Body Language

Body language

Have you ever wondered how the medical establishment views health? Well if we put the pieces of the puzzle
together perhaps we can better understand the true intentions of medical
sciences. Consider this, when you have a problem with your health, say
…arthritis, you make an appointment with your doctor in order to feel
better … in order to be healed of the malady which has been visited upon
you. When you get to the doctor you explain to them that you are
experiencing pain and joint discomfort, loss of strength and vitality.
The doctor then examines you, possibly runs some tests and comes back
with the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. In your mind you envision
the crippled hands and joints of one suffering from this debilitating
disease and quickly ask the doctor if he can heal you… the doctor takes
out his little pad and writes down a prescription telling you that
although rheumatoid arthritis in not curable he can lessen the pain and
slow the destruction of the dis ease , and like many you thank him for
helping you to overcome this painful ailment and hurry off to the
pharmacy to get your medicine. Well… lo and behold, the medicine works
and you feel much better, everything is back to normal. You continue
your prescription remedy and every thing seems fine, except that is for
the slight headache and stomach discomfort…not bad just a little bother,
nothing serious…must be a touch of the flu or something. Then after a
couple of months you begin to feel tenderness around your mid section, a
bloating kind of tenderness, and for some reason you seem to have
picked up a kidney infection. Better get back to the doctor for another
prescription. So you make another appointment and the doctor examines
you, and says, yes you seem to have a kidney infection and your pancreas
is swollen and inflamed. But don’t worry take these pills and you will
feel better. You ask him why am I having this trouble and the doctor
says, well, it could be your diet, or you could just be getting old, you
nod, and take the prescription to your local pharmacy and pick up your
medication, and the game plays on…..

This is how the medical community works, by prescription, they are not in it for the cure, that
would be a silly and self destructive thing to do. If they cure you, you
don’t come back.. If you don’t come back they go out of business. In
other words, curing you is the last thing they intend to do. You are no
good to them if you are healthy. So if the doctor sees you as a monetary
asset why on earth would you think he had your best interest and health
at heart?

Well believe it or not, millions of people are life long
members of the false health system, and they have the ill health to
prove it! With prescription regimens consisting sometimes of dozens of
medications to deal with everything from indigestion to athletes foot
and every thing in between. It is no wonder that the majority of the
worlds population are suffering, getting sicker faster and dying slowly
as they become less and less vital leading to inevitable death at the
hands of medical science. Yes we pay dearly to die at the hands of the
medical establishment, and they just love us for it!

So how can we change this self destructive course we are on… after all, its not
just the prescriptions that are killing us, there are toxins in every
thing we touch, eat, drink, wear and breathe. In the following text we
will explore options and remedies that if taken seriously and used will
bring us to a place of true and vital health. Will this guarantee life
long disease and chronic pain free health? Speaking from experience I will say emphatically

So here we go, the adventure awaits…..

Where does ill health come from?

This may seem an obvious question to many, but if you buy into the genetic
marker disease argument then I need to bust that bubble . Genetics may
play a part in our propensity for dis ease… but if we are nutritionally
sound then there is no correlation no reason that our genetic make up
should lead inevitably to ill health. It is only when our bodies can not
sustain itself due to lack of nutrition that we fall ill and open the
doors to those genetic markers. The problem is.. That today, nutrition
can not be found in our commercial food industries, the products we
purchase touting the nutritional benefits of vegetables, fruits and even
meats are misleading at beast and criminal at worst. When your purchase processed
food products you are purchasing dead nutrition-less food,
chocked full of chemicals and preservatives, none of which are beneficial
to the body and all of which are harmful. But we can not stop here…
there’s more.

Food is one way in which the medical establishment
corrupts the body and creates new patients, but what about the other
things we ingest or consume on a daily basis? Every thing, shampoo,
mouth wash, toothpaste, deodorant, make up, hair dye, all carcinogens,
with a guarantee of toxic effect. Then we move on to the clothes we
wear, shoes, gloves, socks , and even our underwear, babies diapers,
pajama’s you name it.. If it is not made of unbleached undyed cotton or
other natural fabrics your skin will soak up toxins on a continual

It’s easy to over look the toxic environment, we focus so much on
what the governments and industry do blatantly yet all the while we are
soaking up toxins from every available source. It is no wonder that the
worlds population are sick and dying, the medical and consumer industry
have provided the perfect vector for their poisons.

