Monday, August 17, 2015

Tecumseh's Wisdom - Thoughts on Living with Death from the Native American Tradition

Today I want to share a beautiful piece that I received through someone who introduced me to the call at the end: "Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."! It comes from Tecumseh, Shawnee sachem (1763 - 1813) --

Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his (her) religion.
Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.

Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the Great Divide.

Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. 
Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools 
and robs the spirit of its vision.

When your time comes to die
be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death,
so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time
to live their lives over again in a different way.


And remember: There's tremendous sacredness and beauty awaiting us in this mystical event of our souls returning home to Spirit. A Great Reunion with Love itself! So I invite and encourage us all to live our lives FULLY every single day, make our bucket lists, and enJOY everything that we can right now, making sure that we find ways to delve into the mysteries of death so that whenever it comes, we are prepared for that "last adventure of life!"

Yours on the Journey - the Gift of Life itself, Maria Dancing Heart~~~~

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