What Is Beauty

Lessons From the Sacred Inipi (13)

Ghost Dancer

Talladega Prison, Feb 2020 – It was a rainy and soaked day today. Yes we had our lodge and it was the love in our hearts that motivated us to work through the mud and the drizzling rain to get everything set up and to work at getting our fire going. Now most folks would think that this is not a beautiful day or a day to try to do a lodge. But it opens up another lesson in life. What is beauty? What is the right way at looking at things?

How we see all things in life is up to us. Beauty is everything and in everything that exists. Recognizing beauty is all in how we see it from our hearts. Oh, our eyes can be very deceiving, just as our minds can be, but our hearts, if they are true, will see the beauty in everything that exists and in every situation.

I once had a man say to me, “Oh! that woman over there is ugly!

I said, why would you possibly say that? What I see is a woman who is beautiful!

He said, “Well look at her, she sure isn’t no 10!

I told him I thought his mind was tricking him, that what I saw was a woman who was truly happy. She was smiling and enjoying being who she was, not caught up in other people’s troubles or standards. I saw a woman who knew what she wanted in life and was very passionate about life.

He looked at me like I was insane and asked me how could I possibly see all that. I said, well just look at her, she isn’t flaunting or trying to draw attention to herself. She accepts what she has and is; she is at peace with her assets and how she sees life. She isn’t trying to impress anyone, she is just being happy in the moment. There is nothing phony about her.  However you choose to look at her, in truth, is what you see.  I see a woman who would be loyal, trustworthy, hard-working, and a passionate person in every way. He looked at me a moment, then walked over to say hello to the lady. Wasn’t too long till I heard they were married and decades later they still are and have a beautiful family.

 That lesson is for everyone in every part of life. Look with your heart.

Now today was a beautiful day, rain, mud, everything soaked. Our creator made it this way and it has its purpose and beauty also. Just as we had our purpose in struggling to get everything set up and going on this beautiful day.

As the old saying goes, BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.

Walk in beauty and love and see this every day and in every way. 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.

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