Monday, January 30, 2006

Seven Sacred Teachings


The traditional concepts of respect and sharing that form the foundation of the Aboriginal way of life are built around the seven natural laws, or sacred teachings. Each teaching honours one of the basic virtues intrinsic to a full and healthy life.
Each law is embodied by an animal to underscore the point that all actions and decisions made by man are manifest on a physical plain. The animal world taught man how to live close to the earth, and the connection that has been established between the animal world and that of man has instilled a respect for all life in those who follow the traditional Aboriginal way.


To feel true love is to know the Creator. Therefore, it is expected that one's first love is to be the Great Spirit. He is considered the father of all children, and the giver of human life. Love given to the Great Spirit is expressed through love of oneself, and it is understood that if one cannot love oneself, it is impossible to love anyone else.
The Eagle was chosen by the Great Spirit to represent this law, as the Eagle can reach the highest out of all the creatures in bringing pure vision to the seeker. Though the purveyor of the greatest and most powerful medicine, love can also be the most elusive of the teachings, as it depends upon a world that acknowledges the importance of spirituality.


The Buffalo, through giving it's life and sharing every part of it's being, showed the deep respect it had for the people. No animal was more important to the existence of Indigenous families than this animal, and it's gift provided shelter, clothing and utensils for daily living. Native people believed themselves to be true caretakers of the great herds, and developed a sustainable relationship with the Buffalo resulting in a relationship that was a true expression of respect..
The Bear provides many lessons in the way it lives, but courage is the most important teaching it offers. Though gentle by nature, the ferociousness of a mother Bear when one of her cubs is approached is the true definition of courage. To have the mental and moral strength to overcome fears that prevent us from living our true spirit as human beings is a great challenge that must be met with the same vigour and intensity as a mother Bear protecting her cub. Living of the heart and living of the spirit is difficult, but the Bear's example shows us how to face any danger to achieve these goals.


Long ago, there was a giant called Kitch-Sabe. Kitch-sabe walked among the people to remind them to be honest to the laws of the creator and honest to each other. The highest honour that could be bestowed upon an individual was the saying "There walks an honest man. He can be trusted." To be truly honest was to keep the promises one made to the Creator, to others and to oneself. The Elders would say, "Never try to be someone else; live true to your spirit, be honest to yourself and accept who you are the way the Creator made you."


The building of a community is entirely dependent on gifts given to each member by the creator and how these gifts are used. The Beaver's example of using his sharp teeth for cutting trees and branches to build his dams and lodges expresses this teaching. If he did not use his teeth, the teeth would continue to grow until they became useless, ultimately making it impossible for him to sustain himself. The same can be said for human beings. One's spirit will grow weak if it is not fulfilling its use. When used properly however, these gifts contribute to the development of a peaceful and healthy community.


Recognizing and acknowledging that there is a higher power than man and it is known as the Creator is to be deemed truly humble. To express deference or submission to the Creator through the acceptance that all beings are equal is to capture the spirit of humility. The expression of this humility is manifested through the consideration of others before ourselves. In this way, the Wolf became the teacher of this lesson. He bows his head in the presence of others out of deference, and once hunted, will not take of the food until it can be shared with the pack. His lack of arrogance and respect for his community is a hard lesson, but integral in the Aboriginal way.


To know truth is to know and understand all of the original laws as given by the Creator- and to remain faithful to them. It is said that in the beginning, when the Creator made man and gave him the seven sacred laws, the Grandmother Turtle was present to ensure that the laws would never be lost or forgotten. On the back of a Turtle are the 13 moon, each representing the truth of one cycle of the Earth's rotations around the sun. The 28 markings on her back represent the cycle of the moon and of a woman's body. The shell of the Turtle represents the body real events as created by the Higher Power, and serves as a reminder of the Creator's will and teachings.


Blogger Paul Seburn said...

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11:41 AM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Boy, it's a good thing we westerners have gotten rid of all these silly virtues (not to mention many others). They're so backwards and useless!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

european beliefs thrive on one's believing in their own superiority, aboriginal belief is centered around equality, there is no backward or forward, simply different.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Native peoples and other cultures have to get their science and biology books out and combine that knowledge with spirituality and they will soon discover that nothing is all relates to whats going on inside, with the glands etc. and the hemisphers of the brain and how true spiritual science works, thats the message for 2012! time to wake up...

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is great, westerners are killing the earth with thier mentality. What will be left behind for future generations?

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You whitefold think you've gottne rid of the seven secret teachings? Ha think again..These teaching live in every one of us and NO ONE can take em away. KEEP THE CIRCLE STRONG.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the Circle Strong...

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly virtues? Wow, a fine example of where this world is going... sad isn't it?
Keep The Circle Going...

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that we as the first people should learn more about our culture. I am fascinated by our ways the way we taught to live in respect, honor and to love one another. Including mother earth. Now today people alot of the young people are ashamed of our past. But it is nothing to be ashamed of. Look up our tradtion it's not just about pow-wows. If we were left alone we would have made on our own we didn't need money to survive.

9:26 AM  
Blogger circle said...

I think that the 7 teachings are an accurate description of how people should live,and the medicine wheel is for all nations,the colors are red white yellow and black which represents all can love,respect,humility,courage,honesty,wisdom and bravery be a bad thing.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there 28 sacred teaching.chuck,s kind tried to wipe out that tribal knowledge. must know tribal songs and dances for 2012.

5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am grateful for the 7 Sacred Teachings. This is how life should be lived; for those who do not understand it, I will pray for you that your eyes will soon be opened to the truthness of it.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indigenous Paradigms...are making a strong come back, as are the truths of our past, Eh Boy

11:18 PM  

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