THE SACRED HILL WITHIN - A DAKOTA/LAKOTA WORLD VIEW by LITTLE CROW

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THE SACRED HILL WITHIN
A DAKOTA/LAKOTA WORLD VIEW
BY LITTLE CROW
The Sacred Hill Within

Edited by C.F. Clark
One World Publishing
Fountain Valley, Ca.

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By the same author:
From The Gathering: The Wisdom of Little Crow
A Telling of Hope
Last Message From A Distant Star
Traveling With the Circus and Other Sacred Things
Dancing With Illusions and Other Stories About Human Beings
The Sacred Hill Within

One World Publishing
Book Copyright © 1999 by C.F. Clark
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 98-68788
ISBN: 0-9635440-5-5
First edition published 1999
Printed in the United States of America

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Contents

Preface

Introduction

1 Creation

2 God and Faith

3 Spirit/Soul

4 Living and Dying

5 Relations

6 Power

7 Prayer

8 Place

9 Accountability

10 Religion and Spirituality

11 Balance/Masculine-Feminine Energy

12 Red and Blue Days

13 Symbolism and the World

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Your vision quest is every morning when
you open your eyes and climb out of bed
Let your dream be your vision quest and
get out and live your dream.

Little Crow

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Preface

This book is an introduction to concepts from the Dakota/Lakota world view
about which little is commonly written. There are books about culture, ritual and
ceremony, history and so forth, but little has been written about the universality of the
world view and its applicability in contemporary society. This is not intended to be a
scholarly work nor by any means is it intended to be an outline of Dakota/Lakota
cosmology. It is simply one individual's interpretation of his indigenous world view.
I have known Little Crow for ten years and have never met a person with more personal
integrity or a stronger faith. He is a true revolutionary who has, for the past twentyfive
years, been creating an Oral Tradition based on the sacredness of all things.

His world view is filled with tools that can be used in everyday life and his vision has
helped countless people change their lives. His thoughts and acts are in complete
congruency and he has found a way to live his life in harmony with his traditional
heritage, even in the midst of urban Southern California, holding out the promise that his
is a faith that can be practiced anywhere by anyone, thereby making it relevant,
applicable and accessible to people of all ethnicities and backgrounds.

By focusing on the deceptively simple message that everything is sacred,
everything is connected and everything is accountable, he has demystified Indian
spirituality, making theory and philosophy concrete and available to anyone who
cares to look beneath the surface while, at the same time, demonstrating how it can be
applied breath to breath and moment to moment. His is a world of tolerance, inclusion,
acceptance and the parity of everyone and everything. His ideas are tremendously
freeing and refreshingly simple, but that does not in any way mean simple-minded or as

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lacking depth or complexity. On the contrary, these ideas reflect a very complex and
complete cosmology which has specifically not been covered here. And although the
ideas may initially seem simple, living them can be a very different matter. It is a journey
without end, with a new discovery, recognition and realization around every corner.
The Gathering, which meets every Sunday morning in the humble surroundings of a
Southern California grade school multi-purpose room, is a community of individuals
who come together because they are drawn by Little Crow's message of hope, faith and
accountability. The people who come to the Gathering are as diverse as any I have been
associated with. At first glance, one may feel little in common with many who
come but over the years, one comes to realize that we are connected in far more
ways than we can imagine and one is infinitely enriched for being part of it. As we realize
we have lived many lifetimes and we are in this one as a result of our choice, we learn true
compassion, tolerance and acceptance of those around us and come to see the
commonality, connectedness and humanity in all those with whom we come in contact.
I wish to thank all those who have given so generously of their time and their
comments, in particular Lorraine Carpinelli, Dr. Troy Johnson, Dr. Lester Brown,
Doug Casgraux, Dr. Paul Apodaca and Dr. C.B. Clark. And most especially my daughter,
Guenevere, and granddaughter, Cheyenne, who have been so patient.

I started this book for a friend but in the end, it turns out that I am the true beneficiary.
And, as Little Crow is so fond of pointing out, that's how it goes.

Mitakuye oyasin, for all my relations.

The Editor

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Introduction

My name is Little Crow, Taoyateduta, His Red People. I am of Dakota/Lakota birth
and for the last twenty-five years I have been involved in adapting a lifestyle based on
the Oral Traditions of those same Dakota/Lakota people, an Oral Tradition that I
refer to as B.C. — Before Christians. I have embarked upon a journey dedicated to
sharing an alternative world view which has been the foundation of my culture for
eons, even before my people were flesh. In 200,000 B.C., 2,000 B.C., 89 B.C., 123
B.C., zero B.C., before any other conceptualization, we believed in a higher source.
God, Tunkashila, the Mother-Father Creator wrote in the heavens the way for
us to live our lives in harmony with all things above and all things below. As it is
below, it is above and as it is above, it is below. In 2,000 B.A., Before
Anyone, we believed this because it was shown to us. Our holy people began to
interpret that message, by vision and dream, and created ceremony as it was
displayed and shown to us in the heavens. It's in my cosmology. It's in the story of
our creation and it was in my instruction.

Four or five years ago there was a book that needed to be written called The
Sacred Hill Within. I wrote on it a bit here and there, and then kept it in the file
cabinet. However, with the purification and everything that is going on; the
sadness, the lack of hope and joy in the world, the killing and all of the disasters
which are occurring, flood, draught — all of those things which have been
prophesied — it is time to speak about our relationship to those issues.

There are basic differences in how the world, the universe, is seen by indigenous
people. It is through these differences that we, as a people, have been able to
survive and I, as a connected entity, also survived my self-destructive
adventures into an alien culture built on the mythical theories of the need for

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sameness in all things. This sameness is being used as the educational tools of
the corporate and religious structures of this civilization, tools that are used to
separate everything from everything else. This creation of sameness establishes a
class system that we are told doesn't exist. It is a sameness that elevates the nonethical
to positions of power and ultimate control of the masses./ Living in vulgar
and unrestricted opulence, these powers flaunt their ostentatiousness upon their
brothers and sisters. If you, the reader, has the courage to be open to alternative
thought about how the world and its every aspect might look to other people, then
by all means read on. By any literary standards, this book will fall short, but it will
be easy reading and best of all, it will be a very short book — a blessing, I'm sure.
This book should not be considered as a "how to" for those readers who have an
interest in American Indians and their diverse world views. It will make no
attempt at teaching the reader anything, nor will it seek to convert the reader to an
indigenous mind set. However, this book does hold a message for all who read
it, a simple message based on the ageless oral traditions of the Dakota/Lakota
people. You will find the message universal, crossing all cultural lines; a message
similar and yet different in its alternative perspectives to the millions of
thoughts and concerns that evolve through all of us. There will be no Indian words
to learn or remember, nor will you be required to take part in any Indian rituals,
made up or otherwise. There will be no songs to sing or sacred ceremonies to
learn. You'll have no Pipes or other sacred objects to buy and, best of all, you
won't be required to get naked and sweat in the sweat lodge. And one last thing,
for sure you won't be invited to take part in vision quests or sacred sundances.

If, while reading this book, you come across something that sounds familiar, chances are
that it is. The reasons for this happening are simple. There are no new thoughts, just
different ways of seeing the same thing. In other words, everything is part of the
universal consciousness, including you and me.

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I wish to thank everyone and everything that has ever touched my life, for I know
at this writing that we are all truly related. Specifically, I wish to acknowledge
my children from both of my families and hope for you what each of you has given
me in your very own way. May you always know who you are and that your validation
comes from within.

Oh, I almost forgot, there are a couple of other things I have to share with you. As you
read this book and you happen to come across your own thoughts about spirituality,
don't yell, scream or do back flips. Just put this book down, get up off your spiritual
ass (slowly, of course) and get to work living your life. Now, for the last thing. I have
not sought, nor do I seek, the approval or permission of any group, tribe, band,
family, government, or individual(s) in writing this book. I am simply living out my
dream. I hope that you might do the same.

Little Crow

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This book is dedicated to all of those indigenous peoples who have gone on before me —
not only from the Dakota/Lakota nations of my birthright but to all those of all nations,
Indian and non-Indian, whose world views, rituals, ceremonies, sacred objects, songs and
the like have been abused and prostituted by the countless "snake oil" sellers who have
always found a way to profit from the needs of their relatives. It is unfortunate that this
group of human beings includes those who call themselves shamans, healers, medicine
men, medicine women, road men, road women, Pipe carriers, sweat leaders,
dreamers and warriors. It is hoped that this book will help in removing the shame that
is felt by the spirits of all our relatives.

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The most frustrating reality of the creation, as we have been conditioned to accept it, is our
humanality. To accept this state of existence is to go directly against what our intuition
tells us. It is through this life-long intuitive battle between what we know within ourselves to
be true and what is told to us about ourselves from the outside that we embark upon our
life's journey — a journey which, by its very nature, has already been completed,
completed by the simple act of our original creation.

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CREATION

What is creation all about? We have tried to create a mystery as to how life began,
why it began, where it is going and what it is about but in my world view, it is quite
simple. Everything is of the Mother-Father Creator. We are part of the Creator and,
being part of it, we are it. If we are of God, then are we not God and if we are God, did
we not create ourselves? We are the Creators and the only thing that remains is for us to
find a way to live with that responsibility.

We begin our lives by being told what is important and what is meaningless, what is
connected and what is not, what is powerful and what is weak, what is good and what is
evil. We are taught early in life that everything was created as part of a hierarchy with
some things taking priority over others — as opposed to the idea that everything was
created in harmony, balance and equality — and so t h o s e i d e a s become basic to the
way we think. We make assumptions and judgments throughout our lives based on
those implanted concepts and we find it difficult to recognize and accept that everything is
the same and is equal in its priority.

At one time in my life, I had a willingness to accept the creation stories from
outside my culture. Later, I was able to read and interpret those stories
according to my own needs. Each of us does that, you know, regardless of what it
is. We interpret things based upon our own experiences and our own needs. The
result is that the idea of creation narrows itself down to the most acceptable

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storyteller. One storyteller says that we originated from Adam and Eve. In that
version of creation man and woman are not equal, not in parity, because the
woman was created after and from the man. That story goes on to say that we
were conceived because Adam and Eve broke the law, they ignored the rules.
From the beginning, in that conception process, we become part of the sinfulness
of man. Since we were a result of that initial transaction — the exchange of energy I
think they call it today — we are automatically "bad." We are part of that
original sin, something that we have to make up for all our lives, a process made
even more difficult for women when original sin was interpreted by Paul as
implying that women created our fall from grace. We are told that the only thing
we needed was for someone to die — not a woman, of course, but a man — and
those sins would be eradicated, so we called someone the son of God, sacrificed him
and he erased our sins — for the men. As for the women, they are to be constantly
reminded of their role in man's downfall and be continually punished.

Because we are born in sin, that creation story leads us right out of the chute and down
the street into the big parade not feeling good about ourselves. We do not feel
good about ourselves from the very beginning of our remembered experiences
and we spend a lifetime trying to eradicate that original sin and find salvation or some
way to be forgiven. The amazing thing is, in that particular story, the only
people who can forgive us are the very people who created the problem, the
situation, in the first place. It becomes a paradox for those of us with different
creation stories. How can we be forgiven for something that never existed, at least in
the context in which it has been presented to us? Nevertheless, as we read it,
as it is interpreted for us and as we begin to believe it, we become part of that
creation narrative. It is a narrative that keeps reinforcing our failure. We are always
just short of the mark, never quite able to measure up. Even if we do reach
certain plateaus of forgiveness or salvation, there is always further to go, more for

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us to do. When we start asking for verification, for solid scientific data, scientific
proof, we are told to rely upon faith. We are told to accept everything in blind
faith and that, in doing so, we will be rewarded — certainly not in this lifetime, but
somehow, in some other place.

The stories in my Oral Tradition that teach us about creation and which are
shared in the proper time and the proper place say that things were created in
similarity, at the same time, looking alike but different and that everything in creation is
connected and related. Everything is made up of the same creative energy. We are all
the same, on the same path going to the same place. Each of us, regardless of color or
gender, is equally endowed with the energy of God, the Mother-Father Creator. Male
and female were created at the same time, having the same power, neither being
greater or more important than the other, both spiritual, both sacred, both
empowered, each being a house, if you will, for the creative energy of the Mother-Father
Creator.

Five hundred years ago, this country was overwhelmed by people seeking freedom and
equality after living with the tyranny of monarchies and serfdom, religious oppression,
poverty and slavery. They could not believe there were people who had no
conception of those things and so they set about recreating that place from which they
had tried to escape. Indigenous people had no connection to Adam and the idea of
original sin. There is nothing in our Oral Tradition that tells us we were shallow,
evil or sinful. We were just mischievous. In other words, much like now, we were
not satisfied or content with simply being sacred, we wished to be something more. We
call that impatience and it is the same impatience that we suffer today. We may be
workaholics, worryaholics, alcoholics, drugaholics, or abuseaholics. Any behavior
that keeps us from resting our minds without worrying or tossing and turning qualifies.
Each of us is sacred, as are the plants, the animals, the insects and all things. We

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are all part of the creation; therefore, being of, we are. True, there is a certain amount
of attrition, but that is simply symbolic and physical. The body is flesh and bone
which decays and becomes food for worms so they will prosper and, in their turn, be
eaten and create other things so all things might continue to grow and so the earth can
continue to manufacture raw materials. The body is put back into the earth to give back
what has been taken, but the body is not the spirit. The body is only the process by which
the spirit moved, the vehicle in which the spirit traveled. The spirit goes on. The
creative energy, the God energy, is infinite and lives on regardless of what happens
to the body.

Many people have trouble accepting Native American religious ideas — and they
are not religious ideas, they are world views — that say everything is connected,
everything is related, everything is sacred, because believing that implies an
awesome responsibility that would require them to change their entire lives. We have
been taught to separate ourselves from creation and to consider ourselves, as human
beings, superior to everything else. We have the idea that some things were created
better or are more important than others. That idea was developed to create divisions and
separations so that some of us might feel more powerful, more in control; but control
and authority over our lives have always been based within us. We just need to take the
responsibility and accountability.

When we see creation as the result of something outside of ourselves, as coming from
a separate entity, we tend to believe that we have no responsibility, no
accountability, that we only need to recognize we are deeply imbedded in sin and we
will be saved. We have been encouraged not to take responsibility for our lives but,
instead, to believe everything that happens to us is at the dictate of some higher power,
somebody that's higher up, somebody that should know better.

I often hear from organizations that refer to information received from some other

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place on earth, or not on earth from places and people in some other part of the universe.
There are people all over the country claiming they have messages from some other
place or entity. These ideas encourage us to not take responsibility for our own
actions but instead to claim we were only following instructions from somebody
else or a higher source. We, as human beings, don't know anything. We have no
idea what the world holds for us or what we are supposed to do so we have to get
our information from some other source. Why? Because we are simply too stupid
and lazy to take responsibility for our actions, so we blame them on
somebody else. We blame them on God, on the government, on our family, on
somebody we don't like. We hold anyone or anything accountable but ourselves. Let
me ask you this, if I was truly talking to someone who knows more than I do, why
would they give me this stupid situation to embark upon in the first place? Is it a joke?
Are we being tricked into doing things out of consideration to what we call a higher
energy or higher power?

You are your higher power, just take responsibility for it. You were created, and I don't
want to say in the image of God because that makes us think that God might look like
us, but in the image of yourself, whatever that is. I am referring to the spiritual
image, the spiritual energy. We are simply a physical symbolic representation of God
moving around in our bodies because that is how two-legged people move. Even though
some of us may need a certain amount of physical assistance, our spirits do not.

When we see people flat on their backs in bed, hooked up to tubes or in wheelchairs, we
have a tendency to feel sorry for them, but another way of looking at it is to realize that is
what they are here to do this time around. Creation requires accountability. If we
are to feel any peace of mind, any balance whatsoever, we must take
accountability.

Thinking about creation leads us to the consideration of the theory of
evolution, the idea of evolving from apes or amphibians, standing, walking upright,

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going from four-legged to two-legged and so on. What an amazingly complex
process. We are absorbed with ideas of who and what we are and were, and what
awaits us on the other side, but simplifying the creation eliminates the multitude of
questions which consume an enormous amount of energy in
our lives. When and how creation began is not important nor is figuring out who
began it. Those questions simply lead to esoteric discussions and debates and we sit
around thinking we are intellectual rather than facing the fact that there isn't time for
that any more. We need to put that aside and get to the point of recognizing we were
all created equally, we are all sacred, we are all spiritual and then do what we can
for the children who follow so they'll have clean air to breathe and clean water to
drink, so the world does not end in our time.

Our creation, whenever it was and in whatever form each of us believes it to be, was
sacred. It occurred. What was it all about? The answer to that question has always
been determined by our state of being. The belief in a higher power is only
acceptable through unyielding faith. There is no proof of any of it except that which
we harbor in our heart and mind. All we have is a series of examples and symbolic
representations to look at and interpret based on our own needs. You, as the individual
are creation. The idea, then, is to look in the mirror and see creation, see evolution,
see how far you've come. You are sacred, you are spiritual, you are all that you seek to
be. The question is how to live your life in accordance with that.

We are the creation and it is up to us to direct the energy of that creation in a loving and
harmonious way, even with all of our idiosyncrasies, our diversities, our animosities, even
with all of our anger and hatred. Like us, those things are sacred because they are also of
the creative energy. Hate, war, destruction, animosity, doubt and confusion, all of
those things are related and connected to us. It is simply up to each one of us to determine
which acts we are going to commit, which words we are going to utter, what energy we

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are going to release into the universe.

All things of the creation are indeed the creation/Creators itself We are the creation. We
are the sacredness. We are the God self We were created and put here, like the birds,
to carry waste and broadcast seeds to other places so that plants, trees and food might
grow. We have a part in that responsibility and we must let our voices be heard. We are
responsible for insuring that those who come after us have a place to come to, for
creating a place in which our children can continue to exist.

Rescue the children so that this creation that you continue to be a part of will not be for
yourselves but for all of your relations.

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You are of God and God is of you. The existence of God is only possible by your
existence. The maximum power of God at any one time is in direct ratio to the
number who have accepted the responsibility of living within this concept. There was no
beginning and there is no end. We (God) have always been and will be forever.

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GOD AND FAITH

When we consider human history, we often hear and read stories about how we
were created, about the fact that we were created as opposed to having evolved. If,
indeed, there is anything to the theory of evolution, when did man become
separated from that process? What made us special? Perhaps we were needy and,
being needy, we had to create some story, some myth that would set us apart from
the plants and animals, separate us from the evolutionary process. In that need,
we created an idea of God. We created a God out of our own need.

The Lakota people, in some of their stories, tell of a time before we were flesh. One
doesn't often read or hear that in other places. There is an account which tells of
angels being cast out of heaven and of human beings cast out of a garden, but
my Oral Tradition talks about a time before we were flesh, when we were spirit and
had the ability to do all things — to change our shapes, communicate, go and come
as we pleased. We had all the abilities which we now attribute to God.

Perhaps we had a need then, as those people below the earth before we were flesh,
to develop the idea that we were what God is perceived to be. We were energy and
that energy had the capacity to be anything it chose. It was all things, so we were
all things. It didn't require a building or a monument. It didn't require layers of
bureaucracy, hierarchies or a class structure. It didn't need to be induced through
the use of mind-altering, spirit-pounding drugs. It simply required faith. God is a
matter of faith, dependent upon your need as a human being. Whatever you need it to be

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is how God becomes determinant in your life. If you don't believe in God then that is
honorable too, because you are sacred. You are what your faith determines, not
faith as construed by others, but the faith constructed within you.

It is doubtful that we can come together as a group of more than two and agree on what
God is. We become very unimaginative. We are undisciplined and we lose faith
because we want guidelines and formulations. We are looking for guarantees that
my God is better than yours or my God is the right God and yours is wrong. Whatever
God is to you is right. Whatever you perceive God or a higher power to be is right, it is
correct, it is yours. It isn't necessarily mine or the person's on the other side of the street,
but that is okay. It isn't necessary for all of us to see God in the same way. When we
think we must all see God in the same way, we have religious wars and ethnic cleansing.
Eliminating the questions about God alleviates the arguments over who is correct and
who is not, who is superior and who is inferior, about what is right and wrong.

