Manataka American Indian Council                                                           Volume XIV  Issue 07  JULY 2010


 

 

SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow

 

 

July 2010

 

July 1, 1776

Canada Independence

July 4, 1867

USA Independence

July 27

Parents Day

 

 

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Contents:

Page 1

Elders Meditation:

  Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

Notices:

  Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!
Feature Story 1:   The Time of Purification: Update On Hopi Prophecy
Feature Story 2:   Gulf oil spill pushes Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe
Endangered Earth:   Obama Lifts Ban on Shallow Water Drilling
Mother Earth Watch:   Chevron Oil Kills - The Real Price of Oil
Daniel Hawk Eyes Speaks:   How Can Stress It Affect You?
Linda Two Hawk Feathers:   Healing to the Seventh Generation
Tribal News:   Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe State Recognized
Education:   Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Needs School Supplies
Inspiration Thoughts:  

The Vast Expanse

Website Updates:   25 New Stories In June

Page 2 

Legends of Old:   Deer Clan Origin Myth - Winnebago
Feature Story:   Ancient Maya Holy Time

Letters to the Editor:

  Pointing Out the Facts
Feature Story 3:   The 2012 Controversy
Grandfather Gray HawkSpeaks:   Trusting and Truth: The effects of dishonesty on relationships
Organic Consumers:   Seeds, Democracy, and Farmers Under Siege
Elder's Meditations:   Mathew King, Lakota
Earth Medicine:   Manataka Salutes the Warriors
Warrior Society News:   Healing Our Inner-self

Fluoride:

Fluoridation of public water supplies is illegal
Animal Rights and Wrongs: 12,000 endangered Saiga Antelope found dead in Kazakhstan
Sacred Sites: Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act

Page 3 

History:

  An Apache Medicine Dance in 1898

L. Cota Nupah Makah:

Magdala Rameriz:

 

End of the World - Lahkota Medicine Man Prophecy

Oceans of Tears

Indigenous Music:

  Derek Miller

Elder's Meditations:

  Hunbatz Men, Mayan

Food & Nutrition:

  When Disaster Strikes
Book Reviews:   1491: New Revelations of the Americas
Poetry Circle:   Hunting Indian Relics with Granddaddy
Healing Prayer Basket:   Many Blessings Come to Those Who Pray
Manataka  Business:   Working To Bring Balance -- and more
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Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers to perform  Xi Chel Ceremonies August 27 -28  at Manataka

 

 

You are invited!

The Sixth Sun Aztec Dancers will perform the exciting and deeply spiritual Xi Chel

(Rainbow Woman) ceremonies.  Ernesto Tano Quinquil Alvarado, an Apache Earth Medicine healer

will present "Earth Medicine" and Manataka Elders will offer up the sacred pipe and other ceremonies.

The entire weekend is free. 

 

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NOTICES:

 

Manataka Needs Prayer Ties from volunteers

 

Manataka ambassadors and friends travel to many places around the continent and around the globe and meet with elders and spiritual leaders of many nations.  The gift of tobacco is a sign of reverence and respect and is a long held tradition of many peoples.  Often, prayer ties are strung together and taken to sacred sites and or places that require healing (such the Gulf of Mexico). 

 

We need thousands of prayer ties.  You can help by making as many prayer ties as you can and send them to us for distribution to people and places that need your prayers.

 

Ties is a ceremony within itself and should be done with much reverence and respect. The Process I have found is different with

many elders or teachers. Instructions as to colors, when to smudge, honoring of the directions and other things might change. Therefore, I give only the mechanics. Instructions How to Ma oknlye Prayer Ties (The mechanics) By Zoe Bryant

 

Get your materials together and ready to sit and pray. 

Items needed.

• Small squares of fabric( about 2” to 4" square)

• String (kite strings works best; you don’t want it to break!)

• natural tobacco (Native Spirit & Bugler both work well)

• Sage ( to smudge yourself and all your supplies)

 

Preparing your fabric squares for the Prayer ties:

The easiest way to get multiple pieces of fabric is to notch your material about 2” apart and tear long strips the length of the fabric. Fold them in half, fold again and continue folding until your folded strip is only 2’’ wide. Cut all the folds with scissors. Putting your tobacco prayer into the tie: Place a small pinch of tobacco in the center of a square of fabric. Fold the fabric over … Fold it a

second time and then a third time. Now pinch the bundle together making what looks like a little ghost.   Tie the small bundle together at the top with string, dental floss, sinew or raw hide.

