Friend do it this way - that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.
And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.
When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.
If you do it that way - that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One - whatever you ask for,
that's the Way It's Going To Be.
I recently asked about the Red Road to an Elder; what the meaning was. This was his reply. This is the meaning to the Red Road; often many have confused this term; so here is a lesson of The Red Road is how many modern indigenous people refer to their practice of ancient indigenous spirituality. Upon hearing the terms the Red Road many people mistakenly think the Red Road refers to the red race. This is not the case; the Red Road refers to the color of blood, which is the same for humans as for all animals. Blood is sacred because it carries the treasure of our genetic code, which goes all the way back to the beginning of life. This is why indigenous spirituality refers to all life as "our relations." When people hear an indigenous person pray or speak, and they refer to "our cousins the four legged," or" our cousins the winged," or "our cousins the insects," or" our cousins who live in the waters of the world," they may think it quaint or simple, but it is in fact scientific. We have more in common with our pets, or plants in our yards and all life is truly related. The Red Road also refers to individual lives, the time that is spent on the Mother Earth, starting with birth and ending with a person's death. In indigenous spirituality, life on Mother Earth is the greatest gift from the Great Mystery. To truly appreciate and understand this gift, people must understand and accept mortality. To face death is to understand that someday the sun will rise, and an individual will not be here to see it. Each person is mortal with finite time on earth. Although people live and think as if immortal, no one escapes mortality. Each sunrise is an opportunity for a new start, each day an adventure in which no one knows what will happen tomorrow. Native spirituality is about living in the present, as a person cannot change the past (except in memory) and the future is a mystery. A spiritual person on the Red Road tries to make the most of each portion of life, to realize what a mysterious place the world is. Each person has a cosmic relationship with the earth, the moon, the sun, the universe and all it contains, as well as with other of his or her peoples…
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