Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wolf Wupila (thanksgiving)

There is a ceremony of "Thanksgiving" of certain First Nations called Wupila.  When a person has a birthday or wants to celebrate an important event with thanksgiving they perform a Wupila.  Unlike "white American" culture, instead of expecting gifts from others on a personal celebratory event, the person of the celebration gives away gifts to all the participants.  The interesting karmic occurrence of such a ritual, is that by the end of a cycle when at one time or another each person performs a Wupila, all the participants end up receiving gifts.

My belief is that by our giving thanks and the gifts of the rights of survival and evolution to the different predator spirits that inhabit our environment, they in turn, at least on a cosmic level, give gifts of physical and spiritual evolution to us in turn.  Just as Mother Earth is constantly performing the ritual of Wupila and giving us her sacred gifts of wisdom, life, and beauty; should not we honour her with gifts of life and beauty as well?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Wolf: Physical and Spiritual Evolutionary Predator

There is a theory, that in general, the male human feels they must be the top/dominant predator.  This leads to a conclusion that top predators should be exterminated in certain geographical areas.

The Turtle Island First Nations have traditional, and I believe personal beliefs, that top predators have a necassary and sacred role to fulfill in maintaining balance in the spiritual and physical evolution of life on this planet.

I would like to share with you an excerpt from the book "Yellow Wolf: His Own Story", by L.V. McWhorter:

"It was a Spirit of a wolf that appeared to me.  Yellow-like in color, it sort of floated in the air.  Like a human being it talked to me, and gave me its power.

... After I saw this wolf-thing, after I heard the Spirit-voice, I awoke and started for home.  When near to maybe quarter of mile home, I dropped down, supposed dead.  They had seen me, had watched for me.  It was good for the one finding me.

That was how I got named Yellow Wolf.  Named for that vision-wolf appearing to me.  It was yellow-colored, and gave me the power of the wolf."