'The Sacred Tree - Reflections on Native American Spirituality'
all the people of the earth, the Creator has planted a Sacred Tree
under which they may gather, and there find healing, power, wisdom and
security. The roots of this tree spread deep into the body of Mother
Earth. Its branches reach upward like hands praying to Father Sky.
The fruits of this tree are the good things the Creator has given to
the people: teachings that show the path of love, compassion,
generosity, patience, wisdom, justice, courage, respect, humility and
many other wonderful gifts.
ancient ones taught us that the life of the Tree is the life of the
people. If the people wander far away from the protective shadow of
the Tree, if they forget to seek the nourishment of its fruit, or if
they should turn against the Tree and attempt to destroy it, great
sorrow will fall upon the people. Many will become sick at heart. The
people will lose their power. They will cease to dream dreams and see
visions. They will begin to quarrel among themselves over worthless
trifles. They will become unable to tell the truth and to deal with
each other honestly. They will forget how to survive in their own
land. Their lives will become filled with anger and gloom. Little by
little they will poison themselves and all they touch.
was foretold that these things would come to pass, but that the Tree
would never die. And as long as the Tree lives, the people live. It
was also foretold that the day would come when the people would awaken,
as if from a long, drugged sleep; that they would begin, timidly at
first but then with great urgency, to search again for the Sacred Tree.
knowledge of its whereabouts, and of the fruits that adorn its branches
have always been carefully guarded and preserved within the minds and
hearts of our wise elders and leaders. These humble, loving and
dedicated souls will guide anyone who is honestly and sincerely seeking
along the path leading to the protecting shadow of the Sacred Tree.
Taken from the book 'The Sacred Tree - Reflections on Native American Spirituality'