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Hear me, not for myself, but for my people. … Hear me that they may once more go back into the sacred hoop and find the good red road, the shielding tree! – Black Elk

The dawn of the 21st century marks a time of great cultural renewal and individual and collective healing among the Native peoples of North America. The growing sobriety movement in Indian Country represents just one dimension of this larger process of personal and tribal revitalization.

The Four Laws of Change

  • Change is from within.

  • In order for development to occur it must be preceded by a vision.

  • A great learning must occur.

  • You must create a healing forest.

The Four Laws of Change suggest an inclusive or integral approach to wellness for individuals, families, communities and entire nations.

The Sacred Hoop

A Hoop of 100 Eagle Feathers that would become a key spiritual element of the Wellbriety Movement.

The elders spiritually placed into the Hoop four sacred gifts or intentions to be carried by the Hoop wherever it went on its journey of healing in both Native and non-Native communities alike.

These are the four Gifts of the Sacred Hoop:

  • Eastern Direction: Healing

  • Southern Direction: Hope

  • Western Direction: Unity

  • Northern Direction: The Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

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A very close friend confided in me recently that they had seemed to become disconnected from the world around them.  I told them that sometimes,  disconnection from one’s immediate environment can be a positive experience. It gives one a period of time to stand back and re-evaluate the world around them and correct the issues that create the disparity they are encountering.  We all have arrived at points in our lives where situations or circumstances begin to overwhelm the natural flow of our normalcy.  And as with any difficulty,  it is best to take the some time to examine all angles before jumping into something and this is the time we are given to accomplish this task.  “Look before you leap” as the old adage suggests, as one needs to know what awaits them once their feet leave the ground.  Once they leave the ground, it’s not the fall that kills you but the landing.  We all have the time to do this, even though it seems in many cases we have become a nation of instant gratification.

I completely understand about the disconnect and have experienced first hand on several occasions.  Though this condition can effect people differently, the basic concept here is that we feel alone. We have no one to confide in or offer us support, even if in reality, we actually do that network.  Those important aspects of our lives becomes less significant and the world becomes a bit darker and colder place.

It could be that a change in one’s environment, in one’s relationships or within one’s own psyche or spirit  is needed to find our way again.  This is where one must decide to find within themselves a different path. Each individual, if they sit and honestly assess the factors that have conjured up this declination,  will realize what aspects of their life needs to change. Yes, some changes are very difficult while others can be simple adjustments.  Either way, for one to find excitement in life or contentment within themselves takes taking that first step, then following with the next until you discover you are back on your intended life’s journey. It may not be an easy passage, but it will be well worth the effort.


And for your viewing pleasure: Middle Fork of the Powder River, Wyoming


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We all know people who have hit rock bottom in their lives.  Hitting rock bottom comes in many shapes and sizes.  It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.  And it can happen to you.
Being at rock bottom can seem a hopeless and solitary place to be in.  You may believe that you are the only one who has declined to this level, but I can tell you that many others have bottomed out before you and are now living a successful life.
The first step is to recognize rock bottom for what it really is.  Rock Bottom is a  temporary situation with doors that lead out and up.  All you need to do is reach for them.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
Learn to accept who you are, for you are unique. Your strengths and your weaknesses define you, the person, and give value to not only you, but to the world around you.

Know your purpose:  Identify your life purpose and you will have your own a compass that will lead you to your true destination.

Know your values:  What do you value most? Check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn’t align with any of your  values then reconsider.

During these difficult times, continue to look for the positive, find the strength you do possess, and remember that there is always a new day ahead of you.  It worked for me.  It will work for you.


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