Sunday, January 8, 2012

Let Go, Let God - Being the Hollow Bone

There is a fine line when it comes to knowing when to use the gift of our own mental and knowing when to rely on guidance from a higher source. Every day we learn more about the world, our self and about others - adding to our potential to make better choices and decisions, but we should also be studying to listen to the "higher" voice of Spirit. Since many citizen are comfortable relying on their own insight and may not even be well-known with this polite force that is wanting to take you to where you want to be, I will speak to this.

Dr. Wayne Dyer said "To let go is to let God." This resonated with something my Native elders teach when they say "Be the hollow bone." This may attack the non-Native as an odd thing to say but when you know what is meant by this statement, you will understand the importance of these words.

Mohawk Indian Tribe

The "bone" they speak of is the ulna which is in the wing of the eagle. This bone is hollow and it is this bone that we use to make eagle-bone whistles. The bone is ready to be formed by the maker and waiting to be filled with the breath that will bring forth its song.

Let Go, Let God - Being the Hollow Bone

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Frozen River is a dramatic feature film which takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women- one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances- are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. Melissa Leo (21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, television's Homicide: Life on the Street) plays Ray, Misty Upham (Edge of America, DreamKeeper, Skins) plays Lila, and Oscar nominee Michael O'Keefe (The Great Santini, Caddyshack, Ironweed) plays the New York State Trooper who ultimately brings the two to justice.

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When her husband runs off with the payment for their new home, Ray (Melissa Leo, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) turns to crime to keep herself and her two sons afloat. A chance encounter with Lila (Misty Upham, Edge of America), an equally desperate young Mohawk woman, leads Ray to smuggling illegal immigrants by driving across the frozen Hudson River onto tribal land. But with every trip, things go wrong in small and not-so-small ways, until Ray finds herself pushed into a more desperate corner than ever before. Leo delivers a gritty, restrained, but richly compelling performance; her raw face, beautiful but worn down by life, radiates a weary defiance. Frozen River has scenes as tense as any Hollywood thriller, but so grounded in the fully developed characters of these two women that the taut suspense grips the full spectrum of your emotions. This is an impressive debut by writer/director Courtney Hunt, featuring excellent supporting performances by Charlie McDermott (The Ten) as Ray's unhappy oldest son and Michael O'Keefe (The Great Santini) as a suspicious state trooper. --Bret Fetzer

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Using this analogy, our elders teach that We are like this hollow bone, waiting to be filled with the breath of Spirit so that we may sing in harmony with our purpose and the Great Song of life. If you are feeling out of harmony with your purpose it may be that you are filled with your own ideas, thoughts and beliefs to the point that there is no room for the things of Spirit.

Instead of limitless wisdom flowing through us creating its spirit song, our miniature scope of knowing clogs the hollow and we hear only our own tune. The breath of Spirit is subtle and the timing rarely fits our idea of "right" (we want it All and we want it Now), and we fear that if we give up this illusion of control that we will crash.

Our potential to presuppose and resolve is a amazing gift and a vital attribute. This potential undoubtedly serves us as long as we remember that there exists a higher brain and a source greater than our own. Wisdom is shown when we know when to let go and let God.

I was asked once, "What happens if I let go and I fall?"

I asked in return, "What happens if you let go and find out that you can fly?"

The inventor can only take over if you allow it - This is your control.

Be the hollow bone and be filled with the things of Spirit. It is your potential to choose. That is the expression of free will. It is the choice of Spirit over self that determines wisdom.

Let Go, Let God - Being the Hollow Bone

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