GodsBigBlog: Native American Tori Isner — Want to Find Holy? Go Look at a Rock

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

An Army vet and a grandmother, Tori Isner is an adopted Lakota Sioux who traces her roots to the Eastern Band of Cherokee of North Carolina. She currently lives in Texas. 

Here’s what Tori told me about how and where she encounters Spirit:

“Living in the city, you forget how many stars there are. You forget how bright the night can be when the moon is full. It’s a family thing, the spiritual world. It’s a connectedness to everything around you, Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon, Grandfather Sun.

“Everything is part of the family. The buffalo is your brother. The standing people are the trees. They’ve been here a lot longer than you have, they can teach you.

Joshua Tree National Monument c 2009 B.F. Newhall

Joshua Tree National Monument c 2009 B.F. Newhall

“Go stand next to a big rock, see how big you really are. Go look at the ocean. That’s Creator, that’s beauty.

“With us, it’s Creator who created the food, created the buffalo, created the rocks, the grass, Mother Earth and everything we have. Creator did that. And we’re honored just to walk on it, just to live, just to be.

“Creator is in everything we do. And in everything we do, we give thanks. If I eat a meal, I make a Spirit plate. I take a little bit of food from everything that I have on my plate, and a little bit of tobacco, and put it out on the back porch.

“That’s giving thanks to Spirit for the food that I have and for the abundance that I have. It’s just a small thing I can do for the gifts that I get.

“You acknowledge that everything comes from Creator and that none of this is truly yours. You’re just borrowing it.

“Your body is a vehicle. Like the trees, that’s their form. And the plants, that’s their form. And the buffalo, and the horses and everything, those are their forms. These are all vehicles to carry the Spirit around.

“Everything that I am is from Creator. The greatest gift I can give is myself back to the one that created me. I am the only one that can authorize the offering of myself. No one else can. And I do that willingly.”

© 2009 Barbara Falconer Newhall

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    Posted April 23, 2009 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Tori sends along this link to the Native American Ten Commandments, by Kalita. The music is by Sacred Spirit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY3ZEvOfD1w

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