Native American healers are still working, and the young are drifting back to their ancient culture

The great spirit doesn’t have a box.  Don’t be hung up on scripture.  Open yourself up.  Wait for the answer.  The higher powers wait until you’re ready.  You need to unlearn a process you’ve been drilled with, and frightened into.  No one need fear God or the great spirit.  The relationship with the Gods need not be based on fear.  Spirituality not religion.  It’s alive.  It’s wonderful.  Envy the untouched peoples – the way my people used to be.  To our culture, the young people are drifting back.  We have a deeper connection with ourselves than anything to be found in the English language.  They come back because they have nowhere else left to go.  It’s growing again as there’s enough older ones left who remember our culture and language and rituals.  They learn to ask, and when the answer comes back, they have to learn to accept it.

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5 Responses to “Native American healers are still working, and the young are drifting back to their ancient culture”

  1. Dublinmick says:

    Native American healers are still working, and the young are drifting back to their ancient culture

    Reblogged this, you have been putting out some good stuff over here lately.

  2. Dogman says:

    They have a fascinating culture.
    North America’s Indigenous people have an enduring heritage of connections with the natural world and universe. Native spiritual life knows that all forms of life in the natural world are inter-connected. No distinction is made between the spiritual and the secular because it is a holistic totality.

    Prior to European contact, the deep knowledge of Indigenous cultures was highly developed, sophisticated, coherent and included cosmology–creation myths, accurately transmitted orally from one generation to the next, that explained the origins of Indigenous people and their relationship to the wider natural world.

    Oral narratives explained the world as it was. It is also evident that the creative imagination of the storytellers had been at work and the various characters and heroes were also created to furnish amusement by their adventures and pranks. For example, Culture Hero, Raven narratives were as a result of the Northwest coast people’s close proximity to this fun-loving, clever and sociable black bird.

    Some Native peoples worshiped an all-powerful, all-knowing Creator or “Master Spirit.” This entity was more widely accepted in post-European contact history when Native people were exposed to Christianity and its idea of a Supreme Male Being. Most tribal societies did not go so far as to ‘gender’ this entity, therefore Creator or Great Mystery or Great Spirit is considered neither male or female. Some tribal societies also venerated or placated a host of lesser supernatural entities, including evil sorcerers and witches who visited disaster, suffering, and death upon the world. The Tsimshian, for example, called some healers who caused physical, emotional, spiritual and mental damage, sorcerers rather than Spirit Doctors.

    Overall, however, most First Nations cultures based their knowledge on the doctrine of animism, that is that all living beings including some inanimate objects possessed spirits, the Cree call it manitowak, the Tsimshian, halaayt. In other words, all aspects of the natural world had souls independent of their physical manifestation.

    Members of most tribes believed in the immortality of the human soul and an afterlife. Like many cultures, they sought to enlist the aid of the supernatural in controlling the natural and social worlds, and each tribe had its own set of observances devoted to the celebration of this knowledge. Individuals tried to woo or appease powerful spiritual entities with private prayers or sacrifices of valuable items (e.g., gifts of fur, tobacco, food). Entire communities sought divine assistance to ensure a successful hunt, a good harvest, or victory in war. They called upon the Spirit Doctors, whom they accepted had acquired supernatural powers through visions. The Spirit Doctors** carried out special ceremonies, songs and dances.

    ** The modern term is ‘Shaman.’. Within North American Indigenous circles there is no Native translation for it because it pertains primarily to those living in Central Asia. As North America’s Indigenous peoples originated on Turtle Island the phrase “Spirit Doctor” is most often used.

    Many tribes have unique concepts of the world and its place in the universe. One theme understood the universe as being composed of multiple layers. Earth was the middle segment. The Lower World (below the Earth). The Supernatural World (the world of the Ancestors above the Earth). Some tribes, i.e. Haudenosaunne, believed these layers were linked by the World Tree (Tree of Peace), which had its roots in the underground, and its trunk passed through the natural world, and ascended up into the sky world thereby ‘tying’ the three worlds together in an unbreakable bond. Other tribes (Hopi) believed that Spider Woman wove a special web that connected the worlds.

    • Many thanks for this Dogman
      I seem to be unable lately to face clicking on links and reading through articles that contain yet more links
      I feel tired out by it all
      Hopefully this situation will pass by taking a rest.
      So its much appreciated to see your comments

  3. Dogman says:

    Thanks adamspiritwarrior. I don’t use a mobile, but I know that people that do find it a nuisance to read large lumps of text, but it is my experience that many people don’t click on the links, hence my methods.
    Some of the things I’ve researched entail masses of info, so I try to cherry pick a few relevant bits. It’s frustrating to know that what you leave out may get ignored, but something is better than nothing.

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