Teachings of the Pale One (From 'Voices of our Ancestors', Dhyani Ywahoo)
"The religious practices of Native peoples are practices of sacred relationship; they involve prayerful communion with the natural elements and powers, including the Adawiis, those angelic beings who are guardians of the directions, gateways of consciousness; and communal ceremonies based on the cycles of sun and moon and the movements of the stars. "
Practice of sacred relationship is practice of good relations with all in the family of life. Thus the Pale One gave seven reminders to the people, that all might recall and honor the unity of the hoop:
1. What walks, swims, flies, or creeps is in relationship; the mountains, streams, and valleys and all things are related to your thought and action.
2. What occurs around you and within you reflects your own mind and shows you the dream you are weaving.
3. Three principles of awakened mind guide enlightened action: will to see the
Mystery as it is; intention to manifest one's purpose for the benefit of all; courage to do what must be done.
4. Generosity of heart and action brings peace and abundance for all in the circle.
5. Respect for elders, clan, land, and nation inspires acts in harmony with the sacred law, good caretaking of the gifts received.
6. Action to benefit the land and the people unto seven generations shapes the
consciousness of the Planetary Caretaker, dreaming those yet unborn, ever mindful of life's unfolding.
7. To be in good relation, transforming patterns of separation, pacifying conflicting emotions, is to experience the wisdom within, still lake of Mystery.
Arising from these teachings are the nine precepts in the Code of Right Relationship:
1. Speak only words of truth.
2. Speak only of the good qualities of others.
3. Be a confidant and carry no tales.
4. Turn aside the veil of anger to release the beauty inherent in all.
5. Waste not the bounty, and want not.
6. Honor the light in all. Compare nothing; see all for its suchness.
7. Respect all life; cut away ignorance from one's own heart.
8. Neither kill nor harbor thoughts of angry nature, which destroy peace like an arrow.
9. Do it now; if you see what needs doing, do it.
Author: Dhyani Ywahoo
Title: Voices Of Our Ancestors - Cherokee Teachings from the Wisdom Fire
Source: Shambhala, Boston & London
ISBN: 0-87773-410-0 (paperback)