Earth People Magazine
Volume 1 Number 5
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Sitting Owl's Editorial
Printed from ‘Voices Of
The First Day – Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime’
By: Robert Lawlor.
Neg. No. 2A9511, curtesy of the Department of Library Services,
American Museum of Natural History.
Rangimarie (Rose) Turuki Pere
Lynn V. Andrews
Am A Tree
Judith Marie Harris
By: Lynn V. Andrews
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MASKS OF GOD’
is found on the back cover of this
4-volume work by Joseph Campbell.
THE POWER OF MYTH, with Bill Moyers, Joseph Campbell reached an
audience of millions, passing the rich legacy and excitement of a
lifetime spent studying world mythology.
"THE MASKS OF GOD is one of his masterworks. Upon completing it
he wrote: “Its main result for me has been its confirmation of a
thought I have long and faithfully entertained: of the unity of the
race of man, not only in its biology but also in its spiritual
history, which has everywhere unfolded in the manner of a single
symphony, with its themes announced, developed, amplified and turned
about, distorted, reasserted, and today, in a grand fortissimo of all
sections sounding together, irresistibly advancing to some kind of
mighty climax, out of which the next great movement will
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The Aboriginal on the cover is carrying all the tools that man needs
to live happily and harmoniously with all of life. Regarding the
scarring on his body Robert Lawlor Says: “By
learning to consciously rise above pain instead of physically
absorbing and enduring it, the scarred Aboriginal warrior is a hero of
the inner worlds.”
Everything happens just as it needs to. This is sometimes hard to believe when we see so much physical,
psychological and spiritual pain and suffering everywhere. Joseph
Campbell once asked the leading guru of the time about this
affirmation of life, that if the divine is everywhere and everything,
how can we say no to stupidity, ignorance etc., and the guru then said
to him: “For
you and me, we must say yes”
This brings me to a recent experience where someone that I considered
an ally told a friend of mine that I was not a qualified Shaman. When
I heard this I was shocked as I myself have been working on an article
that will help people understand the difference between someone who is
a sincere healer, teacher or shaman and someone who is not, and I
would not do this unless I considered myself sincere and above board.
My first reaction was to confront this person to set the record
straight, and to find out what was driving such a statement, after all,
maybe it was true and maybe my ego was running a muck. After this
confrontation I felt no better and could not convince this person that
they where, in this instance, mistaken.
After pages and pages of argument explaining my point of view,
interrupted sleep, and discussions with others regarding this issue, I
realized that this was indeed a test by the Creator whether or not I
still had some attachment to my ego. Therefore, I failed the test, but
the revelation and bliss I have received since will hopefully keep me
from making this mistake in the future, and I consider this lesson a
It was my social duty ego that wanted me to be accepted and
appreciated by any one and everyone, but that was not my bliss, as
bliss only comes when we are not influenced by fear, desire or social
duty. While it is easy to say this, my experience proves that it is
not so easy to be following our bliss at all times, even when you
think you are aware.
I must make a note that I am not writing this or printing any
discussion on this matter as a means of repairing my wounded ego, I
don’t care what anyone thinks about me. I am printing it in
the hope that it may help someone recognize and overcome a similar
situation, as life is a series of trials and revelations.
The article I was working on now needs to be cleaned up and shortened,
but a part of it has been printed as an article in this issue as
There is so much I would like to say about what it takes to be an
‘Earth Person’, but words can not express what I want to say, so
sit back, relax and enjoy this 5th issue.
Here is a reminder of the attributes of an Earth
Person, as described by Wallace Black Elk:
Black Elk’s term for all human beings who live the fundamental,
spirit/nature-based philosophy (his “Earth People philosophy”)
exemplified in earlier Native American cultures. Black Elk refers to
himself as an “Earth Man”.
patience, endurance, and alertness
In the Earth People philosophy, the four main personal virtues one
must have in order to be able to handle the Chanunpa.
Answer to the Rune Quiz
Congratulations to the winners who are Debbie Rising Bear and Gary
James Williamson who sent the following .
"The fundamental aspect of life is that there is only one
creative force that is responsible for creating everything in the
universe, both seen and unseen. This Creator is beyond any names or
even any thought.
"To understand our position in the universe we must divide this
energy force into parts that we can think about.
"The first and simplest division can be of the duality of Spirit
and Matter, Light and Dark, Male and Female. But we must remember that
all things are actually both, and it is our consciousness that chooses
to see one or the other that makes the threefold order of life.
