Walter Littlemoon passed through my life briefly during a time of personal healing and searching. I carry him in my heart and mind because he looked into my soul and knew me. He honored my journey when I didn’t understand it myself. I remember him as a tall, quiet, gentle man of great intelligence and profound compassion. He spoke softly, humbly and taught much with very few words.
Walter Littlemoon was born at Wounded Knee in 1942. Taken from his family at the age of 5, he was forced into a federal government boarding school. His family, language and traditions denied him. I met him in the early 1990’s when he visited friends in Florida. He graciously conducted sweat lodges without asking for payment of any kind. Money offered in gratitude for his presence and teaching was given to the destitute community of Wounded Knee. His entire life has been dedicated to restoring his people and his land. I sat in stunned silence when he told us he was not supposed to leave the reservation without official permission. How could that be in a free country?! Fortunately for all of us, Walter answered to a power higher than any government and traveled where Great Spirit led him.
I will not presume to tell his story for I cannot do him or the Lakota people justice. I hope you will search him out on the internet. You will be blessed.
When I told him I was nervous about doing my first sweat lodge (in summer, in Florida), he very lightly touched my shoulder and quietly said, “Trust the Creator. You are meant to be here.” At his touch, a calm peacefulness spread through me and I entered the lodge. Those words have carried me through many challenging life experiences. I could easily feel the sacredness of Walter Littlemoon’s path; he helped me understand the sacredness of my own.
Even as I struggle to share something of my experience with him, I hear his sweet voice, “Trust the Creator. You are meant to be here.”
“Here” is wherever I am in the moment, whatever I am experiencing in the moment. “Here” is all that I have been in the past, all that I am in this moment, and all that I will be in the future. “Here” transcends geography, ethnicity, gender, religion, politics. Let this be your meditation today:
TRUST THE CREATOR. YOU ARE MEANT TO BE HERE.
Human beings are designed for balance. Homeostasis is the natural mechanism that functions 100% of the time to establish and maintain balance. It is an automatic and wonderfully complex process. Mental and emotional balance are part of homeostasis because there is no separation among the body, mind, and emotions. What affects one, affects all – whether that effect is toward health and wholeness or dis-ease and imbalance. I can enhance balance by my lifestyle choices, making it easier for my body to achieve balance and wholeness. I can exhaust it when my lifestyle choices undermine the process.
I can raise my own awareness by asking myself these questions: Am I helping or hurting myself? What are the patterns in my life? What do I want to experience? Do the choices I make in any given moment support or undermine my fundamental desires?
Have you known someone who is faced with overwhelming life challenges and yet remains loving, kind and able to find joy in small ways? Do you wonder where they find the strength to go on? Is it possible their level of self-awareness is a major factor?
Have you ever known someone who consistently creates chaos while bemoaning their fate and wishing for a more peaceful, happy life? Do you wonder why nothing ever goes their way? Is it possible their level of self-awareness is a major factor?
My observation is that both people, consciously or not, are seeking balance. What we need to understand is that this balance comes from within our beings, not from the circumstances outside of us. It emanates from our personal choices moment-by-moment. The results f those choices hinge on the level of our self-awareness, our consciousness.
So, if a person is chaotic within themselves, they will manifest chaos outside themselves because, to them, this feels like balance. And they are right. What they experience inside and outside is in balance but this does not create peace and contentment.
If a person is balanced and peaceful within themselves, they will manifest balance and peace outside themselves because, to them, this feels like balance. And they are right. What they experience inside and out is in balance and it does create peace and contentment.
The difference is that one achieves a healthy balance and one does not. Remember that balance is not a static state. Even the healthiest balance waivers now and then. The question is “What am I creating and how am I living the majority of the time?”
Life is not about perfection. It is about balance and harmony and wholeness.
Paradox is defined as “a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth” (dictionary.com).
I was taught from a very young age that it is important to live in such a way that I gain God’s approval and love. I was also taught that I am a child of God and that God is Love and loves unconditionally. If the latter is true, why do I have to “gain God’s love?” God needs me to be a certain way before loving me? That is absurd!
So, which is it? Am I loved because I exist or do I have to earn it? It can’t be both, right?
Years ago I read a quote (and must apologize because I do not recall the source):
The motivating force of the universe is love.
All that exists emanates from Divine Love, that which is perfect, unconditional, indefinable, eternal and all-encompassing.
In the ancient Judeo-Christian writings, Moses meets God in the burning bush and asks “Who are you?” The answer, to my understanding, is unpronounceable in Hebrew and is considered too sacred to be spoken aloud anyway. In English bibles it is spelled “Yahweh” and sometimes “Jehovah.” The closest we come to its meaning is “I Am That I am.”
Native American teachers have said that their languages have similar words that do not translate well into English. The closest meaning to their name for God is “All That Is.”
If what we call “God” is All That Is, the Great I am, and I exist, then I am intrinsically one with that which we call “God.” If God is love, I am love.
Sit with this. Feel it rather than over-thinking it. Once you recognize who you really are, there is nothing to prove or earn. When you remember the essence of your True Self, your life will unfold from that, from the Source of Love that you are. It isn’t about living in a way that gains God’s approval. It is about living in a way that allows Divine Love to manifest through you.
Perhaps it is time to stop trying so hard to be what you already are.
This is my blessing for you today:
You are eternally and unconditionally loved.
You are love manifested in the world.
You are love in form.
Non-judgement creates silence in your mind.
Hey there, I know it has been awhile. Playing with grandchildren transcends a lot and is way fun!!
This morning I’ve been thinking about manifesting my dreams. Yes, even at the tender age of 72 1/2 I am still dreaming! Here’s what I’ve had on my mind:
When heartfelt desires
create clear intentions,
the fulfillment of my visions and dreams
can manifest well beyond what
I can envision and dream…
when I surrender the details
to the Divine.
Nisargadatta Maharaj, a sage in Bombay, once said:
Wisdom is knowing I am nothing.
Love is knowing I am everything.
And between the two my life moves.