My Spiritual Teachers in Order of Importance

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A Reminder I was Given at an Ace Frehley Concert

My youngest son’s inspiration and favorite living guitar player is Ace Frehley. A while back, Ace was playing in Houston, TX. I took my son to the concert. It was so much fun because my son had such a good time. My ears were ringing for days after the concert.

At the concert, Ace would periodically throw his guitar picks into the crowd and people were pushing each other around, and some almost got into fistfights over the guitar picks. I wanted my son to have a guitar pick because of how much it would mean to him. As I was watching the mayhem over guitar picks, I asked the Creator, “Do we have to fight for the things we want, or is it best to just be where You want us to be, and then You will deliver to us what You want us to have?” Seconds after I asked that question, Ace threw a guitar pick over a group of adult men in front of us that were pushing each other around and too busy fighting to notice that the guitar pick landed right in front of me. I picked it up, said thank you for the blessing and reminder, and gave the guitar pick to my son.

Nothing is too big or too small to invite the Creator into. No question is too big or too small to ask. We are all children, awaiting whatever surprises, understandings, and reminders our loving Creator has for us.

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It’s Okay to Like Yourself

One of my greatest influences in writing and spoken word is John Trudell. He was such a loving and humane human being, and in my opinion, he is one of the greatest poets, authors, speakers and thinkers of our time.

The last words he spoke to me were, “Thank you for what you do. Remember, it’s okay to like yourself. You may not like everything you’ve done, but it’s okay to like yourself.”

Yeah, I’ll stick with what he said.

The Hole in My Heart

I was born
with a hole
in my heart –
I really was

The doctors said
my heart
would heal
before I was
one year old –
and it really did

Now,
there’s another hole
in my heart –
it’s a hole
the size of you

No matter
how many words
I write
No matter
how many tears
I shed
I can’t fill it
so I’ll just
let it be
because maybe
I’ve been looking
at this all wrong

I’ve been waiting
for answers
from a door
outside of myself
when the entire time
I’ve been knocking
from within

The hole
in my heart
the size of you
isn’t a void,
but an opening
for you to come and go
as the Creator allows
to deliver words,
courage, peace,
and understandings
in sacred whispers
like these words
that were just
sent to me

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Keep Soaring

It was an honor to facilitate community conflict resolution and leadership development at the Indianapolis University of Purdue with my ciye (older brother) Joseph Brave-Heart. Joseph was a mentor of mine when I was a young adult, and someone I still look to for prayer and guidance.

Years before this photo when I was about twenty years old. I was sitting with Joseph. I was angry about something someone said. Joseph listened to me and let me get some of my anger out. Then he said, “Look,” as he pointed to the sky.

I looked up and saw a beautiful hawk soaring. As the hawk elegantly soared, there were several little birds flying around the hawk and pecking at the hawk. Joseph shared, “If you’re going to soar to the heights of whatever the Creator has for you to do, there will be little birds who come along and try to distract you with pettiness. That hawk isn’t changing its course because of those little birds, the hawk just keeps soaring. Keep soaring, brother.”

Whatever vision, mission, dreams, and purpose the Creator has given you to live, ignore the pettiness and distractions and keep soaring!

~ Walk in beauty by walking in love.

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