- May 20, 2002THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
If you could remake your personal world, how would you want it? Very few
can answer that question immediately. Many cannot answer after a great
deal of consideration. Maybe we are drifters to a degree. There seems to
be a ceratin amount of apprehension and fear about saying, or even
thinking of what we want out of life. It may be that we feel some of it
isn't right to want, or that maybe we are asking more than should be our
Money is probably the first thing that most people think about, because
of what they could do for themselves and for others. But what of health
and peace and love? Without these all the fame and money in the world
would be entirely meaningless. Without a spiritual foundation to one's
life, all our desires are built on sand. Without knowing where we're
going, we are drifters.
To know what we want with good is the first and most important step. As
Carlyle wrote, "The man without a purpose is like a ship without a
rudder - a waif, a nothing. Have a purpose in life, and, having it,
throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given
Tennyson wrote these beautiful words: "More things are wrought by prayer
than this world dreams of. What are men better than sheep or goats, that
nourish a blind life within the brain, if, knowing God, they lift no
hands of prayer both for themselves and those who call them friend!"
What on this earth could we possibly have of good that has not come from
the Almighty? What inroads are made into disease and sickness, what
light has focused more understandingly on mental illness and weaknesses,
without having been revealed through something greater than we are?
And indeed, to what can we contribute the smallest or the greatest
amounts of success, the love we share, the true joys, the peace, and our
very breath. How presumptuous of us to believe we own one thing of
lasting value that does not come from God.
May 20 - Daily Feast
Most people want control. If they can control something, it seems to
make things worthwhile. Important people have control, and though it
appears no one is challenging their power the challenge is there in
silent communication. A look, a laugh, an unspoken opinion hangs
suspended until its time to express has come. Real control is in the
heart. It filters out the pretension, the sham, the show, the
subterfuge. Intellect takes a back seat to honor which says a person can
only control for the good of all. Control by sheer force is destined to
break down - and the fall of it makes a great noise.
~ I feel grateful to the Great Spirit for strengthing my heart.... ~
PETALESHARO - PAWNEE, 1800's
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - May 20
"...the sacred ceremonies given to us by the Creator are the Heart of
our existence. These ceremonies are our first duty."
--Traditional Circle of Elders. NORTHERN CHEYENNE
Hidden in the ceremonies are many truths, many principles, many
guidelines for living our access to the Unseen World, healing and
visions. Because the Indian People didn't have schools or books, the
Great Spirit gave us Ceremonies. The ceremonies are handed down from
generation to generation to learn their meaning. Today, many Indian
People live in cities or urban areas where it's hard to learn the
ceremonies. We need to go to the Elders and learn the ceremonies so we
can pass them on to our children.
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