Great Spirit

Created in London, England.

"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."

 

– Dakota

Leaving Tracks

We are all gifted with different talents and invited to share them with others. Through the work that we do, in the way that we live, our light is meant to

uplift and serve others. 

Inside of each soul is one great mystery.

That same mystery is the source of all life.  

Every lived life is a story of love in the great book of life. A book that is written

through our choices, and

each lived eternity.  

The spirit within me constantly hopes for a better world. I feel it calling me to beyond my own personal weakness to overcome selfish pride in order to open my heart and serve others. To find humility within.

When I listen, it tells me "sharing 

love is true art". 

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Sharing Love

Our first teacher is our own heart. – Cheyenne Proverb

Through art I am sharing my love, hope and peace. I hope it helps you. 

The world needs real love. I constantly meet people in needs of love.

When I am painting in the streets there are so many people who come up to me,

moved emotionally even to tears with gratitude due to the the effect of seeing someone out on the streets

sharing one simple act of pure, heartfelt love. I am always so grateful to be a part of that.

 

My artwork is always about love, even when it reflects the painful sides of human life.

I only reflect the painful side in order to bring people to face our issues, 

in the hope we will change. To alleviate human suffering, and do what is right again.   

As much as I try to do good for all there is only so much one soul can do.

Many days I am exhausted by the things I experience, have to go through or see.

I could write a book on all these things, and indeed I will one day too.

What I have learned in the streets is the world needs more love,

and there are many loving people able to give it,

but we are divided and now isolated.

We need to come together,

as one, to know each other and believe.

Loving people will change the world for good.

We are the only ones who ever have.

We should all be doing what we are each individually called to do,

both for ourselves and for others. If we only did this the whole world would transform. 

The problem today is that the world gets in the way. Always trying to distract us and now more than ever

trying to divide us. It is important to see far beyond this world, into the world to come. A world of great love.

There are some things we cannot do, like helping those who refuse to be helped.

Though we may try and heal others it is up to each one of us first to heal our own pain.

Though healing may come through our love for each other, it is not always easy to take away a person's pain.

Sharing your light and giving a little good energy go a long way toward enabling another person's healing. 

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Sharing is Powerful

Singular ownership is appropriate for a few things, like our own clothing, but most of the time sharing is much better. In almost every way, with every thing,

human beings should learn to share.  

Shared spaces for living, with shared fields to farm, shared trees to climb, shared places to create, shared food we grow, with shared kitchens to cook, for shared meals to eat, using shared tools work, and shared gardens to enjoy, sharing the music we play, in shared studios to create, shared art to inspire.

Everything gets better if we just share things.

"Sharing and giving are the ways of God."

- Sauk

Sharing Love

Our first teacher is our own heart. – Cheyenne Proverb

Sharing is not only an esoteric, spiritual principle.

It is the fastest way to economic prosperity for any group of people, anywhere. In any circumstance, sharing is the fastest way to improve individual and collective conditions. Think on this and you will see clearly that it is true. If the whole world just shared we would all become rich, instantly. 

Really think about that. 

We are one people, one tribe, 

in one universe, 

of one love,

on one planet.

 

Let us evolve consciously.

Let's just share together.

"Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together. All things connect."
 
- Chief Seattle
"Go forward with courage. So long as mists envelop you, be still; Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists, as it surely will.
Then act with courage".
 
- Chief White Eagle of the Ponca Tribe 

Peace

"I do not think the measure of a civilization Is how tall its buildings of concrete are. But rather how well its people have learned to relate To their environment and fellow man."

-- Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe

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"The rain falls on the just and unjust" 

– Hopi Proverb

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Are You Truly Living

Many do not live honestly in this world, and thus don't truly live. From the streets to the castles I have seen many who do not seem to notice that they are alive. It is a difficult thing to face, but the reality for many is that they are still sleeping. Many souls are following thoughts the world has placed into their minds.

If you cannot control your thoughts, your thoughts are controlling you. 

I cannot stop you or anyone else from living in a way that does no good for the others on this planet, but my hope and prayer is that the works you have seen on this website inspire you to share your own love, which is your very being, with the others all around you. 

One by one we all must share our selves, helping others to be bravely themselves, so that all may learn to find their own soul.

