Lessons From the Sacred Inipi (9)

By Ghost Dancer

On Being Part of Everything That Is

Nov. 13, 2018 – Just got back from the Inipi ceremony. It has rained on us all day. We are soaked to the bone. Today was our guest week and we had a packed lodge. Since it was so much colder we used 56 rocks. 14 per door. Had a couple of guests who were trying to hightail it out of the lodge on the first door. I had them sitting on each side of me, so I was able to get them to calm down and lay down behind me and just pray. I knew these two would be this way.

Many people who think they are tough or try to act tough, have to learn they must be humble. The lodge teaches everyone to be humble so this was an important lesson for them. There are a lot of politicians and world leaders who I would love to come to the Inipi ceremony with me. They would learn all about humbleness, love, generosity, sacrifice, and compassion.

Today’s lesson was all about learning about ourselves as being part of everything in the universe and our responsibility to recognize and protect all around us. Yes even the weakest, and least wanted. Why? Because just as in a wheel, the weakest spoke will cause the wheel to break. Just as in a tree, a root not being secured will cause the tree to blow down. Just as in life, if we have doubts, fears, we miss out on being all we can be, and enjoy.

Many people have been lied to, deceived, misled by society, parents, schools, and yes, even religion to keep them from seeking to enjoy life, enjoy love, enjoy just being. Nowhere have I ever learned this is wrong. People put restrictions on themselves and try to put them on others. We are not all the same in character, personality, beliefs, or in how we look. If we were, boy would it be boring.

Each of our own spirits must connect to our Creator on a one-on-one basis. Just as a parent has children and they love each of them, but each needs their own specific connection with each parent separately and together as well. We all need to pray and our prayer as one is powerful. But we still need the special attention we get separately. This makes us stronger in prayer to help those who are struggling, those that are weak. We lift them up and protect them while they struggle. We give them our love and support so they know they are not alone. We all have been there.

We all know what it is to be humbled, to be weak, and it is okay. There is no shame in crying out for help, for forgiveness, for guidance and love. If more people would do this the world would definitely be a better place.

On Sacrifice and Humbleness in Seeking Spirit

Dec. 17, 2019 – We had a good lodge today even though we still didn’t get any wood other than pallet wood that burns up way too quick and doesn’t heat the rocks hot enough. Well, at least not hot enough for us. When people hear us say that they really don’t understand why this is so important. We as warriors offer ourselves to our Creator humbly with a willingness to take the pain, suffering, sickness, depressions, whatever we need to do, so that we help our families, loved ones, and all life.

It is an awesome feeling knowing the lodge is scalding hot, yet your body turns to cold chills and you feel no heat because you are one with Spirit and you know your prayers are being answered because Spirit is within you now. Our bodies must be pure, our minds, spirit, and heart, all must be one with Spirit. This is how we attune our vibration to be in sacredness.

So this is the significance of the heat and why it is very important that our fire be strong enough to make the stones red hot and keep them hot for the entire four doors of our ceremony. It is somewhat like going to a vision quest, except when you first go to a vision quest you only sweat for one door and this is for your purification before you begin your quest. Then you go to the sacred area and you begin your prayers. You are fasting, and only praying, you face the elements, everything with no fear. Just total humbleness.

By our willingness to sacrifice in seeking Spirit we show how much we need help and how weak we really are. Without that help we know we cannot make it. Some go around thinking it is they who are strong. They will never receive anything because they did not show true humbleness and acknowledge their need for help. 

 This is today’s lesson.

Respectfully, Ghost

© Ghost Dancer 2018, 2019, 2021

“Love inspires us all to be better than we are, to do more than we would otherwise do, to say what we would not say, and to think what we would not have thought of. Love changes us completely.” ~ Ghost Dancer

Published by Edna Peirce Dixon

I am an elder well into my eighties. I have lived an ordinary life doing all the ordinary things expected of women of my generation. But through it all, 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. A registered nurse by profession, I have long had a strong interest in writing and genealogy with a special interest in Southeastern Creek Indian history and culture. In my golden years, just when I was thinking “retirement,” some unexpected things happened that led me down a totally unfamiliar path. I’ve since learned it took a lifetime of experiences to prepare me for the challenges to come. My journey – indeed my calling – led me to a remarkable man, a Mvskoke & Ani-yun-wiya known as Ghost Dancer, hidden away for decades behind bars in state and federal prisons. Communicating daily by e-mail for the next nine years I had the opportunity to walk many paths with Ghost Dancer discussing many common interests with candor and respect. Most remarkable to me was Ghost’s absolute dedication to his spiritual leadership role within the Native population. With loving kindness at all times, Ghost shared many of his teachings, including lessons from within the sacred sweat lodge. A full index to Ghost's shared teachings can be found at GHOST DANCER'S SACRED PATH. Over time, Ghost gradually revealed his personal life story in small bits, like pieces of some gigantic puzzle. Now with his health a shambles, Ghost Dancer is at last free and has begun putting those pieces together; he wants the world to know the whole truth of his amazing personal journey in the chapters of his book in progress, ALL FOR THE RIGHT TO PRAY. As his friend and editor on JOURNEYS OF THE SPIRIT, I can say this is indeed a story so big that even after these many years, I continue to be astonished as Ghost reveals new details of his solitary walk on the Nene Cate (Red Road). From the day he was born, a happy, loving, gifted child, he felt a strong bond with his cultural heritage in a world where family loyalty was a sacred trust and Native roots were kept secret. As a result the callow youth endured many heartbreaking sorrows, betrayals and exploitations. As a young teen, Ghost heeded the call to learn from the great Native spiritual leaders gathered at Wounded Knee. The influence of the elders and spiritual leaders on his young mind was profound but the political conflicts of the moment ultimately cast this loyal young boy as a target of a system determined to destroy him by any means. For the next 40 years in and out of prison, Ghost would struggle to remain true to his calling both as a teacher and an activist fighting for the religious rights of Native Americans. (Note: Currently Ghost is focused on things he must do to regain his health and has put writing the final chapters about the the wrongful convictions that put him in federal prison for the past 28 years on hold. He still has dreams for the future so he will be back!) Ghost Dancer would later introduce me to Walks On The Grass, one of his spiritual brothers and another federal prisoner. Walks’ story on JOURNEYS OF THE SPIRIT is totally compelling, though very different. In LONG ROAD HOME, Walks has shared his decades-long spiritual journey from deep addiction to wholeness. He follows up with ALONG THE WAY and finally, LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE as he prepares emotionally and mentally to transition to life outside after 37 years of incarceration.

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