The question is not whether there is a God or whose God is the right God, the question is
whether or not each of us is willing to take the responsibility of believing there is a God
and then have the faith to live our lives according to how we believe God would live.
We need to live how we believe God would live, not how we think God wants us to live.
Contrary to popular opinion, God is not concerned with whether we live or not. That is up
to us. Breathing is our responsibility, not God's. The minute we stop breathing, we are on
our way out of here.

God is a matter of faith, dependent upon our need. Psychologists today tell us
not to be needy. They say it's okay to want or desire something, but not to need
something. Our faith is predicated on our need so are the psychologists in league with
the devil, trying to disavow us of our need, our only connecting link to the Mother-
Father Creator? Perhaps they are trying to eliminate our need by putting it on a "higher
level" such as I "want" God in my life. If you really want God in your life, stand in front

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of the mirror and take a deep breath and you can see God at work. The only thing that
we lack is the accountability and responsibility of accepting God and having faith in it.
There is a passage in the red book* that says, "There is going to be no supreme race, no
supreme people, no supreme beings. Everybody is going to have to take the responsibility
and seven generations from now we'll say to God, Tunkashila, Umdogee, Wakan Tanka,
'Here's what you dreamt of. This is a dream you gave us as human beings when you
created us in this universe. Here it is, right here where you put us to fulfill it. Here's our
dream to you. Happy Birthday.' And God will say, 'Why did you do all this?' And we'll
say, 'For all our relations.' "

*C. F. Clark, ed., From The Gathering: The Wisdom of Little Crow (Fountain Valley,
One World Publishing; 1993)

There are no supreme beings, no supreme races, there is nothing superior to you
nor are you superior to anything else because everything is sacred, everything
is part of creation. There is no object, thing, act, person, or religion that is better
than any other. No one is more spiritual, more religious, more saved, less saved, more
sinful, less sinful than anyone else. No one can buy God. No one can buy
indulgences or salvation, nor can anyone take retribution or revenge because each of us
is God. We are God according to our need. We just have to be accountable to live
as we believe God would live.

Have you ever wondered why there are fleas? Someone asked me that the other
day and I decided that person didn't have enough to do if they had time to sit
around and wonder why fleas exist. But think about it, if everything is sacred and
we are not to kill indiscriminately, why do we have fleas? They exist to keep
dogs busy so they don't chew the furniture or wear a path in the yard, so they will bite
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whatever else it takes to find relief If we watch the dogs, the four legged, we
see ourselves doing exactly the same thing. Fleas might represent an
unwanted relationship and we scratch, kick, and bite trying to get rid of it like a
dog trying to get rid of fleas. Like the fleas, everyone in our lives is there to give us
something to do. If they are sick, down and out, depressed, hungry or sad, it gives
us something to do trying to help them. Otherwise, we might not be doing
anything except sitting around on our butts. By the same token, we are
wherever we are, doing whatever we are doing so someone else will have something
to do. Someone else can love us or hate us. Someone else can love and hate us at the
same time. Someone else can ridicule or hurt us. Someone else can help us. Each
of us is on this earth, part of the puzzle, so that we will have something to do — to
consider helping our relatives and to think about those who will come after us. I do
not know for certain if there is a heaven or hell, but I do know that I don't believe in
them nor am I concerned about them. What I am concerned with is whether or not
I have the faith to do for you what you need me to do, if I can, and to be
accountable for it, to be accountable for the God self that dwells within.

Separation from the concept of God has become the reality of the human condition. We
think of God as separate, outside of ourselves in some other universe or dimension. We
have removed ourselves from the source of all things and, as a consequence, we are
left struggling and blinded. We can see daily examples of our separation from God
in the newspaper accounts of child abuse, rape, murder and other terrible things
that people do to one another. Many of us want to know why things like that
happen and we often hear people wonder how God can let those things occur. We live in
a world of balance and duality so the question is, why wouldn't they happen? Someone
made a decision to do those terrible things and why they do them is irrelevant. The fact
is, they happen. It isn't God that makes or lets them happen. It isn't some outside force that
creates those events. God, Allah, Buddha, has nothing to do with it. A human being

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makes the decision to do those things to another human being. It is a matter of choice.
It doesn't matter how badly those people might have been abused in their lives or what
has been done to them, the still have a choice. Ea ch and every one of us has a choice
and that choice isn't predicated on what has happened to us in the past. There are no
excuses, there is no one to blame but ourselves. We, and only we, are responsible and
accountable for the choices we make. We are all accountable for recognizing the God
within each of us and living our lives according.

When I grew up — I was born in 1933 — my role models didn't look like me. There
were posters of successful people, role models, on the walls of my school and none of
them looked like I did. I saw those images as representing what America was about,
what goodness and happiness was about, what life was supposed to be. When I went
into the military and traveled to different countries, I saw life wasn't like what I had
been taught to believe it was back in grade school. In truth, I had realized that earlier
when, as a senior in high school, I was verbally, psychologically, and emotionally
abused by several of my teachers for being racially and ethnically different. Later
in life, after getting out of the service and doing other things, I saw that the people
who were committing the crimes, particularly the white collar crimes — the
people who did the inside trading, the thieving and the fraudulent rip-offs — looked
like the people in those posters on the walls of my grade school. They represented
America and those things that I held to be sacred and dear, my dream. I had tried
looking like them, even to the point of wearing a suit and becoming part of the status
quo, the mainstream, but I became disillusioned. I decided they were criminals
and I went about trying to destroy them by putting them in jail. I thought they
deserved to do time for their crimes against my dream, the crimes that destroyed the
dreams that I'd had as a young man about what a beautiful, wonderful, hopeful world it
would be. Then I sobered up and discovered that sobriety equated to just one thing, self
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God created me in fairness and equality, not with two strikes against me but to be who
and what I was and am. If we can love ourselves unconditionally, we can have the faith to
believe that God dwells within us and all we have to do is be accountable for it. Take
the accountability and maintain the faith.

Remember the old slogan from the 60's? "Keep the faith, baby." Keep the faith. Faith
is power in its simplest form. Faith holds the universe together. God isn't about
redemption and salvation or damnation, it's about faith. It's about you, your need, what
you need God to be. In that need then, your actions and responses to the needs of
your fellow human beings will not be based on their color, size, weight, or their
economic or social status, but on the fact of their relationship to you as a human being.
According to my stories, the Mother-Father Creator is simply everything and
everywhere. We are all from the same source. We are that source. We are of God and
God is of us. Everything that exists outside of us exists within us. We seek outside of
ourselves that which has always been within. We are the God we seek. We are
responsible, we are connected, we are accountable. And when the Creator asks at that
time why we did this, we will answer, "Not for ourselves but for all our relations."

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We come from the same place and to that place we will return, but only after we have met our
commitments and responsibilities and not before. We started together and together we will
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SPIRIT/SOUL

Our soul, our spirit, is connected to each and everything that exists. It is us
and we are it. Since everything is the same, only in a different form, there is no way to
separate ourselves from anything. We cannot separate ourselves from the trees, the
rocks, the mountains, the grains of sand, the mist of the ocean or the droppings of the
birds and animals. There is no way to separate ourselves from the seeds, the plants, roots,
stems, leaves, or the fruit. We cannot separate ourselves from the garbage, the paper,
the plastic, the metal, the radiation. We are not separate from those things which are
disruptive or that kill us silently as we breathe the air. We say "kill," yet there is no
death. We are infinite. There is no beginning and no end, we simply have always
been and will always be. The soul and the spirit lives on. It goes out, moves along the
spirit road and comes back again at the time and place of its choosing. It selects its
parent or parents and the time and circumstances in which it comes back, timing it
in conjunction with the constellations, choosing when it gives life to the fetus carried
within the female form, the vehicle by which things arrive here on this earth. Our soul
simply rejuvenates to return again so it can continue to meet its responsibility and
accountability — that obligation which allows us to do the things we need to do for those
generations that follow.

The next generation is made up of the children of today's young women who are growing
up under the influence of drugs and alcohol with the idea that they must be beautiful and
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is not the lesson they need to learn. Instead, we need to share with them that all things are
sacred, as their spirit, their soul is sacred and that they are the living representation of the
sacred energy which created all things. Everything is of the Creator. We come from the
same place and everything is one. In the multiplicity of spirits who are reading this
book, there is only one spirit. That is Tunkashila, Wakan Tanka, God, Allah, Buddha,
whatever you wish to call it or have it be and it is only one. It is that way above and it is
that way below. There is no other way, for that is how it has been told and shown to us.
This time of year, the autumn, was when the buffalo moved southward and we followed.
The buffalo here on earth is manifested as the power of the sun and that manifestation is also
in the constellations. In the truths that were given to us, we were told that if we were to
honor the Creator we would follow those things which were shown to us in the stars.

The lessons that we were given then are the same lessons that sustain us today. As the
buffalo moves south, the sun moves south and we follow the sun. We follow the power of
God on earth in our ceremonies and in our minds, as we have for centuries. It is our soul,
our spirit, it is God itself that is working through us, for we represent that energy.
In a later chapter we will talk about the red and blue days. The blue represents the sky and
the red is the earth. Our souls are embodied in the blue and red. We are encircled by and
combined with the sky and the earth and we are one. What more could we want? What
more can anyone promise us? Some abstract redemption that releases us of accountability
and responsibility? If that is what we want, it is easily acquired. All we need to do is turn
from the face of the Creator. All we need to do is turn our back on the lessons and
instructions which we were given at the beginning time and we can easily acquire those
things which are upon the black road.

The red road was laid out for us in the heavens. We were placed here as a people by the
Creator and we have lived here ever since, watching the sky. As the heavens move, we
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ceremonies are directly connected and related to the universe, as it is directly connected
and related to specific places on the earth. Those ceremonies were given to us in the sky
by the Creator with instructions which, to this day, are followed and done in the proper
place and the proper time by the proper people In our ceremonies and rituals and in the
idea of our infinity and our oneness with the Creator, we recognize and honor these
things and carry them on. Our Sacred Pipe is a celestial Pipe that was shown to us in the
sky and at this time of year we move toward the Pipe Ceremony in the
constellations. We have been given that Pipe to pray with as we watch the sky and
we are obligated to pray for all people and all things to which we are connected.
The Pipe is sacred and we are part of that sacredness. The earth is red, the pine is red,
the people are red. It is a oneness. All things that grow upon the earth are represented by
the wood. All things that fly and walk, the winged and four legged, are
represented. All things to which we are connected and of which we are a part are
represented by us, the two legged. We honor and respect that Pipe. It is not to be bought
or sold and there is no need or cause for anyone else to duplicate or replicate those
ceremonies or to use those objects in any way.

We remember the spirit and soul, as it has come back many times and will return many times
from this point on. We remember for those who have gone on, for those who we keep in
our hearts, and for those ideas which we hold dear. Having faith in our spirit and soul
alleviates the concern as to when or how we will leave this earth. Rather, the issue is
how much can we do for all of our relations in the time that is remaining to us. How
much can we do for the children who will come after us. How much can we do for the
sick, the ill, the dying and the infirm, for the elders who are shut away, for those who are
not physically whole, for those who are repugnant, for those we shun and push away,
and for those who have lost sight of their spirituality. As human beings, we spend
our lives reacting to other people when what we need to do is remember who and what
we are. We are infinite, we are spiritual, we are connected, we are related, we are

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accountable, and we are the same. We need to remember the spirit and the soul, to
reflect upon when our lives began and take accountability for that. We were the ones
who made the choice to return in this physical form, selecting a parent or parents, and
the time and circumstances by which we would reenter.

We are all the same thing, only in a different form. Humanity and creation are one and the same.
Animate, inanimate, still, frozen, hard, soft, liquid — all the same. You, like me, are one.
You are one as you sit wherever you are. If you never went to a church, if you never
heard a sacred word, you would still be holy and sacred, just as God is holy and
sacred. You are encouraged to remember that God touches you every time you breathe.
Every time you breathe, God fills your body and flows through you. What
greater blessing, what greater sacredness is there? Why spend time on the
petty little things that concern us about our lives? They mean nothing more than that we
are human beings with little faith.

The spirit, the soul, is as powerful as whatever we perceive God to be. All we
need to do is act in a way that demonstrates our faith. To act is a decision
which requires our responsibility. How we act isn't the result of the time or
circumstance. It isn't because of a place or person. It is our responsibility. We are
accountable whether we believe in a higher power or not. Even if we all believed that
God dwells within, we would still act differently than the person next to us because
we are an individual representation of God, as complex and diverse as the
pebbles that fall from the mountain top and lay at its base or as the grains of sand
that are washed upon the beach in a far-off land.

As I write this, we are moving toward that time of the year when the sun, which is
the coal, the fire, moves toward the Pipe to ignite the tobacco in the sky. We
were given that way to follow. We were shown that constellation and that star
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are connected to what is above and what is above is connected to what is below.
It isn't folklore, it isn't a folk tale, it is a fact. Evidence exists that it is so. We
follow the instruction of God, Tunkashila, Wakan Tanka, the good holy energy
we have followed all of our days. We continue to look at the sky with reverence
and marvel at it as it moves. In it we see our reflection and like a mirror, it is a
constant reminder of the duality of all things. What is above is below and what is
below is above. We move past the Bear Lodge in the sky and the sun moves down
the stem towards the bowl of the Pipe to light it at the time of the dry willow which
is our tobacco. It is there on the other side of Pleiades and it waits for the sun.
We, as children of creation following our instructions, will also carry that out
before the first Thunder Beings speak to us in the spring. We have done so for
thousands of years as Dakota/Lakota people and we will continue to do so.
Your soul, your spirit, is all that you desire. It is all that you search for. It is the
God within. The next time you shoot up, hit someone, take a drink, or think or say
unkind words, remember that you are representing the Creator, whatever you
believe it to be. Denying it will not change it. Believing that God is outside of you
in some far-off place will not change it. Nothing can change the responsibility
and accountability of your soul and spirit.

We are all the same, only in a different form. We are all one and in that oneness, we
need to recognize that each and everything we do is never for ourselves but
always for all our relations.

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Everything, including you and I, comes from the Mother-Father Creator and since they are
infinite, that means we are too. All it takes for us to trust this thought is a tad of faith — about
the size of let's say, ahhh, something like a mustard seed. Okay, okay, so you've heard it before.

So what? This time, listen.

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LIVING AND DYING

he red book* says, "Alleviate the fear within you. Know that you are infinite.

Know that you are infinity in this form and that though you make transition, this energy
will return again and again and again and again because life itself is unending. Energy is
unending. Let go of the fear of materialism, let go of the fear of non-materialism. Let go of
the fear of dying, let go of the fear of living. Let go of the fear of breathing, looking, smelling,
tasting, feeling let go of the fear and just be. Be who are you are, for it is in that wisdom that
you then demonstrate the wisdom of the Creator, the Mother-Father Creator, the Mother-
Father God"

Many of us go through life in fear both of living and of dying. We are born, we
laboriously trudge through life and we hope that we eventually get to another place. We
can either make a hasty or a long-drawn-out-machine-plugged-in transition. At times we
are plugged into those machines against our will but since we haven't said or done
anything to preclude that, it is assumed that we want to live as long
as possible. In our fear of dying we have our kidneys, our hearts, our livers and our lungs
replaced and we die anyway. The problem is, those that survive are broke and have no
money to carry on a life of their own. We have taken from those who stay after us in
pursuit of something for ourselves. Our ego has become invested in itself and we are
greedy for this aspect called life.

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fearful thing because we are afraid, not of the transition itself— dying is something
we've done a million times — but of the punishment that comes as a result of
leaving ourselves vulnerable to the "judgment." Many of us judge ourselves more
harshly here on earth than anybody we could think of In spirit we may not feel
anything, but in this life we feel guilt and shame and the pain of things we do as human
beings that are contrary to our faith. Dying is not something to be feared. Death is
simply a transition and we will be back. We will return again to bring memory into
someone's life, to bring laughter, purity, honesty and trust into someone's life. That's what
happens. We come back again and again, not because we were bad and are being
punished but because we have the love of god that dwells within us and it is our purpose
to perpetuate that love for all things. Let go of the fear of living, let go of the fear of
dying and make that transition in a sacred way and in a sacred manner, as the sacred
being that you are. When you let go of that fear, you demonstrate the wisdom from
which you were created.

Since energy is infinite, energy is forever, how could we ever die? My daughters, who
are now in their twenties, still see their grandmother who passed away in 1980. She still
comes to them. A figment of their imagination? It makes no difference, she is there.

Perhaps she has reincarnated and is now someplace upon this earth. Still, they see her as
they remember her, as she appeared to them. She is still here. Everything is forever in the
spirit, which we recreate in the now. In the physical world, the material world, nothing is
forever because it makes transition and the forms change even though, because of our
own selfishness and ego, we want things to last forever. Somebody once said we
reincarnate only after everybody we know has died. For many of us, the opposite is true.
The reason for reincarnation is to get away from the people we know. People are dying to
get away from us and yet we hang onto them — plug 'em in, sew 'em up, turn 'em on. We
beg and plead, "Please don't die, I need you. I don't want you to die." Who cares what
you want? Your wants and needs are not relevant in that situation. The questions is,

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what does that departing person want and need? If their body is suffering and
wracked with pain and they don't believe in medication or pain killers, they want to go
on. Those who leave us leave us in love, even if they weren't able to tell us. Their love is
there for us and they are always with us and we are with them, they are part of us and
we are part of them. They don't go anywhere that is so far away we can't touch or be
touched by them. We touch them with our mind and our heart, our love and our memory.
Earlier, we referred to the read and blue days, that the red was the earth and the blue was
the sky and water. It goes a little bit beyond that though for me, as a Dakota/Lakota. It
encompasses the aspect of life and death. It refers to the time when the moon will turn
red and the sun will turn blue, just the opposite of what appears today. Those
events signify the ending times, when the end has come. It also refers to duality,
the recognition that what is above is below, the macrocosm and the microcosm.

If there is something in one place, it is also someplace else. Everything there is exists in
some other place and in some other form. There is nothing that is not without its
counterpart in the universe. We have been told that it is the ending time for anything that
views the red and blue days but because everything has its opposite, has duality, then if
you die, surely you live. So, in the realization of living and dying we come to this
issue of breath. In this micro-macrocosm of the Dakota/Lakota cosmic connection we are
taught that with each breath we are a new human being. Each breath is a new life, an
infinite possibility, a new beginning. W e a r e spiritual beings that have gained
wisdom from the last breath, from the last realization of the red and blue days,
from the ending time. We have seen something in that breath that has reduced our
ego and we continue to live as spirit, as a spiritual being. As we exhale and leave the old
breath, we inhale and take new life and are again infinite, immortal, and sacred in the
exact form of that idea within our own mind, according to our need.

These ideas are not something from pagans and savages. They come from God, from
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and the universe. Perhaps that is why so many of us are interested in astrology, in
finding out about our relationship to the stars. Information about the heavens has long
been guarded among indigenous people. We were warned not to talk about the stars
because some people would want to rip them out of the sky to gain power. In
addition, the information was suppressed by the government because it did not
want these ideas shared with other people, particularly non-indigenous people,
fearing the whole aspect of their lives would change. People would lose the fear of
dying because they would realize that life begins and ends with each breath. They
would realize that they are indeed infinite, sacred and spiritual.

We are the embodiment of the Mother-Father Creator, the aspect of what God is about.
The only requirement is that we live our lives accordingly, realizing that with each
breath we are a new person. The ending time, death and life, occurs at the end of
each breath and at the beginning of the next. It seems simple yet it is connected to a
cosmic reality which has led us for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. We
were talking about this in 200,000 B.C. Those constellations were in the sky,
recognized and followed in 2,000 B.C. It has only been in the last five hundred
years that the new ones have suppressed and attempted to destroy that knowledge.
When Mexico was destroyed by the Spanish, part of the story says the people
looked for the return of their sun. They believed that one day their sun would
return and, at that time, they would again be as strong as they once were. The
temples, universities and libraries were destroyed and the people went indoors and
underground waiting for the time when their sun would return. Likewise, we have
waited for generations until our sun has returned in the form of the four legged which is
reflected in the cosmos. It is there in the constellation and it is reflected here on the
earth. I wrote in chapter three about the power of the sun, how the sun gives life and
moves through the heavens and the buffalo was its representation on earth. For us,
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to south. As we followed the buffalo as a source of food, we followed the sun in the sky.
Then along came someone who was determined to kill the sun and who destroyed the
buffalo by the millions and millions, someone who destroyed the light by which we
moved. Our symbolic sun was destroyed by the invader in order to throw us into darkness
so we might look to some other light. has brought us nothing but more darkness —
until this seventh generation when we have relit our fires and the buffalo have
been reborn and we will again follow the power of the sun across the earth.

