The Seven Laws of the Great Spirit

sunlight-166733_640Hank Wesselman, PhD | all things healing |August 21, 2013

I, like many of you, watch the news on television and on June 29th, it was revealed that 39% of the people of America believe that American Culture is in permanent decline and that our deepening financial crisis will never be resolved.  In response, I recalled the words of Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson from their book ‘The Cultural Creatives’  published in the year 2000:

“We should take hope for we are traveling in the company of an enormous number of allies…”

Ray and Anderson revealed ten years ago that the number of people in the Transformational Community—those that they call the Cultural Creatives—then numbered between 50-60 million people in the US alone with another 90-100 million in Britain and Europe. These are not small numbers and they have grown considerably. A mutual friend revealed to me recently that Ray now feels that the transformationals now represent about 40% of the American people… or around 80 to 90 million souls.

This, in my opinion, is very good news.
A New Story for a New Time
We all know that we live in perilous times. Considering the issues, I might observe (dispassionately) that the moment has truly come for us to create a new cultural mythos—one that will redefine who we are, who we can be, as well as who we wish to become. This includes creating a new world that we wish to pass on to our grandchildren… and to their grandchildren.

Every thought that we think, every word that we speak, each relationship that we engage in, and every action that we take must be considered in this light, for what we think, speak, feel and do is the first step to creating that new world… or not.

If I were to draw upon the observations of Hale Makua, my great Hawaiian friend, this new world will be determined by where we, as individuals and as a culture, choose to sink our anchor.
Shifting the Anchor

From Makua’s perspective, most of us have been anchored in the negative polarity over the last several decades. But what does it mean?

In his words: “When love moves out, fear moves in…” and in response to this, we have experienced the negative polarity at its best: economic bondage; political deception and coercion; mendacity from our business leadership and from the media; massive and collective greed from the wealthy; misguided religious zeal and terrorist attacks; and tyranny from our leaders who have been controlling the populace through manipulation and fear.

Now… how would this all change if we as individuals and as a culture were to lift anchor and re-sink it into the positive polarity? And how would this affect the quality of our lives as well as the quality of our leadership at all levels?

Allow me to share some thoughts that come to us from the indigenous peoples—specifically from the Cherokee medicine man and shaman who was known to us as Rolling Thunder.
The Seven Laws of the Great Spirit… from Rolling Thunder

1. Respect for Proper Authority.

This sacred directive is not about doing what you’re told. It’s not about being coerced by some centralized authority system or family member or some political or religious leader, nor is it about being in fear of some supernatural god-father who lives off-planet and who has good days and bad days.

So what is proper authority? We will know it when we see it… and we will offer our respect for that authority, as well as our support, only when it reveals itself as coming from a place of truth, of authenticity, and from a foundation based in the positive polarity devoted to the greater good of all.

2. Preserve and Promote the Beauties of Nature

This sacred guideline of living and thriving in the beauty of Nature was embraced and practiced by the traditional peoples everywhere before Western Civilization happened to them. If we were to consider the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, for example, their indigenous life ways and perceptions kept them and their societies alive and well for tens of thousands of years longer than Western Civilization has existed.

During this time they have built no great monuments, nor have they produced any glittering new gadgets to distract and delight us, although they have created great art.  Rather they have lived in balance and harmony with Nature for more than 40,000 years during which time they have destroyed no land nor diminished its spirit. That is their monument and in the end, this may be the only one that really matters.

3. Judge with Kindness and Wisdom

In August, 2001, I remember hearing the religious scholar and acclaimed author and Professor Huston Smith say at a conference in Victoria BC: “If I were to leave a last thought with all of you, it would be this: ‘Try to be a little kinder to each other…”

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