"Finding Back the Road to Wisdom"
New Age thinking
A Good Way of Living
The gete-ayaa'ag, the Old Ones, taught us that everything in life is interconnected, interrelated and interdependent on one another. This is called inawendiwin. Orienting oneself to leading a long, productive, and healthy life in respectful coexistence and collaboration with all peoples, animals, plants, natural phenomena, ancestors, and the beings of the spirit world is called bimaadiziwin. It is important to understand that what we as individuals, in “real” life but also on social media like Facebook, say and do affects this interrelated system of inawendiwin and bimaadiziwin; the hurt of one is the hurt of all. As we learn of these things, we, like the Sleeping Medicine People in Simone’s paintings who wake up to voices from the past, must wake up to a new realization of inawendi/bimaadiziwin and learn to live again according to the responsibilities that the Old Ones instilled in us.
The value of observational learning
So, when we realize that all we know for sure is that we DON'T know, and that asking direct questions will not bring us closer to the answers we seek, we are saying in effect, “I'm open to the message.”This is the road of Finding Wisdom Through Silent Learning that our ancestors walked. They called it: gikinawaabiwin bizindamowin gaye, Learning from, and by, Observation and Listening.
This road of gikinawaabiwin/bizindamowin, like all of our traditions that patiently lay hidden in the very ground we walk on to be rediscovered, has not lost its merit or worth.
Let us start walking this road from today and now.
Miigwech, thank you.
> Read the next episode in the Teaching Stories: “That Which Is Given to Us (A Native Perspective on the Notion of Wealth).”
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Acrylic canvas “This Is Your Journey” by Simone McLeod. © 2015 Simone McLeod.
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About the authors/artists:
Simone McLeod (her traditional name is Aki’-egwaniizid, which is an Ojibwe name meaning "Earth Blanket") is an Anishinaabe painter and poet, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1962. She belongs to he Name doodem (Sturgeon clan) . Simone feels a special tie with her mother's People, the Azaadiwi-ziibi Nitam-Anishinaabeg ("#16" Poplar River First Nation) of Manitoba. Simone descends from a long line of Midewiwin seers and healers and artists. Her artwork has been appreciated by several art collectors and educational and health care institutions from Canada, as well as by art lovers from all over the world.