I recently took part in a sobriety pow wow and I had an opportunity to do the invocation
and speak for my adopted daughter who was the head girl dancer. She is of the seventh
generation who, it was said in our prophecies, will begin to return, make that
turnaround and go in the other direction, move away from the destructive nature that has
been so much a part of us. I danced with her as she danced around the arena to the song
that was sung to honor her. She danced for all those who had gone before her. She
wasn't dancing for herself, but afterward some people came up to congratulate her when
what they should have done was thank her. That is one of the differences between our
cultures. When something like that occurs, people are often anxious to say
congratulations thinking the person has achieved recognition or accomplished
some great task when, in the Indian world, one says thank you. A thank you would have
been more appropriate than congratulations because she was dancing for all the
people who didn't dance, for all those who had danced before her and for the
generations that come after her.

We are in that time of regeneration, the seventh generation It's going to require that
young people have mentors. Young people need older people in their lives. Young
men need elder men to talk to. They need examples of the life experience of elder
men. The same is true for young women. If you are a young woman, find an elder
woman that you respect and hook up because you need somebody to talk to besides
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to talk to besides your rabbis, priests and ministers, particularly if those folks don't
know about red and blue days, about breathing and life beginning and ending.
The seventh generation means new ideas, rejuvenation, rebirthing. If you are using the
old ideas, shape up, take a breath, retain that which you consider to be wisdom and
let the rest fall away. We are all spiritual, infinite and sacred. We are worthy,
honorable and heroic. We are related. You are my relatives and I am yours. Our spirit
is infinite, there is no end. Living and dying occurs with every breath. We die, we
experience death with every breath, every time we breathe. What's the goal? The idea is
that we have obtained some information from that last breath, we see something in
someone else that removes our ignorance and we recognize something about ourselves
that lessens that part of the ego that is self-destructive, so that in the next breath we have
become a new person.

Life and death, living and dying is to know that everything we do is not for ourselves
but for all of our relations.

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Everything is your relative and your responsibility.
That's all. There is nothing more.

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RELATIONS

Many of you have probably heard the prayer, "For all my relations." Indian people
have been saying that for such a long time no one knows exactly when we were
instructed to pray that way. There are three stages of our development and we are in the
third stage now, but that instruction probably came in the second stage. There was a time
before we were flesh and then we came onto the mother earth and began to initiate
a process by which we could connect again, as a reminder. We began to use that phrase
somewhere along there — "for all of my relations." That prayer expresses and
encompasses the accountability that exists in recognizing and honoring our relationship
and connection with all things.

As I write this, it is the second week in October and in celebrating this week and
Columbus Day, many of us think history took a great leap forward when some guy got
lost and landed down in the West Indies. He was- called Columbus and he
brought technology yet even back then, we prayed for all of our relations. As
technology began to advance our people began to die in the hundreds of thousands. It
has been estimated that there were two or three million people on this continent or in
this part of it at that time. How about fifteen to twenty-five million people? By 1952
we were down to less than 250,000 Indians —from fifteen to twenty-five million
down to 250,000. By any standard, that's a pretty clear example of genocide. It
certainly was not accidental. Still we were praying for all of our relations.

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At some point during that time, because we were moving along with technology so
fast, the Pipe was brought to us so that we might remember. We were starting to get
lazy in the mind and overwhelmed with our own personal problems. We began
complaining about the poor treatment we were receiving at the hands of people we had
trusted and those with whom we had made treaties. We complained about how poorly
we had been treated as children here on earth, as two legged who were put here by the
Creator. So the Creator sent us a messenger, an angel, a prophet who brought us
something and said, "This is representative of what is in the sky, what is printed
there in the stars. If you will do these things that I tell you, it will carry you from this
point to that point. As the sun, the stars and the constellations move back and
forth in the sky, you too shall move back and forth on the earth. We will give you
something to follow that will provide you with food and light, harmony and balance."
When the Creator asked the four-legged beings who would take responsibility, who
would be accountable for the two leggeds, the buffalo stepped forward and said they
would be responsible for their relatives' well-being. The Creator, the Mother-Father, said,
"Good, then you shall be like the sun. You shall guide the people across the land. You
shall take accountability for your relationship." And so, we followed the buffalo. It
became the symbol of our sun, the power of life. The sun moved across the sky, the
buffalo moved across the ground, and we followed. The buffalo provided the food and
spiritual strength that we needed as a people to survive. So it was told to us and so it was
shown to us in the sky. The constellations that told the story were over the place where
we lived, so our whole lesson was right there above us and all we had to do was look at
the sky to remember. All we had to do was live by the rules that we were given by the
Creator — what is above is below and what is below is above. It has always been said
that way, even in the time before we were flesh. We took our relationship to all things
very seriously, it was the basis of our beliefs. Our relationship was our connection
to all things and to our sacredness.

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Meanwhile, technology continued to move on and we saw the destruction of our great
nations by force, assimilation, starvation, disease, war, politics, red tape, and
bureaucracy; by forgetfulness, isolation and removal; by lying, cheating and stealing,
and yet we prayed for all our relations. We had been told that dancing was a form of
prayer, a form of faith, that we dance who we are and there came a time of great hope
when we believed that if we danced and prayed as we were instructed, we would bring
back our relatives who had long been gone, we would bring back our sun the buffalo.
We were told that if we danced, the earth would build up and swallow those things
which were dangerous to us and were trying to destroy us; the earth would cover
those things which threatened our existence. We asked how we would know the time
when these things would happen and we were told there would be an event but that we
must keep dancing. So, for the hundreds of years since technology has been among us,
we have been dancing for the return of our relatives. Even when our dances were
out-lawed, we continued to dance.

Then came a time when we were divided up among a people whose new light was
brought to us, the light of a new way. Still, we danced, some of us now dancing with
a foot in both worlds — some days Christian and some days Indian — and feeling
guilty about being either one. Many of us turned away from our own world views
and grabbed onto the new light and in doing so, fell into despair. We fell into despair
not because we were lazy or slovenly, or because we couldn't handle alcohol; not
because we didn't have a will to work or because we wouldn't give up the ethic of the
hunter and gatherer; we fell into despair because of the suppression and oppression,
our imprisonment and the breaking of our spirit by the removal of our children, the
light of our lives here on the earth, as was the buffalo. Our children were taken from us
and sent away to school or adopted out by the thousands to families who wanted a little
Indian child. They were forced to lose their identity over the years until they no longer
looked like our children, they looked like technology. And yet we kept dancing. We

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kept dancing — continuing to pray for all our relations —because we were
instructed to dance in the stars, in the heavens.

Today, we are still dancing and the significant event we were told to look for has
happened. The white buffalo was reborn in the late 1800s, in 1933, and again in 1994. It
has come to say to us, "Remember to pray for all of your relations." We have
danced back the buffalo and now one might ask about the return of our relatives and the
earth building up and swallowing technology. Our instructions didn't say how that
would happen or what our relations would look like. We had an accountability, a
responsibility, to recognize those events as they happened and to recognize our
relatives when they returned. Now that time has come. The earth has risen up and
our relatives have come back. I am of the earth, my people are of the earth and we of the
earth have risen up and covered, in less than six hundred years, the technology which
has sought to destroy us and our children. You are my relatives that were gone and
have come home. We've danced you back. All of you here now are from this earth.
You have had generations here, you are buried here and you have been reconstructed
from this earth. You have intermingled with the earth and with the first people of this
land. You are of this earth and we are related and connected.

More and more people are wondering why they are so interested in Indian
spirituality; why they are drawn to the drum and feel such a pull to get out there in the
circle and dance; why they want to know about Indian people. Why indeed? The idea of
why your hearts long for all of that is not new to us. It is because you remember a
lifetime when you were a person who knew their relationship to the earth. Perhaps you
have not been respectful because you have not realized who you are. You have come
home, we have danced you home. Now it's time to recognize you as our relatives —
regardless of your color, your politics, your ethics or your social and economic
standing — and to work with you in a way that helps you remember who and what you
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our relationship and accepting who we are allows us to have a sensitivity to our
diversity and the differences of our being in a respectful way. We have all been
every color and have the ability, should we choose to use it, to communicate with all
people — any color, any nationality, any culture. Now, what many people need to learn
is patience. For many of you that seems to be a foreign word. You are impatient and
in your impatience, you become improprietious and invasive. A long time ago,
Columbus was impatient and in looking for a faster trade route to India, stumbled upon
our people. He resolved "the problem" in less than ten years by wiping out an entire
civilization. Many of you are looking for shortcuts to spirituality and come from cultures
which encourage adopting bits and pieces of other world views to try and fill a void in
your own lives. Like Columbus, this approach can be extremely destructive.

Unfortunately, many of those "shortcuts" tend to revolve around ritual and ceremony, but
those things are only reminders for a culture which, by the repetition of ritual and
ceremony, help us remember who we are — not what we are, but who we are. If you
are not of that culture, you don't need to participate in any of those ceremonies or rituals.
They are designed for the people of the culture to which they were given. You don't
need to learn the language, be made a blood brother, cut any skin, wear special clothes,
or live with me to fill that spiritual void in your life. All you need to do is realize that
you are sacred and in that sacredness, you draw a direct connection with God. You are
directly related and connected to God. You are infinite. Your life ends in one breath and
begins in the next and when you pass from this world, it is the same.

We are all related and we are all sacred. There is nothing more we need to know. We
are sacred by the very act of our creation by the Mother-Father Creator. It hasn't got a
thing to do with anything else. Accept your sacredness, that's all you need to do.
That's why you've made these journeys, that's the reason you've gone lifetime to
lifetime. The instructions are written in the heavens, in the constellations. They
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universe beyond this one. There are a trillion galaxies and there are a trillion places yet
that you are to be.

You are sacred, you are wakan. You are the infinite energy of whatever form of God
you wish to see or believe in. We are all one. We are that One. We are relatives,
we are connected, we are accountable. All you need to do is accept that and you have
accepted the God within you. What have you got to lose? The realization of the spiritual
power that exists within us and our connection and accountability to all things is what
makes us mindful of our sacredness. Everything is related and connected to
everything else, all things are part of the One Source, and whatever we do is not for
ourselves but for all our relations.

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Ceremonies were given to and designed by members within the tribal groups themselves for
the explicit use of those tribal members only. They were never meant to be taken outside
of the tribal context and traded, shared, or bargained with. Anyone who says differently is just
looking for work out among the spiritually starved.

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POWER

I was tempted to call this chapter Red Power or Indian Power because that seems to
be the focus of anything relating to indigenous people. There are numerous books and
seminars that claim Indians know things no one else does, that they have some secret
knowledge by which one can gain access to power and receive instant benefits. There
seems to be an association in popular thought between Indian spirituality and shamanism
and some people are willing to spend significant amounts of money trying to gain some
sort of mystical power. Well here's a news bulletin, the joke's on you, it's power you
already have. You've wasted your money attending all those seminars and buying all
those books.

Some time ago I went to a gathering of Indian elders and shared with the people there
that the time we have looked forward to, the time we have spoken about and hoped for,
has come; that, indeed, our relatives have returned and now we simply have to recognize
them as such. Instead of seeing them as foreigners, we need to treat them and interact
with them as we would new children into our family, new
relatives that have come from a far place to be with us to eat at the table of wisdom.
There was a lot of talk, also, about language and how we must maintain our languages,
our rituals and our ceremonies. We must do that, that's true. That is for the preservation
of the culture, but we don't have to sell or prostitute those things. What we need to do is
share the power of how we have survived.

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The power of how we have survived is in two phases. The first part is an awareness that
everything is sacred, period. Everything we can imagine, everything we have ever
thought of, everything we have ever been told exists or even the possibility that it exists,
is sacred. Everything, every conceivable object, act, or thought has a purpose and a
reason for being in the circle of creation and is connected and related. Until we can
accept that, we will continue to be separated, alienated and unwitting participants in the
destruction of the earth. Power isn't a matter of wearing certain clothes or participating in
certain ceremonies, those are cultural things. Power is about recognizing our sacredness
and the sacredness of everything within the universe, as far out as we can remember.
Everything is sacred. Everything is part of the creation. That concept seems to be difficult
for many people to grasp, and based on how they act and what they say, not many people
believe it.

The second thing about power is related to the first. As I mentioned, I was at a traditional
gathering of elders and they had what many of you are sitting on now, chairs. In a
traditional way, we should have been sitting in a big circle on the ground because our
power comes from the earth. The mother earth is where we, as Indian people, have
gotten our power. It is no wonder, then, that we are concerned about the earth,
that we died heartbroken because our land was taken and that we still die today when our
sacred places are covered by the wheels of progress and the needs of the few.

All things come from the mother earth. Everything we eat and wear, our homes, steel for
our automobiles, ore, our raw materials, all come from the mother earth. Everything we
send into space — and that eventually falls back onto the ground — comes from the
mother earth. All the volcanic ash that blows up comes from the core of the mother earth.
The water comes from beneath the ground —the mother earth. The mother earth is what
gives life to us all. If we do not respect the earth, if we do not see ways in which to have
modernization and technology without destroying the earth, then we will not have much
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purification the mother earth will extract it's power, pulling from it those things which we
need to exist. At that time, power will become real to us because it will be your power
and my power that is extracted. Everything is connected and related and the earth's power
is our power. We are killing ourselves by allowing things to continue as they are.

We need to listen, our children need to listen, that's what power is about. Mothers need to
retake control of the family, to take control of what is taught and shared. The best
lesson we can teach our children is that their power comes from the earth. We who
are life givers — which is all of us — need to reflect upon our willingness to accept our
connection to the earth. If we cannot believe in our connection to the earth, what
is left? We who are as sacred as the earth, the stars, the moon, the Creator, the Mother-
Father, we who are the beings here on earth representing the two legged, if we cannot
see our sacredness and our connectedness to the earth, what hope is there? It won't do
any good to be in church on Sunday, Saturday, or Friday. It won't do any good to be at
some seminar, sitting in front of the TV or reading some book intellectualizing the
possibility of our spirituality. We are already as spiritual as we are going to get.

What we seek, we already are, we just need to recognize our connection to the earth and
the sacredness of all things.

Power is established and based upon our needs, just as God, or whatever God represents
to us, is based upon our needs as human beings, as two legged. When you read
about Indian power, forget the magical mystical things that have been written, the
romanticized things that have been said. It really just boils down to this, everything is
related, everything is connected, everything is sacred. It has been said over and over
again but nobody pays any attention to it. Instead, people are looking for some
magical ceremony, some mystical stuff to wear, something to hang around their necks
or put on their backs. You don't need any of that, those things are for the people of
that culture. All you need to know is that you are sacred and that you are connected and
related to all things, and then act accordingly.

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I am frequently asked by people how they can find out about their Indian ancestry. Why
do people need to believe that someone in their past may have had Indian blood?
Why aren't we satisfied with simply being human beings? One day it will not
matter if we are 1/72nd, 1/82nd, 1/13th, 1/12th, 1/2, 3/4ths or a full blood. It will not
matter because we are, have always been, and will be for infinity, human beings. We
will be man-woman, woman-man, sometimes both at the same time. We will be
black, white, yellow and red, poor and rich, happy and sad. We will be all of those
things. We have been in the past and we will be again.

You may have heard it said that the sacred hoop is being repaired, that the people are
coming back to put it together again. It can't be done without each of us. If you have
seen the hoop, you know it is formed by the colors black, red, yellow and white. To
complete the hoop, it is necessary to include people of all colors. If anyone is left out, we
have no hoop and if we try to stretch it around to where it is all red, the ends won't even
touch. Our power comes from realizing we are only one small part of creation and we are
connected to all things. Native people, when telling their stories, say, "We know who we
are and we know where we come from. We know what our responsibilities are. We know
we are connected to the earth and we know we get our power from our mother." We have
been able to survive for five hundred years or more by holding onto that realization even
though people have sought to destroy us and our belief in that power.

You can have all the power you want, all the power you have ever dreamed of, all you
need to do is realize your sacredness and find your connection and relationship to the earth.
It doesn't take a ceremony or a ritual or anything else to do that. All you need to do is say,
"The mother earth and I are connected," and remember that everything you do, you do not
for yourself but for all your relations.

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If people will stop praying for themselves and their own needs and start praying for the needs
of others, everyone will get what they need — because the person next to you is praying
for you and the person next to that person is praying for them.

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PRAYER

As I mentioned earlier, it is hard to recall just when the instructions were given to
us to pray for all of our relations and not for ourselves. It became an act of simplicity to
just say the words mitakuye oyasin — for all my relations. Now, no matter where we go,
we hear it. Everyone is speaking Lakota. But do we remember what it means?
Prayer is a form of communication. There are books of prayer, pages of prayer,
litanies of prayer, rituals of prayer. In fact, prayer is involved in just about everything
we do. Breathing is something we take for granted but breathing is a prayer, a prayer
of thanksgiving. To breathe is to give thanks for the gift of life. We know how to
breathe because we have such a strong attachment to living and we think if we stop
breathing, we die. But we were told that life goes on, that life continues, so when
indigenous people pray, we try to remember the continuance of life and the infinite spirit
that dwells within all things, to recognize that spirit in those things around us and to pray
for everything but ourselves. It reminds us of who and what we are.

In an earlier chapter, I said that dancing is a form of prayer. It has always been
prayerful, even contest dancing. We say things like, "Lord, let me win. Let me look
good, let me have that right step, that right move." It is a prayer for ourselves,
right? Why else do we compete? What is competition? Competition is about
winning, about getting the prize. We compete about being spiritual, about being
holy, about being good. "Lord, let me be pretty, let me be rich, let me retire, let me die.

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Let me get rid of all the unpleasantness in my life. Let me be the best. Let me be all that I
can be. Hallelujah. Let me be unbiased." That's the way we pray. We plead, beg and
bargain with God. "Lord, let this happen and I'll never do that again." What the Mother-
Father Creator has been forced to do — and what we believe is their concern — is to
listen to our prayers for ourselves. How egotistical and self-centered we are to
believe that God should be concerned with our prayers for ourselves.

For years I prayed for myself because that's the way I was taught as a child. The first
prayers I ever learned were for myself Even during the times I was inside the sweat
lodge in my recovery and early instruction, I heard people praying for themselves. I
listened and decided if that was how it was done, I could pray for myself outside the
sweat lodge just as well as inside. At some point, I began to use symbols that would let
me think about the concept of praying for everything but myself. I drew a line
down the middle of a piece of paper, then I drew a small circle on one side and another
circle on the other side. One circle represented me praying for myself, praying to
something or other for something to occur in my life, and the other circle
represented me praying for all of my relations. Then I covered that half of the paper
with more little circles. Those circles represented all of you. It made sense to me that if I
could convince you to pray for all of your relations, I would be included in your prayers.
So, on one side was me alone praying for me and on the other side was all of you praying
for me. I kind of weighed the odds. What if some higher power is unhappy with me?
What if, as some people believe, God gets angry and is going to punish me and
wouldn't answer my prayers? Hey, he might answer yours. Not being angry at you for
anything in particular on any given day, God might say, "Praying for Little Crow,
huh? Yeah, okay, I'll answer that prayer." And so it gets done, one way or another.
When we pray for ourselves and nothing happens, we feel abandoned, forlorn and
forgotten, but when we take the time to pray for other people, we reduce the amount of
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doing what we want God to do —thinking about us. What I mean by that is when
someone is praying for you, God is thinking about you. Think of prayer as a test of faith
and practice it in such a way that your faith is restored — stop praying for yourself and
pray for others.

Someone who doesn't even know you is praying for you at this very moment. Right
now, your needs are being prayed for. Somewhere in the universe, someone woke
up this morning and said a prayer for you. Somewhere someone is doing a ceremony
that, in its language and its content, in its ritual and its ceremony, provides for you, it
mentions you. Think about that! People are praying for me out there so I'll take some of
that energy and I can use some of this energy over here, too. What an act of faith. If
we can just get people to stop praying for their own needs and to pray instead for
the needs of others, everyone will get what they need. Weigh the odds, take the ego out of
it, pray for other people. It kind of works itself around and in working itself around, what
you need is provided.

