‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
It has been written that an optimist is someone who can fall ten stories and call out to each floor in passing that everything is okay so far. It has also been said that an optimist is someone who refuses to see things as they really are.
It is far better, the pessimist believes, to look for the worst so as to be pleasantly surprised when things are better than expected. Then, if they are as bad as imagined, the disappointment won’t be quite so great.
But this is somewhat like backing into a room so to avoid seeing the beauty of it, only to find it is an elevator shaft.
There can be no advancement where we expect the worst and believe that going outside the limits of ordinary thinking is only day dreaming. Thinkers, capable of forecasting and predicting answers before the questions arise, are in great demand.
Only the optimist can fill the bill. Only the optimist can dare to believe there are things waiting for discovery and further development.
An optimist questions life the same as a pessimist – the difference is that the optimist knows there is an answer and that the answer can be found. Optimists are aware that the cherries of life have pits, but they are prepared to remove them. Their minds do not dwell on pits, but on the sweetness of the cherries.
There will be situations that will make us afraid. Fear is a common sense emotion that keeps us from walking in front of a moving car or from jumping off the deep end of anything. And there are periods of natural anxiety when we want too much to perform well, and the butterflies begin to flutter.
Then, there is another kind of fear that is unnatural. It has the ability to possess us and rule over our very lives. It is that “what if” fear that builds nests in our minds and hatches dire images that scare the daylights out of us. It can keep the lights off, the doors bolted, and the windows of our souls firmly locked against the most beautiful things in life.
It is no disgrace in this day to ask for professional help in understanding our fears. Only the very foolish would consider this help a crutch. It is a brave person who admits the need for help and has the courage to go and find it.
They are the pioneers in recognizing our existence as threefold: Spirit, mind and body.
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – November 10
“The battle for Indian children will be won in the classroom, not on the streets or on horses. The students of today are our warriors of tomorrow.”
–Wilma P. Mankiller, CHEROKEE
The world is constantly changing. One of the strengths of Indian people has been our adaptability. In today’s world, education is what we need to survive. We need doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists. We can become these things and still live in a cultural way. We need to live in two worlds; the educated world and the Indian cultural world. Education will help protect our land, our people’s health, and provide knowledge for our people. We must teach reading, writing and arithmetic. Also, we must teach the language, the culture, the ceremony and the tradition of our people.
Creator, let me remember You are my teacher.
November 11 – Daily Feast
For those who have a wait-and-see attitude it is more wait than see. Then they claim it is better to not expect anything than to be disappointed. These people build the same mental images – but they see nothing. Being able to see in the spirit is as necessary as having a blueprint to build a house. The details need to be filled in, finally coming to that completed picture – so vivid and clear that it must come into being. Anything we touch or use was first an image, an idea, in someone’s mind. Seeing it and sensing it and loving it is writing an order to receive it. Mental images should never lack from a poor consciousness. Even if it seems impossible, fill it in. Ideas often have miracles of their own.
~ Our fathers gave us many laws, which they learned from their fathers. These laws were good. ~
IN-MUT-TOO-YAH-LAT-LAT – NEZ PERCE
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Every moment a miracle
Every moment is a miracle. Embrace the beauty, and live the value.
Photons of golden light cross millions of miles of empty space to fall upon your skin and give you warmth. There is no better place to be than here.
Even the most ordinary day is an astounding experience. Because you are here to dive into its endless possibilities.
Look around right now with your awareness drenched in gratitude. Consider the full extent of your good fortune.
In this small moment exists everything that is. And you are able to experience it, learn from it, create with it, explore it, share it, and live unique joys within it.
A cool breeze stirs the air and thunder rumbles in the distance. All the richness you can ever imagine is yours to live right now.
— Ralph Marston
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Feeling Fed Up With Humanity
It is natural to feel let down when we see our fellow humans behaving badly, return the focus to your own life.
From time to time, we may all feel fed up with humanity, whether it’s from learning about what’s going on around the world, or what’s going on next door. There are always situations that leave us feeling as if people are simply not capable of behaving in a way that is coming from a place of awareness. Often it seems as if people are actually geared to handle things in the worst possible way, repeatedly. At the same time, none of us wants to linger in a judgmental mood about our own species. As a result, we might tend to repress the feelings coming up as we take in the news from the world and the neighborhood.
It is natural to feel let down and disappointed when we see our fellow humans behaving in ways that are greedy, selfish, violent, or uncaring, but there are also ways to process that disappointment without sinking into despondency. As with any emotional response, we honor our feelings by feeling them fully, without judging or acting on them. Once we’ve done that – and we may need to do it every day, as part of our daily self-care – we can begin to consider ways that we might help the situation in which humanity finds itself.
As always, we start with ourselves, utilizing our awareness of the failings of others to renew our own commitment to be more conscious human beings. We are all capable of the best and the worst that humanity has to offer, and remembering this keeps us in check, as well as allowing us to find compassion for others. We may find ourselves feeling compelled to serve people who are suffering injustices at the hands of other people, or we may begin to speak out when we see something that we don’t think is right. Whatever the case, the only thing we can do is pledge to serve the best, rather than the worst, of what humanity has to offer, both in the world, and in ourselves.
Spirit Message of the Day -You Are a Divine Expression
A FLOWER SPIRIT NAMED PEONY
The beautifully fragrant Peony flower reminds us that we are each a unique and divine expression of the divine. “We live in very interesting times. Although there is widespread disconnection from our creator and from a simple way of living, something is shifting. Many people are beginning to feel dis-satisfaction at the pace and chaos of contemporary life. Deep within us, there is a part that is demanding more attention, that we are now taking time to seek out. It is like the pearl in the oyster – the perfect expression of the divine within each of us. We are simply out of practice with how to reach it.”
“Peony flower spirit encourages you to rediscover that peaceful temple within to find a personal fulfilment that will far surpass the ups and downs of daily life. If we can gain more connection with our creator, through an ability to feel that presence within, then we will gain a true feeling of interconnectedness with all life, and the little annoyances and judgements will drop away.”
“By picking this card, you are being shown that you will be seeking a more spiritual path in your daily life, tapping into your own divinity. Take time to sit quietly, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Begin to recall a time when you felt an expansive sense of bliss, perhaps when you saw an amazing sunset, or an exquisite landscape. What you experience in that moment is your own pure connection with Source. Use this simple exercise as a way of accessing your divinity. Sit in silence and absorb the tranquility and joy of this beingness. We are all divine beings connected with the magnificence of our creator.”
Today’s guidance is from Flower Spirit Cards by Melanie Eclare.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.