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The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.
  • The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal.
  • It can’t be organized or regulated.
  • It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path.
  • Listen to your own truth.
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Who are the Elders?
It seems that there are many people these days who are trying to find a spirituality that they can believe in. For whatever reason, we are beginning to pay more attention to our spirit and to our direction in life. Many of us have found ourselves drawn to the First Nations beliefs, perhaps because they are seen as clean and pure, and based on the simpler times that we all seem to miss.  As we make our way along the Red Road, with luck we are led to a person who has been given the wisdom and knowledge to be a teacher. We call these people Elders, and from them we begin to learn the ways and traditions that form the heart of First Nations beliefs. While these Elders generally do not think of themselves as anything special, they are usually highly regarded and treated with great respect.For some of us, however, these early times can be dangerous. Being human, most of us have a desire to be respected by the people around us. When we see the respect being given to our Elders, we may begin to hope that, someday, we may earn that respect for ourselves. We try to learn as much as we can as quickly as we can, hoping to impress people with our wisdom. We forget that knowledge of facts is not the same as wisdom, which only comes from a lifetime of reflecting on these facts.The danger is greatest at the time when we realize that there are people who share our road that know even less than we do. These people may be easily impressed by the tiny amount of knowledge that we carry. Such people might even mistake that knowledge for wisdom, and we may find ourselves receiving some of that respect that we crave. We may find that we enjoy the taste of that respect, and our egos may even lead us to think of ourselves as Elders… and the trap is sprung!

It is important to understand what an Elder is. Aboriginal traditions hold the elderly in high regard, because a long life full of experience leads to wisdom. But an Elder in the spiritual sense is not just old; today an elderly person may have no knowledge whatsoever of spirituality. While such a person may have valuable wisdom in other areas of life, they obviously cannot be a spiritual Elder. A real Elder carries facts about their traditions AND the wisdom that comes from long study and practice of those traditions. However, when you are just starting out on the path, it can be hard to tell the difference. Those who are impressionable can be fooled by an older person with a small amount of knowledge, claiming to be an Elder.

Another very popular claim is to be a Healer. True Healers are those who are given the ability to Heal others using only their own energies and resources. Such people are extremely rare: perhaps a handful walk the earth today. My wife and I do not know of any, and probably neither do you. If you know someone who is claiming that they are a Healer, rest assured that they are either lying or deluded… true Healers never advertise, because they know that the people who need them will be brought to them, quietly and without fuss. They do not seek recognition, because they are only too aware of the heavy burden of responsibility they carry, and they do not wish to add to it.

Finally, there are all the self-proclaimed Visionaries. At best, these people learn from real Seers, then pass on the visions as their own. At worst, they will invent any vision that will impress their audience. Once again, if the person brags of it, then it is not so. True Seers do not advertise, because they do not need to. Again, those who need their help will be brought to them, and they know it. They never seek the spotlight.

The lure of prestige and notoriety can be hard to resist. I am saddened that there are people within our own circle of friends who have started to call themselves Elders, and pretend to carry far more knowledge than they actually have. There is one who has appointed himself a spiritual leader, and has created a following of people who have virtually no knowledge of tradition. He tells them that they are Elders as well. There is another who claims to be a Healer, and performs smudging and purification ceremonies for others. Because she has not learned the proper use and purposes of sacred medicines, she has no understanding of the danger this poses for both herself and for the people she tries to help. There are still others who ask questions of Elders, then pass on the answers to other people claiming to have received them direct from the spirits. We call this ‘riding someone else’s tobacco,’ and it is a simple attempt to gain notoriety at the expense of others. In each case, these people have brought a great deal of trouble into their own lives by doing these things. However, despite these warnings, their egos lead them to continue to misguide others, and they cause much suffering as a result.

Each of us has a best possible path to walk, and each of us is here for some specific purpose. For most of us, our walk is all about learning. While we may not see this as significant, the Creator does not make mistakes: each life interacts with many others, so each one is as important as any other. Ignoring our path and trying to do something more spectacular simply wastes a lifetime, and possibly endangers ourselves and others. While a person’s life is their own, to waste if they so choose, causing someone else to waste or misuse their life is perhaps the vilest and most disgusting thing that one human can do to another.