Many of us seemingly realize the power of prayer because we often ask others to pray
for us. At least that indicates we know that someone else can pray for us besides
ourselves. Nowadays, even medical science is starting to talk about the healing power of
prayer — that when people get together and pray for someone other than themselves, a
healing takes place. How about that? Boy, science is really on the cutting edge. That's the
power of God, the power of the individual creative energy that dwells within us.

That's the power within each of us for which we are so reluctant to accept
accountability. We have the power to help in the healing of other people through our
faith, not by directing energy to the person's kidneys or their hearts or their livers, but
by asking in our prayer for that person to use their own wisdom, faith, and strength
to draw from the energy that surrounds them, to be brave enough to open themselves to
the universe and to those things that are there to strengthen them. When we pray for
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the way their wisdom dictates, everything is left up to them. We are not intruding or
invading as we do when we ask God to give someone direction, to heal them or
change them in some way.

Prayer is about connection, realizing the connection that we share with all things in the
universe. Not just the things we can see, touch, hear, taste, or feel, but all things. Your
job is to pray for other people, for other things in the world to which you are connected.
Take your mind off yourself and pray for others. Some people say, "It's really hard
because my name keeps slipping in there, I keep saying I or me." That's just being a
human being. You can't be perfect so every now and then your name will slip in there,
but you can be aware of it. Others say, "My prayers are short. After a few minutes
I've prayed for everyone I care about." Then pray for people you don't care about, pray
for everything in the universe, for all things to which you are connected.

"For all my relations" includes everyone and everything. It is pointless to ask God to bless
everyone except a certain person, to bless everything except certain things. We can't
separate ourselves from anything else. We are all the same thing, only in a different
form. We breath the same air, we live in the same universe and we are connected.
Earlier, I shared that the power of indigenous people comes from their relationship to
the earth, the recognition that in the earth and all things of the earth there is the
creative energy and by standing on the earth we have an obligation and a
responsibility to honor that and to do it in a prayerful way, to pray for everyone but
ourselves, pray for all of our relatives, regardless of color, political party, social status or
gender. In our prayers we remember the first people on whose land we stand. This
land we stand on belongs to the people who the Creator put here to take care of it. We
don't own it. We're passersby, we're renters. We're here for a brief period of time
and eventually those things we built will be covered. They will go their way and
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When I feel the most disagreeable part of my personality surfacing, I work in the earth. I
dig and smell the dirt, get it in my nose, on my hands, under my fingernails. I get
back to where I came from. My body was given to me from the earth. I'm in California
and the energy of all the people who ever lived here is in this earth. When I dig into it, I
get that release. I feel that energy coming over me and I'm thankful. Pretty soon I'll hear
the crows cawing and the dogs barking and I'll hear somebody's music way off
someplace. Then I'll hear trucks and cars driving by and I'll look up and an airplane or a
helicopter will fly over and it's all connected, it's all sacred, it's all related.

Even though it is not politically correct any longer, I would like to hear some of our
politicians pray. I would like to hear them pray for the people, for all their relations. I
would like to hear them pray about the environment, about the gang problems and the
crime problems, about how we are going to solve those things, and then see them take
action, take some accountability. It seems to be easy for many people to ignore
their connectedness and accountability. Some people believe they have achieved
salvation and don't need to do anything else. They don't care what the rest of the
world goes through or what happens to anyone else. They are selfish and greedy and
only care about themselves. I would like to say that's terrific, that's one less person I
have to pray for, but in reality, I can't do that. Lying in bed at night I pray for all
people and as I finally fall asleep, hoping I've prayed for everybody, I just say mitak,
mitak — for all my relations.

We pray for all of our relations, as we have been instructed. When it began is not
important. What is important is whether or not we adhere to it. Do we remember it?
Do we believe it? Do we have faith? Do we practice it? Do we practice it to the
extent that when we are done praying we can close our eyes without the fear of a job
left undone? Have you ever heard Indians pray? We pray a long time because we are
trying to remember and include everything in our prayer. That's not an accident,
that's because we have been told and we remember that a lot of things get

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overlooked and we want to make sure we include everything. It is part of
our tradition, it is part of our heritage, it is part of our faith.

Each and every one of us has the same power and the same energy. We are all sacred. We
are all spiritual. We are the embodiment of whatever we believe God to be and we have
an accountability to remember that. Pray for everything but yourself and always
remember that everything you do is not for yourself but for all of your relations.

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We have separated ourselves from the creation, putting ourselves outside of it, replacing
known reality with complicated and distressed notions of man's place and ranking in the
universe. We see ourselves as masters of our surroundings rather than as relatives and partners
with our surroundings, placing the physical world and ourselves in a state of disharmony
and sorely missing natural balance.

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PLACE

Place has a lot to do with accountability and responsibility. We are in and on a
place within the universe that we refer to as the mother earth, and upon the mother earth
are placed all things of creation. All things of creation are in place and wherever they are,
wherever they sit, stand, fall, or are buried is the place they are supposed to be. This idea
eliminates the need of asking ourselves what we should be doing today. We have already
answered that question. We are in our place, doing whatever we are supposed to be
doing. That is where we choose to be, for whatever purpose or reason.

This place where we find ourselves, here on this sacred ground, is important to us as
Indian people. We were brought here and given this place, this mother earth, to care
for before anyone else was here. We came here in a responsible and accountable
way to take care of the earth and to do it in a way that is as much in balance with our
surroundings as possible, remembering that we are human beings who, even then,
became distracted by possession of territory, land, horses, people, places and things, in
accordance with our needs — no more and no less.

In the caretaking of the place where we found ourselves, we were instructed that there are
certain ceremonies and rituals that we are to perform which are exclusive to our culture.
Each culture has something exclusive to it and a way in which it is to accomplish the
same accountable, responsible acts in caring for the land. Every nationality, in
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has had an accountability for the earth. Whether that accountability is practiced by
druids, witches or warlocks, shamans, goddesses, priestesses or priests, it is the
same. We were all put in this place to take care of the land and we are accountable
to pray and to conduct our ceremonies and rituals, to practice our world views, for the
benefit of the earth, the universe and everything that has been created. It is our
responsibility, as indigenous people to do that. We have been given those things so
we might remember who we are, where we came from, what we are related to and who
our relatives are.

When we asked the Creator how we would remember what we were to do, we were
told that we would be given instruction in the sky so we could see it and not forget
in case our thinking got a little feeble; we were told that our elders and holy people
would instruct us, based on what was in the sky. We were told that we are to
do our ceremonies at specific places and times, so as those constellations move across
the sky, we follow and do our ceremonies in certain places because we were
instructed that is where they are to be done. The reason tribal people have always been
so determined to retain a particular place, a particular land base, is because that land base
is directly related to the constellations that appear in the sky above it. Whatever the
season, whatever the time of year, the corresponding constellations are there above
that land.

You can see why the issue of land is so important to indigenous people. We were
put here so that we could fulfill our obligation, meet our contract, so to speak, but we
have been denied access to the places on which to do that. The land has been stolen,
taken by force and by genocide. In taking the land, the place where we are to
practice our world view is eliminated. If you eliminate that, you eliminate the hope of
the world. Thirty million Indian people were killed so that the land could be taken and
our obligation go unfulfilled. Now I ask you, who is Satan? To me, Satan is the one
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cannot fulfill your obligation and your responsibility because you are a sinner or
because that isn't the way that it should be done. The country has fallen into ruin,
nations have fallen, governments have fallen, currencies have fallen, societies
have fallen, morals have fallen, integrity has fallen, all because we have not been
able to pray in the way we were given. Many of our people turned to another way in
confusion, still hoping to fulfill their obligation by praying to another form of God
which was brought to us. We have been assimilated and acculturated and have put
our ceremonies and rituals aside for this new teaching which does not recognize an
accountability for the earth but says, rather, that the earth was put here for the whims
of man, that man has dominion over the earth and we can do whatever we want to it.
We have the idea that after the earth becomes unlivable, we'll just create a stargate and
go someplace else, but let me tell you, there is no place left for us to go and there is no
one who is going to come and rescue us. It is up to us to clean up the mess we have
created.

Indigenous people in this country have been forbidden to practice our "religion," to
practice our ceremonies and dances by law, by acts of Congress, by the signing
of legislation. People have asked why we don't fight for religious freedom legally
by using the constitution. The constitution has never, nor will it ever, apply to us
because, as sovereign people, sovereign nations, we are outside of it, even though it is
the one that we have defended with our lives, as many of you and your sons and
daughters have done and will do in pursuit of the idea of democracy. We don't need
the constitution to protect our religious freedoms, which is a good thing, since
it never has. We were here long before the constitution existed and we'll be here long
after it's gone. What we need to protect our religious freedom is to be able to say to
ourselves, in faith, that we are following what we truly believe and let it go at that.
Still, one has to wonder what it is about our world view that is such a threat. It must be
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out, to destroy it. Perhaps those in power didn't want people to know the truth, that the
earth is alive and that it is from the earth that we gain our strength and our power, our
God-ness, our goodness, whatever it is we seek, whatever we think we need. Our
power derives from our admitted addictive connection to the earth. We are
children of the earth, products of the earth. The earth is our mother. We are
connected to all things of the earth and all things of the earth are sacred. Everything is
sacred, the four legged, the winged, the ocean, the breeze, the grass, the dirt and the
garbage. Even the piles on the ground left by our four-legged brothers, what's left
on our cars and our hats by the birds, what's in diapers — it's all sacred and comes
from sacred, pure beings. God is in all things and all things are God. Everything has
spirit and is alive. God is the trees and the grass. God is the sun that gives us light and yet
creates bumps on our skin, puts cataracts on our eyes and burns us up with cancer.
Everything is endowed with the holiness, the sacredness, of the Almighty God
which we worship deep within our heart, in that place where God dwells.

Given the importance of the land to the survival of indigenous people, it
becomes clearer as to why the treaties with the Indian tribes in California were never
ratified. It was so the land could be taken and the people could be displaced. Many
people have expressed admiration for Ted Turner's TBS epic about Native Americans. It
included the Northwest, the Southwest, the Northeast, the Southeast and, of course,
the mighty plains, but it did not give a proportionately balanced representation of
California Indian people. Nothing was said about the area which contained the
largest concentration of Indians in this country. In California there are people
fighting for recognition, still struggling to survive, but they weren't mentioned. That's
because most of us don't know anything about the first people of California. We
are ignorant. We have been told they were terminated and exterminated, but they still
exist.

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history, as something from the past. I recently saw a calendar that contained
photographs of Indian women taken from museums and out of books by Edward Curtis
and other photographers. There were no pictures of living women, nothing contemporary.
Based on what I have seen, that is the norm rather than the exception. In truth, Indian
women are alive and kicking. They steadfastly hold the family together, they hold
the hoop together. Traditionally, as long as there has been one woman to breathe, the
hoop has never been broken. It's been weak and it's been buried, it's been covered with
dust but it has never been broken, even though many Indian people have been
convinced that it has. We bought into that idea and have allowed ourselves to be
devastated even more by losing hope.

The land is important to all people because we were all brought to this place to
take care of it. We have an accountability to take care of and shelter the earth as
we would a child, to nurture it with all of the love possible within us. If your culture
or ethnic group has not been concerned with the preservation and care of the mother
earth as part of its accountability and responsibility, you have sorely missed the boat.
We are having to live with the end result of those cultures which do not give thought to
the sacredness of the earth and those things upon the earth which are in their place.
We have seen the lack of accountability, the denial and finger pointing, blaming that
group or this group, but it is all of us that allow these things to happen because one
person can and does make a difference. If we have abused or allowed the earth to
be abused, then we are part of that process which leads to the demise of those things
which were given to us so that we might live and have abundance of spirit. Life is a
valuable thing and is not to be cast aside. Those who throw life away have no
comprehension of its value and cannot grasp the idea of loving themselves
unconditionally. To love oneself unconditionally is to love God unconditionally because
God dwells within us. God dwells within all things. All things created are God and are
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only humans are sacred and in that thought process, we start creating hierarchies of who
is more sacred and who is less sacred based on our perceived importance. We want
leaders but since we think we don't have the stuff- by which leadership is made,
we give ourselves over to somebody else and when they fall from grace we are
devastated, disillusioned and give up.

Throughout recorded history, indigenous people have been called heathens, pagans or
savages, but we are none of those. We are not disrespectful of the idea of a
higher power, a supreme authority. We just see it in a different way, in a way
which our needs dictate. We see it in everyone and everything and, therefore, treat
all things with sacredness, in a sacred way. This place called the mother earth has
been, to us, the altar of our existence. As we kneel on that earth and the power surges
through our bodies and as we pray for all of our relations, mitakuye oyasin, for all of
those things to which we are connected and related, we are simply fulfilling the
instructions shown to us in the sky that tell us what ceremonies we are to do, and
when and where they are to be done. We have been given this place, this sacred earth,
to protect and take care of and everyone can help us do that by supporting those issues
which give us the right to do it, those issues that give us access to the places where
our ceremonies are to be done.

Every one of us is a piece of the giant puzzle of existence and we fit in the place in
which we find ourselves. We need to accept that and do what is called of us to do,
to be accountable for who and what we are and why we are here. We were put here to
breathe so that life will continue, to create oxygen with the plants, to realize that we
too create life with each breath. With each breath we give life back as we have taken it
in the breath before.

We are here in this place and we are accountable and responsible, not only to
ourselves, not only for ourselves, but also for all our relations.

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We are related to each and every thing that has ever been or will ever be. We speak not
only of our spiritual connection, but also of our physical connection. Each and every thing
that we do affects everything else within the universe — to the same degree that things which
occur in the universe affect us. This, in simplest terms, means that we are accountable for each
and every thing that we think or do.

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ACCOUNTABILITY

Truth and light is a matter of perception, your perception. Not God's perception,
not mine, not the person s sitting next to you, not the person's you live with, but your
perception and, therefore, you are accountable for every thought you have, for every
solution to every problem and for the answer to every question. You, and only you,
are accountable. Each of us is accountable for ourselves.

I still read communiques from those in high places socially, economically and
theologically who blame others for how things are. We seem to need to point the
finger at those things that we think have created our problems. My world view says
we are all connected, so how can we blame anyone else without taking the
responsibility ourselves for what is "wrong" with the world? If I see the world and
those things around me as being unacceptable, then am I not obligated in some way to
make a change? How far does my responsibility extend? Am I obligated to make a
change to the extent that I take your life because the way you are living offends
me? Am I obligated to change the way you see God because my way is better than
yours? Am I obligated to change the way you eat because my way of eating is
better for you? If we truly believe that something else is the cause of our problems,
then every one of us should grab a couple of boxes of grenades, some rockets and
guns and just get down to it.

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blame drunk drivers, bar owners, car manufacturers, the laws, cigarette makers,
insurance companies, the government and everything else. Those finger-pointing
sessions get hot and heavy and we blame a lot of things that are pretty close to us but
we never look in the mirror and point the finger here. We never say, "I am it." We
never take accountability. The cause of your problem is sitting right there in your
seat. You are the cause of your problem, whatever it might be. At some point you
will finally realize, hopefully, that you have put yourself in that position. Whether it
is jay-walking, spitting on the sidewalk, having socially unacceptable sex, using
drugs, drinking and driving, spending, cheating, lying, stealing, whatever it is, you
are at the crux of it. You are the problem, as is the person next to you. If we believe
in a God that has given us life and we continue to do things which destroy our energy,
our mind, body and spirit, then we are the problem. It isn't God. It isn't Satan. It isn't
the government. It isn't anybody else. It's us.

Some people believe man has dominion over the earth — and we see what that kind of
thinking has done — and yet they blame others for their problems. They blame the
communists, the liberals, the conservatives. They blame those people who don't
think like them, who don't go to the same church or who are a different color, wear
different clothes, drive a different car, speak a different language, and live in
different places. In general, it seems that individuals who blame others lack one
thing, accountability for their own actions. "Hallelujah, let me give up all of my sinful
ways and be saved, then I won't have to take one bit of accountability for anything I've
ever done on this earth and I'll find heaven someplace else." Not so. Au contraire, mon
ami. We will be back again and again and again until we get this place like it was
before and the only way we are going to get it like it was is to recognize our
accountability. No one is going anywhere without the other and no one is coming from
anywhere else to do it for us. All colors and all mindsets have to work together to
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are connected, related and accountable.

We are all connected to and affected by everything that happens and every thought
that goes out into the universe. For one day, one hour, for just five minutes try to
remember that everything you are thinking affects the entire universe. Can you do that?
We expect God to do it. We expect God to be tuned right into all this. God can do
it, I guess, because it is omnipotent, omnipresent, omnifuture, omni this and omni that.
God's supposed to be right there at the other end of the line. At the moment we need it,
we just call out, "Oh God, help me, save me and I'll never do it again." That's real
audacity. No humility there. Where does our accountability for how we act come in?

What gets us into the circumstances in the first place?

I defy any of us alcoholics to say God told us to drink. I defy any of us drug abusers to
say God told us to do drugs to get our minds straight. God didn't tell us anything. We
told ourselves to take drugs because there was something in our lives that we didn't
want to deal with. We can protest, disagree and procrastinate; we can say we were
expanding this or that, but the truth is we couldn't handle the reality of life so we found
another way to deal with it. Some of us try to do it sexually but that runs out real fast.
Some of us try to do it by eating and that keeps on going forever. We never stop eating,
trying to correct that feeling inside. There are even people who eat and then throw
up. Now that's a problem, but we don't call them problems anymore, we call them
illnesses and diseases. Let's quit dancing around the issues. Call problems what they
are and take accountability.

We hold God accountable for our lives, but we are of God, created by that creative
energy, so we must take accountability because we are part of that energy, part
of the creation. We are just one part, the two-legged part. There are winged and
four legged and other parts of it and they seem to be able to take accountability. Even the
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something good happens they say, "Thank you for the prayers." I say, "Thank
yourself, because you took accountability for your life and what has transpired in it by
your faith." That's accountability.

Have you ever been in therapy? Probably ninety percent of us have and the other ten
percent have thought about it. Therapy is getting up in the morning, looking at yourself
in the mirror and saying, "Today I am accountable for everything I do and every
word I utter. It's my responsibility." Try it one day. Mark it on your calendar.
Draw a circle around one day next week and declare it Total Accountability Day.

Don't blame anybody for anything and take total responsibility for everything that
happens that day.

People always ask how the Indians did it and I usually say something like, "We'd build a
fire and dance around it and then go hunt buffalo." People like to hear that stuff. The
truth is that indigenous people are human beings and we worked with the problems at
hand. Sometimes answers were simply put off as being part of "The Great Mystery,"
but each person sought to find, in their own time, their connection and a way to better
serve their community, to better serve those of a like mind which held their community
together. They took accountability for their actions, realizing that the community
would be threatened by any act of selfishness and disregard for others.
The concept of like mind and heart held many indigenous communities together.
Nations were built upon that concept. Early on, our Six Nations brother advised
the founding fathers, "When you build your government, make sure you include a
spiritual core. Make sure that your government contains a spiritual world view." The
thirteen colonies came together, each based on their own religious need, their own
religious world view and decided they couldn't do that and maintain a union.

Instead, they concluded that freedom is based upon equal representation. So we, as a
nation, lost the opportunity to build a government with one heart, to acknowledge

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the sacredness and connectedness of all people and all things and we continue to be
divided by bigotry, racism, classism and intolerance.

We are sacred and we have an accountability for everything that happens in our lives. We
can blame the government but changing it, throwing out the scalawags, will not change
anything because we'd just get other scalawags in there. Changing the constitution is just
more paperwork giving us something else to think about, something else to dwell on,
creating job security for people who interpret it. We can create a new government,
we can put new people in office, we can put far right, far left, up the middle,
conservatives or liberals in there, but let me tell you, if change does not occur within us
as individuals, if we do not take accountability for the sacredness that dwells within,
all the changes in the world won't make any difference at all.