How can we possibly expect to retain health in such a deadly environment? To be
honest, it will take more than a clean and chemical free food supply,
more than safe and pure drinking water, it will take sacrifice, a change
in lifestyle, and a change in how you view health and nutrition. The
things I will tell you here are not secrets held by a chosen few over
the ages nor will they be new scientific models given by the medical
establishment, it‘s not a new way of looking at health.. The things I
will tell you are simple, ancient and provable the only issue you will
have is your commitment and desire to live a vital and healthy life, if
the commitment is there then you can achieve health… I know some of you
will say, well it may be easy for you but not where I live… but then I
did not say it was going to be easy, nothing worth having is easy, but
if you truly are committed to your health then you will find a way to
institute these simple lifestyle changes which in many ways will be much
more accessible and cheaper to come by..

The Vital Diet
There is only one way in which to insure that your body gets the nutritional
elements it needs to function properly in order to retain vitality. You
have heard of the food pyramid, designed by the American Food and Drug
Administration, a guide to daily nutritional needs. Well I find that the
information and literature on this subject are much more useful when
used as the lining on bird cages. The correct and wholesome (with the
life therein) nutritional chart reads much better …it goes like this;

Fruits, Grains, Vegetables, Nuts, and Seeds.
A daily diet which involves these five food groups is by far the more
advantageous route to health., (do ya hear me FDA, lets talk!). If this
sounds kind of simple and basic… well that’s cause it is. But there is
more to it, let me explain… before civilization, and the advent of
communal life where one size fit everyone… people did not sit down to
dinner, they did not ingest food that was prepared, cooked or baked…
although roots and grains were boiled because of the density and
digestibility, mostly the foods were eaten on a continuous basis,,,or on an
as needed basis. This is because the energy of live food afforded the
most nutrition then and it still does today.

Eat your food raw as much as possible, vegetables cooked, steamed
or boiled have very little if any nutritional value, it is dead food,
processing kills nutrition every time!
The body does not have a time schedule for nutrition, there are
too many variables, activity, age, and environment. The body is a
machine, a self regulating machine, a self medicating machine.. Eating
large nutritionally dead meals may fill you up for the moment, but the
truth of the matter is you are overloading your digestive tract, and
causing excess bacteria and toxins to attach themselves to your system,
your body is full of nothing but useless dis ease building material. It
may taste good, and smell good but like everything else the propaganda
machine puts out…it’s a lie. A diet of fresh vital fruits, vegetables,
grains, nuts and seeds eaten on a continual basis will provide your body
with everything it needs to retain health and vitality. Snacking your
way to health instead of eating your way to dis ease.

I can not control the circumstances or difficulties that you may face due to area,
legalities, or monetary issues, these are beyond my ability to change.
What I can do however, is show you what can be achieved in the simplest
way possible for you to stay vital in the face of the environmental
toxins and dis ease that effects all of us.

A steady diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds , any nuts and seeds, some may hold
better vitamin or protein density, but if you are able to mix it up you
will get what you need. You can purchase dry fruit which if dried
naturally will retain its nutritional benefits, or you can dehydrate
them yourself. There are many ways to make a solar dehydrator, and lots
of information can be found online. Vegetables should be eaten raw, but
can also be dried, the more water content the better the nutritional
value after drying. Seeds such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin
seeds etc. are excellent sources of protein and other nutrients, and
wild harvested seed grasses have high nutritional value. Grains such as
wild rice, wheat, barley etc. are dense and require heat to release the
nutrients inside , which makes them an excellent match for legumes, rice
combined with beans make up a complete amino acid peptide chain, a
power house of balanced nutrition, combine that with fresh raw onions,
celery, carrots etc. and nothing could be more healthy! Juices are
essential but, you should not mix your fruits too much,. When we eat or
drink our mouth secretes enzymes which tell the stomach what it will be
digesting, regulating the stomach acids so that it is in balance.
Because fruits like apples have differencing sugars than say a
grapefruit this can sometimes if done frequently enough cause stomach
digestion issues.