It is time for all the pedestals to be torn down, and for each of us to walk the paths we were intended to walk. We must push aside our egos, and listen to the spirits and to the quiet voice of our own hearts. To do any less is to break faith with ourselves, and with the spirits who agreed to help and guide us. Let the true Elders to do the teaching. Let the Healers do the Healing. Let the Seers do the Seeing. Be content that your life, lived as it supposed to be lived, is as important and necessary as that of any other person. Learn, love, and be humble.

All my relations…

by Daniel Crowfeather (Cherokee)

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The Creator designed us to learn by trial and error. The path of life we walk is very wide. Everything on the path is sacred – what we do right is sacred – but our mistakes are also sacred. This is the Creator’s way of teaching spiritual people. To criticize ourselves when we make mistakes is not part of the spiritual path. To criticize mistakes is not the Indian way. To learn from our mistakes is the Indian way. The definition of a spiritual person is someone who makes 30-50 mistakes each day and talks to the Creator after each one to see what to do next time. This is the way of the Warrior. Today let me see my mistakes as a positive process. Awaken my awareness so I can see the great learning that You, my Creator, have designed for my life.
“William Windwalker”
 
Dr. Jeff Mullan
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        TUMERIC IS a powerful herb known for its anti-cancer and tumorsuppressing propertiesThe active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue.

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

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I wanted to publish this today because I tend to publish articles that are more based on the Mental, Emotional and Spiritual parts of our human beingness, however, it is also very important to have the Physical body looked after and balanced as well. When we are balanced Mentally, Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually our soul’s journey in one of love, light and compassion.   I was told by a psychic some time ago that my physical body required tumeric and I began taking 1 teaspoon of tumeric twice a day, and my physical being has improved a whole lot since I began this process.  I now feel balanced in life!
I pass this along to you today for you if you choose to do something simple, preventative, and healthy for your physical body!
Peace, love, light, balance and blessings!
“White Eagle”

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‎”How “spiritual” you are has nothing to do with what you believe…but everything to do with your state of consciousness.” ♥

-Eckhart Tolle-

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Of all the gifts you can give a friend, the truthful sharing of who you are, and where you are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually is the most beautiful and valuable gift of all. It’s this honest sharing that serves as the thread that sews a friendship into the warm quilt it can be, to wrap around you when life feels cold and unforgiving.

~ by Sandra Kring~

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This is a question that people frequently ask me!

Each time I am asked this question I need to count my blessings because I have only encountered a few negative spirits in my life!

Today I choose to be in spirit / my inner being/ soul, knowing that I am loved, safe and protected as I journey through life, and I know that I am grounded, safe and secure in my physical body!

This information and this story comes from my personal perspective and beliefs based on my life experiences:

When I was a young child I used to get visits from what I referred to then as the boogie man, because I did not know how to stay grounded!

When the boogie man would arrive (usually at night)I learned to hide my head under the covers, tell the boogie man to leave me alone, peak my head back out from under the covers and face the rest of my night, sleeping soundly, with my blankets wrapped all around me, with only my nose sticking out but I was boogie man free!

I give thanks to my mother who, during my very young years, instructed me to just tell them to go away and leave me alone!   I have not run into the boogie man in a negative sense, in a very long time, however, I certainly have felt negativity at times and I no longer hide I just tell them to leave in no uncertain terms, and you know what, they follow instructions well!

Setting boundaries applies to all facets of my life  mental, physical, emotional and spiritual!

If I think, feel, sense, or believe that negativity is around I  set my boundaries, stay loved, safe and protected knowing that I have guides with me to care for me and I stay grounded in my physical being!

I know that  polarities exist in all realms and understanding my boundaries, using the words YES and NO can sure save me hassels in my world here on earth plane and beyond.

Thank you Creator for my ability to know what I know, the safety that exists within me to deal with what I need to deal with and to choose what I choose in my life through understanding my beliefs  in all realms!

This is called self awareness, self care and love for me!

Where I learn to deal with the negativity of spirit is here on earth plane where there is negativity around all the time.   I am continually learning how to deal with it right here, right now and this is where my self care begins in all realms!

What is your perspective and belief based on your life experience and information?

Peace, love, light and blessings!

“White Eagle”

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I have noticed when I am mentally exhausted, my body becomes physically tired, I feel emotionally drained and I also sense that I am not spiritually connected.

Understanding the fine art of balancing all of these important parts of my beingness is sure important now during these fast paced and changing times!

Peace, love, light, blessings and balance to us all today!
“White Eagel”

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