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TAO/MITAKUWE OYAS'IN  Vol. 24 (February-March Issue 2010) 


Contents:

From Denean:  The Tao of Water

This Issue's Featured Song: "Threads of a Greater Tapestry and Meditation"

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The Tao of Water


The Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell translation) says "Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water.  Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible nothing can surpass it." 


The world teaches us aggression, winning, getting there first and getting our own way.  But it does little to teach us the way of Tao.  Nature shares her lessons of gentleness with us most profoundly through water.  Have you ever sat and contemplated the nature of water by watching a babbling brook or stream?  Water doesn't try to force its way through the rock in the stream.  It simply goes around it.  Yet all the while patiently wearing away the rock no matter how long it takes.  It doesn't get in a fight with the rock, or argue with it or try to conquer it.  It just takes the low places, moves over, under and around the rock and goes on its way. The water never loses itself to the rock.  It completely retains its own nature.

 

 

Be soft....be gentle...be like water.


 

I have a friend who has a son who I knew when he was a child.  He was a beautiful child and grew to be a beauiful young man.  Unfortunately he got into drugs and criminal activities and has continued to live a very hard life, hurting his family deeply.  Recently I saw a picture of him and I was amazed at how the hardness showed on his face compared to the soft beauty of his childhood. 

 

Now by contrast, his father is a practising Taoist who truly lives the way of gentleness and humility.  The older he gets the more I see a radiance, youthfulness and serene joyfulness about him.  Even though his hair is white and thinning and he is in his sixties, he carries the essence of a childlike quality that is most endearing.

 

Gentleness of spirit shows no matter what our age, as does hardness if that has been our path to any degree.  The true "fountain of youth" is in embracing and embodying the tao of water...soft, gentle and yielding.

 


Again, the Tao Te Ching states "The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to.  It is content with the low places that people disdain.  Thus it is like the Tao"  In this sense water is teaching us humility.  There are many who think humility is weakness.  But as we can see from water, humility is our strength.  The Tao Te Ching also states  "All streams flow to the sea because it is lower that they are.  Humility gives it its power."


The waters on the surface of our planet have been sorely abused and now we suffer for it in trying to find pure water to nourish ourselves.  In ceremony some time ago, we were given the message that if we were all drinking from the nourishing streams that still exist deep within Grandmother, most of our health problems would simply disappear!


When we are born, our bodies are made up of 78% water.  This percentage progressively decreases from birth to old age and obesity decreases this percentage even more because fat doesn't contain as much water as lean tissue.


From the The Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell Translation):


Men are born soft and supple;

dead, they are stiff and hard. 

Plants are born tender and pliant;

dead; they are brittle and dry.


Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible

is a disciple of death

Whoever is soft and yielding

is a disciple of life.


The hard and stiff will be broken

The soft and supple will prevail.


Since a great percentage of our own body is water, we are destroying ourselves by destroying our precious waters with chemicals and pollutants.  Continuing the lesson of humility here, we seem to have an idea that its up to us to heal Grandmother.  Now certainly we should do our part by taking better care of her.  This is obvious.  But I learned a long time ago that the notion of "healing the earth" is really arrogance on our part as humans.  As I sing about in Threads of a Greater Tapestry, Grandmother is already shaking her back as Spirit has predicted she would, to bring herself back into balance (and she's fully capable of this). She will do what she needs to in order to take care of herself. It's humanity that will be (and is) running for cover in the process.  It is humanity that needs the prayers, blessings and healing.


Water is a blessing. We can do ceremony to bless it, yes.  This is beautiful and fine.  It is a most beautiful way for us to focus our intent upon this earth. But the greater understanding here is to realize that water IS the blessing.  Lakota peole have always understood this and that is why water is an intergal part of all ceremony.  It is either in the ceremony or doing without water is part of the ceremony in order to put the focus on the importance of water to human life.  I have been in such ceremonies and it truly brings you into focus with the fact that you cannot live without water.  In fact, I remember one time several years ago, in going without food and water for several days, I found myself in the outdoors breathing in as deeply as I could, trying to get nourishment from the air.  Water IS the blessing.

 


So the ways we can start to embrace and embody the essence and tao of water are:


Contemplate its nature and emulate this in our lives:

softness, gentleness, humility, fluidity


Drink more water.  Understand the blessing that it is and maintain an attitude of gratitude for this blessing in our daily lives.


Do all  that we can to keep our waters pure...clean up what we have polluted where we can.


 


This months featured song is Threads of a Greater Tapestry which also includes a meditation at the end.

We will use this meditation in place of our affirmation prayer.


Mitakuwe Oyas'in


 



This Issue Featuring:


From  Threads of a Greater Tapestry  



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

(approx. April 1st, 2010)

 

This is an excerpt from a live musical presentation I did in Albuquerque, NM in 2001 at the Outpost Performance Center.  This piece incorporates a medley of songs from Fire Prayer within it while at the same time weaving a new work called "Threads of a Greater Tapestry"  Below are the lyrics as they are presented in this piece:

 

THREADS OF A GREATER TAPESTRY


All my relations I am one with you / In all that you teach me, I give thanks to you /

With my heart I listen as I pray / I know you are with me guiding my way /

Four legged, winged ones, creatures  great and small /

In humble honor I will stand tall / Walking straight the path of harmony /

All my relations come walk with me... /

All my relation I am one with you / In all that you teach me I give thanks to you /

With my heart I listen as I pray / I know you are with me guiding my way / CHANT...


So listen brothers, sisters too / For this is the dance of life it's true /

And though we are humanity / We are threads of a greater tapestry /

We are threads of a greater tapestry /CHANT...


Our fertile mother we rest up / She's living...she's breathing / With her we are one /

And though we are humanity / We are threads of a greater tapestry /

We are threads of a greater tapestry / CHANT...


All my relations I am one with you / In all that you teach me I give thanks to you /

With my heart I listen as I pray... /


We must learn to walk in balance / Sacred steps to take /

Weaving peace and understanding through all that we create /

A tapestry of love and light / Finest threads of gold / Sacred flame ever burning bright /

Through all that we behold /


So listen brothers, sisters too / For this is the dance of life, it's true /

And though we are humanity /

We are threads of a greater tapestry / We are threads of a greater tapestry /

CHANT...


All my relations I am one with you / In all that you teach me / I give thanks to you /

With my heart I listen as I pray /


Fire, sacred fire / Burning through the night /

Come to me in the dreamtime / Bring me visions of light / Circle round, spiral down /

To this heart open wide / Healing light / Burning bright / Dry these tears I've cried /


All my relations / I am one with you / In all that you teach me / I give thanks to you /

with my heart I listen as I pray.../


For we are threads of a greater tapestry / We are threads of a greater tapestry /

You're a thread of a greater tapestry / We are threads of a greater tapestry /


(followed by meditation)



Mitakuwe Oyas'in

 

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