Elder's Meditation of the Day August 24"The mind's eye changes the way we judge things." --Fools Crow, LAKOTA
"What you see is what you get." Our head has inside it a movie projector that projects out from our foreheads and shines on a screen a picture of our true thoughts. This is our reality. We can only see what we project (our beliefs). If we believe someone is a jerk, every time we see them we reflect our beliefs about what we think about that person and that is all we can see. Even if someone tells us this person is a kind, loving, caring, intelligent individual, we wouldn't be able to see it. If we change our belief about them, that person will change and so will our judgment about that person.
My Creator, let me realize the power of choice. Let me see the advantages of changing my beliefs. Today, if I am judging my brother, let me change my beliefs to acceptance. If my thoughts are of anger, let me change them to love. Let my eyes only see you in everything and every person.
Dream of the Turtle Woman
"Many moons ago, when the Anishinaabeg still lived in WAABANAKIING, the Dawn Land at the North Atlantic shores, an Anishinaabekwe (woman) had a dream - some say given to her by a Thunderbird - that she found herself standing on the back of a turtle in the water. The turtle's tail pointed in the direction of the rising sun and its head faced the the setting sun. This powerful dream was part of the niizhwaaso-ishkoden niigaanaajimowin (Midewewin prophecy of the Seven Fires) that led to the great migration to the area nowadays called Michigan and farther to the West, including seven stopping places. Baawiting, the Place of the Rapids on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, was the fifth stopping place in this legendary trek that lasted at least two thousand years.
The five birds depicted on top of the Turtle's head symbolize the five Mystery Beings emerging from the Lake and the odoodeman that gathered at the rapids and falls of Baawiting to establish a stronger community; the shell in the Turtle's neck represents the Prophecy of the Seven Fires that led the People to the west, and the flying Crane depicted inside the Turtle stands for the creation of the new settlement at Baawiting. The lines emanating from the Great Lakes depicted inside the Turtle symbolize the migration of Ojibwe colonists who, perhaps between the 14th and the 15th century, began to use Baawiting as a starting point to spread out even farther to the north, the west, and to the western and southern shores of Lake Superior - where they - a northern branch following the miigis in the sky and a southern branch following the flight of a crane the Great Mystery had sent from the skies - would meet in the Promised Land where food grows on the water - and create many new settlements that still exist today."
Izhi-mikinaak-aabina-kwe turtle vision woman by Zhaawano Giizhik
Izhi-mikinaakaabinakwe (Turtle Vision Woman), pen and ink drawing by Zhaawano Giizhik
Enjoy your weekend ... Stay safe.. Happy Trails... Carol Anne..