Are You Teaching Native American Spiritual Practices?
Our programs are rooted in the nature-based wisdom of all our indigenous ancestors, around the world. This includes the spiritual traditions of e.g. European, Asian and African cultures. My own ancestors are from the Celtic tribes of central Europe and the Anglo-Celtic Isles. I do not claim American Indian heritage, and I do does not have a grandmother who was a Cherokee princess.
Much can be learned from Native American wisdom. And our world is crying out for the very nature-based, earth-honoring wisdom these nations have always held sacred. But non-Indians have done a lot of harm misappropriating Native American culture and that includes some of my own peers holding themselves out as shamanic teachers and healers.
I have worked very hard to listen, honor, and learn from the indigenous elders who were willing to share their traditional ways with me. These include spiritual leaders of the Oglala Lakota people in South Dakota, First Nation Cree elders in Canada, the Quechua Taita Iachak of South America, the Cherokee path of my first teacher Mikkal, and the contemporary Mexican Toltec system of healing.
But the purpose of my programs is not to "play Indian" or teach the specific ways of any culture. That's not the point, and it's not necessary for coming more alive and walking a better path of joy, strength, and service. The point is to reconnect human beings with nature and the sacred things we all share: the heart, the earth, and the Spirit world. I do not teach native American spiritual practices or charge fees for sacred ceremony, sweat lodges, or blessings. I share the earth-honoring wisdom common to all of our ancestors, around the world: how to open our hearts, and walk a good path that honors the Creator and Mother Earth.
Anyone with an open heart and respect for other traditions is welcome at our programs at Great Plains. We need each other, and we need to learn from each other.
Every human being, regardless of culture or bloodline, comes from indigenous ancestors somewhere on the living earth. Every human being has a responsibility to honor the Creator and protect the Earth Mother.
This is what I have learned from my indigenous brothers and sisters. I am deeply grateful for their teachings.