Live Your Life

When you arise in the morning give thanks

for the food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason for giving thanks,

the fault lies only in yourself.

 

Abuse no one and no thing,

for abuse turns the wise ones to fools

And robs the spirit of its vision.

 

When it comes your time to die,

be not like those whose hearts are filled With the fear of death,

so that when their time comes they weep And pray

for a little more time to live their lives over again

in a different way.

Sing your death song

and die like a hero

going home.

-- Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation 1768-1813

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"A man must make his own arrows."

– Winnebago

Lakota People's Prayer

Great Spirit,

Great Mystery,

Teach me how to trust My heart,

My mind,

My intuition,

My inner knowing,

The senses of my body,

The blessings of my spirit.

 

Teach me to trust these things

So that I may enter my Sacred Space

And love beyond my fear,

And thus Walk in Balance

With the passing of each glorious Sun.

"Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart"

– Chief Tecumseh

Wakan Tanaka

Our first teacher is our own heart. – Cheyenne Proverb

The Native American spiritual teaching is so completely consistent with Biblical scriptures it is astonishing. Anyone who studies the experiences which their spiritual leaders describe and compares them to the prophets of the bible or the spiritual pillars of Christianity will see they are virtually identical in essence, yet also very distinct. In the same way we each experience the same sun differently or the individual drops of rain on the same rainy day, these teachers describe having subtly different experiences of the same fundamental phenomena.

How can this be?

 

Because they found the same truth. 

Not only do their experiences reveal such obvious unity in man's spiritual nature but the identical truths they share prove one truth. 

Describing this one truth from their own experiences of an eternally shared truth, The One Father and God of spirits is revealed.

Truth is known through all those beings, spirits and cultures who seek.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened

 

- The Christ

 

"And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell, and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner, the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being."

-  Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks

 

"I say unto you,

Love your enemies,

bless them that curse you,

do good to them that hate you,

and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

that ye may be the children of your Father who is in Heaven.

For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good,

and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."

- Jesus Christ

Though they did not experience the man Jesus they spoke of the very same spirit within him, which is the spirit of God we know as the Christ. The Christ is the being which all of the Biblical scripture is referring to as the literal living definition of Light, Wisdom, Virtue, Truth, Faith, Hope, and Love.

These are the source of all life.

The way to true life.

A way of love.

Knowledge.

Freedom.

Peace.

life.

Our oneness with Christ is attained not through works or inherent goodness, but by recognising our mistakes and receiving the freely given grace he comes to offer. When Christ came as Jesus, he came to a very lost world, knowing that they would need his help.

Christ came not to do harm, but to save. With all the love in his heart Jesus prayed for our forgiveness. This perfect being, the only honest man, was one with God. Christ never sins, and is therefore always in direct communion with the father.

 

 

"He who sent Me is with Me. He has not left 

Me alone, because I always do what pleases Him.”

- Jesus Christ 

 

 

This is a teaching few today hear.

He has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.

God will not stand by and watch us do evil. If we do evil, we depart from his spirit. He will never do evil. The only purpose for evil's existence is that we can know good. This is its one and only purpose. This purpose itself is good.

"There is a road in the hearts of all of us,

hidden and seldom traveled,

Which leads to an unknown,

secret place.

 

The old people came literally to love the soil,

And they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of Being close to a mothering power.

Their teepees were built upon the earth And their altars were made of earth.

The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing.

 

That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth

instead of Propping himself up and away from its life giving forces.

For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply

And to feel more keenly.

He can see more clearly into the mysteries of Life

and come closer in kinship to other lives about him."

- Chief Luther Standing Bear

"The first peace, which is the most important, Is that which comes within the souls of people

When they realize their relationship, Their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,

And when they realize that at the center Of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit),

And that this center is really everywhere,

it is within each of us.

This is the real peace,

and the others are but reflections of this.

The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,

And the third is that which is made between two nations.

But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations

until there is known that true peace, Which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men."

"Earth teach me acceptance

 as the leaves that die each fall.

Earth teach me renewal

as the seed that rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself

as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness

as dry fields weep with rain."

- Ute Prayer

"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."

 

– Dakota

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