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TAO/MITAKUWE OYAS'IN  Vol. 23 (December 2009 - January 2010 Issue) 


Contents:

From Denean:  Mastering the Art of Non-Judgment

Affirmation Prayer:

This Issue's Featured Song: "Wanikiya"

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Mastering the Art of Non-Judgment

 

One of the simplest ways to relieve emotional distress of all kinds is to master the art of non-judgment. The emotional turmoil we find ourselves in always begins with the judgment we place on an event or person as "good" or "bad"..."right" or "wrong".  The problematic judgement seems to be the one we deem as "bad" or "wrong". However, even the "good" or "right" one can be a problem because we have set up a dynamic of the possibility of its opposite!

 

We so like to indulge in those emotional judgments considering them harmless.  But they are not harmless.  When we yield to them, we give them power by inviting in more of the negative emotion.  When we do this, the dark element grows in its momentum within our mind, body, and emotion and darkens the light within.  It casts its shadow over our clarity leaving us in ever deeper states of mental/emotional disturbance and confusion and peace is lost to us.

 

So how do we get ourselves out of this dilemma?  It requires mental and emotional discipline and firm decision of will to change our perception of our world.  It's simple to say...but not so easy to do.  Without a deeper resolve, we are just waxing philosophy here...one more for the thousands of books or articles that could change your life if even one truth were truly practiced.

 

 

Even though what I speak of here is the truth, I cannot give you anything.  I can only point to it.  The ingredient that must be present for this to make any difference at all is your own committment to yourself...to a higher way of being.

 

Nothing is "good" or "bad"..."right" or "wrong" unless we deem it so.  The discipline of the mind and emotion necessary is to suspend all judgment. Just see the situation as "what is", but refrain from attaching emotional judgment to it.  Yes that's a tall order, but it can be done.  Please understand that I am not speaking of your moral ability to discern right from wrong here.  I am addressing the emotional attachments and mental judgments that create havoc in our daily lives.  In fact, it is only by putting away the emotional attachments that you can truly see what "right" is in the Divine sense of virtue. 

 

Hand in hand with detachment is acceptance...accepting "what is" by putting aside all desire for what we want the situation to be, or fear of what it is not.  Hold no thought for or against anything.

 


The practice of non-judgment is an "act of maintenance". It requires a change in paradigm and continuous self-examination.  Old ways of thinking, feeling, and judging won't die easily.


Non-judgment is structural.  In other words, the content doesn't matter.  How important or unimportant the situation is isn't the point.  How right or wrong you are isn't the point.  We are talking about the basic structure of how you choose to express your life...how you choose to change your thought, feeling, and action...how you choose to truly change YOU.

 

We must be cautious here, however, as such idea of change could tempt us to yet again pass judgment on ourselves for being less than some perfected ideal. But the Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchel translation) says "If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial".  Acceptance, without judgment of any kind is the key.  Simply be yourself, without judgment toward anyone or anything.  Such acceptance is the very essence of the Tao.

 


Let's take this a step further.  We use our intellect to work with the ideas presented here, but actually non-judgment goes beyond the intellect. Rather than thinking of yourself as "not doing" something, allow yourself to go to the mindless state where judgment doesn't exist.  Just be...suspend all thought and embrace the unknown.  In such a place we are embracing God both within ourselves and within all beings.

 

By practicing non-judgment we open a portal to the Divine allowing the Great Mystery to manifest through our hearts.  In this way we become a light for others, healing and blessing through the manifestation of love in all we do...




The following will be our Affirmation Prayer.


Find some quiet time to create inner “sacred space” for yourself.     

Soft music can help…Breath of Angels,  perhaps, if you already have it.   


Calm your mind, relax your body, and connect your being to God as you understand it.


I encourage you to daily read this slowly, speaking it out loud if you can. 

Allow spaces of silence between each phrase of affirmation, accepting with

humility and faith that the word you speak is taking place now.


 


Affirmation Prayer


I am that I am.

Be still and know that I am God.


With each breath that I breathe...

With each beat of my own heart...

I am the expression of God as me.


All of my relations are also the expression of this Divine Self.


In this sacred place of the heart

Beyond meaningless thoughts and intellectual ideas,

I embrace the Great Mystery that breathes me.


I am the consciousness of non-judgment as I am suspended in this ever present now.


Radiant Light of Divine Love weaves through every fiber of my being a new

tapestry of understanding and illumines my mind and heart with clear knowing.


I shift the paradigm as I know myself as the consciousness of "non-judgment".


I accept it as so.

I embrace this as my truth...

and I celebrate that which I am.


I am that I am...

Be still and know...


Let it be so!

Amen!

Mitakuwe Oyas'in


 



This Issue Featuring:


From  Calling The Sacred   



This song will be available for listening until the next newsletter issue

(approx. February 1st, 2010)

 

Since we are now entering the Christmas season, I wanted to share a song with you that is very dear to my heart. In my journey of learning the Lakota language for singing, many times I would know what I wanted to express through song, but not always know how to say it in Lakota.  In this case however, I had learned certain words and phrases and knew what they meant so I was able to put them together successfully to express my heart.  "Wanikiya" means "life giver" and is the Lakota word used to represent Jesus.  "Pilamayaye" means "thank you". "Wowahwala bluha" means "I have calmness". "Wakan Tanka" means "Great Spirit" and "Tunkasila" means "Grandfather" or "all that came before". 

 

Put together this song expresses gratitude to Jesus for peace and calmness...not a Jesus of guilt, shame and suffering, but to the true life and light giver that he is.

 

Although it's not specifically a Christmas song, I thought it was a perfect time to share it with you.



 

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I will be having surgery next week so this time it's me asking for your prayers.  Thank you so very much for the love and support you have shown for me and my music over the years.  You all mean so very much to me.

 

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season...



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Mitakuwe Oyas’in (Translated "All My Relations Included"),

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