Chanku Luta (Red Road)

Hau Mitakuyapi
Take a minute, read, review, comment, we of the Dakota Nation may be forgotten in time, but for now we will never be ignored...I will see you on the Red Road of Life...Wopida Tanka
Hokshida Maza (Iron Boy) Bdewakantowan Dakota Akichita

Sunday, December 11, 2011


“They Are Coming…They Are Here”
Yesterday September 9, 2009 they showed themselves to me.  Their light is bright, definitive, attentive, their coming, and their also already here.
Our Fathers, our Grandfathers.  Our Mothers, our Grandmothers, our ancestors, our center.
I am so grateful, I am filled with love and compassion for them, for this time, and for everything I have been given.  And I am filled with love for the human race, mankind, and all people.  This is the goal, this is the objective.  Only love, compassion and kindness can change us, and prepare us for them.
Only love can prepare us for their coming, acceptance is the key to the continuation of mankind.
I am Anishinabe = Ojibwe/ Mdewakanton -Dakota.  I am American Indian, Native American, First Nation made of my father’s blood and of mother’s blood.
My Father was Mdewakanton - Dakota and my Mother was Anishinabe-Ojibwe.
We have about 27 months to prepare, or to continue preparing.  Prayer, belief, commitment are all within our grasp.  They are all free.  They are all necessities to a greater understanding and tools for acknowledgment.
I have always been told we are pitiful human beings.  And if not we will become pitiful in our own time.  There is no harm.  There is only transformation, enlightenment, the greater good if you will.
In my spiritual practice we honor the iyan, the stone, and the grandfathers.  They are the first beings.  They have been and they will always be.  They have been our support, our teachers, and our rock if you will, in hard times and in good times.
Respect life, honor thyself, and be of love not of hate.  Allow God to open your eyes ever so wide, ever so wider.  He wants you to see the change.  He wants you to be the change.  He wants you to know you are the change.  He wants you to know you have always been the change.  Do not live in fear, or anger.  They will only hold you back from drifting on the river of life, from wading in the waters of change.  He wants you to accept who you are today; remember you are as he wants you.
Be at Peace with yourself and with your life.  And when they see you, they will know you for who you truly are, and you will discover who you are in the reflection of their eyes.
Their love is so great, magnanimous, and unconditional that it could overwhelm you if you are not prepared.  I know this to be true, for I have experienced it.  In our ceremonies it has always been there.  That love, that comfort, the steady beat of the heart, the silence of the mind, the acceptance and the resolution.  The love is in those precious songs, Wakan Odowan as we say in our natural language; it is in those age old languages. Those deep, deep feelings we cannot seem to shake or destroy.  We have always had the key to direct communication.  Some of us have learned to understand that and accept that we have tools for camaraderie.
The truth is coming.  Whether we want to accept it or not.  It is not coming from without, it is coming from within.  And where are we when it comes to the “within.”  Are we being true to ourselves, to our God given being, or are we whoever we want to be.  We deceive ourselves with the belief that we know the truth.  Because of what we see and what we hear, or maybe even what we say.  Now to speak as a human being and to have the audacity to believe that what we are saying is the truth, now that’s frightening and that is what we need to fear.  We should fear ourselves and our own minds.  We are the enemy.
We have been told.  They have told us and we have chosen not to listen, and now it is too late.  They are coming and they are here.  When I say this to you where does your intellectual mind go, “who are they” of course.  Well we know them, we have always known them.  But we have chosen not to believe that we know them.  We have chosen to live as skeptics, questioners, doubters.  Well now it doesn’t matter, we are no longer in control of our own destiny; we have sold our choice for self gratification.  We have chosen to be consumers rather than cooperators.
The river is here.  The river is moving. What is your choice, what are you going to do.  You will have to make a choice and you will not be able to wait any longer.  Will you walk in, will you dive in, will you be afraid, or will you accept.
And once in the river will you fight the current, will you try to climb out back onto the shore, or will you grab onto your neighbor hoping that he will save you, or will you accept the river and go where it will take you.   You have a choice and you are making it now as you read, you made it when you picked up this book, you made it when you awoke this morning and faced another day.
