Saturday, July 12, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 12

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 12
"Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit."
--Sitting Bull, TETON SIOUX
Our bodies are both physical and spiritual. At our very center we are spiritual. Our bodies are built around the spiritual. The center is the unseen world. Therefore, we cannot see it with our eyes and we tend to judge the body because we can see it. The body is not who we are. We can see the spiritual if we are spiritual ourselves. We won't see this always with our physical eyes. Usually we will see it with our spiritual eye. We will hear ourselves say, "I know this to be true."
At the center of all human beings is the place of good. That includes myself. At my very core is good. I can find this place by staying free of resentments, fear, dishonesty and self-seeking motives. My Creator, keep me free this day of resentment, selfishness, dishonesty and fear.

Trail Etiquette

The Sun Is Out!!!
I don’t know about you, but I was beginning to think spring would never get here, and the sad part is, it’s almost summer… based solely on the calendar, not the recent weather. For everyone, myself included, riding into the back country has been nearly an impossible task. Snow depths are unreal, high water and combined with our almost daily summer snow fall this week of nearly 22” in the high country, it may still be awhile before crossing those high mountain passes. Until the snow melts I’ll have to ride the front country trails. Now, there is nothing wrong with low lying front country trails, in fact they are closer to home and I burn way less diesel and daylight getting there. They are great for an after work ride. The obstacle one must overcome is there are more trail users on these trails. Along with more folks on the trails there is also more types of user groups on those trails: equestrian, foot, mechanized and motorized. We all want to get out and enjoy a day in the long awaited sun in which ever way makes us the happiest. Thus this brings up trail etiquette.
Trail etiquette is the fancy way of saying we have to all get along. If multiple users and multiple user groups are going to share the trail, the number one concern should be safety; not who truly has the right of way. Yes, there are rules governing right of ways on the trail…but don’t worry about that, always think safety. Foot traffic yields to horse traffic, empty stock yields to loaded stock, downhill yields to uphill, and the poor motorized folks yield to everyone.
Communication is the key in all of this. If you are out hiking, and see horses coming, step off the trail on the down hill side of the trail. In doing this, if the horses spook they will go uphill, which is way better than down hill! Also, talk to the riders and pack stock when they are passing by; horses may not recognize you as a human with that back pack on, but they will recognize human voice. If I’m riding my horse down the trail and a biker comes rolling up behind me there is no reason for him to idle along at 3.5 miles an hour. I’ll be happy to find a wide spot and pull over allowing the bike to pass. A bike should never just pass a horse and rider with out an ok to do so. Once contact has been made, that bike should back way off. I pull a pack string. Each horse is eight feet long plus 2 feet of lead rope between each animal so lets call it 10’ per animal. If I’m pulling 10 head plus my saddle horse I’m 110’ long! I have no clue what is happening back around the corner. If you are the biker, hang on, I’ll see you in the next straight away and pull off so you can pass. Motorized? Sorry, you just need to shut it down and let the stock traffic pass.
I was out riding the other day at Herron Park west of Kalispell and a young gal came jogging by pushing a bright pink baby stroller with a big bubble type lid. I tried to get out of her way. She never slowed down, never missed a beat, never said a word. My stock were a little wide eyed (don’t see to many pink strollers in the Bob Marshall Wilderness). I guess she thought I had it under control. Don’t guess on safety, communicate with each other and make it a safe day on the trail for everyone.
Happy Trails,

