Manataka American Indian Council
The Great Remembering: Part II
More Important than the 'Great Forgetting'
by Takatoka - Lee Standing Bear Moore
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The Great Forgetting -
The Great Forgetting speaks about the wealth of knowledge that our culture lost when we adopted our new civilized lifestyle over 10,000 years ago. It is the breadth and depth of knowledge that gave indigenous people the ability survive and have healthy, happy lives.
Now, 10,000 years later, civilization has come to a startling revelation. Oops, we have created a civilization that cannot sustain itself with our present thinking, inventions and innovations. While thinking for thousands of years that civilization is the "divine destiny of mankind," we forgot who we are as human begins and boarded a high-speed train to oblivion.
The progressive thinking of philosophers, theologians, and political leaders created a cloudy crystal ball that hid the paralyzing truth that humans would eat themselves into extinction and poison everything else. All civilization building descendants became focused on material wealth and comfort. They forgot about loving the Earth Mother, all creatures and other humans.
The DNA Connection -
Contrary to conventional thinking, new evidence now shows that memories are not just stored in the brain, but memories are inherited from ancestors.
Other mammals, amphibians, fish, birds, and plants have small percentages of junk DNA, while humans are loaded down with more than 90% junk. Why is that?
Other creatures do not require the higher functions of deep memory and thus most of their DNA is composed of the functional phenotypes that interact with the environment.
In humans, the DNA referred to by science as "junk" is actually a road map to the invaluable memories, experiences and knowledge acquired by early, primitive, and modern humans and is updated with every passing generation. It is the forgotten knowledge of mankind. I call it the "Knowing DNA". All knowledge acquired by humankind since ancient times and all experiences and thoughts of all our ancestors are contained in our DNA. Like its DNA cousins who map out and memorize detailed physical characteristics of every living thing on earth, the "Knowing DNA" is all the experiences, thoughts, ideas, memories and wisdom of all our ancestors -- information that is vitally important as we approach the most critical time in all human history.
All humans are given the tools by God that are needed to access the center of your Remembering" -- the Knowing DNA. The Knowing DNA knows the sacred ways of the Earth Mother that will save her from destruction.
The Remembering Process -
Before we can Remember the sacred knowing of our true spirits and engage its power and glory, we must prepare ourselves by removing the negative aspects of our human existence. We must purify ourselves. We must purify our minds, body and spirit in that order.
The Great Remembering is a time when our consciousness rises far above the awareness of ourselves and our new behavior erases fear, hate, anger, and war. The Great Forgetting erased the knowing, but we are at the place in time when accessing this part of ourselves is being revealed.
Accessing and Knowing the Ancient Spirits Within
Legend says that first humans became lost in a mental and spiritual universe when they consumed the "forbidden fruit" from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Humans committed an act of disobedience against God and they were forever punished for this deed. As a metaphor, the legend has some valuable lessons, but the key to this story is knowledge. It was the first Awakening and it led us down a path of confusion and distraction, away from the Creator of All Things to be consumed by self-interest, ego and fear. Then the second Awakening came with the invention of civilization -- more knowledge. Wave after wave of knowledge crashed on the shores of our minds and continued the wash away our memory of the divine.
We also forgot the 'knowing' of our ancestors who lived a happy, healthy existence for thousands of years.
Humans of all cultures and ages around the world spent eons trying to achieve a third Awakening -- all before its time. A raising of consciousness that might allow us to reconnect with God and bring peace to our hearts and minds. All religions of Earth attempt to bring their believers to a mental and spiritual place that would hopefully fulfill this undeniable yearning within. In many cases throughout history religions have briefly accomplished this goal in some people with certain limitations.
Great monasteries and convents of many religions were built so that its monks and nuns could remove themselves from the confusion of the world and live a simple and austere existence to devote their time to prayer and meditation. The Buddhists viharas, Tibetan gompas and Hindu mathas, were all built to house men and women to live in isolation from the everyday world so they might find heightened consciousness and peace.
It is possible that humans have always had the ability to achieve a higher consciousness and the third Awakening, but for most of us, this place of nirvana, heaven on Earth has not been possible. The fires of desire, aversion, and delusion are never extinguished from our minds, except for brief periods during prayer and deep meditation. The wonderful place of egolessness is forever outside our reach because the first and second Awakenings and their attending confusion and distraction block our minds and memories from achieving a higher consciousness.
Seven Stages of Spiritual Access to Remembering
As humans progressed through time to achieve more knowledge and higher intellect, so shall it be that humans will also progress through the seven spirals of awareness to achieve the Remembering that the Creator of All Things placed deep within them -- inside the human DNA.
Why must humans remember the Knowing of their ancestors? Again, it is for the sake of our children's children, survival of the human race. It is for personal enlightenment and heightened consciousness of the divine heart of God. Our own spirit, the soul within, must grow and emulate the Spirit of the Creator.
