Calling To & Letting Go

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!

Respectfully, Ghost

© 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

Published by Edna Peirce Dixon

I am an elder in my 9th decade. I have lived an ordinary life, I’ve done all the ordinary and expected things, went to school, got married, raised a family, tried to be a good person. Throughout this life I have also been a seeker, an outsider by nature, always looking through cracks in the fences of life, questioning, challenging, learning, trying to make sense of the world and its conventions. Then in my golden years, as I sought to find meaning in my existence, some unexpected things happened and I’ve since learned it took a lifetime to prepare me for the challenge to come. My journey – indeed my calling - led me to come to know a remarkable man who happened to be an inmate in federal prison. Nothing could have been more foreign to my personal experience. GHOST DANCER Communicating daily for nearly nine years I had the opportunity to walk many paths with Ghost discussing our thoughts on many common interests with candor and respect. With enormous generosity Ghost has allowed me to share his wisdom and knowledge of his Native American heritage on Journeys of the Spirit. Over time, Ghost gradually revealed his life story in small bits, like scrambled pieces of some gigantic puzzle. Now, after spending more than 40 years in prison, Ghost Dancer is at last free and ready to tell his amazing personal story. As the saying goes, “you can’t make this stuff up” and as his friend and editor I can say this is a story so big that even after working with him for nearly nine years, I continue to be astonished as he shares new details my mind simply could never imagine. From the very first chapter, Ghost leads us on his journey and invites us to walk with him on his Nene Cate (Red Road). From the day he was born, a happy, loving gifted child, he endured heartbreaking sorrows, betrayals and exploitations. Through it all, Ghost fought a system determined to destroy him by any means, as he struggled to remain true to his calling. Through Ghost Dancer I also met and came to know Walks On The Grass, another federal prisoner whose story is also compelling even though very different. In Journeys of the Spirit, Walks has shared his decades-long journey from deep addiction to wholeness in LONG ROAD HOME and shared other bits of his story in ALONG THE WAY. Now as he approaches his August release into this crazy world of 2022 Walks shares his the thoughts and misgivings as he counts down to the big day in LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE.

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