Make yourself a little bag of goodies to take with you
every day, instead of filling your stomach with processed dead food,
grab a handful of dried fruit, nuts and or seeds. Eat it slowly,
allowing the enzymes to do their job, you will find not only are you
less hungry, but your energy level will not spike up and down. Do this
every day, then when you get home at night , eat a well balanced meal,
including meat if you like, but keep in mind that it takes the stomach
much longer to digest meat, so don’t eat as much. Also drinking during
the meal can weaken the stomach acids causing slow or incomplete

Another way to make sure that the stomach is ready for a
balanced meal is to eat an apple about thirty minutes before your meal.
This allows fiber for digestion and other nutrients good for digestion.
Don’t over eat! Stop before you are full, your stomach will love you for


Body Language, How The Body Talks

*Note, Body Language should have been published first, my mistake!

In my previous blog I discussed the need for vital, and wholesome food consumption for optimal health, but there are other ways in which we can also help our body to make the most of our daily diet. Beyond food and nutrition there is the body communication.

Once again if we retrace our steps backwards to our ancestors we will find that we are very different in our physiology as well as our mental and emotional states. Our ancestors viewed life very differently from what we perceive as life today.. The goals were of a more simpler and holistically pure motivation… food and shelter. Simple survival.

Today our goals are no longer simple, survival has taken on a different meaning. We do not eat for survival anymore.. we eat for pleasure, social interaction, taste and our appetites have grown, but not out of necessity, the amount of wholesome food required for health is not excessive and is far less then what we consume on a daily basis.

Eating is much more a social interaction of status and fulfillment of the taste buds. The exception to this rule would be the always in a hurry just grab a bite swallow and run attitude toward food. When we sit down to order a meal do we first consider what it is that our body needs? Do we even know? Sadly … and i say this sincerely …no we don’t. In fact i think it is safe to say that for the majority the thought never enters the equation. We want well cooked tasty food, and we want it quick and affordable! Is it any wonder that the vast majority of people living today are chronically ill and vitamin deficient, if food is not nutritious, if it does not feed the body, then what exactly can you expect of your health.

Listening to your body talk

The body is a wonderfully constructed machine… what we see as a simple task such as picking up a newspaper actually requires millions of chemical releases within the body and brain.. these chemical interactions produce the required bodily actions..increasing and decreasing blood flow, muscle contractions,eye movement, and the translation of visual to chemical stimulus needed to complete the task… yet, did you tell your body what to do?

Did you tell it which hormones to release, how much, and for how long? Did you mentally do the math required to perform the function? Need I say more… lets face it… your body is much smarter, faster and accurate than you will ever be. It can do the math and complete the equation before you have had time to add 1+1, and if you think you are good at multi-tasking think again. The body handles millions of body functions twenty four hours a day 365 days a year, non stop… over and over without a hitch… until it runs out of nutrition.

The only way that the body functions is with specific fuel… The only way to health is through nutrition, the body can only use vitamins, minerals and proteins, and they must be organic, fresh and wholesome. If you deprive the body of the essentials then you deprive yourself of health and will surely damage and possibly kill the body that sustains you. This is a cold hard fact… if you do not eat a nutritious diet your body can not function, will not function and you will find yourself a victim of any available dis ease that comes your way.

Pain, how come it hurts when i do this?

Ever have those aches and pains that seem to constantly bother you for a day or two and then subside..get more manageable only to recur more severe over time..till evertually the pain becomes unbearable and we finally go to the doctor for the heftly clinic fee, treatment fee, x-rays and the prescription… maybe it was an infection, anemia, bronchitis or one of the many other illness’s associated with mal nutrition…yes that’s right..those fast food burgers, and trendy restaurants may have provided a pleasant social environment or a quick lunch on the go…but they did not come bearing gifts of nutritious bounty… they instead added more work for already nutritionally deprived body. How come your doctor did not tell you that?

There are many ways that the body talks to you… skin rashes, headaches, indigestion, tenderness in the mid section, muscle cramps… these are signals that something is not working right… your body is communicating not only within to the necessary nerves, cells, and hormones…but to you also. Learning to hear what your body is saying is not hard.. eating nutritious wholesome food is the only prescriptive cure.

It’s Time

Walkinturle had a surprise guest on her radio program tonight.  A fellow called in to talk with her as she covered for another host.  The programs on her station are very informative and usually cover either politics or current events.  During the second hour of the program, tonight’s surprise show took a turn for the Spiritual.  When the caller suggested she contact a Native American living in Canada, the show took a deep spiritual turn.  Our Creator works in mysteriously wonderful ways.

