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I love Jamie Sams and wanted to share
what she has to say about Great Mystery in her book from the
Sacred Path card interpretations. I thought some of you might
like to contemplate on her shared wisdom
Great Mystery/Original Source
Original Source of Creation,
The Void of All That Is,
Thank you for the breath of life,
Thank you for my gifts.
touch my heart,
In beauty may I walk.
Sacred Mystery, be my guide,
So I may Walk my Talk.
Infinite Source, remain with me,
So I may always know,
The warmth of your Eternal Flame,
Deep within my soul.
The Original Source of Creation is called Great Mystery by Native
Americans. Great Mystery, called Swenio in our Seneca tongue,
cannot be limited and is the Creator of Great Spirit. Many Native
people also call upon the Great Spirit when praying; however,
these are two different things in our Seneca Tradition. The
Great Mystery lives in everything, is everything, and encompasses
everything in Creation. Being the Original Source of Creation,
Great Mystery created all things in beauty, harmony, and interdependence.
Each facet of Creation was, is, and will always be. The forms
may change, but the energy of Creation is self-regenerative
and eternal. Inside of this infinite Creation that is Great
Mystery, there is a Vibral Core, or primal energy source, that
is the Great Spirit, or creative principle. The two are different.
Both Great Mystery and Great Spirit are individually complete,
unique, and independent of each other.
Great Mystery created Great Spirit
to direct the creative flow of the Uniworlds, which include
all universes, all levels of consciousness, all understanding,
and all life. The key for seekers who wish to know the answers
of the Void is that Great Mystery does not need to be solved!
As we explore and discover the Mystery further, we learn that
more is created and allowed to evolve. Trying to figure out
all the answers to the Great Mystery is foolish and impossible
because we are a part of that infinite, progressive Creation.
These concepts were alien to the
Boat People who came from Europe to the shores of Turtle Island.
When these White Eyes began to understand the languages of Native
Americans and tried to conceptualize Indian understandings regarding
Great Mystery, the limits of their religions blocked their paths
of knowing. The white idea of God was rather primitive in that
most Europeans believed that God was more or less human with
many extra abilities. The Red Race was
more expansive and all-encompassing in their views of the Original
Source of Creation. Native Americans had been taught through
more than a hundred thousand years of oral history that all
of Creation and each individual life-form was an expression
of and contained Great Mystery. A part of Great Mystery lives
in everything and knows no boundaries or limits. Every life-form
has free will to co-create with the Original Source in beauty
and truth or in ugliness or dispair.
The Eastern Tribes of Native America
tried to communicate the understanding of Great Mystery without
success to the French trappers who were among the first to learn
sign language and some Native tongues. The concept of all life
coming from the Thought World, which is the Spirit World, then
being manifested in physical forms on the Earth Mother was not
fully understood. Since these concepts were limited by the Christian
backgrounds of the settlers, the Original Source was interpreted
by the Boat People as one Great Spirit equal to the white idea
of God. The joke among Native People is that according to the
white understanding, "In the beginning was the word...and
it was misunderstood."
This misunderstanding of Great Mystery
was handed on to the descendants of the Red Race when they were
forced to learn the English language in boarding schools. The
unfortunate use of Great Spirit as the term for all of Great
Mystery has created a limited use of Native wisdom even among
Every life-form has one common mission
as well as their individual ones. Each life-form is created
to learn to be an equal contributor to the beauty of the whole.
The purpose of the common mission is to discover who you are,
why you are here, what talents you can use to assist the whole,
and how you are going to go about it. This mission of discovery
is the Sacred Path of Beauty that allows every living creature
to express uniqueness in a way that exemplifies the harmony
The human race is the only one of
All Our Relations that has lost the inner-knowing about its
purpose. The Two-leggeds have been given much assistance by
Great Mystery since they must answer the questions of the common
mission before understanding the value of their individual missions.
This assistance has come in the form of teachers who are All
The common misunderstanding that
frightened the missionaries who came to "save" Native
America was that the Red Race was a pagan race. I suppose since
American Indians did not acknowledge Jesus, the common consensus
was the Red Race was primitive, savage, and pagan in orientation.
From the Native point of view, Great Mystery is ALL. The aspects
of Creation that are manifested by Great Mystery are sacred
parts of the whole that are here to serve and be honored in
that service. Native Americans do not worship idols, but use
Sacred Medicine Objects of their Totems as reminders of the
Relations assisting their evolution on this Earth Walk.
The Red Race sees Great Mystery
as the life-force in all of Creation and not as an angry or
jealous god. Great Spirit is seen as an unlimited creative force
within Great Mystery that feeds all of Creation, all the time.
Nothing in Seneca Wisdom limits Great Mystery or Great Spirit
to gender, form, texture, color, or intent. All creations are
a part of Great Mystery's whole, just as every cell in the human
body has a different function and yet together those cells make
up a carbon combustion unit
that houses a spirit inside the human body, are fed to the brain,
and then acted upon through the will of the total being. All
ideas in Creation come from Great Mystery, are gathered by Great
Spirit, and then are used to feed the rest of Creation. To limit
the power of Creation in ourselves or others is a human concept.
If we acknowledge the limitlessness of Great Mystery, we must
acknowledge that this life-force is also a part of our makeup
because we are created by that same Original Source.
The Great Mystery card tells us the Original Source is the Creator
of all life and that we are created in that likeness. We are
free-willed co-creators who become the source of all we choose
to experience in life. The buck stops here. We are totally responsible
for all our joys and all our pain.
In receiving this card, you are
being reminded to give gratitude for all of your lessons; it
changes any pain to gain. Focus on your creative capacity and
you can change anything. It may be time to drop any blame, shame,
or regret and take charge of your life. The victim role doesn't
suit Two-leggeds. We are created in the image of an infinite
Creator and are therefore limitless co-creators.
In all cases, Great Mystery will
continue to confound and astound us every time we try to figure
it all out. Stop your mind's chatter and listen to the Source.
Original Source shows us that the Mystery lives within us and
contains all the answers we need to find along The Sacred Path.
The Sacred Path of Beauty is experiencing the mystery of life
without having to control the outcome from our tunnel-vision
command post. Go with the flow and watch the glory of limitless
co-creation. After all, Great Mystery is the Divine plan and
everything is on schedule.
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