Canada who are in attendance.

    We remembered that it was Chief Spence's invitation to the Prime Minister and the Governor General to meet with the Indigenous leadership (Chiefs) that prompted this. The Prime Minister accepted that invitation. We decreed that it needs to be and will be our agenda and all logistics will be under our control. He's accepted an invitation to come to our home. Chief's Spence's wishes need to be honoured as do ours.

    By consensus, We the Indigenous Chief's from across Canada asked a delegation of women to make their way on our behalf to the Prime Minister's office to inform him that we will be waiting for him and the Governor General here at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa Canada for a 9 am start to do business as per his acceptance of our invitation to meet. We will be putting forward our agenda items including, Treaty implementation, resource revenue sharing, commitment to resolve our matters at most senior level (Prime Minister) not the Indian Affairs Minister, transformed fiscal relationship, National Public Commission of Inquiry on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls, including special focus on murdered and missing women (estimate 2000 now), First Nation School in every First Nation, no more imposed legislation repeal bills C 38 and 45 and reform comprehensive claims process.

    All Chiefs, representatives of the Elders, Women, Youth and Idle No more will be here with us.

    As un-extinguished North American Indigenous Nations, we are not taking a back seat. We are taking control of our destiny. Prime Minister Harper will feel the effects if he or the Governor general decide to not show up for this meeting tomorrow.

    The Chief's, Elders, Spiritual leaders here ask that rallies take place around the world in support of what is happening here in Ottawa. We also ask for prayers in what ever form of prayer you practice.

    Please spread this message.

    Formal press releases will be issued by the Assembly of First Nations, the Chief's of Ontario as well as Batchewana First Nation.

Idle No More spreading beyond Canada's borders - Canada - CBC News

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January 10 - Daily Feast


January 10 - Daily Feast
Know that you are not the only one to ever feel humiliation and pain. There is nothing new under the sun. Many have been through this valley and they understand what you are having to bear. Never lose faith because you asked and did not receive. We can ask amiss, but more than likely we are edged out by a subtle something we do not recognize as danger. As remote as it seems, this experience will pass. This time and place and reason cannot be stolen when the space is filled with praise, because praise is giving.
~ We always give the Great Spirit something. I think that is good. ~
BLACKFOOT - CROW CHIEF
-------Halona Akichita Yazzie
January 10 - Daily Feast
Know that you are not the only one to ever feel humiliation and pain. There is nothing new under the sun. Many have been through this valley and they understand what you are having to bear. Never lose faith because you asked and did not receive. We can ask amiss, but more than likely we are edged out by a subtle something we do not recognize as danger. As remote as it seems, this experience will pass. This time and place and reason cannot be stolen when the space is filled with praise, because praise is giving. 
~ We always give the Great Spirit something. I think that is good. ~ 
BLACKFOOT - CROW CHIEF
-------Halona Akichita Yazzie


‎"Once we walked the earth and our bodies were strong. Once we started each day with deep breaths and grateful thanks for all around us.
Once we used the medicines, prayers, and ceremonies that cured any sickness we had ... now it's different.
We climb an unknown mountain searching for fresh air.
We walk among an earth disrespected.
We look for plants to heal our weakened bodies, the plants are polluted and dying as we are.
We use what is left of our ceremonies to try to catch out breath. We are suffocated.
Our Creator breathed life into us ... he has a message: "For that which was taken from us will be returned sevenfold."
Our sacred breath - it's time to take it back."
…, Jicarrila Apache
-------Halona Akichita Yazzie
"Once we walked the earth and our bodies were strong. Once we started each day with deep breaths and grateful thanks for all around us. 
Once we used the medicines, prayers, and ceremonies that cured any sickness we had ... now it's different. 
We climb an unknown mountain searching for fresh air. 
We walk among an earth disrespected. 
We look for plants to heal our weakened bodies, the plants are polluted and dying as we are. 
We use what is left of our ceremonies to try to catch out breath. We are suffocated. 
Our Creator breathed life into us ... he has a message: "For that which was taken from us will be returned sevenfold." 
Our sacred breath - it's time to take it back." 
…, Jicarrila Apache
-------Halona Akichita Yazzie

