Manataka American Indian Council

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Your Garden of Life
by Harvey Walks with Hawks Doyle


Pulling weeds and planting seeds. It's the story of my life. We are individual lots on which either weeds of selfishness or the fruit of the Great Spirit grow and flourish. A Spirit Elder warned that the soil of our hearts is the most valuable acreage on Mother Earth. It is from this chunk of living Mother Earth that we uproot weeds, plant good seeds, grow, and harvest fruit for all to see.

An old Spirit Elder warned of the choking influence of thorns—three kinds of pesky, prickly weeds that squeeze the life out of fruit-producing seedlings in our own life and in other lives that surround us. Our family especially if we let the thorns infest them before we realize it.

The first weed Spirit Elder warned of is the worries of the world, the anxieties of this age. Worry or anxiety means "to be drawn in different directions" or "to be distracted." Distracted by evil practices of people and different ideologies. Lest we be taken from our walk on the stones of life and alter our purpose.

What distracts you or I? What pulls you or I in a direction you know is unfruitful like a barren plant? For me it can be idleness or procrastination. A full schedule of good things that crowds out the best—like time in the morning spent in prayer and the study even if it is sitting on the porch or near a stream and listening to Mother Nature and sounds of Mother Earth. I call this reading the signs of time. I can be distracted by urgent things which could be put off for just a few minutes if I take my eyes off of the Hawk (To Wo Di) or Eagle (Wo Hat Li). (Cherokee).

Spirit Elder said some people are distracted and worried about what others think about them, preoccupied with pleasing men or women and gaining their approval. Still others are pulled by their insecurities, trying to find significance in achieving and performing. I wish I could sever the taproot of this weed of distraction and be rid of it forever! I fail each day but ask for guidance from Creator.

The second weed Spirit Elder spoke of is the deceitfulness of riches. Maybe you're thinking, Hey, I'd rather take my chances with handling riches and whatever deceit comes with it than be poor! Wealth isn't so bad.

I have walked many paths in life and stepped on many stones And I have seen places, where poverty and desperation are no strangers. In all those oppressive situations, there was a pervading despair—a hopelessness without the Spirit of Creator. People were merely existing. I call those people Social Zombies.

Wealth is a deceptive weed that takes over our lives and chokes out our responsiveness to Creator. When we are in its grip, we spend our lives playing it safe and risking very little for Creator. Beware of prosperous times—they can be deadly, numbing the heart's response to Creator’s direction for our lives and your family. We get distracted from the Medicine Wheel of Life and start missing our stones which are valuable to guide us on our way on Mother Earth.

Spirit Elder told me the third weed that we find hindering fruitfulness in our lives is the desire for other things. Here we find the weed of a passionate desire or a craving. Some of these weeds are easily spotted, like sexual lust, an addiction to pornography, or perversions. But other cravings aren't so easily identifiable: food, clothing, jewelry, car, job, salary, a hobby or sport, or even the location or kind of house we live in. Any desire that drives us, controls our thinking, or preoccupies our minds can be a weed that hinders growth in our lives. Think on these things that also control our family and isolate them further from us. They sense our lust for our own pleasure and take us further from their love of Spirit. One good way to spot this weed is to check your conversations: What are you most excited about? What do you talk with others about? What preoccupies your thoughts daily? Is it something honorable?

Preparing for your most valuable walk on your own stones of life.

I guess what scares me about all these weeds is their potential for multiplication or growing together and we are not able to recognize where our true seed of life is in our garden.

When I was a kid I used to take great delight in breaking off the stem of a dandelion that held a cluster of seeds. A stiff breeze or a puff or breath would instantly launch a jillion of those tiny, angel-hair parachutes. Now as I fight the spread of these wind-born warriors, I can't help but wonder how many dandelions there are in just one of those dandelion seed-balls. Letting just one weed grow freely in your life could result in a seed crop of life be a failure. Spirit Elder then told me that we need to let Creator work our garden of life with his own hoe and clean up our garden to his specification. Do you want Spirit elder to visit your garden? Why not ask Him to come right now? Ask Him to do some fresh cultivation in the soil of your heart. For educational purposes, only.