"This order represents the world tree with its roots firmly
planted into the material world of Mother Earth and its branches
reaching the spirit world of Father Sky."
and the Order of Life and Energy
This subject of
the duality of life should not be confused with Dualism, which
acknowledges the duality but declares that one side is “good”
and should be embraced, while the other side is “evil” and
should be rejected. Also this subject is inexhaustible and in its
unity is beyond comprehension. It also covers other subjects that
will hopefully be addressed in future issues such as Sacrifice and
Bliss, Life and Death, Suffering and Compassion, Freedom verses
Habits and Belief Systems, Emotions of the Body Consciousness and
Thoughts of the Mind.
To introduce this subject I would like to quote Joseph Campbell who
talks about God:
“We want to talk about God; God is a name, God is a thought, God
is an idea, but its reference is to something that transcends all
thinking. He is beyond all categories of being and non-being. He
neither is nor is not...
“Whenever one moves out of the transcendent [Universal
Spirit of God. Ed.], one comes into a field of opposites. One has eaten of the tree of
knowledge, not only of good and evil, but also of male and female,
of right and wrong... Everything in the field of time is duel: past
and future, dead and alive, being and non-being,
and hate Ed.].
But the ultimate pair in the imagination
is that of male and female...
“One of the problems of life is to live with the realisation of
both terms, that is to say, “I know the centre and I know that
good and evil are simply temporal aberrations, and that in God’s
view, there is no difference.”
(Joseph Campbell ‘The Power of Myth’)
Fred Alan Wolf, in ‘The Eagle’s Quest’, speaks of the
electrons of subatomic matter as having a tendency to avoid each
other, which is called “exclusion”, and he equates this to hate,
the ultimate cause of illness. But he says that without this pattern
of exclusion, “all
electrons would tend to form tight orbits about their respective
atomic nuclei, thus making Chemistry and life impossible.” On the
other hand he knew that subatomic particles of light, or
“photons”, had the tendency to cohere, seem to become one, which
is called “inclusion”, and he equates this to love and healing
energy. Saying that: “Between
these two forces of exclusion, which enables atoms to form all of
the molecular structures needed for life, and inclusion, which
allows atoms and molecules to communicate with each other and
vibrate sympathetically, human life exists.”
Alan Wolf says that the material, physical being operates in the
thinking-sensation world, which is ruled by Chronos, our ordinary
chronological clock time. However the human spirit operates in the
intuitive-feeling world, which is ruled by Mythos, the symbolic,
metaphoric world of metaphysics, which has a sense of timelessness.
It is only by realising that both worlds are constantly affecting us
and are therefore necessary, that we become healed, all one again.
And he says that in Chronos we use our five senses of sight, touch,
hearing, taste and smell. But we have another five senses, that the
shamans use in the world of Mythos, which have been removed from
Western education. These other five senses he calls the Imaginal
Senses, which are:
1. THE SENSE OF SELF-HEALING.
“When you cut yourself, your body heals... It is possible to
recognise when you are healing yourself. I remember that all of my
healing took place with a great sense of emotional release. But to
fully realise this sense... I had to release my controlling
mechanical mind and, in a sense, “go crazy”.
2. THE SENSE OF SELF-DESTRUCTION
“I was certainly aware of this sense. It overcame me in times of
depression, times when I felt my self-worth was extremely low.
During this time I would feel very much alone and isolated,
regardless of where I was and whom I was with. It was only now that
I recognised that this too was only another way of “seeing” -
another way in which I “went crazy”.
3. THE SENSE OF PENETRATION
“To be able to penetrate other levels, other worlds, other
dimensions. I had only a dim awareness of this sense... when I
noticed, for example, extraordinary synchronicities in my life.
These were messages from the mythic time of my own life. I would
feel this only dimly at such times as when I fell in love or when I
became aware of deep intuitive ideas. My ability to penetrate
depended only, again on my willingness to release any preconceived
ideas about what I thought the “real” world consisted of."
4. THE SENSE OF PERCEPTION
“To be able to perceive events and the surrounding world in a
different light... Here, again, once I was able to release my
mechanical mind, any event could be perceived in an extraordinary
manner. To fully realise this sense, one had to trust one’s
intuition even if the concepts one realised were totally “off the
wall”. There were many times I ignored this ‘inner sense. And
invariably I made mistakes when I did."