From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians


From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians
The white people, who are trying to make us over into their image, they want us to be what they call "assimilated," bringing the Indians into the mainstream and destroying our own way of life and our own cultural patterns. They believe we should be contented like those whose concept of happiness is materialistic and greedy, which is very different from our way.
We want freedom from the white man rather than to be integrated. We don't want any part of the establishment, we want to be free to raise our children in our religion, in our ways, to be able to hunt and fish and live in peace. We don't want power, we don't want to be congressmen, or bankers....we want to be ourselves. We want to have our heritage, because we are the owners of this land and because we belong here.
The white man says, there is freedom and justice for all. We have had "freedom and justice," and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this." …From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians
-------Halona Akichita Yazzie





Elder's Meditation of the Day January 10



Elder's Meditation of the Day January 10

"We cannot escape remembering the important things that have happened, and we cannot escape the awareness of the important things that have not happened."
--Ralph Salisbury, CHEROKEE

There is a Master Plan. There are Natural Laws that run the universe. Everything on the earth has a purpose. Change is constant. That which is built is constantly being destroyed. That which is loose is being used to build new things. Nothing can be destroyed, only rearranged. Change will happen and every setback is only temporary. In other words, the Creator is in charge. We are not in charge. He designed the universe. He runs the universe and He will change what needs to be changed. As humans, it is easier for us to participate in all of this if we are spiritual. We need to be tuned in. Therefore, God gave us the spiritual concept of acceptance. When things change, we can change ourselves through the principle of acceptance.

Great Spirit, let me live today in acceptance of Your will. Today let us do it Your way.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Killing time

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 9


Elder's Meditation of the Day January 9

"So, with the Native way, it's not whether people find out about what you've done or not... that's not nearly as strong as having your source of morality within you, having your morality arise out of an inner perception of what is wrong, ridiculous, or shameful. You are your own judge."
--Eunice Baumann-Nelson, Ph.D., PENOBSCOT

Inside each of us is a voice. It is a quiet voice. It is a guiding voice. If we listen for it, it will guide us, and help us avoid disaster. It is especially active when we are afraid, when we are in doubt, when we are scared, when we need help, and when we get angry. If we are excited emotionally, it is hard to hear this voice. If we are angry, it's hard to hear this voice because it is usually quiet. The best thing we can do is to practice getting quiet. If we don't get quiet, there is another voice called the judge. It tells us to attack or say bad things to other people or to judge ourselves. This voice is loud and usually gets us into trouble.

Creator, Great Mystery, help me listen for the quiet voice. Let me know this voice of Yours. Your ways are gentle. Guide me with this voice. Thank you.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 7

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 7

"When we become hollow bones there is no limit to what the Higher Powers can do in and through us in spiritual things."
--Frank Fools Crow, LAKOTA 

If we want to be of maximum use to the Creator, we must ready ourselves to do so. if we are to become a channel for His purposes, we must prepare ourselves to do so. If we have resentment, fear, selfishness, or anger, we are not hollow bones. We must be rid of these things. We must change ourselves. We must ask for forgiveness for ourselves and forgive our brothers and sisters. We must keep our insides clean. We cannot use our power in a good way when we have blockages such as hate, judgement, and envy. When we are free of these things the Higher Powers can use us beyond our wildest imagination. Then we can really help ourselves and help our people. Only when we are hollow bones can we have an effect on the world.

Oh Great Spirit, remove from me the things that block my usefulness to You. Remove from my day all thinking that is out of harmony with Your ways. Grant me Your peace and allow me to function as a hollow bone.

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 8



Elder's Meditation of the Day January 8
"Native Americans are essentially calling for righteousness. By this they mean a shared ideology developed by all people using their purest and most unselfish minds."
--Lorraine Canoe/Tom Porter, MOHAWK
The Native way is to first focus on decisions that will be good for the people and then for yourself. Righteousness means "to think right." Our way is to consider the good of all first. This helps our minds to be unselfish and pure. This it he spiritual way. This can be very hard to do because the world we live in says to take care of yourself first. A man of God cannot be taken advantage of unless it is the will of the Creator. The Creator really controls everything. To have a good future, the people must gather in a circle and pray for the highest good for the people.
Great Mystery, today let me love instead of being loved. Let me be giving instead of receiving. Show me the advantages of having a giving heart.

