I have decided that the way I want to commemorate the presidential inauguration this year is by finishing up my posts on the Seven Deadly Sins and publishing Gluttony, Sloth, and Greed. Given the way I grew up, I experienced shamanism as far more than a tool for psychological therapy. Here is hoping that the idea of sustainable shamanism grows some roots in our urban minds and people find a way to travel the visionary realms with honor and integrity to bring their dreams into fruition.
I’ll leave you with this quote by Tecumseh, a Shawnee elder who set out to unite the North Eastern Indian tribes in the very early 1800’s. His advice seems good for our times as well:
“‘So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion;
respect others in their view,
and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life,
perfect your life,
beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and
its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song
for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute
when meeting or passing a friend,
even a stranger,
when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning,
give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies only in yourself.
Abuse no one and nothing,
for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die,
be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death,
so that when their time comes they weep and pray
for a little more time to live their lives over again
in a different way.
Sing your death song and
die like a hero going home.’”
More info on Tecumseh here