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School Assemblies

Wow just got back from an 18 day tour. It was awesome seeing those little kiddo’s eyes light up! I love my job. I get to be with my best friend and awaken peoples Hearts to their true potential and it’s always great when you get the teachers coming up to you after the program and say wow I’ve never seen my kids so well behaved. And that’s when I say it’s easy when you are in the moment and show them respect and have fun. Just be spontaneous and your kids will listen to every word you say. I guess people forget to smile, laugh and play and that’s my wish for you – take the time to nurture yourself. If you don’t give to yourself, who will? Start thinking outside of the box. Life is to serious to be serious, break free from the humdrum habits that you have formed and maybe it’s time to create a new plan. One that includes you on the top of your list. Whatever you do, do it for you. OK? OK! Now go have some fun.

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AMAZING GRACE

Present Moment

“Every single person on the planet and every single Consciousness in the Universe has the same experience of being here and having a desire to be there. In other words, it is the promise of this eternal Universe… You’re always, always, always going to be on your way to something more—always. And when you relax and accept that, and stop beating up on yourself for not being someplace that you’re not, and instead, start embracing where you are while you keep your eye on where you’re going—now life becomes really, really, really fun.” ~ Unknown

Crying For Peace

Yesterday Megan, our booking agent sent us this video of a 7-year old autistic girl named Gina Marie Incandela singing the national anthem at an Orlando Magic game during their playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Talk about inspiration. This little girl has such a powerful voice, you would expect it to be coming out of someone at least 3 times her age, and about 3 times her body weight!

Just before the age of 2 Gina Marie was diagnosed with autism. She could not even speak until she was 3 years old. Now she’s 7 and she is singing the National Anthem at professional sports games and concerts across the country. Her parents sent her to a school for kids with special needs because when she tried to speak she had trouble forming words. Her teachers at the school used music to help her with her language skills. Who could have known what a gift Gina had?

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We Are All One

As spring takes over from winter, there are many celebrations across Native America. From the Hopi kachina dances in Arizona, to the Cherokee corn planting ceremonies, traditional Native people are celebrating the new growing season. Different tribes have different customs depending on what type of climate they live in and if they are nomadic or sedentary.

Buffalo hunters would tear down their winter camps and set out for their summer hunting grounds. The buffalo hunters would often have ceremonies and offerings of food or sacred herbs that would ‘call’ the buffalo to them, in hopes of a plentiful hunt, and if it was successful, they would have more ceremonies and celebrations to thank the Creator and the buffalo for their gifts of food and clothing.

Fishing people would have been repairing their fishing gear over the winter, and they would also have ceremonies and offerings for the Creator and the fish. Many sedentary tribes existed solely on agriculture. This caused many tribes to have complex religions and ceremonies. Because agriculture depended on the sun, moon and season, the ceremonies would coincide with the sun, moon and seasons changes. The Hopi for instance have one of the most complex religious systems in the world – everything has a ceremony for it. The life giving corn, beans and squash are regarded as sacred beings and are treated as such.

The Ojibwe and the Iroquois have similar complex ceremonies and religious traditions, the corn, beans and squash are called the “Three Sisters,” since when planted together the three plants nourish each other and support each others growth and health.

There are so many aspects to an agricultural society that dozens and dozens of books have been written just about the subject and many more incredible things are still being discovered about Native American religious traditions. The thing with these traditions, is that they are alive, they are still passed down today from one generation to the next. Native Americans know that this is a vital part of who we are as a human being, a people, a tribe and a clan, to remember these traditions and beliefs and keep them strong and pass them down for future generations. Our family respects, practices and takes to heart these traditions.

There is an old saying that goes, “We did not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we are merely borrowing it from our children.” This philosophy is respected and practiced everyday.