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The Original Elders
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When I was very young, my Grams told me a story that had been handed down through generations of our peoples from the beginning about the Great Counsel of Elders and how it came to be.
Long, long, long ago in the beginning when this galaxy was just born and our Earth was developed into a living planet with a loving solar system to support life the surrounding five galaxies were called by the Great Mystery to watch over this new living planet and help maintain balance for it survival with an appointed Great Counsel made up of thirteen. One counsel member for every month of the seasons and one to represent Grandmother Moon as she rules the tides of the living planet and keep balance.
From the five galaxies were sent masons, architects, mathematicians, artiest, musicians, scholars, herpetologists, and biologists to assist the development of a new colony. We all started with one knowledge and as we moved to other regions of this new fertile planet so did the knowing of whence we came. The elders said to go forth a multiply to help cultivate needed resources for our dying planets.
With this, prophets were set forth and with them to take the one knowledge of love, light and truth and to carry this as the new planet is populated and to keep the balance and goodness by paying respects for this gift. This did not happen as planned by the Great Counsel for with the common knowledge came greed for power and greatness above the Great Counsel. Division and war came about as the prophets lost the common knowledge of the one truth and respect for the Great Counsel as they twisted it into what gave them more power. Thus the Great Counsel no longer assisted the greedy man and woman, and with Them, They took the magickal gifts once was available into another realm only to be accessed by those who truly believe and respect the knowledge of the Great Counsel.
The counsel members have worked far and wide building temples and pyramids to honor the Great Counsel and offer a portal of transportation for knowledge of education. The Great Counsel has stood beside the human civilization watching it grow in love, truth, trust, yet the human fell short on these goals. Even our most popular apostles came to bring this message of love, honesty, trust, and peace yet the efforts were met with a swift hand of justice of those in power that wish to appose. Hypathia was a perfect example of a scholar just trying to figure things out in this new world mathematically, and as so many then and after met the same fate of percussion. I ask you what is it that those who do not understand wish to destroy? The very foundation of the magickal realm.
THE GREAT MYSTERY
Original Source of Creation,
The Void of All That is,
Thank you for the breath of life,
Thank you for my gifts.
Eternal Mystery, touch my heart,
In beauty may I walk.
Sacred Mystery, be my guide,
So I may Walk my Talk.
Infinite Source, remain with me,
So I may always know,
The warmth of your Eternal Flame,
Deep within my sole.
*** The Teaching*** (My Native Teachings)
The Original Source of Creation is called Great Mystery by Native Americans. Great Mystery, called Swenio in our Seneca tongue, cannot be limited and is the Creator of Great spirit.
Many native people also call upon the Great Spirit when praying; however, these are two different things in our Seneca Tradition. The Great Mystery lives in everything, is everything, and encompasses everything in Creation. Being the Original Source of Creation, Great Mystery created all things in beauty, harmony, and interdependence. Each facet of Creation was, is, and will always be. The forms may change, but the energy of Creation is self-regenerative and eternal. Inside of this infinite Creation that is the Great Mystery, there is a Vibral Core, or primal energy source that is the Great Spirit, or creative principle. The two are different. Both Great Mystery and Great Spirit are individually complete, unique, and independent of each other.
Great Mystery created Great Spirit to direct the creative flow of the Uniworlds, which include all universes, all levels of consciousness, all understanding, and all life. The key for the seekers who wish to know the answers of the Void is that the Great Mystery does not need to be solved! As we explore and discover the Mystery further, we learn that more is centered and allowed to evolve. Trying to figure out all the answers to the Great Mystery is foolish and impossible because we are part of the infinite, progressive Creation.
These concepts were alien to the Boat People who came from Europe to the shores of Turtle Island. When these White Eyes began to understand the languages of Native Americans and tried to conceptualize Indian understandings regarding Great Mystery, the limits of their religions blocked their paths of knowing. The white idea of God was rather primitive in that most Europeans believed that God was more or less human with many extra abilities.