Walkinturtle is very spiritual anyway…in fact, she is amazing.  She was not supposed to be on the radio tonight, but when the regular host did not show up (she suspects that him being from Ireland and it was St Patrick’s Day may have had something to do with that!) she had to take over the program.  Can’t have dead air in radio!

She and her surprise guests, Hugh, talked about all of us living in a truly humane way, that we are all connected and if we would just live in harmony, help each other when one needs help, and love each other, despite our difference, how much better a place Earth would be. Walkinturtle said we need to get back to and learn the old ways.  (She has always said that, wise woman that she is!)

At the suggestion of Hugh, Walkinturtle phoned Mr Whitehorse Standing, ans he took things a bit deeper.  I can hear many a mainstream church-goer gasping right about now.  To the surprise of Walkinturtle and her listeners, who had tuned in to hear a program on political issues, Mr Whitehorse Standing spoke of all of us as Spiritual beings, energy.  Our energy is thought, word, deed…think it, speak it, do it.  Some of us have heard something similar, but not put quite this poignantly.  Mr Whitehorse Standing is an Elder…He went on to say that everything was created in Love and in complete harmony and holism…and that We were one with Creator and Creator was one with us.

He spoke of many other things before his short time was up, but he agreed to come back to speak more truth and teach more of the old ways.  It was a truly amazing hour.  And it is about time someone said these things.  It is time to return to the old ways.  Respecting one another, helping our neighbors, having a sense of community and pride.  Taking care of each other.  In fact, it is way past time!

May we realize, before it is too late, that we are all, indeed, connected, that we are one with Our Creator and that each of us deserves the respect and love of all.  That it is better to strive for and live in peace.  That we are, and can be, a blessing to ourselves, each other and this planet.  Our purpose awaits…so what are we waiting for?



Turtle Wisdom

Turtle Wisdom

This is a time of great change.
This is a time of coming together.
This is the time for all relations to remember,
who and where we come from.

For many years I have walked across this great Turtle Island, seeking the wisdom’s and lessons of my relations.
Always I have listened to and followed the path of the Creator, and in this, I have and continue to be blessed. Now I feel it is time to share that which I have learned with those who will hear. Not because I have learned all that can be taught, (if I lived to be 1000 years old there would still be more left unlearned at my time of passing than all I could hope to learn in this momentary existence called life), but because I see a great capacity for our race to heal or destroy that which sustains us. We stand at this moment upon a crossroads, the path we choose to take will determine not only our own life, but the lives of every living thing that shares this earth we call home.

It is time to open your eyes, look around you, see your relations, understand your connection to the true family, the “One Family”. We must find the courage to see through the Hate, Jealousy, and apathy that has silently filled our lives. There is no enemy that sits at your doorstep except those you choose to create. It is always within your power to make peace with your relations, to find compassion and empathy for those you see now as less than you.

Look beyond yourselves, see the needs of your brothers and sisters, do not deny aid to those around you. Bring them gifts of love, understanding, compassion.

Teach all that you meet to see the beauty of life, not in words, but in actions, words are no more than a leaf on the wind, which passes before us then is gone. It is the walk we walk that remains in ones heart. If we give love, if we offer help to those in need, then we give lasting hope, and the courage to meet one’s own destiny. No one is alone, all actions good or bad continue onward.

Do not live your life by the words of others, or determine your worth by the things you possess. There is no possession that remains, all things pass. Only you can change what is within, there is no material thing that can make you what you are. If you are unhappy, then look within yourself, make peace with your own fears. Do not strike out at another for that which you create.

Walk in honor, pray always, give thanks in all things. Know that you are the creator of your life, and that what you give is returned to you in kind. Look around you, see the beauty of creation as it is meant to be, understand that life does not happen as you choose, but as it should be.

Join with others sing the songs of thanks and blessings even in the darkest of times. There can be no beauty within your heart if you do not choose to see it with your eyes, and hear it with your ears or speak it with your mouth.

You determine your walk, and strength of spirit, if you are weak it is because you choose to be, if you cannot see the rainbow of life within yourself it is because you choose the darkness. Your strength comes from the bond you share with all your relations, the creator has made it so.

Do not forget where you have come from, remember the connection you share, draw strength from the great web of life.

Welcome those who will come to you in need, give freely of your heart mind and spirit.
Together we are strong and our beauty is shared throughout the universe as the light of creation.

