The PoemThe Red Road


The long road winding began in the stars, spilled onto the mountain tops, was carried in the snow to the  streams, to the rivers, to the ocean. It covers Canada, Alaska, America, Mexico to Guatemala, and keeps winding around the indigenous.

 The Red Road is a circle of people standing hand in  hand, people in this world, people between people in the Spirit world, Star people, Animal people, Stone  people, River people, Tree people. The Sacred Hoop.

 To walk the Red Road is to know sacrifice and  suffering. It is to understand humility. It is the  ability to stand naked before the Creator in all  things for your wrong doings, for your lack of   strength, for your discompassionate way, for your  arrogance. Because to walk the Red Road you always know you can do better. And you know, when you do good  things, it is through the Creator, and you are  grateful.

 To walk the Red Road is to know you stand on equal  ground with all living things. It is to know that  because you were born human, It gives superiority over  nothing. It is to know that every creation carries a Spirit, and the river knows more than you do, the   mountain knows more than you do, the stone people know more than you do, the trees know more than you do, the   wind is wiser than you are, and animal people carry wisdom. You can learn from every one of them because they have something you don’t. They are void of evil   thoughts. They wish vengeance on no one, they seek

To walk the Red Road, you are given rights. You have the right to pray, you have the right to dance, you   have the right to think, you have the right to protect, you have the right to know Mother Earth, you  have the right to dream, you have the right to vision, you have the right to teach, you have the right to learn, you have the right to grieve, you have the right to happiness, you have the right to fix the wrongs, you have the right to truth, you have the right to the Spirit World.

To walk the Red Road is to know your Ancestors, to  call to them for assistance. it is to know that there is good medicine, and there is bad medicine. It is to know that Evil exists, but is cowardly, as it is often  in disguise. It is to know there are evil spirits who  are in constant watch for a way to gain strength for  themselves at the expense for you.

 To walk the Red Road, you have less fear of being  wrong, because you know that life is a journey, a  continuous circle, and a sacred hoop. Mistakes will be  made, and mistakes can be corrected. if you will be  humble, for if you cannot be humble, you will never  know when you made a mistake.

 If you walk the Red Road, you will know that every  sorrow leads to a better understanding, every horror cannot be explained, but can offer growth.

 To walk the Red Road is to look for beauty in all  things. To walk the Red Road is to know you will one  day cross to the Spirit World, and you will not be  afraid .

I walk the Red Road.

                              …. Unknown

 

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