January 29, 2010

A Cherokee Legend

Hi Everyone,

Do any of you know the teaching legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage? My mother sent me this legend recently and it touched my soul with profound truth and so I want to share it with you.

A boy’s father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He is instructed that he cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he becomes a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. His mind questions each and every sound: wild beasts must surely be all around him; maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, Great Spirit is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

If you liked this story, pass it on. If not, you took off your blindfold before dawn.

Moral of the story:
Just because you can’t see Great Spirit/God, doesn’t mean He is not there. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Learn to trust your life experience and know that truly you are never alone, even if it feels that way. We all are tested from time-to-time. The mind will behave like wild beasts and when any of us gives in to fear, we succumb to imagined FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARANCE REAL. Become real Men and Women and live life authentically!

Love and chi,