Make your life a walk of love. In this, you will always honor the Creator.

P. M. Walkinturtle

© Copyright 2010 P. M. Walkinturtle (UN: walkinturtle at Writing.Com). All rights reserved.

Shall We Stand

Shall We Stand

In my vision there is a great crossing, a crossing so immense that one can not see from end to end. It is here that i stand, a barren, dry, brown land. The wind gathers up the dust of ages long forgotton and tosses them to the heavens where they once again begin their descent to join those who wait. My flesh tingling from the tiny grains rushing past me as if they too know the time is nigh. The ancestors voices call, they say to me… now we stand with you upon the crossroads of destiny! We call to the great mystery to guide you, so that you may honor that which has been given freely! I say to the ancestors, which direction shall i take, as there are four in which to choose..each the same as the other as far as i can see? There is silence. I turn my gaze to the crossroads  before me, cutting through the barren land like great scars upon the earth.

“listen!” i hear the ancestors say. As i listen a sound seems to reach out from a great distance… the sound low and far away at first …becomes clearer as if the sound were moving toward me. I face in the direction of the sound and I see a great black sky, as if no stars had ever touched its depths.. as i looked closer a small white orb began to grow from the center of the void… then before me stood a great white buffalo, is body bruised and bloody it stood crying with a thousand different voices… sounds of pain and suffering as if the whole of all living things were within the sound. As i watched the buffalo stumbled and bent on one knee struggled most valiantly to stand. His eyes meeting mine held the pain of all creation, and the morning cries of all those who had suffered at the hands of injustice and cruelty. I tried to turn from the sight not wanting to witness the terrible agony of those who cried out! The ancestors began to cry.. wailing as if in morning, they sang a song of death and destruction as i watched the buffalo slowly turn toward the darkness, the voices becoming silent as the great beast stepped within the void and was gone. I not able to bear the sight and sounds which had assaulted my whole being sank to the stark lifeless earth..covering my eyes i began to cry… my tears ran like the river that flows after the storm..rushing forward down my cheeks and falling upon the earth, small darkened spots which at first simply lay on the earth in tiny pools of crystal shimmering light reflected by the sun, soon began to grow. I knelt for some time, letting the tears of anguish, hatred, fear, and death flow freely, and as my tears began to wane i could hear the ancestors song had changed… now they sang a new song.. and with the song came a that of a morning shower, and sounds like that of birds singing within the trees.

I thought this strange…that there should be birds singing and the smell of a fresh rain shower where just moments ago there was so much pain and anguish…. as i began to open my eyes I felt the caress of a gentle breeze as it lifted my hair upon the air current i reached my hand to grasp the lock of hair and stood amazed… before me no longer existed a barren and hopeless landscape..devoid of life and bereft of humanity.. now before me stood many people.. all colors and all nations… with many different voices.. each sang a different song.. and the vibrations of the many voices began to reverberate within the earth itself. I looked toward the ancestors and asked ” who are these people with many voices, and what is it they are saying?” The ancestors said,” these are those who wait..” I asked, “what do they wait for?” A single voice spoke saying.. “they wait for you and your kind… to make the last choice”

I looked toward the multitude of people as they began to step one and then the other to the right side of me or the left side of me… When they had finished i saw that there were many more on the the left and asked.. “why are there so many to one side and so few to the other?” The one voice replied ” this is the time of imbalance, those who have been and who have chosen now wait”

I asked, “How can balance be once again achieved?”, answering the voice said ” now is the time of reckoning, the crossroads of mankind stretches out before you, now comes the second choice..that of destiny” saying this the voice once again joined in the song of the ancestors.

As i listened i heard voices begin to sing behind me..and turning i saw an even greater number of humanity walking toward me and the crossroads. As they approached they smiled and began singing but the song was too low and i could not hear their words… as they passed to either side of me there was a smell of sage and cedar and i felt the air itself become lighter. I watched them pass thinking that they would join the others across the roads but as they approached the crossroads they stopped fell silent.

