January 22 – Daily Feast
Pushmataha, Chief of the Choctaws, understood our weaknesses as well as our strengths. He knew how willing we are to give in to abuse for fear of having no peace at all. Peace at any price is very familiar to the American Indian. And we know how a little success can do away with common sense – how it can remove the stops that keep us on the true path. A stable attitude can offset the extremes where we sometimes find ourselves. Good peace – to hi dv – is an inside job, a place where we cultivate the development of our own spirits before we look to our surroundings for strength and sustenance. The heart and soul that loves peace and wants others to be peaceful will never miss the mark of excellence.
~ Never be elevated above measure by success….nor delighted with the sweets of peace to suffer insults. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
‘National Navajo Code Talkers Day’ honors Native American Marines who created and cracked code-talking for the allies during World War II. But the Navajo were not the only bilingual speakers specially recruited to transmit critical messages built upon their native languages, as the Choctaw, Cherokee, Lakota, Meskwaki and Comanche also contributed to these efforts. But before there were code talkers, American Indians often communicated amongst tribes by using smoke signals. In fact, using smoke to cleanse has played an integral role in almost every culture. This method stands the test of time because it does an amazing job of banishing negative energies while inviting new and fortune-filled ones into your space. Cleanse with smoke when you first move into a new space or when an important relationship ends. Clear your space after an illness is over or when someone or something unpleasant has sapped your energies and time. Light incense or a small dried sage leaf so the flame burns and then blow it out until the leaf is smoky and smoldering. Waft the smoke in all directions in order to cover global concerns and then let it burn out. This really does relinquish the negative while opening the door to the successful and new. Repeating the magical Feng Shui mantra of ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ will facilitate immediate release of obstacles while also enlisting the aid of stunning opportunities. That’s not just jive talking either — that’s code for success!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com