A Prayer for a New Year

Wakan-Tanka, I thank you for our ancestors — for the life they have given each of us, and for the traditions they preserved and handed down to us.

Wakan-Tanka, I thank you for my life and the opportunity it has given me to know you, to serve you, and to serve our people. Continue to make me a responsible person, and help me add to the good things You and my ancestors have given me.

Wakan-Tanka, I thank you for those who are yet to come, and who will carry on from where we leave off. Help them preserve the traditional life for the generation to come after them, and so keep the hoop turning.

Wakan-Tanka, I thank you for my friends who are here with me to share this precious moment. I pray that you will bless them and always be with them.

Frank FoolsCrow
traditional Sioux prayer

PS: at the risk of sounding crass in doing self-promotion, you can find more such prayers on the SWTN’s "Meditation Minutes," and always more such notes here on the StarPaths blog. Best Wishes for the holiday season.

Ron
SWM/SWTN
starpaths.wordpress.com

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Star-Blog 12-2-13; Grandmother Star

You probably slept through it: high school science. Some of us were geeks, some weren’t. And among us geeks, some were more geekish than others. There was Physics (3 cheers for kinetic energy!); there was Chemistry (how many elements can you pick out on the chart — whose in favor of Yttrium?); and there was Biology (what was that monk doing cross-breeding peas?). Of course, energy and chemical reactions and peas (as well as other living things) do, in fact, relate to each other. But at the age of 16, who cares? Anyway, some of us survived high school. And some of us went beyond the physical realm of falling masses, fission, and cross-bred vegetables. Some of us went on to philosophy — asking ourselves (and each other) questions like: why? Why are we here? Kind of puts that physical stuff in perspective, doesn’t it. Why have energy, chemistry, and biology in the first place? That’s a lot of trouble to go to if there is no point to it. Then some few of us started asking, is there something there we can’t see? And we started delving into the psychic, the supernatural. Superstition has been bred out of us (to be replaced by other brands of superstition), so the majority of us think — hogwash — when it comes to the supernatural. Only nuts believe in that stuff.

But then, with a rational, scientific mind, it is possible to think of — why should our 5 senses be the only things that pick up clues from the world around us? We have proof that there is more than what our standard senses can discern. We now have photography, television, ipods, microscopes, cellphones. All of it are tools to pick up what our senses don’t normally get. So we know there is more out there than the standard 5 senses relate. So it wouldn’t be that weird to find out the psychic senses pick up real (if ephemeral) stuff too.

And then there is the issue of time. Billions of years, we’re told by somebody who claims to know. Each of us is only exposed to a few random decades. But with enough time… So science and superstition can seem on parallel courses as well as cross purposes.

On these cold, clear winter nights, when you look up at the stars, you see our neighbors — in space and time. All the stars you see are those that are in our neighborhood — just down the block, so to speak. The brightest ones are the nearest — across the street or next door. And some of them are our siblings.

Some time back, in this galaxy, a long, long time away…there was a star nursery. A cradle. A Mom put those blankets and cushions and barriers up, so that we’d all grow up together. This nursery was a remnant of that mom. A big mom. One that blew herself to bits for our benefit. And in the heat and the grist of that mill, hot clouds were created. In those hot clouds: new stars. Stars like our Sun — our own Mom (or Dad). And from the wreckage (fission), a bunch of rocks and gases were created to whirl around and mix (chemistry). And when it all settled there was a nice healthy new star, and all his/her little children — like us (Earth). And on it — stuff (biology). And that stuff gets recycled and regenerated (birth/death) to make you and me, and those who come after. We are the product of star stuff (energy, chemistry, biology). And that’s just on the physical level. We belong to the stars. And somewhere out there is the grave-marker — the remnant of Grandmother Star who gave birth to our stars — and possibly several of our sibling neighbors. Which ones are they? We don’t know. Yet. But we know there is an ongoing cycle in the sky just as there is on the ground. Some of us can feel that in our hearts (the psychic?). Some of us can feel the ties to other stars. Some of us can feel that presence of that Great Grandmother from so long ago.

You have to look inside as you stare out on the darkening horizon to find it.

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Because of the complexities of setting up our own internet tv channel, the Star Paths blog (and the other blogsites for SWM) have been down for almost a year. We are starting to revive them again, and as we grow, we hope you’ll come by and visit more often. It’s been frustrating to deal with a technology that can’t match our demands, but we persist. We hope you will too. All our previous blogs are still visible on the Star Paths site.
Go to
starpaths.wordpress.com
to find the others.

Ron S.
for SWM

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SWM Newsletter 1-29-13

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SWM Newsletter 1-29-13

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SWM Newsletter 1-29-13

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Holiday Blessing

The end of the calendar year has always been a time for reflection and possible change. The ancients, particularly in the northern climes, saw the daylight hours grow shorter, the nights longer, until the time when this disparity reached its peak (or rather, nadir). The sun was at its lowest in the sky, and the world around them had grown cold, shut down, and was not as astir as it had been six months ago. Even in more tropical regions there may be more bad weather and less sunlight than what they were used to. And always around December 25th by the Roman Julian calendar (later Dec. 21) and secularized to January 1, did they begin to see the sun slowly coming back with increased sunlight and warmer days — something they wouldn’t really appreciate until March. And so this time of year meant rebirth and people celebrated that rather than the gloom of the season, for which there were still many months ahead.

We are also living at a time of great change: change in climate, change in politics, change in economics, change in society — all societies. This change will take longer than the mere yearly dip of the sun across the sky. Old struggles and old patterns of thought, in violence, in faith, in technology, and in social practice are gradually being replaced by new thoughts, desires, measures, procedures. As societies and as individuals we need some rethinking and refocusing on what we want our lives to become, what we want our world to become.

I’d like to thank all of you who have expressed the interest in, and/or participation with, our upcoming Spirituality Conference. It is hoped that measures such as these are among the steps we need to take as individuals and communities to move our world in the right direction. And I offer my own personal wishes for a happy holiday season and a lucky and blessed year ahead.

Ron Schaefer
SWM

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Holiday Blessing

The end of the calendar year has always been a time for reflection and possible change. The ancients, particularly in the northern climes, saw the daylight hours grow shorter, the nights longer, until the time when this disparity reached its peak (or rather, nadir). The sun was at its lowest in the sky, and the world around them had grown cold, shut down, and was not as astir as it had been six months ago. Even in more tropical regions there may be more bad weather and less sunlight than what they were used to. And always around December 25th by the Roman Julian calendar (later Dec. 21) and secularized to January 1, did they begin to see the sun slowly coming back with increased sunlight and warmer days — something they wouldn’t really appreciate until March. And so this time of year meant rebirth and people celebrated that rather than the gloom of the season, for which there were still many months ahead.

We are also living at a time of great change: change in climate, change in politics, change in economics, change in society — all societies. This change will take longer than the mere yearly dip of the sun across the sky. Old struggles and old patterns of thought, in violence, in faith, in technology, and in social practice are gradually being replaced by new thoughts, desires, measures, procedures. As societies and as individuals we need some rethinking and refocusing on what we want our lives to become, what we want our world to become.

I’d like to thank all of you who have expressed the interest in, and/or participation with, our upcoming Spirituality Conference. It is hoped that measures such as these are among the steps we need to take as individuals and communities to move our world in the right direction. And I offer my own personal wishes for a happy holiday season and a lucky and blessed year ahead.

Ron Schaefer
SWM

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