The ancestors also ceased in their prayers and stood motionless all became silent. “what has happened?” I asked, my voice sounded small, and fragile in the cold silence that enveloped the crossroads like a blanket of winter snow. A voice to my left, spoke startling me at first saying, “they like you stand upon the crossroads of destiny! Those who stand upon the other side have made their choice as to which way they will go… there deeds are done for good or ill there is no difference, for each of us must fulfill our own destiny to complete the hoop.. Those who stand with you before the crossroads are those who must like you also choose the path that lies within your hearts. It is your age that will determine the worth of mankind and his future.” “but what about the buffalo? Why is he dying? Why do the voices within him cry out in pain? i asked remembering how the cries had echoed within my heart causing me to despair.

“The buffalo” the voice said, ” represents the age of the current cycle, he is dying and must return to the place of creation so that a new age can be born, the voices of pain for which you yourself suffer are the pains of purification and rebirth” “All must suffer in this, but it will be short lived for the heavens and the great mystery have made it so, and with the new age will be a new earth.”

“Each one must stand upon this crossroad, each one must choose. The destiny of one is the destiny of all.”


To Touch The Earth By walkinturtle

To Touch The Earth

As a child I lived close to the earth, within the wild places, and I came to love the swamps where magic lived, within an environment harsh and unforgiving yet bountiful and breathtaking to behold.

A landscape of endless marsh, saw palmettos, palms and cypress trees covered in Spanish moss greeted me each morning. The cypress stumps rising from the shallow brackish waters casting reflections upon the dark still surface of the swamp, this was my meditation, my mantra, a thousand voices chanting in unison, calling to the sun in anticipation of the new day. Birds sang songs as they began the morning, cranes coasted silently upon the still air, perch striking the surface of the water in search of the morning meal, deer and turkey moving within the trees, and the mist rising as the morning sun began to warm the deep blue skies above.

It was an ancient place, and I understood this, and was humbled by it’s beauty, it’s ability to resist change, yet always changing, life ending, life renewing, all things existed for the benefit of each and itself. Life existed within every single inch of earth, a dynamic and abundant ecosystem where life flourished because of death, where all life began and ended with the sacrifice of another, this taught me that all things live because all things die. We  live only by the sacrifice of another, and because of this I learned to give honor to my relations who had sacrificed their lives so that I would live.

As I grew, I learned my place within the circle of life, and I understood my responsibility to my relations. Life was abundant, because one took only what they needed, and gave back the rest. Just as it had for eons, the natural laws were the only laws applicable in the swamps. Life consumed death and death in turn breathed life, the two are the same, only transitions within the circle of life ever changing, ever staying the same. It is through this that I learned that my place is to live within the boundaries of life as defined by creation not by man, so that balance can be maintained and life continue in health and abundance.

As a child I walked bare foot through the marsh, along the thin sand bars of the ponds and creeks, my  steps were silent and soft, the warmth of grasses under my feet as blissful as the warmth of the dark rich earth that cushioned my steps and feeding my spirit as I walked the deer trails through endless woods alive with sounds and movement, then becoming silent and still. At night I would lay under a canopy of endless stars, points of light pointing the way to infinity, the heavens mirrored in the small pond where I sat threw a cascade of  glistening points of light across the darkness as if two heavens opposed each other, casting their brilliance in mirrored reflections of the other as if in competition for the title of supreme beauty. It was here that I learned where I came from, that I was part of each reflection, not only within the scope of the vision played out across the water, but in the vision of creation. The stars were my brothers, my sisters and the waters, were the echo of that connection upon the earth. For the earth itself was joined together with all the heavens.  It’s tiny reflection mirrored across the universe  mingled with every other, indistinguishable from any other, yet unique, in it’s galactic existence, bountiful in it’s creations, and  inhabited by millions upon millions of life forms also unique from all others. I am part of the whole, not only of the earth but of the universe. All things begin and end, all things continue onward, and the cycle of life goes on.

I no longer live within the magical confines of the swamp, no longer do I sit beneath the stars upon the sand bars and creeks. The memories of a childhood wrapped gently within my mind are all that is left of that life. But the lessons learned have remained, and continue to play out in my life today.  Even though I have joined the ranks of civilization. Becoming “a responsible citizen” , I have retained the ability to see life as it is dynamic and constantly changing. Growth within growth, life within death, death within life.

Yet mankind in his rush to become more then any other species, has forgotten where he has come from. There is no understanding of the true meaning of life. There is no edification, no affirmation of ones right to exist outside of the parameters of society, no worth,  outside of an illusory quest for monetary power, and the weakness of mind and spirit that come with it. The connection to the truth of who we are lost between the asphalt and concrete of the false paradigm created by civilization in order to move beyond the laws of nature, to create for itself the laws of man.

