Lessons From the Sacred Inipi (11)
Talladega Prison, April 30, 2019 – Had another great day at the lodge. There were only three of us again. The others have all been transferred. Instead of several smaller tarps to lap over the framework, we now only have one huge one so, with so few, figuring ways to get the tarp over the lodge is a challenge. The other two brothers are both short and I’m not able to lift my arms upwards, so what we come up with is roll up the heavy tarp and push it up as high as they can. I can get in the middle and lift it up to their head levels. Then they have one on each end and began unrolling it to pull over while I hold the remainder in place to later let down the other side. See! The old man is still good for something.
We have a new brother who arrived yesterday. He is Walks On The Grass. He had to take care of checking in business, so was only able to come sing with me the Creek Spirit Calling songs and the Morning Sun song. He still has to get a medical clearance before he can come in the lodge. He is anxious to learn more of the traditional ways of the Muskogee people. It was good for both of us to sing in our native tongue and talk in our language. It feels so good to finally have someone I can truly talk to in Muskogee. He gave me messages from brothers and members from long ago.
Our ceremony today was based in self-worth. Most times many of us think we truly aren’t worth much – our prayers don’t really matter or our actions don’t really affect anything but ourselves. Oh how wrong that is. If a person truly prays from the heart, they release a powerful vibration of energy into the universe. When a person is truly praying this way they are connected to everything that exists and all the universe joins in with the prayer.
Now many folks think a prayer is supposed to be answered immediately and they get discouraged when it isn’t. Some even get mad. Oh, guess what? You have just failed the test of your faith. See, time is a human creation. It is not Spirit’s creation. Time puts a beginning and an end to something but Spirit has no beginning and no end. And neither do we! So how does your prayer matter? Well, say you didn’t pray for someone or something, then that energy is never put into the universe, and there are no others adding their prayer to yours. So then none of this energy is released either. And let me remind you that love is the most powerful energy there is.
Now on the subject, do you matter? Yes we all matter. No matter your station, position, or situation in life, we each have something to offer to all of the universe, multi-universes, and dimensions. Each of us has power whether we realize it or not. We each have gifts, knowledge, and experiences that can help others. Many people question what their purpose is of even being here, asking what good they are.
This is something each of us should always seek to learn, to know about our individual path. This is done in prayer. This is done in fasting, meditation, and opening your heart to Spirit. We each are unique multi-beings, meaning there are many sides to us – like a diamond. But just like a diamond, no matter what side you show or shine your light on, it takes the other sides to help reflect that light into the world and universe.
We all see the world through different eyes and perspectives. Even though we each are different, we still are one and the same. Each is part of the collective whole. This is your connection to Spirit and to all of life.
Now that so many of our brothers have been transferred, the brothers realize how much harder it is when just one brother is missing from the ceremony. This applies to our prayers as well. It is good to pray alone and we all should at certain times. But it is important to have others praying with you and all praying together as one for the same purpose and cause. These are power prayers. This was today’s lesson.