The Time of Great Purification
sweat lodge at Grandfather's was a small, rounded hut with layers of tarpaulin
covering its roof and walls. Traditionally it was birch bark that was used but
the blue tarp fulfills its function well. Josh had been the fire-keeper for
years so he was at home tending the fire that heated up large, rounded grandfather
stones, that were placed in the middle of the sweat lodge when they were
red hot. They acted in the same manner as hot rocks in a sauna. When water was
poured on them the steam was intense and enough to heat up the wood-framed
lodge nicely, except that there were a variety of medicines that could be
thrown on the grandfather rocks.
he and Josh strip down to their shorts, he was surprised to see Robert Riel
also there, more solemn and serious than the last time he saw him. They all
know this was an important event so the joking and Tom Foolery was left for
later. First sage was waved around to get rid all negative energy, and then
more water so the sweat lodge was blurred by iron-hot steam. The four of them
sat around the steaming rocks, Grandfather chanting in the Cree language and
Josh hitting the drum with his free hand. Native songs in a strange tongue go
on as Grandfather adds some Cedar medicine to the rocks, followed by bear root.
It was the herb that bears chewed before going into hibernation for the winter.
That was when the heat pierced not only his recently-burned-and-thus-sensitive
skin, but also his heart. Through osmosis, he was injected with Mother Nature's
Valium so he released all tensions and anxieties until he was at one with the
chanting and the beat of the thunderbird drum. Josh, Robert Riel and
Grandfather all took turns singing. It was Thomas's first sweat lodge and he
was hard-pressed to remember when he has ever felt so relaxed.
soon it grew too hot. He could tell because they all began to cough out the
fire-like air. It was then that they exited the sweat lodge into the late
afternoon of an August day in Manitoba. It was hot but compared to the sweat
lodge, it was cool outside by the fire,
situated right beside the sweat lodge and at the top of a small slope to
around the fire after the sweat lodge, half-naked, soaking wet and feeling
euphoric, he watched Grandfather place the sacred stone of the East on its red
blanket beside another stone, identical to the stone he had found. There,
beside the stone, were the two eagle feathers he had found in the wall of the
Methodist Church in Myskyina. Grandfather took the two eagle feathers and handed
one to Josh and the other to Thomas.
Spirit of our ancestors, it is here in the heart of Turtle Island that the two
tablets of stone are reunited just as are Se'sta and Ska'reh,
twin brothers who were separated, one in the West and one in the East, are
united. Behold the reunion and help bring the healing words to mankind." He
held out his hand towards Thomas and invited him to place his stone tablet
right beside the one on the ground.
of God, stand beside each stone, Poqanghoya on the left with the Hopi
Stone and Palongawhoya on the right with the stone returned from the
East." Grandfather stood directly behind them and then placed his hands on
their right shoulders. He motioned that they join hands, which they do. Just
then a ray of sunlight shone through the clouds and pierced through the small
red welts they both had between on their foreheads. They trembled as if an
electrical current was passing through them, until there was a loud crack like
lightning. There in front of them was an orange ladder that iwa blurred like a
mirage in a desert but bright like the sun.
Spirit of our ancestors unite the stones to its rightful union, mend the
sickness of mankind that plagues all corners of the world and decipher the
markings of your wisdom of faith so that these two worthy servants can carry
out their divine mission and begin the Time of Great Purification."
slowly raised his head to Lyra, keeping his eyes lowered out of respect. All
four of them looked at the light, at once orange and yellow, white and strong.
Then without prompting, he and Josh joined hands, completing a circle and thus
completing the union. A force moved upwards to the sky as their clothes
fluttered upwards as if gravity had reversed. What looked like a long ladder
appeared reaching up to the sun in front of them. The foot of the ladder
touched the stones, each stone supporting each leg of the ladder. The
engravings became orange and emitted a light that began to make a humming sound
as if wind was blowing through the engravings, like the red flower of
rays of the sun reached inside the stones and shone through the engravings that
caused a sound, like a voice of energy. From the top of the stones the light
was brightest that slowly went around and down the writings and across each
line in tandem with the other stone. Like an old phonograph, the light hums
through the openings against the brightness before them. It was there, in the
brightness of the apparition that stood in front of them, that words were
forming a message that was painted in orange light.
of mine, behold the message from the Creator and bring the message to our Star
Brothers. Your eyes can see; mine cannot," said Grandfather. Still holding
their hands, he and Josh looked up and saw the word SPEAK in orange
they said at the same time. Then another word appeared and another word, which
they read together as they faced the eye of God.
