Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Touching by Hyemeyohsts Storm - Seven Arrows Revisited

 This is from a beautiful book and a truly inspired work by Hyemeyohsts Storm called Seven Arrows which was published in 1972.  It was written in the form of fiction with beautiful art work, photos, and illustrations of Native Americans.  I had another post quite some time ago that was taken from this book, which I highly recommend that you also read if you liked this post.  I will give that link at the end of this blog entry.


To Touch and Feel is to Experience.  Many people live out their entire lives without really Touching  or being Touched by anything.  These people live within a world of mind and imagination that may move them sometimes to joy, tears, happiness or sorrow.  But, these people never really Touch.  They do not live and become one with Life.

The Sun Dancer believes that each person is a unique Living Medicine Wheel, powerful beyond imagination, that has been limited and placed upon this Earth to Touch, Experience and Learn.   The Six Grandfathers Taught me that each man, woman and child at one time was a Living Power and existed somewhere in time and space.  These Powers were without form, but they were aware.  They were alive.

Each Power possessed boundless energy and beauty. These living Medicine Wheels were capable of nearly anything.  They were beautiful and perfect in all ways except one.  They had no understanding of limitation, no experience of substance.  These beings were total energy of the Mind, without Body or Heart.  They were placed upon Earth that they might Learn the things of the Heart through Touching.

According to the Teachers, there is only one thing that all people possess equally.  This is their loneliness.  No two people on the face of this Earth are alike in any one thing except for their loneliness.  This is the cause of our Growing, but it is also the cause of our wars.

Love, hate, greed and generousity are all rooted within our loneliness, within our desire to be needed and loved.

The only way that we can overcome our loneliness is through Touching.  It is only in this way that we can learn to be Total Beings.  God is a pressence of this Total, Heamavihio, the Breath of Wisdom and Miaheyyum , Total Understanding are but two words in the Cheyenne language which express this Wholeness.



Pam Bickell said...

Hi Mike, Thanks for this post--I may have seen this book somewhere in my youth. It sounds beautiful--they did fiction up right back in the 70s!I'm going to find a copy of it to read. Thanks for the reminder. I would like to post this at my blog, too, with your permission...
I, too, have been attacted to Native Indian teachings. This particular section is so interesting because it has us as perfected spirit beings who lack only one thing--touching and connection. In studying Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings, if I understand this right, we're in the opposite situation, caught up in our senses, in this illusory world and must detach from them to ascend, eventually, to an enlightened state. It's good to follow our hearts, and that there are so many paths to the one home.

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Pam:

Glad that you like this post and you have my permission to post it on your blog along with anyone else who would like to. Just give credit to oit'ss source & a link to my blog somewhere.

Kindest regards,