Reflecting back on the men of my life…you’ve always been the first to shine out…like a Beacon on the shore…always calling me. Whenever I touch our memories…gently…hesitantly…I feel the joy of knowing that what we created still exists…gurgling sweetly at the core of my Soul. Of all who genuinely touched the very Heart of me and who made a real difference in who I became…it is your face, with that scruffy beard, that surges forth in my mind…pushing away all other thoughts…leaving only those moments of us together. It was you who ignited the Spiritual Fire within me…who taught me to ask questions and think deeply…who challenged me to not only think but to feel. You, my Love, made me want to become a better human being. And when you came into my dreams to reassure me…to tell me we would be together again…to explain why we had come to this time…and then shared how deep our soul-to-soul love was…did you know it would save me? I Pray I have honored your memory well, Dearest. Wherever you are, Daniel…I Remember you, my Beloved…I Remember you.
I share the beauty and sacredness of a true Brother in Spirit, Aaron Paquette:
“For All My Relations…
Always Give before you take.
It could be a gift, the tobacco, a prayer, a song, whatever you have. Give first before receiving.
Always be Kind.
You never know the journey someone else has had to take, and they don’t know yours. We all have burdens. If we are kind we lighten all our loads.
Always be in Prayer.
Thank the Creator for your life and for all life on this beautiful Mother Earth. Our time is short, but we can make our mark last forever.
Always live in your Purpose.
If you don’t know what it is, then serve. Serve others and your purpose will find you. But serve as a warrior, not as a slave. Serve to strengthen others through your example; do not weaken them by doing everything for them.
Always Honor the Hoop.
We live together, we die together, we laugh together and we cry together. No one is higher, no one is lower.
Always speak in your True Voice.
There is strength in you the world has never seen. Show your strength. Build it. Use it to create peace and as a blessing to those around you.
Always drink clean Water
Water is Mother Earth’s milk. Drink deeply many times a day and clean your body.
Always exercise your Body.
You have been given a vessel to house your spirit. Treat it with the deepest respect and give it the gift of health, stamina, and endurance.
Always Sleep deeply.
Sleep long and sleep deep, for it is in your dreams inspiration comes. Give the Creator ample time to speak to you.
Always, always Love Yourself.
If you will find one good thing about yourself and another and another, you will learn to fulfill your purpose. And when you love yourself, you will know how to honestly love another.
I dreamed that I came from a planet covered almost entirely by the Sacred Trees. For Eons, these Sacred Ones taught us the wisdom and traditions of many faiths from many planets. Long ago, it became our duty to carry these teachings throughout the stars to many nations. We have traveled far and sometimes, we have forgotten where our Home is. It is then that an Elder of our people will send out a ‘call’ to help us find the path home. Last night, I heard the ‘call’ and found my way home. 3 Elders stood on a platform of living trees and as I floated towards them, I noticed that they all wore a kind of turban and that their noses looked Mayan in nature. The Elder in the middle, folded his arms and nodded towards me, saying “Good! Now you know how to get Home. Do not forget.” And immediately, I was bounced back to my bed. The first thought that came to my mind after I awoke was “I am not from here! I do not belong here!”
My experience with the Redwood Elder that ‘spoke’ to me years ago is known. He told me that humans were beloved ones of the Standing Tall Ones. That they had seen us grow over the centuries and that we used to sit at their feet and listen to what wisdom they had to share. I was told much that day and it was given to me how to understand the Trees by how they communicate with us…and with each other. When I asked why was this the first time I had ever heard a Tree speak, the Elder said that, like our children, the younger trees had to ‘learn’ how to speak before they could talk to us. From that time on, I could hear the Standing Tall Ones speak to me in my dreams. Recently, a friend from “across the pond”, Gail, wrote to and told me that every time she saw a Tree, she would think of me and she gave me a new name:
It feels right and true…for I Honor the Standing Tall Ones!