Taking accountability is most likely a matter of how we are influenced during our early
years. All children are pure and are only corrupted by their interactions with those who
are in charge of them, those who abuse them in mind, body and spirit. We can build all
the jails and child abuse shelters we want but, once again, unless the abuser changes
from within, nothing will change. We will still have mothers who put their kids in cars
and let them go into lakes. We will still have mothers who stab their children to death.
We will still have fathers who kill their families and we will continue to ask why.
We keep wanting to look for someone to blame. We look for representations of Iktomi,
the one of wisdom. He knew all things but we turned him into the trickster and some
people say our world was tampered with because the trickster came among us.
We don't want to take responsibility for our own actions, we want to blame somebody
else. "God hates me. God has forsaken me. Jesus is not answering my prayers. I
can't find a job. I have a bad heart. I'm broke and poor. No one likes me. My parents
abused me. I've been kicked out of my church. I'm out of favor with my religion."
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"trickster," whatever it might be, and we are accountable for what happens in our
lives and in the world.

Why are we so anxious to point our fingers at others? Do we think we can fool God?
If there is indeed a judgment day when everyone goes before "the Father and Son" as
many people claim to believe, then we will still be held accountable for
what we have done. Whether we are accountable today, tomorrow or next week,
one way or another we will still pay for what we have done. The Pope will pay for
what he has done. I will pay for me. You will pay for you. Why judge or blame
anybody else? Look at yourself Ask yourself, "Am I being accountable for this
action and this thought about that person or that person's behavior? It is none of your
business what somebody else does because you are not going to have to pay for
anyone but yourself I pay for me, you pay for you.

Finding fault delays our responses to any given situation, responses that require us to
take accountability for our existence and in so doing, removing forever the questions
of who and what we are. If we fingerpoint, if we blame, if we look to other things as
being the cause, we never see the cause because we are busy looking outside of
ourselves rather than within. Our resentment, hatred and anger dwell in our hearts.
That is where we hate, that is where we don't forgive, that is where we carry it all. I used
to give people a little green bag to represent the heart and I would tell them to carry it
with them everywhere they went so they would know, every time they looked at it, that
they were carrying garbage around with them. Take accountability for your garbage.
Take accountability for your life.

I am addicted, yes, but I chose to make that addiction mine. I will choose if and when to
break my sobriety. I will choose to take a drink, I will choose to do drugs. I will choose
to do whatever it is I do in this moment, the next moment and for all the moments of my
life. I will choose what to do with my life, not you. My choice is not a result of what

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you do to me, what you say to me, what you think of me, or how you act around me. It
is I who make my decisions, not you. If I get to a place where I no longer want to
make the wrong decision, whatever that is — people say, "I made the wrong decision,"
just say you made a decision — then I must find a way to change and realize that
it's for my benefit and, therefore, for the benefit of those around me. Unless I am willing
to make that change, to be accountable for who and what I am, then nothing will change.
I make a difference and you make a difference. Accept the accountability.

Each of us is right. There is no one right person, no one right way. No one is more
right than anyone else. Everyone is right and should be respected, but not everyone
is accountable. Take accountability and remember, everything you do is not for
yourselves but for all your relations.

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Perhaps the most unpopular reality that I share with you who read this is that religions
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RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

There is a great movement among native people to revitalize themselves by
learning their languages. Why is language so important when we talk about
spirituality and religion? When someone mentions Indian religion, they are talking in the
Western-European language. We, as Indians, have no religion. We have a world view
and that world view includes everything of creation and the recognition of the
sacredness of all things. Regardless of where it comes from, what it is, how it smells,
how it looks or what it tastes like, it is sacred. We are responsible for seeing and
recognizing that sacredness in our interactions with it.

The idea of language, then, becomes important because when talking to an
indigenous person about religion, one is asking us to switch to a different language. Our
thinking has to be in both worlds and we have to be able to answer in a way we think
might be comprehended, otherwise we will be misunderstood, misrepresented and
misquoted. People will think they know something they don't and when they don't
comprehend something or the context in which it was said, they will usually get it wrong.
The other day, somebody asked about the "Indian words" that I use. They aren't
Indian words, they are Lakota words, Dakota words — just like there are French words,
Italian words, Spanish words, Japanese words, English words. Remember this idea
of language and how critical it is.

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people and the things they are involved in. The article was written in the language of this
country and the people who were speaking about these issues were speaking in
the language of this country. In addition, each of them is an individual and what they
were saying was an individual interpretation of the events that have taken place
concerning these people. Remember when you read or hear something to always
consider the language. The story referred to a "tribal spokesperson" or "this
spokesperson for the tribe" or "the band" or "the nation." How accurate is that?
Does the person quoted indeed have the right to speak for an entire tribal group?
The article also spoke of certain people and their disciples. You see, that's the English
language. Religions have disciples, initiates, apprentices. Wicca has apprentices,
carpenters have apprentices, plumbers have apprentices. Saviors have apostles and
disciples. Language identifies something as what we think it is based on our cultural
perspective, based on where we come from.

From my perspective, the word religion identifies something that is
separatist in nature. I do not have a religion. I have a world view and
believe me, it encompasses all things. I have yet to find a religion that includes
everything as having spirit and as being sacred. It is only in the Oral Tradition of the
Dakota/Lakota and other indigenous people where we find it said that everything is
sacred, everything comes from the Creator and everything is the same, only in a
different form. Indian and non-Indian, white and black, yellow and red are simply
identifying factors by a civilization that has not seen the humanity in others and that
still refers to human beings as men and women, Catholics and Jews, protestants and
pagans — we still identify ourselves by religious terminology.

To identify oneself as a human being, a total human being, a person who possesses
both masculine and feminine energy, is the language of spirituality. Taking
accountability for what we do, for every word we think, say, or feel, is spirituality. It is
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things and then leave our salvation up to somebody else, leave our eternal life and the
responsibility for getting a handle on that to someone else, turn it over to someone else.
To be separate, to be detached, is what we think of as being religious. To argue about
what is right and who is the best, to talk about who will be saved and who will not is
the language of religion. The language of spirituality is to look in the mirror and say, "I
am sacred and I am not for sale." Buying indulgences, tax exemptions, to shelter, to hide,
to defer, to accumulate, is a different language. Spiritual language talks about sharing,
nurturing, extending, helping, including. Community is the language of spirituality.
Exclusiveness and secularism is the language of religion.

As an indigenous person, I pray for everything and everyone within the universe.
To me, that's what spirituality is all about. I don't say, "Don't include Jeffrey
Dahmer. Don't include Charlie Manson. Don't include Saadam Hussein. Don't
include all the other people who are wicked and evil. Don't include all the people who
are murdering and killing and abusing children and each other. Don't include those
people." I can't do that. They are included by the fact of my world view, they are
all created by the Creator. What they do with that gift is their own decision and
determination. The question is, are they accountable for what they do? If I abuse you, spit
on you or hit you, am I accountable for that? Some of you are sitting there and
thinking certain things about what you're reading. Are you accountable for that? Do you
measure it by accountability or do you just say, "God will get him." Ultimately, God
gets us all.

We are all sacred. We are the core of spiritual reality. We are the physical
representation of what we refer to as God. If we cannot see it in each other, we cannot
see it anywhere. It isn't a matter of seeing it in some people and not in others. Each of us
are equal in our sacredness and we need to interact with others based on that fact. It
doesn't do any good to believe it as a premise, an idea or an abstract thought, as a
theory or a formula; we need to work with it in our everyday experience, in our

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personal contacts. We have to interact, work with each other, breathe the same air,
touch, bump into each other, drive on the same street, on the same freeway, live on the
same street, in the same state, the same city, in the same universe.
What is the purpose of religion? What is the point of having religions if we argue
over which one is right? Religion uses fear and ignorance to separate, divide and
control. Do you know of any religions that honor women? Which religions say
women were created at the same time as men, at the same moment? Which
religions do not put women into specific categories as to job skills and usefulness?
Which religions give women equal parity with men? Not many. Indigenous world
views tell of a beginning when first man and first woman were created at the same
time, some say from ears of corn or with the assistance of things like the wind. Some
world views say life comes in that way, so we are reminded of what the wind has
done, where it comes from and what life is about. If John 15:33 said, "The Lord said
look at your fingertip, where the swirls are, and think about how life came to you,"
would they be holding that up at football games or outside abortion clinics? Would
they hang that off the side of a bridge or a building? How many times during the day
do you look at your hands, lick your fingers, or work with your hands and contemplate
just what an amazing instrument has been given to you? Do you look at your body
and say, "What religion am I?" Are you spiritual or are you religious? Do you give
consideration to that or do you simply throw yourself into the hands of somebody
you think will bring you salvation? Do you seek salvation or clarity? One question
deserves another, one answer deserves another, one possibility creates the
possibility of another possibility with each breath. My world view says that with each
breath we live and die and proceed on. We move forward in humility because,
hopefully, our egos have been reduced with each breath.

Religion or spirituality, what is your pursuit? Why are you breathing? What are you
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need to accept the simple responsibilities of that reality. The tool given to this task is
singular in nature, simplistic by design. It is faith. As our spiritual tasks evolved, we
two-legged were faced with the dilemma of either choosing to follow concepts
developed by human beings which by design would always leave us questioning
our own efforts at reaching some pre-determined state of perfection, or
choosing to see with the reality of our spiritual being that all things of creation are indeed
the creation/Creators itself and through faith we are able to see the grand design and our
relationship to it. We are all spiritual, we have a world view, we are sacred. If you are
uncertain and want to experience spirituality first hand just say, "I am sacred." Now you
have had a spiritual experience, so go out and live it.

We are sacred, we are here, we are God's children and we are just one part of the great
creation. We are not dominant, we are not superior. We are equal in all ways, we are
sacred in all ways. That is the difference between spirituality and religion. We are not
Catholics or protestants, Buddhists or Muslims, or whatever religion we practice. We are
human beings. That's what it is about, that's what my instructions said, that is what we
have to learn. We are children of many tribes and nations and we are not meant to be
divided by religious, social, political, economic, racial or ethnic rhetoric. We
breathe the same air and were created by the same Mother-Father God. We are all
the same. Our problem, our enemy is not Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Republicans or
Democrats; it is not gays, straights, blacks or reds, but life itself. We struggle with life
and since we are of life, our struggle is with ourselves.

I am sacred, you are sacred, we are sacred. We are the gift of life. If you want
something to do in life, breathe and remember every breath you take is not for yourself
but for all your relations.

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We can really be out of balance looking for balance.

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BALANCE: MASCULINE-FEMININE ENERGY

here is a quote in the red book that says in looking for balance, we are out of
balance. In my world view we express that in the idea of duality — that as we
seek one thing, the other is also possible. As we say hello, we could be saying
goodbye and as we say goodbye, we could be saying hello. It is not a contrariness,
as many people would like to think, it is simply a reality of existence. For each and every
thing there is, the opposite also exists.

When I came back to my own Oral Tradition, I found it was a treasure trove of
information, a storehouse for the collective memory of people who had lived for
thousands and thousands of years and it was through those stories that I began to reflect
on balance and the feminine energy. I came to the conclusion that balance is only going
to happen when we recognize our spiritual core, that we are spiritual beings and each of
us is both masculine and feminine. Within the feminine energy there is also
masculine energy and within the masculine energy, there is also feminine energy. It
brings us to a place of balance within ourselves that allows us to interact with life in
the best way we can and to recognize who and what we are.

Balance between the masculine and feminine energy is something we don't seem
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are equal in masculine and feminine energy, that we are all total human beings and the
only thing we need to do is recognize our connectedness and our relationship to
everything around us. It is man who has created commandments and hierarchies. It is
man who has attempted to displace the feminine energy in all things and to put total
masculine control in its place. The feminine energy has not recognized its masculinity
and its parity, its equality, and so has not stepped forth to claim it. Instead, it looks
outside of itself for the masculine energy to somehow bring balance into its life, not
realizing that the answer to its search exists within itself, that all along it has had the
power to recognize its sacredness. And we, as masculine energy, have not
recognized our femininity but instead reach out for something to bring balance to
the feminine energy within ourselves, to make sense of those moments when the
feminine side of our being speaks to us and we are so frightened by it that we seek
a remedy outside of ourselves. Then if the remedy is not suitable, we find a way to
punish it because it has not done its job in bringing us peace of mind. So, for
masculine energy, it is physical abuse and for feminine energy, it is verbal abuse.
As males, we have continually bombarded and lambasted the feminine energy, trying
to beat it into submission rather than recognizing its equality and accepting the parity of
all things of existence. If you have ever witnessed a beating, you have heard the
dialogue that goes on. "Have you had enough? Are you going to be quiet? Are you
going to shut up? Don't yell, don't scream." In the context of being abused, we
are given instructions and we pass those instructions along to our victims. "When
are you going to learn? Do you get it now? Do you understand?" Some people see
young women in abusive relationships with boyfriends who have no respect for them
whatsoever and they either don't say anything or they excuse it by claiming it's a cultural
thing. That's hogwash. If your culture validates abusing women, then your culture
sucks, period.

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is, or what has happened in our lives. How does that accountability first grab hold?
By learning respect for the feminine energy, which contains masculine energy. By
finding respect for the feminine energy within ourselves, as masculine beings.
We are symbolic representations of masculine and feminine energy. The body is simply
a format, a font. It is a model, a design. The energy inside is both masculine and
feminine. Our spiritual being is both masculine and feminine, it is only the body that is
different. The body is different so we might, symbolically, see that differences exist in
physical form yet realize that everything is the same and inseparable in the spiritual
context. We are both masculine and feminine, we are the same in just another form. We
are sacred, we are spiritual and the balance we seek is within ourselves and cannot
be created or eliminated by outside influence. We can only achieve a sense of balance
by the acceptance of the masculine and feminine energy, first within ourselves, and
then by recognizing it in others, symbolically.

I've been abused and I've been abusive. I'm still abusive but I just say later. It wouldn't
take a fraction of a second for me to think about hurting somebody in anger and it isn't
because I'm male, it's because I have a predatory self interest, just like all of you.
The Manson girls talked about it in an interview when they were asked, "Do you
think you're any different than anyone else? Are you some kind of monsters?" They
said, "No, it's in everybody." Each one of us has the capacity to turn in a moment, in the
blink of an eye. It's called balance. We turn on that which we profess to love. It has
nothing to do with culture or civilization, per se. It has everything to do with the
individual and their fear. How much balance do we have if we are living our life in
fear? When we live in fear, we do not take accountability because we are afraid of the
things we think will occur if we take responsibility. We don't realize the fear is of
our inability to meet expectations. For the most part, those expectations come from
people who see in us the possibility to be who we are, not more than we are, not less than
we are, but to be who we are.

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Someone on television the other day said that women are tougher and stronger than men
and I agree with that. There is tremendous strength in women and the female energy. It's
an amazing process how the feminine energy has a tendency to drive the weaker energy
crazy. There is a relentlessness about the female energy worse than the detective in "The
Fugitive," worse than the Royal Mounted Police, worse than Scotland Yard. It has
a relentlessness because it has been given the ability to see the possibility and the
potential of those things in its charge, of those things which chose to come through it into
this life plane. We call that motherhood and the maternal instinct, yet since we are both
masculine and feminine, it is in all of us. Even women who do not choose to have
children in this lifetime have it. It exists in both males and females. It is balance. It is
expressed in the male by having the need to take care of the family by putting a roof over
its head and keeping food on the table, but there is also much more to that responsibility.
It requires that men recognize their balance and be there when they are needed.
We have a perception that nothing is ever right. That perception is the result of
being raised in an environment where we are trained and conditioned to find fault in
others and not ourselves. The greatest faults we find in others are those we dislike in
ourselves. If we dislike someone for their arrogance, it is because we are arrogant. If we
dislike someone because they're egotistical, it's because we are egotistical. If
we dislike stupidity and intolerance, it's because there is stupidity and intolerance
within us that we do not want to see in others, let alone see in ourselves. Instead of
going through life accusing others of being screwed up, we need to look within
ourselves because that's where the perception of what screwed up is begins. As
males, if we believe the feminine energy is putting the screws to us, putting the
pressure on, asking us to do things that we feel incapable of doing, it generally means
that we are unwilling, within our own feminine energy, to accept our responsibilities.
We may even pretend and appear to be tolerant and open, understanding and supportive,
but underneath, we act in a destructive manner towards feminine energy.

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Balance means that if we have lived one way then we will surely live the other. If we
have lived as a vigorous male, as dominant masculine energy, we will also live the
life of a female, where the feminine energy is dominant. That is the balance that we
find in our accountability, in our choice. The process is one not of synchronicity
but of accountability, the accountability of the spirit, also called the soul, in making a
determination as to how we will live in this lifetime. We switch positions based on
who we decide we are going to be in whatever lifetime we find ourselves. If, as a man,
life is miserable for you because you have women in your life who are expecting more of
you than you expect of yourself, rather than trying to destroy what you think is
giving you a hard time, next time come back as a women. And women, if you think
men are the crux of all the problems in your life, then next time come back as a man.
We need to honor the feminine energy that is in all things. What would the world be like
if we never abused another woman, if all lifegivers were seen as sacred and were
supported in all the ways in which they need to be supported? Suppose we taught
our young men not to abuse women emotionally, mentally, physically, or sexually, that
women are not to be seen as sexual things, material things, as chattel. What if we, as
fathers, began to teach our sons that women are sacred human beings and have a
spiritual center, a spiritual core; their only difference being that in this lifetime they
have chosen to be women, taking on the accountability of that position. If we cannot
teach our young men that, then the red and blue days are truly here. The ending time
is here because we do not have respect for anything if we cannot respect the feminine
energy, not only outside of ourselves but within ourselves. It just so happens that my
choice this time was to come back as a male and to learn the lessons that males must use,
but there have been other times and other choices.

Women are the lifegivers, the caretakers. They serve as the vehicle by which all life
comes onto this earth. There is no other way. If we let it end up in test tubes and petri
dishes, we deserve whatever we manufacture there. If we break the natural birth cycle

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— life entering the fetus at the time of birth, the spiritual being returning time and time
again at the moment of birth through the mother, the woman — if we eliminate that, then
we deserve what awaits us and what is already here. There is nowhere else to go.
There is no escape. There isn't any place that's going to be better than this. It is our
responsibility to find balance in our thinking, in our lives and in our relationship with
all things, to purify this earth, to put it back in the condition in which we found it. We
can only do that by solving one problem at a time and that one problem begins with us.
Each of us has the ability to bring balance to our lives through the recognition of the
masculine and feminine energy that dwells within.

You are both masculine and feminine, you are a total human being, you are sacred and in
that sacredness, everything you do is not ever for yourself but for all your relations.

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There are no outs, no scapegoats, no fall guys, no more saviors to die for us. Now, it is down to
just us, you and I. We did it and we have to clean it up, stop it, change it, or let it go on as it
is. No one, and I mean no one, is going to come down from anywhere and save our asses.

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RED AND BLUE DAYS

n many cultures, there is an idea of an "ending time" heralding some other
catastrophic event. Many people seem to need some prophetic words shared with them
so they will appear knowledgeable and can give explanations about what they think is
happening in the world. Most of us are not Hopis, but we have become invasive
enough of the Hopi world view to find out about their prophecies. Even though
many of us have our own "good book" that talks about the ending times, we search
out the prophecies of other cultures. Perhaps it is because we want a different ending,
something with some hope. We want hope for us dastardly fools who have not lived
a righteous life but would still like to think about going to heaven. We keep thinking
there must be some prophecy somewhere that says it won't be "the judgment" that
determines if we get to where we are going, but it will be our own belief and our own
conduct, in accordance with our accountability.

The other day I read in the paper about a father who bought a new gun and as he was
showing it to his daughter, it went off and killed her. I remember in combat training,
when we began to throw hand grenades there was always a fear that somebody would
drop one or not throw it in the proper way and it would fall short and explode. There
were stories about artillery rounds falling short onto our own people. We call it
friendly fire. Most of the time when we don't know what we're doing, we have a
tendency to be a loose cannon in danger of blowing up our own side. When we think
we know something and we begin to talk about it or try to explain it, we do more

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damage than good. So, in this idea of the red and blue days, the ending times, there
is always a thing called silence, knowing when to speak and when to be quiet,
knowing when to say something and when not to. It is hoped that the decision to keep
still is not out of fear but out of knowledge.