Accessing the Remembering within requires that you move through seven stages of spiritual Initiation and Fulfillment. We begin this journey with three of the most challenging aspects, purifying our minds, body and spirit. Most religions realize the importance of these three stages of purification. For example, Hindus believe before the Lord God Vishnu ascended into heaven, he went to a Place of Peace on Earth and cleansed his mind and body. In the moment he achieved purification of the Spirit, he ascended into heaven with a new consciousness, a new awareness of God Almighty. Jesus of Nazareth went into the desert for forty days and nights to purify his mind, body and spirit because he knew his death was near.
"For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore... touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God." (2Cor 6:16-18, 7:1)
Many religions around the world practice ritual purification to remove specifically defined un-cleanliness before participating in religious activities and especially before worshipping the Creator.
Bahá'í Faith performs ritual ablutions (the washing of the hands and face) prior to worship;
Christians of many denominations practice baptism as an initiation into the faith;
Hindus have practiced Abhisheka (washing with water) for thousands of years.
Indigenous Americans participate in Purification Lodges (sweatlodge) ceremonies and regularly "smudge" themselves to remove unclean negative energy. The Cherokee/Kituwah and other tribes go to running water to perform the "Going to Water" ceremony.
Islamic ritual purification takes the form of ablution called "Wudu" and "Ghusl".
Japanese Buddhists use a basin called a Tsukubai to perform ritual purifications.
Japanese Shintos ritual of purification is called Misogi, involving natural running water, and especially waterfalls.
Judaism biblical and oral law require a form of water-based removal of any ritual impurity; the oral law requires the use of un-drawn water for any ritual full immersion - either a natural river/stream/spring, or a special bath (a Mikyah that contains rain-water.
Kalash (polytheists of Pakistan) theology has very strong notions of purity and impurity.
These forms of religious ritual purification are largely symbolic or representational of the more aggressive form of purification we suggest for the purpose for achieving a Remembering, the third Awakening -- the ascended consciousness of humankind. Ritual purification may be acceptable for those who seek only temporary Remembering, a superficial public experience that does not require a great deal of time, energy and sacrifice. However, if we truly desire in our heart of hearts to walk with the sacred, then we should consider making a strong commitment to walk all Seven Stages of Spiritual Access to Remembering.
On a personal note, over the past fifty years, I found both the Purification Lodge and "Going to Water" ceremonies, very helpful in achieving connection with the Spirit of God. Under the direction of an experienced and loving lodge leader or spiritual elder, the ceremonies can be more than just uplifting. The cleansing that takes place is not just physical and mental, it inspires the spirit, the soul, to seek the face of God.
The ceremonies inspire the goodness within to strive for higher understanding and nearness to the Spirit of God. There is something about crawling into the lodge on ones knees, in the dirt, in supplication to the powers of the Earth Mother and the Creator that sets the proper tone and attitude of mind.
The complete darkness of the lodge serves as a visual reminder of the vastness of the cosmos and the omnipotence of Jehovah. I could easily write volumes on the benefits of Indigenous American Indian purification ceremonies, but suffice it to say that regardless of race, religion or geographic location, humans find themselves, their ancestors and the Spirit of God when they perform purification ceremonies.
Thus, let us speak of the specific purification steps necessary to begin the Seven spirals of Awareness to achieve the Remembering. Purification takes place before the Seven spirals of Awareness can begin.
1) Cleanse Your Mouth
What we speak creates our own reality. We cannot speak anything that does not begin in the mind and heart. If we speak ugliness and negativity, the mind and heart are not clean. Spiritual purification requires us to speak beautiful thoughts and intentions. Negative and pessimistic words translate into wrong action. Yes, it is a challenge to stop gossiping about others and stop complaining, but the gifts of right thinking and good words are literally life changing. Change your words before you speak.
2) Purify your Breath
Before prayer and meditation, breathe deeply twelve times in quick succession. Breathe deeply and wholly throughout the duration of prayer time. Repeat to yourself "Divine" as you breathe in deeply, say it slowly. Your breath will become stronger with repeated sessions. Your breath will also become purified and the mind will begin to focus deeper on the purpose of your quest.
3) Clean your Body - Fasting
Fasting cleans the inside of your body and teaches many lessons of life, including humility, forgiveness, gratefulness;
* Set your objective -- why are you fasting? Be specific -- then allow Spirit to guide you;
* Make a commitment - how many days? Where will you have the most privacy? Best to start slow and easy and build;
* Make a sacrifice of yourself and for yourself -- give restitution to those you may have harmed as Spirit leads you;
* Prepare yourself physically and mentally for your special time of fasting;
* During your fast, meditate on the blessings of the Creator;
* Be prepared to be attacked by negative forces.
