What is Freedom? (2)

More Thoughts On the Meaning of Freedom & Love

By Ghost Dancer

Talladega Prison, 2014 – What is it that truly makes us free?        

When I stop and think of what really makes us free, I reflect back upon my life seeing my grandfathers, grandmothers, and the other creations. I remember what made who we are and how that all has changed just during this lifetime. I’m in a iron house as we natives call it! But I ‘m freer than most on the outside of these fences, walls, and razor wires! How, you ask?

It is my spirit and most of all my understanding of power.                                                

How many use the word, IF every single day. If I had this,  If I could only,  If I didn’t do, If I was born into, If I was, If she/he only. How many if’s are in your life? when we think of this simple little word we see truly how powerful it is! We use it in saying something and we are now bringing power to reality into our life. We use it a as an excuse for our mistakes, failures,  disappointments, any and every lack we feel. This little word using 2 letters we have now empowered to control our lives.

 When we speak something we are in fact bringing the power of that into this world around us. We must open our minds and mouths to speak positive thoughts and beauty and create the world in which we truly want to live. By thinking negatively  we bring that to us. We are therefore creating our own bad atmosphere to live in.

All my life I have always remembered to be careful what comes out my mouth, because words have power. Words use the powers of the universe by the elements that we use to give the words power. This is what I was taught when I was a small person, and it was true then as it is now.

What we all need to do is stop speaking without thinking! I love this world and all that the Creator created in it, including the people. 

 Okay we are all different; so is all of creation! When we hate because of the color of someone’s skin, then we hate ourselves!

When we hate because of someone’s beliefs or religion, then we hate ourselves!

When we hate because of where someone is from, we hate ourselves.

When we hate because of what someone has, then we hate ourselves.

You say, no way! Really? Well we all have the same Creator!  We all were created Equal!

Oh, you say, well they have this, or they don’t have to do this? Or they don’t do this or that! Or they never have to go through this? Well the truth is we all have the same elements in us.

We all have the potential to raise ourselves up to a higher place. We all have the same brain, we all have the same body parts.

The important thing is how you actually think and believe of your own self! Don’t think because a person is taller than you that they have it better. Or don’t think that someone who you think is better looking than you really is. Don’t put anyone above you and don’t put anyone below you either. We all are one. What affects you affects everyone.

When we truly love ourselves we see the love in everyone, no matter the color, beliefs, locations, or positions in life.  This is a basic fact; learn to love you so you can love everyone and make the world so much better!

~ Ghost Dancer

Mvskogee / Ani-yun-wiya

© Ghost Dancer 2014

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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