Tom Bluewolf joins the show to talk about the lessons of peace, equanimity and divine purpose taught by his Muscogee Native American tradition.
Walking Each other Home (Opening) – Tom Bluewolf reflects on the common humanity we all share, an important reminder in our divisive culture. He speaks about the important role of ritual in bringing people together and shares the rights of passage he went through as a young man.
“For me, and for our people, the issue right now is being a person who is struggling to be a human being in a world that is rapidly forgetting what that means. We are all in the family of man, that’s not new. Our people believe, like a mutual friend of ours once said, that we are all walking each other home.” – Tom Bluewolf
Natural Equanimity (16:30) – We get a better context for the adversity that Native Americans have continued to face in recent times and the inherent quality of peace and equanimity that adversity has been met with.
“I was born in the late 1940’s and there was a lot of segregation in Alabama then. There was a white bathroom and black bathroom; a white water fountain and a black water fountain; and black people had to sit on the back of the bus. But native people had no bathroom, no water fountain and couldn’t even get on the bus. So, we were somehow ostracized in a way that came accepted.”- Tom Bluewolf
Making Room For the Divine (24:00) – Tom talks about finding the courage to give away that which is sacred to us in order to make room for what the creator has next for us. He and Raghu talk about the inner change we can make in order to better effect greater change in the world.
“Right now, it seems like the diseases we are suffering from are greed, fear and control. Once you get close to them, you get part of that feeling and it takes you away from this symbiotic relationship with the Mother. It puts you into another place that makes you feel like you are apart from nature, not a part of nature.”- Tom Bluewolf
No Coyote Stories (40:30) – Tom talks about the concept of karma and what the tradition of his people says about reincarnation.