Monthly Archives: November 2014
My Soul Is Not Contained Within The Limits Of My Body, My Body Is Contained Within The Limitlessness Of My Soul
My soul is not contained within the limits of my body, my body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul. I’ve often said I wish people could realize their dreams and wealth and fame so that they could see that it’s not where you’re gonna find your sense of completion. I can tell you from experience the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is because everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart. Within each of us there is a silence, a silence as vast as the universe and when we experience that silence we remember who we are. We’re not the avatars we create, we’re not the pictures on the film stock, we are the light that shines through, all else is just smoke and mirrors, distracting but not truly compelling. There is no reality except the one contains within us. Our eyes are not viewers they’re also projectors that are running a second story over the picture that we see in front of us all of the time; Fear is writing that script, now, fear is going to be a player in your life. You get to decide how much, you can spend your whole life imagining ghosts worrying about the pathway to the future but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, in the decisions we make this moment which are based in either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality what we really want seems out of impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying that you can ask the universe for it. Life doesn’t happen to you it happens for you, as far as I can tell it’s just about letting the universe know what you want and working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass. Why not take a chance on faith? not religion but faith, not hope but faith, I don’t believe in hope because hope is the beggar, hope walks through the fire and faith leaps over it. You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world and after you walk through those doors today and everyday you will only ever have two choices love or fear, choose love and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart…
It is rare I find something so compelling I must share with my own interjections, this speech from Jim Carrey inspired me to share…
Time is priceless, yet it costs us nothing. You can do anything you want with it, but you can’t own it. You can spend it, but you can’t keep it. And once you’ve lost it, there’s no getting it back. Time is the most valuable asset you will ever have. Here is a poem found in Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Wallet and I believe this is the best advice regarding time.
“This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, Leaving something in its place I have traded for it. I want it to be a gain, not loss – good, not evil. Success, not failure, in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.”
Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account every morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening, the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent of course. Each of us has such a bank. Its name is time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as loss, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day, it opens a new account for you. Each night, it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get it from the utmost health, happiness and success.
Time is the only coin of your life and only you can determine how it will be spent, be careful not to let anyone spend it for you. Choose your own priorities. We often drift through days that are full of things we “have to do” or “should do” or what others “want us to do.” Why? There are plenty of people out there more than willing to put in their two cents about your time. Every day, you’ll hear sales pitches about the endless options you have and other people’s opinion of what should be important to you. Have they got their own lives in such perfect order that it qualifies them to make decisions for yours? Like any purchase, it’s valuable to listen, but keep that coin in your pocket till YOU decide where it will be spent. Try to see the difference between a real obligation and an imagined one. The only things you have to do are the obligations you choose. You might find that more is optional than you really think.
The clock is running…make the most of today!
Cherokees and “Thanksgiving”
Cherokees Didn’t Celebrate “American-style Thanksgiving” until 1885. . .
The Cherokees were raising corn as early as 1,000 BC. Before European contact the Cherokees were already participating in a thanksgiving ceremony; the most important ceremony of the year, called the “Green Corn Ceremony.”
This traditional dance and festival was a very important event for the Cherokees. It was the beginning of the New Year; a time when our ancestors gave thanks for the corn crop that they saw as a continued life for them. It was a time for forgiveness and for grudges to be left behind – a time to begin anew. A part of their celebration was fasting, then gathering at the ceremonial grounds to play stickball, dance and have a big feast.
As settlers and traders moved inland, many Native Americans – including the Cherokee – assisted them with food and supplies. This was a continual process, not just a single meal. The Cherokees taught early settlers how to hunt, fish and farm in their new environment. They also taught them how to use herbal medicines when they became ill.
Sadly, as more people came to America, they didn’t seem to need the Native Americans help anymore. Settlers forgot how the natives helped the earlier Pilgrims. Mistrust began to grow; friendships weakened. Settlers and Pilgrims started telling their native neighbors their religious beliefs and native customs were “wrong”. Relationships deteriorated and within a few years the children of the people who ate together at that first Thanksgiving were killing one another in what led to “King Phillip’s War”.
Frenchman Christian Priber established himself among the Cherokees in 1736, learning their language, and teaching them “European Christianity” until he was arrested by the English and imprisoned at Charleston, South Carolina. Even though the Cherokees continued worshipping in their traditional ways, the work of the missionaries did convert some Cherokees to Christianity resulting in practicing Christianity synergistically with the cultural belief in tact. The first known Cherokee conversion occurred in 1773. In 1801, the first permanent Christian Mission in the Cherokee Nation was called Moravian Mission. It was located at Springplace, which is in present-day Georgia. As more Cherokees became Christians the custom of observing the English National Thanksgiving Holiday became common.
D. W. Bushyhead, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, signed a proclamation on Thursday, November 26, 1885, declaring that Thanksgiving should be practiced by the Cherokees. The proclamation read in part: “The Cherokees have abundant reason to rejoice. They are favored in all things that should make a Nation prosperous and a people happy. They have an indisputable right to an area of land sufficient for the needs of generations of Cherokees to come. They have a perfect form of Government, wise laws, unsurpassed educational facilities for their children and money enough of their own invested to make these blessings permanent. It is true this Nation is neither numerous, wealthy nor powerful compared with many others, but it stands and relies upon the plighted faith of a Nation that has become the strongest on earth by reason of its respect for human rights.”
Today most Cherokees celebrate the National Thanksgiving Holiday. There are a few Cherokees, along with Native Americans of other tribes, who still celebrate the Green Corn Ceremony in July and the National Thanksgiving Holiday in November.
*Note: Cultural information varies from clan to clan, location to location, family to family, and from differing opinions and experiences.