Hallelujah--


These are the lyrics from A Hallelujah Christmas by Cloverton; Chords from the 
original Hallelujah by Leonard Cohan. Enjoy!

Intro: C Am x8
C                 Am     
I've heard about this baby boy
     C                    Am     
Who's come to earth to bring us joy
F                 G                  C  G 
And I just want to sing this song to you
C                  F         E
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
     Am            F
The minor fall, the major lift
       G             E           Am
With every breath I'm singing Hallelujah
     F          Am         F               C G C  
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Break: C Am x4

C                 Am     
A couple came to Bethlehem
     C                    Am     
Expecting child, they searched the inn
F                 G                  C  G 
To find a place for You were coming soon
C                  F         E
There was no room for them to stay
     Am            F
So in a manger filled with hay
       G             E           Am
God's only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
     F          Am         F               C G C  
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Break: C Am x4

C                 Am     
The shepherds left their flocks by night
     C                    Am     
To see this baby wrapped in light
F                 G                  C  G 
A host of angels led them all to You
C                  F         E
It was just as the angels said
     Am            F
You'll find Him in a manger bed
       G             E           Am
Emmanuel and Savior, Hallelujah
     F          Am         F               C G C  
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Break: C Am x4

C                 Am     
A star shown bright up in the east
     C                    Am     
To Bethlehem, the wise-men three
     C                    Am     
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
C                  F         E
And to the place at which You were
     Am            F
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
       G             E           Am
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah
F               Am         F               C G C  G
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Break: C Am x4

C                 Am     
I know You came to rescue me
     C                    Am     
This baby boy would grow to be
     C                    Am     
A man and one day die for me and you
C                  F         E
My sins would drive the nails in You
     Am            F
That rugged cross was my cross, too
       G             E           Am
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah
F               Am         F               C 
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
F               Am         F               C G C  
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Outro same as intro 

"A Hallelujah Christmas" by Cloverton (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - YouTube

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Wan-Tanna-Hey: "Walk In Peace With Spirit"~ Elder's Meditation of the Day January 7


Elder's Meditation of the Day January 7

"When we become hollow bones there is no limit to what the Higher Powers can do in and through us in spiritual things."
--Frank Fools Crow, LAKOTA

If we want to be of maximum use to the Creator, we must ready ourselves to do so. if we are to become a channel for His purposes, we must prepare ourselves to do so. If we have resentment, fear, selfishness, or anger, we are not hollow bones. We must be rid of these things. We must change ourselves. We must ask for forgiveness for ourselves and forgive our brothers and sisters. We must keep our insides clean. We cannot use our power in a good way when we have blockages such as hate, judgement, and envy. When we are free of these things the Higher Powers can use us beyond our wildest imagination. Then we can really help ourselves and help our people. Only when we are hollow bones can we have an effect on the world.

Oh Great Spirit, remove from me the things that block my usefulness to You. Remove from my day all thinking that is out of harmony with Your ways. Grant me Your peace and allow me to function as a hollow bone.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 6



Elder's Meditation of the Day January 6
"When we're through with this earth and all these problems, we don't have to come back. But as long as we're here we have a job to do and a purpose to fulfill, and that means dealing with the circumstances around us."
--Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
We are put on the earth to participate in life. We have a beautiful mind, we have the ability to pray, we have the ability to change, we have the ability to accept, and we have choices. All things God created are constantly changing. This constant change causes our circumstances to change. Sometimes we say life is difficult. During these times we need to use our tools: the tools of prayer, and the tools of meditation. We are designed to change and live joyfully on this earth. The only requirement for living joyfully is to live according to the laws, principles, and values given to us by the Creator.
Great Spirit, give me Your courage today, and guide my footsteps.