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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Cherokee Teachings from the Wisdom Fire

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About ten years ago I found a book called Voices of Our Ancestors: Cherokee Teachings from the Wisdom Fire by Dhyani Ywahoo that I haven't been able to fully comprehend. Perhaps the more I read Ywahoo's book, the more I'll eventually understand it. But there are tidbits in the book that immediately hit home for me.

Ywahoo, a member of the traditional Etowah Band of the Eastern Tsalagi (Cherokee) Nation, said she was "charged with the duty to rekindle the fire of clear mind and right relationship in these changing times" and that's why she wrote the book. She is a guide to all who walk "the Beauty Road."

The back jacket of the Voices of Our Ancestors says that it "teaches practical ways of transforming obstacles to happiness and good relationships, fulfilling one's life purpose, manifesting peace and abundance ... It includes teachings on how to practice generosity and harmony.

Here are some of the jewels I've discovered in the book:

Our elders taught that forgiveness was a great balm--the most great medicine that brings freedom from hurt.

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Everyone has some idea of what another's vice or fault is and what ought to be corrected. The real issue is to clarify one's own consciousness, be one with the stream of clear mind in oneself, that one may act in the present rather than react to issues of the past.

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Affirmation is a skillful means for transforming energy, and it begins with the deletion of negative statements about self and others. A negative statement freezes one in time and space without room for harmonization.


And here's a message that made my mind and body sing:

Each of us has a song in our heart. Through thought, through action, each one is creating vibration in the atmosphere. When we think about the dancing atoms that build and sustain the forms of life, we can see ourselves forever in the dance. Everything is vibration. Our action rings out in many dimensions, and in that way our thoughts and actions return to us. We call it karma or destiny.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

these words of yours have been creating beautiful meanings & invaluable wisdoms that are becoming part of each of our daily vibrations,letting us meet the here & now anywhere we be. Now the gift of our magical nature to our presence makes all the difference in what we are doing to what we are doing. The silently moving stillness allows us to be the most of who we are when we allow to inhabit the wisdom of infinate one in us. Then all of our needs,wants,struggles and fights, merges into being paths of infinite peace. the fastest relexation becomes the slowerst relexation without push..its all the simple same differece, Tibet or Free Tibet...its all but Karma & us

Alicia Benjamin said...

Anonymous,
Your comments are simply gorgeous. You have a beautiful way of expressing yourself. Perhaps you should write your own book!

I'm glad that these words have become part of your daily vibrations. I love when you say, "the fastest relaxation becomes the slowest relaxation withou push." It's poetry.

Thanks for your awesome comments and may you have peace.

Anonymous said...

Beyond The Lodge of the Sun

May be a book you all would be intrested in if you liked this one.

Alicia Benjamin said...

Anonymous,
Well, yes indeedy! I am very interested in this book. I just read the Amazon.com description of it and I definitely want to find out what's inside the book. It will be my next book purchase! Thanks for suggesting it.
:-)

Anonymous said...

The author of "Beyond the Lodge of the Sun" has his own site (http://galleagle.com) where you can purchase an updated/revised copy. It's coil bound and doesn't look as finished as the beautiful 2002 Vega edition, but it also supports the author directly. I just bought my copy from him. enjoy!

Alicia Benjamin said...

Thanks for the info.! When I get some extra money, I'll get it.
Peace,
Alicia