The Red Race was more expansive and all encompassing in their in their views of the Original source of Creation. Native Americans had been taught through more than a hundred thousand years of oral history that all of Creation and each individual life form were an expression of and contained Great Mystery. A part of Great Mystery lives in everything and knows no boundaries or limits. Every life form has free will to co-create with the Original Source in beauty and truth or in ugliness or despair.
The Eastern Tribes of Native America tried to communicate the understanding of Great Mystery without success to the French trappers who were among the first to learn sign language and some Native tongues. The concept of all life coming from the Thought World, which is the Spirit world, then being manifested in the physical forms on the Earth Mother was not fully understood. Since these concepts were limited by the Christian backgrounds of the settlers, the Original Source was interpreted by the Boat People as one Great Spirit equal to the white idea of God. The joke among Native People is that according to the white understanding, “In the beginning was the word…. and it was misunderstood.”
This misunderstanding of the Great Mystery was handed on to the descendents of the Red Race when they were forced to learn the English language in boarding schools. My Grams was forced to got to one of these boarding schools and forbidden to speak her Native tongue. But all the Native children spoke softly in the night of the old beliefs just to keep the Great Mystery alive for future generations such as myself years later. The unfortunate use of Great Spirit as the term for all of Great Mystery has created a limited use of native wisdom even among Native Americans.
Every life form has one common mission as well as their individual ones. Each life form is created to learn to be an equal contributor to the beauty of the whole. The purpose of the common mission is to discover who you are, why you are here, what talents you can used to assist the whole, and how you are going to go about it. This mission of discovery is the Sacred Path of beauty that allows every living creature to express uniqueness in a way that exemplifies harmony and truth.
The human race is the only one of All Our Relations that has lost the inner-knowing about its purpose. The Two-leggeds have been given much assistance by the Great Mystery since they must answer the questions of the common mission before understanding the value of their individual missions. This assistance has come in the form of teachers who are All Our Relations.
The common misunderstanding that frightened the missionaries who came to “save” Native America was that the Red Race was a PAGAN RACE. I suppose since American Indians did not acknowledge Jesus, the common consensus was that the Red Race was Primitive, Savage, and Pagan in orientation.
From the Native point of view, Great mystery is ALL. The aspects of Creation that are manifested by Great mystery are sacred parts of the whole that are here to serve and be honored in that service. Native Americans do not worship idols, but use Sacred Medicine Objects of their Totems as reminders of the Relations assisting their evolution on this Earth Walk.
The Red Race sees Great Mystery as the life force in all of Creation and not as an ‘angry or jealous god’. Great Spirit is seen as an unlimited creative force within Great Mystery that feeds all of Creation, all the time. Nothing in Seneca Wisdom limits Great Mystery or Great Spirit to gender, form, texture, color, or intent. All creations are part of Great Mystery’s whole, just as every cell in the human body has a different function and yet, together, those cells make up a carbon combustion unit that houses a spirit with a unique identity.
All human ideas are birthed from spirit inside the human body, are fed to the brain, and then acted upon the will of the total being. All ideas in Creation come from Great Mystery, are gathered by Great Spirit, and then are used to feed the rest of Creation. To limit the power of Creation in ourselves or in others is a human concept. If we acknowledge the limitlessness of Great Mystery, we must acknowledge that life force is also a part of our makeup because that same Original Source creates us.
[Thanks to the combined brilliant works of Jamie Sams-1951, My Grams, Miakoda, meaning Power of the Moon-1959, and my Air wolfs’ personal reflections-1969 year of Gram Miakoda’s next Earth Walk. Translated into English written word. 2011.]
Blessings, Grams, for keeping the Great Mystery alive in my life so I too can share with those who wish to understand.
The Great Counsel watches from afar throughout the centuries as the ones who created their own knowledge in order too control others with designs of power and greed stopped those who believed in the old way. This saddened the Great Counsel as to what will become of this new colony. Will they ever again believe in the one true magick?
~~~We Wait For Those Who Truly Believe To Come Back~~~
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