The Sacred Instructions

At the time of creation sacred instructions
were given by the Creator to the people.
Take care of the Mother Earth and the other colors of man.
Respect this Mother Earth and creation.
Honor all life, and support that honor.
Be grateful from the heart for all life.
It is through life that there is survival.
Thank the Creator at all times for all life.
Love, and express that love.
Be humble.  Humility is the gift of wisdom and
Be kind with one’s self and with others.
Share feelings and personal concerns and commitments.
Be honest with one’s self and with others.
Be responsible for these sacred instructions and
Share them with other nations.

A Simple Wish
A simple wish of solace, a
simple wish of peace
Spreads throughout the world
but suffers none the least,

Words so easily spoken that
they fall upon the ground
And only a child’s ears can
ever hear their sound.

We lift our heart so easily but
what about our mind?
We think that we know
everything but do we ever

The peace that lingers
deeply, way down inside
Silently sits upon the dust of
last year’s Yule time shelves.

We bring it out to play, when
snow is on the ground
Decorate our dwellings, with
our merry little sounds.

But when the time has come,
and we put away our toys.
Ever wonder why we cease
our merry little noise?

We gladly stop and say hello
to a stranger passerby.
But come mid summer to
that stranger do you still say

Soon the time will come
again and Yule will soon be
We will gather those among
us that we truly hold so dear.

So don’t forget the others, of
those you do not know.
When you see them stagger,
upon the winters snow
For they are god and
goddess just like you or I.

A simple wish of solace,
upon a winters sky.

29 Aug 00

Girls’ Poem for the Elements

East is first
with the rising sun.

South is next
right and bright is
the fun.

West is third
turning like the ocean.

North is last
all is released into

Imagine a woman

by: Patricia Lynn Riley

Imagine a woman who believes that it is right and good she is woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present. A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates her body’s rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess
in her changing body. A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and wisdom.
Who refuses to use her precious life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and to her wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily needs.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine yourself as this woman.

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One Response to “Spirit Stories”

  1. Marcella Says:

    Hmmm…. Got this from the Daily OM. Owl is one of my own… I can now see why and where.

    August 31, 2007
    Penetrating The Darkness
    Wisdom Of The Owl
    For as long as humankind has recognized animals as teachers, wise men and women have recognized traits worthy of respect in both wild and domestic creatures. The cultural and spiritual significance of certain animals transcends geographical boundaries, unifying disparate peoples. Not so the majestic and mysterious owl, which has over many millennia served as the focal point of numerous contradictory beliefs. Though owls have been regarded with awe and fascination, they have also inadvertently served as agents of fear. Since owls are nocturnal, human-owl encounters tended to occur at night and likely when the bird was swooping silently down to earth to grapple with prey. Yet even as some shied away from the owl, calling it an agent of darkness, others recognized the depths of awareness in beautiful owl’s eyes.

    In the classical Greek tradition, an owl could often be found perched on the shoulder of Athena, goddess of wisdom, while owls could ward off bad luck in Roman lore. It is in Native American mythos, however, that the owl attains its own unique identity. Owls are patient messengers, bringers of information and the holders of wisdom, and they are capable of seeing the unseen. With their keen eyesight, they can glance into the soul to discern meaning and motive, and they are totems of truth. Unlike our distant forebears, we may never encounter an owl in the wild, but we can nonetheless internalize the wisdom of the owl by attuning ourselves to its most venerable qualities. Fully integrating the medicine of the owl into spiritual existence is a matter of considering how we might open ourselves more fully to the wisdom that can be found in the larger universe.

    Should you find your efforts blocked as you commune with the owl, remember that it was not always revered as an icon of wisdom. This denizen of the nighttime has overcome many prejudices in its long association with humankind. To reveal those hidden elements of the self that impact your life for better or for worse, you must often make your way through the darkest parts of your soul as if you yourself are the nocturnal hunter. There is indeed darkness both inside the self and outside the self, but like the owl you can transcend it by drawing nourishment from the insights you receive when you penetrate it.

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