10 Quotes From a Sioux Indian Chief That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society

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I found this really great article, I never saw an author’s name so here it is. My thanks to the author, wherever he may be. I tried to bring about some of these same issues in my book, Wisdom of our Ancestors.

10 Quotes From a Sioux Indian Chief That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society

1) Praise, flattery, exaggerated manners and fine, high-sounding words were no part of Lakota politeness. Excessive manners were put down as insincere, and the constant talker was considered rude and thoughtless. Conversation was never begun at once, or in a hurried manner.

2) Children were taught that true politeness was to be defined in actions rather than in words. They were never allowed to pass between the fire and the older person or a visitor, to speak while others were speaking, or to make fun of a crippled or disfigured person. If a child thoughtlessly tried to do so, a parent, in a quiet voice, immediately set him right. 

3) Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regardful of the rule that ‘thought comes before speech.’…and in the midst of sorrow, sickness, death or misfortune of any kind, and in the presence of the notable and great, silence was the mark of respect… strict observance of this tenet of good behavior was the reason, no doubt, for his being given the false characterization by the white man of being a stoic. He has been judged to be dumb, stupid, indifferent, and unfeeling.

4) We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild’. Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’ and only to him was it ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.

5) With all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them. And so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue.

6) This concept of life and its relations was humanizing and gave to the Lakota an abiding love. It filled his being with the joy and mystery of living; it gave him reverence for all life; it made a place for all things in the scheme of existence with equal importance to all.

7) It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth… the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him. 

8) Everything was possessed of personality, only differing from us in form. Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library and its books were the stones, leaves, grass, brooks, and the birds and animals that shared, alike with us, the storms and blessings of earth. We learned to do what only the student of nature learns, and that was to feel beauty. We never railed at the storms, the furious winds, and the biting frosts and snows. To do so intensified human futility, so whatever came we adjusted ourselves, by more effort and energy if necessary, but without complaint.

9) …the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to a lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.

10) Civilization has been thrust upon me… and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

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George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

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Combining Technology with Spirituality

my travel through life continues it becomes more and more evident to me
we need to merge the spiritual knowledge of our ancestors with the
technical knowledge we have today.

years and ages gone by, our ancestors as well as the ancient
civilizations knew way more of their spiritual connection with the
source than we do today. The Australian Aborigines had, and many still
do, a connection with the land and creation that is unparallelled in
today’s world. They instinctively knew when the rains would come, where
to find food in a sparse environment and had a knowledge of nature that
is astonishing.

believed that if a person visited an area, they left an image that
could be seen by the elders of the tribe. There are many instances of
children being lost in the vast out back and being found by trackers who
would follow their “image” over solid rock and through brush until they
were found and brought home safely.

American Indian also had similar instances and could bring on rains by
performing rituals and dances. In all cases our ancestors knew much
about the environment and the spiritual connotations of their life.
Having said all of this , they did have a fault that lead to their down
fall. They didn’t progress culturally or physically. They are still
living today as they did ten thousand years ago. They didn’t use their
knowledge to advance, they are still living in huts and tee pees.

man has advanced , today we have opportunities and gadgets beyond
comprehension. We have toys and conveniences that were unimaginable even
ten years ago. Our society has advanced to a level where it is hard to
comprehend what could be coming down the road tomorrow and leaves no
room to even imagine what will be possible a few years from now.

all this technological advancement we have paid a price. Our spiritual
knowledge has gone out the window. Most people can’t remember when the
last time they were in a  church or synagogue.  Many work on Sunday and
treat it like another day of the week. Family meals are spent around the
TV watching American Idol. Family conversation has become a lost art.

all this going on we don’t have to wonder why spiritually our lives
have become a wasteland. In life we need balance, we as humans have a
right and duty to advance technically as much as we can , in that
respect many new innovations are discovered that only enhances our
lives,  through it medical advances are made that not only improves our
lives, but lengthen them as well. This is well and good.

we need balance , technology is no good without spirituality and like
wise spirituality should lead to developments that not only makes our
lives more enjoyable but safer and more productive as well. We no longer
need to live in a TP, but in some respect our spiritual lives are
nothing but a vast wilderness. We can have the best of both worlds,
modern technology has given us the opportunity to combine our knowledge
of the physical world and it’s wonders with the spiritual knowledge of
the ancients. Isn’t it time to begin?

