Manataka American Indian Council


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teachings of Cherokee Elder

John Red Hat Duke

By his partner Dorothy Lady In White Daigle

Abridged Version December, 2006

 

 

A Bridge to the Native American spiritual path, the Red Road

 

 

 

Step 1:  Observe nature with awe and gratitude.  A sense of love and respect for all creation will begin to grow within me.


Step 2:  Learn to trust Creator and accept my circumstances.  Overcoming adversity will produce spiritual growth within me as I walk the Red Road.

Today we face great adversities, probably greater than any of us have ever seen in our lifetimes.  It is also a wonderful time of great opportunity for spiritual growth.  We have the potential of rising to great spiritual heights; even to the place of forgiveness, love and tolerance where we will be prepared for the coming.


Step 3:  Seek for truth within myself, that I may remove hypocrisy and evil intent from within my heart.


Step 4:  Repent and humbly surrender my will to Creator, that I may become one with Great Spirit.


The joy of walking in harmony with Creator cannot be surpassed by any worldly activity.  It produces a profound sense of peace and completeness; it answers the question, "Who am I?"


Step 5:  Communicate with Great Spirit from my heart; listen, and live the insight I receive.


Step 6:  Learn true abstinence.  It is in serving others, with an attitude of loving-kindness that I create a flow of Living Waters which will purify my heart.


Step 7:  Attain complete, joyous harmony with Great Spirit; walk the Red Road.  This requires that I totally surrender my will to the will of Creator, and love others unconditionally without judgment because that is who I am.


IAM is calling.  Have we forgotten how to listen to His voice? 

 

For the complete unabridged version write:

Dorothy K. Daigle, The Lady in White, PO Box 1126, Crestone, CO 81131-1126  witnessinwhite@msn.com

 


 

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