We need to know something of this philosophy to understand the "Medicine
or things which served the health of body, mind and spirit.
Among all religions, there has always been a simple religion taught to the masses and a special, deeper philosophy taught to those who were selected by various means to serve the masses as either Holy leaders, healers or a combination of both. This is true of many doctrines including Buddhism, Christianity, Mohammedanism and Mormon to name a few. This practice was and is also true of other less well known religions including Native Americans
. Many of the non Christian teachings have been lost to many tribal cultures who are now failing due to the Christian influence often forced upon them by zealous and pious individual's who sought to make themselves alright' by inflicting their belief's on all peoples of the earth.
The advanced teachings of the "Nature Philosophy" were usually taught by the Medicine people to their sons and daughters, or to any young person in the community who showed a deeper awareness of all life around them and expressed an interest in finding deeper truths of life. If sufficient interest and proficiency was shown, the young man or woman was adopted by the Medicine Teacher and initiated into the teaching of the "Natural Way which included the arts of healing and special mental training, including what is referred to today as psychic perceptions and to the uninformed that which is called magic. All of these teachings were given verbally and the student was required to commit them to memory and when the time came for them to assume the role of teacher they passed these teaching on through a rich tradition of oral communication.
With a commitment to yourself, your community and Great Spirit, you can prepare yourself for these thought's and accept them as your truth's and deepen your appreciation for the circle of life which you have chosen to follow.
The time for a renewal of the Spirit is upon us and will intensify as the world is systematically destroyed by greed, wars, sewage, selfishness, and misguided egos. We must act now if we are to survive the negative influences of belief's which ask us to destroy others in the name of God those that don't believe what the stronger more influential believe. The way to enact the truth's which you will be shown in lesson's to come is to walk your walk, and talk your talk. Teach by example not by ego. When others see that you are happy and peaceful and healthy they will want to know more. You will then be obliged to transition from student to teacher to help your fellow spirit's to live a better life. The time has come to take back the power that Great Spirit has given us, from the politician's and the so called religious leaders who themselves are corrupted by the very systems which control them.
The increased interest in Indian affairs along with the increased numbers of people who are searching for wisdom, natural living, and natural medicine, have since proven the need for the manifestation of this vision. In order to KNOW, the people must be taught, and to teach is the mission of all who undertake to follow the path of Nature and Great Spirit.
The purpose of these monographs which comprise the "Nature Philosophy" is to provide an exposure of the old philosophy and teachings to all who feel the Call of Nature and wish to be ''Wiaki,'' a Real Person, a true Indian. This philosophy is not advanced as a religious doctrine which prospective students must believe. The Indian has always felt that each person must come to know the Great Spirit for him or herself, for it is through this personal relationship that we discover our own Medicine, and thus determine our own path in life.
There are, however, certain truths which are inherent in every religion, in every tribe which teaches and practices "Nature Philosophy". The acceptance of these concepts will free the mind from crippling restrictions which have been imposed by the society of the white race and the religious doctrinal practices found in that culture. There are included here, quotations by Indian leaders and wise people from several different tribes over a two hundred year period which clearly show the widespread acceptance of these concepts.
The Native American did not speculate on abstract concepts and ideas. The belief was that if Great Spirit wanted a truth to be known, He would cause this truth to be made manifest in Nature for people to contemplate upon.
"The Indian made an effort to know of spiritual things from his own observations of nature, because all truth can be found in Nature. There is a spiritual beauty in the realization that the world has been deliberately made or created, and is in perfect balance ecologically, and that is not by chance. Lastly, it is based upon spiritual revelation of the truth to the individual. When it happens for you, you then KNOW... and no one else can tell you otherwise
"Civilized people depend to much on man-made printed pages. I turn to the Great Spirit's books which is the whole of his Creation. You can read a big part of that book if you study nature, You know, if you take all your books, lay them out under the sun, and let the snow and rain and insects work on them for a while, there will be nothing left. But the Great Spirit has provided you and me with the opportunity for study in nature's university, the forests, the rivers, the mountains and the animals which include us.
"Everything as it moves,
now and then, here and there,
The bird as it flies stops in one place to make its nest,
and in another to rest in its flight.
A man when hegoes forth stops when he wills.
So the god has stopped.
The sun, which is so bright and beautiful,
is one place where he has stopped.
The moon, the stars, the winds, he has been with.
The trees, the animals, are all where he has stopped,
and the Indian thinks of these places and sends prayers there
to reach the place where the god has stopped
and win help and a blessing. "
-Anonymous Dakota Sioux wise man circa 1890