1. THE ESSENCE OF THE CREATOR IS OUR ESSENCE,
ARE YOU NOT THE SAME ESSENCE
FROM WHENCE THE FIRE CAME?
2. HARNESSING DIVINITY IS MAN'S SPECIAL IDENTITY IN THE UNIVERSE,
LET THE SPIRIT SHOW THE
SACRED GEOMETRY OF SELF WITHIN.
They could both feel the grip on their shoulders tighten as Grandfather listened to the words they read from the great light in the sky. Just as soon as they spoke the words, new words appeared.
3. POSITIVE SENTIENCE IS THE SIGN OF EVOLUTION IN MAN,
FROM THE HEART IS THE SACRED WAY.
4. NEGATIVE ENERGY IS A KARMIC BOOMERANG THAT BITES,
LIVE FOR ETERNITY WITH EVERYONE WE MEET.
5. THE CANDLE IS THY BODY,
FIRE THAT BURNS IN THE CANDLE IS THY SPIRIT.
6. ALL FLAMES BURN ALIKE,
THEM TO MAKE THE LIGHT OF MANKIND BRIGHTER.
The twins looked at each other for a moment, and then looked back to the orange light. He noticed the crystal around his neck had come alive with light and knew that his own crystal around his neck was also alive with the energy of the sun.
7. HONOR THE SPIRITS OF YOUR ANCESTORS,
ACTING RESPECTFULLY ON BEHALF OF THEM.
8. TO HELP ANOTHER IS TO HELP ONESELF,
DO HARM TO ANOTHER IS TO DO HARM TO YOUR SELF.
9. LET YOUR SPIRITUAL FLAME REST IN YOUR HEART,
ALONE JUDGE OUR SOUL.
10. TO DISRESPECT ANOTHER IS TO DISRESPECT YOUR SELF,
RESPECT THERE CAN BE NO HARMONY.
Sweat dripped into his eyes, stinging them shut. Josh read the next set of words but somehow Thomas knew the words without opening his eyes.
11. EACH MAN IS A FRAGNMENT OF GOD,
HIS SPRIT HE IS IMMORTAL.
12. SPIRIT IS A CONDUIT TO THE DIVINE FLAME,
PURPOSE OF LIFE IS TO HONOR THE CREATOR'S GIFTS.
13. WITHOUT GENUINENESS & SINCEREITY THERE CAN BE NO TRUE SELF,
INTENTION BE DRIVEN BY THE GOODNESS OF SPIRIT
The light in the stones began to wane and the upward force began to waver. On the canvas of bright light in front of them was a large medicine wheel with each quadrant filled in the four colors of man.
THESE ARE THE 13 PRINCIPLES
OF THE BOOK OF LIFE FOR ALL FOUR RACES OF HUMANKIND. FROM THESE ONE CAN DEDUCE
TRUTHS THAT CREATE HARMONY AMONG ALL NATIONS.
beams of light weakened and the luster of Vulcan's orange hue started to
diffuse. The energy generated from the light field before them shrinks, leaving
only orange sparks. The four of them looked up to where the words had been and
saw nothing but steam and air, as if a lightning bolt had just struck.
Grandfather slowly lifted his hands from their shoulders and raised the palms
of his hands upwards to the empyrean.
Spirit of our ancestors who sees us and gives us spiritual nourishment, we are
indebted for the wisdom you have bestowed upon us. The prophecies have been
fulfilled and it is time to begin the healing phase of man's evolution and
begin a new way of living in harmony and unison." Grandfather bowed to the
Great Spirit in the sky, and turned to them with his eyes ablaze.
"Now that you have fulfilled the prophecy," Grandfather
said, "and are reunited, you will come back into balance. You have become like
the phoenix that has raised its wings and is able to fly again because the fire
that once burnt it was fire from a world out of balance. The age of Koyaanisqatsi
is over. And you will clap your wings and thunder these words to all of
mankind. It is the blessing of you twin sons of mine, Ska-reh and Se'sta,
born of my spirit but not of my body, here with me to create the reception of
the Great Spirit and to witness the words handed down on this day for all of
His creatures to read."
light disappeared and there was nothing left to look at. The ladder was gone
and the bright orange canvas in the sky before them was no longer there. There
was silence now. The hum emitting from the tablets of stone had ceased, but the
silence did not last long. It was soon filled with the lightness of golden
laughter. But instead of Grandfather starting it, it was he and Josh who began
to laugh. The laughter boomed out from the depths of our person. They fed off
each other's laughter until it ignited the flame of light in them all. The
candle was lit.