So long has man striven for dominance over creation that he has forgotten how to be free, he has forgotten how to love, and he has forgotten his connection to life. Bringing instead of enlightenment and achievement a sense of profound loss, of incompleteness, and confusion, living in fear of life, ignorant of understanding and bereft of meaning.  We are not apart from life, we are a part of life. And only through our understanding and acceptance of this can we find our way back to true health, and happiness.

We must live to touch the earth. To walk among our relations, to hear their voices, to join and take our place within the hoop, then and only then will we know peace, only then will we truly become alive.

We need only To Touch The Earth.

By: P. M.  Walkingturtle

© Copyright 2010 P. M. Walkinturtle (UN: walkinturtle at Writing.Com). All rights reserved.

The Story of Turtle Island

The story of turtle island

In the beginning the Great Mystery created the earth and all living things within and upon and also those above…all lived in harmony… in balance and the mother nurtured her children.

But the two legged began to disagree…and soon to argue and then to fight… forgetting their place within the hoop they began to seek dominion over all others, and in so doing upset the fragile balance and disrupting harmony throughout the earth and all suffered at the hands of them.

The Great Mystery…seeing what the two legged were doing and knowing that all creation would suffer, caused a great flood to cover the earth. The great waters covered the land masses causing all that could not fly or swim to perish except those that found refuge or safety so that not all would perish that lived upon the land. Those that survived clung to trees, and logs that had been swept up and away by the flood. Only the sea could be seen from horizon to horizon…. Birds who sought safety in the skies from the fierce waters now looked desperately for perch…. But there was nothing but water….. An Eagle flying high above the water with his sharp vision spied a large tree that had been uprooted floating in the vast expanse of ocean, he could see several figures upon the tree… and swooped down landing with a great sigh of relief upon the roots that stuck up from the base of the tree….

As the great eagle looked at those who had also taken refuge upon and around the old and weathered tree, he saw there a man , a cormorant, a nutria, a turtle, a hell diver, and a beaver among others… some swam along side or held on.. while others rested upon the tree. A crow called out to the eagle…. We must share our tree with all who are in need… so we will take turns allowing all rest, he said and then fell silent. Another voice spoke up… what are we to do? Are we to die upon this tree… how will we eat. What will happen when the storms come? Others began to speak up also, because they were afraid and could see no end to the waters that swallowed the earth and their homes. All lay at the bottom of the ocean… beyond their reach. How will we survive? They asked…. And began to weep at the thought that they might perish.

Just then the man spoke… We must gather the earth from the bottom of the ocean! He said, We can rebuild the land and return to our place within the hoop, in this way can we survive! All eyes turned to the man… a silence fell as each began to hope… then the eagle spoke up…. And how will we gather this earth from the bottom of the ocean to rebuild our land and our homes?… he asked The man slipped into the dark cold waters… shivering as his skin felt the bite of the icy water…. I will swim to the bottom of the ocean and will grab hold of the earth and return to the surface , with this we can rebuild the land… he said, and then dove beneath the waves into the dark endless night of the ocean…deeper and deeper he dove.. His body tingling from the icy grip that surrounded him…still he dove deeper… into a darkness so black his only hope was to find the earth through outstretched arms… but soon… he began to weaken..his limbs now numb he could no longer propel himself downward… and his lungs now screaming for air he turned upward and swam frantically toward the surface racing against time…he began to feel his consciousness drifting just as his head broke water not far from the tree…the others seeing his struggle leapt into the water and pulled him to safety upon the great tree.

They waited in anticipation as the man caught his breath and began to breathe easier. As he looked around at the hopeful eyes that stared back at him … he bowed his head… I could not reach the bottom… it was too deep… my skin is much too thin and my lungs much too small. I could not return with the earth. They all once again fell silent… then the Cormorant spoke up… I can swim very deep.. And I am used to the cold waters I will dive to the bottom and return with the earth.. He said, and dove silently into the ocean… the cormorant swam and swam… deeper and deeper..further then he had ever gone before… but his body was no match for the deep and he too had to return to the surface after a short time… the others seeing the cormorants return began to decide who would go next… the helldiver spoke saying… I should be the next…I find my food deep beneath the waves… I can swim quickly and hold my breath for a long time… and he too dove into the dark water and disappeared beneath the waves… down he dove… he was a strong swimmer and knew how to use the cool waters to glide… but he too began to weaken before long …but determined he pushed onward..forcing his body and mind to reach further into the darkness….until he knew that he could go no more…. But he had used too much energy…too much oxygen .. And as he lost consciousness he could just barely see the light from the surface …. Staring down into the dark water the eagle spotted a shadow just beneath the surface…. Helldiver! He shouted… he’s is below the waves… he is not conscious!… he yelled.