5. THE SENSE OF REVELATION
“To be able to understand what you have perceived in these other
worlds. During those times when I had perceived events as
extraordinary, I was able to grasp the information I had received
and use it when my mind once again entered into mechanical thinking.
In other words, I was able to bring my feeling-intuitive self into
my thinking-sensation world. I was able to put into words my
understanding of what was revealed to me.”
In all of the worlds’ different mythologies there can be seen a
cosmological split of one into two. For example in Genesis, when God
said, “Let there be light”, he then separated the light from the
dark. And in the Garden of Eden, from Adam’s rib God made Eve.
This story of first man and first woman is identical to those in
other cultures, like the Bassari Tribes in Africa. But I feel the
best mythological story that expresses, not only the duality and
it’s source, but also it’s relevance in my own life, and the
source of my own life, is that of the ninth century B.C. Upanishads.
“In the beginning, there was only the great self in the form of a
person. Reflecting, it found nothing but itself. Then its first word
was: “This am I!” Hence arose the name “I.” Which is why, to
this day, when one is addressed one first says, “I,” then tells
whatever other name one may have.
“That one was afraid. Therefore anyone alone is afraid. “If
there is nothing but myself,” it thought, “of what, then, am I
afraid?” Whereupon the fear departed. For what was there to fear?
Surely, it is only from a second that fear derives.
“That person was no longer happy. Therefore, people are not happy
when alone. It desired a mate. It became as large as a woman and a
man in close embrace; then caused that self to fall in two: From
which a husband and wife arose. Therefore, as a sage used to say,
“This body is but half of oneself.” He united with her; and from
that human beings were born.
“She thought: “How can he unite with me, after producing me from
himself? Well, let me hide.” She became a cow, he a bull, and
united with her. From that cattle were born... In this way he
projected all things existing in pairs, down to the ants.
“Then he realised: “I, indeed, am this creation; for I have
poured it forth from myself.” In that way he became this creation.
And verily, he who knows this becomes in this creation a creator."
(Joseph Campbell: ‘The Way of the Animal Powers’)
Carl Jung, in 1961, wrote in his book, ‘Memories, Dreams,
Reflections’, about the two opposites thus:
“It may well be said that the contemporary cultural consciousness
has not yet absorbed into its general philosophy the idea of the
unconscious and all that it means, despite the fact that modern man
has been confronted with this idea for more than half a century. The
assimilation of the fundamental insight that psychic life has two
poles still remains a task for the future.”
I think that all the above has indicated that every experience,
every act, every thought, every intention and every thing in this
time and space continuum yields pairs of opposites. Energy and
consciousness is the same thing, they are the movements between the
two opposites, which are orchestrated by man and Shaman, using
conscious and unconscious thoughts, actions and intentions. And how
we choose to see any situation depends on which opposite will be
revealed to us. This energy or consciousness is the third element in
the threefold order of life and energy. This is also the principal
of Lha, Nyen and Lu, found in ‘Shambhala - The Path of The
Warrior’ by Chogyam Trungpa.
Teresa Moorey, in her very concise and informative book on
Shamanism, explains that most shamans have a concept that describes
the universal order of three worlds, The Upper, Middle and Lower.
This order appears in most cosmologies as a world tree. In
discussing the upper section of the world tree she has this to say:
“This is the dreamed-about, sought-after realm, sung of by the
mystics and yearned for by all those who seek enlightenment... This
is the realm of the gods and angels, home of the blessed, of all
that is beautiful and transcendent.
“This sounds wonderful, of course, but upper world has been
subject to as much distortion as lower world, called Heaven, and
reserved only for those who have been ‘good’. However, this
section of the world tree, it’s fruit-bearing branches, the place
where we hope to gather the harvest of our plantings, is nourished
and is totally dependent for it’s existence on the under world
“It is not always remembered by seekers of the “New Age” on a
quest for enlightenment that neglects source and shadow. However, no
true access to upper world is achieved without acquaintance and
appreciation of lower world. Reclaiming the hidden powers of lower
world is the true meaning of “redemption”.”
Medicine Eagle, in her book ‘Buffalo Woman Comes Singing’, says:
“The attitude of oneness requires something of us that has not
been popular in New Age circles. In fact it has been denied by most
of them. And that is the embracing of the dark side of life, in our
own lives most especially. We have wanted to be all light and love
but have overlooked one of the necessary means to attaining these
qualities: embracing the dark. Darkness often implies evil to many
of us. Yet, a part of me knows there is no evil; there is only fear
and separation. When fear and separation have been bridged into
peacefulness and unity, then the dark is as beautiful as the light. [Bridged
by our consciousness. Ed.]
