Last month, one of my dearest friends died unexpectedly of a brain aneurism. Dealing with her death has been a roller coaster of emotions and a powerful lesson in how to survive the loss of a loved one.
I felt it would be worth sharing.
I got a phone call on a Thursday afternoon that my friend Emmy had collapsed and was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital.
When I got the call, I drove immediately to the hospital, expecting to find Emmy sitting up in bed and that we would laugh at the false alarm surrounding her health.
What I found was something entirely different.
A team of doctors and nurses were surrounding her bed in the ER and I was asked to wait outside. Soon a nurse came out and explained that her family had been contacted and she was in serious condition; she also asked if I knew whether Emmy had a DNR [“do not resuscitate”] order.
“DNR?” I thought. “Why are they asking about a DNR? She’s going to be fine.” Denial, shock and disbelief will do that to you.
Did you know there’s a difference between a healing and a cure? And that understanding that can make a big difference in your health?
I address this and several other topics on health and spirituality in my 30-minute March 10 radio interview on the Hidden Wisdom radio show, hosted by Pandora Peoples.
Listen in and learn about:
- how I began my spiritual journey
- my apprenticeship to Muskogee Creek medicine man Bear Heart
- breath work for health
- Native American ceremony
- how to release trauma
Here’s the link to the podcast: HIDDEN WISDOM WITH MOLLY LARKIN
More and more, modern people are turning to indigenous teachings to learn a better way to live. Perhaps acceptance of gay rights could be the next lesson.
Here are a few things Native Americans have already contributed:
- The Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois Nation was the model for the United States Constitution.
- Native Americans were the original environmentalists. Care of the earth was so ingrained in their way of life that they didn’t even have a separate word for it.
- In making decisions, Native peoples would first ask how it would affect their descendents 7 generations into the future.
- Though they generally had separate roles, women were honored members of most tribes and could own property.
- Healing the whole person, body, mind and spirit was how they approached illness.
- The earth, and women, were viewed as sacred.
- They taught acceptance instead of judgment.
Many Native American and First Nations cultures accepted gender variation. In fact, lesbians and homosexuals were often considered sacred.
Yet, in spite of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges conferring the right to marry to same-sex couples, many in the United States still oppose same-sex unions.
We have so much to learn.
“Winter Solstice is the time when light is born out of the womb of winter’s darkness.” Mara Freeman, in Kindling the Celtic Spirit: Ancient Traditions to Illumine Your Life Through the Seasons
To original peoples around the world the Winter Solstice is a time of great celebration. This year it takes place on December 21.
It signifies the return of the sun through longer days and shorter nights until the sun reaches its zenith at the Summer Solstice.
Many ancient cultures considered it to be the true beginning of the “new year.”
It’s something modern society takes for granted, and may not even notice. We always assume the sun will rise and set every day. But what if it didn’t?
What if it gave up because we never said, “Thank you!”
Have you ever wondered what the Native American perspective is of the song, “America the Beautiful?” Here is your chance to find out.
The song’s original lyrics sing the praises of the natural beauty of this continent, referring to it as wilderness. There is no mention of the original inhabitants.
My Native American friend, songwriter Tia Shawnté, wrote “Native Son” in 1990 for Mother Earth, set to the melody of “America the Beautiful.’
She has performed the song across the United States and the mayor of Austin, Texas declared February 4 as Tia Shawnté Day. She has just released a music video of the song, which you can watch below.