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 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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