 

The Manataka Women's Council has contributed thousands of prayer ties over the years and they pray the entire time materials are being gathered and while making them.  A dozen prayers may go into each tie.

 

Send to: -- as soon as possible

Manataka Prayer Ties

PO Box 476, Hot Springs National Park, AR  71902

 


 

 

Manataka Powwow June 10 - 12, 2011

 

Join the Manataka Powwow Committee Now!

As chairman of the June 2011 Manataka Powwow at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Grandfather Hawk Hoffman will share many years of powwow experience as you provide needed assistance in organizing, promoting, supervising details and working at the event. Scheduled for June 10 - 12, 2011, the Manataka Powwow will have a huge arena at Bald Mountain Park and Campgrounds to host dancers, drummers, special entertainment, and vendors.  Send us your contact information and what you would like to do to help.  PowwowCommittee@manataka.org  

 

See the Manataka Powwow flyer here     Vendors:  Sign up for booth space here... before they are all gone...
 

 

 

American Indian Information and Trade Center Needs Your Help

 

Attention Tribes, Indian Organizations, Media, Museums, Cultural Centers, Powwows, and Events

 

Publishers of the Native American Directory: Alaska, Canada, U.S. and Powwow on the Road need your help in updating their extensive database.  Get a FREE listing in the best and largest Native American Directory in the country!  Promote your event, powwow, organization!  The Native American Directory is unique with layers of information circulated by 20 individual agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of the Census, Public Health Service, Indian Health Service and all Native organizations and associations.   "information that is hard to find!"  "directory on Indians for the 21st century"   "Indian red page bible.”  

 

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ELDER MEDITATION

 

"You have to have a lot of patience to hear those old people talk, because when they talk, they talk about motivation, the feeling, the unsound that is around the universe. They explain everything to one understanding. They bring it all together, and when they finish, just one word comes out. Just one word. They might talk all day, and just one word comes out."

--Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

 

We need to be careful about judging the old ones when we talk. At first they may not make sense to us. Maybe we'll say they're old fashioned and don't understand. But the old ones do understand! When they speak, listen very carefully. Often it will take weeks or maybe even years before we understand what they are really saying. This is the way of Wisdom. We need to listen, listen, listen.

Great Spirit, today, open my ears so I can hear the Elders

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FEATURE STORY

 

The Time of Purification

Update on Hopi Prophecy
By John Kimmey

According to the Hopi Prophecy we are in the latter days of The Time of Purification. We are in the process of resolution of polarities we have caused through our limited comprehension of universal principles. 

 
The ancient prophecy of the Hopis provides us with a number of specific significant future events and their corresponding instructions. These instructions serve as a guide to our responses to these events. The Time of Purification began with the release of the first nuclear explosions in 1945. The event known in the Prophecy as the Third Great Shaking is our present point with which our attention must be focused. There are two eventualities to be considered.

The first phase, it states, could be the best case scenario and could conclude this cycle, known as the Fourth World , in harmony with the intention of Great Spirit (the Universe). It is said that at this time the polarities will be so extreme that it will appear that all things will seem to be opposite to the True Path of Life.   Read More >>>

 


 

FEATURE STORY

 

Gulf oil spill could push Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe to the point of no return
By David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post Staff Writer

POINTE-AUX-CHENES, LA. -- The best thing about this place -- where the dry land of south Louisiana gives up, and marshes and bayous stretch away to the Gulf -- used to be that white people had so much trouble finding it. Here, a French-speaking Indian tribe has lived for more than a century, isolated from a world that had proved itself unfriendly.

But the oil found its refuge in a month and a day.

Now, this tribe is feeling an especially sharp version of Louisiana's despair. Its members worry that the oil will kill the marsh, and seethe at the idea that a bitter history now seems to be getting worse.

"They come in and take our land. Now, the oil's taking over. It's like it's happening all over" again, said Grace Welch, 26, in a stilt-legged house across the street from the bayou.