Nothing I say here is new, so if you came looking for new, it’s not here. This is the old.  This is the known.  This is the subconscious and the super-subconscious.
Everything you have ever wanted you already have.  You have seen to that, they have seen to it that you do.  If your life is filled with the negative, it is because you have attracted the negative to you.  That is your own free will.  Now is the time for the positive.  You have been told this over and over.  They have told you, in your relationships, in your experiences, in your dreams.  You have chosen not to hear, even though you may have listened, you refused to hear.  And that my friend is your karma.
In our ceremonies we have learned to learn.  We have in silence been taught, throughout the millennia we have been right where we were meant to be and we have not strayed.  Others have tried to move us from the path, but we have accepted and resisted.  You know that history.  It is your history too, especially if you call yourself an American.
But now the time for demarcation and division is gone, it is over.  Some will see and some will not.  But we are at a time now when our participation is not optional.  Participation is not mandatory either.  That might seem to be a dichotomy but once you ask and you have the answer, the understanding will be in the answer, and you will discover you have had the answer all the time.
Ask them to help you, they will, they are not of the negative, they are not polarized as you and I are, they are only there and now they are here.  Speak to them, help them to help you.  Be yourself; live in the light, even if for one day.  Be there for them and they will see you and you will see yourself, sometimes in them.
President Barack Obama said in his speech yesterday the “time for action is now”.  See, you are being told.  He was talking on health care in America, but he could just as easily have been talking to the starving in Uganda, or the prisoner in Thailand or the poor in Moscow.  And I know he was talking to you.
Find solitude, find the quiet in you, and remain there for awhile.  Don’t interrupt yourself.  Hear your heart and your soul speak to you.  Be at one with yourself.  The message is there.  Look deep into your well, look way down past the garbage you have piles upon yourself and find that light, that innocence.
I can only implore you so much, much is up to you.  I am only one messenger in a world of thousands.    But I would not be saying these things to you if I did not truly love you.  Even though you don’t know me and we have never met and may never meet.
Every day around the world a bell tolls and rings every hour on the hour in a church or a chapel, hear it and then listen to it, the message is there, in the sweet sound of life, of love of compassion.  They want you to hear, to listen and to hear.  But you have to turn away from the intellectual mind and turn to the spiritual mind.
Once I spoke to a group of people at a retreat in Minnesota, that’s where I’m from, and I tried to tell them of the spiritual mind and how we have access to it and how it would guide us if we would only allow it to take control.
But rather than hear me and listen, they chose to ask questions, interrupt and come to their own conclusions before I had the chance to explain it to them.  They were not ready.  It was very sad for me to see that happen to them.  But they chose to separate, investigate and they used their intellectual minds, which were very powerful, and develop conclusions based on who I was, and not on what I said.
We have all done this.  I have done it.  But during the last year or so, I was active in my addiction, alcohol and drugs and I too allowed the frailty of my humanness to lead me and to run my life, my program.  In AA we say “program” a lot while speaking of our attempts to recover from numerous bouts of active using.
But for me the lesson was that I am frail, weak, easily distracted, taken off course, waylaid. In short I am human.
I was running because of fear, I was afraid of me.  I was using, kicking up the dirt, dust and grime of my addictive behavior so that I would not have to really see me.  I used others as excuses.  Fortunately for me I have a wife who did not give up on me and brought me back into recovery.
But I allowed my own human weakness to conjure up my disbelief systems.  And did they ever come alive.  I separated myself from all that was truly me, my wife, my friends, my family, my canupa (my pipe).  Oh my God, my canupa, my center, my life and my love in its essence.
Fear, selfishness, resentment, anger, alcoholic disease, these are all the antithesis of who I am, and what I am suppose to be doing.   My life should be of God and not of me.  I am my own greatest distraction.
But here today, a short time into my recovery my insight is returning, my attentiveness has sharpened.
Much has been said about the great change that some say is coming and others have said is here.  So I am not alone in my beliefs.

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