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Billy Howell-Sinnard
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sit with trees and know

sit with trees and know

 

trees are so patient

hundreds of years

in one spot

 

they know who they are

 

the bitter cold

the loss

the long vigil

 

faith in spring

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in their purpose

 

years come and go

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Posted on November 22, 2011 at 5:58pm

principles

Sisters and brothers, I have been away for a while dealing with health issues. These calamities have been my providence. When you must face difficulties, there is an opportunity to grow. I've had to let go of things I thought I couldn't live without. Someone told me that sacrifice is letting go of something lower so you can grab hold of something higher.

This new world we have been moving into is fraught with difficulties--that means we can learn and grow. I belong to a group that…

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Posted on October 18, 2011 at 11:33pm — 2 Comments

My calamity is My providence.

I'm sure you all have had personal crises. No one is immune. We are in a collective crisis. Our personal crisis changed us for the better if we allowed it to transform us and see it with clear vision .



"My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal light and an immortal spirit."…

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Posted on March 15, 2011 at 5:21pm

Everything is Connected

Here are two wonderful quotes from over a hundred years ago about everything is connected:

 

“…the chains of existence contain countless links, each connected with the other. This connection is the cause of the appearance of the invisible powers in the world of the visible.”

 

“It is obvious that all created things are connected one to another by a linkage complete and…

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Posted on March 3, 2011 at 4:20pm

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At 3:27pm on September 3, 2012, Linda Covey said…

Billy, I loved your poem about trees, the one-leggeds.. I want to eventually publish a book of my photos of trees along with the stories accompanying them. A huge someday goal.. hope your health issues are better-so true what you said. I've been in a health situation the past year that has brought me to my knees and forced me to look at issues such as do I want to die at my post-or not--or does it truly matter. Ha! Bottom line, not my choice and doesn't matter. Please give Lynn my love and tell her I said O Si O, hello! Linda in China

At 1:41pm on August 9, 2011, Carol Petersen said…

Dear Brother,

Just to let you know you are in my thoughts.  I send you aloha.

Carol

At 3:23pm on July 1, 2011, waldenthree coordinator said…
Billy Howell-Sinnard Comment:I'm happy you liked my poem. Yes, we still have a ways to go to do what Martin has asked.  DIscussion:  Hope you will keep on writing poems and keep sharing .  It's a gift you have and ohers have to strneghthen our individual, family, and community spirits.  But let us also connect on "community to community basis" as we can acrooss America now as many are hurting, 13 million+ in fact.  They have no jobs, and cannot find one.  We can link community to community by help creating jobs, and partiipate in the workforce training such as in "Reforestation", that will help the "healing process" and put food on the table, and prepare our young ones for picking up skillis and motivation for the future.   Martin Luther King was a "great mind" but so was Henry David Thoreau before him, and the Native American spiritual cultures that is linked spiritually and in action. 
At 5:02am on June 29, 2011, waldenthree coordinator said…
Billy Howell-Sinnard Comment: Thanks for honoring Martin Luther King with your beutiful poem. But we need now to go beyond that and do what Martin Luther King inpired us to do, and put food on the table for our family, and motivate our kids, especially teens + to prepare for careers of future rather than be involved in negatives such as gangs or substance abuse .  You as everyone else at the Men's Lodge have recieved my pre-proposal template for a focus on "Reforestation" as "pragmatic passion" to do something now, on a indivdiual, family and community levels via a focus on "Forestry Job Creation" as is possible now.  Comments most welcome ! 
At 3:38pm on March 14, 2011, Billy Howell-Sinnard said…
"Do harm to nobody; pray for all; try to make your light shine in the world and let your banner fly high in the Heavens. The beautiful perfume of your noble lives will permeate everywhere. The light of truth kindled in your hearts will shine out to the distant horizon!"   --'Abdu'l-Bahá
At 6:01pm on January 20, 2011, Billy Howell-Sinnard said…
"Heal yourself - your physical and spiritual bodies. Regenerate yourself with light, and then help those who have poverty of the soul. Return to the inner spirit, which we have abandoned while looking elsewhere for happiness."-- Willaru Huayta, QUECHUA NATION, PERU
At 6:59pm on January 4, 2011, Doug Banner said…

Sorry for the confusion. I think we are in total agreement. I have been studying these things for over 30 years and the main focus of my work is in the deep cultural meaning of story. In my work I have found at least three definitions of the word myth in the world. One is a myth is a lie. That's the derogatory definition used in modern times. The second is old stories that tell the origins of people and things. The Western academic world has often referred to  Greek and Roman stories as myth and stories of indigenous populations have been called folk tales or legends. Even Joseph Campbell referred to the stories of Africa as the "quaint mumbo jumbo of the African witch doctor." The actual definition of myth is those stories that guide a culture's behaviors, values, and relationships toward the outer and inner world.