The following is my opinion only…
The first time I went into an Inipi…’sweatlodge’ (and I write about this in my book)…everyone spoke their Prayers aloud. Having been brought up a Baptist where our Prayers were unspoken, I worried that I would be judged on how I spoke with the Creator. What I heard that night humbled me and brought a new awareness to my soul. The Elder who poured the water that night told us that the spoken Word has power and he spoke of a quote in the Bible that states “In the beginning was the Word”. He told us that when we speak our Prayers aloud, it goes out into the world to be Created. That’s when I began to hold the idea that it was important to know what was in the hearts of The People by listening to our Prayers. I have this idea that speaking aloud what is in our hearts, can inform us what it is we TRULY think and feel. Some years later, I came to know another Elder that poured one of the most beautiful, one of the most loving lodges I ever experienced! In his lodges, I connected with the Creator in a very real and Sacred way. He would briefly share a teaching at the beginning/end of each door but most of the time he invited us to Pray/Talk with the Creator in the deepest way imaginable. He told me later that he felt it was his duty to provide a safe and Sacred place for us to Pray. That he felt ‘guided’ by the Creator to let each of us talk with the Creator…to truly share what was in our hearts. I owe much to these two Elders for this teaching because…for those who pour water and talk and talk and talk…all I hear is them…I cannot hear the Creator for all the ‘noise’. I came to know a long time ago that in our ways, we don’t need a “middle-man” to speak for us with the Creator. We all have a direct connection to the Creator…and sometimes all we need is the opportunity to hear and honor what is in our hearts by our Prayers. This is good for the Community as a whole. Yes, we have all needed the guidance of the Elders…and that will never change…but at a certain point, it is good to walk, and be guided by, the Creator directly. I, Lynn Manyfires, speak this in a good way…hetcetu. Haho.
“WE THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD…
Call for Moral Leadership
The declining quality and value of life on our planet have moved us to rise up and confront ourselves and our leadership with a call to conscious action. Our leaders have been unable to prevent or stop the many forms of personal, social and environmental degradation that now afflict the Earth. In as much as we have failed to insist that they help us effectively address these problems, We the People of the World share responsibility for the current conditions that threaten the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness of all.
We refuse to accept this state of affairs any longer. To ourselves and our leaders we say: to support anything less than the commitments outlined in this declaration is inhumane, spiritually unenlightened and morally indefensible.
We the People of the World urge all leaders in government, politics, business, the sciences and technology, academics, healthcare, human services, religion and the arts to work together with us voluntarily and in good faith, to form a society wherein the following are regarded as the fundamental rights and essential prerequisites of a true democracy:
- No one goes hungry, thirsty or without adequate shelter
- The best in modern healthcare is available to everyone
- All are protected from physical and psychological violence
- Each is granted as much Education as he/she is able and willing to achieve, in service to the development of a free and just society
- Every man and woman is guaranteed meaningful work at a living wage
- Children will inherit a clean environment and a sustainable future
- Each is encouraged and enabled to determine the course of his/her own life, fulfillment and death, provided that the basic rights of others are upheld and defended
Such moral and spiritual commitments by us and our leaders are the hallmarks of an enlightened and healthy society. In their universal establishment, we will take an important step toward overcoming the regressive political, social and economic agendas that threaten our planet and its future generations.”
~Rev. Frank Placone-Willey
Looking back, I guess I was always destined to follow a spiritual path…it was just a matter of which one. I remember lying on my bed when I was 10, reading a book on Joan of Arc (for which I won an award for the fastest reading of a book). I admired her courage, her faith and was horrified that the God she obeyed and listened to, would let her come to such a horrific ending. But what astounded me more is that she was ‘told’ she would come to that end…and could have walked away but didn’t. Creator had given her a mission and that mission required that she die. As she burned in the flames, I cried deeply…the sorrow lasting for many days.
I remember wanting to be a Nun…apparently, a common ‘call’ with most of my female spiritual friends. And when I started dating in high school, I was drawn to the boys who followed a religious path. I think I was ‘shopping’ even then to find where I fit in, spiritually. But ultimately, Creator did not ‘speak’ to me thru those ways.