This finding the beauty of the dark side is a classical aspect found
in dreams, visions and spirit journeys. It consists of entering the
personal unconscious and meeting a monster or dragon, and once you
can confront this monster, asking it what it wants, it will most
likely transform into an angel or some other energy of beauty that
is much needed.
And in Robert Lawlor’s book ‘Voices of The First Day - Awakening
In The Aboriginal Dreamtime’ he says that: “The plant is the
dream of the seed. A movement from subjective to objective and back
to subjective in a conceptual process has counterparts on many
levels of existence.” As follows:
growth to fruit
actual or kinetic
the living and dying
Joseph Campbell translated the Sanskrit; Sat, Chit and Ananda to their
meanings; correct being (actions), correct consciousness (intentions or
thoughts) and correct rapture (bliss). He thought: “I don’t know if
I have correct being or consciousness, but I know when I have my bliss,
so if I hang on to that, maybe the rest will come.” And they did. So
he says to “FOLLOW YOUR BLISS”, but reminds you that: “The
realisation of your bliss, your true being, comes when you have put
aside the passing moment with it’s terror, temptations and it’s
statements of requirements of life, that you should live “This Way”.”
In other words:
Your BLISS comes when you can live
every passing moment, or second, of your life without being influenced
by FEAR, DESIRE or SOCIAL DUTY.
- Cellular Memory-
Lower (Sub) Unconscious
- Ego - Thinking -
- Angels etc. -
(Desire to separate)
(Desire to join)
If anyone is wondering why I have included hate with love, it is because really
we can't hate anyone or anything unless we also love them; otherwise we are
The word AUM also fits this order of life and energy, and represents
the spiritual energy of the Universe. When pronounced properly, all
vowel sounds are contained in this word and represent the mortal
part of the spiritual self. Consonants are interruptions, and equate
to the silent pause at the end of AUM, which represents the immortal
part of the spiritual self, from which AUM comes from and back into
which it goes.
Open the mouth
Fill the mouth
Close the mouth
Coming into being
It is as vital to be physical as it is to be
BUT NEITHER SHOULD BE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.
Suggested Reading List
Medicine Woman. Harper
and Row 1981
Jaguar Woman - And The Wisdom Of The Butterfly Tree. ‘1985’
Harper & Row
Star Woman - We Are Made From Stars And To The Stars We Must Return. '1986' Warner
Crystal Woman - The Sisters of the Dreamtime. '1987'
Windhorse Woman '1989'
Teachings Around The Sacred Wheel '1990'
Harper and Row
Shakkai - Woman of the Sacred Garden.
'1992' Harper Collins Publish
Woman At The Edge Of Two Worlds - The Spiritual Journey Through
Woman At The Edge Of Two Worlds - Workbook. '1994' Harper Collins
Manhood - A Book About Setting Men Free. 2nd
Edition ‘1995’ Finch Publishing.
Black Elk, Wallace and William S. Lyon
Black Elk - The Sacred Ways of a Lakota. '1990'
Harper and Row.
The Sacred Pipe - Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the
Oglala Sioux. '1971'
Among many must reads are:
The Hero With A Thousand Faces.
Masks of God
Vol. 1 Primitive Mythology
Vol. 2 Oriental Mythology
Vol. 3 Occidental Mythology
Vol. 4 Creative Mythology
Atlas Of World Mythology
(unsure how many volumes completed)
Vol. 1 The Way Of The Animal Powers
'1984' Times Books
The Power of Myth with
Edited By: Betty Sue Flowers. '1988' Doubleday Also on Video (6 x 1Hrs)
Sitting Owl highly
recommends the following DVDs:
Mythos 1 (2 DVD set of
Mythos 2 (2 DVD set of his lectures)
Mythos 3 (2 DVD set of his lectures)
Among many I can only recommend:
A Separate Reality -
Further Conversations with Don Juan.
The Art Of Dreaming
Of his countless books, I recommend:
Beyond Within – A
Philosophy for Inner Life.
‘1988’ Agni Press
Wings of Joy
Jean Dalby and Wallace B.