Across the plywood-floored living room, her father was fantasizing about killing Christopher Columbus.

"They shoulda hang him," said Sidney Verdin, 60. He meant the native people who encountered Columbus, the first scout of the civilization that would eventually drill an oil well 5,000 feet under the ocean and then not know how to fix it when it broke.

The Pointe-au-Chien tribe lives west of the Mississippi River mouth, more than 100 miles by water from the spot where the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank. Headed here from New Orleans, the road branches and narrows until it is two lanes hugging a cola-colored bayou where alligators hide. The tribe lives where the road ends.

On Tuesday, in the shaded space under a house on stilts, chief Charles "Chuckie" Verdin (pronounced "VUR-dan," a common name in the roughly 680-member tribe), 53, recounted watching the TV news when BP gave up its attempt to completely kill the leaking well.

"I just stayed there and looked at it," said the chief, a deeply tanned man wearing a camouflage T-shirt, as stray kittens played around his feet. "Going through my head [was], 'This is going to get a lot worse.' "

The tribe is not recognized by the federal government, and its name is proof of its still-murky history: The tribe's official name is French for "Dog Point." But others nearby asserted that the right name was the more genteel Pointe-aux-Chenes, "Point of Oaks," and that's the name on the local school. In Cajun French, both names sound like "Point ahw-shen." 
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EDITORIAL

 

BIG OIL = BIG TROUBLES

 

Eleven workers are dead.  The families of Gulf of Mexico fishermen are suffering.  Birds and marine animals are covered with crude oil and dying.  The water necessary for all life is fouled.  The Big Oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a tragedy.   But, this is only the beginning of more and bigger tragedies in the future.

 

It is a disaster that could have been prevented.  Solutions exist that will reduce and eliminate our dependence on Big Oil.  Investing in clean energy must be the primary goal of all Americans and the entire world.  We must demand the government immediately strengthen fuel economy standards.  We must strongly invest in public transit and plan "walkable" and "bikeable" communities.  We must immediately stop making huge recreational and personal vehicles like RV and SUVs.  Smaller is better. 

 

Big Oil companies continue to push for more deep-water and shallow water oil rigs.  They continue to destroy millions of acres of pristine forests and tundra for the sake of greed.  Big Oil's Canadian Tar Sands is the dirtiest, ugliest method yet -- and the damage to the ecology and health of all life on the planet will suffer for centuries.  Obama will give Big Oil the go ahead for a pipeline that will pump nasty tar sand oil to the dirtiest refineries on the Gulf.  The extreme high pressure pipeline will cross delicate farmlands, forests and prairies on its way to Big Oil refineries in Texas. Why?  Greed. 

 

North America is not the only victim of Big Oil.  They are creating toxic oil lagoons that poison water and create cancer hot spots in downstream indigenous communities in South and Central America.  Big Oil is dumping toxic waste all over the world.  This must be stopped. 

 

If we allow this to continue, Big Oil companies will continue to cut corners on safety with a potential of creating worldwide disasters of untold proportions.  The government cannot and will not prevent Big Oil and Big Chemical companies.  The people must stop them.  Or, the end of the earth as we know it will come to an end.  They sky is turning black.  Water is turning black.  Our lungs and bodies will turn black.  All in the name of money.  - Editor

 

 

 

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ENDANGERED EARTH:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Center for Biological Diversity

 

Obama Lifts Ban on Dangerous Shallow Water Drilling in Gulf
As oil continues to gush from BP's Deepwater Horizon catastrophe into the Gulf of Mexico, the Interior Department this week said it's going to allow offshore drilling in shallow waters -- less than 500 feet -- to resume. This comes despite Interior's lack of answers about its pledge, made April 30, to conduct a full safety review before allowing more drilling. It also comes amid news that another shallow-water well in the Gulf -- also approved without full environmental review -- is leaking, possibly since 2004. In fact, despite Interior Department's cavalier attitude, shallow-water drilling is very dangerous. It has a worse blowout record than deepwater drilling and is closer to our shores. The Center has been among the loudest national voices calling for a full moratorium on more offshore drilling, no matter the depth. Take action to end new, dangerous offshore drilling.

