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The Standing People
By Paah Wenchokws
Standing Ones by Takatoka
"American Indians sometimes call
ourselves People of the Land and we call our cousins of the
plant kingdom Standing Ones or Standing People. Our beautiful
cousins were given special status as providers and givers by
the Creator. Some provide shelter and others give food to their
animal, plant and insect relatives. Many give physical, emotional,
and spiritual healing.
Standing Ones pray as they lift
their arms upward in eternal praise and thanks to the Creator.
The Standing People are forever connected to the Mother Earth
receiving her life force and resources as they supply fruits,
berries, sap, nuts, grains and vegetables for nourishment. They
give wood for heat and lodging. Their bodies become home to
many animals, birds and insects.
One of the greatest gifts of the
Standing Ones to humans is teaching us valuable lessons of life.
One only has to look at a tree or its smaller cousins to realize
they are flexible against heavy winds and adapt quickly to changing
They teach us to remain calm and
deeply rooted in our traditions during times of storms and upheaval.
They teach us ways to survive against many adversaries and yet
remain balanced in the Circle of Life.
Some Standing Ones, including trees,
shrubs, vines and smaller plants provide powerful lessons and
affect our lives as humans in many ways. The following are a
few examples of the special personalities or gifts that can
help us to walk the Good Red Road.
TALK TO THE STANDING ONES
It is our experience that Standing Ones can communicate with
their cousins of the animal and insect kingdoms, including the
'five fingered' race or humans. This may sound crazy because
communication in human terms requires a brain, intellect, and
language. Nonetheless, you can learn to 'talk' with them. Eventually,
with enough practice and patience, you too can learn how to
give and receive messages with the Standing Ones.
Grandpa would often sit under the
shade of a giant oak on warm afternoons and tell stories to
anyone who would listen. When beginning a story, he would often
look up at the oak tree and say, "Wonder what Old One would
say if it could talk?"
We asked Grandpa one time if he could
tell what the tree said. He replied, "It is said all our
people talked with the Standing Ones in times gone by, but humans
began to think they were better than the trees and animals.
They placed themselves above nature and claimed dominion over
all the earth. That is when humans stopped listening and the
green things stopped talking."
Often, Grandpa sat for a long time
with his wrinkled, weather-beaten hands resting on or patting
the old oak. He nodded his head and occasionally mumbled or
softly sang to the tree. All
us kids thought Grandpa was
going senile until one day he shocked us with a 'message' from
"Old Oak says there is a large
crystal stone buried within its western shadow," said Grandpa.
We did not know whether to believe him or not until lighting
struck the old tree many years after Grandpa passed away.
As the tree fell down the hill it
pulled giant roots from the ground revealing a massive crystal.
Almost every tribe across Turtle
Island has stories about the discovery of a miracle plant cure
that was gifted to the people with the help of the Standing
Ones. Somehow information about where to look, what to look
for and how to prepare a particular plant for medicine was communicated
in a time of great need by the trees and plants. Folklore or
Scientific studies show that plants
respond positively to soothing music and gentle words. And,
there are documented cases of plants that soon died after their
owners passed away.
How do you communicate with the Standing
People? Easy. Select a tree or other plant with 'character'
and introduce yourself. Sing a little song and say a prayer
'with' your new friend. Every day go to the tree or plant and
tell it something about yourself, your life, your dreams. Do
not forget to listen.
Be patient. It will take time for
the Standing People to wake up and begin listening. Once they
are certain of your intentions and they will begin to 'tune-in'
to your vibrations. After a feeling of mutual respect has been
established, they will start to grow channels within their body
allowing for a flow of energy to increase.
One day, after you have given enough
time and interest to this pursuit, your plant friend will send
you a signal or message that it is ready to begin communication
in earnest with you.
The tremendous depth of learning,
beauty and peace that may be acquired from the lessons of the
Standing Ones will be yours."
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