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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Full Circle

Elder's Meditation of the Day

Today, I am posting a message I received from my morning e-mails from White Bison Elders. I am not of Native Heritage, but I have always been interested in their approach and way of looking at the world. Harmony, Balance and The Circle of Life are constant themes in their philosophy.

"Life, the circle, a measurement with no beginning and no end."
--Phillip Deere, MUSKOGEE-CREEK


The circle teaches us how the Creator made things and how to live. It teaches us how we should look at creation. Life travels in a circle. In the East is the baby, to the South is the youth, in the West is the adult and in the North is the Elder. Then we return to the Earth Mother to start the cycle again. We observe what is `around us' from the center of the circle. This develops our point of view. We must be careful not to become self-centered.


Great Spirit, let me observe life from the circle's point of view.

I have written about many times that events in my life have come full circle. When this happens, it is always so clear to me that it's as if it was actually perfectly orchestrated by forces beyond our earthly existence.

I'm sure all of you have experienced the full circle of completion several times in your life. Do any come to mind right now?

Mother of Invention, hoping to see this perpetuate for the rest of time.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This theme, life as a wheel, is one I've heard over and over. It's a theme in my favorite series of books (Stephen King's Dark Tower series). I've noticed it a bit at work - you start from stratch, build up skills, and then people move on to better positions and you're back at the beginning. It's like the seasons, repeating over and over. The nice thing about life as a wheel is that there is constant change but it tends to end up back at the beginning.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the proven truths in life are like coming full circle to me. Things that are karmatic (if that is indeed a word!)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What very deep and thought-provoking words. I had never heard of this before and it makes me look at birth, death, and all the years in between in a different light. My gggrandmother was a Cherokee and sometimes I can almost feel a kind of spiritual connection when I wonder about how it was for her when she was alive and what it was like back then. I am going to save and reread these wonderful words.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Brooksba: Good eg. in your work and the Stephen King books..also in fashion..what is new is old and what is old is new! (should have saved my old Flares!)
We become more like our parents as we come of age, the old rebelliousness subsides as we set the new standard of behaviour codes.

Old Lady: Wow that's a loaded statement! What proven truths? General laws of life and the way of the world or just particular to your world experience?
Any examples to clarify? Good Karma I hope, but maybe bad Karma comes full circle too and becomes Good?! What goes around comes around?A closed door opens another? Endless thoughts on this one.

Lynclay: I'm glad this rang true and so connective for you. How lucky you are to have your Grandmother in your native heritage. Did you ever get to talk to her much about her life? I wish mine was here now so I could ask her a thousand things. You would find most of the daily e-mays good to read. You can sign up at

www.whitebison.org

Monday, January 08, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the circle of life came true for me when our kids were born. Seeing life from my parent's perspective for the first time. I guess, though, that is really their circle coming to completion - for me to understand them from their point of view. My kids are almost as old as we were when they were born, but there isn't any chance of them having kids any time soon, so my circle is still incomplete. Which is okay by me, things will happen for them when they are ready.

Monday, January 08, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Bob: Yes, I guess that's the way it is for people for kids, at least that's the big obvious one. We don't have kids so I have seen it in many other areas....and as you said, I am part of my parents' full circle and that is neat too.

Monday, January 08, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Bob: Yes, I guess that's the way it is for people for kids, at least that's the big obvious one. We don't have kids so I have seen it in many other areas....and as you said, I am part of my parents' full circle and that is neat too.

Monday, January 08, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks and I will go sign up at whitebison.com. No I don't remember her, she passed away before I was born. Some of my relatives say there is an old photo of her that I would love to see someday. She lived back in the 1800's.

Monday, January 08, 2007

 
Blogger Barbara said...

Let the circle be unbroken was always one of my favorite songs. I'm sure you know it.

Monday, January 08, 2007

 
Blogger Teri said...

hmmm, I remember a discussion of the circle of life - or a very similiar concept, from studying norse mythology. My guess is that it's such a profound truth that it extends into my traditions.

Monday, January 08, 2007

 
Blogger RennyBA said...

A very interesting theme and this was a great read and reminder! To be aware of that we are observing everything from the center of our own circle is very true. Thats why I like visiting other's blog - likes yours - as it gives newer prospectives. Thanks for sharing:-)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Lynclay: You're welcome. Wow! An interesting era! Maybe someone in your family knows more about her.

Barbara: I don't and I can't seem to google a site where it plays a clip!

Teri: We probably incorporate them into our life without even knowing it.

Renny: Sounds a bit egocentric but you're right...we see our own circle closet with us as the central figure.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an interesting idea MOI! It got me thinking of my own beliefs. I see your point about the circle, but for me the circle never closes - life is more like a spiral. It seems to come close to a previous position, but it's never quite the same, the perspective is similar, but from the slightly different viewpoint of time (always different, because we are forever learning and changing our ideas, or re-affirming them (also, strangely, moving you onwards...)

Whaddooyoumean - you never kept your flares??!!?? :-D

(do you know, for the 4th comment posting, I have the same verification code???!!! Weird! Come full circle, or never leave it?)

Oh, yes, I meant to say - there was a few times when I had that 'coming together' feeling... when all these different parts of your life and beliefs and the things happening round you all slotted perfectly into a jigsaw...and everything just seemed 'right'... for a moment.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Annelisa: Yes, your spiral idea makes so much sense! Maybe it could spiral in a circle?! That would combine both ideas.
Things coming together as they should be...such affirmation.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting..again :) i think the ancient peoples ahd a lot of innate wisdom and ability to see life ina deepr way..because they ahd the ime to contemplate and appreciate the lessons everyhtign around them taught them.

full circle...i havent really thought that..but yeas, there have ben phases in mylife and then i come back to apoint where everyhting is more peaceful and i am deeper, wiser and more aware and confident of myself.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Mystic: You are so right and they also lived closer to nature and could see the balance and cycle of life in everything. They had no distractions we have with urban life and technology.

Glad you've seen full circle in your life. It leaves one feeling complete and makes you smile. It confirms and re-affirms forces in your life.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

 

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