Native American Wisdom for this Day (April 2 2018) CHOOSING LIFE
(Courtesy from the “Native Wisdom For White Minds”
Daily Reflections Inspired by the Native Peoples of the World by Anne Wilson Schaef)
“When I choose life, I choose myself. I choose Creation.”
Quote from American Indian Shawnee Elder, Barney Bush:
“I started drinking more seriously, seeking refuge, seeking death actually, from a world that was feeling more and more unnatural to me. Following a painful accident related to drinking, I finally realized that I must decide whether to follow I want to follow my grandparents or to truly take up this life. Circumstances that followed led me to choose life.”
Alcohol and drug abuse is a terrible problem for Native people throughout the world. Every colonialized nation has introduced alcohol and drugs to the Native people, which has destroyed their cultures, their families and their spirituality – their own unique and sacred connection to Mother Earth.
For many Native people and Westerners around the world, alcohol and drugs are more often a welcoming sedatives to numb the hurt and burdens that shut off the pain of living in a “unnatural” and destructive system. The issue with addiction is: “Do I want to numb myself and fit into the system?” If this isn’t a viable alternative, the issue the becomes “Do I want take up this life?”
The life that the Divine and Creator has given us may be hard for others to understand, and maybe that will be some people that will never know the hardships. But to live your truth, to choose life…..and to be one to teach others about your life experiences – is truly a humble lesson for all humanity to learn. All Native people of our beautiful world have much wisdom within their souls, within their being, and since they are so much connected with our Earth, they certainly make our finest and humblest teachers on this Earth.
With love and blessings to you, all.