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Joseph Rael

(Beautiful Painted Arrow)


Joseph Rael, whose name, Tslew-teh-koyeh, given to him as a child at Picuris Pueblo, means “Beautiful Painted Arrow,” is widely regarded as one of the great Native American holy men of our time. He was born in 1935 on the Southern Ute reservation to a chief’s granddaughter and a Tiwa-speaking Picuris native. At about age 7, shortly before his mother’s death, he went to live in Picuris near Taos, NM, where his visionary powers were developed until, at about age 12, he began to assist the village holy man in curing practices. He was educated both at Santa Fe Indian school and public high school before getting a BA in political science from the University of New Mexico and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


For a number of years he worked in various capacities in Indian health and social services in both New Mexico and Colorado. At age 45 he quit his social services job to devote full time to teaching and following his visions wherever they might lead.


In 1983 Joseph had the vision to build a Sound Peace chamber, a kiva-like structure where people of all races might gather to chant and sing for world peace and to purify the earth and oceans. He built the first such chamber at his then-home, a trailer park in Bernalillo, NM, and shortly like-minded people began to build Sound Peace chambers in other locations. At present, Sound Peace chambers have been built around the globe. Writes Joseph, “My vision is that through sound we will bring about peace and other important vibrations. Sound can teach us a way to create without destruction.”


Meanwhile, Joseph began leading ceremonial dances, based on his visions, with participants from all races and nationalities. “When you dance you are expanding the vibrations of insight and manifestation,” he writes. “I created three dances — the long dance, the sun-moon dances and the drum dance—for these spiritual gifts.”

Joseph teaches that “Every dance, every ceremony, is both for you and for the cosmos.”


In 1999, Joseph retired from active leadership of the dances he had begun, turning them over to a new generation of his students.


Joseph Rael is the author of a number of books, including Beautiful Painted Arrow, Being and Vibration, Way of Inspiration, Ceremonies of the Living Spirit, and House of Shattering Light, as well as the forthcoming Sound, Peace, Power: Mystery School of Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow).


e is also an artist. His paintings, like his ceremonies and teachings, are based on his visions. They have been called “portal” art, because they open a doorway into alternate dimensions of reality.

As a Native American elder Joseph Rael has spoken before the United Nations and addressed a conference of military officers at the Pentagon on the role of the warrior in the modern world.


More about Joseph Rael’s life can be read in his autobiography, House of Shattering Light, available below at Books by Joseph Rael.



The Vision To Build Sound Peace Chambers


In the summer of 1983 I was sun dancing when the vision came of a man standing, looking at me. He moved toward me, then suddenly he disappeared, and where he had been I saw an oval-shaped chamber. Inside that chamber were men and women singing. It was being revealed to me that I was to build sound peace chambers where people could chant for world peace.


Somehow the Vast Self was involved in the sound chamber, not just the individual self. I already knew that what we recognized as the personal self is but an echo of the Vast Self, which is the eternal Self. Somehow I knew that the sound chamber had something to do with how the eternal Self was involving all of our lives holistically, and that sound is another form of holism that is an ingredient of our physical well-being, our planetary well-being, our environmental well-being.


When I had this vision, I spoke to the United Nations about it, because I recognized the UN as the entity for world peace. Today, we have sound peace chambers in countries all over the world, including the United States.


In another vision I was instructed to build ceremonial fires in the sound peace chambers. I built the first fire on April 7, 1984, and now ask keepers of the sound peace chambers around the world to light a fire on the seventh of every month.


It is 24 years since I had the vision to create the chambers, and 24 years is a sacred time in our tribal tradition, a time when the energy of power expands to all the different directions and to the galaxies. I am asking for the people all over the world to think about peace in their homes and their lives and their families.


You are here at this time because you are supposed to be here. As you are peaceful, you will pass this peace to your children and grandchildren, and they will grow up to BE the peace of the whole world.



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Sound, Peace, Power
Mystery School of Joseph Rael

Everything comes out of sound. Universal Intelligence is based on sound. World-renowned Native American holy man and visionary Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) presents his most basic and far-reaching teachings about the nature and the origin of sound in a remarkable new book that includes and greatly expands two of his earlier works, The Way of Inspiration, and Ceremonies of the Living Spirit. The book describes how original sounds awaken archetypal vibrations. The book includes 24 full-color pieces of Joseph Rael's portal art - visionary paintings that are portals into other dimensions. Also included is a CD recording of Joseph Rael chanting and leading powerful guided meditations.

Being and Vibration

All existence is vibration. From human breath and heartbeat to the pulsating energies of subatomic particles, to the expansion and contraction of stars and the universe itself, pulsation-vibration is inherent in all that exists. Rael shows how we may experience spiritual reality by accessing vibration through drumming, chanting, and vision quests.

The Way of Inspiration

Native American visionary and artist Joseph Rael eloquently presents in its ten stages the entire process by which inspiration brings new life into form, expresses its nature, then dies back into a state of non-form to await a new inspiration. This is Rael's teaching about inspiration itself, and how, as he says, "inspiration is in all things." In the simple act of counting from one to ten in his native Tiwa tongue, Rael explores the mysterious connections between energy and matter, between spirit and manifest reality.

House of Shattering Light
Life as an American Indian Mystic

What is it like to be a contemporary American Indian mystic? What sequence of experiences come together to form a mystic’s path? How would you deal with the visions that come and carry you to alternate dimensions without notice and at the most inopportune times? In House of Shattering Light: Life as an American Indian Mystic, Joseph Rael reveals how such questions shaped his life and his visions for the future.

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