Thursday, July 10, 2014


long hair

This information about hair has been hidden from the public since the Vietnam War. Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that hair style is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that how people wear their hair is simply a cosmetic issue. Back in the Vietnam war, however, an entirely different picture emerged, one that has been carefully covered up and hidden from public view.
In the early nineties, Sally [name changed to protect privacy] was married to a licensed psychologist who worked at a VA medical hospital. He worked with combat veterans with PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. Most of them had served in Vietnam.
Sally said, “I remember clearly an evening when my husband came back to our apartment on Doctor’s Circle carrying a thick official looking folder in his hands. Inside were hundreds of pages of certain studies commissioned by the government. He was in shock from the contents. What he read in those documents completely changed his life. From that moment on my conservative, middle-of-the-road husband grew his hair and beard and never cut them again. What is more, the VA Medical Center let him do it, and other very conservative men in the staff followed his example.
As I read the documents, I learned why. It seems that during the Vietnam War, special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to comb American Indian Reservations looking for talented scouts, for tough young men trained to move stealthily through rough terrain. They were especially looking for men with outstanding, almost supernatural tracking abilities. Before being approached, these carefully selected men were extensively documented as experts in tracking and survival.
With the usual enticements, the well-proven smooth phrases used to enroll new recruits, some of these Indian trackers were then enlisted. Once enlisted, an amazing thing happened. Whatever talents and skills they had possessed on the reservation seemed to mysteriously disappear, as recruit after recruit failed to perform as expected in the field.
Serious causalities and failures of performance led the government to contract expensive testing of these recruits, and this is what was found.
When questioned about their failure to perform as expected, the older recruits replied consistently that when they received their required military haircuts, they could no longer ‘sense’ the enemy, they could no longer access a ‘sixth sense,’ their ‘intuition’ no longer was reliable, they couldn’t ‘read’ subtle signs as well or access subtle extrasensory information.
So the testing institute recruited more Indian trackers, let them keep their long hair, and tested them in multiple areas. Then they would pair two men together who had received the same scores on all the tests. They would let one man in the pair keep his hair long, and gave the other man a military haircut. Then the two men retook the tests.
Time after time the man with long hair kept making high scores. Time after time, the man with the short hair failed the tests in which he had previously scored high scores.
Here is a Typical Test:
The recruit is sleeping out in the woods. An armed ‘enemy’ approaches the sleeping man. The long haired man is awakened out of his sleep by a strong sense of danger and gets away long before the enemy is close, long before any sounds from the approaching enemy are audible.
In another version of this test, the long haired man senses an approach and somehow intuits that the enemy will perform a physical attack. He follows his ‘sixth sense’ and stays still, pretending to be sleeping, but quickly grabs the attacker and ‘kills’ him as the attacker reaches down to strangle him.
This same man, after having passed these and other tests, then received a military haircut and consistently failed these tests, and many other tests that he had previously passed.
So the document recommended that all Indian trackers be exempt from military haircuts. In fact, it required that trackers keep their hair long.
The mammalian body has evolved over millions of years. Survival skills of human and animal at times seem almost supernatural. Science is constantly coming up with more discoveries about the amazing abilities of man and animal to survive. Each part of the body has highly sensitive work to perform for the survival and well being of the body as a whole.The body has a reason for every part of itself.
Hair is an extension of the nervous system, it can be correctly seen as exteriorized nerves, a type of highly evolved ‘feelers’ or ‘antennae’ that transmit vast amounts of important information to the brain stem, the limbic system, and the neocortex.
Not only does hair in people, including facial hair in men, provide an information highway reaching the brain, hair also emits energy, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the brain into the outer environment. This has been seen in Kirlian photography when a person is photographed with long hair and then rephotographed after the hair is cut.
When hair is cut, receiving and sending transmissions to and from the environment are greatly hampered. This results in numbing out.
Cutting of hair is a contributing factor to unawareness of environmental distress in local ecosystems. It is also a contributing factor to insensitivity in relationships of all kinds. It contributes to sexual frustration.
In searching for solutions for the distress in our world, it may be time for us to consider that many of our most basic assumptions about reality are in error. It may be that a major part of the solution is looking at us in the face each morning when we see ourselves in the mirror.
The story of Samson and Delilah in the Bible has a lot of encoded truth to tell us. When Delilah cut Samson’s hair, the once undefeatable Samson was defeated.
Reported by C. Young
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Elder's Meditation of the Day July 10

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 10
"Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new, sweet earth, and the great silence alone."
--Charles Alexander Eastman, OHIYESA SANTEE SIOUX
Each morning a new sun for a new day arises. Each morning the sweet perfume from the Mother Earth spreads across the land. This combination of sun, earth, smell and quiet is a magic door for me toenter to kneel before the Grandfathers. The sacred time to commune with the Great Spirit.
Oh Great Spirit, I humbly stand before You along with the new sun, the Mother Earth and the smells of the morning. I ask You to direct my thinking today. Let me live in the silence. Teach me Your wisdom, Teach me to love my brothers and sisters. Let me respect the things You have made.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 9

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 9
"We have to educate ourselves to know who we are. That's what I mean when I say, 'Teach the children.'"
--Eddie Benton-Banai, OJIBWAY
It is only by knowing ourselves that we can get in touch with our power. It is said, "Tell me what you know about yourself and I'll tell you what you know about God. Tell me what you know about God and I'll tell you what you know about yourself." As we increaseknowledge of ourselves, as we choose to grow spiritually, as we clean up our act, then we can teach the children.
My Creator, You have said "Know thyself." Today let me see the wisdom of this Truth. Give me Your insight of myself. I am always walking the talk and most people can see it. Today, help and guide me on the Red Road.

painting by Barthell Little Chief (Kiowa)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 8

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 8
"You are going to learn the most important lesson - that God is the most powerful thing there is."
--Mathew King, LAKOTA
The Medicine Wheel teaches that there are two worlds - the Seen World and the Unseen World, or the Physical World and the Spiritual World. We need information from both of these worlds in order to live our lives in a harmonious way. The most difficult way is to figure things out by ourselves and leave the Great Spirit out of it. When we do this, we are making decisions with information only from the Physical World. This can be called reliance on self. If we ask the Creator to help us, we then get information from the Unseen World or the Spiritual World. The Spiritual World is where we get our power. When we do this, we are God-reliant. Being God-reliant is the same as being on the Red Road.
Great Spirit, whisper the secrets of the Unseen World in my mind's ear.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 7

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 7
"I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more."
--Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE
We are as sick as our secrets. Our ego takes over control of our lives and when that happens our minds get very sick. Then we hurt people and our minds will always justify our actions. Our minds will give us rationalization and excuses that we are justified in doing what we are doing.
My Creator, Let me live today with an open heart. Let me realize to be vulnerable is a strength, not a weakness. Let me realize the power of an open heart. Let me be available to truth. If I get into trouble, let me hear the whisper of your guidance. Let me make heart decisions and let my head catch up to that decision.