Fasting requires precaution. Consult your physician, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some people should never fast without professional supervision. Physical preparation makes the drastic change in your eating routine easier so that you can turn your full attention to the purpose of your fast. Do not rush into your fast -- plan it from start to finish. Fast one day the first time, two days the next time and increase the number of days as your stamina and faith increases. Eat smaller meals for a few weeks prior to starting your fast. Stop eating fast foods, convenience foods. Eat nothing that is white -- if it is white, it ain't right. Eat only fresh raw vegetables the first day after your fast is over. Eat fresh raw fruit and vegetables the second day after your fast. Eat fresh raw nuts, fruit and vegetables on the third day after your fast.
Bathing - Purify Outside
* Find a body of running water - stream, creek, waterfall, river. A sauna bath, bath tub or shower will not do.
Go into God's sanctuary, nature. Do not use soap, body oils or lotions. Pray and sing your Song of Life before entering.
* Ritually clean your head, neck, torso, legs, arms and feet -- seven times. Face the seven directions as you pray.
* Rest in the water. Meditate and pray.
4) Renew Your Mind - Create A New World
Eons ago, long before your were born into the flesh, you were an entity known as Spirit. You were a beautiful sparkling light of purity and love. Then, the Creator of All Things decided that your Spirit should have a human experience and you were born. After your body grows old and dies, your Spirit continues its eternal journey. Your Spirit was sent to the Earth Mother to grow in understanding and love.
Renewing ones mind is not easy. Your mind is an open door allowing in anything and everything that you perceive to enter. Dark thoughts enter the mind like a thief to steal your focus, create fear and worry -- and possible harm to another person. Every time an ugly thought comes into your mind, pick it up by the scruff of its neck and drag it out of your mind, the same way you would toss an invader out of your home. Dark thoughts rob you of happiness. Do not attempt to destroy a dark thought because it thrives on feelings of destruction. You can bury dark thoughts, however, by involving your mind in positive, life-giving activities, conversations and solemn prayer.
5) Cleanse Your Heart
The heart never needs as much cleansing as the mind and body. The heart is purer than other parts of you, but the heart requires more time to purify than the mind and body. Remove hate, pride, greed, envy, gluttony, lust, sloth, and wrath from your behavior patterns. All of these negative, evil actions will not allow your mind and heart to be at peace and open to the Remembering. Fear is the primary motivator behind all these "sins". Therefore, removing fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) from your mind and heart will open the portals of love. Purification clears away old patterns that no longer serve us and make room for greater Spiritual gifts to be granted.
Cleansing the heart is not something done overnight. The cleansing takes constant vigilance and real work. It is not easy, but once you begin a concerted effort to achieve cleansing of the heart, the process becomes easier and easier because fear subsides. Your faith and confidence increases and you begin to feel the great power building within.
Purification also requires Sacrifice -- a subject we will explore later in this article Part III.
6) Purify the Spirit
Repeat to yourself seven times, "I am a Spirit of God" -- imagine yourself as an adorable child, the child you once were and still are today. Know that your divine Spirit has always been pure, regardless of what evil thing you may have done in your lifetime. Regardless of what any person may or may not think about you, your Spirit is divine and as beautiful as a child. At the moment you say the words, and feel the words in your heart, "I am a Spirit of God", your Spirit will awaken and enter your heart, mind and body.
Once you have achieved this oneness, when you talk, God talks; when you act, God acts." -- Chuck Ross, Lakota
In my innermost self, I know this to be true. I know of this oneness. The more I am free of doubt, jealousy, judgment, selfishness, anger, the closer I am to this oneness. When I am right with the Creator, nothing can touch me. When I am right with the Creator I always say the right things. When I am right with the Creator, my thoughts are always good. When I am right with the Creator, my actions are always good.
Great Spirit, remove from me those things that block me from You. Allow me this day to experience the oneness.
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7) Be a Human Being
The last step is simply to be the person and Spirit you cleansed and made ready to be with God.
Act with Accountability - Be true to yourself; Love thy neighbor; Love giving;
Act with Honor - Every word spoken and every deed requires honest vigilance.
Act with Humility - Walk the way the Creator asks, upright with truth and knelling with thanks.
Act with Service - Live For the World, Not In the World.
Somewhere within the seven steps, Vishnu Sippora's vision for purification will be known.
These seven steps of purification are intentionally described in a fashion that falls short of creating dogma. We use general, simple terms that solicit questions and leave everything open for personal interpretation. Allowing, encouraging and facilitating personal interpretation is giving an open door to one's Spirit.
These suggestions are intended to teach a simple methodology for achieving the Great Remembering, and not instruct in any one line of religious thought. We are all connected, we are One.
According to Dr. Rev. Fred Wilcoxson, a wise and valued Manataka Elder Council member, "We have reached the end of an age and are beginning of a new and different age. Only those who get it and find remembrance will survive in this new age."
Daniel Quinn: Story of B
Daniel Quinn: The Great Forgetting
Have You Heard of The Great Forgetting?,
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