 

 

MMS Stumbles Toward Confused Ban on Environmental Waivers
In response to weeks of negative publicity about its continued exemption of oil drilling plans from environmental review, the Minerals Management Service issued a press release yesterday claiming it will "strengthen safety requirements" but leaving the world confused as to whether it will continue exempting the oil industry from environmental laws. The agency says it will require more information from oil companies when it issues drilling permits, but says nothing about its own completely broken, corrupt permitting system. Will it revoke the 400+ illegal permits it has issued since January, 2009? Will it cease giving out environmental waivers? As with all of the administration's reforms and moratoriums to date, no one seems to know, least of all the Mineral Management Service. Here's our take, as reported by the Washington Post yesterday: Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said they should "shut down" the exemptions when it comes to offshore drilling.  "MMS is making baby steps in the right direction, but it is not enough to require more information from the oil companies," Suckling said. "MMS needs to formally revoke all 400 environmental waivers given out in the past 18 months and redo each and every decision."  Now there's a clear plan. Read the full story in the Washington Post and then take action to close the loophole on environmental waivers.

 

 


 

 

FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

What do you hear?

A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the Native American said, "I hear a cricket."

His friend said, "What? You must be crazy. You couldn't possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!"

"No, I'm sure of it," the Native American said, "I heard a cricket."

"That's crazy," said the friend.

The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.

"That's incredible," said his friend. "You must have super-human ears!"

"No," said the Native American. "My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you're listening for."

"But that can't be!" said the friend. "I could never hear a cricket in this noise."

"Yes, it's true," came the reply. "It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you."

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.

"See what I mean?" asked the Native American. "It all depends on what's important to you."

 


 

MOTHER EARTH WATCH

 

Chevron Oil Kills - The Real Price of Oil

 

Can you imagine what 18 BILLION gallons of toxic oil waste looks like? What smell permeates the air? What that much oil sludge tastes like in your water supply?

 

Emergildo Criollo, and 30,000 other Ecuadoreans, know exactly what 18 billions gallons of oil waste looks like. Chevron (then Texaco) poisoned their land and water for decades, causing immense suffering for families and communities, and one of the biggest environmental disasters of our time.

Sign up now to host a screening of Crude, the movie Chevron doesn't want the world to see.

Emergildo's family drank, bathed, and fished in a river where oil sludge was regularly and deliberately dumped upstream by the oil company. Emergildo's infant son was born with severe developmental disabilities and died at just 6 months. His other son died at age 3. Emergildo's wife contracted uterine cancer and had to undergo a hysterectomy.

Emergildo Criollo, leader of the Cofan Indigenous community, bravely tells this story in the powerful, critically acclaimed documentary Crude: The Real Price of Oil.

Tell Emergildo's story by hosting a Crude screening!

These are the stories Chevron does not want you to see...the polluted water and soil, and the families crying over their dying children in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Will you help show the world what Chevron is hiding?

 


 

 

 

GRANDFATHER DANIEL SEVENHAWKS SPEAKS

 

 

Hawk Speaks

 

How Can Stress It Affect You?

 

Many people suffer from the effects of stress. It could come from your secular employment, family related issues or just the day-to-day problems that we all need to put up with. Whatever causes you stress-whether it is driving in rush hour traffic, a strained relationship with your family or with a fellow employee. Stress is not new to the human race! Stress in itself is not a bad thing; it can give us needed courage to face problems. In life threatening situations stress can enable people to perform things they would never have faced before.

 

Working in law enforcement for over 40 years, I personally have faced situations where there was great stress. Once while on patrol I happened to be in the area where a man was working on his vehicle and the jack fell on him pinning him between the driveway and the vehicle. He was in mortal danger. I don’t know where it came from but I was able to lift the rear of the vehicle enough so he could be pulled to safety. A surge of adrenaline within me enabled me to perform this task. I have to say I felt strange and the hair on the back of my neck was standing straight. This was a form of stress as I was told later. Sometimes when we face difficult situations our body seems to gather something from deep inside of us so as to do something we normally would not be able to do.  Read More>>>

 


 

GRANDMOTHER LINDA TWO HAWK FEATHERS JAMES, CHOCTAW

 

