|"Seek those that search for the truth... and run from those that have found it." - Anon
Mohandas K. Gandhi once said,
"It is the duty of every cultured man and woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of
the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own,
a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty."
Confucius once said,
"Do no harm to your neighbors, as you wish not to be harmed." A political and social
statement that almost 500 years later was changed to say, "Love one another as I have
loved you." According to Jesus Christ this is the greatest commandment. Said in many
different ways, it is the belief for Love in this life, rewarding us with the Hope of eternal
May I keep an open mind especially on spiritual matters, remembering that "spiritual" is
a bigger word than religious." I was born of the Spirit, but I was taught religion.
From the meditation book A Day At A Time CompCare Publications
Learning The Ancient Ways...
Early in my recovery, I began a journey of
looking at all the religions as well as the
As you can see, I have a very strong bond
with the Native American beliefs, but before
that, I found a strong fascination with the
Gods of Olympus.
The video is called Who's Eyeing Me? and
it's a story of these gods and how they have
entered my life.
The Native American Ten
1. The Earth is our mother; Care for her
2. Honor all your relations
3. Open your heart and soul to the great Spirit
4. All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect
5. Take from the Earth what is needed and
6. Do what needs to be done for the good of all
7. Give constant thanks to the great Spirit for
each new day
8. Speak the truth, but only of the good in others
9. Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire
with the sun
10. Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks
original origin is unknown
Ancient cultures believed that we are guided and lead by power animals. Early
in my recovery, whatever I did I would see owls near by. They were a very
strong guiding force during that time.
The last few years it has been the bear that leads me. For a list of these power
animals click here.
Or this site which shows the use of power animals through Lakota beliefs.
East vs. West
There is so much joy to be found in learning the different ways
the western world functions compared to the eastern world.
The images on the right are from the book Peeling The Sweet
Onion by Martin Segal and gives the western view. The image on
the left is by Vietnamese Reverend Tran Binh Trong. Click on
them to see the full image.
|p.69-70 from Peeling The Sweet Onion
|My life in the Midwest...
Most of my adult life I have spent in Wyoming, South
Dakota, and Nebraska. I have walked on the sacred
grounds of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. Or more
commonly known as the Sioux Nation.
To live on this land, I needed to learn whose tracks I
was following and what guided me. I believe we owe it
to the ancestors of this country to learn their culture
and their ways.
This is a great site for the ways of the Sioux Nation.
Sigmund freud |all psychology blog. Freud's biography, theory, books, pictures, life and work. Psychology, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy articles.
Damaged Merchandise and the Seekers experience...
Dave Harm's first book has a chapter in it entitled Space, which has
a "hippie-ish" feel to it. The writings in that chapter speak about
nostalgia, politics, Native American beliefs, as well as war - namely
the Vietnam War.
Recently Damaged Merchandise was converted into an audio
book. The video on the right, gives a brief idea of how the book
The video starts with the Space chapter. For more information on
this audio book click here.
with our searching and our seeking