SMUDGING

by Elaine Lunham Virginia Graverette Pigeon, Tribal Elder of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, member of the Cedar Women’s Society, Elder of the Mide Lodge. With these credentials, I realized that Virginia holds a lot of wisdom, guidance, and teachings. For as long as I can remember, I had heard of the Anishinabe people smudging with sacred herbs such as tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, and cedar. I always wondered the meaning behind it (though I had my own ideas). One day I went to Virginia, seeking answers to my questions, trying to gain insight and knowledge so that one day I could pass this on to my children and their children. Virginia began by saying that some people follow the Traditional Way and some follow the Christian Way and that one way respects the aspects of both ways. Both know one God. Virginia said that there are a lot of stories and […] Read More

1999: Night of the Red Sky

The Prophetic Vision of ‘Grandfather’ In the 1920s, an Apache wise man had a Vision of four prophecies that foretold death and destruction for mankind, unless we incorporate Spirit in our daily lives. Two of these prophecies may already have come true. Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 7, Number 1 (December 1999 – January 2000). PO Box 30, Mapleton Qld 4560 Australia. editor@nexusmagazine.com Telephone: +61 (0)7 5442 9280; Fax: +61 (0)7 5442 9381 From our web page at: www.nexusmagazine.com by Tom Brown, Jr © 1991 The Tracker, Inc. PO Box 173 Asbury, NJ 08802, USA Telephone: +1 (908) 479 4681 Fax: +1 (908) 479 6867 E-mail: TrackInc@aol.com Website: www.trackerschool.com A number of people can predict the future, but few get the timing correct. “Grandfather” was an Apache wise man and scout, named Stalking Wolf, who grew up outside white man’s influence. His many predictions not only came true in […] Read More

Kabalistic Views Of “Spirits”

I beg you to again allow me a little space for the further elucidation of a very important question – that of the “Elementals” “and the “Elementaries.” It is a misfortune that our European languages do not contain a nomenclature expressive of the various grades and conditions of spiritual beings. But surely I cannot be blamed for either the above linguistic deficiency, or because some people do not choose, or are unable, to understand my meaning! I cannot too often repeat that in this matter I claim no originality. My teachings are but the substance of what many Kabalists have said before me, which to-day I mean to prove, with your kind permission. I am accused (1) of “turning somersaults” and jumping from one idea to another. The defendant pleads – not guilty. (2) Of coining not only words but Philosophies out of the depths of my consciousness. Defendant […] Read More

Seeming “Discrepancies”

TO THE EDITOR OF THE “THEOSOPHIST“     I have lately been engaged in devoting a few evenings’ study to your admirable article, “FRAGMENTS OF OCCULT TRUTH,” which deserves far more attention than a mere casual reading. It is therein stated that the translated Ego cannot span the abyss separating its state from ours, or that it cannot descend into our atmosphere and reach us; that it attracts but cannot be attracted, or, in short, that no departed SPIRIT can visit us.     In Vol. I., page 67, of “Isis,” I find it said that many of the spirits, subjectively controlling mediums, are human disembodied spirits, that their being benevolent or wicked in quality largely depends upon the medium’s private morality, that “they cannot materialise, but only project their ætherial reflections on the atmospheric waves.” On page 69: “Not every one can attract human spirits, who likes. One of the most powerful […] Read More

The Cycle Moveth

Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. –TENNYSON The goal of yesterday will be the starting- point of to-morrow. –CARLYLE The great mystic of the eighteenth century, the ardent disciple of Jacob Boehme – Louis Claude de Saint Martin – used to say in the last years of his life: “I would have loved to meet more with those who guess at truths, for such alone are living men.” This remark implies that, outside the limited circle of mystics which has existed in every age, people endowed with correct psychic intuition were still fewer at the end of the last century than they are now. These were, indeed, years of complete soul-blindness and spiritual drought. It is during that century that the chaotic darkness and Babylonish confusion with regard to spiritual things, which have ever reigned in brains too crammed with mere scientific […] Read More

Living the Tao or Qigong of The Sun/Medicine Wheel

The Sun Wheel or Medicine Wheel, which exists all over the Earth, presents insights into the evolution and history of mankind through a better understanding of the cycles of nature. It is a very important part of our ongoingness. In the study of nature and its many patterns, the Medicine Wheel is duplicated in everything. It is constructed with stones, each one representing a part of the universe. This pattern is symbolized by a circle or wheel, with directional spokes. The spokes demonstrate the natural progression of the stages of life as it spins in a full cycle. The pattern of the wheel can be applied in all our life situations where cyclical movements exist. Each spoke of the wheel tells us exactly where we are, both psychologically and physiologically, from where we have just come, and to where we will go next. The word “medicine” means “sacred wisdom […] Read More

1992: Wisdom of the Elders

David Suzuki Despite their different perspectives on the natural world, shaman and wise scientist seem to be issuing strikingly similar messages about the underlying interconnectedness of all life and warnings about the deteriorating state of natural systems. Our book, Wisdom of the Elders, is an exploration of a few of these shared ecological themes. It represents a search for points of intellectual, emotional, and poetic resonance between some of the most profound truths of modern life sciences–particularly evolutionary biology, genetics, and ecology–and those of the time-tested nature-wisdom of First Peoples around the world, ranging from American, Andean, and Amazonian Indians of the New World to indigenous peoples of Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and beyond. -Ed Native Visions of Nature Shamans and scientists for centuries have asked very different kinds of questions of the cosmos. How different are the “answers” each has elicited? One way to distill the differences between Native […] Read More

The Beginning of the People

 (as told by Grandfather Big Beaver Man) Many years ago… many years … many years … When Mother Earth was young, all people lived together.  All spoke the same tongue.  All helped each other.  All lived together under Father Sun with the Great Spirit smiling on the People for all people breathed the breath of the Great Spirit. And then, in time, because life was good and all was bountiful, they did not remember from whence they came .. that all the People breathed the breath of the Great Spirit.  They did not know anymore of how they were, breathing the breath of the Great Spirit. And all the spirits of the Spirit World were saddened and they cried great tears … many tears.  And they fell upon the Earth. And the rivers and the lakes filled and filled and the sea filled until water covered all the Earth.  […] Read More

2000: Monster With The White Eyes

Handed down as a traditional Cherokee story from grandmother to grandchild, the storyteller cautions that long ago before the Europeans discovered Turtle Island and her indigenous people, the elders of those people warned of the monsters with white eyes yet to come. Similar stories are to be found among the Aztecs and Mexican people. The spirits foretold that the monster with white eyes would cross the great eastern water. The monster would possess evil and terrifying power, and would wreak destruction in its path. The spirits of the animals and trees began to wither. Prophecy states that Mother Earth herself would be devastated and her heartbeat would become faint. The monster was said to devour the children of Turtle Island tribe by tribe, with no escape. If one did survive, its spirit would be dead since it would now be lost and have no connection to its ancestors. The […] Read More