Symbols Of Transformation
Shaman – The Wounded
Healer ‘1982’ Thames
& Hudson LTD. London
The Way Of The Shaman
'1990' Harper & Row
The Way It Is – One
Water, One Air, One Mother Earth
‘1995’ Blue Dolphin Inc.
Holiness The Dalai Larma & Howard C. Cutler MD
The Art Of Happiness - A
Handbook For Living
‘1998’ Hodder & Stoughton
Loss Of The Feminine
Collected Works (20 Volumes)
Man and His Symbols
First published '1964' by Aldus Books Ltd. My edition published by Pan
published in Great Britain ‘1963’ My copy ‘1993’ Fontana Press
Dreamquest - Native
American Myth and the Recovery of Soul '1992'
Serge Kahili PhD
Peter & David Suzuki
Wisdom Of The Elders.
First published in ‘1992’. My edition'1997' Allen & Unwin P/L
Owl highly recommends the following:
Voices Of The First Day -
Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime.
'1991' Inner Traditions
T. C. (Compiled By)
Touch The Earth - A
Self-portrait of Indian Existence
'1973' Abacus: Sphere
Owl highly recommends the following as a must read:
Fools Crow - Wisdom and Power
'1991' Council Oak Books
Buffalo Woman Comes
Singing '1991' Ballantine
Paganism - A Beginner's
Guide '1996' Hodder &
Shamanism - A Beginner’s
Guide ‘1997’ Hodder
Black Elk Speaks
'1988' University of Nebraska
Understanding The Mid-Life
The Celestine Prophecy
Rita as told by Don Rutledge - Plains Cree Pipe Keeper
Center of the World -
Native American Spirituality
All In The Mind? - Think
Yourself Better '1987'
Owl highly recommends the following:
Shambala - The Sacred Path
of the Warrior. '1984'
Warrawee'a Kakkib li'Dthia
Owl highly recommends the following:
there once was a tree called deru. '2002' HarperCollins
ISBN 0 7322 7118 5.
The Reluctant Shaman - A
Woman's First Encounters with the Unseen Spirits of the Earth.
‘1991’ HarperCollins Pub.
Wolf, Fred Alan
Among the many books
Owl highly recommends the following:
The Eagle's Quest - A
Physicist's Search for Truth in the Heart of the Shamanic World.
By: Dr. Rangimarie
(Rose) Turuki Pere
Ohaoha – Economics, including domestic affairs.
Each person is expected to contribute to the whole in some way either by
gifts, special skills, sharing resources, the least of which is money.
Hui – Congregate
Persons sit in a circle so that the faces of people, particularly those
who stand up to speak, can be seen. The key qualities in regard to a hui
are respect, consideration, patience and cooperation. People need to
feel they have the right and the time to express their point of view.
– Complex, courtyard and buildings adjacent is the central meeting
place for the community and community sentiment.
Herein is the “meeting
place” to transmit the culture.
Use the gift of love to
the universe if anything negative affects your life.
A shaman can teach you about power. A magician can train you to
become strong in spirit and competent in your endeavours in life.
But to describe how a miracle happens or how you come to be a
powerful magician is to try to explain the mystery. You can talk
around the secrets of power, but if you describe them directly you
lose that power and you destroy the mystery. Welcome the mystery,
and allow the miracle of existence to emerge from the darkness and
Copied with permission
‘The Power Deck’
AM A TREE
Judith Marie Harris
While sitting under an old gum tree and allowing it to speak (c)1991
the tree spoke, and said…
“I am with you always. I am the seed.
I am of the Planet Earth. I am ageless, and endlessly creating.
I am in tune with my environment.
I conserve in the winter. I bloom in the spring. I fruit in the
summer. I shed in the autumn.
I am eternal!
My seed enters the earth and is nourished and fertile, and new
growth sprouts ever new.
I purify the air in city streets. I lower the water table in salt
ridden lands, and I bind the soil.
I shade the animals. I shelter the birds. I am home to nesting
robins. Magpies herald the dawn from my branches at day’s first
I perfume the air with my redolent oils, and give beauty to the
I am true to myself.
I am always a gum tree, but time changes me.
I have been a sapling, I have been young, and now I am mature, and
my branches have become long and strong. My foliage gives shade to
the ground over my roots.
I am self sustaining.
As I grow, I nurture myself, and in so doing, I give nurturing to
what is around me.
From the seed that was, I draw energy from the Sun, to become what I
When I die I can be burnt, to release the energy that is within me
to give warmth to the world.