My prophecies said the ending time, the red and blue days, began in 1987 and have
been going on ever since. The ending time means things change, people realize they
are changing. I have shared with you about life and death and that our old ones said
that when the moon and the sun turn color it is the ending time. Further relating the
duality of that thinking, they said that each time our ignorance and egos are reduced
by one iota and we become cognizant of our humility and aware of our connection
and accountability, our life has begun and ended. We are talking about the red and
blue days, the ending time, the prophecy, the cosmic duality that exists in the
Dakota/Lakota world view and the idea that we die with each breath. Every time we take
a breath we die. We live in a continual state of spirituality because each breath is
a new life. Our previous life has gone, we take in air and give ourselves new life. In
that new life, we have a bit more knowledge than we had before by having an
opportunity to look around and see new things. Everything changes in the breath of a
moment, so everything we see is new. With each breath we are a new person and there
is nothing that remains of us from one breath to the next. Is it any wonder, then,
that we don't know how to respond when people say, "You somehow seem
different." You bet I'm different. It's a whole new life, a whole new me, a whole
different circumstance. The old me is gone, vanished, disappeared. Yet we carry around
and recreate old hurts and hates for centuries. We go to our so-called graves, our place
in the ground or our puff of smoke in the air carrying the old garbage, the old guilt,
the old pain, the old hurts, the old memories when all that is necessary to be free of that
is to recognize our spirituality and the power invested in us by the Mother-Father
Creator, or whatever name we wish to give that authority.

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The end of the world comes at the end of every breath. We live and die with each breath.
With each breath we are given new life, unlimited opportunity. With each breath we have
increased our knowledge and decreased our ego. Some of you may have trouble
grasping that idea and it is difficult because it means we have to be accountable every
time we take a breath. Each time we breathe, we have to think about what we are going
to say, what we are going to do, how we are going to act, where our thoughts are
leading and what our thoughts are about. That can be difficult to accept and apply within
the patterns of our own beliefs. We want some other guarantee, something that helps us
understand. We always want to understand something. Understanding indicates we
are standing on something that is beneath us. What is under us is the foundation of what
we believe, our faith. If our foundation, our faith, is shaky then understanding is
impossible. Faith is only a tool, a key, a focal point. It doesn't promise anything. It
doesn't guarantee anything. It is just faith.

With each breath we are working on attaining humility, reducing the ego. People
confuse that with being humble. We attach negative connotations to the word
humble, just as we do when we hear the word give, when we hear the word share,
when we hear the word community. In California there is a proposition, a law,
called 187 which concerns illegal immigration. In the vocabulary and vernacular of
law enforcement, 187 is murder, 187 is homicide. When I first heard about that
particular proposition, my thought was that it had something to do with killing
someone or, perhaps, it was that those who had written the proposition were dead
because they had no feeling. They were tapped out both financially and spiritually. It
seems we can no longer feed the tired, the hungry, the poor, the wretched masses
yearning to breathe free, so why not tear down that statue in New York harbor, haul it off
to sea and sink it because its premise is no longer valid. Of course, I think it would be
a great idea if all aliens and illegals went home. Now somebody will assume from that
statement that I dislike white people. Not so. From my perspective, anybody in

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this country who isn't an Indian is an alien. If you are not indigenous to this
continent, feel free to get your raggedy butt home. Get on a boat, get on a plane, take a
magic carpet, use the freeway, just get on back.

We, as indigenous people are familiar with the ending times, the red and blue days. We
have had to live with them for five centuries. Recently, I was again reading how in
the 1800s and early 1900s, the Catholic church launched its great crusade to gain
control of the mission and government contract schools. It even manipulated the Supreme
Court. Teddy Roosevelt was very supportive of the Catholic church, as were
various cabinet members. The church managed to get treaty money, along with
money from other resources held by Indians, used for the maintenance of their schools.
We are supposed to be a non-sectarian government but that continues to this day. The
schools that send those little maps and calendars are Catholic and only exist because of
money originally taken from Indian people to pay for them. The Catholics were
paid with Indian money to maintain the contracts for the government schools and to
keep them going. During that time, Protestantism struggled to maintain its position in
America and we became very anti-Catholic. Protestantism had held its sway for a
long time, but it began to lose its power over its children, the Indians. Once again,
Indian people became the key figures in the struggle for control. The souls of
Indian people became the bartering point over who would maintain the schools and for
how long. We don't teach those things in school because we don't consider it significant
that we took a peoples' monies, that we didn't — and still don't —acknowledge a
peoples' treaties and we continue to violate them at every opportunity. What difference
does it make? They are only Indians, just simple children. The idea prevalent at the time
was that it was necessary to kill the Indian to save the man. Killing the Indian meant
removing us from our tribalism and our communalism. Killing the Indian meant we
had to be assimilated and our culture destroyed.

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still struggle for the freedom to practice our world views. I have been asked what
keeps Indian people still hoping they are going to be treated with any kind of fairness
when this nation has continually worked towards their removal and complete
destruction. The answer is hope and humor. If we didn't have humor, we would not
have been able to survive. We need the ability to laugh at the difficulty, the reality and
the cruelty of life. And what is hope? Knowing that there will be people who will not
let the end, whatever it might be, happen in their time. When George Seifert was coach
of the San Francisco 49ers, he said he was in an organization that does not think about
losing. He said that any coach who comes to that team does not want to be known as
the coach that goes out a loser. No one wants to be known as the coach responsible for
ending the dynasty. Oren Lyons, the Faithkeeper of the Onondaga people, says that every
generation must see itself as being accountable for those generations that follow and
not let the world end in their time. Do not let it end in your time. Do not be the
contributing factor that flushes us down the drain.

When we talk about the ending times, we talk about gaining knowledge. Learning is a
process of remembering, remembering who and what we are. We all dream. Dreaming is
the little microdots that we implanted on our life script tape when we were in a
spiritual context, so that we might remember something when we were living in this
lifetime as a human being. We are a collection of consciousnesses. We have each lived
thousands and thousands of times and we have had billions of microdots on our life
script. We forget what is permanently etched on the tape of life that we carry within our
collective consciousness, so we have dreams. Imagine your collective consciousness if,
say, you've lived 186,000 lifetimes. Think of all those collective consciousnesses and all
of those dreams on those microdots that you have put on that tape. No wonder there
are people who hear voices. We should all hear a lot of voices. We all have multiple
personalities and they are all based on our needs.

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can begin to realize that what we are doing here on this earth is trying to satisfy our
needs. We are trying to meet our needs, whatever they are. What the red and blue
days, the ending time, and the prophecies are saying is that we need to start over
again. There needs to be a time when we can begin to think differently about
ourselves. All of the legislation, all of the congressional acts that are passed and the
laws that are put on the books are not going to change us. What changes us is how we
feel about ourselves, starting with yourself If you can by the slightest figment of your
imagination see yourself, as well as everything else, as being sacred, your life will
change. And, as your life changes, the world changes and the world for the person
next to you changes. It becomes like that, one thing helping the other by
example. As you have been sitting there, your life has changed with every
breath you've taken. Your life has begun, it has ended, and it has begun again. You
now know more than you knew when you sat down. It's that simple.

The red and blue days, the ending time, means the removal of blindness, the symbolic
gaining of knowledge with each breath. With every breath you see something you didn't
see the moment before. Your wisdom has increased, your ego has been reduced and
you retain a sense of humility in recognizing your connectedness to all things. You are
connected to everything in the universe. Our holy people said when you can see that
occurring in your life you are walking on the red road, the spiritual path. You don't
have to be Dakota/Lakota, the spiritual path is there for anybody. It's the same path for
everybody, just interpreted a little differently. It goes to the same place. So, after each
breath you can say to yourself, "I've gained in my knowledge, my wisdom, and I have
hopefully reduced my ego. I know I am on that sacred path to God." Whatever it is, to
whatever form your God takes, you are on that path whether you know it or not,
because you breathe. You all breathe. You are all on that path and while you're on
that path just remember, in this time you are important, you are critical. Each of you is
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Each of you is sacred and in that sacredness, you have an accountability. Remember
that. Remember your accountability to see that the world does not end in your time.
You have the power to do that. Don't let it happen in your time and remember that
everything you do, every breath you take, is not for yourself but for all your relations.

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Never before have we, as human beings, questioned so strongly or for so long the matters of
our spirit. We have indeed launched ourselves upon a journey of faith a journey that will
ultimately emerge within the vastness of our own inner universe coming to rest at the base of
all beginnings and endings, the sacred hill within.

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SYMBOLISM AND THE WORLD

We live in a world of symbols. We share a symbolic relationship with the Creator,
the Mother-Father. We are created of it. We are, symbolically, the representation of
the Mother-Father God in the physical form, in the human form. We are the living
representation of the Creator, as are the trees, the rocks, the plants and the
animals. They breathe and they are the living representation of the creative energy, the
Mother-Father God, in that symbolic form. All of those things together make up the
gigantic puzzle of existence, of life.

As we look at nature and see its struggle to recapture itself, to recapture its dignity, it
becomes a symbol of the struggle that goes on within each of us, the struggle to find
balance and a way to feel good with what is going on in our lives and in the lives of
those around us. Nature shows us how we are to live. Nature shows us an acceptance
of what is. We, unfortunately, do not seem to want to work that way. For some reason,
we want to be more than we are. We are encouraged to be things that we are not. The
confusions which seemingly control our lives are based upon mythical limitations and
the implantation of concepts early on in each of our lives that we, as we find ourselves,
are unworthy and unacceptable to God or whoever unless we become perfect.
In the stories in my Oral Tradition, we can see symbols of what we once were and of
what we once had the ability to do. We once had the ability to fly, to communicate with
all things, to walk in spirit and to exist in a spiritual way. Then came a time when we

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lost that ability and we see the symbols there, too — the symbols of impatience and
lack of faith, frustration and hatred, judgment and finger pointing; symbols of
deterioration, of regression and aggression; symbols of things which are out of
balance.

As we read the newspapers and listen to the news, we see and hear a symbolic
message. A mother stabs her children to death because she thinks the world is coming
to an end. How ironic. If the world is ending, what purpose does it serve to take the
life of her children? It serves none but her own need and her own fear. Each one of us
is responsible and accountable for every act, word, thought, or deed that we initiate
and send forth into the universe. We are accountable for every thought that we
have had since we woke up this morning. Be assured that it will make itself
known somewhere along the way, not as a matter of punishment but as a
realization that nothing escapes its sacred responsibility — not a haphazard
glance, not a passing thought or comment — for we are all spiritually accountable. We
are the physical representation of the Mother-Father Creator.

Symbols are all around us. Each time we see a child, we see a symbol of trust and love,
a symbol of the determination and tenacity of the human spirit to return again and
again and again to somehow find a way to bring balance to a world gone mad.
Each time we see a mountain, each time we see a rock, we see a symbol of those things
which last forever. Each time we see an animal, a four legged or a winged, we are
reminded of those things which have lived with us and provided for us since the
beginning of creation. In my office, I have a picture I clipped out of a magazine of a
young boy who has no arms or legs. He has prostheses yet he plays ball, he swims, and
he plays soccer. When I think I've got problems in my life, I just look over at his
picture and I realize I don't have any problems. That's my perception, that's my
perspective. That's my own need to see something that symbolically reminds me that
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A symbolic sign of the times is that the Bible is being rewritten to refer to God as
the Mother-Father. A symbolic sign of the times is that Jesus will be referred to as
the Human Being. In the many languages of indigenous people across this land, we are
called the Human Beings. Since our inception, we have referred to ourselves as the
Human Beings. In the genesis that occurred when we went West across the Bering
Straits to carry the message of brotherhood and healing, love, peace and balance
that we shared with all nations, we told them that there would be Human Beings that
would come among them. We traveled from the tip of the arctic to the end of the
Antarctic sharing these ideas. It didn't happen the other way. No one came here. It
happened in reverse. You might ask, "How can you make a statement like that? How
can you prove that?" It's a symbolic statement and just as plausible as what is taught in
school.

If you wish to live, to survive, become aware of the earth and begin to take care of it
for the sake of those who come after you. People talk about saving the world, but
we cannot save the world. The world, the earth, doesn't need us to save it. It will save
itself. We can do a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but the earth will just ignore us.
It can outlast us. We fight the oil spills but the earth and the oceans will
eventually dissolve them, given enough time. The mountains will grow again when the
houses slide down after "the big one." But let's face it, we are not really
concerned about the earth, about the oceans and the mountains, the wetlands and
the marshes. We are worried about us, as individuals. We are worried that we're going to
run out of air, out of ground, out of food and water. We are afraid of dying. We are
afraid we're going to run out of faith and we want something that gives us a
guarantee. Well, we are our own best guarantee. Realize that if we find balance within
ourselves, everything we do will affect everything else in accordance with that. We
can only change ourselves, individually. Everything else has its own
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Symbolism and the world around us means to recognize the symbols in the
perpetuation of an idea that says, "As a female, you must be subservient because
the word of God said so and, therefore, we males can treat you any way we want.
You are second class, you do not count, you are not special, you are not equal." How
can women support that type of dogma, one wonders, and at the same time say they
want their place in the marketplace, in the business world, in the home, or in the political
arena? They go back time after time, Sunday after Sunday, and hear that they are not
equal and that they have been relegated to a role of servitude. They support that
position when they say they can't leave the situation they are in or they can't escape
this or that.

The world is made up of a mosaic of human beings, each of us believing whatever we
believe and attempting to function at a level of compatibility that shows we have some
kind of behavioral responsibility towards one another. We need to respect women and
teach our young people to respect women and themselves. We need to teach them
that each young man is feminine as well as masculine, and that each young woman is
masculine as well as feminine. Women are the core of the spiritual strength of the
family. This lifetime, if you have come back as a woman, you are the spiritual
strength, the spiritual core. You are the voice of God, the Mother-Father Creator. What
more do you want? What more is there? Once we recognize that and see the feminine
energy within ourselves, then we can talk at the same level. Who is it easier to talk to,
your husband or another woman? Who is it easier to talk to, another man or your wife?
Your wife gets exasperating because she keeps asking the same questions. You just
think she forgot. Not so, kemo sabe. We, in our masculine energy, become frustrated
because of the feminine energy's expectation of finding some resource in the
masculine symbol. When the feminine energy discovers that the masculine
symbol crumbles, it gets disappointed and the masculine symbol gets frustrated with
the expectations that are placed upon it. Expectations, a symbol of our time.

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What does God expect of you? What do you think the Mother-Father Creator expects of
you? Are you up to the task? People ask time and time again, "What am I doing
here? What's it all about?" You are here to breathe. You are here to breathe and give
life to all things through your sacred breath. That's it. Your sacred breath gives life to
everything — to me, to the plants, to the universe, to those things above and below the
sea. You are sacred, you are special, you are spiritual, you are holy. You are all
those things and none of those things. You are all of those things and you are one thing.
As this is being written, we are in the time of the long night, the time of falling star, when
we tell some of the creation stories involving the star system and the universe, the
constellations; how what is mirrored above is mirrored below and how we follow
those things in the traditional ways that we were given. The symbols that were
spoken of at the time they were given to us said there will come a time when some
people will attempt to diminish our beliefs and we will not be able to follow the stars in
the way in which we were instructed. Instead, we will be encouraged to do other
things. At that time, the world will be upon its knees and the ending time will have
begun but don't dismay, the sun will return. Don't make too much of it though, it might
look like a buffalo. Don't make too much of it because people will attempt to exploit
it again, as the world exploits all suns who bring a message, all sons and daughters
who are prophetic and bring a message.

We have continued to dance and pray and the buffalo has returned and all of our
relatives have come home. You are different colors but you are the relatives we were
told to dance home. We have danced you home and we do not see whites or blacks,
Asians, reds or greens, Catholics, Jews, protestants, Christians or Buddhists. You
are all human beings. You are here and we are saying to you that all you need to do is
recognize your sacredness. The rest will take care of itself.

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a spiritual core dwells within all things of creation. That spiritual energy and
spiritual core is symbolically represented by those things of creation that we can see, as
well as those things we cannot see, those things that must be taken on faith. Each one of
us has a different degree of faith based upon our life experience. One reason we find
life so difficult is because we are often dealing with people who do not operate at
the same levels of faith as we do. So be mindful, be aware, see the signs, recognize the
symbolic meaning of those things which you observe.

You are my relatives and I encourage you to pray for everyone except yourself.
I encourage you to realize, in your sacredness and holiness and in your wisdom, that
the person next to you is praying for you. You are included in the prayers of all of
those within the circle of life. You are encouraged to step back from your egos and
address the sense of humility that God, the Mother-Father Creator, has presented to us
through the breath of life. In that breath, the things that we do are not for ourselves but
for all of our relations.
Mitak.

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About the Author

Little Crow is a Dakota/Lakota poet, educator, lecturer and spiritual leader
who lives the faith of his oral traditions by applying them to his everyday
life and the contemporary situations in which he finds himself. In
addition to co-founding the American Indian Church (the Gathering),
Little Crow has appeared on radio and television, in films and has been, for
many years, a lecturer at California State University.

About The Gathering

The Gathering, also known as The American Indian Church (AIC) was created
in 1978 by Little Crow and his wife, Alice, to establish a place for the
creation and preservation of an all-inclusive Oral Tradition anchored in the
concept of the sacredness of all things of creation. In keeping with that, everyone
is welcome, regardless of color, gender, age or religion. The Gathering
meets every Sunday in Garden Grove, California.

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We Stand For NO SYSTEM

Kindom (Do No Harm Communities) is the dream for freedom, but it is the dream for the freedom of those around us who also live the dream of freedom, because it is in living for the freedom of others that we get our freedom. When we live for the dreams of Kindom of those around us, we live life as a gift because we live for (dedicate our lives to) their dream of freedom, truth, peace, joy, abundance, etc, just as they live for our Kindom dreams too. This is true co-creation (cooperation) with no attack on the uniqueness of each of us. When we live this way, we have no need for any man-made system - everything/everyone has already been taken care of by our love for life.

Just as we do not have to jump 10 feet across the room to grab our next breath, neither do we have to worry about food, water and shelter because it has all been taken care of as we each co-create Kindoms/Kin-Domains for everyone. Now everybody and everything of the dream of life that is Kindom/Paradise is free (has been set free once again). The issue is greed and selfishness, power and control trips, arrogance, ignorance, being fed many many lies and being traumatised. The issue is not overpopulation - there is more than enough land available for every family to have a hectare (2.5 acres Kin-Domain) to care for. The land of Australia can provide a Kin-Domain for every family across Earth, each with a food forest, clean fresh drinking water and plenty of space for building natural do no harm habitats and with plenty of land left over.

Everyone must have the freedom to take full-responsibility for their lives, for the water they drink, the food they eat and for their shelter. Currently, "The System" forces everyone to give up taking full-responsibility so that we become grown up children accustomed to sucking on the nipples of "The System" corporations for everything, having to use money to get by and to follow the rules of money because we are not co-creating freedom, peace, truth, joy and abundance for each other. Money only leads to haves and have nots and all the abuse, manipulation and distractions that we are subjected to as slaves to money.

When we give up living for other's Kindom dreams, we start creating hell ("The System") all around us because we become self-centred - now it's all about "my freedom","my money", "my land", "my belief", "my saviour", "mine", "mine","mine", "i","i", "i", "own", "own", "own", etc. To protect what we claim we own requires a man-made system with FORCE to protect those self-centred claims. This is ALL trauma based and all story-telling (brainwashing/braindirtying).

NO SYSTEM = KINDOM/DO NO HARM COMMUNITIES
NO SYSTEM = KINDOM/DO NO HARM COMMUNITIES photo Kindom_zpsa6d24e8a.jpg

Our true freedom comes when we set our thoughts of freedom into motion so that we live freedom rather than just talking and thinking about it while we still slave for "The System". Kindom will not happen while we meditate for hours in the bush or do yoga retreats or wait for Jesus or follow the processes of the OPPT (One People's Public Trust now called One People). This is not freedom because we are not living freedom because we are living the story-telling of Jesus or Zeitgeist or The Secret or Thrive or One Earth/Consciousness/People.

Living Kindom is very, very hard work as we set about repairing the damage to MAN/Earth/Nature that we are ALL responsible for but the burden becomes lighter the more of us put our life-energy into the dream of returning Earth to Paradise. Day-after-day, we all have to work our arses off until Kindom is all around us (MAN) once again. This is the price we pay to set each other free on a piece of land (Kin-Domain), so that no one is under the image-power (education/brainwashing/story-telling) of another MAN anymore and so that everyone can have their space of love to create and live their unique, do no harm dreams. This only happens once we have the Kindoms set up so that everyone is provided for.

