Prison of Inflexibility

Lessons From the Sacred Inipi (6)

By Ghost Dancer

Dec. 2019 – We had a good lodge today. It was around the mid 20’s this AM with the winds blowing at the lodge. Felt nice and fresh, and yes kind of cool too. Most folks now days try to cover themselves with clothing to look like they are in the arctic. Doing this actually increases your chance of catching colds and flu. See when your body has all these clothes on, it heats up, which in turn opens up your pores and allows cold to penetrate into your bones and body.

When we come out of the lodge our pores are wide open. Rather than run and put clothes on, I let my body adjust to the cold and my pores will close. I don’t get sick. Being comfy weakens the body and mind. The rougher it is the better I can condition myself and discipline myself. I know it feels good to be comfy, and yes it is okay to do that some but not all the time. Some of the best times I have had is being half frozen, roughing it in terrible conditions and working through it. Doing what needs to be done.

I love storming weather. Life has many types of storms. If you run away from these storms you will run away from any true problems in life . When we face adversity and see it through, this builds character in us. And when you can stand toe to toe with anything and everything that will make you suffer, hurt, fear, or doubt, then you have gained a knowledge and respect not only for yourself but all that is around you.

It is not winning that counts, it is the fact that you faced your pain or fear and didn’t run from it. This is a lesson of life. We face each season, each day with new problems, and it is up to us to be ready for this, toughen up our minds, body, and spirit to see us through. If you quit on yourself, you will quit on anyone else. If you quit on yourself you will quit on Spirit.

Today’s lesson was about having the courage to step up and face ourselves, our weaknesses, problems, doubts, and fears. Just as we must endure the heat, we must also endure the cold, dry, wet, and strong winds or no winds. We strengthen our bodies, minds, hearts and spirit as one with all and we become one with everything, including our own true selves.

Every warrior is not the same, neither is every person, yet every person is a warrior in their own way. The question is, do you have the courage to face your truths, faults, and make the effort to change? We all must make decisions each day that affects everyone around us. Many have built so many walls around themselves that they live in an extreme maximum-security prison. Why? Because they put themselves there by locking out all the possibilities they could choose! People’s minds become so set in their own thinking, beliefs , fears, doubts, and prejudices, that they are stuck in the concrete of the prison they created.

Stop and thinkif your mind is so set in your way of thinking that you are inflexible, what happens to you? Times change, environments change, conditions, elements and every single day changes. You must change your thinking, your preconditioned ways, if you are to elevate yourself. Yes, we all have roots, but we must be able to bend and flow with the winds of change. Otherwise our roots will be torn out of the ground and we begin die. We become stagnant and lose our capacity to produce fruit from our gifts and talents.

So today look at yourself and see if you really are a warrior. Be a Zena, Hercules, Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Osceola , Double Head, Billy Bowlegs, Chief Joseph, or any other warrior.

Respectfully, Ghost

© Ghost Dancer, December 2019, 2021

Published by Sings Many Songs

I'm an 80-something child of the great depression and WWII. Throughout my life I have been a seeker, an outsider, never quite belonging anywhere, still always looking through cracks in the fences of life, questioning, challenging, learning, trying to make sense of the world and its conventions. A lifelong student with many interests and a love of writing and editing, my elder's path led to encouraging and assisting some remarkable people to write out their amazing stories. This calling became the magic elixir that keeps me growing, keeps me alive.

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