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Aboriginal Beliefs , Modern Day Life

Aboriginal Beliefs, Modern Day Life

In Aboriginal folk lore , nothing is more sacred that the Rainbow Serpent. Just as Christians believe God is the Creator, the aborigines believe the Rainbow Serpent is the Creator. Aborigines who have claimed to have met the Rainbow Serpent see it as a reptile, thus the name Rainbow Serpent.

They believe the Rainbow Serpent came from the sun and created everything and watches over us.  She is very sacred and only tribal elders are capable of meeting her,most describe the encounter as more of a feeling than an actual physical meeting.

It’s like the wind blowing, if you believe it, it is there. Many have compared the meeting to the Loch Ness monster, if you believe it , you see it.

Although many are losing sight of their ancient beliefs, many aborigines still live as their ancestors have for thousands of years. Many still make pilgrimages to the sacred sites where their ancestors have gone since the beginning of time. Many have the intuitive powers that were instilled in them by the ancients. Thus they know where the sites are, many know when the weather will change, where wild game is for hunting, and many still can put curses on others although they are thousands of miles apart.

Not only can they learn much from us,the aborigines have much to teach us if we would only listen. Many times missionaries go to these lands, not only Australia, but to other areas, such as Belize and Africa as well, to convert the native peoples to another belief system, which the missionaries deem to be superior.

That shouldn’t be the purpose of the visit, often times the teacher is meant to be the student. There is much we need to learn of our native cultures and their attachment to nature and the earth.

 True , I don’t think any of us want to live in a Tee Pee or a Humpie as the Aborigines do, but they also have a connection with the land and nature that needs to be maintained ,and many times re-learned by modern man.

We came from the earth, and hence we shall return, at least our bodies did and will.

I for one don’t want to give up my computer and flat screen TV, but we can have it both ways, and probably in the long run, the only way we will be able to keep enjoying all the luxuries of life we now enjoy, is to re-connect with the land as our ancestors and native peoples have.

I’m no tree hugger, I am a dyed in the wool conservative, but the word conservative means to conserve.

Some in today’s world believe we need to give up all our modern conveniences and go back to living the way people lived two hundred years ago. They believe there is something evil about enjoying our present life, freedom, and all the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Hogwash!

God or the Rainbow Serpent, or who ever you worship, with our help created everything we have. The universe and all things there-in contained were put here for us to enjoy, not to waste, but to enjoy and appreciate . We live in a limitless universe, it is impossible to “run” out of anything.

It is time to forget about feeling guilty about all we have, it is time to remember how we came about it and realize that as long as we lead a good life, work and contribute to society, then we deserve to be healthy, wealthy, and wise.

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Native American Indian Traditional Code of Ethics

Native American Indian Traditional Code of Ethics

1. Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek for the courage and strength to be a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone).

2. Respect. Respect means “To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy”. Showing respect is a basic law of life.

a. Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.

b. Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders.

c. No person should be made to feel “put down” by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.

d. Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially Sacred Objects) without permission, or an understanding between you.

e. Respect the privacy of every person, never intrude on a person’s quiet moment or personal space.

f. Never walk between people that are conversing.

g. Never interrupt people who are conversing.

h. Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of Elders, strangers or others to whom special respect is due.

i. Do not speak unless invited to do so at gatherings where Elders are present (except to ask what is expected of you, should you be in doubt).

j. Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or not.

k. Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother. Show deep respect for the mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.

l. Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of others.

m. Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart.

n. Respect the wisdom of the people in council. Once you give an idea to a council meeting it no longer belongs to you. It belongs to the people. Respect demands that you listen intently to the ideas of others in council and that you do not insist that your idea prevail. Indeed you should freely support the ideas of others if they are true and good,even if those ideas ideas are quite different from the ones you have contributed. The clash of ideas brings forth the Spark of Truth.

3. Once a council has decided something in unity, respect demands that no one speak secretly against what has been decided. If the council has made an error, that error will become apparent to everyone in its own time.

4. Be truthful at all times , and under all conditions.

5. Always treat your guests with honor and consideration. Give of your best food, your best blankets, the best part of your house, and your best service to your guests.

6. The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all.

7. Receive strangers and outsiders with a loving heart and as members of the human family.

8. All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator they must all be respected.

9. To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation,and the world is one of the main purposes for which human beings have been created. Do not fill yourself with your own affairs and forget your most important talks. True happiness comes only to those who dedicate their lives to the service of others.

10. Observe moderation and balance in all things .

11. Know those things that lead to your well-being, and those things that lead to your destruction.

12. Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart. Expect guidance to come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet solitude, and in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer


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