What we can learn from Indigenous & First Nation People
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The terms, Aboriginal, Indigenous, and First Nation people are often used interchangeably or prioritized differently by different groups, communities, or individuals who might identify as traditional owners or occupiers of a nation land or country.
It is not my intention as the author of this blog article to offend or misrepresent the identity of anyone who identifies themselves as a member of the above community groups and it is the sovereign right of each person to identify as they see accurate and appropriate for them.
These terms are utilized to represent the traditional people and cultures of the lands known to be invaded, occupied and colonized by others (namely by the British and European Settlers)
This includes but is not exclusive to Australia, United States of America, Canada, and New Zealand.
While we can’t change the wrongs of the past, we can send healing to the past, and learn from the past. We can all endeavor to try to correct the wrongs of the past, by ensuring peace, love, harmony and understanding among all the nations of the World.
In the beginning….
No, I’m not speaking from a biblical point of view, but before most of Western civilization occurred, much of spirituality came from Aboriginal, Indigenous and First Nations People, many of these communities had a deep appreciation, understanding of the world around them. It is hard to imagine a world where, they were simply dependent on nature for food, shelter, protection and sex (for procreation). So therefore, they had a deeper awareness of nature and of themselves. Plus, these individuals, in their tribes – while each Indigenous and First Nation group and culture will vary, around the world, were able to teach each other life skills (i.e. catching food, cooking food, protection against wildlife) to survive in nature. Basically, for many centuries, how to survive and to protect themselves and their families. This was not only essential for their lives but had a strong sense of community and belong.
Evolution in human beings has always show us our fight and flight response, when we have faced danger or had to make a quick decision. In every culture around the world for many millenniums, this has been occurring and even in modern society it still occurs today.
Aboriginal Australians are the 1st and truest Australians with one of the oldest civilizations in history of approximately 40,000 – 60,000 years. They have their own unique and special culture of the Dreamtime which hold valuable stories of varies religious and cultural Aboriginal beliefs. It is their way of connecting to the Divine and they see everything as a sacred and a Divine connection. It is also how the Indigenous Australia explain how human beings were created and what our purpose in life is.
Native Americans have a deep connection to the Wakan Tanka, which is their term for the Divine or Great Spirit. Again, each tribe varies in how they call the Divine Spirit, such as the Sioux and Lakota tribes; but the Spiritual Connection is prominent among all tribes.
Shamanism and Health….
For centuries, First Nations and Indigenous communities around the world have known the benefits of nature, energy healing, trance, dance and music to heal the human body. Both men and women in many different indigenous cultures worldwide have been called to be Shamans. Shamans use many different tools and knowledge to help people to educate themselves and to be living in a state of authenticity and peace. Shamans use crystals, sage, herbal medicines, medicine wheel, drums & vocal music, just to name a few ways to help people.
Shamans may have psychic abilities to see auras, foretell futures, have mediumship skills or have a deep understanding and communicate with animals or plants.
A shaman’s role is to guide people to help them heal themselves. We ourselves, if we are lucky enough to come across the wise Shaman is to ask for guidance, but the real work comes back to you.
What can we learn from them now?
We are constantly learning, growing and evolving as human beings. However, the world is becoming too materialized and focused on little problems. Have we forgotten about the lessons of the past? We are stressed, have daily pressures, and there is a constant rise in mental health problems and issues for men, women and children.
I’m not say that the generations before us had it easier or simpler. Far from it. I’m sure they still had similar issues that we face today. But if you think about it – they had their share of challenges and adversity.
I’m also not saying we should go back in time. I am saying that we should consider holistic and alternative lessons. We need to listen to our internal spiritual self, as opposed to our external self. We need to stop and smell the roses, literally!
Our Spiritual forebearers of every culture from all the corners of the globe realized that there’s a difference between what you need and what you want. And we still need to learn that lesson. They had everything they need to survive – and they still survived….and thrived!
They still were about to grow spiritually and holistically with the knowledge that Great Spirit provided for them.
Are you ready to receive a call from the Dreamtime?