I have been on a spiritual path all of my life. Most probably all of my lives, as I believe in reincarnation. And I’m rather certain that for most if not all of these lives, my spiritual path was one of honoring not only a Creator/God/Great Mystery consciousness but also an Earth Mother consciousness.
And here, in the waning months of 2011, about to turn the corner to 2012, the Year of the Mayan Prophecies, it feels more and more significant to me that I’ve felt called for the past 15 years to pursue a spiritual path of devoting myself to Creator and Earth Mother. This has been with Native American teachers.
This path that I have been on for the past 15 years (or most of my varied incarnations, take your pick) is a very humbling one. For, to learn some of the beliefs and ways of the Native peoples is to surrender to a path of humbleness in understanding our relationship with the world around us. This is a lonely path these days.
Today’s sheer realities of climate chaos, financial upheaval, consequent revolutions on the street across the globe (even now in the USA… whoa…) which stem from a lack of humility and instead, arrogance blended into power — these are all symptoms of a global culture that has lost its ways and its sacred roots in the Earth and Right Ways of living.
Earlier this spring, I was blessed to attend a workshop with Evan T. Pritchard, who is of Celtic and Native American descent. Evan led a full-day set of sessions on Native American spirituality and protecting/preserving our lands from an All Our Relations perspective of humility and sacred ways. The workshop was at a small center between Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
I bought Evan’s book: No Word for Time – The Way of the Algonquin People at the end of the workshop and read it slowly and carefully through the rest of the spring and summer. It is a powerful and easy to read book with concepts that are not so easy to digest by those of us who have grown up in such a radically different culture than a native one.
The very title of Evan’s book speaks to how foreign the Algonquin culture is to our Western ways. Most of us use the word “time” about 30 or 40 times a day (there’s that word right there!). Many native cultures live by listening and tuning into “Spirit” to be guided through the day with no need to regard time. They are in total trust and intimate relationship with others in their village and the plants and animals that surround them. Time is inconsequential to them. It’s their prayers and actions that are important.
But I’m digressing here, a wee bit.
Evan is a very gifted, clear writer. I find his writings and clarity of mind very powerful and they speak of Native wisdom and spiritual beliefs far better than any other writer whom I’ve read.
So… I’ve decided to include excerpts of an interview with Evan in the next few blog entries. I just need to share some of Evan’s writings somewhere somehow. He speaks such truth, to my humble way of understanding this crazed world in which we currently live. This interview was printed in the April & May, 2006 issue of the New York Spirit magazine.
The interview was published shortly after Evan’s book, A Sacred World – Native American Stories of the Sacred (Woodstock, Vermont: Skylight Paths Publishing; 2005)
The next blog entry will be a review of A Sacred World – Native American Stories of the Sacred from the New York Spirit magazine April & May 2006 issue. The entries after that will be pieces of the longer interview with Evan, which are as relevant if not more so than when the interview was published in 2006.
[This one is for you, Chan. I will sorely miss you and your beautiful presence here on Earth. I know the Great Mystery has called you over but this feels too soon. Your gifts are sorely needed here now on the planet. And this is also for Hawk and all of the others there in AZ on the reservation who are grieving terribly the loss of this wonderful medicine man who died too young. I send you prayers and blessings. And I grieve with you. ]