                         

Healing to the Seventh Generation

By Tali Tawodi Tslunuhi

Inspired by the author of “Three Cups of Tea”

 

 

In Native American culture, any plan, any change, or any move has historically only been agreed on after the elders consider the 7th generation.  American culture has evolved into an individualistic, modernistic social mega-culture that ignores the legacy that a plan, a change or a move will affect the next 10 years let alone 7 generations in the future.  A generation may represent 40 years of time as we count it now.  So, the last seven generations is a longer period of time than the United States has existed as a country.  The idealism of the “founders” of our country gave them high hopes of making a new nation that would benefit their children for all future generations.  They were blinded, however, as to how their own use of slave labor and propensity to conquest would manifest itself in the next 7 generations.  We are at the end of that time.  Many people around the world are calling for change, for a new vision of indigenous peoples – even to the extent of formal apologies given to native peoples in Australia and Canada.   Read More>>>

 

 


 

TRIBAL NEWS

 

Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe State Recognized

NEWPORT NEWS — It took eight years for the Virginia General Assembly to officially recognize the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Tribe, but tribal leaders say the American Indian tribe has existed for hundreds of years.

 

Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown, said the Southampton County tribe, which has about 15 members in the Denbigh area of Newport News, is documented back to 1580, but probably existed for hundreds of years before that. The tribe now has 272 members, and they host a powwow at the Southampton County Fairgrounds every summer.  Brown said the tribe recently purchased 100 acres in Southampton County, where it intends to build a museum and replicas of tribal longhouses. He said he's also working to preserve the tribal language.

 

The Cheroenhaka endured a lengthy, twisting path to state recognition, which Brown said means that the tribe can stamp its crafts with the tribal name, start partnerships with schools promoting Native American history, and acquire more financial aid for college students. The tribe will now seek federal recognition, which would bring more benefits, he said.  In 1705 the tribe owned 41,000 acres in Southampton County, Brown said, but as the tribe-owned acreage dwindled over time, members of the tribe dispersed, some to Newport News.   www.cheroenhaka-nottoway.org

 

Tribal Law and Order Act: Making It Congress' Business
As mentioned in last month's Native American Legislative Update, on the 26th of April 15 of our colleague faith-based organizations signed on to our letter in support of the Tribal Law and Order Act (H.R. 1924/S. 797). The Tribal Law and Order Act is still expected to come before the House Judiciary Committee any week now. We've been making visits to Judiciary Committee member offices with members of some of the other organizations who signed on to the letter to make some noise and give a face to the wide interfaith support of this bill. The reception has been warm in both Democratic and Republican offices, and I think it stands a good chance of bipartisan support if and when it makes it to the floor. It will have an even better chance of making it to the floor if it gets more cosponsors! Please write to your representatives and senators urging them to support this long-overdue piece of legislation.
 

2010 Tribal Directory

Tribal Web Sites (Federally recognized tribes only; Alphabetical by State)

 


 

EDUCATION

 

 

 

Warm greetings from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation!

 

My name is Kiri Close, Phd. I am full-time faculty (Asst. Prof) in the Humanities Department at the Oglala Lakota College (www.olc.edu) which is one of 37 tribal colleges/universities that serve the unique Indigenous Native American communities (www.aihec.org) throughout the U.S. & Canada. OLC is located on the most notorious Indian Reservation in the United States. The US census 2000 found that the Pine Ridge 'Rez' has the #1 poorest county in the union, neighboring the poorest town in the U.S. of Parmelee (affiliated with nearby Lakota 'cousin' clan, Rosebud Sioux Reservation). The Lakota were also part of the Native alliance that defeated General Custer in the Batlle of Little Big Horn (modern day Montana).

  

To launch our newly revitalized AFA (hopefully soon to be BFA), we are specifically looking for supplies/equipment for core classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, linoleum press, art history, art theory.

