Pocahontas, the reluctant Indian Princess.

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Last week I attended an Aboriginal Sundance ceremony. Invited as an observer and skabee (helper) I helped build a tee-pee and sweat lodges, kept the sacred fire going (all night long), and helped smudge the ceremony. I learned a lot about the native culture and made a few new friends.

6 weeks between postings. Seems like a long time when traveling, but then, time is relative. In the grand scheme of life, this has been but a drop in the bucket of the sands of time.

The last time I wrote anything I was house sitting for my cousin and planning on heading north to Alaska on my motorcycle. The house has sold, I've been to Calgary (once more), and will be nowhere near Alaska in the foreseeable future. My life, going forward as it should.

Step 2 in my 12-step program...Belief!

Recap. Step 1...Awareness!

I've finished reading the book I stumbled on in San Francisco called Dianetics, The Modern Science of the Mind. As I was reading the information sounded right. Then I started observing people in my life, and looking back on my own life and found that the "theory" in the book actually looked promising.

The Coles note summary (my interpretation). Our body has cellular memory of all that has happened in our and our ancestors lives. This information is kept on a time line called the reactive mind time line. We're not conscious of this information. Above this we have another time line called the consciousness time line. This stores all the information that we are consciously aware of in our current lifetime. I've expanded the theory in the book to include a soul time line above this. This time line has all the information from all our past and future lives. The soul time line is what I would call "gut feeling" information or a "knowingness".

Throughout our lives we jump from one time line to another depending on our awareness of what's happening in our lives and what reactivates a memory on any of the time lines. The closer we get to living our soul's purpose the more "knowingness" we have. Unfortunately events happen in our lives that sidetracks this "knowingness" and we end up living the lower level time line of our ancestors. That is, we regress to a survival mode of prehistoric times and fear takes over our lives. When living in fear we aren't thinking consciously. Logic and common sense goes out the window and the body, and mind, go into automatic mode. No thinking, just doing. Need to survive!

When we drop from the "knowingness" of our soul to the "awareness" of our current life we can live an amazing life, but not the optimum one. The reason for that is that we are not psychic on this level. We do not know the future and so, using logic, use past "life" information in our decision making. This information is often flawed because we may not have learned our soul's lessons to evolve. The highest level of living is that of "knowingness".

The Dianetics book goes into detail as to how to get out of the reactive "survival" mode using a technique they call auditing. I would call it a giant eraser that wipes away all this past information that makes us behave a certain way without our conscious knowledge. This then allows us to properly analyze the data that our senses record on a daily basis and assists us in making proper decisions.

Another way of describing this would be living in the present. The world around us is evolving on a daily basis. The past is useful to us only as information to assist us in making an informed, logical decision about a current situation. Living in a reactive mode no longer serves a purpose. There are no sabre tooth tigers lurking around the corner.

Enough about theories.

A couple of weeks of bike riding and jogging after my last posting. Then my cousin flew in from Florida to pack up and get rid of her household items. I helped her pack up and move, then I drove to Calgary to see the kids for a week. Nick was in town before school re-started in Kingston. My life does revolve around the kids. Nick had purchased some of my cousin's stuff as he was moving off campus into a house and she had stuff he could use. After an awesome week with the kids I rushed back to Winnipeg for the start of the Sundance Ceremony.

I met numerous individuals while showing my cousin's house. The couple who ended up buying it are those who invited me to the Native Sundance Ceremony. Sadly, they were not able to attend as his mother passed away the day before the ceremony was scheduled to begin. On that day I rode out to the out of town location on my motorcycle with all my camping gear. I set up camp for the 5 days of the event.

Driving in I met Pocahontas and her half sister. I was looking for someone and they were the only ones around for me to ask. Throughout my 5 days at the ceremony our paths crossed numerous times. Lauren is no Indian Princess but I could sense that she was in pain and sad. Something seemed to be troubling this teen and it showed on her face. She seemed to represent the burden the Aboriginals are carrying from a past since the white-man came and took their land away and their freedom.

By the end of the week I saw a change in Pocahontas and had a better understanding of where the Aboriginal people are going. They have hit rock bottom and the only way is up. It may be a slow journey to start, but the momentum will snowball down a steep incline. I also received information that ties in to other data that I've received from other sources. My life in action. I always get what I need when the time is right.

Step 2...Belief!

I started reading another book called, Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. The story of an ancient Mexican tribe called the Tarahumara who seem to be able to run forever and Ultrarunners (extremely long, long distance marathoners).

What does this novel have to do with belief?

Anything is possible when we don't know that it's not.

Think It! Feel It! Live It! Love It!

(Even my motto is evolving. Love is part of the equation.)


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