I am sometimes used as timber for houses, and chairs and beds; and
when that happens my seeds are lying in wait to germinate, and
spring forth with new life.
And I begin the cycle all over again…
I have adapted to my environment, this continent of Australia.
And after bushfires come raging through, then, I am at my best; I
call forth all my strength in the face of adversity, and push bright
green new leaves directly through my blackened trunk, I am amazingly
beautiful, and strong, and all around me, my companions, the
wildflowers, and scrubby bush… all are regenerated! Gone is the
stagnation, and build up of old dead wood.
The bush is singing with new life. All is clear and brilliant.
Within a very short time the bushland is clothed in green again, the
life returns, and the cycle begins.
The ebb and flow quietens down, and peace descends on the land.
The Mopoke calls its plaintiff cry across the listening darkness.
The Koala prepares for the night.
My leaves rustle in the warm light breeze that flutters past, and
all is well.
I take in the carbon, and breathe out the oxygen.
And the Yin Yang relationship I have with the animal life on this
planet restores equilibrium.
And the balanced interchange of loving energy continues.”
The Tower and Our Roots
(Excerpt from: ’Memories,
The Tower being the retirement home he built for himself.
Our souls as well as our bodies are composed of individual elements
which were all already present in the ranks of our ancestors. The “newness”
in the individual psyche is an endlessly varied recombination of
age-old components. Body and soul therefore have an intensely
historical character and find no proper place in what is new, in
things that have just come into being. That is to say, our ancestral
components are only partly at home in such things. We are very far
from having finished completely with the Middle Ages, classical
antiquity, and primitivity, as our modern psyches pretend.
Nevertheless, we have plunged down a cataract of progress, which
sweeps us on into the future with ever wilder violence the farther it
takes us from our roots. Once the past has been breeched, it is
usually annihilated, and there is no stopping the forward motion. But
it is precisely the loss of connection with the past, our
uprootedness, which has given rise to the “discontents” of
civilisation and to such a flurry and haste that we live more in the
future and its chimerical promises of a golden age than in the
present, with which our whole evolutionary background has not yet
caught up. We rush impetuously into novelty, driven by a mounting
sense of insufficiency, dissatisfaction, and restlessness. We no
longer live on what we have, but on promises, no longer in the light
of the present day, but in the darkness of the future, which, we
expect, will at last bring the proper sunrise. We refuse to recognise
that everything better is purchased at a price of something worse;
that, for example, the hope of greater freedom is cancelled out by
increased enslavement to the state, not to speak of the terrible
perils to which the most brilliant discoveries of science expose us.
The less we understand of what our fathers and forefathers sought, the
less we understand ourselves, and thus we help with all our might to
rob the individual of his roots and his guiding instincts, so that he
becomes a particle in the mass, ruled only by what Nietzsche called
the spirit of gravity.
Reforms by advances, that is, by new methods or gadgets, are of course
impressive at first, but in the long run they are dubious and in any
case dearly paid for. They by no means increase the contentment or
happiness of people on the whole. Mostly, they are deceptive
sweetenings of existence, like speedier communications, which
unpleasantly accelerate the tempo of life and leave us with less time
than ever before. Omnis festinatio ex parte diaboli est-all haste is
of the devil, as the old masters used to say.
Reforms by retrogressions, on the other hand, are as a rule less
expensive and in addition more lasting, for they return to the
simpler, tried and tested ways of the past and make the sparsest use
of newspapers, radio, television, and all supposedly timesaving
In this book I have devoted considerable space to my subjective view
of the world, which, however, is not a product of rational thinking.
It is rather a vision such as will come to one who undertakes,
deliberately, with half-closed eyes and somewhat closed ears, to see
and hear the form and voice of being. If our impressions are too
distinct, we are held to the hour and minute of the present and have
no way of knowing how our ancestral psyches listen to and understand
the present - in other words, how our unconscious is responding to it.
Thus we remain ignorant of whether our ancestral components find
elementary gratification in our lives, or whether they are repelled.
Inner peace and contentment depend in large measure upon whether or
not the historical family, which is inherent in the individual can be
harmonised with the ephemeral conditions of the present.
