Step 7: Attain complete, joyous harmony with Great Spirit—walk the Red Road. This requires that I totally surrender my will to the will of Creator, and love others unconditionally without judgment because that is who I am.
Walking the Red Road leads to glorious oneness with Great Spirit--with our heavenly Father.
The truth of the ancient Hebraic teaching, telling us to love Creator with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, quickens our spirits. And again, the teaching to do this and life would be ours assures us of His great love and promise.
This promise is not just for a future time, but life on this earth truly blossoms when we walk in harmony—in the fullness of His Spirit.
How did we Cherokee lose our culture? What is missing that we no longer walk the way of the ancient ancestors—the Cherokee way?
We need to understand the questions of, “What must we do?” and “How do we do it?” to redeem the way of the ancestors.
In the first command above, to love Creator with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, we are told what to do. The ancestors have also revealed how we are to do it—total surrender to the will of Great Spirit, and unconditional love without judgment toward our fellow man. (Judgment stops the flow of love!)
There are at least two things missing from our lives today that prevent us from walking the Cherokee way. First, we need to learn ceremony and the traditional way of the ancestors.
But is this enough? No, this will not return the ancestral way. We must have the Spirit also.
Now, if we combine the traditional knowledge of the ancestors and elders with the Spirit, then the Cherokee way will come alive!
Let us walk in the traditional and spiritual ways of our ancestors. Aho—so be it!
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