Power Of Water

Lessons From the Sacred Inipi (12)

Ghost Dancer

Talladega Prison, July 2018 – Back from the lodge. Our ceremony was awesome today. It was also very, very hot. We had some rocks the size of two basket balls combined and these are the smaller of the new ones. Others are big boulders, but hey, we are not complaining. We needed the new rock people. They are all granite. Once they are heated in the fire they do break in two, but just getting these huge stone people into the lodge is an extreme task. LOL.

Today’s ceremony was a lesson on the power of water and praying with water. Since our bodies are mostly water, we should most surely be one with water. In our mother’s womb we live in water and breathe this water of life. Our beloved Mother Earth provides us water as a gift of life everyday with rains, rivers, springs, lakes, creeks, streams, and oceans. This gives us a cycle of life that is obvious if we look closely.

Water can be soothing, refreshing, cooling, freezing, boiling, gentle or strong as can be. All these different aspects of water are within each of us. We all have these traits and characteristics inside of us. Water is a conductor of energy and a balance as well. Our physical bodies have all this inside us. Most of us do not accept and nourish this in our minds, spirits, beliefs, but when we do, oh how awesome it can be.

 I wanted to teach about water today for it is so important that the brothers understand this. Many think going to the lodge is the same thing every time.  No, each ceremony is a new experience to learn, accept and develop within yourself. It takes decades to even begin to scrape the surface of all the different aspects or facets of our true being. Just as in a diamond or crystal, we are all created so unique and wonderful.  When we truly seek to be and become what we are born to, we discover all these parts of who we truly are.

To develop these truths is important for every seeker, 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 “Power Of Water

  1. Here are two well-known quotations about water from the Tao Te Ching. They describe water as nourishing, humble, soft, yielding, and gentle, but at the same time, very influential.

    The supreme good is like water,
    which nourishes all things without trying to.
    It is content with the low places that people disdain.
    Thus it is like the Tao.

    Nothing in the world
    is as soft and yielding as water.
    Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
    nothing can surpass it.

    The soft overcomes the hard;
    the gentle overcomes the rigid.
    Everyone knows this is true,
    but few can put it into practice.
    –Tao Te Ching (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

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