In the Tower at Bollingen it is as if one lived in many centuries
simultaneously. The place will outlive me, and in its location and
style it points backwards to things of long ago. There is very little
about it to suggest the present. If a man of the sixteenth century
were to move into the house, only the kerosene lamp and the matches
would be new to him; otherwise, he would know his way about without
difficulty. There is nothing to disturb the dead, neither electric
light nor telephone. Moreover, my ancestors’ souls are sustained by
the atmosphere of the house, since I answer for them the questions
that their lives once left behind. I carve out rough answers as best I
can. I have even drawn them on the walls. It is as if a silent,
greater family, stretching down the centuries, were peopling the
house. There I live in my second personality and see life in the
round, as something forever coming into being and passing on.
I can’t help but
wonder why the work of this exceptional man and pioneer of
psychological understanding is not used and understood by the majority
of the Western world, as this book, which is his last, has been around
since 1963. And his experiences that he talks about in this work are
very easily understood explanations of the same experiences of all the
masters of wisdom.
In my opinion this is the wisdom that can really help heal humanity of
its illusions, and ‘To Know Thyself’, wholly.
Humility is the real secret of the spiritual life. When we embody
humility, we neither underestimate nor overestimate our life….
Real humility is the expansion of our consciousness. It is the
God-life within us. The higher we go, the more light we receive by
virtue of our humility, the more we have to offer humanity.
When you really have something to offer to the world, then you can
become truly humble. A tree, when it has no fruit to offer, remains
erect. But when the tree is laden with fruit, it bends down. If you
are all pride and ego, then nobody will be able to get anything
worthwhile from you. When you have genuine humility, it is a sign
that you have something to offer mankind.
How can you become humble? You can meditate on a tree. When it
offers its fruit to the world, it bows down with utmost humility.
When it offers shade or protection, it offers them to everyone
without regard to wealth or rank or capacity. When the tree develops
flowers and fruit, the tree bends down and shares its fruit with the
Look at Mother-Earth, who is protecting us, nourishing us and giving
us shelter in every way. How many bad things are being done to
Mother-Earth! Yet she is all forgiving. Right in front of us we can
see humility in a patch of grass. When we see grass with our human
eyes, we feel that it is something unimportant. Anybody can step on
it. But when we see it with our inner eye, we feel how great it is.
Early in the morning when we see dew on the grass, we say, "How
beautiful it looks!" A few hours later we may be walking on it;
yet it never complains or revolts. If we walk gently on the grass,
we can get the sense of oneness with Mother-Earth. When we have the
inner capacity to appreciate the grass, we say, "How humble and
self-giving it is!"
Elk and 'The Throwing of the Ball'
For some people, tradition is a means of staying within their
comfort zone that they are familiar with and not embracing change.
For others it is a means of understanding the Universal Laws that
never change, but cause all the changes within time and space.
Traditions are much like Social Laws that do change according to
social changes, and like these laws, the people who live by the
traditions or laws must not just live according to the letter of the
tradition or law, but by the Spirit, or the intent of the tradition
Also tradition is like Religion in that each person must have and
stay glued to their own tradition or Religion, which will be totally
unique to them and will connect them to their source, God, but
because of the archetypal nature of humans, there will always be
some aspects of these traditions or Religions that will be the same
as other peoples'. And where these traditions or Religions
intersect, we can communicate and share our common ground and
celebrate together in unity.
The best example of the changing evolutionary aspect of traditions
and Religions can be seen in the life of the most noted traditional
Medicine Man, Black Elk, whose earlier life as a nomadic plains
Medicine Man was first portrayed to the wider world by John G.
Neihardt in 'Black Elk Speaks'. This account, according to Michael
F. Steltenkamp in 'Black Elk - Holy Man of the Oglala', romantically
portrays Black Elk's nomadic life prior to living a "more
or less happy reservation
which he saw 50 years."
The next account by Joseph Epes Brown, called
'The Sacred Pipe', concentrated on Black Elk's recollection of the
details of the seven sacred rites and ceremonies of the Lakota.
The third account, by Michael F. Steltenkamp, concentrated on Black
Elk's reservation life as recalled by his friends and last surviving
child, Lucy Looks Twice. This account emphasizes Black Elk's very
active involvement in establishing Catholicism among his people.
The point I wish to make is that although he had a very strong
Shamanic Vision and 'Traditional' understanding of Wakan-Tanka and
the sacred rites and ceremonies, Black Elk also saw the same Wakan-Tanka
in the Catholic God.
