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Elders Meditation

“But in the Indian Spirit the land is still vested; it will be until other men are able to divine and meet its rhythm. Men must be born and reborn to belong. Their bodies must be formed of the dust of their forefathers’ bones.”
–Luther Standing Bear, OGLALA SIOUX

It is said when we walk on the Earth, we are walking on our ancestors and our unborn children. This is the relationship Native People have with the Earth. It is this relationship which gives insight into the Earth’s rhythm and heartbeat and creates the feeling of belonging. If you feel you belong to something, you’ll treat it with respect. If you feel you are above something, you’ll treat it with disrespect. Indian Spirituality is tied to the Earth. We belong to the Earth along with all other creatures on the Earth. We must align to this realization.

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  1. Hello Cherokee Billie this is very true. We are one with the earth it is time for us to give back to all mother earth has given, and supplied us with. Native Americans are wise, and they in turn respect our earth. This makes me think of earth, wind, and fire. Everyone needs to take care of this planet we call home, and stop hurting her. We are equal we are all one:) Hope this makes sense.


    • Dear Lisa:
      this makes perfect sense. If everyone believed in taking care of mother earth think how wonderful our world would be. I think of the destruction from the oil spill and it makes me very sad. This is our home and we need to take care of it.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  2. lilystardust said:

    I wish the Europeans had never discovered America. Funny, coming from someone who just posted the American National Anthem on the Fourth of July. But I wish none of the carnage to the land, to the people, to the animals, ever happened. It’s just continued on into the rest of the world, centuries later. I wish there was still a time of no land ownership, where the land belonged to everyone and was cared for by everyone, where the animals were free to roam, and corruption was not regarded as a virtue. The Europeans brought all the evils that have now evolved into our disregarding way of treating the earth. Not that I dislike people from Europe. But the values that were imported here did nothing to sustain, and only divided, abused, and conquered. I wish this country still belonged to those whose land it really was. Now that it is nearly destroyed through greed, along with the whole rest of the world, I hope the original values, the wise and sustaining ones, will again prevail, someday.

    • very well put and we can only hope for a change.
      Thank you for this.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

      • Yes, very well put… and I’m a European. So was John Clare, the english nature mystic 13 July 1793 – 20 May 1864 whose work echoes what lilystardust says. he hated land grabs in England, such as those which saw most ‘common land’ disappear during his time. and big, open fields were ‘enclosed’ by hedges, ditches and walls [to denoate ownership] as part of the land grabs by the wealthy. suddenly, people could just wander where they had for generations upon generations.

        Enclosure, by John Clare

        There once were lanes in nature’s freedom dropt,
        There once were paths that every valley wound –
        Enclosure came, and every path was stopt;
        Each tyrant fixed his sign where paths were found,
        To hint a trespass now who crossed the ground:
        Justice is made to speak as they command;
        The high road now must be each stinted bound:
        Enclosure, thou’rt curse upon the land,
        And tasteless was the wretch who thy existence planned.
        O England, boasted land of liberty,
        With strangers still thou mayst thy title own,
        But thy poor slaves the alteration see,
        With many a loss to them the truth is known:
        Like emigrating bird thy freedom’s flown,
        While mongrel clowns, low as their rooting plough,
        Disdain thy laws to put in force their own;
        And every village owns its tyrants now,
        And parish-slaves must live as parish-kings allow.
        Ye fields, ye scenes so dear to Lubin’s1 eye,
        Ye meadow-blooms, ye pasture-flowers, farewell!
        Ye banished trees, ye make me deeply sigh-
        Enclosure came, and all your glories fell:
        E’en the old oak that crowned your rifled dell,
        Whose age had made it sacred to the view,
        Not long was left his children’s fate to tell.
        Where ignorance and wealth their course pursue,
        Each tree must tumble down – old Lea-close Oak, adieu!
        Lubin beheld it all, and deeply pained
        Along the paled road would muse and sigh,
        The only path that freedom’s rights maintained;
        The naked scenes drew pity from his eye,
        Tears dropt to memory of delights gone by
        The haunts of freedom, cowherd’s wattled bower,
        And shepherds’ huts, and trees that towered high
        And spreading thorns that turned a summer shower,
        All captives lost, and fast to sad oppression’s power.


        • Thank you for this wonderful post Paul. There once was a time where the country was truly a country. Hard to imagine America that way now. I appreciate your posting.
          Many blessings,
          Cherokee Billie

  3. Wonderful post!

  4. What you said is so beautiful, dear Cherokee, it’s a real lesson! If all the people had this consiousness, Mother Earth wouldn’t be suffering like this. Human’s negligence and not understanding of belonging, of being one to Mother Earth, is what is causing all these problems..

    I respect our planet very much. To me, Mother Earth is so loving with us all, she lets us live in here, on herself, and we should be thankful. I believe I’m no different then any living being, we’re all the same. What changes is the form we communicate, that’s all..

    I like to be surrounded by nature! It’s so good, it reinforces this feeling of being one to Mother Earth. Although I live in a metropolis, my neighborhood is on a special area, it’s a university campus. And we’re surrounded by lot’s of green and a wonderful lake. Birds come here in our balcony all the time (specially my little cuties, hummingbirds). It’s all very beautiful!

    A great Friday to all!


  5. Yes, if only everyone would treat our wonderful planet with respect………….

    Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

    Light and Love Susanxxxxx

  6. Thanks Cherokee for this beautiful message! It`s so true!! God bless you! Love Karina

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