Once we re-create the food forests, whether on land or in the suburbs, we can re-claim our freedom, breaking the strangle-hold of "The System" because we are no longer reliant on its services and benefits and no longer turning each other into slaves of "The System", cogs in the wheels of "The System" machine. If we don't put the effort in to set everyone and everything free all around us then we still live in HELL ("The System"). The key is to live for everyone else's freedom so that we can have it too.

From Bare Dirt To Abundance
A Year In The Life Of The
Love For Life Food Forest

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
8th February 2013
51 Minutes 46 Seconds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sJCcCvZ97A

From Bare Dirt To Abundance Part Two A
5th November 2014
http://youtu.be/TPTPn8tgcPI
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8545

From Bare Dirt To Abundance Part Two B
Coming Shortly

We live for NO SYSTEM. We do not lose anything by not having a man-made system and, in fact, we gain. We gain our freedom and we gain abundance. Let go of the fear.

The Cristian Family November 2006

A Collection Of Various Love For Life Posts
Providing The Big Picture We See

Sequential Order

We ask you to NOT believe anything we say/share and instead use scrutiny like an intense blow torch and go where the logic of truth/sense takes you. This is very, very important. Put everything you believe up to the test of scrutiny to see how it stacks up. If you are true to your heart/senses and go where the logic of truth/sense takes you will find that NO belief, etc, will stand up to the test of scrutiny. They just do not stack up because they are lies/fraud.

After you have watched and read all the material and any questions are left unanswered, send us your landline number and we will use the internet phone as a free unlimited call. We are on Sydney NSW Australia time. Best times for us to chat are between 11.00am and 6.00pm.

It is critical that you fully comprehend Image Power, "Spelling", Trauma, Reaction To Trauma, Curses, Processing Curses, Full-Responsibility/Liability, Limited Liability/Responsibility (passing-the-back), Slavery, Senses/Sense vs Non-Sense/Senses, Re-Presenting Intellectual Property such as but not limited to "Name", Storytelling/Storytellers, Duality, Black-Magic, Belief, Lies, "i", All Seeing "i" (eye), etc..... These themes and others are covered over and over and over again.

If you do not comprehend these insights and are unable to use your senses to sense your way through all the non-sense/non-sensory-images that enslave MAN under their image power (darkness = "The System" = Hell), men and women will remain deeply trapped under a terrible state of trauma. Our intention is to inspire you to remedy by showing you how to move away from reacting to trauma in all its nefarious and devious forms.

IMAGE POWER
Superb Diamond Range Interviewing
Arthur & Fiona Cristian 4th February 2014
http://youtu.be/qFnuuw3kLog
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8501

His-Story/Her-Story (History)
Arthur Cristian - Love For Life
2005-2007 - Re-posted July 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8529

The Dream Of Life Part 6
Under The Spell Of Intellectual Property

Arthur Cristian - 51 Minutes 52 Seconds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMK7CkU1ih8

Trauma Induced Fantasy
July 2013 Interview With
Jeanice Barcelo And Arthur & Fiona Cristian
http://youtu.be/CZVj-ddUoZw
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8500

The Dark Side Of The Moon
The Background To "The System"

Arthur & Fiona Cristian Interviewed By
Jahnick Leaunier, The Tru-Mon Show
24th August 2016
Love For Life - 142 Minutes
https://youtu.be/C5TViw1NLr4

Eric Dubay's Flat Earth Is A Cult
The Background To The System Part Two

Arthur & Fiona Cristian Chatting With
Jahnick Leaunier On The Tru-Mon Show
Love For Life - 31st August 2016
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8585
154 Minutes
https://youtu.be/rCPWgEQg-2M

Eclipse Of The Sun - Video (Arthur swears in this video)
The Background To The System Part Three
Arthur & Fiona Cristian Chatting With
Jahnick Leaunier On The Tru-Mon Show
Love For Life - 25th October 2016
https://youtu.be/FMOsOi1kNRc

The "Name" Is The Mark Of The Beast
The Strawman Identifying
Your Slave Status In "The System"

By Arthur Cristian - Love For Life
5th February 2012 - 56 Minutes 25 Seconds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdOag66v7uo

The Satanic Craft Of Inculcation In Practice
Fiona's ACT Supreme Court Affidavit Explaining Inculcation & Illumination
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
4th March 2016
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8578

The Spinning Top
Full Bloom Inculcation

Arthur And Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
Facebook Discussions Between The
8th December 2016
And
26th January 2017
Link: http://loveforlife.com.au/content/16/03/04/satanic-craft-inculcation-pra...

The Shit Of Death
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
28th January 2017
Link: http://loveforlife.com.au/content/16/03/04/satanic-craft-inculcation-pra...

The Selfie Of Freakenstein
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
17th March 2017
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8588

Three Sets Of Fiona Cristian Documents Filed With ACAT
Merged Into One Document For Downloading
https://www.scribd.com/document/327370355/Fiona-Cristian-Affidavit-ACT-S...

Fiona Cristian Affidavit
ACT Supreme Court / Court Of Appeal

https://www.scribd.com/doc/316218306/Three-Sets-of-Fiona-Cristian-Docume...

Dancing With Magic (Lies)
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Videos, Articles, Comments
And Pending E-Book
Love Fort Life
September 2015
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8575

Dancing With Magic Part One
Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
5th September 2015
https://youtu.be/hx7qJ7r2OS4

Dancing With Magic Part Two
Arthur Cristian - Love For Life
12th September 2015
https://youtu.be/b_KuEFdKmnA

Dancing With Magic Part Three
Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
13th September 2015
https://youtu.be/9pJc1NfnAcI

Dancing With Magic (Lies) Part Four:
Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
16th September 2015
https://youtu.be/kSVURGwm1Go

Introduction To Kindom Video
By Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
6th March 2015
https://youtu.be/7SspPm9wRgo

To Be Educated Is To Have No Soul
The System Is Soul Destroying

Frederick Malouf & Michael Tellinger's
Contrived Gifting
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
1st September 2016
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8586

Illumination IS Definition
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
26th to 29th January 2016
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8577

IMAGE POWER
The Nefarious Tactics Used
To Disguise Truth And Distract Us
From Remedy

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
24th January 2014
This post contains many recent Facebook comments
and email replies which collectively provides a big picture
into exposing the deception behind IMAGE POWER.
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8496

The Pull Of E-Motion
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
8th February 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8499

Processing Curses
A Lie Is A Curse
Liars Process Curses

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
26th February 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8503

How The System Is Really Constructed
Bouncing Back Curses Upon Curse Makers
To Stop Harm Forevermore

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
27th February 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8504

Slave To A Name
Parts One, Two, Three, Four,
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
3rd to 6th March 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8505

Educated Slaves
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
20th March 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8506

The Only Path To Freedom
Beware The False Steps

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 2nd April 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8508

Free-Dumb For All
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 5th April 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8510

Revoking The Ego
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 8th April 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8511

How MAN Commits Spiritual Suicide
Arthur Cristian
Love For Life - 3rd April 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8509

How To Detect Intel Operatives Working
For The New World Order Agenda
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 10th April 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8512

How The Psyop Program & Intel Networks
Are Messing With Your Head +
His-Story/Her-Story

Arthur & Fiona Cristian - April 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8513

Godzilla Through The Looking Glass
Destroyed By Name"

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 20th April 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8514

What It's Going To Take
To Co-Create Freedom Forevermore

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 22nd April 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8514

Falling For Fairy Stories
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 24th April 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8514

A Disassociation From The Work
Of Kate of Gaia

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 17th May 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8517

Separating The Wheat From The Chaff
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 22nd May 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8516

Revolution Or Revolution
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 25th May 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8520

Routing Out Psyop Programs
Routs Out Intel Operatives
Exposing Max Igan's Psyop Program

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 31st May 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8524

The Psyop Program Scam
Behind Religion Belief Faith
& Associated Opinion

Arthur Cristian
Love For Life
11th June 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8525

Another Delusion
Arthur Cristian
Love For Life
11th June 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8526

A World Of Words Is A World Of Lies
Arthur Cristian
Love For Life
13th June 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8527

E-MAN
The Name Of The Beast Is MAN

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 9th May 2014
Includes Mountain MAN Arrested
Facebook Discussion About "Name"
Uploaded 25th June 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8528

E-Motion
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 13th August 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8537

Discussion With Brother Gregory
Clearly Demonstrating Christianity
Is Part Of The Problem
And Not The Solution

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
Between the 12th May 2014 and 30th August 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8542

The Psyop Program Behind Free Food
And Permaculture

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
29th October 2014
Facebook Discussion With Unconditional Love Moon
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8544

Head So Strong
Music and Vocals Arthur Cristian
Backing Vocals and Vocal Effects Arthur Cristian & Hannah Wood
Lyrics Fiona and Arthur Cristian
Written during our spare time between Aug & Oct 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG4UQCTsqwU

The Time Of Trauma That Destroys Us
Arthur Cristian - Love For Life
9th November 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8547

The Most Powerful Video On Spirituality
And Happiness FOR SLAVES
Or
How To Accept Slavery And Be Happy About It

Arthur Cristian - Love For Life
6th August 2014
Facebook Discussion About The Work Of Eckhart Tolle
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8548

What Can We Do What Can We See
Arthur Cristian - Love For Life
A series of Arthur Cristian Facebook
posts and discussions
between 17th and 21st November 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8552

The Misuse Of Love By Intel Networks
To Create Doubt And Uncertainty
With The Intention To Destroy Love
And Therefore Destroy MAN
(True Freedom, Peace, Joy, Abundance And Truth
For Everyone)

By Arthur Cristian - Love For Life
26th November 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8554

The Void Of E-GO That Is Spiritual Suicide
The Justification Of Laziness
That Perpetuates System Creature Comforts
Ensuring Our Fall

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
13th December 2014
Massive Update Occurred 14th Dec 2014 3.10pm Sydney Aust time
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8556

Darkness Visible Part One A, B, C, D
The Freemasonic World In Plain Sight
Decoding George Washington Lithographs

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
14th December 2014
Part One A http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8557
Part One B http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8567
Part One C http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8568
Part One D http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8569

Darkness Visible Part Two
Yin And Yang, Duality, Spiritual Suicide
And Frank O'Collins UCADIA / One Heaven

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
14th December 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8558

Darkness Visible Part Three
How The Word Sausage
Re-Presents The New World Order
Boiling Point & Out To Get Us

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
27th December 2014
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8560

Darkness Visible Part Four
Aleister Crowley - Thelema - OTO
And The Black Magic Psychedelia Of The Intellect

Facebook Discussion
4th to 10th January 2015
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8561

Darkness Visible Part Five
Living MAN Fiona Cristian's Standing
+ Decoding Judeo/Judaism

Fiona Cristian & Arthur Cristian
Love For Life
24th January 2015
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8562

Darkness Visible Part Six
The Many Fingers Of The Hidden Hand Appearing
YouTube Community Flagged A Video
Posted To The ArthurLoveForLife YouTube Channel
As Being "Hate Speech"

Fiona Cristian & Arthur Cristian
Love For Life
4th February 2015
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8563

Darkness Visible Part Seven
The Full Responsibility For Setting
True Freedom For All Into Motion
In Present-Sense Forevermore

Fiona Cristian & Arthur Cristian
Love For Life
10th February 2015
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8564

Who We Really Are Does Not End
At The Surface Of Our Skin

Arthur Cristian & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 22nd February 2015
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8565

Introduction To Kindom Video
By Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
6th March 2015
https://youtu.be/7SspPm9wRgo

The Rot Parts One, Two, Three
Arthur Cristian
Love For Life
5th June 2015
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8571

"The Good Guys" And The "Bad Guys"
Working Together To Bring In
The New World Order

Arthur Cristian - 18th July 2015
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8572

Can You Spot The Ego?
Where's Wally? Part One

Compilation of Facebook & Youtube
Insight Posts During Aug/Sept 2015
By Arthur Cristian
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8573

Can You Spot The Ego?
Where's Wally? Part Two

Compilation of Facebook & Youtube
Insight Posts During Aug/Sept 2015
By Arthur Cristian
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8576

Dancing With Magic (Lies)
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Videos, Articles, Comments
And Pending E-Book
Love Fort Life
September 2015
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8575

Dancing With Magic Part One
Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
5th September 2015
https://youtu.be/hx7qJ7r2OS4

Dancing With Magic Part Two
Arthur Cristian - Love For Life
12th September 2015
https://youtu.be/b_KuEFdKmnA

Dancing With Magic Part Three
Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
13th September 2015
https://youtu.be/9pJc1NfnAcI

Dancing With Magic (Lies) Part Four:
Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
16th September 2015
https://youtu.be/kSVURGwm1Go

Illumination IS Definition
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
26th to 29th January 2016
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8577

The Satanic Craft Of Inculcation In Practice
Fiona's ACT Supreme Court Affidavit Explaining Inculcation & Illumination
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
4th March 2016
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8578

The Dark Side Of The Moon
The Background To "The System" Part One

Arthur & Fiona Cristian Chatting With
Jahnick Leaunier On The Tru-Mon Show
Love For Life - 24th August 2016
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8583

Eric Dubay's Flat Earth Is A Cult
The Background To The System Part Two

Arthur & Fiona Cristian Chatting With
Jahnick Leaunier On The Tru-Mon Show
Love For Life - 31st August 2016
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8585

To Be Educated Is To Have No Soul
The System Is Soul Destroying
Frederick Malouf & Michael Tellinger's
Contrived Gifting

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
1st September 2016
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8586

New Love For Life Kindom Facebook Group
Started March 2015
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1434747556816918
Includes 63 Minute
Introduction To Kindom Video
https://youtu.be/7SspPm9wRgo
By Arthur & Fiona Cristian
and
Facebook Kindom Group Guidelines
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8566
The Love For Life website home-page provides
the bigger-picture background to the themes
touched on in this video: http://loveforlife.com.au

Crop Circles Are A Massive Hoax
Facebook Discussion On Simon Kawai's Wall
Involving Arthur & Fiona Cristian
31st August 2013
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8470

OPPT & Slavery Through Intellectual Conscription By Deceit
Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
27th February 2013 onwards...
Part One: http://youtu.be/Qjp_9nlrBao
Part Two: http://youtu.be/tbybeOWZ-Bc
Part Three: http://youtu.be/yOWoxH-HbVw

Water Is The Life Of MANS Consciousness (Breath)
Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life - 8th February 2013
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8350
Part One: http://youtu.be/4ze66_33wxM - 70 Minutes 5 Seconds
Part Two: http://youtu.be/43gIi-sjxJc - 81 Minutes 13 Seconds
Part Three: http://youtu.be/oooY6W63K-M - 70 Minutes 18 Seconds

What Do You Believe On Origins?
Who Said There Was A Beginning?
Who's Truth Do You Accept?
Belief Is A Strange Idea.

Discussion Lyndell, Scott and Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Between March and April 2013
Posted 29th October 2013
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8487

So You Want The Good Bits Of "The System"
But Not The Bad Bits?

By Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life - 12th August 2013
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8468

Turning Away From The Reflection
Of MANS Looking Glass

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
30th April 2013
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8404

REMEDY

From Bare Dirt To Abundance
A Year In The Life Of The
Love For Life Food Forest

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
8th February 2013
51 Minutes 46 Seconds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sJCcCvZ97A

From Bare Dirt To Abundance Part Two
5th November 2014
http://youtu.be/TPTPn8tgcPI
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8545

From Bare Dirt To Abundance Part Three
7th March 2016
60 Minutes
https://youtu.be/SH9i8ZStzWI

Love For Life Food Forest & Native Garden March 2016
Extension Of The Love For Life Food Forest And Establishment
Of A New Native Garden At The Front Of The Rental Property
In East Bowral - 24th October 2015 to Mid February 2016.
15 Minutes
https://youtu.be/y-Uz8HmnSIM

Control The Land
And You Control MAN On The Land
Displace MAN From Land
And You Turn MAN Into Slaves

Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
April 2011 (Updated 14th September 2011)
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8237

The Divine Spark
Facebook Discussion With Raymond Karczewski
Arthur & Fiona Cristian & Others
2nd October 2013
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8483

Capturing Another MANS Uniqueness
A Facebook Debate With
Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
And Raymond Karczewski
Starting 13th May 2013
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8414

The Spell Is Broken
Taking The Land To Create Kindom

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
3rd March 2013
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8365

The Steps Of Kindom
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life 2006/2007
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8304

To explore these themes in greater detail go here where you can find links to all our Love For Life comments, articles, debates, discussions, videos, podcasts, etc: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/3385

All the best
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life

Website: http://loveforlife.com.au
Email : action@loveforlife.com.au
Mobile : 0011 61 418 203204 - (0418 203204)
Snail Mail: PO Box 1320 Bowral 2576 NSW Australia
Facebook Arthur Cristian : http://www.facebook.com/arthurcristian
YouTube Arthur Cristian : http://www.youtube.com/ArthurLoveForLife

Register To The Love For Life Mailing List: http://loveforlife.com.au/content/09/05/14/mailing-list

Facebook Group Why Aren't We Free Discussion : http://www.facebook.com/164918753537287
Facebook Group Kindom/Do No Harm Community Discussion : http://www.facebook.com/151811728195925

Links below will kick in when the professionally recorded Love For Life music is released.

SoundCloud : http://soundcloud.com/loveforlife
Nimbit Music : http://www.nimbitmusic.com/loveforlife
Twitter : https://twitter.com/loveforlifemusi
Facebook Music : http://www.facebook.com/loveforlifemusic
YouTube Love For Life Music : http://www.myspace.com/loveforlifemusic
MySpace : http://www.myspace.com/loveforlifemusic
Google + Fiona Cristian : https://plus.google.com/100490175160871610090

Peaceful Transition Through Sacrifice And Service

We feel there is an essential peaceful do no harm transition required to get all of MAN back to standing on MANS feet without reliance upon another MAN for water, food, shelter. As it stands everyone in "The System" are highly dependent and reliant on the "group mind-set" that forms "The System" of slaves providing services and benefits for the emotionally addicted slaves to "The System" (and you can put us in the same basket too). The transition is to get MAN back to relying ONLY on nature without 3rd party interlopers, intermeddlers, interceders getting in the way. The transition is a team effort with the foresight for setting all of MAN free down-the-line so that MAN is no longer dependent on slaves and masters providing services, benefits, privileges and exclusivity while being bound to contracts, rituals, procedures, conditions, rules & regulations which compromises MAN severely.

This transition is all about shifting from limited liability/responsibility to full liability/responsibility. This full responsibility is all about caring for our health, nature all around us, clean uncorrupted (pure) water and food, partner/co-creator, children, shelter, animal-friends in partnership, etc. In "The System", we are already together destroying each other - we have to come together to create peace together so that we can all have peace. We cannot live peacefully when we are islands, not taking full responsibility for the lives of those around us until EVERYONE can take full responsibility for their life, which means that EVERYONE is healed of system trauma. In "The System", we all come together to make slaves of each other - now is the moment to come together to set each other free, to live for each other's freedom, peace, joy and abundance. Once we have set each other free, we are free.

Control The Land
And You Control MAN On The Land
Displace MAN From Land
And You Turn MAN Into Slaves

Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life
April 2011 (Updated 14th September 2011)
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8237

The Spell Is Broken
Taking The Land To Create Kindom

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
3rd March 2013
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8365

"The Steps Of Kindom"
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8304

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Once we fix these issues, we or our children or our descendants to come, can start focusing on the even bigger picture of getting back to where our ancestors were, as breatharyan's, before they fell into non-sense images to be enslaved by them.

All the best to you and your family
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life

The Cristian Family November 2006

The Cristian Family Declaration

The Cristian family and The Love for Life Campaign are apolitical, non-religious, non-violent, anti weapons, anti drugs (both pharmaceutical and recreational) and anti any ideology that denies the existence of Do No Harm Communities (Kindoms) and suppresses the uniqueness and freedom of all men, women and children.

The Cristian family and our Love For Life work is unaligned to any big business corporation, intelligence agency, government body, "system" law, "system" think tanks, "system" green or environmental movements, religion, cult, sect, society (fraternity, brotherhood, sisterhood, order, club, etc,) secret or not, hidden agenda, law or sovereignty group, occult, esoteric, New Age or Old Age.