This indicates that he was not too proud to
change his own traditional understanding and that he was able to
adapt his traditional understanding to his new circumstances in
reservation life. His real understanding of God and the effects on
his people who lacked faith and understanding can be seen in his
account of the seventh and last Lakota rite 'The Throwing Of The
Ball', as found in 'The Sacred Pipe'.
This 'game' consists of a young girl who throws a ball to the four
directions and each time someone catches or scrambles to get the
ball and return it to the girl in the centre.
The mythological reading goes like this: The ball, made of buffalo
hide and stuffed with buffalo hair was painted red, to symbolize the
earthly world, and blue lines around the quarters or directions, to
symbolize Heaven, thus "Heaven and Earth were united into one
in this ball", representing the universe and Wakan-Tanka (God).
The buffalo itself represented the universe by giving food,
clothing, housing etc. Black Elk adds:
it is a little girl, and not an older person, who stands at the
center and throws the ball. This is as it should be, for just as
Wakan-Tanka is eternally youthful and pure, so is this little girl
who has just come from Wakan-Tanka, pure and without any darkness [Ignorance
of His light Ed.].
Just as the ball is thrown from the centre to the four quarters, so
Wakan-Tanka is at every direction and is everywhere in the world;
and as the ball descends upon the people, so does His power… The
game… represents the course of a man’s life, which should be
spent in trying to get the ball, for the ball represents Wakan-Tanka,
or the universe…”
In the final paragraph of the book and of this
rite, Black Elk says:
“At this sad time
today among our people, we are scrambling for the ball, and some are
not even trying to catch it, which makes me cry when I think of it.
But soon I know it will be caught, for the end is rapidly
approaching, and then it will be returned to the centre, and our
people will be with it. It is my prayer that this be so, and it is
in order to aid in this ‘Recovery of the ball’, that I have
wished to make this book.”
To make my point clearer, regarding the evolution of tradition and
the universal law of sacredness that is present in any Religion or
tradition, ‘The Sacred Pipe’ refers to the two aspects of Wakan-Tanka
and the earth thus:
Wakan-Tanka as the Grandfather (Tunkashila) is the unlimited source,
the Great Spirit independent of manifestation and is identical to
the Christian Godhead. Wakan-Tanka as the Father (Ate) is the Great
Spirit in relation to His manifestation as Creator, Preserver or
Destroyer and is identical to the Christian God. Maka as the
Grandmother (Unchi) is the ground or substance of all things, the
potentiality. Maka as the Mother (Ina) is the producer of Growth in
And in contrast, Frank Fools Crow (Wanbli Mato – Eagle Bear) also
a Teton Sioux or Oglala Lakota says:
“We have three Chief Gods like the Christians do. Wakan-Tanka is
like the Father. Tunkashila is like the Son. The Powers [four
directions Ed.] and
Grandmother Earth together are like the Holy Spirit, and I call the
five of them Wakan-Tanka’s Helpers. When I speak of all seven of
the beings together, I sometimes call them the ‘Higher Powers’.
When I pray with my pipe I point the stem up to Wakan-Tanka, then
just a little lower to Tunkashila. But Wakan-Tanka and Tunkashila
think, act and watch over us as one. So there is only one God.
Whenever I say, Wakan-Tanka, I mean Tunkashila too.”
So Wakan-Tanka is God, and God is also Great Spirit, Tirawa, Biame,
Rainbow Serpent, Wanjina, Odin, Unumbotte’, Vishnu, Brachma,
Shiva, Tao, Sila, Hactcin, Zeus, Yehwah, Creator, Universal Energy
etc. And as Sri Chinmoy, the meditation master born in Bengal and
now living in New York, says in his book ‘The Wings Of Joy’:
“We may also refer to
God as the Inner Pilot or the Supreme. But no matter which term we
use, we mean the Highest within us, that which is the ultimate goal
of our spiritual quest.”
And we reach this goal or feed the Highest within us, by praying,
meditating and giving sacred and sincere reverence and respect to
all God’s creations (All Our Relations) including our own body,
mind and soul.
By: Lynn V.
Live in your sacred witness. That inner place of silence and observing
is your true identity and therefore your true power. It is all you
really have when all else is gone. Like monoliths in an ancient
valley, they observe and remember the passage of the ages. The answers
that you find through the timelessness of spirituality and the
innocence of nature offer the infinite. Each human being is on his or
her own path, each different from yours. Answers to your questions are
rarely found in another human. Answer your own questions by reflecting
on nature and conversing with your own sacred witness.
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