 

To be more specific with the Studios, we would like:  Paintbrushes, Paper, Drawing implements, Potter's wheels (we'll take both kick & electric plug in), Linoleum Press, Cameras (pre-digital as well as digital are okay), Paint (oils, acrylics, water colors, etc.), Sculpting tools, Clay, anything you would consider helpful in jumpstarting our program

 

Items can be used, so long as they are still useable and in good condition. We would love to aid you in getting rid of supplies you feel your program no longer use, but do not want to store.  We have a temporary place in Martin, SD, but would like to eventually relocate to Wounded Knee (site of 1890 massacre, and 1973 stand-off).

 

The Oglala Lakota College has never before had a serious arts/humanities program. This is our passionate attempt to form & develop one.  Please contact me at:

 

Kiri Close, Phd

kclose@olc.edu

(308)360-0668

 

 

2010 Native Vision Scholarship

Established in 1996, Native Vision gives annual college scholarships to outstanding high school American Indian seniors with a commitment to education, athletics and leadership.  Listed below are the eligibility requirements and the timeline for application:

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Native Vision Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

Be enrolled as a high school senior for the current academic year

Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe;

Demonstrate a sustained involvement in the community and an applied concern for American Indian issues and initiatives;

Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 at the time of application;

Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular and/or athletic activities;

Be admitted to an accredited community college or four year undergraduate program (for fall 2010).

 

Application Submission

Mail completed application and letters of recommendation to: Marlena Hammen, Native Vision Scholarship, 621 N. Washington Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21205, by MAY 7, 2010. 

 

Paying for College -  Student Resource Guide

(Includes scholarships, internships, fellowships, books, and websites)

 

Tribal Youth Summer Programs

Our youth deserve the best summer possible !  Healthy, productive and enriching.  Please let all our relations know that Registration for our Tribal Youth Summer Programs are now open ! Youth 12-18 and chaperons may download registration forms on line at www.InterTribalYouth.org

 

Our popular programs fill quickly, and we encourage early registration.  This is our 10th Anniversary ! We are honoring Native California by offering Summer Enrichment Programs in San Diego, Central California (Mammoth, Mono, Yosemite), and Northern California.  Academics, Adventure, Culture, Wellness


INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...

 

THE VAST EXPANSE

by Alex Gray

 


I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect. 

It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation. 

Witness the contents of mind, the visions and sounds, the thoughts, as clouds passing through the vast expanse - the sky-like nature of mind. The rootedness of Being is in emptiness, clarity and awareness: unborn, unspoiled, stainlessly pure. 

The infinite vibratory levels, the dimensions of interconnectedness are without end. There is nothing independent. All beings and things are residents in your awareness. 

I subject my awareness to the perfection of being, the perfection of wisdom and perfection of love, all of these being co-present in the Vast Expanse. I share this panorama of Being and appreciate all I can share it with...the seamless interweaving of consciousness with each moment. 

Create perfection wherever you go with your awareness. That is why this teaching is admired by artists--they sense the correctness of the response to life as creative. Life is infinite creative play. Enjoyment and participation in this creative play is the artists profound joy. We co-author every moment with universal creativity. 

To bare our souls is all we ask, to give all we have to life and the beings surrounding us. Here the nature spirits are intense and we appreciate them, make offerings to them--these nature spirits who call us here--sealing our fate with each other, celebrating our love. 

I am an intersecting kaleidoscope of Being in a rainbow refractive wave pattern: a corpuscle of light on the ocean...the transparency of my body with the rocks...sometimes the only way to summarize my feelings is to draw--to collapse the frenzy in my limbs enough to make a mark out of profound appreciation for my existence. 

Share your presence with others, no boundaries, completely openly lovingly. Love is what makes us alive, that is why we feel so alive when we love. Service is being available to love. Life is the combustion of love. That we love ourselves here, that is the true magnificence in the mountains of being. We are constantly drawing the line between love and not love--enter into the Non-duality Zone, and all judgements dissolve in the Vast Expanse. 

It's as though we are co-conspirators of consciousness--everyone, everywhere, everywhen, mixing up our openable minds. It's as though we could gather clouds in the sky and people into our lives. Like an eruption of consciousness, we discover the most important force is love. Experience yourself as the Source and appreciate every moment as perfection. Sunrise--Sunset. Thank you, Thank you, Creator, profound unstoppable connectedness of all beings, pattern to everything, most radical no-thing, the Vast Expanse. 

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August 22,1994

 


 

 

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