The Cristian family supports and promotes the remedy that brings an everlasting peace, freedom, truth, joy, abundance and do no harm for all of life without causing loss of uniqueness or the need for having slaves and rulers. We are not into following the one in front or being shepherds for sheeple. Most importantly, we take full-responsibility for everything we think, feel and do.

The Cristian family are not Christians.

Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life

December 2006

The Cristian Family November 2006

THE CRISTIAN FAMILY PLEDGE

Being of clear brain, heart and intention, we each declare the following to be true:

• We have no intention of ending our own lives.

• We will not tolerate suppression of truth, ideas, freedom, or our work. We stand for freedom of speech.

• We stand together to support others in the expression of truths and freedom to speak out no matter how radical those ideas may seem.

• Standing for freedom takes courage; together we shall be strong in the face of all odds.

• If it is ever claimed that we have committed suicide, encountered an unfortunate accident, died of sickness/disease, disappeared, been institutionalized, or sold out financially or in any other way to self-interested factions, we declare those claims false and fabricated.

• We testify, assert and affirm without reservation, on behalf of all those who have dedicated their lives to the ending of secrecy and the promotion of freedom of thought, ideas and expression that we shall prevail.

• We Do Not Have Multiple Personality Disorders

Arthur Cristian
Fiona Cristian
Jasmin Lily Cristian
Emma Rose Cristian
Frances Hannah Cristian
Xanthe Jane Cristian

15th December 2006 (Edited/Updated 18th September 2011)

The Cristian Family November 2006

Update Regarding The Love For Life
Home Page And Quick User Guide

We are turning the Love for Life Quick User Guide http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6608 into a blog of all the main insights of our work since March 2005, whether through articles, videos, podcasts or discussions/debates.

As we do not have the time to compile everything we have written into a book, as many have suggested we do, compiling all our most important work into one area of the website is a way of providing easy access to this work so those interested are able to fully comprehend the big picture.

Instead of having to find our different articles, videos, etc, in various parts of the website, it will all be accessible here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6608 and here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/3385.

Love For Life Videos

As amateurs and posted in the Quick User Guide below the Facebook links, we're currently creating and posting a series of videos called "The Dream Of Life" which covers the ground of all the Love For Life insights. We plan to have the videos completed by December 31st 2012. Once this is behind us, our intention is to create a 2 hour or so video covering the body of this work. All videos are embedded in the quick user guide http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6608 and uploaded in Arthur's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArthurLoveForLife.

Love For Life Music

We have started recording songs, with others, that express the themes of Love For Life. They are now being posted on Arthur's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArthurLoveForLife and are embedded in the quick user guide http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6608. We have over 100 songs to record. A few rough demos have already been used as the soundtrack on the first "Dream of Life" video.

About Us - Love For Life & The Cristian Family

Also, everything we, the Cristian family, have gone through, from bank fraud and the theft of the family home to death threats and attempts on Arthur's life, is documented in the Quick User Guide too. If you, the reader, are prepared to put the effort in, you will comprehend the extent to which we have all been tricked into becoming slaves, giving up our uniqueness and our full-responsibility for life and destroying everything of life to the point where life is in danger of dying out completely. You will also comprehend the remedy to all this chaos; a remedy that requires only love for life and the determination to do what needs to be done. Though our focus is very strongly on the remedy that creates a world of freedom, truth, peace, joy, abundance and Do No Harm for all of life without loss of uniqueness or the need for slaves and rulers, we realise that it is vital to comprehend how to get there and what stops us from getting there. This is why there is so much information on the hows and whys of everything going wrong in the world today. We are not into peddling conspiracy theories, we are into routing out all forms of organised crime.

Saturday 26th November 2011

Arthur and Fiona Cristian
Love For Life

Website: http://loveforlife.com.au
Email: action@loveforlife.com.au
Mobile: 0011 61 418 203204 - (0418 203204)
Facebook Arthur Cristian: http://www.facebook.com/arthurcristian
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Facebook Why Aren't We Free Discussion: http://www.facebook.com/164918753537287
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MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/loveforlifemusic
Google + Fiona Cristian: https://plus.google.com/100490175160871610090
Register To The Love For Life Mailing List: http://loveforlife.com.au/content/09/05/14/mailing-list

1. For The Body Of The Love For Life Work by Arthur and Fiona Cristian

Which Unravels The Reasons For The Chaos, Mayhem and Confusion Being Experienced In The World Today, Explains The Need For "Community Immunity" and Responsibility, and Focuses On The Creation Of Kindoms - Do No Harm, Life-Sustainable Communities (As The Remedy That Heals All Mans Woes) - And How We Can Co-Create Them. For Comments, Articles And Discussions, Go Here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/3385 - Also Go Here To See Podcasts And Videos Posted by Arthur & Fiona Cristian: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/7309 - The Information Shared Comes From Inspiration, Intuition, Heartfelt-Logic And Information Gathered From Nature And Many Amazing Men And Women Along The Way. It Is Not Found In Any Books Or Channellings, Or Talked About By "Experts". Go Here To Read A Brief Synopsis Of Why We Started Love For Life: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8182

2. For Information About The Ringing Cedars of Russia Series

go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/1125 and for more on Eco Homes, Villages, Organic and Permaculture Gardening and Life-Sustainability, etc, go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/3641 and here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/1985 and Mikhail Petrovich Shchetinin - Kin's School - Lycee School at Tekos: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/5173

3. For How To Eat A Raw, Living Food Diet,

go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/5068 - LIFE is information. When we distort LIFE and then eat, drink, absorb, think, feel, hear, see, touch, taste, smell and perform these distortions, the information of LIFE, your LIFE, our LIFE, our children's lives, everyone's LIFE, is distorted.

4. To Find A Menu For The Extensive Research Library (over 8,000 items posted embodying over 11,000 documents, pdf's, videos, podcasts, etc)

Which Covers Topics From Health to Chemtrails/Haarp to Brain Control to Archaeology to Astronomy Geocentricity Heliocentricity to Pandemics Bird Flu Swine Flu to Fluoride to Cancer to Free Energy to Global Warming, 9/11, Bali Bombings, Aspartame, MSG, Vaccinations, Aids/HIV, Mercury, New World Order, Satanism, Religions, Cults, Sects, Symbolism, etc, etc, go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/82

5. If You Would Like To Read About The Cristian Family NSW Supreme Court Case

(Macquarie Bank/Perpetual Limited Bank Fraud Condoned By Judges, Registrars, Barristers, Lawyers, Politicians, Public Servants, Bureaucrats, Big Business and Media Representatives - A Crime Syndicate/Terrorist Organisation) Which Prompted The Creation Of This Love For Life Website December 2006, And The Shooting And Torture Of Supporters Who Assisted Us In Reclaiming The Family Home, Joe Bryant And His Wife, Both In Their Late 70's, go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/5 And Read Some Of Our Email Correspondence With Lawyer Paul Kean - Macedone Christie Willis Solari Partners - Miranda Sydney May 17th-June 27th 2006: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/7300

6. For The Stories Of Other Victims Of The System,

go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/australian_stories (If you have a story you would like us to put up, we would love to here from you:
action @ loveforlife.com.au)

7. For Documentation Of Harm Done By The Powers-That-Be And Their Representatives,

Evidence Revealing How Victims Did Not Break The Peace, Caused No Crime or Harm, There Were No Injured Parties. Documenting Incontrovertible Evidence Demonstrating How The Powers That Be (PTB) And Their Lackeys Will Break All The Laws They Are Supposed To Uphold. They Will Kidnap, Intimidate, Terrorise, Rape, Pillage, Plunder And Lie And Take Responsibility For None Of It. All Part Of Their Tactics Of Using Fear And Trauma To Keep Us In Our Place. Relatives Of Those Under Their Radar Are Also Not Safe From Attack And Intimidation. All Starting From A $25 Fine For Not Voting And A $65 Fine For Not Changing A Dog Registration. We Do Not Have Freedom And Can Only Appear To Have Freedom If We Comply. Regardless How Small The Matter The PTB Throw Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars Away To Enforce Their Will.... Go Here:
Fiona Cristian Reply To State Debt Recovery Office - Part One to Part Ten - From 17th October 2008 And Still Continuing:
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6319 or
Fiona Cristian Reply To State Debt Recovery Office
Part One: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/5742 - From 17th October 2008
Part Two: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6135 - From 18th December 2008
Part Three: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6295 - From 9th January 2009
Part Four: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6296 - From 14th January 2009
Part Five: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6375 - The Sick Puppy - From 20th February 2009
Part Six: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6390 - Police Officers, Sheriff’s Officers, Tow Truck Driver and State Debt Recovery Office Blatantly Ignore the Law To Rape, Pillage and Plunder The Private Property Of Fiona Cristian - From 11th March 2009
Part Seven: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6445 - Affidavit Of Truth - Letter To The Queen + Australia: Fascism is Corporatism - From 30th March 2009
Part Eight: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6652 - The Pirates Auction And The Ghost Of VSL386 - From 4th April 2009
Part Nine: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/7073 - Arthur Cristian's Letter To Pru Goward MP - From 15th December 2009
Part Ten: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/7500 - Should We Be In Fear Of Those Who Claim To Protect Us? "Roman Cult" Canon Law - Ecclesiastical Deed Poll - The Work Of Frank O'Collins - From 13th October 2010

8. If You Are Interested In Information On Freedom From Statutes, Rule-Of-Law, Free Man/Free Woman, Strawman, "Person" and Admiralty Law (The Law Of Commerce),

go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/895 - For Common Law, Democracy, Constitution, Trial By Jury, Fee Simple, etc, go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/category/main/law-articles-documents

9. If You Are Interested In Banking and Money Created (Fiat/Credit/Debt/Mortgage/Loan/Overdraft etc) Out-Of-Thin-Air, How Banks Counterfeit Money,

go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/banks

10. For A List Of All The Latest Posts In The Love For Life Website,

go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/tracker

11. For Links To Many Hundreds Of Videos, DVDs And Podcasts

go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/video_dvd

12. To See The Cristian Family Pledge, Legal and other Disclaimers

go here: http://loveforlife.com.au/content/06/12/05/love-life-legal-disclaimer

13. To Read About How A Representative Of The NSW Jewish Board Of Deputies Had Threatened To Shut Down The Love For Life Website

go here: Part One: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6616 Part Two: THE STEVE JOHNSON REPORT AND VIDEO: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6665 and Part Three: Latest Update On James Von Brunn: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6673

Conscious Love Always
Arthur & Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
action @ loveforlife.com.au
www.loveforlife.com.au
0418 203204 (int: 0011 61 418 203204)
PO Box 1320 Bowral 2576 NSW Australia

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THE CRISTIAN FAMILY SUPPORTS
FREEDOM OF SPEECH - FREEDOM OF THOUGHT

The Cristian Family November 2006

Posted Wednesday 17th June 2009
Updated September 2011

NSW Jewish Board Of Deputies
Has Threatened To Shut Down
The Love For Life Website

No Freedom Of Speech - No Freedom Of Thought

Love For Life does not support harm doing in any shape or form. However, we are supporters of free speech and post articles, documentaries, etc, that represent a wide cross section of ideas. See the Love For Life extensive research library where over 6000 documents, articles and videos are posted: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/82. We clearly see the evidence of the destruction to MAN and the earth that has been caused by ALL religions over the centuries and are therefore not supporters of religions, cults, sects or any group that demands conformity of thought, speech or action, or has rules, regulations or rituals that must be followed. Religions, nationalities and cultural "identities" are formed as a result of the brainwashing we receive from childhood. They are part of the tactics the Establishment uses to keep us all divided from one another and fighting one another.

All religions promote discrimination and division, leading to hatred and even violence and murder. None of them have yet to produce a remedy to all the suffering, poverty, unhappiness and discrimination in the world. If any religion truly had the remedy to all the suffering on earth, there would no longer be any suffering. What have Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, atheism and the New Age done to end the suffering in the world?

Since December 2006, there have been many attempts to take down the Love For Life website. Any attempts have been thwarted by Love For Life supporters inundating the harm-doers with emails, etc, objecting to them taking down the website for a variety of reasons. The trouble makers usually back off when they realise that they can post all their views, arguments, beliefs, etc, in the Love For Life website without censorship or restriction imposed. They get to see that even the Queen, Pope, Prime Minister, President of America, etc, can post all their views without hindrance or sabotage and that we support freedom of speech/thought which means we support the right of all sides to express their views.

Of note, there is a vast amount of information posted in the Love For Life website which we do not agree with but we leave it all up because we refuse to be biased, opinionated or self-centered/self-serving. Of the many thousands of comments posted over the years we have only removed posts containing secret links to commercial advertisements, terrible foul language, threats of violence and death, etc, and attacks on other people's characters that avoid the subject/debate at hand. Besides links to advertisements, we have taken down less than six comments due to the above. We usually leave everything up, all warts and all, even those posts threatening to do terrible things to Fiona, our children, our dogs, our friends, family & supporters, etc.

The Love For Life website has information from all sides on many subjects, whether about Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Law, health, psychology, mind control, vaccination, aspartame, MSG, Chemtrails etc. There are over 11,000 articles, documentaries etc on the website and they are so diverse that we are sure that everyone would be able to find something they loved and something they hated, if they took the time to search. If we removed all the articles hated by everyone, there would probably be nothing left! We are not anti anyone but freedom of speech is freedom of speech and no one should condemn the work of another without taking the time to research the subject themselves. Yes, there are articles by those who have a less-than-rosy-viewpoint of Judaism, but there are also articles on the dark side of Tibetan Buddhism (and it is very dark) for those who are interested in the truth: Tibet - Buddhism - Dalai Lama: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6271 Should the authors of these articles be abused and imprisoned for daring to challenge the widely conceived reputation of Buddhism as being the religion of peace and love and that of the Dalai Lama as a saint, or should those interested be allowed to study the work and come to their own conclusions? The same applies to all the articles, documentaries, etc, about Christianity, Islam, Freemasonry, New World Order, etc.

The Love for Life website also shows how the Rule of Law, the Bar, the Government, the Monarchy, the system of commerce, the local, national and multi/trans-national private corporations, all the courses and careers on offer from our universities, all the educators, scientists, academics and experts, the aristocrats and the Establishment bloodlines have also done NOTHING to end the suffering in the world. The website maps the insanity of a world where there is no help for those in need, just as there was no help available for us when we were victims of terrible bank fraud: "NSW Supreme Court Case - Macquarie Bank/Perpetual Limited vs Fiona Cristian - Victims Of Bank Fraud Condoned By Judges" http://loveforlife.com.au/node/5 (orchestrated, condoned and protected by an international crime syndicate/terrorist organisation of judges, barristers, registrars, lawyers, politicians, banksters, big business representatives, media moguls and other lackeys who, all together, put up a wall of silence despite our trying many, many avenues. After the family home was stolen and business destroyed we were left close to poverty and destitution caring for 4 young daughters. Three years later not much has changed regardless of all our efforts. Where were all the followers of all the religions to help us? Or do we have to be members of those religions to receive help from others involved in them?

The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies accused us of being anti - Jewish, see: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6616 and http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6665 because we had posted an excerpt from James von Brun's book: Kill the Best Gentiles: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6054 in which he blames Jews for the problems of the world. Obviously this is not our view because of what we have stated above. We do not hate anyone, whatever religion they follow. We are always open to talk to any religious leader or politician and meet with any judge, member of the Bar, experts, academics, educators etc to share the remedy we offer that heals all the divisions between MAN and MAN, and MAN and the EARTH.

Today, a representative of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies is threatening to close the website down, because they have decided it is anti - Jewish and that we promote racism. What has the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies done to end the suffering in the world? Can they show that they are concerned with the suffering of ALL men, women and children AND ARE SEEN TO BE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT or are they only concerned with Jewish affairs? If so, they, along with all the other religions that only care for their own, are part of the problem, not part of the solution. The man who rang Arthur today was only concerned with Jewish affairs; he was not interested in our intentions or in anybody else, just as most Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Catholics, etc, are only interested in their own. While we separate ourselves into groups, dividing ourselves from others with rules, regulations, rituals, procedures and conditions, we will never solve our problems.

No matter what we in the Western World Civilisation of Commerce have been promised by our politicians, religious leaders, scientists, educators, philosophers, etc, for the past two hundred years, all we have seen is ever-increasing destruction of men, women and children and the earth. None of the so-called experts and leaders we have been taught to rely on are coming up with a solution and none of them are taking full-responsibility for the fact that they can't handle the problem. All religious books talk about end times full of destruction and suffering but why do we have to follow this program when there is an alternative to hatred, mayhem and death? Why are our leaders following the program of destruction and death rather than exploring the alternatives? It seems that any mainstream politician, priest or academic are only interested in supporting the RULES OF THE DIVIDE, that maintain the haves and the have nots. For 200+ years, 99% of the world population have been so trained to pass on their responsibility for themselves, others and the earth, that the 1% of the population that make up the leaders of the rest of us are making all the decisions leading to the destruction of all of us and the earth. Let's not forget the education system that brainwashes the 99% of the population that we are free and have equal rights while, in fact, we are feathering the nests of those at the top.

At the root of all our problems is self-centredness, an unwillingness nurtured by the Establishment that keeps us concerned only with our own needs rather than the needs of others around us and the Earth. Instead of creating and releasing acts of love for those around us as gifts to benefit them and the earth, we take, take and take, until there is nothing left. The whole point of the Love for Life website is to show people the root of all our problems and to share the remedy. The extensive research library is there to attract browsers and to provide access to information not available through mainstream channels. If the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies can, after careful examination of our work, prove that anything we are saying is wrong, we will be happy to accept their proof. If they cannot, and they are still insistent on closing the website down, they will be showing themselves to be traitors to MAN because they are not interested in pursuing any avenue that can end the suffering in the world.

All religions, corporations and organisations that support and maintain the Western World Civilisation of Commerce are part of the problem because our civilisation is a world of haves and have nots, racism, violence, hatred, poverty, sickness, discrimination, abuse, starvation, homelessness, corruption, collusion, vindictiveness, social unrest, arrogance, ignorance, fear, war and chaos. While we support civilisation, we support death and destruction because ALL civilisations that have ever existed are apocalyptic by design.

If we truly want peace on earth and freedom for all, we have to let go of all that which keeps us divided, and come together as MAN, conscious living co-creators of creation. The Love For Life website offers a remedy to the problems we all face in the form of DO NO HARM COMMUNITIES: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/3641 For more details see here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6511 and here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/3385 - We also highly recommend that everyone read the brilliant Russian books called The Ringing Cedars: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/1125 - The Love For Life Website Homepage also provides lots of inspiring remedy based information: http://loveforlife.com.au - If you want to be kept up to date with our work please register to the Love For Life Mailing List here: http://loveforlife.com.au/content/09/05/14/mailing-list. We usually send two postings per month. Presently (September 2011) there are over 7000 registrations reaching over 500,000 readers across Earth. The website now (September 2011) receives up to 12 million hits per month. Since December 2006, over 100 million people have visited the Love For Life website.

Conscious Love Always
Arthur and Fiona Cristian
Love For Life
17th June 2009

The Cristian Family November 2006

Clarification Regarding Our Intentions
Behind The Use Of Donations

The Love For Life website is offered for free without a fee and without any conditions attached. If people are inspired to donate money, then we accept their gift and have provided an avenue for them to support the work we do through Fiona's Paypal or ANZ bank account http://loveforlife.com.au/node/8515. There is no obligation whatsoever to donate and all are equally welcome to our work and to our "time", whether they donate or not. Over the last 9 years, all the Love For Life work has been put out for free and it has often been donations from supporters that have enabled us to renew the domain name, etc, to keep the website going. While some complain that we have an avenue for donations, others complained when we didn't! Either use it or don't - the choice is yours.

Since Love For Life started March 2005 and website December 2006, Arthur has worked 16 hours a day, 7 days a week unpaid for much of this period, putting together the website and sharing insights to wake people up to what has been done to them, whether through the 11,500+ individual articles, videos, podcasts, debates, discussions, pdf's, research documents, etc, found amongst the 8,500+ posts, as well as helping many, many men and women over the phone, and through email, website correspondence, Facebook and YouTube, and creating the Love For Life food forest vege garden and Love For Life music recording studio. This is our life is a gift commitment to serve MAN/Nature/Earth but we are still severely compromised by "The System" and still have to give to Caesar what is claimed to belong to Caesar, which is where the donations help us.

Fiona & Arthur Cristian
Love For Life
21st July 2014