We’re entering a truly special time of year. If you look back across the sands of time, you’d be hard pressed to find a civilization that didn’t have the next few weeks earmarked for a big celebration.
For some it’s the honoring of a prophet or savior’s birth, for others it’s a raucous week of reverie to fend off midwinter madness, for yet others it might be a sacred tribal ceremony to celebrate dying and rebirth in conjunction with the turn of the seasons.
This is a time to be with family and friends, to show our love for others in the form of gifts and random acts of kindness, and perhaps most importantly to find a place of peace and joy within ourselves.
Sometimes this last piece can be the most challenging of all, but you and I both know that we have the power to control our reality, or at least how it is perceived and internalized. The wise soul knows how to make spiritual lemonade out of any cosmic lemons that roll their way. And this our practice, even throughout the holidays.
With that in mind, I want to share some Native American wisdom to keep in your back pocket as you walk gracefully through the next two weeks of holiday antics and random traffic patterns.
The words below were spoken by the legendary Black Elk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and I think you’ll like them. They’re about true inner peace and how to evolve outward from there.
The True Peace
The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship,
their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center
of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit),
and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,
and the third is that which is made between two nations.
But above all you should understand that there can never
be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.
Black Elk, Oglala Sioux & Spiritual Leader
I wish you a wonderful holiday season, filled with full-bellied laughs with your favorite people, delicious traditional foods, and yes, plenty of peace along the way.
Director, The Sacred Science