“We have a spiritual longing for community and relatedness and for a cosmic vision, but we go after them with literal hardware instead of with sensitivity of the heart.” ~Thomas Moore in Care of the Soul
They drank from pure streams with thankfulness. They lived among the land and moved with the seasons in a harmonic rhythm. They complemented creation by never taking more than what was needed. For thousands of years they did not overpopulate the land, or exploit it. They lived with a common bond in their belief of the Natural Way. They had a common faith of a creator known as The Great Mystery. Here in the sphere of coexistence, we explore the natural ways of the ancient indigenous tribes.
There is much to learn from the native people of North America, and from indigenous tribes from across the world. What they accomplished through living naturally for thousands of years was literally undone in just a century, and completely removed within two more centuries of European occupation.
Ed McGaa “Eagle Man” is a native Oglala Sioux and a pioneer in bringing the natural beliefs and customs back to his people and introducing them to the world. His native belief is in the Great Spirit–Wakan Tanka. He is stated as saying: “European immigrants came to these shores and in only a few short centuries we have what we see today. Because of materialism. power acquisition, ego, patriarchy, and an actual cutting off of the old tribal influences, dominant society shut down the cosmic worldview of universal harmony.”
In this statement he illustrates the complete disregard and supposed superiority that the westerners brought with them under a flag of God and promised deliverance from barbaric ways. In doing so, the pioneers and missionaries systematically destroyed a way of life that existed in spiritual and natural harmony for thousands of years.
This is the arrogance of the superior religions. The religion itself is not at fault, it is the “literal hardware” that is taken all too literally by specific sects or followers. It is the individual interpretation of such that can make the simple message and teaching of any religion null and mute.
Europeans came to the shores of the New World and in just 500 years, changed the language of two entire continents, changed the lineage and geneology of many thousands of people, and changed the spiritual customs of nearly all indigenous tribes. Their spirituality and religious practices were looked upon as work of the devil, though they may have just been dancing around a fire, praying for a good harvest or hunt.
We have much to learn here in the sphere of coexistence, particularly with the treatment and attention of all belief systems. Any natural expression of spirituality which creates harmony with others, with the land and within the community should not be taken apart and reduced to ash; it should be learned of, cultivated, nurtured and respected.
All are welcome and contained here in the sphere of coexistence, and all should have respect for his neighbors. I hope we all one day learn of the Natural Way; because at the very base of the entire argument remains one simple truth: All attempted explanation of the great mystery is but mere speculation and supposition; No one knows.