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In the Medicine Lodge I will pass on to you that which I have been taught by my Native teachers, "medicine people", and my "Spirit Guides". Understand that the word "medicine" does NOT refer to pharmaceuticals or the practice of modern medicine. It refers to Power, spiritual power. Healing of the body, mind, and spirit through Spiritual energy and influence. We are all gifted with this medicine, but some of us have been given specific gifts of medicine powers. We are all here to do a work to bring us all to the same place. But, we must rely on teachings passed down from our ancestors and teachers to recognize, practice and teach what we have been taught. So, it is the duty of the present generation to take that which we have learned from the previous generations and pass that down to the future generations to continue the Medicine Circle of Life and Healing. In these teachings I will use some words of the Lakota and Cherokee Languages. This is what I have been taught.
O sda Ho wa...It is good, Yes!

Today the lesson is:
My prior lesson was saying that if one thing offends even one person, it should be removed. Thanks to someone who took the time to think on this and write to me with their thoughts, I am presenting you with a new perspective on this commentary.
If you take away anything, any part of anything, you do not have the whole of it, do you?
If, as the guest to my page pointed out, "If you take away the trunk of the tree, how can the top or the roots continue to survive?" (this is paraphrased.)
It is well-meaning. We speak of balance, being centered in our world and our lives. This means with ALL things, then, does it not?
We are not all alike in our thinkings or our preferrences. If we were, we'd be extremely boring, correct? We need diversity, or we would sit with nothing to ponder.
As the Owl is the exact opposite of the Hawk, Night is opposite of Day, Wrong is opposite of Right, Hate is opposite of Love, we still do have all of these things in our lives, in order to learn how to deal with them and how to appreciate the positive things in life.
If we remove that which is offensive to one person, then we will end up removing far too much that is necessary in order to learn life's lessons, in order to appreciate what comes to us that makes us feel relieved after we have suffered. We will have no reason to think for ourselves. We will not grow personally nor in our society. If we close ourselves off to one way of thinking because we may have been raised that way, then we leave no room for GOD, the Spirit, to come into our lives and our minds to help us to learn from and understand these things that make us feel uncomfortable.

I will say, I will NOT remove what I feel is right, and if you are offended, then take a longer look at it, maybe from a different perspective and consider it, before dismissing it. No matter what your decision, you will have grown for the experience. Otherwise, you are FREE to ignore what you see here and leave it alone. This is true of anything else you encounter.
Take what is good for you with you and keep it, and throw the rest away. Understand, too, that some things you don't agree with, are just what someone else may need in their lives at that time. So, some things are not all Bad and some things are not Good for everyone.

"O sda, Ho wa!"...It is good, Yes!


O' Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me! I am small and weak, I need your
strength and wisdom.

Let Me Walk in Beauty, and make my eyes
ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make My Hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice

Make Me Wise so that I may understand the
things you have taught my people.

Let Me Learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.

I Seek Strength, not to be greater than my
Brother, but to fight my greatest

Make Me Always Ready to come to You with
clean hands and straight eyes.

So When Life Fades, as the fading sunset
my Spirit may come to You
without shame. Ho wa!

This page is dedicated to the memory of
a wonderful Catawba Medicine Man.
yigaquu osaniyu adanvto adadoligi nigohilvi nasquv utloyasdi nihi
(May the Great Spirits Blessings Always Be With You)
Ho wa!

"O ta sa la nv lvi"....We are brothers and sisters,
I cannot express this enough. We tend to forget that we all came from the same source and share the same earth, water, and air, and that we were all born into this life and soon will leave this life as those before us have done. And when we do, we will be as they are and we, too, shall come here, if it is the plan of the Great Spirit, and guide and love those who we left behind, until we are to go on to other things. Death, as birth, is only the beginning of a new life.

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O ta sa la nv lvi..."We are brothers and sisters."
Mitakuye Oyasin!! "All My Relations!!"


Original Art work, "Blackfoot Medicine Woman" is done by,
Diana Stanley.

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