About Me: "Wakiya" (Thunder)
I am a Tribal, Musician, Writer, Artist. I try to walk the path and have studied the tradition of the "Wisdom keepers" like Lame Deer, Fools Crow, Black Elk, and Rolling Thunder from the tribes of this region, and Lao Tzu, Buddha, Bodhidharma, Yeshua, and other enlightened ones from the many various tribes of the earth. I understand the worlds religions and belief systems, and realize the division this can cause by the lack of understanding the "real message" from the Masters. My intention, and life's prayer is to try to live in harmony with Grandmother Earth, Grandfather sky, (Nature) and "the spirit that moves in all things," and help in any way I can to build a bridge between all men and tribes so they can walk their path in a manner that will benefit themselves, the Earth and others. I open up, and ask Great Spirit, The creator, The Tao, The Universe, to work and direct healing and positive energy through me by different means, like the Flute, drums, Words, Prayer, and Touch. I try to be loving and accept others from the heart, and practice forgiveness. I honor all people, the winged one's, and four legged ones considering us all equal, not one being above another. I honor the bountiful Harvest from Mother earth in the form of plant life, water, air and herbs which sustain our oneness with her. I pray all tribes should re-unite as one, so we may protect the planet and live in harmony. Within you, without you.

Mitakuye Oyasin
( all my relations)


Religious and Belief Intolerance

From a letter to a friend:

Hello Friend

I say friend because that's what I would like to be at the very least. Open your mind and listen to me, and we might accomplish one thing... "Being Friends." Do you have a lot of anger and fear coupled with sadness....Do you have anger at your fellow man, and are you being distant. A road that was chosen probably by someone else, there is no blame, its just something that happened. What is it Christ said? Forgive seventy times seven..a metaphor for forgiving infinitely. Forgiveness should be instant, from the heart and without ever looking back. There is a saying "anger is like a hot coal, it burns the one holding on to it."

Do you have a lot of fear regarding belief systems? A lot of it is based on things you have learned or experienced from others as is the case with all of us. I have studied the bible and know it well,,(particularly Christ's teachings)...I have studied all the worlds religions, beliefs and teachings, there is wisdom and truth in all of them. It's pretty simple when you boil it down. We are born we live and then we die or leave this plain of existence. It's all about life "The journey" and how we live it ....There is a way that brings happiness and a way that brings much sorrow. Its about walking the road. Christ called it the narrow road, the Taoists call it walking with the Tao, the Native American calls it it walking "The Red Road".....Buddha called it the middle path. If a belief system instills fear or separation from others you might want to consider whether it is right for you, because we are all one. In Lakota it is called Mitakuye Oyasin, or "all my relations." We are all here to help each other on the Journey and to realize things through wisdom, brought about by the changes of life. Everyone is your brother, sister, daughter, son, mother and father. It's about compassion and love.

Some of it is about trusting God, Great Spirit, the Tao or the mystery, who's ways we cannot know except through experience. We are surrounded by angels that guide and direct if we listen. Some call them Uriel, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael,,,The Lakota call them Sapa, luta, Gi, and Ogaka Ska the Spirits (angels) of the four directions. The division in the world today is from people not understanding that all religions and beliefs systems are one or the same, each one calls upon us to love and forgive, but instead we war. Families and nations are divided by our own petty minds or ego and what we consider to be right and wrong. Its how you look at it isn't it? We sometimes talk about family, but we are all family, "The family of man."

It's also about the duality of life, or Yin Yang. Life is comprised of these constant changes. Sometimes we have to be Non-attached to the duality and rise above it. Life is about change and not fighting it but going with the flow. Please give my words consideration, give my age consideration. I am and elder and have many years and Grey hair. There are "Elders' in all the traditions, the elders of the church, the elders of the tribe etc. Wisdom and wise council are not the possession of any one belief system.

Yeshua's saying are misunderstood by many and they are misconstrued. Even his own disciples argued about what his sayings meant. When he talked about the kingdom is not over here or over there, and that it couldn't be seen with the eyes, they didn't understand that it is in the heart, within you!! Living with a certain spirit of love and forgiveness. That's what he meant when he said "I came to cause division." Those who live according to the spirit of Christ or the kingdom within you, which is love and forgiveness and acceptance, or those who walk or live according to their lower selves. All the stuff that causes you fear is unfounded.

Fear of things that have no power over you. Nothing has any power over you other then what you give it. You have your own power or the power of the spirit given to you from your higher or Christ self. Christ was a man yes and a great teacher, who taught us to live in "spirit"...not the letter of the the law but the spirit of the law. He condemned those who would come and cause confusion or mislead in his name, or form false belief systems. What is there to fear? if anything it would be those who instill an uneasy feeling about being close to others and loving others.

Sometimes we are all our own worst enemy because we don't get it!! When you get right down to it what is there to fear from anyone, are they going to kill you? Maybe, but probably not, and we all die anyway. Are they going to put a curse or some kind of bad energy on you? No, you put it on yourself by believing it to be so, it's silly and laughable really. We are all creators (free will) given to us by God, Great Spirit, the universe. You can have as much fear, anger, hate as you are willing to create for yourself through your own self destructive thoughts and actions. Or you can have heaven on earth through your own loving self constructive thoughts.

This is the real Kingdom of heaven that Christ spoke of. Make life a living hell, or enter into the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom is here and now. I know because I have made my life a living hell, and sometimes still do. Its a constant battle like Paul in the Bible said. "It is a battle within me." Rise above the flesh of mundane thoughts or go to the the spirit of good thoughts. Don't just follow what your parents, and what others teach you to blindly accept. Think for yourself, and come to your own conclusions, based on what feels good (god) to you. Does it feel good to be angry and judge others? I think not! Use your higher self, your god self, let go of the bad feelings and embrace love forgiveness and good feelings. Christ said love your enemies, and enemies can be our own self. If we have inward enemies we have outward ones, "as within so without." We also have to forgive and love ourselves for our own blindness, yes we have to love ourselves before we can love Others.

The Lakota consider Thunder and Thunderbeings as being (wakan) Holy, in the bible John and James were called "The Sons of Thunder" by Jesus. Many think they were given this name because they were boisterous, but Jesus named them as his sons. Thunder stands for "The mouth of God." Who was the the mouth of God in the Bible? Jesus! Guess my name is in good company...(laughs) I just joyfully laughed when I found this out, because I had no idea of this when I took on the name Thunder through a vision.

One thing I do know is that maybe sometimes I embody the spirit of Christ more then some of the misdirected religions based on Christ and other masters. Most of them perpetuate nothing but guilt, hate, intolerance and fear, through their dogmatic beliefs. But forgiveness is in order for them too! Because Like Christ said forgive them Father for they know not what they do!


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