Thursday, September 29, 2011


Monday, September 26, 2011

Define Your Supreme Being

I am going to attempt to put into words my answer to the question, "How does your religion define the Supreme Being?"

Note this is my personal answer. I do not imagine myself able to answer this question for any set "religion" or any other person.

I prefer to use the word "Creator" and will do so here. 

Creator is Supreme over all things in the Universe. Some of the Native American Nations or Tribes call the Supreme Being "The Great Mystery" because He is such.

He created EVERYTHING. He is omnipotent. He is loving and truly wants only the best for all of His Creation-Earth, other planets, the stars, moon, trees, water, all animals, and humans.

He provides everything for us through His other creations. 

He expects us to treat each other and all of his creations with loving respect and reverence. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

List of Things I Like To Do

  1. Read--mostly non-fiction 
  2. Learn
  3. Listen to music
  4. Interact with people
  5. Attend Pow Wows or Pau Waus
  6. Sit around a fire with my closest friends
  7. Camp 
  8. Fish
  9. Hunt
  10. Cook
  11. Spend time with my Significant Other just being together
  12. Watch a good movie
  13. Spend time with my family
  14. Watch the animals and other aspects of Nature-being awed.

Native Wisdom Chapter 1 Questions

The questions posed to be answered by Ed McGaa, Eagle Man, during the speech that became the basis for Chapter One of the book are as follows:

  1. How does your religion define the Supreme Being?
  2. Share your thoughts on God. Did He create us?
  3. How does your religion explain the unknown, such as creation?
  4. Is this religion based on the existence of an immortal being?
  5. How did the "higher power" become the 'higher power"?
  6. How does your God manifest itself to humans?
  7. Is He always watching?
  8. Does your God have a gender?
  9. Is your religion defined by what one thinks and does?
  10. What is the underlying theme of your religion?
  11. Where do you believe your Supreme Being exists?
As you read and follow my blog within a blog about these questions and the others, it is imperative you remember that I am answering from my own heart and perspective. I do not, nor am I able to answer these questions for anyone else. 

As I was copying these questions from the book, I noticed that the Humanities students are already influenced by their upbringings, the society around them, media, etc. as we all are. They are assuming the "supreme Being" is male but then they realize the assumption and ask, "Does your God have a gender?"

I am looking forward to discovering my own beliefs in more depth as I answer these questions. My hope is that each of my readers will do the same thing. 

Some of My Favorite Songs

My Way

The Candy Man

Nobody Knows It But Me

Bless the Broken Road

Questions On Spirituality We Should All Answer for Ourselves

I began reading "Native Wisdom: Perceptions of the Natural Way" by Ed McGaa, Eagle Man. I only read a few pages. I read enough to understand that the book had come out of an invitation to speak, along with others of differing belief systems, at a college. He was addressing a Humanities class and they had submitted a set of questions they wanted to be answered by each speaker.

I turned to the back of the book and found the list of questions. Reading through these I realized that it would be truly beneficial for every person to answer these questions for themselves about themselves. 

In reality, how many of us can calmly, rationally and convincingly answer serious questions about our own Spiritual Beliefs?

Most of us were taught things like, "Never discuss religion." 'Never argue about religion."  and "Never discuss religion and politics in the same conversation."

I have never understood these idioms and I prefer to use the word Spirituality as opposed to religion. Your Spirituality, or claimed lack of it, affects every aspect of your thinking and living. How are we to ever understand and accept each other, if we do not discuss it?

These questions presented to Ed McGaa are divided up into sections, the sections reflecting a general category that the answers would fall under. He addresses each section of questions in a separate chapter of the book. These are as follows:

  1. Who is God?
  2. How did you become involved?
  3. Worldwide Philosophy
  4. Good, Evil and Afterlife
  5. Beseechment
  6. Miracles
  7. Rules, Restrictions and Conflict
  8. Hierarchy, Matriarchy, Patriarchy
  9. Government and Social Issues
  10. Followers of the Natural Way (note the sub-title of the book)
My plan is to answer the questions under each heading/chapter, for myself and where better to do this, than my blog? I would truly love to have a true conversation here on my blog, with my readers about this. Please do join in.

I make no promises about how often I will write but will try my best to write each week.