And then in my 30’s, I heard the ‘call’ of the Lakota/Nakota ways (the Sioux). Thru a series of coincidences and chance meetings, I was given the opportunity to learn their true teachings. My spirit was captured by the way they honored Mother Earth by trying to live in balance; of how they spoke of walking in a good way with the Earth and with each other; and of the Honor, Respect, Courage, Generosity and Compassion they lived by. These teachings not only gave me a strong spiritual foundation but ultimately they gave me what I had always wanted since I was 13…I wanted the Creator to speak to me.
…and so it happened, in a variety of ways: thru dreams, visions and spoken words.
In the mid-90’s, I was “guided” (pushed was more like it) to purchase a rather large book on Tsunka Witko (Crazy Horse). I was deeply into the ways at that time, praying and talking with the Creator several times a day. I began to have out-of-the-body experiences which were always stopped by a “parental” energy, as if I was a child, not ready for that yet…probably because about that same time, the Dark Ones started to take an interest in me. But more importantly, I was beginning to experience more and more contact with the Creator and with spirits.
I wasn’t really interested in purchasing that book. I honored and admired Crazy Horse but in a distant sort of way. Long story short, I ended up buying the book and learned a great deal about him. For a man who faithfully served for the good of The People and walked in a humble way, he suffered a great deal. I felt great compassion for him at the loss of his wife and young child and that he had been killed not by the whites but by one of his own people. 2 nights later, Crazy Horse came to me in a dream. It felt as if he talked to me the entire night but I remember little of what he said. There was one thing I did remember when I awoke: “Be careful what you ask for.” I thought at the time that perhaps he meant that I shouldn’t desire to be like him…and also, to pay close attention to words I spoke. I took those words to heart and always took care when speaking about what I wanted.
Crazy Horse has been on my mind of late…along with Joan of Arc. Two people I admire for their courage, their faith and their dedication to the Creator. Two people who ended up dying in terrible ways for that dedication. I have been feeling hurt, angry and resentful lately. In the mid-90’s, I told the Creator that I would serve him and The People. And I have been true to my word. One year at Sun Dance on the 3rd day, He gave me my Mission: “Tell others to Pray.” This I have done and continue to do…along with the duties of being a Cannunpa Yuha (Pipe Carrier), I serve The People.
So it was, when 3 Grandmothers came to me in a dream in Dec 2010 and gently asked me to quit a job I loved…after 2 weeks of praying hard about it, I did. Four years later, having lost my home, traveled to 5 states and 11 cities looking for work, had my family turn their backs on me, homeless on the streets for 6 months…I still struggle with no job and no income. And worst of all, I’ve lost hope that the Creator will ever return what I had to sacrifice.
I wish I had known the context of what Crazy Horse was sharing in that dream. I realize now that he wasn’t talking about me wanting to be some great spiritual leader. He was cautioning me to be careful in asking to serve the Creator and The People. And from all that I experienced, perhaps he was right.
Walking thru the Ocean of Tall Grasses
Pushed by an Impish wind,
Creating wave upon wave of flowing green
A meadowlark’s clarion call,
Summons all to join him in this still and reverent moment…
And as the Giver of Light and Warmth
Slowly moves over the Smoky Horizon
Those that fly…and walk…and swim…
And those that grow upon the land,
Pause in still Gratitude for this moment of Rebirth…
The place of Hope
Of a New Day…of New Beginnings
Each morning a gift of Renewal and Trust
A time of Enlightenment seeping into the Soul…
Awakening the awareness of something more…
Something Greater than.
All who attend this Grand Coronation
The Radiance carried gently
From one to another.
Each gently drinking their fill
And then passing it onto the next.
For All share in this Sacred Light.
And when it has been bestowed upon All,
The Light flies to the Four Directions.
And a gentle Wind follows.
Called the ‘Breath of God’,
Its ‘fingers’ gently touching the faces of the Postulants,
Speaking to each of its Delight and Wonder.
And as it races away,
Intent on ensuring that All Know of its Love
A sigh of perfect Contentment rises to the Heavens.
And the Day Begins.