| MY HEART-FELT MESSAGE
TO MY INTERNET FRIENDS
|The purpose of this message is to provide at least one perspective, despite how minute it may seem to some, of how the current venue of electronic communication impacts on our traditional ways as Native American Indians. With the increase of interaction between individuals, groups, national, international tribal peoples and traditions, our current scope of understanding is unlimited and unrestricted per our evolution as a people and allowed by the Great Design of our Creator.
At one time we believed there was only one way to communicate as well as teach our ceremonies. But time has brought us new methods of communication and we've managed to adjust, while keeping our traditions alive.
Learning something new has not always been easy for us. We've had to set aside the ego of what we think we know, to allow our knowledge base to expand.
Conversely, over time, some of our traditional ways have suffered to a degree, due to assimilation into other religious belief systems and other distractions that has caused us to lose so many of our original gifts, such as astral travel, morphing out, weather control, sending thoughts and healings to one another, etc.
In ensuing times, our treasured Medicine People have dwindled down to a precious few, since some have been persuaded to either sell the Medicine, or give it up entirely. The life of a Medicine Person has become more complex and difficult due to other's misjudgments, back-stabbing, gossip, and fraud by Medicine (albeit ‘shaman’) wannabes, causing an atmosphere of mistrust among the people. Those who are honest and dedicated Medicine Men/Women that exist today, are wise, understanding, and love unconditionally, with no discrimination or judgments.
The reason I mention all this is because now there are some people going around saying that to have a Native American Indian web site is not traditional, especially if we display information about upcoming ceremonies, a prayer, or set up a lesson about our traditional ways, that may or may not include pictures. Some tribes that traditionally use crystals at certain ceremonies are also being attacked as 'new age,' especially if they put their information on the Internet. Often those that are doing the criticizing, who claim to know so very much, honestly do not, simply because they do not know that there are tribes that historically used crystals in the ancient past as well as today, and are obviously not aware of the many different traditions that abound within the contiguous states, much less those that exists in other locations upon Turtle Island. Archaeologists have found Native American Indian remains that have crystals clutched in their hands, along the west coast as well as other locations.
It also seems ludicrous to think that the Spirits would give a hoot as to whether we send up smoke signals, mail through the postal service, or post it on the net! We need to stop being so judgmental on which method we utilize to contact our people, or how it is done and start using our energies to bring peace to our communities and ourselves.
There are also those who are concerned that someone will steal our ceremonies, if they are documented, photographed, or published on the Internet. How can someone steal something that is documented? Should someone take our ceremonies and change them without due process (such as getting proper training and permission), the Medicine will not work because they have not received THE vision, and they failed to follow our traditional ways of preparation, permissions, and other protocol. Under these conditions, the right intention, and prayer song would be non-existent, consequently nullified and unfulfilled.
Let us give the Spirits credit! The Spirits are certainly smart enough to turn away when not properly invited and they certainly are cognizant of those who are untruthful and frauds; which leaves an open door for 'other entities' to join those who insist on doing things ‘their way’. The karma generated will encircle them, causing pain and sorrow to those who unwittingly participate. That is why it is so important to know who the ceremony leader/s are, and from what Fireplace (teachings) they came from.
Our Medicine People get their instructions through visions just like their forefathers and they continue to receive new visions and instructions to this day. If we live as we teach, we are continually protected because our ‘Daily Ceremonies’ incorporate these prayers and it is up to us to live accordingly. Ceremonies evolve just as we do, to support the needs of the people, since our spiritual and physical needs change with time. That is why we have the dreamers, visionaries, Medicine Men/Women (especially those women who honor their Moontime as their ancestors did). They are the ones who will tell us how, and where to bring the people together.
If our heart, or gut feeling tells us not to go or participate in a specific ceremony, I suspect that our talents are needed elsewhere. It isn't that complicated. They may not
don't know exactly how to put their dreams together, or have anyone to
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