Is this making more sense?

What Joseph Campbell did offer, and what I believe to be true, is that the stories of our time are not doing the job of guiding us in the ways that myths (stories) are meant to.

(At this point I often go off into a discussion of how advertisers are the new storytellers and how destructive these ads are to our Kids)

There are those of us that believe that there is great wisdom in the stories from the past and it is the role of the storyteller to bring those stories forward in a way that the wisdom can be understood in the present. I was an elementary school teacher for nearly 30 years and I was stunned to realize that kids don't know the stories of their own heritage.They think video game characters are real heroes.

I feel like I am starting to ramble a bit so I will end here. I am more than willing to discuss story and all it means to humanity and I appreciate your willingness to ask the questions. my website is: a href="http://www.dougbannerstoryteller.com>">www.dougbannerstoryteller.com>; there are some other articles there as well.

Be well

At 2:28pm on January 4, 2011, Doug Banner said…

Thanks Billy,

When I speak of myth I speak to the stories that the elders shared with us in order that we learn to live the right path with all things. Now that many of my teachers have crossed over, most recently my own father, I find that I am no longer sitting at the knee of my elders but I am becoming one. What a responsibility this feels to be. Now I must step forward and help the young ones in the same way I was taught. It is good to have so many fine brothers and sisters with whom to share this journey. Blessings in the new year.

Doug

At 2:23pm on January 1, 2011, glenn gannon said…
please forgive me my friends such a long time has elapsed since i spoke to you last it is a long story but i continue to extend my hand of friendship and peace to all you my brothers of the earth i am a member of the irish indigenous travelling people who have for centuries suffered at the hands of successive irish goverments that treat us like second class citizens welcome no where wanted by none except our own people our plight is similar to you in the americas my brothers. peace to all Glenn Gannon
At 4:10am on October 11, 2010, Billy Howell-Sinnard said…
"The troubles of this world pass, and what we have left is what we have made of our souls; so it is to this we must look—to becoming more spiritual, drawing nearer to God, no matter what our human minds and bodies go through.” --Shoghi Effendi

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"Billy, I loved your poem about trees, the one-leggeds.. I want to eventually publish a book of my photos of trees along with the stories accompanying them. A huge someday goal.. hope your health issues are better-so true what you said.…"
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sit with trees and know

sit with trees and know trees are so patienthundreds of yearsin one spot they know who they are the bitter coldthe lossthe long vigil faith in springsteadfastnessin their purpose years come and gothe circle of lifethe fiber of their being their roots in the now their limbsreaching beyondall limitations their fruitsustenance to all See More
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Billy Howell-Sinnard replied to John Bent's discussion How to live in harmony with all beings and the earth itself in the group Men's Lodge
"All the things I'm talking about are love. They happen to be my practice. Without a practice, I tend to not focus, get caught up in dualities. My practice doesn't have to be anyone else's. Everyone has their own way. If mine is too…"
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"Thanks, Carol, in my posts I try to be real, tell the truth about where I'm at. I think we all have growing to do. None of us have arrived, except maybe in the sense of Tibetan Buddhism and the Bahá'í Faith, the fact that we…"
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principles

Sisters and brothers, I have been away for a while dealing with health issues. These calamities have been my providence. When you must face difficulties, there is an opportunity to grow. I've had to let go of things I thought I couldn't live without. Someone told me that sacrifice is letting go of something lower so you can grab hold of something higher.This new world we have been moving into is fraught with difficulties--that means we can learn and grow. I belong to a group that uses the…See More
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"Dear Brother, Just to let you know you are in my thoughts.  I send you aloha. Carol"
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"Billy Howell-Sinnard Comment:I'm happy you liked my poem. Yes, we still have a ways to go to do what Martin has asked.  DIscussion:  Hope you will keep on writing poems and keep sharing .  It's a gift you have and ohers…"
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"I'm happy you liked my poem. Yes, we still have a ways to go to do what Martin has asked. I believe the greatest hope for our planet and peoples is for an inner healing. Without it, we can do all the projects we want to save the planet. These…"
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"I'm sorry, I was talking about his son who helped write Oceti Wakan. He performed my wife's adoption by Adelbert Zephier in Missouri. My mistake."
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"Haven't seen Peter since Missouri in 1997, I think. Love his book Oceti Wakan."
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My calamity is My providence.

I'm sure you all have had personal crises. No one is immune. We are in a collective crisis. Our personal crisis changed us for the better if we allowed it to transform us and see it with clear vision ."My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal light and an immortal spirit."--Bahá'u'lláh Individuals, sometimes entire cultures, in the past have recognized our oneness and the…See More
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