Self-Worth

Lessons From the Sacred Inipi (11)

Ghost Dancer

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.

Respectfully, Ghost

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.

2 thoughts on “Self-Worth

  1. Thanks for the post. I think self-worth and self-esteem are important topics. It is often hard to feel we have self-worth if others or our own mind does not treat us with respect. We need to realize that our worth comes from what the Creator created us to be, and what we do or don’t do cannot destroy that. If we treat others and ourselves with respect and love, it is easier to forgive ourselves and to accept the Creator’s unconditional love.

    Below are two quotations from A Course in Miracles to consider. The first is about self-worth and the second is about the power of the mind.

    “Your worth is not established by teaching or learning. Your worth is established by God. As long as you dispute this everything you do will be fearful, particularly any situation that lends itself to the belief in superiority and inferiority…. Again,—nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth…. Your ego is never at stake because God did not create it. Your spirit is never at stake because He did.”
    –A Course in Miracles

    “The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating. It is hard to recognize that thought and belief combine into a power surge that can literally move mountains. It appears at first glance that to believe such power about yourself is arrogant, but that is not the real reason you do not believe it. You prefer to believe that your thoughts cannot exert real influence because you are actually afraid of them. This may allay awareness of the guilt, but at the cost of perceiving the mind as impotent. If you believe that what you think is ineffectual you may cease to be afraid of it, but you are hardly likely to respect it. There are no idle thoughts. All thinking produces form at some level.”
    –A Course in Miracles

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