From Sacred Path Cards, The Discovery of Self Through Native Teachings by Jamie Sams:
The Warrior Clans of Native America were the protection of the People. The spirit of the Warrior Clan is represented by the Arrow…Courage was the main ingredient in the making of a Warrior, but it had to be tempered with truth, common sense, physical prowess, integrity, and connection to spirit before the right to be Warrior Clan was earned.
…Upon being bestowed the honor of the title of Chief, a man could never again raise his voice to a woman or child. This was the unspoken law of Warrior Clan. They were the protection of future generations and the living treasures that the women as Mother-Nurturers represented.
…At the core of the Warrior Clan’s principles was the balanced male/female within each Brave. This balance was found through the willingness to bend like the Bow of Beauty and send the Arrow of Truth into the world.
…Remember that the Arrow’s path is straight and narrow and that its target is the heart. At the heart of every Warrior is the compassion a of the Chief and the legacy of leadership for the good of all the people.
Powerful stuff this, right? No campaign funding, no campaign period. A chief had to earn his right to lead, prove himself both strong and willing to bend for the good of the People. What touched my heart most deeply is that the Chief would never raise his voice to a woman or a child. It was the law of the Warrior Clan…so every warrior had to develop this quality lest he not qualify to remain in his Clan or to one day become Chief.
Why do most Americans and almost all of our leadership believe that our way is the most enlightened and that it is what would be best for the entire world – for all of the People? Does the above come even close to describing our nation’s leaders? Mmm…
May our hearts and minds be open and know Truth. May we remember that Truth is our protection. May we all, male and female alike, walk in the tradition of our Native brothers and sisters. May we honor the balance of male/female within ourselves and may we express love and compassion for one another – for the good of all the People.
I must add a note concerning “Truth.” This is not “my” truth and “your” truth. This idea of “Truth” is based on that fundamental male/female balance, a spiritual connection to Great Spirit, and a profound humility arising from the knowledge that my Highest Good contributes to the Highest Good of all the people. Living in this way simplifies and expands Truth in ways I continue to learn, feel, and absorb in order to abide in Truth.