With that the turtle swam down and returned with helldivers still form on his back. Hurry! man said give him to me and I will give to him my breath so that he will not die. And man breathed into helldiver his breath and helldiver began to choke and spit as his lungs struggled to release the water and replace it with air… soon he began to breathe much easier.. I too was unable to reach the bottom … it must be very deep indeed if I could not reach it he said…and so many others tried to reach the bottom of the ocean and bring back the earth…but none were able to swim deep enough …even the turtle could not reach the bottom …he too did not have enough strength .

Soon those who clung or swam next to or sat upon the tree began to once again fear …for no one could bring back the earth to rebuild the land. Then amongst the din of voices…. A soft voice…almost a whimper was heard.. Quiet! Said the man… there is one who can not be heard! He said…. And when those on and around the tree once again fell silent the man spoke… Who he asked…looking around at those gathered… who speaks softly you want to be heard?! .. As everyone looked around to see who had spoken softly ..eagle spied out of the corner of his eye a small furry brown creature… just barely visible above the waves that slapped against the great tree as it floated the currents of the waters…. There! The eagle said… as the small form climbed upon the great tree.. It was beaver… he had listened and watched from the very start … he had witnessed the valiant efforts of all those upon the tree and had watched with wringing paws as man breathed life back into helldiver . Now it was his turn.

I will try… he said with a meekish voice… my fur is good protection against the cold.. And I quite comfortable in the water… The others looked at one another… not believing that such a small one could do such a great thing… when all others had failed. Man said to beaver …you are brave indeed to try what no other has been able to do. The beaver looked silently at the worried but hopeful eyes of those gathered and with a deep breath dove beneath the surface of the ocean and quickly disappeared….

They waited for quite some time… and then waited some more…. Beaver had been gone much longer then any one else…. Surely he would surface soon… but still no beaver…. It soon became apparent to all that something was very wrong…just then Eagle spied a small shadow as it drifted beneath the waves… There! He shouted… There below the waves… right there he is! Turtle immediately swam under the waves and could barely make out a small form as the current carried further away… turtle swam with all his might into the darkness…hoping beyond hope that he would reach the still form before it disappeared from sight… finally he gained upon the figure and with a swoop beneath it he rose to the surface with the still lifeless form of beaver upon his back.

As turtle approached the great tree those gathered began to weep…man took beaver from turtle and laid him on the great tree… his little body cold and limp… no life was left within. As all came to honor beaver one last time… each approaching and touching his soft fur… offering prayers for his swift passage.. It was man who noticed beavers small paw… it looked as though he were clenching something … man drew in a sharp breath!…… the others looked to see ….. Man slowly, gently with beavers right paw in his left hand softly and lovingly cradled as one would a child…with his right hand tenderly opened the tiny paw… a great Hush! Swept over those gathered… for there in beavers tiny lifeless paw was a small mound of earth. He had done it! He had swam to the depth of darkness and returned with the earth… he had brought them life…even though his sacrifice was great… he did what no other could do…for no other was willing to give up their life for the life of others. Man looked to the others…. Beaver has given us the earth now we must rebuild the land… and we will forever honor beaver and sing songs to his great deed.

Turtle swam to man and said…. Now place the small mound of earth upon my back and I will support the earth and we will call to the great mystery and ask that he rebuild our land, and as man placed the small mound of earth upon the turtles back… those gathered began to sing …to pray to the great mystery . Soon there came great winds…from the four directions…and with them the earth grew…and grew… and the turtle bared the weight of the land…and all who dwelled on and within the land before the flood who survived ..returned to make there homes once again.

Each promising to tell the story to generations to that such as the flood should never happen again., and until this day in honor of their brother … beavers build their homes upon the water in the shape of a mound so that all who see will remember the sacrifice made by beaver and the coming together of all our relations in time of need..


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