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Excerpt: Exploring Native American spirituality and healing

6 Mar


Authors Michael Tlanusta and Michael P. Wilbur writing for the  Journal of Multicultural Counseling & Development, in an article “Does the Worm Live in the Ground? Reflections on Native American Spirituality,” wrote, “Different tribal languages have different words or ways of referring to this idea of honoring one’s sense of connection, but the meaning is similar across nations in referring to the belief that human beings exist on Mother Earth to be helpers and protectors of life. “

 The authors went on to say concerning Native spirituality, “Every living being has a reason for being. Traditional Native Americans look on life as a gift from the Creator. As a gift, it is to be treated with the utmost care out of respect for the giver. This means living in a humble way and giving thanks for all of the gifts that one receives every day, no matter how big or small.”

They then quoted Tecumseh, Shawnee leader, and words he uttered   over a century ago to illustrate the meaning of humility:  “When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”   

For the future, I would need to adjust my worldview to be able to integrate the concept as Jimena said, “everything is creation, and when we fall  in duality, we deny our spiritual aspect.”

As authors Michael Tlanusta and Michael P. Wilbur said, “Acceptance is a very important part of living in harmony and balances in a worldview that emphasizes that everyone and everything has a reason for being. There is no such thing as a good experience or a bad experience, because everything that happens is of value in offering us the opportunity to learn and “see more clearly” how to live in harmony.”