Lessons From the Sacred Inipi (1)
By Ghost Dancer
Today’s lesson is about when to call things to us and when to let them go. Many people don’t understand the importance of when to decide and make a commitment to call things you need to you. And when to decide to let go of bad habits or such. Why? Because they forget about the power of our Universe, especially our Grandfather Moon. The power of the moon affects every living being on our Mother Earth. It affects all plants, all waters, all animals and all peoples.
Now most folks don’t pay attention any more to the waxing moon (first quarter) or waning moon (last quarter). When I was a young whipper snapper, my grandma taught me all about plants and the waters, teaching me when I needed strong medicine from flowers, stems or leaves, to harvest them under a waxing moon and if I need to harvest roots or such, do it under the waning moon.
When I was doing my vision quest and speaking to my Spirit Helpers, and Mother Earth, they taught me this also applied to when we need to bring something good to us that we need, and/or to let go of something we don’t need. Understanding all in the universe is very important to understanding our own selves and how we can and should be so connected to it.
When in our Inipi lodge we have everything in the universe represented just as everything in the universe is represented in our own body. To know one’s self is to know everything in the universe. This is the teaching and understanding of our prayers as well. Our prayers are power. Our words are power. When the things we speak and do are all in perfect balance and harmony with everything in the universe, our words and actions all become unbelievably powerful.
As we say, one heart, one mind, one prayer!
© Ghost Dancer 2017, 2018, 2021
Editor’s Note: For more than 27 years Ghost Dancer has been fighting for his life against illegal convictions for crimes he had nothing to do with. Despite living in horrible conditions in federal prison all these years, Ghost has never lost his sense of purpose, his kind heart or his ability to make the best of a bad situation by maintaining his spiritual equilibrium and being of service to others. Throughout his incarceration Ghost has served as leader of the spiritual community among American Indian inmates. May we all be inspired by Ghost’s accounts of his “Lessons from the Inipi” written during recent years up to the Covid pandemic lockdown. epd