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A New Year,  A New Life...



The month of January is here. This means we have a new year, and it could mean a new start in life. In other words, we get to celebrate the year past and be so grateful for all the many things we received. Then we also have a New Year to celebrate for the new experiences and lessons we shall receive.


I have friends that have a celebration for both the Old year and the coming New Year, with hopes it shall take them in a new direction in some ways for improvements.


The celebration for the Old Year passing is the burning bowl celebration. They write down on a paper those things that took place that was not for their best interest. Then these pieces of paper are placed into the bowl and burned.  Then everyone takes another piece of paper and writes what they would like to achieve the next year. This list is kept and placed where they could see it each day. These are refereed to as goals or resolutions for the New Year.


In the past, I have seen both goals and resolutions broken, either before the month is ended or some time after that.


Perhaps you have herd someone say, “If you continue to do the same thing the same way each time, you are sure to get the same results.” This means that if we want different  results, we much change. A change in our way of thinking will change our lives.


With all this in mind, I suggest we should change the words, goals, and resolutions to the one word  “Intention.”


When you understand the total meaning of the word intention, it is a most powerful thought. It will give you special power so that nobody or thing will get in the way of your achievement. It would be like trying to take a toy from a Pit-bull dog when his intent is to keep it.


Intention is a special energy in the Universe. This energy is of the Creator, sometimes called the Source. We are all connected to this Source. Some of us have our connections extremely corroded, and we need to clean the connections, so that they will work in our best interest. A large part of the corrosion in our connection is our EGO. The EGO will mislead you most of the time.


In the Bible there is a passage that states, “In God, all things are possible.” When we separate from our EGO, and our connection is proper with Source, the Bible statement is true.


As a matter of fact, it is our true connection with source that gives us all the answers to those questions within us. This is subject will be discussed in a later article.


If any of this seems to relate to you, try the two celebrations, focusing on “Intention,” instead of the weaker words  - Goals and Resolutions. Be sure to place the new list where you can see it in the next year. I am most pleased with the results I have received and wish the same for you.


Robert Grey Hawk

12 Dec. 2008





Robert Gray Hawk King Coke, 77, Cherokee, is the newest member of the Manataka Elder Council. Coke graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1952 with a biology degree. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour in Europe.


After returning home, Robert Coke, entered pre-seminary school Austin College with a major in Philosophy.  He continued his education by earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University where he later served on the faculty as an instructor. In 1996, Elder Coke was elected Chairman, of the American Indian Heritage Association and served as an ambassador for the American Indian Center of Dallas. Gray Hawk is now a semi-retired consultant.




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